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The psilocybin allocation in the budget bill is set to provide funding for competitive research grants of whole-mushroom psilocybin that could be approved by the FDA to treat a variety of conditions.

Arizona is headed toward funding the first controlled clinical trials for whole mushroom psilocybin, or “magic mushrooms,” to treat an array of health issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression. Read more»

Three generations of Anita Yellowhair’s family, including her daughter, Noel Alvarez, left, and her granddaughter, Sierra Alvarez. Each generation has been impacted in some way by intergenerational trauma.

Over 60 years later, boarding school survivor Anita Yellowhair shares her story of 10 years at the Intermountain Indian School, one of thousands of children taken from their home to one of more than 400 boarding schools, where they would learn how to live the white man’s way. Read more»

La Universidad de Arizona está llevando a cabo un estudio sobre la meditación de la compasión, la cual se utiliza para tratar la ansiedad, la depresión y el sentimiento de aislamiento en sobrevivientes de cáncer de mama y sus parejas de apoyo.

La Universidad de Arizona utilizará una subvención de $1,7 millones para que las sobrevivientes de cáncer de mama y sus parejas practiquen la "meditación de la compasión", investigando si el programa puede aliviar su ansiedad, depresión y sensación de aislamiento. Read more»

The report also suggested that community health care facilities and programs place clinics in schools or have mobile health care options to allow for the families of those who take on undocumented children to get health care without having to take time off their jobs.

Since fiscal year 2012, more than 600,000 migrant children have crossed into the United States by themselves - but once children are released, the lack of health insurance and lack of knowledge about the American medical system makes accessing health care extremely difficult. Read more»

Midwestern University’s mobile veterinary clinic sits outside the university’s Animal Health Institute. The pop-up has the ability to move locations, but most of the time, it stays on campus.

To bolster the shortfall of veterinarians in Arizona and the United States, Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine started a four-year program in Glendale, and the University of Arizona created a College of Veterinary Medicine and started a three-year program in Oro Valley. Read more»

The University of Arizona is doing a study on compassion meditation, which is being used to help treat anxiety, depression and sense of isolation in breast-cancer survivors and their partners. 'It’s a meditation that is about our feelings for other people, as well as our feelings about ourselves,' said Thaddeus Pace, the principal investigator.

The University of Arizona will use a $1.7 million grant for breast-cancer survivors and their partners to practice “compassion meditation,” researching whether the program can ease their anxiety, depression and sense of isolation. Read more»

School buses assemble in the shape of an assault rifle in Houston on July 14, 2022. The protest was organized by Change the Ref, a group that advocates for gun control. Gun deaths are driving a historic spike in child mortality rates.

After decades of steady improvement, the death rate of America’s children and teens shot up between 2019 and 2021 — and gun-related deaths represented the largest share of the increase — by far. Read more»

Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne, flanked by GOP legislators, speaks at an April 12, 2023, press conference at which he advocated for more police officers on Arizona school campuses.

Flanked by GOP lawmakers, Arizona Superintendent Tom Horne urged schools across the state to add school resource officers to their staff, calling them a critical defense in a time when the country is roiling from an unprecedented surge in mass shootings. Read more»

El FBI está investigando estafas en las que falsos grupos de rehabilitación se enfocan en la comunidad indígena, ofreciendo servicios falsos de recuperación de abuso de sustancias o de salud mental en instalaciones improvisadas para obtener dinero del gobierno, según funcionarios del FBI.

El FBI está investigando estafas de grupos de rehabilitación falsos que se dirigen a la comunidad indígena, ofreciendo servicios de recuperación por abuso de sustancias o de salud mental en instalaciones emergentes para recaudar dinero del gobierno. Read more»

Increasing naloxone’s over-the-counter availability will convey the message that risks associated with substance use disorder warrant a pervasive intervention much as with other illnesses.

On March 29, 2023, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Narcan - the 4-milligram nasal spray version of naloxone, a medication that can quickly counteract an opioid overdose - for over-the-counter sale, an essential step in reducing deaths due to overdose. Read more»

First Place opened a residential building in 2018 for adults with autism and Down syndrome or who are neurodivergent as a response to the lack of housing for neurodiverse populations.

For years, adults with autism could only dream of finding housing that would help them live independently in the Valley - now that dream is turning into a reality with increased awareness about housing opportunities and needs. Read more»

Officials attend the groundbreaking ceremony for Centerline on Glendale, a 368-unit complex designed for mixed-income housing and funded in part by a state low-income housing tax credit, on March 24, 2023.

Construction is underway in Glendale on an affordable housing complex funded in part by a state low-income housing tax credit that allows people to come on at any income level sponsored below 60 percent of the median and only pay 30 percent of their rent. Read more»

States are using billions in federal relief money to improve mental health services in schools.

In response to a yearslong decline in the mental health of the nation’s children and teens, officials are using COVID-19 relief dollars and their own money to build support services to recognize the symptoms of mental illness and help students who are struggling. Read more»

The bill does not provide any funding to help districts purchase the apps, but some funding is available from the Arizona Department of Education.

Teens in the U.S. are facing an ongoing mental health crisis, and Arizona state legislators want to give school districts more options in dealing with student mental health issues, and threats to student safety. Read more»

Within a two-week period in October 2021, two state hospital patients were suspected of taking their own lives in the facility, raising questions about oversight, staffing and training at the hospital.

State legislators unanimously advanced a proposal to create an independent board to oversee the Arizona State Hospital, which cares for some of the state’s most vulnerable people, and is currently subject to oversight by the Arizona Department of Health Services. Read more»

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