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Rural Suicide

How Suicide Trainings, Community Connections Could Patch Holes In Amador’s Mental Health Safety Net

September 13, 2018 | Sammy Caiola | Sammy Caiola

Amador County residents and social service providers say there’s a serious lack of services and awareness around mental illness in the community. They’re planning to use a special cache of leftover state funding to solve the problem.

Rich Pedroncelli / AP Photo

Health Care

California Has One Of The Nation's Highest Poverty Rates, Again

September 12, 2018 | Sammy Caiola | Sammy Caiola

Experts say a combination of increasing government assistance programs and policies to lower housing costs would be necessary to bring California’s poverty rate down.

Insight With Beth Ruyak

CapRadio Healthcare Reporter Examines Rural Suicide In Amador County

September 11, 2018

CapRadio Healthcare Reporter Sammy Caiola is spending six months reporting on the high rate of suicide in Amador County and how residents are trying to tackle it.

Vanessa S. Nelson / Capital Public Radio

Rural Suicide

The ‘S’ Word: How Suicide Is Devastating Amador County And Rural Communities

September 10, 2018 | Sammy Caiola | Sammy Caiola

Amador has the third-highest suicide rate of any county in California — about three times the state average and the top 20 counties on the list are some of the most remote and least populous places in the state.

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Health Care

Health Plans, Pharmacy Middlemen Push Back Against California Drug Pricing Bill

August 30, 2018 | Sammy Caiola | Sammy Caiola

One California lawmaker is determined to increase price transparency in the drug industry. Plans and their negotiators say it’s an unnecessary burden.

AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli

Insight With Beth Ruyak

Drought, Wildfires Stir Up Valley Fever Fungus, Prompting Travel Alert For California Cities

August 16, 2018

There is a Valley Fever travel alert until the end of August for a number of California cities, including Sacramento, Modesto and Redding.

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Health Care

New Google-Backed Plan To Spend California’s Mental Health Dollars Is Raising Eyebrows

August 15, 2018 | Sammy Caiola | Sammy Caiola

There’s a push to revamp California’s mental health service network using smartphone apps and online therapy, but some advocates say it’s a questionable use of taxpayer dollars.