A state of the art facility in Modesto will now serve the many veterans who live in the San Joaquin Valley.
Author: Alexia Underwood
As Californians gear up for the final phase of health-care reform in January, seniors around the state are still wondering what to expect.
More than one million people in California suffer from mental illness – the largest number of any state. When the final phase of the new health care law starts in January of next year, more California residents than ever before will be able to seek help for problems ranging from depression, anxiety, and addiction to schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. But mental health providers in the state’s Central Valley are unprepared for an influx of thousands of patients.
As the US population ages in record numbers, home care workers are becoming part of an increasingly in-demand market. They make an independent life possible for thousands of seniors and people with disabilities, but in the Central Valley and elsewhere across California and the US, they’re barely scraping by themselves.
Organic farms and ranches in California are mainly concentrated in coastal areas. In the vast agricultural belt of the Central Valley, where almost half of the produce in the U.S. is grown, most farmers are still using traditional growing methods. Recently, though, that seems to be changing.