Drew University receives state grant

L.A. DIGEST

Wave Staff Report

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science has received $7.2 million in funding from the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development as part of an effort to help further build the pipeline of public mental health professionals throughout the state.

Drew’s College of Medicine will receive $5.49 million to create new psychiatry residency positions, while the university’s Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing will receive $1.69 million to fund additional public psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner slots.

“This provides an extraordinary boost to all of us throughout the state who are working to bring more mental health services to chronically under-resourced areas, such as South LA, where CDU is located,” said Drew University President and CEO Dr. David M. Carlisle. “Our psychiatric residency program has put 18 new physicians into South L.A. over the last three years. With this new funding, we can add even more psychiatrists and public psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners to these communities.”

The grants are funded through the Workforce Education and Training program as part of the Mental Health Services Act, which is intended to address the shortage of mental health practitioners in the public mental health system.

Police Commission

sets community forums

LOS ANGELES — The Police Commission will conduct community forums Sept. 24 and Oct. at 4 p.m. to hear ideas and suggestions for police reform from community groups, social justice advocates, clergy, academics and other community-based organizations.

The recommendations will be used by the commission and its advisory committee on building a roadmap for continued police reform. Under the direction of the commission president, the advisory committee has begun its comprehensive review to evaluate existing reform proposals, past reforms recommended for the LAPD, recruitment and hiring, data collection and retention, and discipline and accountability.

Members of the public may listen to the virtual meeting using the Zoom link at https://lapd.zoom.us/j/97273589743. In addition, members of the public wishing to provide specific proposals on police reform may submit their written ideas, of a maximum of two pages, to policecommissionadvisorycommittee@lapd.online.

Hutchinson Report

offers new program

LOS ANGELES — The Hutchinson Report is offering a new political alternative to mainstream network talking heads and pundits.

The Hutchinson Report Live from the Oval Office 2 will launch at 7 p.m. on the Hutchinson Facebook Page and the the Hutchinson Network YouTube Channel.

Hutchinson Report founder, political analyst Earl Ofari Hutchinson says, “The 2020 U.S. presidential election will go down as one of the bitterest, dirtiest and most contentious presidential elections in decades. President Trump will throw the political book at Democratic presidential foe Joe Biden with non-stop digs, insults, and accusations, punctuated by half-truths and outright fabrications.”

The show will present hot button election news, views, commentary and viewer response to the burning issues of the campaign.

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