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HUMAN SERVICES -- 2006

   

JANUARY, 2006

HUMAN  SERVICES

     

105

Labbe

For the Homeless, a Childhood Finally in Reach--playtime program brightens kids' future

106

Levine

DC, Howard U. Sign Pact for Hospital--NCMC to be owned by nonprofit corporation--more details listed

107

Thompson

Hearing Set on Backlog in DC Medical Examiner's Reports--lack of progress disappoints Council

107

Editorial

Backlog at DC Morgue--little change since '01w/1087 unfinished autopsies: chief not certified--disgraceful

110

Kaufman

Record Share of National Economy Spent on Health Care--up to 16% from 7% in '70

110

Editor

Certificate of Need? Yes!--HU/Mayor's agreement to build $400M NCMC depends on NO certificate!

110

Levine

DC Emergency Care Access Is Tops--proponents, foes of NCMC cite data comparing DC to states

110

Fisher OpEd

New Hospital's Likely Prognosis: Taxpayer Bailout--problem is clearly poor people with no primary care

115

Ruane

A Hospital's Storied Halls--relics of Walter Reed's fame patients face uncertain fate, but should survive

115

Levine

Mortgage Program Requires Review of SE Hospital Plan--does not permit waiving certificate of need

115

Editor

Leave the Uncertified Behind--DCPS chief wants to dismiss unqualified teachers: BdofEd must support!

116

Editor

DC and David Rosenbaum--good that perps caught, but lousy EMS reaction demands independent review

116

Frankel Ltr

Needless DC Autopsy--Medical Examiner insistence on autopsy when death cause known is stupid

119

Levine

DC to Plug Medicare Gap--DC joins states covering those missed by plan: uncertainty frightens many

122

Gowen

Alexandria Residents Protest City Shelter--firehouse to have 11 apts, deck for mentally ill homeless

127

Editor

Hospital Deal Questions--issues over $400M NCMC need upfront answers: get to heart of deal, risks now

   

FEBRUARY, 2006

HUMAN  SERVICES

     

207

Levine

Pr. George's Woos Bidders for Hospital--current lease to be cut, new capacity must be developed

217

Editor

Legal Services for DC's Poor--DC Commission sez 100K poor have unmet tenant legal needs: want $6.2M

218

Staff

PG Cheverly Hospital Bids Opened to For-profit Groups--current operators have lost $50M in 6 yrs

219

Wiliams/Swygert

Why DC Needs This Hospital--improve access; alleviate ER pressures,specialty care

223

Weiss

DC Hospital Plans Hit Roadblock--Cnclmbr Ambrose insists NCMC go through need certification

223

Montgomery

City Improves Youth Drug Services--officials say more teens get treatment without having to wait

223

Staff

New Mental Health Director Named--Stephen Baron was chief of Baltimore Mental Health Authority 17 yrs

224

Barker

Problems Unsolved in DC Group Homes--mentally/physically disabled still in jeopardy due to neglect, etc.

226

Barker

Lengthy Hospital Stays for Disabled Criticized--DC faulted for patients kept way beyond release dates

227

Kaufman

Plan B Battles Embroil States--proposals mirror red-blue divide: increased availability in blue, less in red

   

MARCH, 2006

HUMAN  SERVICES

     

314

Silverman

DC Council Split Again, This Time over Hospital--need for NCMC Facility argued at day-long hearing

315

Barker

City Will Give Fenty Access to Documents--denial of group home papers chalked up to 'overzealousness'

315

Editor

Old Tactics for New Hospital--lobbying not illegal, but gotta make decision based on need, sound policy

323

Levine

DC Earns Mixed Review in Fighting Spread of HIV--Appleseed 'grades' run B to D, plus an "incomplete"

326

Varga

Once Pioneer in AIDS Battle, DC Now Fighting Blind--nearly 10K w/AIDS, no count of new HIV victims!

326

Turque

Lacking Low-cost Housing, Homeless Population Swells--inner metro area up to 15567: DC=58% at 8977!

328

Editor

AIDS: Wasted Lives & Money--what happened to $500M? where is city hall? DC rate 12x national average

329

Editor

Mr. Rosenbaum at Howard--one hospital failure after another--didn't find brain injury for 90 minutes

331

Editor

Help the Homeless--suburbs now failing to cope with once-city-only problem: housing costs to blame

   

APRIL, 2006

HUMAN  SERVICES

     

401

Barker

Officials to Examine Group Home Changes--management shift set for today for 17 mentally-disabled units

401

Levine

Controls on Medicaid Funds Called Lax on Transportation--million may have been misspent out of state!

