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September 26, 2015

The rallying cry at a reception last month at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro was simple and to the point: “Poverty is not going to win here!”
On this day, the faculty and students of Tuckerman schools were honored for its high student performance and for the work of a local community (volunteer) non-profit organization, Every Child is Ours. It was founded in 1997 by Jan Paschal, an Arkansas native who returned to the rural

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  • One Conversation Counts: NAMI Offers Resources to Help for National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
  • ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 15, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Suicidal thoughts can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender or background and are often the result of mental health conditions. But suicide is preventable. One conversation with a person who cares can make a difference. To honor National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month in September, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) offers resources that can equip everyone to hold a conversation with a friend or loved one who may be struggling with thoughts
  • The Feeling of Justice: The 2015 Dignity March for Mental Health
  • By Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren – Created first Mental Health Court to decriminalize mentally ill Posted: 08/26/2015 4:53 pm EDT        HuffPost Returning from the inaugural Destination Dignity March for Mental Health and Change, I sat on the flight from Washington D.C. to Fort Lauderdale reflecting back to historic marches in Washington and iconic speeches affirming the ideals of our democracy which still resonate to this day. The Dignity March for Mental Health on the national mall led by mental health
  • Broward County cuts could hurt mental health services by Michael Mayo
  • In a state with chronically poor funding for the mentally ill, Broward County has typically been generous when it comes to picking up the slack. The county has long given local mental health providers more than required by the state, through a supplemental system known as “matching dollars.” But a change in the county’s funding formula could slash that money at two key agencies, Henderson Behavioral Health (the county’s largest mental health provider) and the Mental Health Association of Southeast Broward,
  • County Cuts Will Hurt Mental Health Services from Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren
  • In April 2014, County staff pushed for a cut in County Match Funding based upon “the need for transparency.” A funding change that was conducted without any community consultation and or opportunity for mental health consumers, family members and community stakeholders to provide input as to the potential negative impact on Broward’s Adult Mental Health system. As Administrative Judge of Broward’s Misdemeanor Mental Health Court had there been transparency surrounding this funding change I would have affirmatively opposed this measure due
  • Untreated Mental Illness: A Matter of Life and Death
  • Posted by Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren on Huffington Post 7/6/2015 Created first Mental Health Court to decriminalize mentally ill I have written about the intersection of untreated mental illness and loss. The loss of freedom, the loss of dreams, the loss of life. I recently wrote a blog entitled, “The State of Mental Illness in America: Crying for a Cure.” This article focused on the death of 25-year-old Lavar Hall from Florida who was shot and killed by police. According to
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