Posted on: July 24, 2017

Adelphoi Middle Creek Male Secure residential program

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Adelphoi Middle Creek Male Secure residential program named first in Pa.

Adelphoi’s Middle Creek Male Secure residential program has been named number one in Pennsylvania by the Juvenile’s Court Judge...

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Posted on: July 19, 2017

Social Interaction Improves Quality Of Life For People With Dementia

Scientists sometimes call this approach an ecopsychosocial intervention. The goal is to create environments that better meet patients' psychological and emotional needs through strategies other than medication.

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Posted on: July 14, 2017

Speakers in Pittsburgh warn state of dangers of cutting low-income heating funds

Freezing cold homes. Broken pipes. Fires or carbon monoxide deaths from families using unsafe heating sources.

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Posted on: July 14, 2017

Historic Monessen department store rehabilitated into apartments

“These types of things matter,” said County Commissioner Ted Kopas. “You're improving neighborhoods, you're improving downtown and you're providing affordable housing.”

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Posted on: July 12, 2017

At 75, artist discusses struggles with mental health

The private studio of glass artist Dale Chihuly reflects his long obsession with collecting. Sheets of stamps cover one table; pocket knives are marshaled on another. Carnival-prize figurines from the first half of the 20th century line shelves...

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Posted on: July 11, 2017

Haircuts can challenge children with autism; more salons address their needs

Around midday on a recent hot Sunday afternoon, Lela Forrest, 11, walked into Sharkey’s Cuts for Kids in Robinson wearing hot-pink noise-canceling headphones over her wild sandy-blond curls.

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Posted on: July 10, 2017

Kids Struggling With Addiction Need School, Too, But There Are Few Options

Research shows that students in "recovery schools", designed to meet both academic and therapeutic needs, have better sobriety levels — and usually better grades, than students with addiction who remain in regular class settings.

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Posted on: July 10, 2017

July 2017 Westmoreland Cancer Support Program Calendar

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Our Clubhouse websiteWe provide free cancer support for those living with cancer at any age, as well as the family & friends who care for them.  

July 2017 Westmoreland Cancer Support Program Calendar

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Posted on: July 7, 2017

Agency merger won't include departments of aging, drug and alcohol programs

A proposal to merge four state agencies into a Department of Health and Human Services will not include Pennsylvania’s Department of Aging or its Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs.

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Posted on: July 7, 2017

Pa. proposes cuts to LIHEAP

As Pennsylvania braces for whatever the federal budget may bring, the state Department of Human Services is already proposing cuts to its popular Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

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Posted on: July 5, 2017

Award-winning art program lauded for engaging students

It wasn't your typical art class. “We're in an art space, not an art class.”

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Posted on: July 5, 2017

Pennsylvania legislators mull contractor fee to help children of inmates

Pennsylvania lawmakers are weighing a measure to establish a first-of-its-kind public charitable trust to provide support services for children with incarcerated parents.

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Posted on: June 30, 2017

Expert: MLB umpire did all the right things in helping suicidal woman

He voice was gentle, his words were calming, his demeanor was loving.

He was a stranger, but no matter.

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Posted on: June 27, 2017

New rules set for sentencing Pennsylvania juveniles to life

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Juveniles should only rarely be sentenced to life without parole... such cases require proof beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant is an unusual example of someone who can never be rehabilitated.

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Posted on: June 27, 2017

Nonprofit plans to put affordable housing in blighted area of Latrobe

Greensburg nonprofit Homes Build Hope is seeking approval from Latrobe and funding from the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency to replace a dozen vacant, dilapidated homes along Latrobe's Mary Street with new, affordable housing.

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Posted on: June 21, 2017

Westmoreland County Housing Authority passes smoking ban

Nearly 5,000 Westmoreland County Housing Authority tenants have until next summer to be smoke-free or risk being evicted.

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Posted on: June 19, 2017

2 graduate from Westmoreland's drug court program

Eighteen months ago, Jeffrey Patterson faced a life-altering decision.

He could roll the dice with a judge and take his drug charges to court, potentially landing in jail, or enroll in Westmoreland County's fledgling drug court program.

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Posted on: June 19, 2017

ACLU lawsuit prompts official steps to speed treatment for mentally ill defendants

People deemed too mentally ill to stand trial in Pennsylvania will soon have more places to get help.

