mental health http://kvpr.org en Valley Edition: June 3 - Mental Health; Homeless Veterans; Fresno Fire Chief; Drought Art http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-june-3-mental-health-homeless-veterans-fresno-fire-chief-drought-art <p></p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 21:49:44 +0000 Ezra David Romero & Joe Moore 33654 at http://kvpr.org Valley Edition: June 3 - Mental Health; Homeless Veterans; Fresno Fire Chief; Drought Art Mendota Woman's Fight To Overcome Mental Illness Example For The Valley http://kvpr.org/post/mendota-womans-fight-overcome-mental-illness-example-valley <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Many women across the Central Valley have dedicated their lives to their families.</span></p><p>They take on the daily task of being a housewife.</p><p>"My name is Silvia, simply Silvia."</p><p>Meet Silvia – a housewife from Mendota. Like many other women in rural communities, she's devoted her life to her two sons and husband always greeting them with a smile and home-cooked dinners when they arrive home.</p><p>But about a year ago, her smile started to fade.</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 16:41:54 +0000 Diana Aguilera 33638 at http://kvpr.org Mendota Woman's Fight To Overcome Mental Illness Example For The Valley Farmer Suicides Cast Shadow Over U.S. Agriculture http://kvpr.org/post/farmer-suicides-cast-shadow-over-us-agriculture <p>America’s farmers are dying. But it’s not just because they’re aging. In 1978 the average age of the American farmer was 50, today it’s around 58. But there’s another even more troubling issue facing those who grow our food - &nbsp;farmers taking their own lives.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:34:39 +0000 Joe Moore 31561 at http://kvpr.org Farmer Suicides Cast Shadow Over U.S. Agriculture Fresno Area High School Students Embrace Mindfulness Movement With New Club http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-area-high-school-students-embrace-mindfulness-movement-new-club <p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-size: 15px; font-family: Calibri; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Just walking into this room with Emily Grant makes you want to slow down and take a deep breath.</span><span style="background-color: transparent; font-size: 15px; font-family: Calibri; font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> </span><span style="background-color: transparent; font-size: 15px; font-family: Calibri; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">The lights are dimmed, there’s soft music playing, and the room sme Tue, 24 Dec 2013 18:03:35 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 26299 at http://kvpr.org California Audit Points to Lack of Oversight of Mental Health Funding http://kvpr.org/post/california-audit-points-lack-oversight-mental-health-funding <div><p>California lawmakers and mental health groups say they ‘welcome’ new findings of inadequate oversight of state mental health funds. Health Care Reporter Pauline&nbsp;Bartolone&nbsp;has more from Sacramento.</p></div><p>The California State Auditor says state agencies haven’t made ‘serious efforts’ to measure the effectiveness of county programs intended to mitigate mental illness.</p><p>Democratic State Senate President Darrell Steinberg helped create the Mental Health Services Act.</p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 22:31:20 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 20111 at http://kvpr.org California Audit Points to Lack of Oversight of Mental Health Funding Why Does the Central Valley Have A Big Mental Health Problem? http://kvpr.org/post/why-does-central-valley-have-big-mental-health-problem <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">According to a new </span><a href="http://www.chcf.org/publications/2013/07/data-viz-mental-health" style="line-height: 1.5;">study</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> of mental health throughout the state, the valley has the highest mental illness rate in California. It also is the region with the fewest mental health professionals.</span></p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 02:23:11 +0000 Joe Moore 18840 at http://kvpr.org Why Does the Central Valley Have A Big Mental Health Problem? On Valley Edition: Payday Lenders, Delta Smelt, Victor Davis Hanson, Moving To The Valley http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-payday-lenders-delta-smelt-victor-davis-hanson-moving-valley <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week on Valley Edition </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">FM89's</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Ezra Romero </span><a href="http://kvpr.org/post/faith-based-group-calls-cap-fresno-payday-lenders-0" style="line-height: 1.5;">reports </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">on payday lenders and why a Fresno faith based groups says the lenders practices are immoral. Tue, 23 Jul 2013 19:13:50 +0000 Joe Moore & Ezra David Romero 18808 at http://kvpr.org On Valley Edition: Payday Lenders, Delta Smelt, Victor Davis Hanson, Moving To The Valley Steinberg: Addressing Mental Health Can Reduce Prison Overcrowding http://kvpr.org/post/steinberg-addressing-mental-health-can-reduce-prison-overcrowding <p>The top Democrat in the California Senate is calling for more crisis access to mental health services to help reduce the state’s overcrowded prisons.