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Sacramento County Crisis & Personal Support Digest

As Alzheimer’s Cases Grow, Sacramento Wants to Make Communities 'Dementia-Friendly’


In Sacramento County, a new initiative is underway to make the area “friendlier” for people who have dementia and attempt to lower rates of the disease in the first place. Officials want more businesses to be able to see the signs, and for families to have more clarity on local resources.

Barbershops in Sacramento Host Free Therapy Sessions for Black Men


Local barbers and the Greater Sacramento Urban League partner on a mental health program for Black men.

Why It’s Taken So Long for the Golden Gate Bridge to Get a Protective Barrier


Workers are in the final stages of a long, $217 million project: Install a protective barrier at the Golden Gate Bridge. Roughly 2,000 people have died by suicide jumping from the bridge since it opened in 1937.

Sacramento County Approves Homeless Safe Parking Program in North Highlands


The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a safe parking program in North Highlands. Once it opens, county staff said up to 30 people at a time will be able to park at the site on Watt Avenue, with access to showers, restrooms and at least two meals a day.

Extracurricular Clubs, Sports Programs Help Young Camp Fire Survivors Heal


Five years ago, the Camp Fire disrupted lives, followed quickly by the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving students in Paradise with few options to connect with others outside of the internet.

Angela Davis Says Black Women Have Always Led the Charge for Change


Internationally acclaimed activist and women’s rights warrior Angela Davis was in Sacramento speaking on solutions for ending domestic violence in the Black community.

Newsom Taking New Approach to California’s 10,000 Homeless Veterans


California’s population of homeless veterans has plateaued despite billions of dollars in state spending to create housing for former service members. Now, Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to shift resources to focus on veterans with serious mental health conditions.

Trouble at Several Youth Homes in Citrus Heights Raises Questions


A Citrus Heights youth organization is frequently listed in police call logs, with its group homes drawing complaints from residents.

California Sues ‘Crisis’ Pregnancy Centers That Promise ‘Abortion Pill Reversal’


Several anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers are advertising abortion pill reversal. California Attorney General Rob Bonta calls the claims false advertising that mislead vulnerable patients.

‘We Are Horrified’: Late Changes to Newsom’s $6 Billion Mental Health Bond Surprise Providers


California voters likely will see a mental health ballot measure on the March 2024 election. One would issue a $6 billion bond to create housing for people with mental illnesses.

Opioid Antidote Now Available in Drug Stores


Naloxone, a nasal spray that can reverse the adverse effects of opioids, became available in drug stores last week. The drug is sold under the brand names Narcan and RiVive and can be purchased over the counter.

Del Paso Heights Nonprofit Seeks to Reverse Area's Growing Fentanyl Crisis


Now community workers with the Neighborhood Wellness Foundation are testing out new approaches to lower drug-related deaths in the area.

Tropical Storm Hilary Cost Farmworkers Hundreds of Dollars in Crucial Paychecks. But Help Is Not on the Way


Many farmworkers in Coachella Valley lack legal status as citizens and don't qualify for most federal and state disaster aid. Even a new $95 million storm assistance program for immigrants that Governor Gavin Newsom recently touted is out of reach because it pertains to the winter and spring storms and floods.

Newsom Pushes Mental Health Care Changes Over Advocate Concerns


Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plan to overhaul how California counties pay for behavioral health care is one step closer to going before voters in March—over heavy opposition from patient advocates, service providers and local government officials.

8 Months After Storms, California Disaster Relief Flows Slowly to Undocumented Workers Who Lost Homes, Income


Gov. Gavin Newsom promised $95 million would help undocumented workers rebuild after winter storms and floods. Months later, $18 million is being doled out and there are translation issues with the state’s website.

Stephon Clark Expo Explores Spectrum of Mental Health


The first annual Stephon Clark Minority Mental Health Expo, organized by Stephon’s brother Stevante Clark, brought together dozens of advocates, leaders and professionals to raise awareness of the importance of mental health in minority communities.

Millions of Californians Struggle to Get Enough Food Despite State’s Abundance


How bad is California hunger? A lot depends on your access to food aid, which expanded during the COVID-19 pandemic but is being reduced.

New Biden Rules Put Asylum Seekers at California Border at Heightened Risk


The Biden administration’s app rule makes it harder for migrants to assert a right to asylum, advocates say. Lawsuits are sparking debate about immigration control, safety.

A Year With 988: What Worked? What Lies Ahead?


The Suicide & Crisis Lifeline’s 988 hotline marked its one-year milestone this month. Mental health experts say the three-digit number made help more accessible than before.

California Nurse Shortage Grows as Leaders Bicker Over How to Fill Jobs


Some hospitals in Southern California have a nurse vacancy rate of 30 percent, stressing overworked staff and causing some to leave the industry earlier than they planned.

Los Angeles Homeless Population Grows. But Mayor Karen Bass Has Also Made Gains


Despite efforts by Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass to shelter more than 14,000 people this year, the city's homeless population keeps growing. That does not necessarily mean her signature program is failing. The larger question: How does California measure success?

‘Safe House’ Opens for Older, Unhoused Sacramentans


Older adults make up the fastest-growing share of California’s homeless population. To meet their needs locally, Sacramento County opened Nottoli Place, a small shelter for adults ages 60 and up.

California Steps Up Efforts to Stem Violence Against Native Americans With Feather Alert System


Today tribal leaders, local law enforcement and lawmakers gathered to learn how the a new tool—the Feather Alert—will work to help law enforcement quickly notify the public about missing Native Americans and enlist their aid.

Mental Health Providers Say New Medi-Cal Reform May Force Them to Cut Services


Medi-Cal is changing how it pays mental health providers. Many of those providers say they may no longer be able to afford peer support specialists, home visits and other services.

ACLU Launches State’s 1st Database to Track Conditions in Immigration Detention Facilities


The ACLU Foundation of Northern California launched the California Immigration Detention Database, a tool to track complaints filed by immigrants in California detention facilities to seek redress against inhumane conditions.

Geographic Disparities Revealed in US Depression Rates, New Study Shows


The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted the analysis that revealed significant variations in the prevalence of diagnosed depression , ranging from an estimated 12.7% in Hawaii to 27.5% in West Virginia.

WellSpace’s ‘Crib’ Offers Temporary Alternative to Hospital or Jail


WellSpace Health is a nonprofit organization in Sacramento, Placer and Amador counties. The organization provides comprehensive medical, dental, behavioral health, and supportive services to more than 110,000 low-income and underserved patients each year.

California Bill Could Help Improve Firefighters’ Mental Health


After unanimously clearing the Senate, a bill expanding first responders' access to workers’ comp for PTSD moves to the Assembly.

New Mobile Crisis Team Discussed


With more and more residents voicing concern about Galt's homeless population, a new Mobile Crisis Team has been formed to deal with mental health situations. A Sacramento County social worker and Galt police officer recently shared recent developments.

Nonprofit Founder Seeks a Transitional Housing Project in Elk Grove


Mark Jackson, CEO and founder of St. Martin Foundation, hopes to help build a facility to house homeless men in Elk Grove. His mission is to reduce homelessness among males transitioning from alcohol addiction recovery programs or incarceration.

California Senate’s New Health Chair to Prioritize Mental Health, Homelessness


State Sen. Susan Talamantes Eggman of Stockton has been appointed chair of the state Senate's health committee. A licensed social worker, Eggman said she will make mental health care and homelessness front-burner issues.

Galt Joint Union Elementary School District Seeks Narcan


The Galt Joint Union Elementary School District is applying to stock the anti-opioid overdose medicine for students and staff.