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Medi-Cal coverage expands to all Californians 50 years and older, regardless of immigration status

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A new law has expanded Medi-Cal coverage to all Californians who are 50 years and older, regardless of their immigration status.

The Older Adult Expansion initiative went into effect Sunday, extending medical, dental, and mental health care to all Californians ages 50 years and older. Other Medi-Cal eligibility rules, including income limits, still apply, but immigration status is not among those rules.

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California teachers train to spot mental health warning signs

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Since the pandemic started, experts have warned of a mental health crisis facing American children that is now visibly playing out at schools across the country.

Benito Luna-Herrera, a 7th grade social studies teacher in Southern California, tells of middle school students whose post-pandemic depression led them to thoughts of suicide. Other educators say they have never seen so much school violence, anxiety, depression, substance abuse and suicide ideation.

The silver lining in Luna-Herrera’s case is that special training helped him know what to look for and how to respond to signs of a mental emergency. He is among a small but growing number of California teachers and school staff to take a course called Youth Mental Health First Aid. It teaches adults how to spot warning signs of mental health risks and substance abuse in children, and how to prevent a tragedy.

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The holidays can be difficult for those dealing with mental illness

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The holidays are meant to be filled with joy, but they can also be stressful and challenging for those battling mental illness.

A study conducted by the National Alliance of Mental Illness found that 64 percent of people with mental illness report holidays make their conditions worse.

“For many people the holiday season is not always the most wonderful time of the year,” said NAMI medical director Ken Duckworth.

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How will Turlock spend $15.7 million in COVID funds? Business, mental health priorities

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With $15.7 million of federal COVID-19 relief money to spend in the next five years, the Turlock City Council on Tuesday identified supporting business and mental health needs as priorities.

For presentation at a future council meeting, city staff plan to prepare a list of top five spending ideas based on Tuesday’s discussion, Interim City Manager Dan Madden said.

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Survey: Decrease in student substance abuse; increase in mental health issues

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Turlock Unified School District recently received the results of the California School Climate, Health and Learning Survey which showed students participating in less substance abuse compared to two years ago, however, more students experienced chronic sadness or hopelessness.

“I’m happy to see the decrease in substance abuse. In some situations, it’s almost double and I think it speaks to those smaller learning environments that we know are necessary and I’m grateful students are finding that safe space to meet their needs,” said Superintendent Dana Trevethan.

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