An infantryman turned military mental health specialist worries that high suicides and post-traumatic stress disorder rates among service members will increase as Washington ramps up military action. Citing his own experience, Rick Rogers says the military culture encourages substance use and discourages seeking help.
City officials in Los Angeles have proposed setting up trailers to replace homeless encampments that have sprung up around El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument. Tentative plans call for three trailers to house 60 people for up to six months, with another trailer for showers and toilets and a fifth staffed by social workers.
Legal immigrants' fear of deportation of their relatives has led to a sharp drop in their use of public health services and enrollment in federally subsidized medical insurance since Donald Trump became president, advocates say. "One social worker said she had a client who was forgoing chemotherapy because she had a child that was not here legally," said Oscar Gomez, CEO of Health Outreach Partners.
While proposing budget cuts for most state agencies, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin seeks $10.8 million for a new adoption and foster care program and $24 million to add social workers and raise their pay. Bevin also proposes channeling $34 million from tobacco settlement funds into fighting opioid abuse.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott wants public input on a 13-page state plan to rectify previous failures to provide special education services to qualifying students. The plan calls for hiring more special education staff and providing more services, and it is in addition to a federal plan requiring the state to evaluate students who were illegally denied services.
A leader who exhibits grace, no matter the circumstances, will bring out the best in staff without causing fear, writes Chip Bell. Such leaders "know that humility is more powerful than vanity, concern is more influential than command," he writes.
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