Vermont Receives Over $2 Million to Support At-Risk Veterans

first_imgVermont Receives Over $2 Million to Support At-Risk VeteransWaterbury, VT-The Vermont Agency of Human Services (AHS) Department of Mental Health (DMH) has announced the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) has awarded Vermont a five year, $2.1 million grant to create an infrastructure project to serve veterans of all conflicts with trauma-spectrum illnesses, who are at risk or have already become involved with the criminal justice system.”Vermont’s veterans, who have so selflessly protected the liberties we all enjoy, deserve the most caring, compassionate services we can provide to them when they are in need,” said Governor Jim Douglas. “Vermont has a proud tradition of providing these supports to our state’s veterans, and we are truly pleased that the federal government has recognized the quality of these services through their support of this new initiative.”The grant will support the creation of a statewide intergovernmental initiative intended to address the needs of Vermont veterans and other adults with trauma spectrum-illness who are involved in the criminal justice system through identification, screening and assessment, and diversion from the criminal justice system to evidence-based treatment and supports.During the project’s first three years, DMH will pilot its infrastructure and intervention model in Chittenden County, screening an estimated 14,000 veterans and other adults in the criminal justice system for trauma-related illness and diverting an estimated 300 from detention to evidence-based treatment and supports. In years three through five, the project will progress toward statewide implementation, screening approximately an additional 24,500 adults and diverting roughly 525 to treatment. Over the grant term, about 38,500 adults will be screened and roughly 825 will be diverted to evidence-based care, resulting in increased access to trauma informed services and evidence-based trauma treatment and community supports for these veterans.”The Agency of Human Services is fully committed to ensuring that veterans and their families have access to comprehensive supports, particularly through our involvement with the Military, Family and Community Network and our promotion of the employment of veterans through our Division for Vocational Rehabilitation,” said Cynthia D. LaWare, Secretary of AHS. “This SAMHSA grant to our Department of Mental Health will enable us to leverage existing resources as we continue to help at-risk veterans achieve success and support successful community reintegration.””This grant will enhance current efforts by DMH, the Department of Corrections, the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program Division of the Health Department, and the Court Administrator to focus on better interventions for persons involved with or at risk of involvement with the criminal justice system,” added DMH Commissioner Michael Hartman. “Together with ongoing efforts by the Veterans Administration and local veterans groups, this grant will help more veterans access valuable services and supports.”DMH and community partners are currently working out the details of a plan to implement these expanded services for veterans.#####last_img read more

Aggressive Response, Stockpiles Should Help Contain Haiti’s Cholera Outbreak

first_imgBy Dialogo November 11, 2010 Hello. They are Argentine troops in the photo not Uruguayan…Greetings! As the number of confirmed cholera cases and deaths in Haiti continue to climb, so do concerns about the spread of the disease in the capital. U.S. officials say Haiti is well positioned to contain the outbreak. U.S. State Department Spokesman P.J. Crowley says the Haitian government has established 16 treatment centers in Port-au-Prince, which he said are effectively helping the government evaluate the ongoing cholera outbreak and the fallout from Hurricane Tomas. As of Tuesday afternoon (Nov. 9th), Haiti’s health ministry said more than 580 people had died of cholera-related complications and more than 9,000 people have been hospitalized since the outbreak appeared in late October. Also Tuesday, the first cholera-related fatality in Port-au-Prince was confirmed, weeks after the outbreak first appeared north of the capital. Crowley told reporters in Washington that Haitian officials had prepared for the possibility that the disease might spread in Port-au-Prince. “Obviously, the Haitian government in establishing these treatment centers fully anticipates, as I think there were some earlier reports of, an increase in cholera cases in and around the capital,” said P.J. Crowley. The head of Haiti’s Ministry of Public Health and Population, Gabriel Timothee, said the government considers the cholera outbreak to be a national security issue. And Crowley said he believes the Haitian government’s aggressive response, in cooperation with the help of international partners, should help to contain the disease. The U.S Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance is among the agencies that pre-positioned supplies such as hygiene kits, water containers and blankets, in advance of Hurricane Tomas, which dumped rain on Haiti last week. Health officials fear, though, that the rains and flooding from Tomas will help the disease to spread. Cholera is caused by ingestion of contaminated food or water, and symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting and dehydration. As in previous outbreaks, Crowley said officials expect to see the mortality rate, relative to the number of cholera cases, decline.last_img read more

