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Chronicle AM–April 29, 2014
New York lawmakers have introduced a set of bills to help fight heroin with tougher penalties for dealers, more funding for overdose-reversal drugs and increased better coverage for treatment. The six bills would increase penalties for selling opioids …
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Nearly 4 million seriously mentally ill still without insurance
Community–based mental health facilities, like the Riverwood Centers in Minnesota that helped Bruce Echelberry, above, through depression, are facing public funding cuts and closures. Some low-income patients still needing mental health care will …
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Action needed to curb Adderall use among college students
One option that college students choose to boost their concentration and stay up all night is a “study drug” known as Adderall. Adderall is a medication used in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. It is one of the most common …
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Question by Happy: Emergency Money/Student Loans?
I have been unemployed for over a year now. My unemployment has stopped. I have applied for every job you can think of from cleaning, waiting tables, etc. ( I have applied to over 300 jobs) My background is in Administration/Management so these companies are not interested in hiring me. I have recently tested HIV+ which is something that I am dealing with.

I have no money in my bank account it is currently over drafted. I have tried contacting my local HIV orgainzation that provides emergency assistance for rent and have not had any responses for 3 weeks to my voice mails, emails, etc. I have also been in contact with the Social Service Dept at the hospital who keeps telling me to “keep trying”. I am currently enrolled in College, however, I will not get a refund from my student loans until next month. I have tried to arrange something with my land loard in case I am unable to get the funds to pay June rent. My land lord will not budge, never been late on my rent and have been here for 3 years now.

I have no family here that I can turn to either. I have called every State/Local/County offices for the past 3+ weeks and haven’t received any luck. Do anyone know of a program that will give a loan aganist your student loans? Meaning someone who will give me the money to cover my rent today and next month I can pay it off with my refund check from my student loans?

I’m located in Ohio
* I have nothing to sell, I sold my car after 6 months of being out of work. I have no furniture in my house just clothes, tv and a bed. So I don’t have anything to sell.

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Answer by monique
I am not sure the name of the local organization you contacted?

The state of Ohio through the Health Department has a Ryan White program.
“HIV Case Management Program / Ryan White Emergency Financial Assistance Program
HIV Case Management agencies are located throughout Ohio, providing coverage for every county in the state. Case managers who are trained to help people living with HIV or AIDS can help find the medical treatment and programs they need. A case manager can also determine eligibility for Ryan White Emergency Financial Assistance.

The purpose of the Ryan White Emergency Financial Assistance Program is to assist individuals who are HIV positive and have an emergency need that is HIV-related. The program is one of last resort. Services that may be covered include: medical services, limited dental services and limited mental health services .

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) administers the Ohio HIV Drug Assistance Program (OHDAP) program, providing medications to fight HIV and to treat HIV-related conditions. In addition to OHDAP, the Health Insurance Premium Payment (HIPP) Program is designed for those with health insurance coverage (including COBRA) and the Ohio Medicaid Spenddown Payment (OHMSDP) program is for those with HIV who are on Medicaid and have a spenddown that they must meet each month.”

http://www.odh.ohio.gov/odhprograms/hastpac/hivcare/aids1.aspx (Link to the above information, which includes contact information)

More details about the Case management program
“HIV Case Management Program

HIV case management agencies are located throughout Ohio, providing coverage for every county in the state. Case managers who are trained to help people living with HIV or AIDS can help find the medical treatment and programs they need. A case manager who is familiar with the community can help find doctors, housing, support groups or transportation for people who need these services. There is no fee for their help. A case manager can also determine eligibility for Ryan White Emergency Financial Assistance (RWEA). Case managers must be licensed social workers and adhere to the HIV Care Services’ Standards of Care.” http://www.odh.ohio.gov/odhprograms/hastpac/hivcare/casemgmt/casemgmt1.aspx

While the above program only provides financial assistance related to the HIV diagnosis, if you are able to get a case-manager he/she can help you find services out there you may not be aware of.

Loan companies would not give a loan based on an expected refund amount from a student loan. Loan companies, such as payday loans and those types of loan companies want to see pay stubs and your title loan companies of course want to see titles, because then they know they can go after the person for the money. A hypothetical student loan refund amount is not a guarantee.

I am honestly disappointed that the social services department at the hospital did not provide you with a list of resources and make referrals to agencies like through the Ohio state Department of Health. Typically when professionals call to agencies with situations like this, since verification of the diagnosis is part of the process all of that can get ironed out. All the patient has to do is sign a release of information saying it is okay to make referrals.

