By Amy Graff, SFGATE Published 9:18 am PDT, Friday, November 2, 2018 A small homeless encampment camp near the corner of 6th and Howard streets on Mon. April 23, 2018, in San Francisco, Calif. San Francisco City Hall politicians continue to struggle with a fix for the real public health menace on our sidewalks the dirty needles, tent encampments, feces and foul garbage. less A small homeless encampment camp near the corner of 6th and Howard streets on Mon. April 23, 2018, in San Francisco, Calif. San Francisco City Hall politicians continue to struggle with a fix for the real ... more Photo: Michael Macor / The Chronicle Buy photo The number of homeless people living in San Francisco has reached a record high. The number of homeless people living in San Francisco has reached a record high. Photo: Photo: Jason Henry, Special To The … [Read more...] about Is SF a friendly city for homeless? 17 people living on the street told us.
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By Amy Graff, SFGATE Published 2:52 pm PDT, Tuesday, October 23, 2018 Michael Goodman, 69, was born in San Francisco in 1949. He has lived on the streets for three years and in an interview with SFGATE on Oct. 25, 2018, he was sharing papers with information on all the medications he takes for the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease he suffers from. He's in a wheelchair. He told SFGATE he studied electronics at a college in Los Angeles before going to work for Howard Hughes Aircraft Company. less Michael Goodman, 69, was born in San Francisco in 1949. He has lived on the streets for three years and in an interview with SFGATE on Oct. 25, 2018, he was sharing papers with information on all the ... more Photo: A. Graff The number of homeless people living in San Francisco has reached a record high. The number of homeless people living in San Francisco has reached a record high. … [Read more...] about We asked people living on SF’s streets, ‘What’s the best thing that happened to you last week?’
COLUMBUS, Ohio—William Camper searched for jobs for six years after being released from an Ohio prison in 2011. He had spent more than a decade behind bars for selling cocaine while battling his own addiction. Even after he got out, he still felt trapped. He interviewed at McDonald’s and signed up with temp agencies that rarely sent him on assignments. He was homeless for a while, struggling to live on $20 a month, and could not pay child support for his 10 kids. Hiring managers would size him up quickly: round face, wire-frame glasses, a butterfly tattoo on his forehead. “Once they see me with tattoos on my face, it’s basically downhill from there,” he recalled. Each year, about 23,000 inmates like Camper leave prisons in Ohio, and 640,000 are released from prisons across the country. Nearly two-thirds of them can’t find a job within the first year and a majority of them are arrested again within three years. Not getting a job doesn’t hurt … [Read more...] about An Ohio Startup Rebuilds Lives One Piece of Fried Chicken at a Time
Melissa Nann Burke Detroit News Washington Bureau Published 9:38 p.m. UTC Jun 1, 2018 Washington — A U.S. House committee probing the national opioid epidemic is seeking documents and answers from call centers — including one in Macomb County — about their business practices The inquiry includes questions about how much the call centers are paid to solicit and refer patients to specific treatment centers. Letters went out from the committee this week to executives at eight call centers including Elite Rehab Placement CEO Thomas Kearns in Macomb, in addition to businesses in Florida, California, Texas, Tennessee and Georgia. Bipartisan leaders of the House Energy & Commerce Committee say they're worried about reports from health officials and news outlets about so-called "patient brokering." These "body brokers" rely in part on call centers and aggregators to generate leads on potential patients for treatment centers, which … [Read more...] about U.S. House panel probes exploitative tactics in rehab industry
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr 25, 2018--Decreasing inappropriate use of opioids and supporting evidence-based tools to fight the opioid epidemic, boosting integrated mental health treatment and Mental Health First Aid training for police are among the themes of this year’s National Council for Behavioral Health Awards of Excellence.Last night, at a gala celebration outside the nation’s capital, the National Council for Behavioral Health honored leaders who used technology to overcome systemic problems, pioneers who built unique community behavioral health practices and elected leaders who put aside partisan differences for the good of their constituents.Eighteen individuals and organizations were honored during the event at NatCon18, the National Council’s annual conference, outside Washington, D.C.“The Awards of Excellence honor the best and the brightest in behavioral health,” said Linda Rosenberg, president and CEO of the National Council. … [Read more...] about National Council for Behavioral Health Honors Excellence in Addiction Treatment, Behavioral Health Integration, Advocacy