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Hipaa’s Use as Code of Silence Often Misinterprets...

by Paula Span in THE NEW OLD AGE. How do people use, misuse or abuse Hipaa, the federal regulations protecting patients’ confidential health information? Let us count the ways: ■ Last month, in a continuing care retirement community in Ithaca, N.Y., Helen Wyvill, 72, noticed that a friend hadn’t shown up for their regular swim. She wasn’t in her apartment, either. Had she gone to a hospital? Could friends visit or call? Was...

Marin County 2015 Point-in-Time Homeless Survey

The Marin County 2015 point-in-time homeless survey reports shows a 40% increase in homelessness in Marin from the last biennial count in 2013 (1,309 vs. 933)! The 2015 report did not include a number for those who are considered “precariously housed” as did the 2013 report. That number was 4,388 in 2013. Applied Survey Research (ASR) did the report for the County. There is limited information on those experiencing mental...

Laura’s Law

Marin Coalition Calls for Mandatory Treatment of Mentally Ill By Richard Halstead, Marin Independent Journal [On April 30, 2015 a] group of Marin police officers and firefighters heard arguments this about why Marin County should implement Laura’s Law in a meeting in Larkspur sponsored by the Marin Organization to Reduce Homelessness Coalition. About 30 people, including Supervisors Katie Rice and Damon Connolly, attended...

Children’s Mental Health Report

Mental health disorders are the most common diseases of childhood. Of the 74.5 million children in the United States, an estimated 17.1 million have or have had a psychiatric disorder1 — more than the number of children with cancer, diabetes, and AIDS combined.2 Half of all psychiatric illness occurs before the age of 14, and 75 percent by the age of 24. In spite of the magnitude of the problem, lack of awareness and...