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Posted on: December 5, 2016

These 5 plants can improve a room's decor...and your health!

Certain plant varieties can reduce airborne toxins, including carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and benzene, from the air we breathe in our homes and offices...

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Posted on: December 5, 2016

Naloxone an important tool in Pennsylvania opioid battle

Greensburg police have reversed 17 drug overdoses with naloxone kits since June. Chief Chad Zucco said, "That's what we get paid to do — to save people, to help people. There's no rules that say you only save people that don't do drugs."

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Posted on: December 1, 2016

Hepatitis C cases in Southwestern Pennsylvania skyrocket over 10 years

Hepatitis C, a potentially fatal liver disease, increased by more than eight-fold in the 10-county Southwestern Pennsylvania region. The spike in intravenous drug use and shared needles helped the blood-borne disease spread rapidly.

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Posted on: November 30, 2016

Art offers chance to shine for Arc/Achieva clients

Men and women from The Arc of Westmore­land couldn't hide their smiles Tuesday as they showed off their artwork — works at Seton Hill University's Arts Center that ranged from abstract pieces and magazine collages to a kiln-fired hot dog sculpture...

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Posted on: November 17, 2016

Exercise Might Keep Depression at Bay

"...regular exercise alters our bodies and brains in ways that make us resistant to despair."

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Posted on: November 17, 2016

1 in 10 Americans with Drug Addiction Receive Treatment

Millions of Americans suffer from alcoholism or addiction to legal and illegal drugs, but only a fraction are being treated, according to a report released on Thursday by the surgeon general.

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Posted on: November 14, 2016

Derry dedicates bridge to veterans

Rep. Petrarca noted that Pennsylvania has nearly 1 million veterans, the fourth-highest number of any state in the country. “It's very fitting that we do this for our veterans today because, without them, none of this would be possible,” he said.

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Posted on: November 9, 2016

New PA law in 2018 will require all naturopathic doctors to be registered

The law outlines qualifications to register as a naturopathic doctor and makes it illegal for people to advertise themselves as one if they are not registered.

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Posted on: November 7, 2016

THANK YOU Veterans and Active Military

Westmoreland County does not endorse any of the following retailers or restaurants. Lists may not be inclusive of all discounts available. 2016 Veterans Day Military Discounts & Events: November 9th from 8-9:30am Special Veterans Breakfast at Lat...Read on... Click HERE for COMPLETE LIST
Posted on: November 7, 2016

Nov. 9, 2016 Family Recovery Meeting

My New Leaf Inc. Office 524 Front Street, Saltsburg, PA 15681. Addiction affects the whole family. Often the best chance for an addicted person to get better is for his or her family to get better.

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Posted on: November 7, 2016

Job options expand for people with disabilities

“The premise behind our new transition-to-work program is to make work more community oriented and a more normal work experience.” said Kim Savoie, vice president of programs and compliance for the Progressive Workshop.

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Posted on: November 4, 2016

It's never too late to get in shape.

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Older adults living healthy lifestyles could expect to spend 1.7 fewer years ill or disabled at the end of their lives

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Posted on: October 19, 2016

Emergency cold weather shelters to open Nov. 1

Westmoreland County’s cold weather shelters in Greensburg and Latrobe will re-open their doors Tuesday, November 1 and remain open through March 31, 2017. The shelters will operate out of the Welcome Home Shelter in Greensburg...Read on... Additional Information
Posted on: October 19, 2016

Should drug costs be controlled by regulating industry as a public utility?

On Tuesday, a group of state health policy experts gathered in Pittsburgh offered wide-ranging options for throttling those costs — from options as simple as bulk purchasing of drugs to something as dramatic as regulating the pharmaceutical indu...Read on...

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Posted on: October 19, 2016

Gov. Wolf: Dialogue necessary to address opioid crisis

Emergency responders statewide have reversed about 1,500 overdose deaths since they began carrying the overdose-reversal medication naloxone about a year ago, he said, although he noted naloxone — better known by its brand name, Narcan &mdas...Read on...