Astros win 8th straight, pounding Rox with 2 5-run frames

first_imgRyan McMahon hit two homers for the Rockies, who lost all four games of a home-and-home set against Houston.Kyle Tucker, who homered and tripled twice the night before, had another triple among his two hits and two RBIs in the Astros’ ninth consecutive victory against the Rockies, including the four this week.“That’s what makes this team so special,” said Toro, who started in place of injured third baseman Alex Bregman. “We’re losing some key guys and we’re still winning. That just shows the depth of this team.”Brooks Raley (1-0) worked 1 1/3 innings for the victory and Ryan Pressly gave up an RBI groundout en route to his third save. Right fielder Josh Reddick made a diving catch of Trevor Story’s sinking line drive for the final out.McMahon had his fifth career multihomer game, hitting a two-run homer off Houston starter Cristian Javier in the second and another two-run shot off Raley in the fifth. Nolan Arenado had a solo homer in the third and Sam Hilliard had a career-high four hits for the Rockies. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditDENVER (AP) — Abraham Toro homered in the second of two five-run innings by the Astros and Houston extended its major league-best winning streak to eight games with a 10-8 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Thursday.Jose Altuve had two hits, including a two-run double that fueled a five-run second inning, when the Astros batted around against German Marquez (2-4). It was Altuve’s second straight multihit game since being returned to the No. 2 spot in the batting order after three games in the No. 6 hole following early-season struggles.“He’s getting two hits a day since we moved him back into that second spot,” Astros manager Dusty Baker said. “Everybody here is pulling for Jose every time he goes up there and I’m sure Jose is proud of himself, the way he’s battled back, but he’s still got a ways to go to get off that interstate.” August 20, 2020 Astros win 8th straight, pounding Rox with 2 5-run framescenter_img UP NEXTAstros: RHP Lance McCullers Jr. (2-1, 5.47 ERA) takes the mound in the first of a three-game series at San Diego.Rockies: RHP Jon Gray (1-2, 5.74 ERA) is slated to pitch the series opener Friday night at the Los Angeles Dodgers as Colorado begins a seven-game trip. Gray went a season-high seven innings in his last outing and earned his first win of the season.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports WALK IN THE PARKRaimel Tapia drew four walks, the 10th time in Rockies history a player had walked four times in a game.TRAINER’S ROOMAstros: Bregman was placed on the 10-day injured list with right hamstring discomfort. Bregman left Wednesday’s game after sustaining the injury while running out a double. LHP Cionel Pérez was recalled from the team’s alternate training site. Rockies: INF-OF Chris Owings was placed on the 10-day injured list after aggravating a left hamstring strain while running out a grounder in the ninth inning Wednesday. INF Josh Fuentes was recalled from the alternate training site to replace him. … C Elias Díaz has been reinstated from the restricted list. He was placed on the list Monday for violating unspecified coronavirus protocols. “He satisfied what needed to be satisfied and he’s back on the team,” manager Bud Black said. LHP James Pazos was optioned to the alternate training site to make room for Díaz. “Guys are upset,” Arenado said after the Rockies lost for the ninth time in 11 games after an 11-3 start. “You’re never happy with what’s going on now. We’ve just got to continue to fight, continue to battle and that’s it. There’s not a whole lot to say, just play better baseball.”Marquez went five innings and allowed 10 hits and 10 runs, one fewer run than his career high against San Francisco on July 15, 2019. Toro hit a three-run homer in the fifth.Astros reliever Josh James appeared to turn an ankle while fielding an infield grounder for the last out of the sixth inning. He gingerly walked off the field with the assistance of a trainer. SCORING IN BUNCHESThe Astros got all their hits and scored all their runs in the second and fifth innings, when they sent a combined 17 men to the plate. They have outscored the opposition 48-21 during their eight-game winning streak. They totaled 23 runs in the two games at Coors Field.last_img read more