Officials want your opinion on how Kentucky’s justice system handles mental health

By Alyssa Williams KENTUCKY (WKYT) – The Kentucky Judicial Commission on Mental Health is hosting several meetings on how the courts can improve how they handle mental illness, substance abuse, and disabilities. Building on Kentucky’s first mental health summit, the commission will host nine town hall meetings across the state from Aug. 30-Nov. 29. Commission leaders…

Caregiving, rising cost of living top concerns for older KY voters as November election approaches

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service Kentuckians will cast ballots for governor on Nov. 7, and many of the state’s older voters said lack of support for caregiving, retirement savings, inflation, and the rising cost of living are all top concerns. Gov. Andy Beshear, the Democratic incumbent and Republican candidate Daniel Cameron will both speak…

Health insurers, drug companies, middlemen account for 45% of U.S. huge healthcare bill, was 25% in 2013

Kentucky Health News Americans spend $4.3 trillion a year looking after their health. That is 17% of the nation’s gross domestic product, “twice as much as the average in other rich economies, and yet, American adults live shorter lives and American infants die more often than in similarly affluent places,” The Economist reports. “Pharmaceutical firms and hospitals…

Ky. Opioid Symposium hopes to bring awareness to epidemic

by Dylan Scheid LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) — The Kentucky Opioid Abatement Advisory Commission’s first-ever Kentucky Opioid Symposium Conference began Monday. The two-day conference will feature presentations and workshops by experts in their respective fields to foster increased awareness of the impact of the opioid epidemic and to create a collaborative approach to combating opioid usage…

Amid national nursing shortages, schools lack capacity to train enough of the qualified candidates

The Rural Blog Amid a national nursing shortage, schools are rejecting tens of thousands of qualified applicants each year because they don’t have the capacity to train them. The lack of nurses nationwide can disproportionately hurt rural areas as fewer nurses may choose to work in rural medical facilities when they have so many other…

UofL receives $16 million to increase supply of primary care physicians for underserved rural and urban areas

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The University of Louisville has received $16 million to help increase Kentuckians’ access to health care, particularly in underserved rural and urban areas. The UofL School of Medicine will use the funds from a four-year grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to train more primary care physicians and encourage them…

Appalachian Valley Autism Center awarded $2.76 million to expand services

WEKU | By John McGary Autistic children in eastern Kentucky are among those who’ll benefit from more than $26 million in grants announced at the Shaping Our Appalachian Region conference in Corbin Wednesday. Donovan Blackburn is the president and CEO of Pikeville Medical Center, which will receive 2-point-76 million to expand their Appalachian Valley Autism Center…