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Posted on: October 19, 2016

Alzheimer's patients find baby dolls therapeutic

Nursing homes and senior facilities nationwide are using a controversial technique called doll therapy to ease anxiety among their residents with dementia. Senior care providers and experts say the dolls are an alternative to medication and help draw in e...Read on...

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Posted on: October 17, 2016

UpPrize seeks innovative thinkers

Anyone can submit an idea, from students to budding entrepreneurs to small business owners. Winners will receive a cash prize between $10,000 and $300,000, as well as technical and organizational support to execute plans. The contest has already begun tak...Read on...

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Posted on: October 13, 2016

Health and Education Expo

October 26, 2016 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Ramada Hotel & Conference Center in Greensburg, PA.

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Posted on: October 13, 2016

Hobgoblin Hikes in October

Twin Lakes and Cedar Creek Park are celebrating the trick or treat season...

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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 6, 2016

Westmoreland County senior center exercise classes suspended

Classes like Zumba and Silver Sneakers at Westmoreland County's 13 senior centers have been suspended as the Area Agency on Aging waits for clarification on a new regulation that will stop it from spending federal money on popular exercise offerings.

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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 29, 2016

School climates will be assessed in Ligonier Valley School District

Students at Ligonier Valley School District repeatedly are taught that bullying, in person or online, is unacceptable.

District students attend assemblies on bullying during the elementary, middle and high school stages of their academic careers.

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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: August 23, 2016

Seniors targeted with offers for unnecessary medical equipment

More than 18 months later, the episode still bothers Bob Gerenyi and a continuing series of unsolicited phone calls only adds to his anger.

“This purpose of this letter is to make people aware of how we are being ripped off."

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Posted on: August 22, 2016

Local site to offer screening for lapses in memory

Forgetfulness happens to many people as they age. Where did I put the keys? What’s the name of that interesting person I met recently?

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Posted on: August 22, 2016

New CEO for Western Pa. School for the Deaf hopes students will be ‘lifelong learners’

Steven E. Farmer, the new CEO of the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, spent most of his early childhood in deaf schools, but when he transferred to a public school in ninth grade...

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Posted on: August 22, 2016

Helping people get ready to go to work after welfare

It's just after 8:30 a.m. on a recent weekday, and in a room Downtown next to the Allegheny County Assistance Office, the day’s session has begun in Howard Williams’ job search class.

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Posted on: August 19, 2016

Childhood abuse linked to worse survival odds for adult women: JAMA Psychiatry

Girls who suffer maltreatment and abuse may be less likely to survive into middle age than their peers who don't experience physical or mental torment growing up, a U.S. study suggests.

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Posted on: August 16, 2016

Save the Date: Recovery Celebration in Greensburg Sept. 23rd

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Join us at Courtyard Square, 2 N Main Street, Greensburg at noon on Friday, Sept. 23rd to celebrate the many roads to recovery.

Details to follow!

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Posted on: August 16, 2016

Westmoreland County to finalize policy banning smoking in public housing

Ken Zamborsky has no plans to quit smoking even though it may cost him his home when the Westmoreland County Housing Authority finalizes a policy this year to make public housing properties smoke-free.

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Posted on: August 11, 2016

Westmoreland County to ask jurors to donate pay to CASA, Blackburn Center

Jury duty has never been a lucrative payday, and Westmoreland County court officials will ask the folks called to the courthouse to hear evidence in civil and criminal trials to donate those meager wages to charity.

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Posted on: August 10, 2016

Popular Pokemon game has added benefits, and risks, for children with autism

When Austin Rodriguez plays “Pokemon Go,” he connects with other people.

For Austin, 16, of Brackenridge, this is a rare occurrence. It’s not because he’s anti-social. In fact, his mother, Heather Rodriguez, says he is very friendly.

