InFocus: May is mental health awareness month

InFocus: May is mental health awareness month


♪ FROM OUR BROADCAST CENTER, THIS IS “22NEWS INFOCUS”.” CIARA: GOOD AFTERNOON. WELCOME. I’M CIARA SPELLER. MAY IS MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH. EVERY DAY, OVER 40 MILLION AMERICANS ARE LIVING WITH A MENTAL ILLNESS IN VARIOUS FORMS. TODAY, WE WILL DISCUSS HOW TO RECOGNIZE SIGNS OF MENTAL ILLNESS IN YOURSELF AND OTHERS, AND HOW TO GET SUPPORT AND HELP. JOINING ME ARE SARA KENDALL , THE VICE PRESIDENT OF CLINICAL OPERATIONS AT MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION. AND REPRESENTATIVE JOSE TOSADO , WHO IS ON THE MENTAL HEALTH, SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND RECOVERY JOINT COMMITTEE. TALK ABOUT THE WORK YOU DO IN SPRINGFIELD. MS. KENDALL: WE ARE A NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATION AND PROVIDE SERVICES FOR THOSE WHO HAVE BRAIN INJURIES, MENTAL HEALTH, AND HOMELESSNESS. CIARA: WHAT IS THE FUNCTION OF THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON MELVILLE HEALTH, SUBSTANCE USE AND RECOVERY? REP. TOSADO: THE RESPONSE ABILITIES ARE TO OVERSEE THE MESSAGES IN THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AS WELL AS WITH SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND ADDICTION. RECOVERY AS WELL. AND ANYTHING, ANY LEGISLATION THAT IS RELATIVE TO BEHAVIORAL HEALTH, MENTAL ILLNESS OR SUBSTANCE ABUSE, AND ADDICTION NEEDS TO GO THROUGH THE COMMITTEE. WE WILL REVIEW AND HOLD HEARINGS AND MOVE FORWARD FROM THERE AND HOPEFULLY IT WILL BECOME LEGISLATION IF IT IS A GOOD PIECE OF POLICY. CIARA: MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH IS MA. AN ANNUAL EVENT IS DESIGNED TO BRING AWARENESS FOR THE TOPIC OF MENTAL HEALTH. MHA HAS AN EVENT PLANNED TO GET PEOPLE TO START TALKING, CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THAT? MS. KENDALL: WE DO, WE HAVE AN EVENT PLANNED FOR THURSDAY, MAY 16 FROM 10:00 A.M.-01:00 P.M., WE WILL HAVE REPRESENTATIVES IN TOWER SQUARE AT THE FOOD COURT WHERE PEOPLE CAN STOP FOR FREE AND HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK WITH A LICENSED MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL, THE OPPORTUNITY TO ASK CRUSH IS ABOUT HOW MAYBE THEY OR A FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER ARE FEELING. MAYBE GET INFORMATION ABOUT SERVICES. WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO THE EVENT. CIARA: WHAT ARE SOME OF THE BILLS BEFORE THE JOINT COMMITTEE PERTAINING TO MENTAL HEALTH? REP. TOSADO: FIRST OF ALL, THERE ARE 98 BILLS CURRENTLY IN FRONT OF THE COMMITTEE AND THEY RUN THE GAMUT FROM A BILL BEING PROPOSED TO TRANSFER — TO THE STATE HOSPITAL FROM UNDER THE CUSTODY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS OVER TO THE DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH. AND THAT INCLUDES AN INPATIENT FACILITY FOR MENTAL ILLNESS, FOR THOSE WITH A DEGREE OF BEHAVIORAL ISSUES. THERE ARE ALSO SOME THAT ADDRESS HEALTH CARE DISPARITIES BETWEEN PEOPLE OF COLOR AND OF THE GENERAL POPULATION WHO HAVE A MENTAL ILLNESS, AS