It is clear that many police incidents such as Daniel Prude in Rochester, New York; Nicolas Chavez in Houston, and the 13-year-old boy with Asperger’s syndrome, in Salt Lake City, are the result of police reactions to mental health situations they can’t handle without escalating an encounter to the point of lethal force.

We are facing a national crisis, now highly polarized by violent extremists on both right and left, damaging to police, business owners, the Black community (which already has hundreds of years of trauma and intergenerational post-traumatic stress disorder) and society as a whole.  It is heartbreaking for the nation.

Many reforms have been proposed.  I do not see, at least in the media, that increased funding for mental health crisis intervention services in collaboration with police departments and other first responders is being discussed at the state or national level.

Maine has been recognized nationally for developing

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ST. LOUIS ( — While lawmakers in Washington D.C. debate assistance for small businesses, there is some online help coming at the state level.

Small business owners are encouraged to sign up for a seven-week-long webinar designed to help them through the pandemic.

The series is called Managing Forward and is being put on by the Missouri Small Business Development Center.

It was supposed to begin last week but has been delayed until the first week of October to try to get the word out.

The program is a free series of weekly, 90-minute long sessions to help small businesses navigate through the changes and challenges brought about by the pandemic.

The U.S Small Business Administration said about half of American workers are employed by small businesses and more than 80,000 small businesses have shut down permanently during the pandemic.

“You can hear from other business owners, get some great

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