West Virginia allocates $10 million for more EMS training and equipment

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Among the changes, the state will purchase mobile ambulance simulators to enable educational programs in all regions. Also in the news: The District of Columbia named its first director of the new Office of the Deaf, Deafblind, and Hard of Hearing; a federal judge in Nebraska has removed an obstacle to the legalization of medical marijuana; and more.

AP: West Virginia bolsters emergency medical services workforce

West Virginia is allocating $10 million in federal coronavirus relief funding to bolster the state’s emergency medical services workforce, Governor Jim Justice has said. The community and technical college system, EMS community partners, and state legislators reviewed current education and training opportunities for emergency medical technicians and paramedics and reviewed areas of need, a the Republican governor’s office said in a news release on Tuesday. (6/15)

The Boston Globe: As mental health crisis deepens, record investment languishes

The $400 million in federal state funding for mental health was seen as a watershed moment in addressing the growing crisis, a record sum that advocates say would make a significant dent in the problem. Six months later, half the allowance languished, mired in bureaucratic wrangling. Delayed fixes have come as the state struggles to implement comprehensive, longer-term mental health care reforms. Meanwhile, the state’s mental health care crisis has only worsened, resulting in increasingly sick patients arriving in the emergency room and days or weeks of waiting for a psychiatric bed. (Bartlett, 6/14)

The Washington Post: Kari Cooke Named Inaugural Director of DC’s Office of the Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing

Kari Cooke, recently chosen by DC Mayor Muriel E. Bowser to lead the city’s new Deaf, Deafblind, and Hard of Hearing Office, still remembers her desire for a sense of community. Cooke, from New York, grew up with hearing difficulties that began to accelerate in her early 20s. Even as she came to terms with her deafness, she felt isolated from others who had found a connection through their fluency in American Sign Language. It wasn’t until later, when she joined the National Black Deaf Advocates, that Cooke finally felt she belonged. (Brice-Seller, 6/14)

The Washington Post: Elderly displaced after small fire at Bowie facility

More than 100 seniors were evacuated from a Maryland nursing home early Tuesday morning and moved to other facilities across the state after a fire in the kitchen damaged part of the building and forced utilities to be closed. Emergency responders from the Prince George’s County Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services were called to the Larkin Chase Center in Bowie at 3:42 a.m. to a report of an explosion that had trapped one person, firefighters said . The DC, Anne Arundel County and Montgomery County Fire Departments assisted in evacuation efforts, officials said. (Hilton, Mettler and Hedgpeth, 6/14)

On Cannabis —

AP: Bills Signed By NC Governor Address Arson, Drugs, Insurance

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper signed three bills into law on Tuesday, including one that increases arson penalties and another that supporters say will get federally approved drugs faster. marijuana or its active ingredient for those who need it. The bills are the first the Democratic governor has received — and signed — since the start of the legislature’s annual working session four weeks ago. The debate on the three measures began last year. (6/14)

AP: Judge clears major roadblock to Nebraska medical pot campaign

A federal judge in Nebraska has removed a major hurdle for activists who want to legalize medical marijuana via a ballot campaign, ruling that petition distributors no longer have to collect signatures from at least 5% of voters in 38 or more counties. U.S. District Judge John Gerrard issued an order on Monday temporarily barring the state from enforcing the requirement, which is enshrined in Nebraska’s Constitution to ensure at least some buy-in from rural voters before a problem can arise. on a statewide ballot. (6/14)

AP: Governor appoints 17 to Medical Marijuana Advisory Board

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday named 17 people to serve on a medical marijuana advisory team he created by executive order. Cabinet Secretary for Justice and Public Safety Kerry Harvey and Cabinet Secretary for Public Safety Ray Perry will serve as co-chairs of the panel, which includes medical professionals, members of law enforcement and advocates for medical marijuana, Beshear said in a statement. (6/15)

On substance abuse and addiction —

San Francisco Chronicle: SF Supes OKs $1.25 Million to Financially Troubled Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Provider

A major San Francisco addiction and mental health treatment program provider that is struggling financially has received a temporary lifeline from city supervisors to maintain services for more than 200 people and keep dozens of workers at work. nonprofit employees. PRC and Baker Places, two nonprofits in the process of merging, have pleaded with the board of supervisors to bail them out of a combined $3.2 million shortfall so they can continue to run 215 hospital beds. treatment to provide detoxification, psychiatric care and other urgent aid to some of them. the city’s most vulnerable residents. (Morris, 6/14)

San Francisco Chronicle: New SF supervisor pushes for police crackdown in ‘drug priority areas’

San Francisco’s newest supervisor pushes plan for police to prioritize apprehending drug dealers and confiscating illegal drugs from users in areas where people seek help with drug addiction . The plan is part of a larger ‘right to recovery’ initiative that supervisor Matt Dorsey is drafting as he tries to deal with the fentanyl crisis unfolding in SoMa and other parts. of his district where overdoses are high and city officials want to connect more people to treatment. (Morris, 6/14)

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