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Posted on: August 9, 2016

Westmoreland transit officials hail Uber expansion; cab companies less enthusiastic

A cab company owner had a strong opinion about Uber on the first day the company started providing its ride service in Westmoreland County.

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Posted on: August 9, 2016

Big Brothers Big Sister of Laurel Region to add initiatives, more structure to historic program

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Laurel Region wants to give “bigs” more chances to connect with their “littles.”

It's shaking up its mentorship program that's persisted for 41 years, adding new initiatives and more structure

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Posted on: August 1, 2016

Ligonier Horseback therapy center offers benefits to individuals with special needs

Mounted safely on the back of Sleepy, Mason Markosky raises his hands skyward and grins.

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Posted on: July 27, 2016

ADHD now classified as a specific disability under federal civil rights law

The U.S. Department of Education has issued guidelines aimed at preventing schools from discriminating against the growing numbers of students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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Posted on: July 26, 2016

Audit questions enforcement of Pennsylvania nursing home staffing levels

HARRISBURG, Pa. —A new audit shows that the state Department of Health is not effectively enforcing nursing home staffing levels, Pennsylvania's fiscal watchdog said Tuesday.

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Posted on: July 26, 2016

Checklist of possible behavioral warning signs of dementia

WASHINGTON (AP) – Memory loss may not always be the first warning sign that dementia is brewing – changes in behavior or personality might be an early clue.

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Posted on: July 25, 2016

Depression's stigma can be a barrier to African-Americans seeking treatment, study finds

The stigma attached to mental illness creates a barrier for many seeking treatment, but it has a particularly negative impact on the help-seeking behaviors of black Americans, a small in-depth qualitative study

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Posted on: July 25, 2016

Westmoreland County Transit Authority eyes rate changes in response to complaints

Westmoreland County Transit Authority officials said an effort to improve community relations by altering how paratransit fares are calculated could cost up to $140,000 a year in revenue.

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Posted on: July 25, 2016

Retirees enjoy their golden years with happy hours at senior living centers

Betty Marshall sat with friends at a large round table near the bar, sipping a glass of merlot while oldies music played in the background.

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Posted on: July 22, 2016

States focus on long-term care for seniors

WASHINGTON — Facing a wave of aging baby boomers, many states are trying to make it easier for frail seniors to stay in their homes — as many prefer — instead of moving into more costly nursing homes.

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Posted on: July 11, 2016

Federal program offers college education to inmates in Pennsylvania

With the help of a federal effort to curb recidivism, up to 115 Pennsylvania prisoners will become college students this fall.

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Posted on: July 11, 2016

Survey shows public transit is biggest regional transportation concern

During their working years, women tend to earn less than men, and when they retire, they’re more likely to live in poverty.

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Posted on: July 8, 2016

Employer survey: Veterans viewed as heroes, but not necessarily a good hire

The public overestimates the rate of mental illness among veterans — 40% believe more than half of the 2.6 million former servicemembers suffer from emotional issues. In reality, an illness like PTSD strikes10% to 20% of those who were deployed.

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Posted on: June 23, 2016

Life on the waiting list: The struggle to receive intellectual disability services in Pennsylvania

Abbey Etling lifts the sippy cup to her lips and drinks from it.

It’s a small gesture, but one that is laden with meaning for her mother, Sandy Etling.

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Posted on: June 23, 2016

Good News Hidden in the Data: Today’s Children Are Healthier

For the first time in over a decade, the death rate Abuse Rises.” “U.S. Suicide Rate Surges to a 30-Year High.”.....But there are happier trends that have received a lot less attention

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Posted on: June 22, 2016

Excela Westmoreland Hospital opens healing garden as facet of care

Patients, their families and staff at Excela Westmoreland Hospital have a new spot of tranquility on the Greensburg campus.

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Posted on: June 21, 2016

Westmoreland Community Action to close 11 centers, dismiss 24

Cuts in funding linked in part to a federal citation for having a child left alone in a schoolyard at a Head Start site will force Westmoreland Community Action to close 11 of its centers and lay off 24 workers at the end of the month.

