substance abuse http://wamc.org en Mass. Aims To Reduce Stigma Around Mental Health http://wamc.org/post/mass-aims-reduce-stigma-around-mental-health <p><a href="http://www.mass.gov/ago/about-the-attorney-generals-office/community-programs/ago-grants/behavioral-health-grant.html" target="_blank">Massachusetts will provide $8 million to 22 organizations</a> offering mental and behavioral health services.</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 22:20:00 +0000 Jim Levulis 91079 at http://wamc.org Mass. Aims To Reduce Stigma Around Mental Health MA Providing $8M For Behavioral Health Programs http://wamc.org/post/ma-providing-8m-behavioral-health-programs <p>Massachusetts will provide $8 million to 22 organizations offering mental and behavioral health services.</p><p>State Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office announced the Behavioral Health Grant program Tuesday. In a statement, Coakley says part of the effort is to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and substance abuse.</p><p>The AG’s office awarded Pittsfield-based <a href="http://www.berkshirehealthsystems.org/" target="_blank">Berkshire Health Systems</a> $500,000 to connect care providers and patients in rural areas.</p> Tue, 20 May 2014 19:45:12 +0000 Jim Levulis 90893 at http://wamc.org MA Providing $8M For Behavioral Health Programs Federal Funding Helps Substance Abuse Programs In Two NY Counties http://wamc.org/post/federal-funding-helps-substance-abuse-programs-two-ny-counties <p>A New York Congresswoman says federal funding is headed for some Hudson Valley organizations to help fight substance abuse.</p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 16:21:00 +0000 Allison Dunne 72994 at http://wamc.org Berkshire Lawmaker Files Bill to Support Recovering Addicts http://wamc.org/post/berkshire-lawmaker-files-bill-support-recovering-addicts <p></p><p>A Massachusetts legislator in Berkshire County is sponsoring a bill that would require health insurers in the state to allow victims of substance abuse greater access to recovery treatment.</p><p>4<sup>th</sup> Berkshire District Representative William “Smitty” Pignatelli, a democrat, is one of four co-sponsors of the so-called healthcare parity bill. The legislation would require health insurance providers in Massachusetts to pay for the continuing treatment of individuals recovering from substance abuse.</p> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 19:19:42 +0000 Lucas Willard 60397 at http://wamc.org New York State Assemblyman Jim Tedisco - "Charlotte’s Law" http://wamc.org/post/new-york-state-assemblyman-jim-tedisco-charlotte-s-law <p>Recently a woman was arrested in Ballston Spa in Saratoga County for driving while intoxicated, and even though this was the seventh time she was charged with D.W.I. , she still had a valid driver&rsquo;s license. That would not be allowed under a bill from Republican Assemblyman James Tedisco of Schenectady and Saratoga counties who says repeat drunken and dangerous drivers should have their licenses taken away. He spoke with WAMC&rsquo;s Brian Shields.</p> Wed, 27 Jun 2012 16:30:00 +0000 Brian Shields 41965 at http://wamc.org