Friday, December 14, 2018

In the News: third of folks go without care; grant applications available for ArtWeek

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"Most adults who sought care for mental health or substance use disorders in Massachusetts in the last year had trouble obtaining that care, regardless of whether or not they had insurance coverage to help pay for the care. 
The 2018 Massachusetts Health Reform Survey found that more than a third of the people who sought behavioral health care in the last 12 months have gone without that care and that 57 percent of the people who sought care said they had trouble finding a provider who would see them. 
The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation on Tuesday morning will release the results of the survey conducted by the Urban Institute and Social Science Research Solutions earlier this year based on responses from 2,201 individuals. 
“I think all in all, it’s sort of another set of data that indicates what we all sort of anecdotally experience and hear about: that there are real access problems with getting mental health and substance use disorder care,” Audrey Shelto, president of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation, said. She added, “In a state where we have made such dramatic gains in coverage, it is disturbing that so many people with mental health and substance use conditions face these challenges in getting treatment.”

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"Grant applications are now available for the ArtWeek 2019 in Franklin, the second year the town is participating in the statewide event. 
ArtWeek is a 10-day festival that features unique artistic experiences from local businesses and organizations. Some of the events offered are participatory, while others offer a look at how artists do their work. 
Chairman of the Franklin Cultural Council, Stacey David said that the town hosted 50 events in 2018′s ArtWeek. This year, Franklin hosted 10 percent of the state’s events, and had a massive turnout, she said. For 2019, they’re hoping for even more, she said. 
“The response was really great,” David said. “Everything was very well-attended and the people there were really excited.”
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Franklin Cultural Council to Offer Artweek Festival Grants
Franklin Cultural Council to Offer Artweek Festival Grants

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