April Dembosky

April Dembosky appears in the following:

At new mental health courts in California, judges will be able to mandate treatment

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

In several California counties, new mental health courts open up in October. Officials hope to persuade people with psychosis to accept treatment. Critics say, it looks more like coercion.


California grads headed to HBCUs in the South prepare for college under abortion bans

Tuesday, August 15, 2023

As young adults prepare to leave blue states and head to historically black colleges in states where abortion is banned, they're getting ready to safeguard their reproductive health during college.


Young women get proactive before heading to HBCUs in states with abortion bans

Monday, August 14, 2023

As some young women head to HBCUs in states where abortion is restricted or banned, they're getting education and birth control to help safeguard their reproductive health during college.


When homelessness and mental illness overlap, is forced treatment compassionate?

Friday, March 31, 2023

Democratic leaders in California and Oregon are becoming more open to using involuntary psychiatric commitment to combat homelessness, drug abuse and untreated mental illness.


Lawmakers in Ore., Calif. attempt to expand involuntary commitment

Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Expanding the use of involuntary commitment is being discussed in liberal California and Oregon, where severe mental illness, drug use and homelessness are becoming political liabilities for leaders.


Abortion is on the California ballot. But does that mean at any point in pregnancy?

Monday, October 24, 2022

CA voters are expected to approve a constitutional amendment on abortion rights. But critics say it would actually expand abortion rights, because the amendment ignores the concept of fetal viability.


Calif. amendment sparks debate about the concept of fetal viability during pregnancy

Monday, October 24, 2022

California voters will decide whether to amend their state constitution to explicitly protect abortion rights. But it's unclear whether the amendment would allow abortions at any point in pregnancy.


Health department medical detectives find 84% of U.S. maternal deaths are preventable

Friday, October 21, 2022

More than half of these deaths occur well after the mom leaves the hospital. To save lives, mothers need more support in the "fourth trimester, that time after the baby is born," one researcher says.


Some Californians are prepping to host visitors who seek abortion access

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

California volunteers are gearing up to host women from out of state in their homes or drive them to abortion appointments. One is a 75-year old woman motivated by having had abortions before 'Roe.'


As states ban abortion, Californians open their arms and wallets

Monday, June 27, 2022

With roughly half of U.S. states likely to ban abortion, volunteers in California are mobilizing to help women travel there for care. State lawmakers want to support some of those efforts too.


California may require labels on pot products to warn of mental health risks

Friday, June 17, 2022

A proposed bill would require cannabis products to carry large warnings, similar to cigarettes. But the state's legal pot industry says more rules make it harder to compete with the illicit market.


California lawmakers ramp up efforts to become a sanctuary state for abortion rights

Thursday, June 02, 2022

California lawmakers are considering 13 bills that would expand access to abortion and welcome women from states where abortion is being banned or restricted.


It's not just doctors and nurses. Veterinarians are burning out, too

Friday, April 08, 2022

A spike in pandemic pets is increasing shortages and burnout among veterinarians — a field that already had high rates of suicide. A new mental health initiative offers professional help for free.


COVID and schizophrenia: Why this deadly mix can deepen understanding of the brain

Friday, March 25, 2022

People with schizophrenia are three times as likely to die from the virus, giving scientists an opportunity to study the potential relationship between the immune system and mental illness.


Having schizophrenia is the second biggest risk factor for dying from COVID-19

Sunday, March 20, 2022

Having schizophrenia has emerged as the second biggest risk factor for dying from COVID-19, after advanced age. This finding could help drive new research about mental illness and the immune system.


California joins other states with laws limiting wait times for mental health issues

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Many Americans with mental illness report waiting weeks for care, even for serious depression or suicidality. California has a new law for insurers, limiting those wait times to two weeks or less.


To Combat Meth, California Will Try A Bold Treatment: Pay Drug Users To Stop Using

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Fatal drug overdoses, including from meth, have soared. California is preparing to roll out a controversial but proven treatment that involves paying stimulant users small sums of money not to use.


Paying People Addicted To Meth Even A Small Sum Of Money Can Help Them Stop Using

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Fatal drug overdoses, including from meth, have soared. California is preparing to roll out a controversial but proven treatment for meth addiction that involves paying users small sums not to use.


Women Say California Insurer Makes It Too Hard To Get Drug For Postpartum Depression

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

To get a new drug for postpartum depression, some insurers want women to try other drugs first and even electroconvulsive therapy. It could be a test for California's new mental health parity law.


Once On The Brink Of Eradication, Syphilis Is Raging Again

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Syphilis cases in California have contributed to soaring national caseloads of sexually transmitted diseases. Experts point to the advent of dating apps, decreased condom use and an increase in meth.