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The Latest: Lawyer: Charges against cop should be dismissed
DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - The Latest on a hearing on a motion to dismiss the indictment against a former Atlanta-area police officer who shot an unarmed, naked man (all times local): 9:45 a.m. A lawyer for a white former Atlanta-area police officer who shot an unarmed, naked, mentally ill black ...
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Ex-officer who shot naked black man wants charges dismissed
DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - A white former Atlanta-area police officer who shot an unarmed, naked, mentally ill black veteran is asking a judge to dismiss the charges against him. Robert Olsen was indicted in January on numerous charges, including felony murder, in the shooting death of 27-year-old Anthony Hill. He ...
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After Mass Knife Attack in Japan, Disabled Victims Are Still in the Shadows
The police have withheld the names of the victims, citing relatives’ wishes, which critics say tacitly endorses a view of disabled people as lesser beings.
2437 points by The New York Times | Disability Developmental disability Down syndrome Self-advocacy Mental disorder Disability rights movement Social model of disability Disability studies
Rising homelessness and lack of psychiatric care beds are cited in surge of mental competency cases
A lack of psychiatric care beds and rising homelessness are fueling a dramatic increase in mental competency cases in Los Angeles County, a new study has found. The county launched a review after The Times reported on a surge in the number of competency cases in Los Angeles’ mental health court over...
593 points by Los Angeles Times | Mental disorder Psychiatry Mental health Psychology Schizophrenia Psychiatric medication Cross-cultural psychiatry Psychiatric hospital
DCFS wards languish in psych hospitals, shelters, detention: audit
Children in the state's welfare system are being warehoused in psychiatric hospitals and emergency shelters hundreds of days longer than they should be in many cases because the agency does not have a place for them, a new report found. The highly critical review of Illinois' Department of Children...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Psychiatric hospital Hospital Foster care Psychiatry Mental disorder Institutionalization Anti-psychiatry Involuntary commitment
State officials still not tracking mental health spending
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California officials still haven't taken steps to better track how $2 billion a year in voter-approved funding for mental health is spent, according to a critical report by a state watchdog, despite an audit 19 months ago that raised the same concerns. The Little Hoover Commission ...
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Demi Lovato now co-owns a mental health treatment center
The "Body Say" singer is now a co-owner of CAST Centers, a Los Angeles mental health and wellness treatment facility.
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Mental health agency proposes raises for lower-paid workers
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Department of Mental Health is recommending raises for some of its lowest-paid employees, but the proposal could face resistance as legislators try to cut spending. Agency leaders told lawmakers Wednesday that direct care workers have high-stress jobs, and nearly half them left during the ...
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Are the kids alright? ChildLine contacted by suicidal youngsters in Britain every 30mins
Children reporting suicidal thoughts in Britain have doubled in number over the last five years, according to the charity ChildLine, which says it receives calls from kids as young as 10 seeking support. Read Full Article at
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PTSD and guns: what the Solon shooting tells us about the limits of the law
Attempts to identify mentally-ill people who might become violent and attempts to limit their access to firearms raise complex civil and constitutional rights issues, advocates say.
126 points by The Plain Dealer | Mental disorder Firearm Law Mental health Mental illness Human rights Abnormal psychology Violence
At Wayne County jails, 4 suicides in 5 months
Officials note dire conditions at the jails during discussion about privatizing medical services.        
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Las Vegas judge hears over 300 petitions a week for mental health commitments in Clark County
According to Nevada Revised Statute 433A, there are three ways to be admitted to a mental health facility or hospital in Clark County. Potential patients can seek help voluntarily, or a petition to commit an individual — a Legal 2000 — can be made in an emergency situation by a physician, psychologist, social worker, registered nurse or by any officer authorized to make arrests in Nevada.
