News and Media: Joe Simitian for Congress

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  • As fentanyl crisis continues, libraries host lifesaving workshops

    Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian, who sits on the county’s Library District Board and chairs the Health and Hospital Committee, said that in other parts of the country the epidemic has been devastating. One Pennsylvania small town’s mayor told Simitian in 2017 that fentanyl overdoses were so frequent that health leaders were concerned they Read More

  • Cities launch new crisis-response team — without police

    Palo Alto’s newest emergency-response team features first-aid responders, crisis-intervention specialists and community residents with firsthand experience with mental health struggles and substance abuse.

  • Santa Clara County looks to expand low-cost drug program

    The county’s $1 million MedAssist initiative, which launched last March, offers monthly grants to pay for asthma inhalers, epinephrine auto-injectors (EPI pens), insulin and other diabetes medications. The program serves county residents 18 and up with valid prescriptions and proof of out-of-pocket expenses for health care. It helps residents who make too much to qualify Read More

  • New Bay Area clinics provide mental health care, other services to youths

    Phebe Cox grew up in what might seem an unlikely mental health danger zone for a kid: tony Palo Alto, in the heart of Silicon Valley. But behind its facade of family success and wealth, she said, is an environment of crushing pressure on students to perform. By 2016, when Cox was in middle school, Read More