A new national report card by a nonprofit nursing home resident advocacy group gives failing marks to elder care facilities in Arkansas.
Families for Better Care, a Florida-based group; scored, ranked, and graded states on eight different federal quality measures ranging from staffing shortages to the percentage of facilities with severe deficiencies.
The Delta Region has been awarded $6.2 million to fund projects to promote healthy living in the workplace.
The Delta Regional Authority and Health Resources Services Administration awarded the funds through their Delta States Rural Development Grant Program to multiple counties in Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Louisiana, and Mississippi.
Authority Co-Chairman Christopher Masingill says a healthy workforce is vital to the strength of the Delta Region.
Findings from a newly released study show that Arkansas has some of the lowest life expectancy rates in the country and one of the largest disparities of life expectancy between white and black populations.
A recent financial donation to Arkansas’s oldest and largest psychiatric treatment facility for adolescents is expected to help clients improve their lives.
Youth Home is a private non-profit psychiatric treatment center for emotionally troubled young people. A $75,000 donation to the organization has enabled officials to buy vans and make other facility upgrades.
While prescription drug abuse has declined slightly on a national scale - Arkansas officials say they're working to expand efforts improve public awareness of the danger of addiction and death that can result from such addictions.
Arkansas Drug Director Fran Flener says an important element in reducing the potential for abuse is to cut into the supply of available prescription drugs through drug takeback efforts.