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Photography Gallery: Faces of Mental Illness

Everyone pictured here has a mental illness. They live in this community. A daughter. An uncle. A sister. A friend. A neighbor. A co-worker.And...

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Normalizing Mental Illness: One Mom's Hope (Multimedia)

Joyce Plis is the executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Stanislaus County. She works to educate the public on how people with mental illness can lead successful lives if given appropriate treatment. She also helps people gain access to treatment. Plis’ son has schizophrenia. Produced for the Modesto Bee. Photography, audio and production by Lauren M. Whaley/CHCF Center for Health Reporting.

In recent years, a faltering local economy has combined with ongoing state and county budget cuts to severely reduce Stanislaus County’s ability to treat adults with mental illnesses – a trend reflected around California. In four years, the county department of Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, which oversees mental health services, has lost more than 200 positions – some 37 percent of its staff. In 2003-4, the department was able to serve nearly 13,000 county residents. Today, that number has dropped closer to 9,000, while the need almost certainly has grown.

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Prescription for Success: Caring

When pharmacist Steve Chen first saw him, Mike Metcalfe was straight out of a hospital ward following an eight-day diabetic coma.  He was 50,...

USC tries novel approach to care

Dr. Sarah Ma goes over medications and dosages with diabetes patient Joe Navarro. Photo Credit: Anacleto Rapping This article originally...

More time to avoid the Obamacare tax penalty

In my last column, I warned you that March 31 was your last chance to sign up for a health plan from Covered California or the private market if you...
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