Milestone Anniversary Celebrated by Statewide Non-Profit

Milestone Anniversary Celebrated by Statewide Non-Profit

Woodbridge-based Marrakech, Inc. has been collaborating with the State of Connecticut for the past 48 years in providing support for youth and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness, acquired brain injury, people with socio and economic disadvantages and others who need assistance in living with quality and independence in their communities.

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Reduction in Drug Overdose Deaths Nationwide in 2018; CT’s Drop Less Than National Average

Reduction in Drug Overdose Deaths Nationwide in 2018; CT’s Drop Less Than National Average

Nationwide, there appears to have been a nearly 5% reduction in overdose deaths nationwide in 2018, according to provisional data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics.  Connecticut’s drop was less than the national average

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With Operational Snags at AIM Specialty Health Causing Appointments to be Cancelled, Anthem Suspends Pre-Authorizations for PT, OT Care Thru July 31

With Operational Snags at AIM Specialty Health Causing Appointments to be Cancelled, Anthem Suspends Pre-Authorizations for PT, OT Care Thru July 31

“Heath care moves fast.  Keep up.”  Those words appear prominently on the website of AIM Specialty Care, a subsidiary of Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, and a provider of utilization management services, better known as the “pre-authorization” that medical providers require before agreeing to see patients with insurance coverage. In the first days of this month, AIM did not keep up.

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Illinois - Not Connecticut - Is Next State to Legalize Recreational Marijuana

Illinois - Not Connecticut - Is Next State to Legalize Recreational Marijuana

Illinois became the 11th state in the nation to legalize recreational cannabis this week, as the issue continues to face an uncertain future in Connecticut, with the state’s business community among those raising questions that slowed progress to the point of inaction in the just-concluded legislative session.   

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Earning State’s HEARTSafe Designation Can Be Key to Saving Lives; UConn Is Most Recent Participant, Some Municipalities Remain Absent

Earning State’s HEARTSafe Designation Can Be Key to Saving Lives; UConn Is Most Recent Participant, Some Municipalities Remain Absent

The University of Connecticut was recently named a “HEARTSafe Campus” – the first institution of higher education in the state of Connecticut to earn the designation. The “HEARTSafe” program recognizes communities, workplaces, and campuses that improve the chances for individuals to survive a sudden cardiac arrest. Not every town is on board.

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Food, Housing Insecurity Prevalent Among College Students in U.S.

Food, Housing Insecurity Prevalent Among College Students in U.S.

Connecticut is one of only 11 states that did not have any higher education institutions that chose to participate in a survey of basic needs security among college students across the United States, which specifically evaluated access to affordable food and housing. The study revealed an unsettling absence of both at colleges campuses throughout the nation.

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Task Force to Review Mental Health Services for College Students Approved by Legislature

Task Force to Review Mental Health Services for College Students Approved by Legislature

In the state legislature’s final hour of the 2019 session, the House voted without objection, following unanimous support in April by the Senate, to create a task force to study of the policies and procedures adopted by each institution of  higher education in Connecticut regarding the prevention and treatment of mental illness in students. 

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