Stateline, ContributorStateline provides daily reporting and analysis on trends in state policy. The Supreme Court just cleared the way for states to legalize sports betting. But only 17 states pay for one or more full-time staff positions to help problem gamblers and seven states with at least some legal gambling spend no state money at all. 05/17/2018 03:23 pm ET By Marsha Mercer Oklahoma’s 128 tribal casinos host 46 million visits and rake in $4.5 billion a year – but there isn’t a single billboard in the state that tells problem gamblers where they can find help. “We can’t afford it. It costs $1,200 to $1,400 a month for a billboard,” said Wiley D. Harwell, executive director of the Oklahoma Association for Problem and Compulsive Gambling. With $186,000 from the state and about $100,000 from Indian tribes and other donations annually, Harwell’s group operates a hotline, trains counselors and gives public education talks. … [Read more...] about Legal Sports Betting Is About To Sweep The Nation. Services For Gambling Addicts Probably Won’t.
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PUBLISHED: 07:00 16 May 2018 | UPDATED: 11:28 16 May 2018 Emma Youle Jon Williams, director of Heathwatch Hackney on Mare Street with homeless people's tents on the pavement. Picture: Polly Hancock Archant Psychotic residents banging on doors in the middle of the night, drug dealing, prostitution and excrement in the corridor. Now a health watchdog has slammed dire conditions in Hackney homeless hostels. Emma Youle reports A dead rat at a hostel in Hackney. The squalid conditions at some hostels are highlighted in a new report Calls have been made for the council to set up a rigorous inspection regime at homeless hostels – as evidence of “sexual exploitation, drug dealing and prostitution” are revealed in a new report. Bed bug infestations, excrement in a corridor, cockroaches and a dead rat are just some of the squalid hostel conditions uncovered by watchdog group Healthwatch Hackney. It found the “pressure cooker” conditions in hostels are … [Read more...] about ‘Cockroaches, bed bugs, drug deals and prostitution’: Now watchdog slams council over squalor at Hackney homeless hostels
GARY — The city’s deputy controller is on leave after it was discovered millions of dollars were pulled from a restricted funding source to cover the cash-strapped city’s payroll and other expenses, The Times has learned.At Tuesday night’s Gary Common Council meeting, Councilwoman LaVetta Sparks-Wade suggested one person — the employee on leave — could lose her job for allegedly following orders.“One person is losing their job as a result of this fiasco, but I’m here to say: Surely, it wasn’t just one person. Surely we are throwing someone under the bus. Because everybody got a boss,” Sparks-Wade said. “And somebody else knew about it. So let’s follow the money trail, follow the paperwork.”Deputy Controller Michele Roby was placed on administrative leave in April, City Council President Ron Brewer Brewer confirmed on Tuesday.Reached Tuesday afternoon, Roby declined to comment and deferred questions to … [Read more...] about UPDATE: ‘Let’s follow the money trail.’ Council says Gary deputy controller on leave in connection with millions withdrawn from ambulance/EMS fund to cover city’s payroll
0 Have your say Looking after the elderly and the vulnerable is one of the greatest and most important challenges of our age. How a society deals with those who require care is a measure of its humanity. But realising lofty ambitions is never an easy business. Caring for a rapidly ageing population is an expensive undertaking, particularly at a time when the economic outlook has led to public service budgets being squeezed and a stretched NHS is under pressure from ever-increasing demand.It was in recognition of this that the Scottish Government of a couple of years ago introduced one of the most radical re-organisations of how we deal with this challenge.Integrating health and social care was never going to be a straightforward task. Inevitably there will be a clash of cultures when the hospital and doctor-dominated approach of health boards is forced to dovetail with the kind of care services provided by council social work departments.The task of getting these two … [Read more...] about Health boards and councils must overcome challenges
The Conservative council leader in Hillingdon has hit back at Labour claims he is "dictatorial." Ahead of Thursday's (May 3) local elections, in which 65 seats are up for grabs across 22 wards, Labour 's manifesto says it's "time for a change" to a more "co-operative" form of government after 20 years of Tory rule. It states: "We believe that after 20 years of Conservative control it's time for a radical change that will see the control of the council move from a dictatorial leader and his cabinet to a more community based co-operative council that empowers residents to work in partnership with the council that they have elected." Read More Local Elections latest Hillingdon Council leader Ray Puddifoot , who is standing for Ickenham ward and will run for Conservative leader again, has responded saying people want strong leadership rather than a slow, cumbersome decision making process. He said: "They [Labour] don't like strong leadership and want the council to go over to a … [Read more...] about Hillingdon Council leader slams Labour claims he is ‘dictatorial’