Links of Interest

Will Tampa pay more to address the mental health calls police now handle?

For months, protesters and advocates have made the argument that police officers shouldn’t be handling calls involving mental health issues on their own. City Council member John Dingfelder has been listening. Last week, at the city’s first public budget hearing, Dingfelder, a citywide member, proposed that the city funnel $1 million to efforts to bolster […]

Montgomery County is committed to rethinking responses to mental health crises

Overwhelmingly, those facing mental health crises don’t need handcuffs. They need help. Yet, more than 2 million people with mental illness are booked into jails each year. Data also shows a troubling correlation between calls to 911 related to mental health crises and the incidence of excessive force. With our nation still in the throes […]

Postal Service audit finds gaps in timely processing and delivery of election mail

How ready is the U.S. Postal Service to process and deliver election mail on time come November? Not ready enough, the agency’s watchdog says in a new report. In its audit of election mail processing, the agency’s Office of Inspector General listed several potential trouble spots, including ballots mailed without bar codes used for tracking; […]

Column: Following order on payroll tax, Trump threatens to kill Social Security if reelected

With his four executive orders purportedly aimed at relieving Americans of the burdens of the coronavirus, President Trump spun the theme of his administration — “the Art of the Con” — to a higher level. The orders he signed Saturday include a supposed moratorium on evictions and foreclosures, a deferral of student loan payments and […]

Dementia on the Retreat in the U.S. and Europe

Despite the lack of effective treatments or preventive strategies, the dementia epidemic is on the wane in the United States and Europe, scientists reported on Monday. The risk for a person to develop dementia over a lifetime is now 13 percent lower than it was in 2010. Incidence rates at every age have steadily declined […]