Involuntary Commitment and Young Children

By Janet Coburn: For More Info, Go Here…

Involuntary commitment. In California, it’s a 5150. In Massachusetts, it’s a Section 12. In Florida, it’s the Baker Act. But right now, we’re talking about Florida. Whatever the Baker Act was meant to do, it wasn’t meant to do it to six-year-olds. Yet in Florida, a six-year-old girl was involuntarily committed for two days of psychiatric evaluation after a temper tantrum at school. The child has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and a mood disorder.

According to CBS News, a sheriff filed a report, and a social worker stated the girl was a “threat to herself and others,” “destroying school property” and “attacking staff.” Duval County Public Schools told CBS that “‘the decision to admit a student under the Baker Act is made by a third-party licensed mental health care professional’” and that the response was “‘compliant both with law and the best interest of this student and all other students at the school.’”

Florida’s Baker Act was established around 50 years ago and allows authorities to “force such an evaluation on anyone considered to be a danger to themselves or others.” Danger to self or others has long been the standard for involuntary commitment, but until recently, it has seldom been used on young children, especially without immediately notifying their parents.

How to Get On: New February 2020 Pages

When Is My Next Social Security Disability Review?

How To Get Preferences on Housing Waiting Lists

How to Get, Keep, and Use a Housing Voucher Without Losing Your Mind (Too Much)

How I Got an Extra Bedroom for a Child with Autism

Sleepy Girl Guide to Life in “Low Income” Buildings

Can I Submit a Request for Exception to Payment Standard Before I Find a Place to Rent?

Examples of Reasons Why a Person May Need a Voucher Extension

As Nursing Home Closures Rise, Operators May Pivot to Home- and Community-Based Care

By Robert Holly: For More Info, Go Here…

The number of U.S. nursing homes closing their doors is rapidly increasing, a new report from Washington, D.C.-based advocacy organization LeadingAge has found. Home- and community-based service (HCBS) providers are playing an important role.

Overall, more than 550 nursing homes have closed since June 2015, with more than half of the closures taking place in just nine states.

“Over the last several years or so, we’ve seen a pretty steadily increasing stream of headlines — a pretty consistent drip, drip drip of stories — about how Nursing Home A has closed and how Nursing Home B is closing,” Brendan Flinn, LeadingAge’s director of Medicaid and HCBS policy, told Home Health Care News. “We’re just seeing this pretty consistently across the country.”

Additionally, of the more than 550 nursing home closures, nearly 330 have taken place in just the last two years, according to the LeadingAge report. Contextually, there were a total of 15,527 nursing homes in operation as of June 2019.

Welcome to Travel For All

From Travel for All: For More Info, Go Here…

We are very happy to welcome you to Travel For All.

Travel For All is being created to provide information to people with accessibility needs who love to travel. You may have access needs due to age, disability, illness or accident. It may be permanent or temporary. You may have mobility, sensory or communication limitations. Whatever the reason, you need more information about tourism properties to help you plan, book and enjoy travel.

We will assist owners of travel-related businesses in assessing their properties against the needs of guests who require some extra consideration.  We will help operators access this valuable and growing market. Travel for All will focus on tourist accommodation, attractions, tours and activities.


Asset Based Community Development: How to Get Started

by Rita Agdal, Inger Helen Midtgard, Cormac Russell: For More Info, Go Here…

A Booklet for Residents

Booklet for residents on how to develop their communities and encourage others to contribute toward creating a good quality of life.

Read or download here.

Have You Been Injured Working for the U.S. Postal Service?

by Maryam Jameel: For More Info, Go Here…

Tell us why postal workers are getting hurt on the job. We also want to hear about how USPS treats injured employees.

Working for the U.S. Postal Service can take a serious toll on employees’ health. To get thousands of pieces of mail sorted and delivered every day, workers have to lift heavy packages and huge trays of letters, walk miles carrying sacks across their shoulders, drive without air conditioning or do other tasks that can wear down the body without proper precautions.

Postal workers make up about one-fifth of the federal workforce, but according to U.S. Labor Department data, they suffered about half of federal work-related injuries and illnesses in 2019, as well as 15 fatalities.

Stress Is A Key To Understanding Many Social Determinants Of Health

By Aric A. Prather: For More Info, Go Here…

Good health is not evenly distributed in the United States. Racial and ethnic minorities and those who live in socioeconomically disadvantaged circumstances are more likely to suffer from poor health compared to socioeconomically advantaged and white counterparts. How and why these disparities emerge and persist is complex and multifaceted. However, it is clear that the social conditions in which people live are fundamental in shaping health trajectories, and that the stress created through these social conditions serves as an important pathway driving poor health and furthering health disparities (for a more extensive discussion, see Stress and Health Disparities from the American Psychological Association).