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Posted on: June 21, 2016

Fare changes mulled to reduce Westmoreland County paratransit deficit

Some fares could be higher and others lower this year for riders of Westmoreland County's paratransit system, officials said.

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Posted on: June 10, 2016

State's new long-term care plan postponed by six months

The Wolf administration has postponed by six months the sweeping changes that were planned in southwestern Pennsylvania on Jan. 1, 2017, for delivery of long-term care services to low-to-moderate income seniors and disabled individuals.

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Posted on: June 9, 2016

Pennsylvania's child abuse reporting law draws fire for perceived vagueness

The Pennsylvania law requiring school employees, doctors, coaches and others to report suspected child abuse is vague and confusing, legal experts say.

Despite the law being in effect for more than a year, questions remain...

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Posted on: June 7, 2016

Federal overtime pay rules sting nonprofits

Nonprofit leaders across Pennsylvania are in a quandary over how to respond to new U.S. Department of Labor rules that vastly expand the umbrella of workers who qualify for overtime pay.

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Posted on: June 1, 2016

Attorney general's outreach specialist warns about scams of seniors

Aging Edge: What are the most common scams you caution people about?

Little: There’s always what I call the “scam of the season.” From about January to April it’s the IRS scam, where people call and pretend to be the IRS, and we tell people do not repl...Read on...

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Posted on: June 1, 2016

Social workers are some of the unsung heroes of eldercare

The practice of social work requires knowledge of human development and behavior; of social and economic, and cultural institutions; and of the interaction of all these factors.”

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Posted on: June 1, 2016

Survey: Pennsylvania budget impasse cost nonprofits thousands

Services slashed for 17,000 clients in all 67 counties

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Posted on: June 1, 2016

Writing Away the Stigma

Nine people shared stories of their mental illness in Pittsburgh in May as part of a Creative Nonfiction Magazine project to fight the shame and embarrassment that often accompany the illness, which is estimated to affect one in five Americans each year. ...Read on...

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Posted on: May 16, 2016

State deals with trend of elderly abuse cases on the rise

Paralleling a national trend, nearly 800 cases of elder abuse were reported last year in the Philadelphia suburb of Chester County — a 35 percent jump over the previous year, the county said Friday.

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Posted on: May 11, 2016

New unit at The Children's Institute uses physical, mental treatments

Alda Walker wonders whether her 28-year-old adopted daughter would be in a psychiatric hospital if she hadn't received intensive mental-health treatment as a teenager.

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Posted on: May 3, 2016

Influential physicians' group recommends cognitive behavioral therapy for chronic insomnia

Therapy — not pills — should be the first approach for people suffering with insomnia, according to new guidelines from the American College of Physicians, an influential national internal medicine organization.

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Posted on: April 26, 2016

PA Anti-Bullying Consultation Line live

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Available to parents, students, and school staff throughout the Commonwealth. Get strategies and resources to deal with school-based bullying. Messages can be left 24/7 and staff will return your call during business hours.

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Posted on: April 26, 2016

Can this app change schizophrenia treatment?

(CNN)People with schizophrenia often say the disease is an isolating one. They can struggle to connect with loved ones or to find people who understand what they're dealing with. But a new app might help them find the support they need to improve

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Posted on: April 25, 2016

Pitt, fellow universities strengthen mental health services

Cash-strapped universities across the country are digging deeply to bolster mental health services for millennials.

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Posted on: April 19, 2016

Pennsylvanians with disabilities now can save tax-free

HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday signed a law allowing the creation of tax-exempt savings accounts for people with disabilities and their families.

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Posted on: March 14, 2016

Pediatrics group advocates screening for poverty

Calling poverty “one of the most widespread and persistent health risks facing children,” the American Academy of Pediatrics is issuing new recommendations today urging pediatricians to ask at checkups if families are able to make ends meet.

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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 14, 2016

Mentorship, meant to last a year, endures 4 decades for Westmoreland 'sisters'

Forty years ago, a young single teacher heard about a new program matching children with adult mentors.