WELL AS BILLS PERTAINING TO COVERAGE OF HEALTH INSURANCE, HEALTH COVERAGE RELATED TO BEHAVIORAL HEALTH. THERE ARE A NUMBER OF BILLS, WE WILL NEED TO GO THROUGH THEM. CIARA: WHAT ARE YOU HEARING FROM CLIENTS AND CONSTITUENTS ABOUT WHAT IS NEEDED FOR THOSE CHALLENGED BY MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES? MS. KENDALL: ONE OF THE THINGS I CAN SAY IS FOR FOLKS TO KNOW WHAT IS ACCESSIBLE — HOW THEY MAY BE ABLE TO ACCESS THOSE SERVICES IF THEY ARE IN A SITUATION WHERE THEY DO NOT FEEL LIKE THEY CAN AFFORD A CO-PAY WITH INSURANCE, THOSE NEEDS. IT TENDS TO BE THE ABILITY AND ACCESSIBILITY OF SERVICES AND WHERE THE SERVICES EXIST. REP. TOSADO: I HEAR THE SAME THING AS I TRAVEL AROUND THE STATE AND COMMUNITY HERE IN SPRINGFIELD, AND THE REGION, AND OF THE ISSUE IS WITH LONG WAITING TIMES IN HOSPITAL EMERGENCY ROOMS TO GET A TREATMENT BED, IT IS A LONG-STANDING ISSUE IN A VERY DIFFICULT ONE FOR FOLKS. SO I HEAR ABOUT BASICALLY HAVING ACCESS, IMMEDIATE ACCESS TO HEALTH SERVICES. OUTPATIENT DELIVERIES, SARA PROBABLY KNOWS ABOUT THIS MORE THAN I DO, BUT FOLKS TRYING TO GET THEIR FIRST APPOINTMENT. OVERALL, HAVING SERVICES CLOSE TO HOME AS OPPOSED TO BEING OR HAVING TO GO TO ANOTHER PART OF THE STATE, PRIMARILY THE EASTERN PART OF THE STATE. THOSE KINDS OF ISSUES. CIARA: UNFORTUNATELY, THERE IS A NEGATIVE STIGMA ARE THINGS GETTING BETTER? MS. KENDALL: IN MY EXPERIENCE, THEY SEEM TO BE. OUR MISSION HAS REALLY BEEN TO BRING FOCUS TO IT BEING OK TO TALK ABOUT. I THINK THE RESPONSE WE HAVE SEEN FOR FOLKS HAS BEEN POSITIVE AND OPEN, WHERE IN YEARS PAST IT WAS A DIFFERENT EXPERIENCE. IT SEEMS TO BE CHANGING IN A POSITIVE WAY. REP. TOSADO: IN SITUATIONS, FOR INSTANCE, INITIATIVES LIKE MAY AS MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH, THAT HELPS. I WAS PART OF THE MOVEMENT TO FACILITATE FOLKS LIVING IN IN PATIENT FACILITIES AND BUILDING A COMMUNITY SYSTEM. AND WHILE THE STIGMA BACK THEN WAS REALLY HORRENDOUS, I WOULD HAVE TO SAY, I THINK OF OUR TIME IT HAS CHANGED, NOT TO THE POINT WHERE IT NEEDS TO BE, PEOPLE ARE STILL CONCERNED ABOUT SEEKING ADVICE OR SUPPORT, AS OPPOSED TO A MEDICAL ISSUE, BU IT HAS BEEN CHANGINGT. UNFORTUNATELY, IT HAS BEEN SLOWER THAN WHAT IT SHOULD BE. CIARA: MENTAL HEALTH AFFECTS EVERYONE, ALL DEMOGRAPHICS, YOUNG CHILDREN, COLLEGE AGE, OLDER PEOPLE, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO A COLLEGE AGED STUDENT WHO IS OVERWHELMED WITH THEIR COURSE LOAD BUT IT SEEMS TO BE STICKING AROUND LONGER THAN JUST SOMETHING THEY EXPERIENCED BEFORE? MS. KENDALL: KNOWING IT IS OK TO TALK ABOUT THE STRESS, OR OR THE EXPERIENCE IS — BEING OVERWHELMED. IT IS JUST AS IMPORTANT TALK ABOUT THAT AS A HEADACHE. IT IS IMPORTANT TO TALK ABOUT ALL THE PIECES YOU ARE EXPERIENCING. THIS IS THE PERFECT TIME TO THINK ABOUT THAT. I HAVE SPOKEN TO STUDENTS WHO ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF FINALS AND ARE ENDING THERE CLASSES NOW, AMONGST THEIR REGULAR LIVES, SO IT IS IMPORTANT TO BRING ATTENTION TO THAT AS WELL. REP. TOSADO: ONE IN FIVE AMERICANS EXPERIENCE AT AT LEAST ONE EPISODE