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Q&A: Dr. Aliya Jones on the pandemic and its impact on behavioral health in Maryland

| Jul 20, 2021 | Maryland

Dr. Aliya Jones is the deputy secretary of behavioral health at the Maryland Department of Health. She is a psychiatrist and was most recently the chief of psychiatry and chair of behavioral health at Bon Secours Hospital in Baltimore. Dr. Jones has served on the Maryland Hospital Association’s Behavioral Health...[ Read More ]

Adequate housing out of reach for many in Washington

| Jul 16, 2021 | Washington

In order to rent a two bedroom home in Washington, without sacrificing more than 30% of annual income, one would need to earn $29.31 an hour or have an annual household income of $60,966 according to a recent report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC). This can be...[ Read More ]

4 Washington counties among top 15 with highest primary care worker shortages

| Jul 9, 2021 | Washington

According to a 2021 Nursing Education study, 4 counties in Washington are among the top 15 counties in the nation with the highest primary care worker shortages.  Mason, South Thurston, Kitsap, and Spokane Counties all find themselves on the list, with each county in need of 13 or more full-time...[ Read More ]

Medicaid reimbursement rates in rural Washington are reaching a breaking point

| Jul 8, 2021 | Washington

In Washington State, Medicaid reimbursement rates don’t come close to covering the cost of care. This forces health systems to push more and more costs into the commercial market to make up for the low Medicaid reimbursements, says Confluence Health CEO Dr. Peter Rutherford.  Rutherford says the issue is particularly...[ Read More ]

King County awards $500,000 in funding for the Recovery Café’s SODO location

| Jul 2, 2021 | Washington

32% of the homeless deaths investigated by the King County Medical Examiner’s Office were attributed to a drug overdose or alcohol poisoning, according to the most recent data from 2018.  In 2020, overdose-related deaths in King County rose by 24%, with an increase of 118% over the last decade, according...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Robin Rickard offers update on Maryland’s Opioid Operational Command Center

| Jul 2, 2021 | Maryland

Robin Rickard is the newly appointed executive director for Maryland’s Opioid Operational Command Center (OOCC).  In this Q&A, Rickard talks about her recent appointment, what’s on the agenda for the OOCC, impacts from the pandemic and the newly released Maryland OOCC quarterly report.       Matt Beuschlein: How have the...[ Read More ]

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