At the same time, a single mother with two young daughters saw an opportunity for her children. “Westmoreland County had just started..."

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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: February 24, 2016

Report: Too many Pa. foster children are on psychiatric meds Read more at http://www.philly.com/phil

Following a report last summer that large numbers of Pennsylvania children on Medicaid, especially those in foster care, are taking psychiatric medications, state officials Tuesday announced steps to address the problem.

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Posted on: February 9, 2016

Adolescents should be screened for depression, too, says federal panel

Amid evidence that fewer than half of depressed adolescents get treatment for their emotional distress, a federal task force has recommended that physicians routinely screen children between 12 and 18 for depression and have systems in place...

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Posted on: February 1, 2016

Teaching Parenting Skills At Doctor Visits Helps Children's Behavior

As researchers have come to understand how poverty and its stresses influence children's brain development, they've begun untangling how that can lead to increased behavior problems and learning difficulties for disadvantaged kids.

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Posted on: February 1, 2016

Downsizing baby boomers compete for affordable housing

Pat Marroni knows she's one of the lucky ones.

In 2013, when the Westmoreland County Housing Authority built its first new apartment building in three decades, officials were inundated with applications from Marroni and others looking for a spot...

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Posted on: January 28, 2016

Pennsylvania pledges more help for mentally ill defendants

Pennsylvania is pledging in a federal court settlement approved Wednesday to broaden services for mentally ill defendants to avoid stays of hundreds of days in jail or restrictive hospital units while they wait for an assessment by doctors.

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Posted on: January 25, 2016

Westmoreland Transit Authority to add accessible vehicles

Wait times for physically challenged riders who use Westmoreland Transit's shared-ride program may be reduced when 11 wheelchair-accessible vehicles are added to the authority's fleet, according to its executive director.

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Posted on: January 25, 2016

Finding beds for Pennsylvania's mentally ill difficult even when available

Beds in hospital psychiatric units across the state regularly sit empty even though emergency department physicians struggle to find space for mental health patients requiring inpatient care, according to a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette review.

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Posted on: January 21, 2016

Westmoreland County's Drug Overdose Task Force gets $250K from foundation

With fatal drug overdoses at historic levels in Westmoreland County, officials now have more money to combat the problem.

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Posted on: January 19, 2016

Westmoreland County, children's bureau dismissed from civil rights suit

A federal judge has dismissed Westmoreland County, its children's bureau and two caseworkers from a civil rights lawsuit filed by the paternal grandmother of an infant killed by her father more than four years ago.

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Posted on: January 15, 2016

No Visible Bruises: Domestic Violence and Traumatic Brain Injury

The vast majority of domestic-violence victims who show signs of traumatic brain injury never receive a formal diagnosis.

If you or someone you care about has been touched by domestic or sexual violence, get help in Westmoreland Co. at 1-888-832-2272.

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Posted on: January 11, 2016

Westmoreland County senior centers to reopen as state budget impasse eases Read more: http://tribli

The five Westmoreland County senior centers that were closed because of the state budget impasse will reopen Thursday now that the long-overdue money has arrived.

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Posted on: January 5, 2016

No Safe Harbor: McKees Rocks, Homestead left with clusters of mentally ill residents

From 'psychiatric ghettos' to prisons, the mentally ill have few havens

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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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Posted on: January 4, 2016

Trying to make mental health first aid as familiar as CPR

If someone suddenly collapsed and appeared to be having a heart attack, you wouldn't just walk on by, right? ...So why is it that when we see obvious signs of mental or emotional crisis...our first reaction is to withdraw?

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Posted on: December 30, 2015

Area Agency on Aging warns of suspicious activity toward senior citizens

GREENSBURG, Pa. —Westmoreland County Area Agency on Aging officials are warning of suspicious behavior involving people claiming to work for the agency.

