They’re Out of Prison. Can They Stay Out of the Hospital?

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As the country tries to shrink its aging prison population, the inmates being released after years locked away often have mental illnesses and addictions that can land them back in prison if untreated. Peer health workers are central to an approach connecting former inmates to services and helping them navigate life outside. “We’ve always known incarceration is bad for health,” …

How should we deal with wrongdoing? And you can’t say ‘prison.’

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How should a kid who commits increasingly worse crimes be sentenced? How, more generally, should we respond to wrongdoing? Here’s my challenge to you: In my thought experiment, you can’t answer “prison.” Given that constraint, what punishment should this kid receive? Here are our goals: We want to respond to wrongdoing so as to ensure that victims are made whole, …

Raising babies behind bars

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A bold experiment in parenting and punishment is allowing children in prison. But is that a good thing? The number of women behind bars increased more than 700 percent between 1980 and 2016, from roughly 26,000 to nearly 214,000, according to the Sentencing Project. The growth outpaced the increase in male incarceration by roughly 50 percent. The latest statistics on parents in …

Department Update: Citywide Case Management

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Citywide Case Management celebrates 30 years (April 2015)   The national trend in reducing institutional care in the treatment of the chronically and seriously mentally ill in the 1960s and ’70s resulted in a critical need for mental health services to be provided in the community. San Francisco is a community with a large number of such individuals and as …

Pending loss of Medicaid waiver concerns mental health advocates

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The nationwide opioid crisis has propelled scrutiny in Congress of a longstanding federal rule that restricts the use of Medicaid at large-scale residential treatment facilities. The same law limits Medicaid payments for inpatient mental health treatment at some types of facilities — a regulation Vermont has sidestepped for decades through a waiver. But the waiver is set to expire over …

Housing Developers See New Opportunities With Old Motels

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In 2014, New Life Homes CEO John Bloomfield turned the dilapidated 110-room motel into a 71-unit mixed-use affordable housing development with 3,400 SF of commercial space. “When we came in, it was a big mess,” Bloomfield said. “Now, it’s one of our success stories.” The Sundowner is one of many motels nationwide that has been converted into affordable housing over the …

Breed, Wiener working to ease destructive behavior on street

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California state Sen. Scott Wiener’s newly introduced legislation would give counties more control over conservatorship programs for the mentally ill and drug-addicted. Currently, California counties can hospitalize people for 72 hours against their will if they pose a danger to themselves or others, or are gravely disabled. The county can go before a judge to seek a 14-day extension and then repeat …

Breed, Wiener working to ease destructive behavior on street

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California state Sen. Scott Wiener’s newly introduced legislation would give counties more control over conservatorship programs for the mentally ill and drug-addicted. Currently, California counties can hospitalize people for 72 hours against their will if they pose a danger to themselves or others, or are gravely disabled. The county can go before a judge to seek a 14-day extension and then repeat …