When time limits and work requirements were mandated by welfare reform, I often heard about long-term welfare recipients seeking to leave the new Temporary Assistance for Needy Families for permanent disability status. At the time, I covered poverty in depressed backwoods counties of Northeast Washington, and saw how disability seemed a logical lifeline for…More
Topic: Department of Social and Health Services
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Emergence of a well-funded gun control group this week made me wonder about a rumored boom in recent gun sales. More than a rumor: the Department of Social and Health Services, which checks for serious psychiatric history during a gun-buyer background check, can barely keep up with the workload, according to spokesman Thomas Shapley. (Decoder for…More