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Posted on: December 18, 2015

Lifesharing offers alternative for people with disabilities

By Molly Born / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Early one morning, after yet another nightmare, Clara Hopson pushed the quilt off her small frame and shuffled down the hall.

The 85-year-old, who has an intellectual disability and trouble getting around..

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Posted on: November 23, 2015

Op-Ed: A life-saving drug is now available to everyone in Pennsylvania

When Pennsylvania Physician General Rachel Levine signed a statewide standing order for naloxone in October, she removed a significant barrier to the life-saving medication that reverses drug overdoses from heroin and prescription pain medication.

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Posted on: November 23, 2015

4 families grow on Adoption Day in Westmoreland County

Bailey Thomas looked up at his new mother and smiled. Stephanie Williams was still wiping away tears after telling a Westmoreland County judge why the 9-year-old boy should be hers forever.
“Every kid deserves to have a family and a home"....

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Posted on: October 27, 2015

Natrona Catholic Daughters, Salvation Army team up to combat hunger Read more: http://triblive.com/

Mary Ann Debor was overwhelmed the first time she went to the Salvation Army Allegheny Valley to drop off a donation from the Natrona Catholic Daughters of America for the Love in a Backpack program.

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Posted on: October 26, 2015

Study reinforces avoiding alcohol while pregnant

Complete avoidance of alcohol during pregnancy is necessary to prevent alcohol-related birth defects, including intellectual disabilities in children.

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Posted on: October 6, 2015

Pittsburgh businesses learning to deal with customers struggling with dementia

By Sophie Wodzak

With Pittsburgh ranked the second most senior region in the U.S., a significant portion of the population is likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia, according to William E. Klunk...

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Posted on: September 28, 2015

Delmont couple's 'Hugs' to aid military, their families

Michael and Jenn Mason's family tree includes numerous branches of the military — siblings, parents and grandparents have served or are on active duty.

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Posted on: September 28, 2015

Residents given samples of overdose antidote at Derry training session

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BY NICK CAMMUSO Latrobe Bulletin Staff Writer

A group of area residents now have a lifeline to ward off the effects of a drug overdose.

On Wednesday at Derry Area High School, about 30 naloxone kits were given out to community members during a t...Read on...

Posted on: September 28, 2015

Are you or is someone you know caring for a child with mental illness?

NAMI Basics is a six-session program designed for parents and other family caregivers of children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral difficulties. There is no cost to participants.

NAMI Basics helps parents and caregivers understand the il...Read on...

Posted on: September 14, 2015

Advocates hope to harness power of social media to prevent teen suicides

Social media bullying has been blamed for suicides among teens and young adults, but now there’s a national effort afoot to use social media to prevent young people from taking their lives.

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Posted on: September 2, 2015

Residents concerned over cuts to Westmoreland County shared ride service

By Deana Carpenter
Several senior citizens who depend on Westmoreland County Transit Authority’s shared ride service said recent cuts to the program hurt.

They brought their concerns to an open house hosted by the authority last week...

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Posted on: August 18, 2015

Westmoreland County Transit Authority officials will discuss shared-ride program Read more: http://

The Westmoreland County Transit Authority will hold an open house Thursday to provide information about its struggling shared-ride program.

Agency officials will be on hand between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at authority headquarters...

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Posted on: August 14, 2015

Excela signs lease pact for detox facility at Frick Hospital Read more: http://triblive.com/news/we

An area of Westmoreland County targeted for prevention of drug and alcohol abuse is set to gain a facility devoted to treatment of those afflicted by such problems.

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Posted on: August 12, 2015

Westmoreland County libraries help inmates keep in touch with loved ones

Warden John Walton had a problem.
He was fielding complaints about a new video visitation program for inmates at the Westmoreland County jail that cut back on in-person visits. And fewer people than he anticipated were ponying up...

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Posted on: July 31, 2015

High-rise medical visits aimed at curbing 911 calls in New Kensington Read more: http://triblive.co

Dozens of Citizens Plaza residents interacted with New Kensington Ambulance and Allegheny Valley Hospital staff Wednesday, but no medical emergencies were involved.

