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People in mental health crisis need care, not cuffs. The DOJ seems to agree.

If you’re having a heart attack, chances are you won’t be handcuffed and stuffed in the back of a police cruiser when someone calls for help. You’ll probably be cla-clanked into an ambulance on a gurney, where people in a health crisis belong. But when Chioma Oruh would call for help when her brother — who lived for 47 years with schizophrenia — was having a panic attack or an anxiety attack, the handcuffs and a D.C. police cruiser were what he got, she said. Every time.

“Relying on a less effective, potentially harmful response … may deprive people with mental health disabilities of an equal opportunity to benefit from a critical public service,” Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division said in a statement Thursday.

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At Bread for the City, doctors prescribe fresh fruit and veggies | Post Helping Hand

At our medical clinic, we go beyond treating ailments—we care for the whole person.💚 Our care management team prescribing our medical patients with hypertension and diabetes fresh fruits and veggies! Thanks to @DCGreens' ProduceRx program, patients get monthly prepaid cards to purchase fresh produce at the grocery store!🍏🩺

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The paper chase: Helping applicants navigate the benefits process | Post Helping Hand

"Even those of us in the most stable situations can struggle with government paperwork. Now imagine you have a physical or mental disability and are homeless or precariously close to becoming homeless." That's where Bread for the City's Kate Baasch comes in, expertly navigating the social benefits system for people with disabilities, like Nathaniel Parker.

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The eyes have it at Bread for the City’s vision clinic | Post Helping Hand

Dr. Jessica Hahm, Bread for the City's optometrist, goes above and beyond to meet our clients right where they are!👁️ Many haven't had an eye exam, speak languages other than English, or find it challenging to squeeze in an appointment. Dr. Jessica's approach makes eye care accessible for everyone.

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Bread for the City CEO George Jones Wins Nonprofit Leader of the Year

George Jones has been acknowledged for his leadership in reducing staff burnout and pivoting in the face of challenges stemming from the pandemic.

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An unusual vending machine is designed to safeguard drug users’ health | Post Helping Hand

“The goal of our harm-reduction program — including the vending machines — is to provide easy, low-barrier access to medical supplies and wellness supplies to people that need it the most.”

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Nonprofits Revive Right-To-Counsel Program For Tenants Facing Eviction

A group of six nonprofit legal service organizations and 19 law firms are reviving a pilot program that matches some tenants facing eviction with free legal assistance, reviving a pre-pandemic effort that helped dozens of families stay in their homes.