Larry King to Host Alzheimer’s Special

CNN will air a one-hour special hosted by Larry King focusing on Alzheimer’s disease, on Sunday, May 1 at 8:00 pm ET/PT.

“Unthinkable: The Alzheimer’s Epidemic” will explore the disease, treatments, and research for a cure. The show will feature interviews with public figures who have witnessed the effects of Alzheimer’s disease on their loved ones, including former First Lady Laura Bush; Maria Shriver, Alzheimer’s activist and author of The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Take on Alzheimer’s;  Ron Reagan, son of President Ronald Reagan, and several more.

View “Unthinkable: The Alzheimer’s Epidemic to Air on CNN” in its entirety.

Workers’ Memorial Day Promotes Safe Workplaces

Workers’ Memorial Day, which recognizes workers who have died or been injured at work, is April 28.

This day also marks the fortieth anniversary of both the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (of the US Department of Health and Human Services) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (of the US Department of Labor). Commemoration of this day is designed to promote safe and healthier workplaces.

Approximately four million workers suffer from a work-related injury or illness each year.

Read the 2011 Workers Memorial Day Presidential Proclamation.

U.S. Green Building Council Launches LEED

LEED for Healthcare is the most recent version of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) rating system for new and renovated buildings housing long-term-care and assisted-living facilities, medical offices, and research centers.

The rating system measures water use relative to amount of equipment, facility location, patient population, and use of chemicals and pollutants. Studies indicate that patients treated in “green” health-care facilities have shorter stays and fewer repeat visits.

Over 225 facilities received LEED certification under the existing rating system, but the new system will accommodate the needs of 24-hour facilities.

View “LEED for Healthcare Launches” in its entirety.

Mentally Ill Fill Houston Jail

The Harris County Jail in Houston, TX houses about 10,000 inmates, 2,400 of whom are taking psychotropic medications to treat mental illness. Because of the state’s mental health budget cuts, the jail serves as the largest mental institution in the state, according to an article in The New York Times.

The jail has a special 108-bed unit for those with severe mental health problems. The unit is staffed with nurses, and there are 15 psychologists on the jail’s staff.

 State officials are concerned that continued mental health budget cuts will only increase the number of mentally ill inmates who will be admitted at the jail. Without care, those suffering from mental illness end up on the streets or in dangerous situations that lead to incarceration.

According to the article, the jail’s mental health care costs about $27 million per year.

 Currently, Harris County mental health services are able to serve only 25 percent of adults and 18 percent of children who need care.

 View “As Mental Health Cuts Mount, Psychiatric Cases Fill Jails” in its entirety.

Autistic Students Gain Skills Working at School Coffee Shop

Students in a special class for children with autism and other learning disabilities at Woodrow Wilson Middle School in Edison, NJ have the task of running a school coffee shop each Friday morning, a responsibility that assists them with human interaction and life skills.

Students make coffee, ring up purchases on a cash register, and deliver coffee to different areas in the school. Profits from sales go toward class trips and activities.

View “For Autistic Children, a School’s Coffee Shop Imparts Skills While Raising Money” in its entirety.

CPI’s Bill Badzmierowski Publishes Article in Campus Safety Magazine

CPI Prepare Training® director of instructor services, Bill Badzmierowski, published an article titled “11 Steps to Better Workplace Violence Prevention Policies” in the April 2011 issue of Campus Safety magazine. 

 The article discusses how organizational strategies can decrease the frequency and severity of incidents, through assessment, planning, communication, training, and follow-up.

Campus Safety magazine is aimed toward security personnel and administrators involved in public safety and security in hospitals, schools, and universities.