People might want to page through the annual report for Vera House just released today...not to find financial or business information, but to find a wider range of services than many people know the offer. Executive Director Randi Bregman would like to have people broaden their perspective should they ever need any kind of help for themselves, family or friends regarding relationship violence or sexual abuse.
Central New York health agencies are praising Governor Cuomo’s efforts to put an end to the AIDS epidemic in New York State. Governor Cuomo announced his plan on Sunday, the same day as New York City’s PRIDE Parade. Cuomo’s goal is to reduce the number of HIV infections to 750 cases a year by the year 2020.
Some Central New York employers and employees might face a legal dilemma when the state’s medical marijuana program takes effect.
Partner at Tully Rinckey law firm in Syracuse Graig Zappia says the federal Controlled Substances Act still classifies marijuana as a Schedule I drug with “no accepted medical use.”
Lawyer Graig Zappia says an employee who might be fired for using medical marijuana has no protection under federal statutes like the Americans With Disabilities Act. But, he says, the employee likely has recourse under state laws.
Zappia says both sides have to be wary of anything that might infringe on the rights of others. He says medical marijuana also introduces liabilities for doctors participating in the program. Zappia says health care providers will have to be very certain to just whom they’re prescribing the medication so they don’t run afoul of the law.
Nearly all homeless mothers in Syracuse likely have one thing in common: They’ve experienced trauma as a child or adult. That’s the conclusion of a study by the National Center on Family Homelessness at the American Institute of Research. It was funded by the Wilson Foundation based in Rochester.
Wilson Foundation Executive Director Megan Bell explains what she calls the surprising finding that traumatic experiences among mothers are more strongly linked to homelessness than common predictors.
The study found more than 90% of homeless mothers experienced trauma at much higher rates than the general public.
That means locally, as many as 450 women in the Salvation Army's Emergency Family Shelter last year likely brought a history of trauma.
Director of the National Center on Family Homelessness Carmela DeCandia says trauma needs to be addressed as part of the continuum of housing and services provided to families.
The Salvation Army of Syracuse is actually training staff to better understand the traumatic backgrounds some of their clients are likely to bring to their family shelter. Director of Emergency and Child Welfare services Liddy Hintz says they’re also working with a mental health services program at St. Joseph’s hospital.
The American Heart Association of New York State is counting down the final days of the legislative session with 22 reasons the State Legislature should consider providing lifesaving training in schools. They’re sharing daily stories of people who have been saved by CPR and others who weren’t as fortunate.
One of those reasons is Emily Adamczak, who suffered a sudden cardiac arrest at the age of 14, during soccer practice in her freshman year of high school.