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Posted on: June 19, 2017

Alle-Kiski Valley libraries, schools look to keep kids learning during summer

Many libraries already have their summer reading programs under way in an effort to provide summer activities and prevent children from losing their reading skills over summer break.

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Posted on: June 19, 2017

Dads Matter program supports parenting roles--Latrobe Bulletin

BY MARYANN GOGNIAT EIDEMILLER

For The Bulletin

About 150 family members — mostly dads and their kids — attended a picnic Wednesday at the Private Industry Council Westmoreland/Fayette, Inc. (PIC) on Donohoe Road in Hempfield Township. Th...

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Posted on: June 19, 2017

Groups offer help to Westmoreland veterans who fall on hard times

Terrence Stubbs has been settling in at his new apartment in South Greensburg for about two weeks.

The former Green Beret counts himself lucky to have found one that will accept his four cats...

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Posted on: June 19, 2017

Some seniors just want to be left alone, which can lead to problems

The 84-year-old man who had suffered a mini-stroke was insistent as he spoke to a social worker about being discharged from the hospital: He didn’t want anyone coming into his home, and he didn’t think he needed any help.

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Posted on: June 15, 2017

United Way celebrates $3.6M fundraising campaign efforts

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More than 100 local volunteers, individual donors and corporate partners of United Way attended a luncheon at St. Vincent College, where the details of its most recent Westmoreland campaign were announced. The goal of $3.6 million...

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Posted on: June 12, 2017

Baby boomers, Medicare march into increasingly uncertain future

The futures of the baby boom generation and Medicare are inextricably tied.

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Posted on: June 12, 2017

Central Westmoreland Habitat for Humanity nails a new system

Central Westmoreland Habitat for Humanity expected to finish renovating one house this year. Instead

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Posted on: June 9, 2017

Westmoreland could lose $1.3 million in state funds

In an effort to cut discretionary spending this year, commissioners slashed $110,000 in funding to seven local social service agencies, including $49,000 to the Westmoreland County Food Bank.

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Posted on: June 8, 2017

Nelson’s bill for seniors’ prescription drug assistance passes House

From the Latrobe Bulletin

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives this week approved legislation, sponsored by Rep. Eric Nelson (R-Hempfield Township), to prevent seniors from losing their eligibility for the state’s prescription drug assistanc...

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Posted on: June 8, 2017

Pitt researchers want to hear about family caregivers' issues

One often-stated problem for family caregivers is their sense of isolation, feeling unable to unburden themselves about their stress from a sense no one wants to listen.

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Posted on: June 7, 2017

Art, the Universal Language contest open

Art contest for Pennsylvanians with disabilities

Artistic ability and expression offer unique opportunities for everyone to appreciate and understand the talents and perspectives of Pennsylvanians with a disability. This year's theme: Visions of Pennsylvania

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Posted on: June 7, 2017

Teen depression: Large study finds girls have the highest risk

Reaching teenagers with depression and offering them help in a crisis is not easy.

One young man whose anxiety led to depression says that adults don’t always recognize the signs and teens don’t know how to tell them.

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Posted on: June 6, 2017

Westmoreland County transit system to be tested as baby boomers become seniors

White Bus on a road in a city

Jack Overdorff, 86, often rides the Westmoreland Transit Authority's fixed-route buses. He still drives, but he takes the bus when he can. He rides for free, thanks to state lottery proceeds subsidizing bus services for seniors.

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Posted on: June 5, 2017

New PA ABLE program helps disabled save funds without risking penalties

A couple of weeks ago, Michael Anderson did what most people would when their home is damaged: He used his checking account to pay someone to fix some small holes in the wall after his aide accidentally pushed Mr. Anderson’s wheelchair into the wall.

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Posted on: June 1, 2017

Pennsylvania program encourages people with disabilities to work

While many government benefit-based programs strictly limit an applicant’s assets and income, PA's medical assistance program recognizes the need to give people who want to work a “helping hand.”

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Posted on: May 27, 2017

After wife's suicide, dad champions center to treat depression in new moms at West Penn H

Steven D'Achille hopes that a treatment center for pregnant women and new mothers scheduled to open this fall in Pittsburgh will prevent deaths such as his wife's.

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Posted on: May 24, 2017

Excess grant money to fund peer, individual and group therapy for inmates

BY AMY FAUTH

Bulletin Staff Writer

Inmates at the Westmoreland County Prison in need of mental health services will receive the help they need thanks to a pilot program that will provide peer, individual and group counseling services paid for by $194,000 in...

