WABE's Week In Review: Revamping Georgia's mental healthcare system and bringing an Asian staple to store shelves

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Kimberly Young, Hillside assistant medical director, Dr. Adam Silberman, Hillside medical director, and Dr. Karyn Korsah, resident at Morehouse School of Medicine, on the campus of Hillside, a behavioral treatment center in Atlanta. (Sam Gringlas/WABE)

Georgia has one of the lowest-ranked mental healthcare systems when it comes to accessibility. The state just does not have enough providers, but efforts are underway to try to lure more mental health professionals here as well as keeping the ones already in the state.

Read more about the legislation that would change Georgia’s mental healthcare industry.

Atlanta’s hot housing is pricing people out…

This is an exterior view of a three bedroom house listed for sale in the Sherwood Forest neighborhood of Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Atlanta home buyers are paying too high of a percentage of their income on a place to live, according to data from the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

“This is the first time in the history of our index the share of income needed to afford the median price house jumped above 30%,” Dominic Purviance, subject matter expert with the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, told WABE’s Jim Burress. “Whenever it’s above 30% that means the market is unaffordable.”

The battle to stock a leafy green vegetable in Georgia…

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A Cambodian couple harvests the morning glory, a popular vegetable in Cambodia, also known as water spinach, at their farm in Plov Chek village on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Thursday, June 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

Georgia is now allowing the importing of water spinach. The leafy green vegetable that is a staple in many Asian cuisines was banned from growing here because it spreads easily once it is planted.

But regulated grows in other states have proven successful at harvest without the wild spread of the plant, so Georgia may allow similar methods here. In the meantime, imports will be allowed.

The move could also curb illegal, unregulated grows.

“We’ve seen people buying and selling it in the parking lot in their trunks, of course illegally, and some are growing illegally in Georgia as well,” said Ben Vo, owner of City Farmer’s Market. “ The products [were] being treated like marijuana.”

“To the Vietnamese community and Southeast Asian community, water spinach is a very important component to their diet,” said Kathy Kuzava, the President of the Georgia Food Industry Association. “[Imagine] if southerners weren’t allowed to drink sweet tea, or our Hispanic community was not allowed to purchase tortillas?”

The USDA has already approved three Georgia grocers to buy the vegetable from other states. 

Technology and the supply chain…

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