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Middlesex Sheriff Koutoujian To Serve On National Task Force On Inmate Health

first_imgWASHINGTON, DC — The National Association of Counties (NACo) and the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) recently announced the formation of a joint task force to reduce jail inmate recidivism through continuity of health care services.Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian, who has been a leading voice in both the local and national discussions regarding the intersection of behavioral health and the criminal justice system, has been selected to serve on the task force.The task force, made up of NACo and NSA members representing county leaders, law enforcement, judges, prosecutors, public defenders, behavioral health and veterans’ services, will explore the impacts of the national mental and behavioral health crisis and the Medicaid Inmate Exclusion Policy (MIEP), which strips federal health and veterans’ benefits from individuals upon admission to jail – not upon conviction – leading to increased recidivism.“Stripping federal health benefits from those jailed but not convicted, and are presumed innocent, is a violation of their constitutional rights,” said NACo Executive Director Matthew Chase. “By providing continuity of health care to those most in need, counties can help break the cycle of recidivism exacerbated by untreated physical and mental illnesses and substance use disorders.”“This task force will work tirelessly to remove the roadblocks people face in getting the care they need,” said NSA Executive Director and CEO Jonathan Thompson. “These experienced people will fix this problem and help the thousands of mentally ill citizens trapped in Americas’ jail without the proper care.” Members of the new task force will explore the impacts of existing federal policies on recidivism and health outcomes of local jail inmates. A focus will be placed on those individuals suffering from mental health, substance use disorders and/or other chronic health illnesses.An issue plaguing sheriffs and jails throughout the United States is that of the increasing number of inmates with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. Due to the lack of community resources, jails have become the de-facto mental health hospitals and treatment facilities and have assumed the liability as well. Across the nation, there is growing reliance on local jails to serve as “one-stop” treatment centers for these afflictions. Under current law, those who can afford bail keep their health care while those unable to pay – who are most susceptible to illness – face a gap in coverage. Research shows gaps in coverage lead to higher rates of recidivism resulting in over-incarceration.The double standard created by MIEP is putting undue strain on local judicial, law enforcement, public safety and human services systems leading to increased health care costs and poorer health outcomes. Having access to federal health benefits for non-convicted individuals would allow for improved coordination of care, while decreasing short-term costs to local taxpayers and long-term costs to the federal government.The suspension of federal benefits for pre-trial detainees not only presents constitutional challenges but also unjustly increases the fiscal impact on sheriffs and counties to pay for needed medical and mental health care, that but for their incarceration, the federal government would cover. These monies, if reinstated, would increase sheriffs’ ability to provide additional programming and resources to inmates and allow for a smoother transition into communities for the inmate without a lapse in benefits and medical care.Read more about the need to reinstate federal health care benefits for non-convicted justice-involved individuals here.Members of the Task Force:Co-Chair: Hon. Nancy SharpeCommissioner, Arapahoe County, Colo.Co-Chair: Hon. Greg ChampagneSheriff, St. Charles Parish, La.Delrice AdamsExecutive Director, Cook County, Ill. Justice Advisory CouncilHon. Michael AdkinsonSheriff,Walton County, Fla.Hon. Kathryn BargerSupervisor, Los Angeles County, Calif.Hon. Roy Charles BrooksCommissioner, Tarrant County, TexasHon. Brett ClarkSheriff, Hendricks County, Ind.Hon. Jerry ClaytonSheriff, Washtenaw County, Mich.Hon. Thomas DartSheriff, Cook County, Ill.Hon. Jerry DemingsMayor, Orange County, Fla.Hon. John FlynnDistrict Attorney, Erie County, N.Y., Member of the Board of Directors, National District Attorneys AssociationHon. Daron HallSheriff, Davidson County, Tenn.Hon. Michael HeldmanSheriff, Hancock County, OhioHon. David HudsonJudge, Sebastian County, Ark.Hon. Clay JenkinsJudge, Dallas County, TexasHon. Peter J. KoutoujianSheriff, Middlesex County, Mass.Hon. Steven LeifmanAssociate Administrative Judge, Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida, Miami-Dade County, Fla.Nick MacchioneDirector, Health and Human Services Agency, San Diego County, Calif.Hon. John McMahonSheriff,San Bernardino County, Calif.Hon. Gabriel Morgan Sr.Sheriff, Newport News, Va.Hon. Christopher MossCounty Executive, Chemung County, N.Y.Hon. Eric SeversonSheriff, Waukesha County, Wisc.Hon. Helen StoneCommissioner, Chatham County, Ga.Hon. Tim SvensonSheriff, Yamhill County, Ore.Hon. Janet ThompsonCommissioner, Boone County, Mo.Hon. Errol Toulon, Jr.Sheriff, Suffolk County, N.Y.Hon. Jenny WilsonMayor, Salt Lake County, UtahEdward ZacharyDirector, Veterans Service Office, Medina County, OhioAbout The National Association of Counties & National Sheriffs’ AssociationThe National Association of Counties (NACo) strengthens America’s counties, including nearly 40,000 county elected officials and 3.6 million county employees. Founded in 1935, NACo unites county officials to advocate for county government priorities in federal policymaking; promote exemplary county policies and practices; nurture leadership skills and expand knowledge networks; optimize county and taxpayer resources and cost savings; and enrich the public’s understanding of county government. www.naco.orgThe National Sheriffs’ Association is one of the largest associations of law enforcement professionals in the U.S., representing more than 3,000 elected Sheriffs across the nation, and with a total membership of more than 20,000. NSA is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising the level of professionalism among Sheriffs, their deputies, and others in the field of law enforcement, public safety, and criminal justice. Throughout its seventy-eight year history, NSA has also served as an information resource for all law enforcement, as well as State governments and the Federal government.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSenator Markey & Middlesex Sheriff Koutoujian Promote Expansion Of Opioid Treatment In JailsIn “Government”Middlesex Sheriff Visits DC To Advocate For Pretrial Health Care CoverageIn “Government”Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian Elected President of the Massachusetts Sheriffs’ AssociationIn “Government”last_img read more

