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

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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

Pittsburgh Foundation fundraiser to raise money for those with needs in key areas

The Pittsburgh Foundation is narrowing the focus of its former Day of Giving fundraiser to raise money for more than 100 nonprofits in Allegheny and Westmoreland counties that directly support people with needs in five areas.

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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 22, 2017

Human Services Block Grant Public Hearings and Westmoreland County Children's Bureau

Dirk Matson, Human Services Coordinator for Westmoreland County, will present details of the Human Services Block Grant, voted into law in 2012, and input will be sought from stakeholders and citizens of Westmoreland County. Subsequent written comments, f...

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Posted on: May 22, 2017

Child abuse reports continue to surge in Allegheny County

About two-thirds of counties in the state saw an increased number of child abuse reports in 2016, according to the most recent annual child protective services report by the state Department of Human Services.

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Posted on: May 19, 2017

Saint Vincent graduation includes special needs students for first time

Zachary Dixon gave a triumphant fist-pump Saturday as he crossed the stage in cap and gown at Saint Vincent College’s commencement.

It was the first time that students in the college’s program for those with intellectual disabilities marched.

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Posted on: May 19, 2017

Two Latrobe women among 12 sworn in as CASA volunteers

CASA volunteers Morgan Bassett, Kathy Shick (of Latrobe), Becky Dillon, Marsha Sherman, Roberta Cook, (back row) Mandy Zalich (executive director, CASA), Judge Timothy Krieger, Janelle Mathe (advocate supervisor, CASA), Denis Darsie, Meredith King (senior...

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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 18, 2017

Westmoreland County residents list transportation improvements as top priority; more public input so

Residents who participated in the early stages of a $250,000 effort to plan for Westmoreland County's future identified needs for better transportation, more jobs and the ability to retain and grow population as the top concerns.

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Posted on: May 16, 2017

Excela Health programs help veterans deal with guilt, grief

Acceptance of what veterans did during their time in combat — that they did what was asked of them — and understanding the need for them to tell their stories are important elements in helping veterans heal from the emotional wounds of war.

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Posted on: May 16, 2017

Pennsylvania aiming to help released prisoners stay free

HARRISBURG — State officials are launching the first council to help former prison inmates navigate the challenges of finding housing, work and health care as they adjust to life outside bars.

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Posted on: May 16, 2017

Southwestern Pa. drug prevention programs tout prioritize peer counseling, early intervention

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"Substance abuse education needs to go beyond just talking about drugs and alcohol. They must emphasize the need for more accessible mental health services, safe recreational and social spaces and stronger bonds with families and adults."

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Posted on: May 15, 2017

Special ed funding would be in peril if U.S. Senate passes House bill

The bill passed by the U.S. House to repeal the Affordable Care Act, now being considered by the Senate, would make deep cuts to Medicaid — which threatens millions in special education dollars for local school districts.

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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 5, 2017

June 7, 2017: dis+Abilities Awareness PICNIC at Twin Lakes Park

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Westmoreland County dis+Abilities Task Force would like to invite any person with a disability, his/her family and caregivers, veterans, and general public to attend the dis+Abilities Picnic at Twin Lakes Park on June 7, 2017 from 11am - 4pm. The mission ...

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Posted on: May 3, 2017

Law students learn a new way to relieve stress

“You're able to escape and laugh at yourself when everything else in law school seems so serious. It's silly and it's fun and you get to take that moment to yourself and forget about everything legal.”

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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 28, 2017

Westmoreland County Area Agency on Aging

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May/June 2017 AAA Newsletter is here hot off the press!

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Posted on: April 27, 2017

Grant to help repair blighted Westmoreland homes, aid the disabled

As many as 35 disabled and low-income homeowners in Westmoreland County could receive financial assistance under a new state grant secured this week to rehabilitate blighted residences.

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Posted on: April 27, 2017

Grant to help repair blighted Westmoreland homes, aid the disabled

As many as 35 disabled and low-income homeowners in Westmoreland County could receive financial assistance under a new state grant secured this week to rehabilitate blighted residences.

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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: April 26, 2017

Eat, Sleep, Repeat: How Kids' Daily Routines Can Help Prevent Obesity

"We found children who had inconsistent bedtimes were almost twice as likely to be obese by age 11 compared to kids who had regular bedtimes," says study author Sarah Anderson, an epidemiologist at The Ohio State University.

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Posted on: April 26, 2017

Westmoreland colleges compete in Food Bank Campus Challenge

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A lot of things get thrown out of dorm rooms at the end of spring semester, but what concerned Brian Root was that food was going to waste...

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Posted on: April 24, 2017

FDA: Don't Give Kids Cough Syrup Or Pain Meds That Contain Codeine

The Food and Drug Administration says children under 12 should not be given prescription medicines that contain codeine or another narcotic, tramadol, and that such drugs can also be dangerous to youth between 12 and 18.

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Posted on: April 19, 2017

Older people need regular exercise, and are better off for it

Older people have much to gain from regular exercise, and there is a wide variety of options available to them.

“Exercise has shown to be beneficial at all ages. In fact, you have more to lose by not exercising.”

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Posted on: April 18, 2017

'When I Was Your Age' And Other Pitfalls Of Talking To Teens About Stress

"When adolescents are distressed, most parents are inclined to try to solve their problems, but often what teens really need is help developing problem-solving skills of their own...."

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Posted on: April 17, 2017

Annual wellness conference at Caritas Christi motherhouse focuses on 'Lifespan Rhythms'

At Caritas Christi motherhouse in Greensburg, home to the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill, “we're all about communicating” and responding to the needs of the community, says Julia Trimarchi Cuccaro, director of development.

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Posted on: April 13, 2017

Penn-Trafford special education students enjoy Transitions career exploration

It's one thing to learn about operating a business. It's quite another to jump in with both feet and actually do it.

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Posted on: April 10, 2017

Head of county's drug OD force knows struggles of recovery firsthand

As head of Westmoreland County's Drug Overdose Task Force, Tim Phillips routinely talks to addicts and tells them recovery is possible.

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Posted on: April 7, 2017

Boomers looking to age in place lead remodeling trend

The small businesses that dominate the home remodeling industry are looking forward to robust growth in the next few years thanks to baby boomers who want to remain in their homes

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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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