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Stateside: Afrofuturism; MI Catholics call for accountability; children's mental health lawsuit

Today on Stateside , we hear from two Catholics who have been pushing for changes in their dioceses in response to the allegations of sexual abuse by priests. Plus, Afrofuturism was spotlighted for an international audience in last year's wildly successful film Black Panther . But the philosophy and art of Afrofuturism have had a home in Detroit for decades.

Stateside: Afrofuturism; MI Catholics call for accountability; children's mental health lawsuit

Class action lawsuit argues state isn't doing enough to help children with mental health issues

Where do you go, to whom do you turn if your child needs mental health care? Child psychiatrists and parents agree: the options in Michigan are too few and far between. This issue has led to a class action lawsuit against the state's Department of Health and Human Services. It was filed in 2018 against then-Governor Snyder, and it alleges the state has failed to meet its legal obligation under Medicaid to provide adequate services for children who have behavioral and mental health problems.

Class action lawsuit argues state isn't doing enough to help children with mental health issues

Stateside: Anishinaabe theater; Detroit's black middle class; few options for severely autistic kids

Today on Stateside, a new plan to boost Detroit says restoring the city's African-American middle class is key to a successful revitalization effort. Plus, we hear about the Anishinaabe Theatre Exchange, a program that draws on indigenous storytelling traditions to talk about current social issues.

Stateside: Anishinaabe theater; Detroit's black middle class; few options for severely autistic kids

To find help for her disabled daughter, Michigan mother had to leave the state

Parents of children with severe autism in Michigan have limited options when it comes to finding long-term care for their kids. Securing reliable in-home care is often a challenge, and the state's residential mental health care facilities often lack the resources necessary to accommodate patients with extremely aggressive or violent behaviors.

To find help for her disabled daughter, Michigan mother had to leave the state

They say their son needs to be in a psychiatric hospital. He went to jail instead.

A danger to themselves or others. That's the threshold set by Michigan law to put someone in a psychiatric hospital. But many families with autistic children say meeting that definition doesn't seem to be enough for their kids--and they don't know what to do. This is one family's story.

They say their son needs to be in a psychiatric hospital. He went to jail instead.

Stateside: New cyberbulling law; kids not getting mental health help; what "business-friendly" means

Today on Stateside , Michigan's new cyberbullying law goes into effect next month, but will it actually make kids safer from online harassment? Plus, a recent study from the University of Michigan finds that tens of thousands of Michigan kids and teens aren't getting the mental health treatment they need.

Stateside: New cyberbulling law; kids not getting mental health help; what "business-friendly" means

Study: More than 40,000 Michigan teens and kids don't get needed mental health treatment

Tens of thousands of children in Michigan aren't getting the mental health treatment that they need, according to a recent report published in JAMA Pediatrics. University of Michigan researchers tracked the prevalence of three of the most common and treatable mental health disorders — depression, anxiety, and ADHD — among young people at both the national and state level. They also looked at how many of those kids and teens were getting treatment.

Study: More than 40,000 Michigan teens and kids don't get needed mental health treatment

On behalf of language nerds (like us), we look at "on behalf of"

On behalf of a listener, this week we're raising the question of whether we can speak on behalf of ourselves. Often at weddings, funerals and other gatherings, there's a moment when someone stands up and says something like, "On behalf of my family and myself, I want to thank you for coming today." A listener named Suzanne wants to know whether "and myself" is necessary in this expression. She says, "You don't speak on your behalf. You are speaking."

Howes: RIP John Dingell

John Dingell died the same day the "Green New Deal" appeared in Washington. Michigan's legendary congressman would not have approved. This driving force behind the Clean Air, Medicare and Affordable Care acts was notoriously suspicious of what he called the, quote, "damn enviros" and their idealized prescriptions for the economy. They, in return, pretty much hated Dingell, considering him too cozy with Detroit's automakers and their union members. Even in his final days at 92, he would have

Loss of African-centered schools in Detroit hurts black children the most

African proverbs and pictures of Harriet Tubman line the hallways at Paul Robeson/Malcolm X Academy in Detroit, one of Detroit's few remaining schools that uses an African-centered curriculum. Welia Dawson is teaching a sixth grade class about post-World War II America. Unlike most lessons about that time period that you might hear in a traditional public school, it's focused on how black people were treated at the time.

Loss of African-centered schools in Detroit hurts black children the most

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