RollsRoyce wants to shatter the electric plane speed record

first_img From dusk til Rolls-Royce Dawn 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan: Elevating the SUV 39 Photos Share your voice Enlarge ImageRolls-Royce’s ACCEL electric racing plane takes inspiration from both the old and the new. Rolls-Royce/YASA When people think of Rolls-Royce, they very rarely think of it as being a brand on the cutting edge of technology. That’s probably because they’re thinking of that other Rolls-Royce, the one that makes cars. The Rolls-Royce that deals with aircraft is always looking forward and the latest proof of that comes in the form of its electric racing plane.Rolls’ electric racing plane was first announced earlier in 2019, and while on the face of things, its 500 horsepower rating and propeller-style propulsion may seem a bit old-fashioned, ACCEL as it’s known is anything but. In fact, Rolls-Royce plans to use it to set a speed record.45846734524-98fb54d989-kwebEnlarge ImageThe ACCEL from Rolls-Royce and YASA looks an awful lot like a racing plane from the 1930s. Rolls-Royce/YASA ACCEL — which stands for “accelerating electrification of flight” — makes use of several unique design ideas to further its record-breaking agenda. The 750-volt battery pack being used in the racer features 6,000 individual cells that together will offer 200 miles of range. To spin its single low-speed propeller, ACCEL uses three lightweight electric motors, stacked together which deliver a combined 500 hp.The shape of the plane is reminiscent of the racing monoplanes of the 1930s and 40s, as well as the sleek fighters employed by the Allies during World War II. This means that ACCEL features a sleek mono-wing design with a long and narrow fuselage that should allow the modestly-powered aircraft to exceed 300 miles per hour. Rolls-Royce Comments 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan in the wilds of Wyoming 6:32 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan review: The top-shelf SUV Bentley’s first SUV is a 187-mph, all-terrain luxocrat Now playing: Watch this: 2 More From Roadshow The current electric plane speed record was set in 2017 by Siemens at 210 mph, but Rolls-Royce hopes not only to smash that record but beat its own 343 mph speed record from the 1930s set by a Supermarine S6.B powered by a special Rolls Royce R racing engine.The record attempt is currently slated to take place sometime in 2020 in the UK. Electric Cars Car Industry Tagslast_img read more