413

Montgomery

Mayor Rethinks Support for DC's SE Medical Center--sez "ought to be able to talk about alternatives"

414

Editor

The Climb to Reform Oak Hill--200 detained kids live in facility not fit for director's dog-city must do better

415

Editor

Mayor's Evolving Position--questions re new hospital cause Williams to halt action: constructive step

419

Editor

Ending DC Childhood Hunger--35K kids can't count on dinner: partnership wants 3 meals/day on Fed$s

420

Layton

Central Union Mission Shelter Bldg Yields $7M--condos to replace facility after move to Georgia Ave

420

Weiss

Panel Named to Study Hospital Alternatives--some NCMC advocates question task force's intent

420

Cauvin

Tackling Truancy at the Source--court program delves into family issues that keep kids from school

421

Weiss

Howard U President Blasts Williams--says misled about support for NCMC: study badly needed

422

Smith

Inova Proposal Comes on Heels of VA Growth--offer to take over Pr. Williams hospital welcomed

423

Tallent ltr

Tobacco Money, Going Up In Smoke--adult rate up;nation's highest rate in 11 cancer types: high poverty

424

Editor

Health Care and Howard U--university's president anger shouldn't block participation re NCMC

430

Grant ltr

Uplift for Endangered Youths--Carver Terrace program works, but can't do enough, needs city help

   

MAY, 2006

HUMAN  SERVICES

     

501

Silverman

Hospital Plan Still in Play in Council--DC mayor asked that legislation be put on hold til task force done

502

Editor

Are Cuts the Best Remedy?--who gets hurt when DC Council slices $15M from troubled MRDDA?

506

Silverman

Concern Raised on Finances for NCMC--DC CFO doubts proponents' projections (as do others)

521

Lutz ltr

Dealing with the Dangerously Ill--DC Falls Short in Money and Management--treatment options dwindling

525

Dvorak

Advocacy Group Urges Country Takeover of Agency for DC';s 2000 Mentally, Physically Disabled

527

Editor

Mayoral Forefeit--failure to protect DC residents with developmental disabilities invites court intervention

529

Schwartzman

Neighborhood Unites To Fight Shelter--residents fear NW homeless center would reduce home values

531

Dvorak

Papers Describe Abuse, Deaths in DC Group Homes--beatings, scaldings, starvation detailed in DoJ filing

   

JUNE, 2006

HUMAN  SERVICES

     

607

Montgomery

DC Mayor Fires Director of Agency for Disabled--Williams tries to avert court takeover of failed MRDDA

607

Editor

Comes Now No. 19--18 directors in 12 yrs at DC mental retardation agency; abuse of vulnerable goes on

612

Goldstein

States' Changes Reshape Medicaid--new restrictions on benefits, dependence aim to save $'s: others watch

614

Weiss

In Harm's Way at Hospital--citing death/violence, Justice tells DC to improve care at St. E's pronto

615

Otto

Survey Finds Rise in Metro Area Homelessness, Other Services--DC up 14% to 9369 = 57% of 16,400 tot

615

Levine

High Hopes for Healthier DC--PrimaryCareAssn "Medical Homes" hopes to make care accessible for all

615

Boorstein

DC Fatherhood Program Offers Fresh Start to DC Dads--goal is to strengthen families, renew bonds

617

Barker

DC Retardation Agency Needs Court Oversight, Ex-Chief Says--major overhaul, 'radical realignment' urged

624

Editor

Judge Huvelle's Decision--case for taking over MRDDA from Mayor gets stronger: little choice

624

Levine

DC Wants HIV Testing for All Residents 14 to 84--make it routine, oral test results in 20 min: just how many?

624

Barker

Group Home Failures Persist--court monitor says 'numerous and chronic problems', not getting full data?

628

Levine

Kickoff Rally Offers Unified Plea: 'Know Your (HIV) Status'--bold initiative to get handle on AIDS scope

628

Editor

Testing Away HIV--25% of all Americans with HIV don't know it--gotta get DC residents to get 20-min test

629

Editor

Forecast: Gridlock--if rain can paralyze movement in downtown DC, are we ready for terrorist attack?

