CARE Court: A New Dawn in Mental Health Treatment

By Moryt Milo It’s a rare moment when a proposed law reshaping the mental health landscape receives unprecedented support. It’s even more stunning when it’s enacted within eight months. This is what occurred after Gov. Gavin Newsom laid out his CARE Court proposal. On Sept. 14, 2022, Gov. Newsom signed the Community Assistance, Recovery and…

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When a Family Member Is Arrested, Where Do You Turn?

By Moryt Milo When an adult child is arrested, and the underlying issue is due to a mental illness, parents are frightened and have no idea where to turn. Alone, they scramble for information. There is help, though, through NAMI and its Family Jail Support Group. This monthly group can provide the necessary tools to…

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Looking for Mental Health Resources? Call a Peer Navigator

By Moryt Milo “I’ve been calling around for two years and this is the first time someone explained it to me,” the caller said to the peer navigator. The anxious resident had finally found someone who could unravel Santa Clara County’s complex behavioral health care system. A system that for most felt like a giant…

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Reframing a Mental Health Crisis Through 988

By Moryt Milo When 988 goes live on July 16, a tsunami-size sea change will be felt in the mental health community. The new three-digit number for suicide prevention and mental health crisis services will shift the country away from calling 911 and triggering a police response. The new number, which replaces the National Suicide…

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Police Social Work Combines the Best of Community Service

By Moryt Milo When Eastern Connecticut State University Assistant Professor Dr. Isabel Logan teamed up with Willimantic Police Lt. Matthew Solak to create a police social work model, neither imagined the project would spread beyond the city’s 4.5- mile borders to become a national model. Timing and circumstances were on their side. In the aftermath…

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Out of Trauma Can Come Life-Changing Growth

In a world bombarded by wars, pandemics and civil unrest, how do individuals dealing with traumatic experiences make it through? How do they overcome the pain? There is a way through because people are resilient, and it starts with the right strategies, one called Post-Traumatic Growth (PTG), where a positive change can occur in people…

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