On this edition of Jaws of Justice Radio Margo Patterson talks with Doug Bonney, Chief Litigator for the Kansas and Western Missouri Chapter of The ACLU about rules governing the sending and recieving of mail by inmates in County jails across our Area. It seems that some Jails are restricting mail to and/or from prisoners to postcards only. The ACLU believes this to be a violation of inmates rights. Doug Bonney will explain the law he feels is being violated and what he thinks is the motivation for these violtions.

ACLU of Kansas and Western Missouri, Phone: 816 756-3113, Fax: 816 756-0136 You can Check them out at their Face Book Page https://www.facebook.com/aclukswmo or at their website – https://aclukswmo.org/
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The 2nd Annual Women Veterans Benefits Fair and Resource Expo will be Friday September 20th from 2-7Pm at the Sermon Center, 201 N Dodgion St (Corner of Truman Rd and Noland Rd), Independence, MO. Jeff Humfeld talks with Glenna Greer, Public Affairs Officer at the Kansas City VA Medical Center about their efforts to reach out to women veterans. The incidence of homelessness, unemployment and military service related health issues is just as prevalent among women veterans as it is among the men.

The expo will focus on introducing women Veterans to the benefits they have earned through their service to our nation. The VA want to inform them of government and community resources available for them and their family members.

The Goal is to have comprehensive benefits and information available as resources for our Women Veterans and their families. We encourage you to take part in this wonderful event and to share this information with any women Veterans in your life.

For more information Check out the KCVA Face Book Page https://www.facebook.com/VAKansasCity or you can contact:
Glenna Greer
Public Affairs Officer
Kansas City VA Medical Center
(816) 922-2048
glenna.greer@va.gov

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

VA Drive Thru Flu Shot Clinic
On September 9th, flu shots will be available during your regularly scheduled appointments in most clinics or as a walk in.

The drive-thru flu shot clinic:
September 30th – October 5th and October 7th – October 10th
8am – 4pm.
Located behind the facility at the Friendship Baptist Church (3530 Chelsea Drive).

If you received your flu shot somewhere other than the VA, please let your PACT team know by sending them a Secure Message or calling them.

They will need to know the following:
Name
Social Security Number
Date of Birth
Where you received the shot
When you received the shot.

If you’re also a VA employee, flu shots will be available to employees by the end of the month.
If you received your flu shot somewhere other than the VA, please also report that you’ve received the shot to Employee Health.

Please contact your PACT team if you have any questions or concerns about the flu shot.
__________________________________________________________

Blue Hills Community Services’
Quality of Life Information Series:
MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID
TWO SESSION TRAINING
Monday, October 14, 2013 and Monday, October 21, 2013
4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
5008 Prospect Avenue, Kansas City , MO 64130

Mental Health First Aid is a groundbreaking public education program that helps the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Mental Health First Aid USA is managed, operated, and disseminated by three national authorities — the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Missouri Department of Mental Health.

Mental Health First Aid is offered in the form of an interactive 8-hour course that presents an overview of mental illness and substance use disorders in the U.S. and introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common treatments. Those who successfully complete the 8-hour course are certified as Mental Health First Aiders. They learn a 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care.

The Mental Health First Aid USA course has benefited a variety of audiences and key professions, including: primary care professionals, employers and business leaders, faith communities, school personnel and educators, state police and corrections officers, nursing home staff, mental health authorities, state policymakers, volunteers, young people, families and the general public.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED
Call Leigh Blumenthal @ 816.333.7870 ext. 203 or email: Leigh@bhcsmo.org by Oct. 4.
If you call for a reservation, please leave name, phone, home address and email address.
Please note: You must attend both sessions. A light dinner and materials will be provided.
_____________________________________________________________

Webster University is Offering Tuition Discounts to First Responders starting this fall, qualified law enforcement professionals, fire department personnel, EMT personnel and 911 Dispatchers will receive a reduced tuition rate in Webster’s undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs offered online and at any of Webster’s U.S. locations.

First responders will receive the same tuition rates offered to those serving in the U.S. military – over 30 percent off our standard tuition rates.

Please join us for a special Information Session to learn more about the First Responder Program and enjoy refreshments on Tuesday, September 17, 2013, 4:30-6:30 pm, Webster University-Kansas City, 1200 E. 104th St. (I-435 & Holmes), Kansas City, MO 64131.

Advisors will be available to talk with you about your future at Webster University and the $35 (undergraduate) or $50 (graduate) application fee will be waived for those who attend and apply. All prospective students are welcome!

Please RSVP today to polafirestone80@webster.ed, www.webster.edu/kc or 816-926-4288.
You can find additional information on the First Responder Program at www.webster.edu/firstresponder.