629

Fletcher

US Moves to Get States to Put More Welfare Recipients in Work or Training--tightening rules, definitions

630

Barker

DC Given Month to Improve MRDDA--possibility of court receivership looms over troubled mental agency

   

JULY, 2006

HUMAN SERVICES

     

701

Levine

DC to Delay Enforcing New Medicaid Rule--decision puts off until 7/17 need to prove citizenship

702

Weidman ltr

Right Health Screening for DC--test for high blood pressure, not HIV, to help save many more residents

704

Ruane

Staring Down Unease at Walter Reed--Mologne Home open to amputees and their families 'readjusting'

   

AUGUST, 2006

HUMAN SERVICES

     

801

Staff

Mayor Weighs Alternatives to Hospital Plan--task force report delivered officially: urgency noted

802

Barker

At DC Disabled Home, Money Falls Short of Mission--Chevy Chase group home fights to stay afloat

803

Stewat

Barry, Catania Drop Support for Hospital--join Mayor in 'wholeheartedly embracing recommendations'

803

Editor

Plan A: Approve Plan B--it's past time for FDA to allow over-counter sales of emergency contraception

805

Barker

DC Cleansed Group Home Death Reports--Court, Council did not see unfavorable information

805

Editor

Which Plan Is In Play?--once captivated by new hospital venture, mayor has switched: for how long?

810

Editor

Sanitizing Dirty Linen--can new policy end old practice of deleting damaging info on group home deaths?

815

Barker

Inspector General Probes Deletions in Group Home Death Reports--who knew, how far up?

824

Kaufman

'Plan B' Approval Said to Be Near--adults could buy 'morning after pill' over the counter (or behind it)

824

Barker

Probes of DC Home Deaths Shifted in-House--out of money to use independent contractor

825

Editor

The Right Plan B Decision--but an awfully long--and wrong--way to get there (via politics)

825

Stein

FDA Approves 'Plan B's' Over-the-Pharmacist's-Counter' Sale--no prescription for women 18 or older

825

Barker

Confusion over Shift of MRDDA Investigations to In-House--agency head 'doesn't remember' stop order

826

Editor

Is Receivership Next?--after promising top-level attention for mentally retarded, DC Admin Bobb takes off

     

SEPTEMBER, 2006

HUMAN SERVICES

 
       

903

Levine

Sale of Hospital Could Spark Turnaround in SE Health Care--new ownership part of latest DC health plan

912

Brown

Wide Gaps Found in Mortality Rates Among US Groups--blacks 71-73 yrs; whites 75-79 yrs; Asians 85!

926

Levine

Mayor to Propose Millions for City Health Needs--hopes to put $245M in tobacco settlement to clinics, etc.

930

Editor

Healthy Response--investing tobacco settlement $ in DC health care/service systems is right move

930

Stewart

Fenty Loath to Extend Emergency Crime Bill--Chief Ramsey describes advances to Council

     

OCTOBER, 2006

HUMAN SERVICES

 
       

1004

Otto

MD Study: Many (mostly single moms) Off Welfare to Jobs-- '96>'06, MD:50K>11K; VA: 40K>9K; DC: 30K>9K

1010

Woodlee

DC IG Faults Tracking of Medicaid Spending--lack of records "serous breach of basic internal controls"

1022

Silverman

DC Families Struggle for Shelter--2839 apply for emerg. shelter in '06, below 3326 '04 max, but 1406 in '96

   

NOVEMBER, 2006

HUMAN SERVICES

     

1114

Levine

DC Council Positive towards Mayor's $245M Health Plan -- NCMC replaced by $72M 'Healthplex', etc.

     

DECEMBER, 2006

HUMAN SERVICES

 
       

1203

Kirkham

New St. Elizabeths Building Going Up Soon--448Ksqft new,292-bed, hospital to be completed by 2009

1209

Woodlee

DC Misses Chance to Save $34M--fails to offer home care option v nursing home costs by Medicaid

1213

Sheridan

MD, DC Unprepared for Health Crises, SaysTrust for America's Health--DC pleads too many poor

1218

Schwartzman

GA Ave/Petworth Homeless Shelter to Be Scaled Down (170>100 beds)-- neighbors say not cut enough

1220

Levine

DC to Use Tobacco Funds on Health Care--Council OK's $245M for major clinics, emergency services

1223

Helderman

Prince George's Hospital Takeover Proposed--facility in financial straits: may become teaching facility

1225

Editor

Being Charitable: brewing battle over DC homeless shelter's future--NIMBYs fight move to GA Ave

1228

Levine

Database to Detail Doctors' Records--new DC legislation requires reports of malpractice to DC BdofMed

1230

Vargas

Overwhelmed DC Agency Struggles to Count AIDS Cases--can't keep up: maybe 10K AIDS, 17-25K HIV


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