OF A MENTAL ILLNESS A YEAR. 70% OF YOUTH IN JUVENILE FACILITIES HAVE HAD MENTAL ILLNESS. AND PERCENTAGE OF HOMELESS PEOPLE – – A LARGE PERCENTAGE OF HOMELESS PEOPLE SUFFER FROM MENTAL ILLNESS. IT IS OUT IN THE WORLD AND OFTENTIMES PEOPLE ARE AFRAID TO BRING IT UP. THAT CAUSES PROBLEMS. I THEY PROGRAMS LIKE THIS, THROUGH INITIATIVES LIKE MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH, I THINK IT HAS AN IMPACT. THE IMPORTANT THING IS TO TALK WITH SOMEONE YOU TRUST AND THAT COULD BE HER PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN, OFTENTIMES. CIARA: AFTER THE BREAK, WE WILL TALK ABOUT THE SERVICES AND PROGRAMS OFFERED BY THE MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION. YOU ARE WATCHING “22NEWS ♪ CIARA: WELCOME BACK TO “22NEWS INFOCUS.” TODAY WE ARE TALKING ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH. ACCORDING TO THE U.S. GOVERNMENT’S STATISTICS, HALF OF OUR MENTAL DISORDERS BEGIN BY AGE 14 AND THREE QUARTERS BY AGE 24. ONLY 41% OF THE PEOPLE WHO HAD A MENTAL DISORDER IN THE PAST YEAR RECEIVED PROFESSIONAL HEALTH CARE OR OTHER SERVICES. MENTAL HEALTH AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE CAN TAKE MANY FORMS. THERE’S DEPRESSION, ANXIETY, SCHIZOPHRENIA, ADDICTION, AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES. SOME OF THESE CHALLENGES ARE MORE VISIBLE AND RECOGNIZABLE, WHILE OTHERS ARE NOT. EACH HAS THEIR OWN SYMPTOM. WHAT ARE SOME WARNING SIGNS OR BEHAVIORS PEOPLE MIGHT SEEK IN THEIR FRIENDS AND FAMILY ARE A RED FLAG THAT MAYBE SOMETHING IS GOING ON? MS. KENDALL: YOU NO CAPS OFF IN TIMES WHEN — YOU KNOW, WHEN IT IS OFTENTIMES IN FRONT OF YOU IN A FRIEND OR FAMILY, IT IS BEHAVIOR CHANGE, MAYBE THINGS THAT THEY NO LONGER ENJOYED DOING TOGETHER, MAYBE BEING A LITTLE BIT MORE CLICK TO BE AGITATED OR ANGERED — QUICK TO BE AGITATED OR ANGERED. SOMETHING OFF. REP. TOSADO: OFTEN TIMES, IT IS FRIENDS OR FAMILY MEMBERS OR A CAREGIVER WHO KNOWS IT FIRST, BUT CHANGES FROM NORMAL BEHAVIOR, WHETHER IT IS A LOSS OF APPETITE, OR INCREASING APPETITE. THE ABILITY TO SLEEP OR GET REST OR ENJOY ACTIVITIES THEY PREVIOUSLY ENJOYED. AND ALSO EXTREME SADNESS. THESE KINDS OF THINGS, BEHAVIOR THAT IS NOT ORDINARY FOR THIS INDIVIDUAL. THAT IS SOMETHING TO KEEP AN EYE ON. CIARA: MENTAL HEALTH CONDITIONS CAN DEVELOP IN YOUNG CHILDREN BECAUSE THEY ARE STILL LEARNING HOW TO IDENTIFY AND TALK ABOUT EMOTIONS. BEHAVIOR WOULD BE ONE OF THE MOST OBVIOUS THINGS TO LOOK FOR, WHAT ARE SYMPTOMS PARENTS AND TEACHERS SHOULD BE AWARE OF? MS. KENDALL: I THINK THAT BEHAVIOR IS OFTEN TIMES THE UNKNOWN, WHY THE CHILD IS BECOMING QUICKLY ANGERED OR FRUSTRATED IN A SITUATION THAT DOES NOT SEEM TO MAKE SENSE FOR THAT, OR THE LEVEL OF RESPONSE DOES NOT MATCH MAY BE WHAT THEY WERE ASKED TO DO. SOMETIMES IT IS SOMETHING THAT DOES NOT SEEM TO BE IN COHERENCE WITH THE SITUATION, WHETHER IT IS AT SCHOOL OR AT HOME. REP. TOSADO: EXACTLY, WHERE YOU SEE THAT DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HOW THE PERSON USUALLY IS AND IS THEIR BEHAVIOR. THAT COULD BE THE WAY OF CLEANLINESS, HYGIENE, HOW ONE