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Some lawmakers are turning to conservatorships as a possible solution for the state’s homeless crisis, even though the system isn't ready.
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San Diego County’s refusal to release data spurs legal battle for access to information that helps journalists report.
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This story was produced as part of a large project by Jessica Bedolla, a participant in the 2020 National Fellowship, who is exploring, researching and reporting the impact of this worldwide pandemic in communities along the border. 
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COVID-19 testing varies widely across San Diego senior facilities. The state and county aim to induce widespread testing in senior homes, but advocates say these efforts are moving too slowly and lack teeth.
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This story was produced as a project for the 2019 Impact Fund.
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San Diego hospitals lose millions annually in psychiatric services. Against that backdrop, where do their financial obligations in behavioral health begin and end? The San Diego County Board of Supervisors recently grappled with the question.
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ER visits rose 18% from 2012 to 2017, posing financial and operational difficulties.
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A pilot program in San Diego worked to get the county's 25 most expensive homeless people into housing with services. The program was a big success — so why hasn’t the program gained more traction?

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A data-driven look at opioid addiction in San Diego found that old assumptions about addiction hotspots were outdated. Reporter Leo Castaneda shares this and other field lessons he learned along the way.
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Opioid addiction has claimed thousands of lives in San Diego County. Understanding who is dying and how addiction has changed over the last 15 years is central to confronting the addiction epidemic.

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The nation’s overdose epidemic has entered a devastating new phase. Drugs laced with fentanyl and even more poisonous synthetics have flooded the streets, as the crisis spreads well beyond the rural, largely white communities that initially drew attention. The death rate is escalating twice as fast among Black people than among white people. This webinar will give journalists deep insights, fresh story ideas and practical tips for covering an epidemic that killed more than 107,000 people in the U.S. last year. Sign-up here!

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