Team Rocket brings Shadow Pokemon chaos to Pokemon Go

first_imgNiantic added a bunch of new Shadow Pokemon last week: you can now catch Poliwag, Grimer, Muk, Drowzee, Hypno, Cubone, Scyther, Magikarp (which you can evolve into Gyarados), Houndour and Houndoom after beating Team Rocket grunts. Ralts, who just had its own Community Day, will be joining that list soon.Lucky players might get a shiny Ekans and Koffing in the wild, in raids or from an egg. Preview • The ultimate guide to everything Pokemon Go How To • Harry Potter: Wizards Unite best Pokemon Go every way but one News • Pokemon Sleep is Pokemon Go but for bedtime It also replaces the Frustration charged attack with Return, a move exclusive to purified Pokemon. You’ll be able to spot the Shadow and purified ones in your storage because of the dark and bright icons next to them. You also can’t trade Shadow Pokemon with your friends.”Purified Pokemon have been found to be stronger than their normal counterparts due to the gratitude they feel toward the Trainer who saved them,” an in-game announcement said. 13 Photos 5:26 The update also brings Team Rocket-themed “A Troubling Situation” Special Research, which rewards you for completing various tasks. It seems pretty straightforward: Most of the objectives involve beating Rocket Grunts, then catching and purifying the Shadow Pokemon. Completing them nets you XP, Stardust and some rare items.First published July 23 at 3:14 p.m. PT.Updated Aug. 5 at 3:40 a.m. PT: Adds new Shadow Pokemon. Gotta eat ’em all at the Pokemon Cafe Nintendo unveils sleep tracker, Pokemon Go Plus Plus Now playing: Watch this: 0 Post a comment Pokemon Go Pokemon Go Share your voice Pokemon Go finally adds Team Rocket and Shadow Pokemon Pokemon Go-One Piece crossover now live Pokemon Go battles are a whole lot better now Team Rocket brought a bunch of new Shadow Pokemon into battle. Pokemon Go Pokemon Go brought Team Rocket trouble in its latest update, and you can take them on in battle. By defeating them, players catch newly added Shadow Pokemon in the augmented reality (AR) mobile app game. You can battle grunts at some PokeStops, which will appear on your map as black and warped instead of light blue.Shadow Pokemon also have a dark aura, use the attack Frustration and look pretty darn cool. Once you beat a Team Rocket grunt — using the cool, new trainer battle mechanics — and capture the abandoned Pokemon, you can use Stardust and Candy to purify it, which brings it back from the dark side and raises its stats.  Tags Mobile Mobile Apps Gaming Video Games Pokemon Golast_img read more

Church Brings Jesus to the Front Door

first_imgBy George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff WriterImagine a church with no pulpit. Imagine a church with no choir. Try to wrap your head around a church with no VIP parking and no chance of NOT getting good seating, because the service could be in your own home.That is the church that Jomo Johnson wants us to believe is possible. And he is working to make that vision possible.“Church for Black Men and Families,” although focused on recruiting Black men to get back to the word of God, seeks for families of all kinds to open their homes for small worship services as opposed to worrying about joining a church and tithing. (Courtesy Photo)No, Johnson is not talking about streaming the sermon on your television or laptop. It’s still live. The Church for Black men and Families participated in the house church method.“‘Church for Black Men and Families’ is born out of that mission to be able to create vibrant families of Jesus for Black men and their families in the Black community,” Johnson said.Johnson started down a traditional path, earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Studies from Beacon University and then a Masters of Divinity from Westminster Theological Seminary. He veered toward the Presbyterian denomination and was working to build a church in Savannah, Georgia, when he said he was told that the plan did not include certain types of Black folks.“They wanted a middle class African American church that could help financially support their ministry and cause,” Johnson said. “And they were bypassing people who were hurting, struggling or just people were were dealing with things they (the church Johnson was formally associated with) didn’t want to deal with.”Johnson resigned from that church and went through a process of soul searching. He came out of that experience with a vision of a different type of church and a very strong opinion about churches that place a heavy interest on fiscal obligations for church members.“Because the New Testament does not command financial tithing for New Testament Believers, Black Christians should leave any Churches that continue to teach this mistruth despite the good that these organizations may appear to do,” Johnson said. “This form of legalism, which actually robs the poor, is one of the key factors that Black men are leaving the traditional church.”Conducting his own survey, Johnson found that Black men are steadily declining to attend church in part because of such aggressive taps towards finances, and a lack of accountability of where the money given goes.According to research from the Pew Center about 79% of African-Americans self identify as Christian. But when you look across gender you see differences. A 2014 Religious Landscape study showed that about 69% of Black men say they are religious. For Black women that number reached 80%, according to the data.This is why Johnson turned to the “house church model,” or “simple church model” He referenced the second and fourth chapter of Acts in the New Testament of the Bible where it referred to people commuting from house to house.“We think if you are able to make spirituality more informal, more communal without a lot of the religiosity and rules and regulations of a traditional church setting, that can be more attractive to people who have been disenfranchised or hurt by the traditional church,” Johnson told the AFRO.Johnson is not opposed to traditional models of service and sees a purpose for all types of churches to do God’s work, but said, “for the large percentages for Black men and families that aren’t connected, we believe this organic model, this family model is actually a lot more attractive once we are exposed to it.”Currently Johnson is training volunteers who are willing to open their home up to about 15-20 members to hold services. Breakfast is served and people all participate in the word. No choir, no mortgage that the congregation has to cover.Even though the church moniker evokes Black men first, the congregation is for all, men women, LGBTQ, regardless of socioeconomic class. For more information on attending or volunteering to lead a service please go to www.blackmen.church.last_img read more