ON Jaws of Justice Radio | September 16, 2013 | 9:00 am

ACLU fights For Mail Privileges at County Jails and The 2nd Annual Women Veterans Benefits Fair and Resource Expo

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On this edition of Jaws of Justice Radio Margo Patterson talks with Doug Bonney, Chief Litigator for the Kansas and Western Missouri Chapter of The ACLU about rules governing the sending and recieving of mail by inmates in County jails across our Area. It seems that some Jails are restricting mail to and/or from prisoners to postcards only. The ACLU believes this to be a violation of inmates rights. Doug Bonney will explain the law he feels is being violated and what he thinks is the motivation for these violtions.

ACLU of Kansas and Western Missouri, Phone: 816 756-3113, Fax: 816 756-0136 You can Check them out at their Face Book Page https://www.facebook.com/aclukswmo or at their website – https://aclukswmo.org/
___________________________________________________________________________________

The 2nd Annual Women Veterans Benefits Fair and Resource Expo will be Friday September 20th from 2-7Pm at the Sermon Center, 201 N Dodgion St (Corner of Truman Rd and Noland Rd), Independence, MO. Jeff Humfeld talks with Glenna Greer, Public Affairs Officer at the Kansas City VA Medical Center about their efforts to reach out to women veterans. The incidence of homelessness, unemployment and military service related health issues is just as prevalent among women veterans as it is among the men.

The expo will focus on introducing women Veterans to the benefits they have earned through their service to our nation. The VA want to inform them of government and community resources available for them and their family members.

The Goal is to have comprehensive benefits and information available as resources for our Women Veterans and their families. We encourage you to take part in this wonderful event and to share this information with any women Veterans in your life.

For more information Check out the KCVA Face Book Page https://www.facebook.com/VAKansasCity or you can contact:
Glenna Greer
Public Affairs Officer
Kansas City VA Medical Center
(816) 922-2048
glenna.greer@va.gov

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

VA Drive Thru Flu Shot Clinic
On September 9th, flu shots will be available during your regularly scheduled appointments in most clinics or as a walk in.

The drive-thru flu shot clinic:
September 30th – October 5th and October 7th – October 10th
8am – 4pm.
Located behind the facility at the Friendship Baptist Church (3530 Chelsea Drive).

If you received your flu shot somewhere other than the VA, please let your PACT team know by sending them a Secure Message or calling them.

They will need to know the following:
Name
Social Security Number
Date of Birth
Where you received the shot
When you received the shot.

If you’re also a VA employee, flu shots will be available to employees by the end of the month.
If you received your flu shot somewhere other than the VA, please also report that you’ve received the shot to Employee Health.

Please contact your PACT team if you have any questions or concerns about the flu shot.
__________________________________________________________

Blue Hills Community Services’
Quality of Life Information Series:
MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID
TWO SESSION TRAINING
Monday, October 14, 2013 and Monday, October 21, 2013
4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
5008 Prospect Avenue, Kansas City , MO 64130

Mental Health First Aid is a groundbreaking public education program that helps the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Mental Health First Aid USA is managed, operated, and disseminated by three national authorities — the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Missouri Department of Mental Health.

Mental Health First Aid is offered in the form of an interactive 8-hour course that presents an overview of mental illness and substance use disorders in the U.S. and introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common treatments. Those who successfully complete the 8-hour course are certified as Mental Health First Aiders. They learn a 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care.

The Mental Health First Aid USA course has benefited a variety of audiences and key professions, including: primary care professionals, employers and business leaders, faith communities, school personnel and educators, state police and corrections officers, nursing home staff, mental health authorities, state policymakers, volunteers, young people, families and the general public.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED
Call Leigh Blumenthal @ 816.333.7870 ext. 203 or email: Leigh@bhcsmo.org by Oct. 4.
If you call for a reservation, please leave name, phone, home address and email address.
Please note: You must attend both sessions. A light dinner and materials will be provided.
_____________________________________________________________

Webster University is Offering Tuition Discounts to First Responders starting this fall, qualified law enforcement professionals, fire department personnel, EMT personnel and 911 Dispatchers will receive a reduced tuition rate in Webster’s undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs offered online and at any of Webster’s U.S. locations.

First responders will receive the same tuition rates offered to those serving in the U.S. military – over 30 percent off our standard tuition rates.

Please join us for a special Information Session to learn more about the First Responder Program and enjoy refreshments on Tuesday, September 17, 2013, 4:30-6:30 pm, Webster University-Kansas City, 1200 E. 104th St. (I-435 & Holmes), Kansas City, MO 64131.

Advisors will be available to talk with you about your future at Webster University and the $35 (undergraduate) or $50 (graduate) application fee will be waived for those who attend and apply. All prospective students are welcome!

Please RSVP today to polafirestone80@webster.ed, www.webster.edu/kc or 816-926-4288.
You can find additional information on the First Responder Program at www.webster.edu/firstresponder.

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