The term “stress” has become so incorporated into our culture and language that some have suggested the term itself should be abandoned entirely due to its lack of precision. However, others, including myself, still find stress a meaningful process for understanding variation in disease risk. But how do we define stress? The traditional psychology definition for stress comes from Stress and Coping Theory, where stress is experienced when the demands of a situation outweigh one’s resources to meet or mitigate those demands. Therefore, people can experience stress when they are exposed to high-intensity, threatening demands, particularly when those demands are unpredictable or uncontrollable, and when demands are relatively minor, often called daily hassles, if the individual perceives a lack of resources to cope with these demands.

The links between stress and health are well documented, and as anyone who has experienced an illness knows, the connections between these two things are bidirectional. That is, while much of the research has focused on the influence of stress exposures on the development and progression of disease, health problems themselves, particularly those that are threatening and uncertain, can serve as stressors.

The literature on stress as a predictor of disease is vast and heterogeneous; however, there are several health outcomes that are reliably tied to stressful experiences, including many of the illnesses responsible for a large proportion of comorbidities and deaths worldwide, such as depression and cardiovascular disease. Indeed, prospective studies show that the experience of major stressful life events often precedes and predicts the clinical onset of depression and its subsequent reoccurrence. Moreover, among those who are depressed, the subsequent experience of a stressful life event is associated with worsening depression and a longer duration of illness. The link between stress and cardiovascular disease is also fairly robust. This is not surprising given that stress is associated with many of the early risk factors for cardiovascular disease, including hypertension, elevated inflammation of the immune system, dysregulation of lipid and glucose levels, and central adiposity. Chronic stress exposure has prospectively been linked to the development of clinical cardiovascular disease as well as more aggressive progression and increased cardiovascular-related mortality. Moreover, acute stress exposure (for example, experiencing a natural disaster) has been shown to trigger heart attacks among individuals with preexisting heart disease.

Anti-psychotic medication linked to adverse change in brain structure (Zyprexa)

From Neuroscience News: For More Info, Go Here…

Summary: Sustained use of the antipsychotic olanzapine resulted in potentially adverse alterations in brain structure, specifically cortical thinning.

Source: CAMH

In a first-of-its-kind study using advanced brain imaging techniques, a commonly used antipsychotic medication was associated with potentially adverse changes in brain structure. This study was the first in humans to evaluate the effects of this type of medication on the brain using a gold-standard design: a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial.

The study, conducted across several North American centers, and just published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, could have an immediate impact on clinical practice according to lead author Dr. Aristotle Voineskos, Chief of the Schizophrenia Division, and Head of the Kimel Family Translational Imaging-Genetics Laboratory at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto, Canada.

Until the 1990s, antipsychotic medications were primarily administered to people with schizophrenia. But since then their use has expanded to major depression and a range of pediatric, adult and geriatric disorders, including anxiety, insomnia and autism, for which one in five patients are prescribed anti-psychotics.

“With the increased off-label prescribing of antipsychotic medications, especially in children and the elderly, our findings support a reexamination of the risks and benefits,” said Dr. Voineskos.

Relying on crowdfunding to pay health bills? It’s more common than you might think.

BY RACHEL KRAUS: For More Info, Go Here…

Crowdfunded health campaigns are uplifting, but the need for them in the first place is deplorable.

Starting a crowdfunding campaign to help cover medical expenses might seem like a rare and extraordinary circumstance. But a new survey shows that it’s actually a lot more common than you might think.

Researchers from NORC at the University of Chicago recently conducted a survey to learn about the prevalence of crowdfunding health campaigns. It turns out that a large swath of the American public — approximately 50 million, or 20 percent of Americans — have contributed to these sorts of campaigns.

What’s more, eight million Americans have started a campaign to help pay for medical expenses for themselves or someone in their household, while 12 million had started a campaign for someone else. According to the researchers’ survey, that’s three percent and five percent, respectively.

Sleeping with Hypermobility: minimizing subluxations

From Liminal Nest: For More Info, Go Here…

Most people do not routinely injure themselves in their sleep. However, if you have Hypermobility/a connective tissue disorder/Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, then sleep injuries are probably A Thing.

I have done a lot of trial and error with my hypermobile body to improve my sleep, and also make it less awful when I wake up. I’m going to share some of what works for me here.

My body is not your body, so this may or may not work for you. Feel free to borrow what is helpful for you, and leave what isn’t your thing.

1. Couches > beds

I first migrated from a mattress to a couch because I was having awful night sweats and I couldn’t deal with sleeping next to another person. But even when the night sweats abated due to treating my MCAS, I still found a couch more comfortable because it provides extra back support in a way a bed does not. Nowadays, a couch lives in my bedroom and serves as my bed.

There are a few things that make a good sleep couch. I prefer one where I can remove the back pillows, which makes a wider space for sleeping. If the couch is too narrow, my arm tends to hang off the bed and then I end up hyperextending my elbow and compressing my ulnar nerve. Do not recommend.

If you don’t have a wide enough couch, I’ve sometimes made do by putting a footstool next to the couch around my upper body, at the same level as the couch. (I’ve used pillows to adjust the height as needed.) This gives me room to extend my arm without hyperextending my elbow.

ngd- And much more…