&nbsp;</p><p>But as Ben Adler reports from Sacramento, the proposals likely wouldn’t satisfy a federal court order to reduce the state’s prison population.</p> Wed, 08 May 2013 01:19:48 +0000 Ben Adler 14781 at http://kvpr.org Steinberg: Addressing Mental Health Can Reduce Prison Overcrowding Brown's Bid to Regain Control of Mental Health Care in California Prisons Rejected http://kvpr.org/post/browns-bid-regain-control-mental-health-care-california-prisons-rejected <p>A federal judge has rejected California’s push to retake control of prison inmates’ mental health care.&nbsp; As Ben Adler reports from Sacramento, it’s a major setback for Governor Jerry Brown.</p> Fri, 05 Apr 2013 23:50:13 +0000 Ben Adler 13202 at http://kvpr.org Brown's Bid to Regain Control of Mental Health Care in California Prisons Rejected Advocates, Lawmakers Urge Attention to Mental Health http://kvpr.org/post/advocates-lawmakers-urge-attention-mental-health <p>Mental health advocates and a top California lawmaker are starting a public awareness campaign in the aftermath of last Friday’s school shooting in Connecticut.&nbsp;</p><p>Their message: Don’t be afraid of the stigma associated with mental health problems, and get help quickly if you see symptoms in someone you know or love.</p><p>Doctor Cameron Carter with the UC Davis Medical Center says most serious mental illnesses first become apparent in adolescents and young adults.</p> Fri, 21 Dec 2012 17:51:36 +0000 Ben Adler 8471 at http://kvpr.org Advocates, Lawmakers Urge Attention to Mental Health Prop 63 Program Provides Many Paths Towards Mental Wellness http://kvpr.org/post/prop-63-program-provides-many-paths-towards-mental-wellness <p>Since it was enacted in 2004, California’s Proposition 63 has raised over $8 billion by taxing the wealthy. The money was intended to pay for mental health services and prevention programs. But lawmakers have called for an audit after questions were raised about how money from the “millionaires’ tax” is being spent.</p> Tue, 11 Sep 2012 17:36:34 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 3773 at http://kvpr.org California Lawmakers Call for Audit of Mental Health Services Act http://kvpr.org/post/california-lawmakers-call-audit-mental-health-services-act <p>Some California lawmakers are calling for a closer look into a state fund for county mental health programs.</p><p>The Mental Health Services Act has brought in more than $8 billion since it was enacted in 2004. Republican State Assemblyman Dan Logue says he requested an audit of the funds after he heard reports of money spent on activities not clearly connected to mental health.</p><p>&ldquo;If the basics are being sacrificed for programs that have proven and have shown no benefit whatsoever, then there needs to be a reevaluation of where these funds go.&rdquo;</p> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 01:18:20 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 1960 at http://kvpr.org On Valley Edition: Mental Health; Valley Health Setbacks; heART Beat http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-mental-health-valley-health-setbacks-heart-beat <p>This week on Valley Edition we talk about access to mental health care in Fresno County. We also hear about a new study that has bad news for Valley residents, as the Valley is actually experiencing setbacks in a number of key health indicators. And we close the program with an interview about an event called heART beat that aims to help support music programs in the schools.&nbsp;</p><p><br /><strong>Valley Edition for May 8, 2012:</strong></p> Tue, 08 May 2012 20:54:09 +0000 Juanita Stevenson 1142 at http://kvpr.org On Valley Edition: Mental Health; Valley Health Setbacks; heART Beat Fresno County to reopen mental health crisis center http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-county-reopen-mental-health-crisis-center <p>Fresno County is moving forward with a plan to reopen a crisis center for mental health patients. The county closed the center in 2009 due to budget cuts.&nbsp;That resulted in patients being sent to area emergency rooms.</p><p>Hospitals say they aren&rsquo;t well equipped to handle those patients.&nbsp;The new crisis stabilization service will be run by a private contractor, Exodus Health, at the county&rsquo;s former facility on Kings Canyon Road.</p><p>The four year contract with Exodus Health to provide the services for Fresno County is for around $16 million.</p> Tue, 13 Mar 2012 21:45:22 +0000 Joe Moore 689 at http://kvpr.org Fresno County to reopen mental health crisis center Budget Cuts Hit County Mental Health Program http://kvpr.org/post/budget-cuts-hit-county-mental-health-program <p>As California&rsquo;s counties face increasing budget pressures, programs that aid those with mental illness have been reduced or eliminated. In Fresno County, patients who used to be treated in the county&rsquo;s Crisis Intervention Service program are now being sent to area hospital emergency rooms, with serious consequences for patients and the public. Correspondent Shellie Branco reports on the state of mental health services in the Valley.</p> Fri, 11 Feb 2011 01:19:58 +0000 Shellie Branco 1798 at http://kvpr.org