Minuteman Co-Founder Sentenced to 19½ Years for Molesting 5-Year-Old

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By NY Times 07/12/2016

"Christopher Simcox, a founder of the now-disbanded Minuteman border patrol group, has been sentenced in Arizona to more than 19 years in prison for sexual abuse of a 5-year-old girl, in a case that drew the attention of the Supreme Court after Mr. Simcox tried to question the young victim.

Mr. Simcox, 55, was found guilty last month of molesting the girl, who was a friend of his 6-year-old daughter, in 2012 and 2013 during scheduled parental visits at his apartment after he and his wife divorced.

The 5-year-old girl told her mother of the abuse, who called law enforcement. ..."

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House Passes Most Significant Mental Health Reform Bill in Decades

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By NBC News 07/17/2016

"Last week, the House of Representatives almost unanimously passed one of the most significant bills targeting mental health reform since 1963, but mental health advocates say this notable victory is only the tip of the iceberg. 

The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act that passed in the House 422-2 on July 6 will help to address holes in the US' mental health system by providing more hospital beds for people dealing with a mental illness who will need short-term hospitalization. The bill, introduced by Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA), will also require that the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) establish an interagency committee to create evidence-based findings into systems of care. HIPPA provisions may also be reinterpreted in the bill to further permit parents access to their seriously mentally ill child's medical information and treatment plan when their child is 18 years or older. ..."

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Comfort Dogs Touch Down In Orlando To Help Victims, Family Members Heal

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By Today News 07/13/2016

"A dozen therapy dogs arrived in Orlando this week to bring a dose of comfort to the community rocked by the deadliest shooting in U.S. history.

Since Tuesday afternoon, the 12 golden retrievers have met with thousands of those shaken by the tragedy at Pulse nightclub Sunday, including survivors, family members and first responders.

Trinity Lutheran Church in downtown Orlando coordinated with Lutheran Church Charities, a Chicago-based nonprofit, to fly in the animals and 20 handlers from seven different states. ..."

Read the entire article: http://www.today.com/pets/comfort-dogs-touch-down-orlando-help-victims-family-members-heal-t98771

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