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Gov. Mike DeWine delivers his first State of the State address

DeWine Calls for Change at State Psychiatric Hospitals

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s 17-point plan to address gun violence in the state following the recent mass shooting includes freeing up space at state psychiatric hospitals for people threatening violence or suicide. The Republican governor called on lawmakers to create a process that would allow courts to send people who are… Read More

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Advocates: People Held at W.Va. Mental Hospitals Unnecessarily

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Disability rights advocates in West Virginia say patients who are sent to state-run psychiatric hospitals after being found not guilty of a crime by reason of mental illness are being held for years after they are well. The Register-Herald reports the problem was discovered after Sharpe Hospital in Weston lost permission to accept… Read More

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Governor: Pediatric Mental Health Summit Set For Ohio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Gov. Mike DeWine says a pediatric mental health summit to help the state’s communities provide mental health support to children across the state is set for Ohio. DeWine said Thursday that after Dayton’s mass shooting and this spring’s tornadoes, children in western Ohio’s Miami Valley region are dealing with “more trauma… Read More

New Prescription: Ohio Valley Native Dr. Patrice Harris Is First Black Woman To Lead AMA

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Dr. Patrice Harris took the oath in June to become the first African-American woman to serve as president of the powerful American Medical Association, the largest professional association for physicians in the United States. Harris also brings another unique perspective to the job as someone who grew up in rural Appalachia. “I was born and raised in Bluefield,… Read More

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Feds, West Virginia Reach Deal on Child Mental Health Care

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia has agreed to expand mental health services for children to resolve a federal investigation that found the state unnecessarily institutionalized kids with emotional or behavioral disorders. Officials from the U.S. Department of Justice and West Virginia announced the agreement Tuesday at a news conference. The deal requires the state… Read More