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Posted on: May 24, 2017

Wolf nominates insurance commish for top post at proposed Health and Human Services

Gov. Tom Wolf said Tuesday that he intends to nominate Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller to serve as the first secretary of his proposed Department of Health and Human Services.

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Posted on: May 23, 2017

Senior Farmers' Market Program sign-ups open

The Program provides eligible seniors four $5.00 checks to use at any participating Farmers’ Market to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from June 1, 2017 until November 30, 2017.

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Posted on: May 18, 2017

Sensory room at Norwin's Sheridan Terrace Elementary helps students with autism, other challenges

Staff at Norwin's Sheridan Terrace Elementary School created a sensory room where students with autism spectrum disorders and those facing social, communication and behavioral challenges get time and space to “come into their senses” and “cool down.”

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Posted on: May 11, 2017

Have you lost a Loved One who suffers from addiction?

Date, time, and location of the grief support groups for Mental Health America

Mental Health America is opening their doors to anyone who has lost a loved one who suffers from addiction. The "Loving and Losing - The War on Addiction" grief support group begins May 31st at 7 p.m. and will meet the last Wednesday of every mo...

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Posted on: May 9, 2017

Grief Share Support Group Meeting in Latrobe, PA

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Grief Share Support Group is led by  Heartland Hospice Bereavement Coordinator Karen Sweeney-Ryall and meets Tuesday nights from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for 12 weeks beginning May 9 and continuing through August 1, 2017. Group will be held at the Hope Cen...

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Posted on: May 1, 2017

Westmoreland County judge hopes to place more juvenile offenders with volunteer fire departments

Juvenile offenders shine the trucks, spiff up the hall, assist at bingo fundraisers and even help roll up the hoses sometimes when trucks pull back into one of Latrobe's five fire stations after a call.

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Posted on: April 27, 2017

Workplaces for people with intellectual disabilities are decreasing. The changes can be painful.

Every day, Perry Blatz knows where his son Bill will be — stuffing and labeling envelopes at the UPMC Vocational Training Center in the South Side, a facility for adults with intellectual disabilities.

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Posted on: September 6, 2016

First aid for mental health: A new approach in Pennsylvania's prisons

Bellefonte, Pennsylvania (CNN)--The man was about to snap. He had just lost a child.

"I couldn't really relate to that," Peter Robinson said of his fellow inmate. "I know what loss feels like, though."

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Posted on: September 6, 2016

Young woman's journey ends tragically in mental hospital

Robert Logsdon’s daughter was complaining of swollen feet, seemed to have one dilated pupil, and said no to her favorite flavor of muffin. She was discouraged after six weeks under constant supervision...

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Posted on: September 1, 2016

Senior citizen living facility to be built at former Jeannette District Memorial Hospital site

The site of the former Jeannette District Memorial Hospital will have a new life as a senior citizen living facility, an Excela Health spokeswoman said Thursday.

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Posted on: August 30, 2016

Inmates’ mental illness a statewide problem

bout 65 percent of Pennsylvania’s county jail inmates have a substance abuse disorder, 10 to 30 percent suffer from mental illness and up to 14 percent have serious mental illness.

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Posted on: August 29, 2016

Mental health matters to school students

Odds are that if you had asked Loren Davis what was troubling her, she wouldn’t have been able to tell you.

If pressed, the then-student at Park Forest Middle School might have described it as a bad case of nerves

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Posted on: August 26, 2016

It's family, not friends, who may help you live longer, study says

The company you keep has long been thought to be an important factor in both mental and physical well-being. Numerous studies have documented how the quantity and quality of social relationships have effects that emerge in childhood and, as sociologists..

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Posted on: March 14, 2016

Pitt study links exercise, delay in mental decline

There's no question exercise is beneficial on many fronts, and a new study links calorie-burning in older people to delaying the onset of cognitive impairments such as Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

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Posted on: March 8, 2016

Doctors Often Fail To Treat Depression Like A Chronic Illness

Depression prompts people to make about 8 million doctors' appointments a year, and more than half are with primary care physicians. A study suggests those doctors often fall short in treating depression because of insurance issues, time constraints...

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Posted on: January 4, 2016

Physicians want robust studies on medical marijuana use

Pittsburgh may be ready to decriminalize marijuana for recreational use, but a new survey suggests local physicians hold widely varying views when it comes to their willingness to prescribe marijuana for medical use, even if it were legal.

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