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Posted on: July 28, 2015

Mobile office allows Veterans Affairs to extend reach

With over 34,000 veterans residing in Westmoreland County and just four full-time employees in the county's Veterans Affairs department, servicing all the veterans has been a difficult task.

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Posted on: July 27, 2015

Wolf says social service providers may have to borrow money

By Marc Levy
HARRISBURG, Pa. — Gov. Tom Wolf acknowledged today that nonprofit social services providers may have to borrow money during the state budget stalemate, but he said they should share his broader goal of doing the right thing for Pennsylvania.

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Posted on: July 20, 2015

Reductions in Westmoreland shared-ride program defended

As complaints continue to roll in about planned service cuts to the Westmoreland County Transit Authority shared-ride program, officials insist the changes are necessary to keep the financially struggling program solvent.

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Posted on: July 13, 2015

Adults with autism to share housing with general population in Heidelberg complex

By Mark Roth / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
In what may be the first project of its kind in the nation, local developers are building an apartment complex that will house adults with autism alongside non-autistic residents.

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Posted on: July 9, 2015

July Drug Overdose Task Force news

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Read updates from the Task Force committees and related news.

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Posted on: July 8, 2015

Westmoreland Area Agency on Aging lends support to caregivers Read more: http://triblive.com/neighb

It's been emotionally draining and heartbreaking for Peg Wiley to watch her husband slip into dementia...

Every month, she looks forward to one day in particular marked on her calendar — the second Wednesday.

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Posted on: June 17, 2015

Murphy’s bill to overhaul mental health system stirs debate

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy’s sweeping mental health overhaul got a hearing Tuesday in Washington, where lawmakers weighed privacy interests against the interest in providing crucial information to caregivers.

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Posted on: June 12, 2015

Governor Wolf Announces Fee Waivers for Volunteers Seeking Background Checks

Governor Wolf Announces Fee Waivers for Volunteers Seeking Background Checks

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Posted on: June 8, 2015

Seniors worry about the future of Westmoreland Transit's shared ride program

Marionne Croake is a firm believer in the Westmoreland County Transit Authority's shared ride program but worries about its future.

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Posted on: May 20, 2015

Need a car to get to work?

Reliable transportation is essential for working individuals and families, but the cost of purchasing or repairing a vehicle can be a challenge for those with less than perfect credit. The PA Ways to Work program is a partnership between Westmoreland Com...Read on...

Posted on: May 4, 2015

Saving Lives with Naloxone: A Conversation with Gary Tennis

Pennsylvanians are enduring the worst epidemic of fatal overdoses in our commonwealths' history. In 2011, nearly 2,400 Pennsylvanians died of drug overdose, and we know overdoses have gone up since then…..

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Posted on: April 17, 2015

Westmoreland task force hopes to raise money for overdose antidote

The Westmoreland County Drug Overdose Task Force, through its project called Get In Westmoreland, wants to raise $40,000 to help pay for and distribute a drug that can prevent overdose deaths.

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Posted on: March 30, 2015

Westmoreland County Transit Authority to buy 12 minibuses

The Westmoreland County Transit Authority will purchase 12 vehicles to help correct inefficiencies that have plagued the agency's paratransit program since its takeover nearly two years ago.

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Posted on: March 9, 2015

Pitt School of Pharmacy develops website to track overdoses

As a drug overdose epidemic rages in Pennsylvania, a website developed by the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy will help track in real time how counties compare in death rates.

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Posted on: March 6, 2015

Westmoreland County Drug Overdose Task Force gets $9K to buy heroin antidote

(Update: the DOTF learned that this donation will actually total $10,000)

An anonymous donation to the Westmoreland County Drug Overdose Task Force could put an antidote for heroin into the hands of emergency responders and community members.

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Posted on: September 4, 2014

Pitt School of Pharmacy Developing an Overdose Prevention Website


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