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Florida to Require Mental Health Classes in Public Schools Starting in Sixth Grade

Public schools will be required to teach students at least five hours of mental health instruction beginning in 6th grade, under a mandate approved by the state Board of Education Wednesday and hailed by Florida's top educator as a “life…
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Registration Open: Team Mitigation Institute Atlanta

Mitigation created by a team of professionals in non capital cases is increasingly becoming the standard of practice.   This  bring-your-own-case institute is designed for defense teams to work on the mitigation in a non-capital case.   …
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Social Worker/Sentencing Advocate Conference Biloxi

These conferences will feature nationally recognized faculty in a mix of plenary sessions, simultaneous sessions and small group breakouts.  Participants will have the opportunity to choose e sessions to best fit their individual needs.  There…
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When Kids Kill

Two were only 13 years old. Three were just a few months shy of turning 18. Four committed their crimes in this decade, and just as many have spent more than 30 years behind bars. At least two sold sex for money. One witnessed his father…
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A Boy Among Men: What Happens When You Throw a Teenager into an Adult Prison? Guess.

Three years ago, the young man who would later be known as John Doe 1 shuffled into the Richard A. Handlon Correctional Facility in Ionia, Michigan. The town of 11,000 residents, which sits in the remote center of the state, houses five prisons,…
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Childhood Trauma and Its Lifelong Health Effects More Prevalent Among Minorities

When researchers first discovered a link in the late 1990s between childhood adversity and chronic health problems later in life, the real revelation was how common those experiences were across all socioeconomic groups. But the first major…
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Tyler Hadley Resentencing: Mental Health Experts for Defense Argue Hadley Can Be Rehabilitated

"I’ve never seen anything like this in all my 30 years of practice,” a psychiatrist testified at Tyler Hadley’s resentencing Wednesday, referring to the 17-year-old killer's lack of violent history — until the day he killed his parents…
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Study: Teens Stressed Over Discrimination Show Increased Behavioral Problems - My LA News

Teens who are worried that discrimination is on the rise show increased behavioral problems, including substance abuse and depression, according to a study released Monday by the Keck School of Medicine at USC. Read more.
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FREE Webinar: Mentoring Children and Youth Affected by Opioid Misuse and Substance Abuse - September 17 at 2:00 PM

This webinar will focus on mentoring and its role and place in supporting youth impacted by opioid and substance use and misuse. Presenters will discuss the impact of opioid and substance abuse on families and communities, share how mentoring…
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At Risk Youth - Protective Factors and Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) - August 9-10

Protective factors are those elements of a young person's life that protect them against future criminal behavior. Learn how traditional Native American values and teachings can be used in a flexible curriculum to help young people stop engaging…
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"We the Defenders": National Association for Public Defense Investigator and Social Worker/Sentencing Advocates Conference - November 26-29

"We the Defenders": National Association for Public Defense Investigator and Social Worker/Sentencing Advocates Conference These conferences will feature nationally recognized faculty in a mix of plenary sessions, simultaneous sessions and…