Since your rent situation appears to be the top of your priority list, if I were in this situation instead of calling, I would personally visit local churches to try to see if they would be willing to donate money to assist me with paying rent. Showing up in person shows you are who you say you are, and it puts a face behind the need. Let them know you are in school, and will receive your student loan refund next month, and have been unemployed after looking for employment, your unemployment ended and you are unable to pay your June rent at this time. Let them know you have no family that can assist you and that you have nowhere else to turn. I think for the churches that do provide you with money, it would also be a good thing just to give them something back in return…and they may be more willing to give monies that way. I don’t know how your health is or if you are physically capable……..but perhaps asking if you could mow their lawn, help clean the building, etc. Usually religious entities are used to the individuals who just ask for money, but it is rare to get the person who says he/she would be willing to give back….this may make them view your case more legitimately then just someone trying to use the system, so to speak.

Best wishes!

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Heroin addicts face barriers to recovery
Of the 23.1 million Americans who needed treatment for drugs or alcohol in 2012, only 2.5 million people received aid at a specialty facility, according to the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Heroin addicts are a …
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Springfield Alcohol Drug Rehab Announces Residential Treatment Expansion
Springfield Alcohol Drug Rehab is announcing an expansion of its residential treatment program for people with drug addiction problems in and around the Springfield area. Within the residential treatment program, people receive an opportunity to …
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Question by Volvogirl: how do they work?
well, how do rehabilitation centres work? i have a class assignment and i wanted to this stuff? it’s probably different for drugg addiction, self mutilation, alcoholism etc… can u brief about it? how do they start, wat kinda medication they put u on? how long is the time between the intervention and when u reach the centre?

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Answer by glistam3
There are vast differences depending on the type. First of, “rehabilitation” is a term that specifically is reserved for addiction (drugs or alcohol). The press loves to fling “rehabilitation” around to describe everything any celebrity does that involves “going to a place because one has a problem,” but that’s misusing the term.

Anyhow, [true] rehab centers require a medical evaluation on entry, and the applicant must meet specific criteria for addiction. People who are not conclusively drug addicted are tossed out immediately and guided to whatever they actually need. Once the applicant is admitted, they are barred from bringing any chemical in, even Tylenol or aftershave. Most rehab centers will not put the patient on any meds unless they are required for that person to survive (like insulin for diabetes) but they must get them as-needed from the nurse.

Now, for other issues, like self-mutilation, nervous break-downs or other mental illness, a person undergoes voluntary enrollment in a mental institution or psych ward in a hospital. This is not called rehab. Most psych wards are designed for these voluntary patients, because involuntary enrollment is rare (this is being “committed” and requires a powerful court order from a judge). Those go to a separate area or hospital most of the time.
The voluntary patients are put on medication that is specific to their mental health needs, and this is prescribed by a psychiatrist. Most often the patient must stay for a fixed period for observation even if they want to leave (in Maryland it’s three days).
Now, for all of the above, there may or may no be an intervention. Some folks have a enough sense to check themselves in without anybody making them. However, if there is an intervention, the idea it get them to whichever center as quickly as possible, and it varies by situation. Interventions are not regulated, legal events and anybody can do them (though it’s much better to hire a professional counselor who is familiar).

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Tollgate Center in Litchfield proposed as site for drug treatment facility
It will be an adolescent only, private pay, private placement, residential treatment center for education, mental health and sobriety. It will host about 18 to 29 teenagers per month with a license for up to 24 beds. The property owners James Foy and …
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Attorney pushes inpatient drug treatment in oil patch hub Williston
"We need an inpatient facility. The person would be monitored 24/7." Mercy Medical Center President Matt Grimshaw said the facility has no plans to open a drug treatment facility. But Judge Robin Schmidt said she hopes to start a drug court program …
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Dallas TX Alcohol Drug Rehab Launches Expansion of Residential Treatment
Dallas TX Alcohol Drug Rehab is launching an expansion of its residential treatment services for people looking to stop their drug abuse problems in Dallas. Entering a residential treatment facility can seem scary and intimidating for a practicing drug …
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Central State Hospital closings cause patient overflow at River Edge
20, 2010, an article from the Atlanta Journal Constitution covering the closing of Central State facilities, stated that “state officials said that the change will not create any overcrowding elsewhere.” Contrary to this remark, reports obtained from …
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Sober Services welcomes Michael Lohan's Dream Recovery International to its
IRVINE, Calif. , April 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Addiction clinic placement specialist Sober Services has joined forces with Dream Recovery International , a rehab facility co-founded by Michael Lohan . "Not all rehabs are legitimate," says Shane Earn …
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Mental health bill clears hurdle
ANNAPOLIS — In August 2009, a rumor surfaced that Chestertown's Upper Shore Community Mental Health Center might close. It served mentally ill or dual-diagnosis addiction and mental health patients without insurance. Months of loud protests from the …
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