Alameda County law enforcement officials are fighting crime in a novel way, by targeting high-risk, recently released jail inmates with job training, mental health counseling, healthy food and opportunities for recreation.
Author: Lynn Graebner
New federal restrictions on prescription painkillers are having an unintended consequence: many chronic pain patients can’t get the relief they need, and some are even resorting to illegal drugs to help them cope.
Bryan Hirayama, an assistant professor at Bakersfield Community College, made a little bit of history this year. He became one of the first community college professors to teach inside a California state prison in roughly the last 20 years.
Despite strides by the Veterans Health Administration to accommodate 400,000 women, the fastest growing population using VA hospitals and clinics, legislators and patient advocates say there are still big gaps in care.
Thousands of residents in rural disadvantaged communities in the Salinas Valley may soon have help avoiding drinking water from domestic wells and small water systems contaminated with dangerous levels of nitrate.
Cities across California have committed themselves to what sounds like an impossible goal: ending homelessness among military veterans by the end of this year.
When law enforcement and people experiencing a mental health crisis intersect, it’s often not clear to either of them what they are dealing with or how to proceed. A new program in Butte County seeks to make those encounters safer for everyone.
Victims of stabbings and shootings, usually gang-related, are often followed to the hospital by friends and relatives planning retaliation on behalf of the victim.
Retaliatory violence creates a vicious cycle, revealed starkly in hospital statistics. Within five years, 17 to 20 percent of victims will be readmitted to the hospital and won’t survive.
A growing network of hospitals and community organizations across the country are sending streetwise mentors to the hospital bedsides of youth with violent injuries.
There are thousands of people in San Francisco whose income is too high for them to qualify for Medi-Cal, the state’s low-income health plan, but too low for them to afford Covered California premiums.
An Oakland-based nonprofit group is building a national model to help foster youth overcome one of their biggest challenges: staying in school.