Week in Review: March 28, 2016

The past week has been a busy one, both in world news and in fields related to the work we do at Serving California. We mourned after devastating tragedies take place in both Brussels and Pakistan, we saw advances being made in policies that affect veterans and in the field of addiction, and the nation celebrated Holy Week and Easter. Continue reading to see a roundup of the news items that are most pertinent to our cause, and enjoy this edition of #Mondayblogs:


Attack in Brussels leaves over 30 dead

At least 30 people died and more than 100 others were injured following three explosions Tuesday in the Belgian capital — two in Brussels Airport and one at Maelbeek metro station, near several European Union institutions. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks, attributing them to a “security group from the soldiers of the caliphate.”



Government Aims to Fix VA Bill

Two years ago Congress created the Veterans Choice Program after scandals revealed that some veterans were waiting months to get essential medical care. The $10 billion program was designed to get veterans care quickly by letting them choose a doctor outside the VA system. Now Congress and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs are pushing through new legislation to fix the program.



Debate on privacy protocol for patients struggling with addiction

What’s more harmful to patients being treated for drug or alcohol abuse: risking their health by keeping other medical providers in the dark about their substance abuse treatment? Or risking their jobs, homes and child custody arrangements by allowing potentially damaging treatment details to be electronically shared among an array of medical providers?



What do crime survivors really want? The shocking truth

A study by Californians for Safety and Justice found that survivors want more investments into healing, recovery and prevention, not more prisons. In fact, most respondents thought that prisons were just as likely to make someone worse than to rehabilitate them.



Attack on Easter Sunday in Pakistan aimed at Christians celebrating the holiday

A splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for a bombing that occurred last weekend, which it said was aimed at Christians celebrating the Easter holiday.