GROOMS, AND THAT KIND OF STUFF. THOSE SUBTLE CHANGES YOU CAN OBSERVE WITH THE PERSON ON A DAILY BASIS. AND AS SARA SAID, SOM E EXTREME RESPONSE TO AN ORDINARY EVENT. CIARA: HOW DOES SOMEBODY FIND A HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL AND WHAT TYPE OF SCREENINGS WOULD BE DONE? MS. KENDALL: OFTEN TIMES, THE BEST PLACE TO START IS WITH A TRUSTED PEDIATRICIAN OR PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN. OFTEN TIMES, THAT IS THE ONE PERSON WE HAVE HAD IT WI — HAD EVER SINCE WE WERE YOUNG, A TRUSTED PROFESSIONAL IN OUR LIFE. THEY HAVE SCREENINGS THEY CAN DO IN THEIR PRIMARY CARE OFFICES. AND THE RECOMMENDATIONS BEYOND THEM. REP. TOSADO: THEY ARE A NUMBER OF PLACES THAT FAMILY AND LOVED ONES CAN GO FOR INFORMATION AND DIRECTION. THERE IS AN ORGANIZATION CALLED THE NATIONAL ALLIANCE FOR MENTAL ILLNESS, WHO I MADE UP OF PARENTS AND FAMILY MEMBERS OF FOLKS WITH MENTAL ILLNESS, THEY ARE SUPPORT AND A RESOURCE. THE DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH CAN BE CONTACTED, AS WELL AS THE BEHAVIORAL NETWORK, ANOTHER ORGANIZATION THAT RUNS EMERGENCY SERVICE PROGRAMS. THEY CAN WORK WITH YOU IN THE MOMENT. THERE ARE SOME RESOURCES. CIARA: COST COULD BE A WORRY. SOME INSURANCE COVERS DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT, BUT WHAT ABOUT PEOPLE WITHOUT COVERAGE? MS. KENDALL: ALL AGENCIES HAVE DIFFERENT THINGS IN PLACE, LIKE HIS GUIDING — A SLIDING SCALE SYSTEM. WHICH IS OPENED UP A CLINIC, ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS WE WANTED TO HAVE, TO GIVE PEOPLE THE OPPORTUNITY REGARDLESS OF BEING ABLE TO AFFORD IT, LET THEM RECEIVE SERVICES. REP. TOSADO: THE STATE PROVIDES RESOURCES FOR FOLKS WHO CANNOT PAY. THE STATE BECOMES THE PAIR OF LAST RESOURCE . MANY TIMES, ORGANIZATIONS RECEIVE FUNDING FOR STATE CONTRACTS TO PROVIDE THESE SERVICES. SO IF YOU CONTACT THE DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH, YOU HAVE ACCESS TO THE SERVICES. CIARA: WE HAVE SEEN PEOPLE WITH MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES END UP I I JAIL BECAUSE THEY ARE ACTING OUT AND MAYBE FAMILY MEMBERS ARE NOT AROUND TO HELP THEM, WHAT ABOUT IF SOMETHING HAPPENS LIKE THAT, WHAT ARE THE NEXT STEPS? REP. TOSADO: THE DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH AND MENTAL HEALTH AUTHORITY HAS A CLOSE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE COURTS. IN SPRINGFIELD AND THROUGHOUT THE AREA THERE IS A MENTAL HEALTH COURT, WHERE FOLKS WITH A MENTAL ILLNESS, WHO COMMIT AN INFRACTION, CAN GO THROUGH THAT COURT AND GET REFERRED TO TREATMENT AS OPPOSED TO BEING INCARCERATED AND BEING TAKEN TO THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM. THERE IS ALSO A NUMBER OF FORENSIC PROGRAMS THAT WORK WITH THOSE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS FROM THE JAIL SYSTEM. AND HERE IN WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS WE HAVE A CLOSE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE HOUSE OF CORRECTIONS AND THE SHERIFF, WHO PROVIDES MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES. MS. KENDALL: I THINK