Supplemental Security Income is not the same as Social Security Disability Insurance. SSDI is for people who have been determined to be disabled by Social Security AND have paid into Social Security for a minimum amount of time. SSI is for those who have a disability and have not paid into Social Security for that time frame. If you receive SSDI you qualify for Medicare, I don't believe that just having SSI will qualify for Medicare. Having a disability typically qualifies you for Maine Care.
If this training saves even one life it will be worth every penny spent and every minute spent in training.
There are many components to the issue of gun violence and it seems that many people want to make it a single issue problem. Yes, in many of the recent mass shooting in out country mental illness has been a big part of the issue. However not all gun violence can be contributed to mental illness.
There is still a huge stigma around mental illness, some of it evidenced in some of the comments below. People shouldn't be afraid to ask for help. Some people with mental illness are afraid of not being supported by family and friends. They fear they might lose their jobs if it is discovered they take medications or have a diagnosis. Medication and therapy are important elements in treating mental illness but just as important is having strong support of family and friends. Being able to work and to contribute to your community is also important. Access to treatment is critical, insurance programs need to cover mental health as thoroughly as they do diabetes and heart disease. Mental illness is a medical condition that needs to be taken seriously.
I don't believe that more gun control is the be all end all of solving this problem either. As someone who does not own a gun I don't know all of the legal responsibilities of gun ownership. Though it seems to me that gun owners have a responsibility to secure their guns, legally and morally to prevent them from entering the wrong hands.
Simply adding more gun laws won't fix this. Improving the attitudes around mental health and improving access won't completely fix it either but personally I think if it can prevent one of these horrific events it will be worth the effort. It may also improve the quality of life for many, that seems like a good thing to me.
We as a country need to work together. It's becoming far to acceptable to dig our heels in and refuse to even see that there may be another point of view. This will get us absolutely nowhere.
Let me start by saying I don't live in Lewiston nor do I have children. I have read many articles about this restructuring proposal and honestly I can't believe the attitudes of some of the parents who are against the plan. As someone who is not from this area I have to say this is what I am hearing...The rich white parents are more concerned with their property values, which quite frankly I find pathetic. The parents who are opposed to this plan come across as elitist. Whether or not this decision is being rushed, I can't really say, there may be some validity to that argument. On the whole I think it's worth looking at and doing. The school board has a responsibility to ALL students. To offer them the best environment to give them the best education they can provide. I am sure that my comments will be torn apart but I really don't care. Everyone has the right to their opinion and this is mine.
Too many people in our society don't value mental health services. When programs like Medicare and Maine Care need to save money mental health services are often the first services that are cut. When this is the case you generally don't hear many people standing up to support these programs. Let's say it was suggested that these programs were going to to cut access to chemotherapy to save money the outrage would be felt around the world. Now I'm not saying or suggesting we cut cancer treatment, my point is where is the concern for people who need mental health services when those programs are cut?
There is still a huge stigma around mental illness. People are afraid to ask for help because of what others may think of them. Some worry that if their employers find out they might lose their jobs. We, as a society don't talk much about mental health until something like Newtown, CT happens. Then all the stereotypes and negative attitudes start coming forward. We as a society have to start valuing everyone! People who have mental illness can be productive members of society if given the chance, that means they need access to treatment and they shouldn't have to fear being looked down upon. People with other illnesses don't face this kind of stigma, why do those with mental illness have to deal with it?
I'm going to go out on a limb here; I have a mental illness. I have been dealing with it for I'd say 15-20 years. It has taken it's toll, I am on Social Security Disability. However after many years of very hard work on my part I have been able to work part-time for the last 4 years. Without the support of mental health providers I would not have been able to make the progress I have made.
I want to thank everyone who helped make this event a success; all who played, donated, and came to watch. We had a lot of fun and raised a lot of money. I spoken to Kick-It and the Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation and they are very grateful for all we did to help fight childhood cancer. THANK-YOU!!!
This proposal would NO impact on having signs on private property. It would ban signs from any public property.
Ann, my sympathy's go out to you and the family of this young man. It's clear you cared for him very much. I did not know him but it's always tough to see someone so young die when they have so much life left to live. Again I'm sorry for your loss. Having said that I think it's a bit unfair; for lack of a better word, to trash the reporter for doing her job. Given the circumstances of the accident; I don't think asking if alcohol was a factor was unreasonable, regardless of his age. I'm sure that if I had the personal connection to the victim I might feel differently. If you didn't have the personal connection you might not have given the alcohol statement a second thought. I'm not judging you reaction, I guess I'm just saying that the reporter was doing her job and asking that you don't judge her. I don't believe that by asking that question or printing the officer's response she was in any way intending to judge your friend.
It seems to me that penalizing a hospital if a patient is readmitted for something that is completely unrelated to the original stay is a bit ridiculous. If they are only looking at readmits for the same condition that at least makes sense. Though I will say no matter how much you educate a patient or put follow-up care in place no hospital has control of a patient's follow through after they are discharged.