Study finds women aged 25 to 44 are driving the increase in opioid-related emergency room and hospital stays in Kentucky

Study finds women aged 25 to 44 are driving the increase in opioid-related emergency room and hospital stays in Kentucky

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News http://bit.ly/2thPona Kentucky is a national leader in yet another measurement of the painkiller epidemic: the number of opioid-related emergency-room visits and inpatient hospital stays. That was established by a study which found that the numbers are largely driven by women between 25 and 44. Kentucky ranks eighth in the rate of opioid-related emergency room visits for both men and women. For opioid-related inpatient stays, it is 10th among women and 16th among men. The study, released by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, analyzed inpatient data for 44 states and the District of Columbia […]

Canines helping out in the courtroom

Pew Charitable Trusts http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/stateline/2017/06/26/canines-helping-out-in-the-courtroom Child abuse victims often are frightened and intimidated if they have to testify about their experience in a courtroom. So a growing number of courts across the country are allowing specially trained dogs to accompany them — and other vulnerable people — on the witness stand to help calm them and ease the process. Sometimes dubbed “courthouse facility dogs,” these canines lie quietly in the witness box, offering a supportive presence that helps victims and witnesses compose themselves and tell a jury what happened. “Sometimes they need the leash in their hand. Sometimes they need the […]

Kentucky Bar Foundation grants $10,000 to Family & Children’s Place

Grant will support work at the Kosair Charities Child Advocacy Center, visitation center LOUISVILLE, Ky. (June 22, 2017) – The Kentucky Bar Foundation has awarded a $10,000 grant to Family & Children’s Place to support the ongoing work of the agency’s Kosair Charities Child Advocacy Center (KCCAC) and Supervised Visitation Center. “This generous award will enable us to continue to give children and families the chance to be healthy, happy and safe, despite their painful pasts,” said Pam Darnall, president and CEO of Family & Children’s Place. “There also is a natural alignment between the work we do and the […]

July Mental Health First Aid Training

The PAL Coalition, an initiative of Family & Children’s Place, is offering a Mental Health First Aid Training for adults. The course, from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday, July 19, 2017, will increase participants’ understanding of mental health issues and treatments, connect more people with care, and reduce stigma – helpful information given that many people with mental disorders delay seeking help, but are more open to getting help when encouraged by someone they trust. Participants will learn the signs and symptoms of different types of mental illnesses, how they can affect a person’s daily life and how they can help […]

Teen town hall to feature Kentucky state Rep. Attica Scott

The PAL Coalition and PACT in Action are hosting a teen town hall, featuring Kentucky Rep. Attica Scott, at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 21, at the California Community Center. PAL is a program of Family & Children’s Place, a child abuse prevention agency, and PACT is a teen dating violence initiative of the Center for Women and Families and KentuckyOne Health. Free dinner will be provided at the town hall, which invites young people, families, and community members to participate and discuss issues facing their community. Scott, who represents the state’s 41st District, will participate and help answer questions asked […]

Jim and Madi Tate Fund awards $3,000 to Family & Children’s Place

Grant supports 10-week program to help at-risk students make healthy, positive choices LOUISVILLE, Ky. (June 9, 2017) – The Jim and Madi Tate Fund has awarded a $3,000 grant to Family & Children’s Place to support advocacy and entrepreneurial projects for up to 30 students participating in the agency’s PAL Coalition programming. PAL works with communities, private nonprofit agencies and federal, state, and local governments to reduce substance abuse by young people living in Park Hill, Algonquin, and Old Louisville. The 10-week, one-day a week, three-hour-a-day program – Powerful Arriving Leaders Engage Louisville – benefits middle and high school-aged students who […]

Agency hosts national EMDR training

The Child & Family Services program at Family & Children’s Place sponsored training in level one EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), in May at the agency’s Old Louisville headquarters. Training was through the EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Program, an international organization that uses dedicated volunteers to train nonprofit clinicians in EMDR.  Judith Daniels, a former Family & Children’s Place employee and local professional co-facilitated. Participants included four of the agency’s clinical staff – Jamie Sanchez, Marian Ahmed, Glennisha Mudd and Stephanie Barnett – as well as 27 therapists from around the country, including Philadelphia, Indianapolis, and Washington, D.C. EMDR enables […]

Focus on child abuse prevention

From the Indianapolis Star: http://www.indystar.com/story/opinion/2017/06/03/editorial-focus-child-abuse-prevention/102457536/ In the past four years alone, the state Department of Child Services has added 550 case managers and supervisors in trying to keep up with Indiana’s horrifying surge in child abuse and neglect cases. It hasn’t been enough. Even with the additional employees and increased funding, DCS has still failed to comply — for the past six years — with a state law that requires limits on case managers’ workloads. How far short has DCS fallen in meeting the legal standard? Case managers are supposed to handle no more than 17 ongoing cases or 12 […]