Model for child mental health care, leukemia cure pill, free menstrual products in Missouri schools

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In today’s edition of Squirrel News, US states look to improve outcomes of children’s mental health care following a model from New Jersey, a leukemia treatment sees success in clinical trials and Missouri funds free period products in schools.

New Jersey’s mental health programs for children serve as models

US states are eliminating barriers to children’s mental health services, looking at New Jersey’s approach. In the early 2000s, NJ overhauled its system to offer culturally competent services and cut costs.

Source: KUOW

New pill helps cure leukemia in a third of patients in US clinical trial

Revumenib has been used to treat acute myeloid leukemia, already having successfully treated 18 patients into remission.

Source: Euronews

Missouri makes menstrual products free in schools

Thanks to new state funding, students who can’t afford period products no longer have to miss class. Missouri’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education offered $1 million to reimbursed schools for menstrual hygiene products.

Source: KCUR

Attorney program expands after preventing hundreds of evictions

In Kansas City, tenants facing eviction can receive free legal representation regardless of their income level through the right to counsel programme. Kansas City is one of 15 US cities with a program like this.

Source: KCUR

Hockey team champions transgender and nonbinary players in Minnesota

Team Trans Twin Cities gives hockey players an opportunity to play in a safe and supportive environment.

Source: StarTribune

Human poop used to create more sustainable heat source

After following in the footsteps of Seattle and Vancouver projects, Toronto is building the world’s largest system to transfer low-carbon energy from raw wastewater.

Source: Context

Phoenix’s 35-year transit plan to sustainably transform city

Through the Transportation 2050 plan passed in 2015, Phoenix plans to add 135 miles of sidewalks, 1,100 miles of bike lanes and 2,000 streetlights, lighting or shade structures at 780 bus stops. It also plans to use only carbon-neutral buses by 2040.

Source: Business Insider

How an urban food forest in Arizona became a model for climate action

A decades-old neighborhood project in Tucson provides food to residents as well as shade to cool streets in the third-fastest warming city in the US.

Source: The Guardian

Solar power helps Tunisian schools otherwise poorly funded

Once without clean water, heat or electricity, solar energy now powers the Makthar boarding school and others in northern Tunisia. Excess is sold to the national grid, equating to 6,000 dinars (which is almost $2,000) per year in profit that helps the school pay debts and other expenses.

Source: Context

Women take the wheel for safer tourism in Satpura Tiger Reserve

As part of the ‘Safe Tourism Destination for Women’ project launched by the Madhya Pradesh government, women drivers have been appointed to take tourists on safaris at the Satpura Tiger Reserve.

Source: Monga Bay

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