YOU COULD ANSWER THIS AS, ANY — CIARA: PENDING LEGISLATION WITH FUNDING AND PROGRAMS FOR MENTAL HEALTH, DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT? REP. TOSADO: YES, WE JUST SENT THE BUDGET THROUGH WITH THE HOUSE, INCLUDING $489 MILLION FOR SUPPORT SERVICES FOR ADULTS WITH MENTAL ILLNESS. AND ANOTHER $94 MILLION FOR SUPPORT SERVICES FOR CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENT SERVICES. THERE IS DEFINITELY MONEY. WE RECOGNIZE IN THE LEGISLATURE, THAT WE HAVE A SERIOUS ISSUE ON OUR HANDS AND WE WANT TO PROVIDE SUPPORT THAT WE NEED TO, TO HELP PEOPLE IN THEIR TIME OF NEED. CIARA: THE OPIOID CRISIS AS CREATED AN INCREASED DEMAND ON MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES. WE WILL DISCUSS WHAT IS BEING ♪ CIARA: YOU ARE WATCHING “22NEWS INFOCUS.” WE ARE TALKING ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS. THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO DO NOT REALIZE THEY ARE SUFFERING FROM METAL HEALTH ISSUES, AND SOMETIMES THEY CAN TURN TO DRUGS OR ALCOHOL TO SELF MEDICATE. THIS CAN LEAD TO SERIOUS ILLNESS AND ADDICTION. HOW MUCH OF AN IMPACT IS THE OPIOID CRISIS HAVING ON MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES IN OUR REGION AND THE STATE? MS. KENDALL: WE HAVE EXPERIENCED QUITE RECENTLY NO ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR NEW SERVICES, SERVICESFOR THOSE EXPERIENCING BOTH MENTAL HEALTH AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE. THERE IS A BRAND-NEW PROGRAM WE OPENED, A REHABILITATION SERVICE , FOR THOSE EXPERIENCING THIS. SO I THINK THAT YOU ARE STARTING TO SEE MUCH MORE OF A MOVEMENT TOWARD A ABILITY FOR THOSE FOLKS TO RECEIVE SERVICES THAT REALLY LOOK AT THE WHOLE PERSON, WHICH IS NICE TO SEE THAT SHIFT HAVING AN EFFECT ON MENTAL ILLNESS AND CO-OCCURRING DISORDERS. AS PART OF THE BUDGET, WE ALLOCATED $44 MILLION IN ORDER TO OPEN UP NEW HOMES. THOSE WILL BE ABLE TO SERVE GATEWAY CITIES LIKE SPRINKLER AND OTHERS. — SPRINGFIELD AND OTHERS. WE ALLOCATED $1 MILLION FOR A DISTRIBUTION PROGRAM SO FRESH RESPONDERS HAVE ACCESS TO LIFE-SAVING MEDICATION IN THE MOMENT. SO WE ARE TRYING TO PUT THE RESOURCES OUT THAT WE NEED. UNLIKE WASHINGTON, WE ARE ALL WORKING TOGETHER IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE TO ADDRESS THIS EPIDEMIC. CIARA: WHEN SOMEBODY DECIDES THEY NEED HELP, WHAT IS THE PROCESS? MS. KENDALL: IT IS REACHING OUT TO A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT SERVICES. IT COULD START WITH A PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN, THERE ARE LOCAL CRISIS TEAMS THROUGHOUT THE STATE. AND THE MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION, WHAT WE HAVE CREATED IS AN EASY TO REMEMBER NUMBER. I THINK THAT THERE ARE A LOT OF DIFFERENT SERVICES THAT FOLKS HAVE AVAILABLE TO THEM RIGHT IN THEIR COMMUNITY, WHICH AS WAS MENTIONED EARLIER, THAT WAY THEY WOULD NOT HAVE TO TRAVEL A DISTANCE. CIARA: WHAT IS THE SECTION 35 CIVIL COMMITMENT? REP. TOSADO: IT IS BASICALLY A LEGAL ORDER THAT ALLOWS A FAMILY MEMBER OR POLICE OFFICER OR A PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN