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January 4, 2017

At their last meeting of the year, St. Louis County Board officials voted to approve the 2017 budget – totaling $387,159,183;  that figure includes an 8.5% tax levy increase to property owners.

One of the major drivers for the increase was an increase in spending for children and family services.  According to County Administrator Kevin Gray, three significant costs drove the budget higher:  increased Health and Human Service impacts, costs of record numbers of children in out-of-home placements, Read More

    Can bringing the joy of travel, discovery, and old memories to people who can’t experience them firsthand combat the physical and mental affects of loneliness and isolation?

    Ninety-two-year-old Estelle Paris has never been to France, but on a warm day this past June, she slipped on a virtual reality headset, which allowed her to meander through streets by the Louvre, pop over to Mont Saint-Michel abbey 230 miles away, stop by Times Square in New York City, and journey underwater, just Read More

    Name your fear. A sense of dread strikes you at the thought of having to hop onto a crowded train. You squirm as the doctor approaches you with a needle. You tremble and tuck your head between your legs as the plane warms up its engine. You freeze as your secret crush walks past you. The fear feels raw, instinctive, and no amount of clever argument can liberate you from its clutches, or so you think.

    But as Bernard said in Read More

    ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 30, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Today, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) applauds a significant victory for the mental health community with the passage by the U.S. House of Representatives of HR 34, the 21st Century Cures Act.

    HR 34 will improve mental health care in America and reduce the unnecessary incarceration of people living with mental illness. The bill, which incorporates key provisions from the “Helping Families in Mental Health Act” (HR 2646) that passed the Read More

    Goal is to identify strategies most likely to work for specific patients

    More than half of seniors with clinical depression remain depressed even after treatment with antidepressant drugs. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis plan to evaluate strategies involving augmenting treatment with a second antidepressant drug or switching to a different drug altogether in an attempt to learn what works best for individual patients. (Photo: Robert J. Boston/Washington University School of Medicine) 

    Researchers at Washington University School of Read More

    St. Louis County commissioners Tuesday are poised to hire a new probation officer dedicated to criminal offenders enrolled in mental health court.

    An average of 60 people each year, each convicted of a felony, enroll in the voluntary court program aimed at getting people with mental illnesses out of the criminal justice system.

    “I don’t think anyone realized when they started this a few years ago how successful this mental health court would be. It’s keeping people out of the system and Read More

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