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First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross

07/13/15: Mental Health In Prisons; GERD Treatment; Charlene Landen; Cole Pepper

Gov. Rick Scott has ordered an independent analysis of the state's prison system and the development of two prisons to test new ways of handling and housing prisoners with mental health issues, as well as the general population. Scott is also directing the Department of Corrections to work with the departments of Children and Families and Juvenile Justice on how to improve mental health services. That’s a change mental health advocates say is badly needed here in the Sunshine State. We discuss the issue with Denise Marzullo, President and CEO of Mental Health America of Northeast Florida.

St. Vincent's gastroenterologist Dr. Ali Lankarani and patient Jeanne Barzyk about new treatments for gastrointestinal reflux disease, or GERD.

We speak with Charlene Landen, Vice President of Business Operations at PGA Tour Entertainment, about her talk this week as part of the She Is Fierce Women's Wednesdays series.

And contributor Cole Pepper joins us with a look at this week's sports news.

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