TO PETITION THE COURT FOR AN INVOLUNTARY COMMITMENT IN ORDER TO GET SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT. THAT CAN GO UP TO 90 DAYS, ALTHOUGH MORE OFTEN THAN NOT PEOPLE ARE DISCHARGED PRIOR TO THAT. CIARA: SO THE STATE HAS BEEN MAKING STRIDES TO HELP CURB THE PRESCRIPTION OF OPIOIDS, BUT SOME PEOPLE SAY THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH TREATMENT PROGRAMS OR THERE IS A WAITING LIST, SO WHAT IS BEING DONE TO ALLEVIATE THAT PROBLEM? MS. KENDALL: I KNOW ONE OF THE THINGS WE HAVE A TARGET FOR FOR OUR EMOTIONAL WELLNESS CLINIC IS TO TRY TO AVOID WHEREVER POSSIBLE THE WAIT LISTS. A LOT OF THE NEWER SERVICES WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT THAT ARE NOW AVAILABLE WITHIN THE STATE ARE REALLY MAKING MORE OPTIONS MORE AVAILABLE, SO HOPEFULLY PEOPLE WILL HAVE ACCESS MORE QUICKLY. I THINK THE MORE WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO CREATIVELY CREATE PROGRAMS THAT MATCH WITH NEW OPPORTUNITIES, YOU WILL HOPEFULLY SEE SOME OF THAT. CIARA: THERE IS DEBATE ABOUT THE USE OF NAPROXEN. DO YOU THINK THAT THIS WORKS? WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS? REP. TOSADO: I THINK IT WORKS. EVERY HEALTH PROFESSIONAL, THE FIRST RESPONDERS I HAVE SPOKEN TO, SEES IT AS ANOTHER TOOL IN THEIR TOOL BELT. THERE ARE TREATMENTS, A NUMBER OF TREATMENTS ONE CAN USE TO HELP PEOPLE, BUT CERTAINLY IT IS EASY TOOL TO HAVE. MS. KENDALL: ONE THING WE FOUND IS FOLKS OFTEN TIMES WILL HAVE A MORE BENEFICIAL OUTCOME OF A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT — WORKING TOGETHER AND ADDING TREATMENT CAN REALLY ADD THE ABILITY FOR FOLKS TO FIND MORE SUCCESS IN MAINTAINING. CIARA: GOING BACK TO NALOXONE, IT IS NOW AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC. DO YOU THINK THAT IS A GOOD IDEA? REP. TOSADO: I DO. I CANNOT TELL YOU HOW MANY STORIES I HAVE HEARD OF PEOPLE WHO HAPPENED TO BE IN A SITUATION WHERE SOMEBODY WAS GOING THROUGH AN OVERDOSE AND THEY HAD THE ABILITY TO SAVE SOME OF HIS LIFE. WH — SOMEBODY’S LIFE. WHEN PEOPLE CONVERT IT TO USE SUBSTANCES — PEOPLE COME TOGETHER TO USE A SUBSTANCES, THERE ARE OTHER PEOPLE THERE AS WELL. MAYBE NOT FAMILY MEMBERS, BUT TO HAVE THAT AVAILABLE, THAT IS A LIFE-SAVING SITUATION. SO I DEFINITELY AGREE — THE LEGISLATURE IS ALSO, THEY HAVE MADE LANGUAGE TO CREATE THE ABILITY FOR FIRST RESPONDERS TO USE THIS AND SAVE MONEY. IT WILL SAVE LIVES. CIARA: STAY WITH US. ♪ CIARA: YOU ARE WATCHING “22NEWS INFOCUS.” DURING OUR SEGMENT WE HAVE BEEN DISCUSSING MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS. THAT IS OUR PROGRAM FOR TODAY. WE WANT TO THANK YOU OR JOINING — FOR JOINING US. WATCH IT ON OUR WEBSITE WWLP.COM.

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  • A.S. Minor

    I am an avid #MentalHealthAwareness advocate and performer, and I love this so much. I travel the country trying to bring that awareness on stages, in classrooms, hospitals, and on my YouTube channel, so I get excited when I see other advocates. 💙❤

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