Monthly Archives: June 2012
|June 29, 2012||Posted by M. P. under Federal Government, Health, Policy||
With yesterday’s Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act as the last (judicial) word, the government is ramping up implementation efforts while pundits and the press are postulating about if it will help or harm the country. In the middle is the citizenry, and they continue to struggle with healthcare costs as evidenced by a May 2012 survey conducted by the The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation that found the costs of medical care and services were a chief worry among adults, regardless of their age. In fact, coverage/cost was such a concern, that it played a key role in determining whether or not respondents would see a doctor.
According to the tracking poll, over a quarter (26 percent) of Americans are themselves struggling to pay medical bills or have a family member in that situation. Nearly 60 percent of those surveyed reported that they avoided or delayed medical care due to concerns with the financial costs.
Data from the poll is presented and discussed in the June 2012 edition of the Health Security Watch including,
- 64 percent of those polled were worried about having to pay more for health care and insurance,
- 52 percent of those insured privately reported a recent increase in premiums, and
- 41 percent were worried about losing their health insurance.
Prevalence of Mental Illness in Teens, Self Harm in Adolescents Illustrates Early Root of Psychological Disorders
|June 27, 2012||Posted by M. P. under Behavorial Health, Children and Family, Health, Research, Youth Development||
A pair of recent studies concluded that approximately 8 percent of teenagers in the United States would be classified as having a serious emotional disturbance. The research, based on national data and published this spring in the Archives of General Psychiatry, found that the most common disorder among teens was anxiety, with females less likely than boys to have a behavioral disorder. These findings, along with those of another recent study indicating that nonsuicidal self harm occurs in children as young as age 8, and in females far more than males, shows the need for continued awareness and education on the prevalence of psychiatric illnesses among adolescents.
Parents or family members of youth with serious emotional disturbances can get more information on mental illness, treatment options and support at the National Alliance on Mental Health Child and Adolescent Action Center.
|June 17, 2012||Posted by M. P. under Children and Family, Juvenile Delinquency, News||
The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) has awarded organizations in Luzerne County $2.16 million in grants to fund programming for area youth. The monies come from restitution payment from a defendant in the in the case fixing or “kids for cash scandal” that drew the attention of the FBI, shook public confidence in court system officials and led to additonal procedural protections for youth in the juvenile justice system.
Seventeen programs were chosen out of a pool of over 50 proposals, including projects from Luzerne County Head Start, the Domestic Violence Service Center, Family Service Association of Wyoming Valley, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Northeastern Pennsylvania, and the creation of a new Luzerne County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program. Individual award amounts and project details are included in a press release from PCCD, also available on their website.