7 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Psychiatry Mental disorder Psychiatric hospital Mental health Medicine Involuntary commitment Psychology Police
Receiving a degree in social work in Nevada requires extra schooling
When Lois moved here from California, she expected to get a therapist’s license with no problem. After all, she had a master’s degree in marriage family therapy (MFT) and art therapy. But the board denied her application. She needed more training to practice in Nevada.
5 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Psychotherapy Psychology Family therapy Clinical psychology Mental health professional Mental disorder Psychiatry Mental health
At outdated Wayne County jails, 4 suicides in 5 months raise alarm
Officials note dire conditions at the jails during discussion about privatizing medical services.        
1105 points by Detroit Free Press | Coroner Mental disorder County commission Suicide Local government in the United States Psychiatry County executive County council
At Wayne County jails, 4 suicides in 5 months raise alarm
Officials note dire conditions at the jails during discussion about privatizing medical services.        
-1 points by Detroit Free Press | Coroner Mental disorder County commission Suicide Local government in the United States Psychiatry County executive County council
Competency evaluation done for deputy slaying suspect
HOUSTON (AP) - A Houston man accused of fatally shooting a sheriff's deputy at a gas station last year is set to return to court following the completion of a competency evaluation after his stay at a state mental hospital. Court records show that a sealed competency evaluation of Shannon ...
1 points by The Washington Times | Mental disorder Psychiatric hospital United States Texas Hospital Sheriff Psychiatry Kenneth L. Curtis
Suicides cost Japan's economy $4bn annually
Japanese national broadcaster NHK has calculated the potential economic loss to the country from suicides at more than $4 billion a year. Read Full Article at
120 points by Russia Today | Suicide Death Psychiatry Economy of Japan Schizophrenia Major depressive disorder Mental disorder Suffering
Maryland man charged with arson in Massachusetts sent for competency evaluation
A Maryland man charged with setting five fires in a Massachusetts city has been sent to a psychiatric facility for a mental health evaluation. Mardell Davis was scheduled to be arraigned Monday in connection with the fires at apartments and homes in Springfield, all set within a roughly 12-hour...
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3 California prison guards on trial for murder of mentally ill inmate
The trial has begun for three Santa Clara County correctional officers who are accused of involvement in the beating death of a mentally ill man. Prosecutors said the man begged for his life before dying. Read Full Article at
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Economic despair leading to death of white working class Americans, study finds
Feelings of economic desperation among middle-aged white Americans are contributing to a sharp rise in mortality rates, particularly among those with less education, two Princeton University economists say in a new study. In new findings published Thursday in the Brookings Papers on Economic Activity,...
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NYPD overnight shift led bipolar sergeant to commit suicide: suit
An NYPD sergeant was driven to suicide when his supervisors stuck him on the midnight shift, according to a new lawsuit.
1037 points by Daily News | Bipolar disorder Suicide The Bronx New York City Mental disorder Sleep deprivation Police Manhattan
Legislators designate Suicide Prevention Week
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Joshua Alburger grew up in a large, supportive family in Goochland, Virginia, says his sister, Marcie Allen. "We were nurtured, loved, respected and made to feel safe." Their parents had five children of their own while raising an additional five, Allen said. She said that later ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Suicide Death Parasuicide Schizophrenia Mental disorder Bipolar disorder Psychiatry American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Florida airport shooting suspect mentally competent to stand trial – his lawyer
The man accused of killing five people and injuring six in a shooting rampage at a Florida airport is competent to stand trial, his attorney has said. Esteban Santiago doesn't need a psychiatric evaluation, despite indications of mental illness, he added. Read Full Article at
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Congress blocks rule barring mentally impaired from guns
WASHINGTON — Congress on Wednesday sent President Donald Trump legislation blocking an Obama-era rule designed to keep guns out of the hands of certain mentally disabled people.
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Congress repeals rule to keep guns from mentally ill
The US Senate has voted to overturn an Obama-era law that would have denied an estimated 75,000 people with mental illness from purchasing firearms, arguing it stigmatized people with disabilities. Read Full Article at
1293 points by Russia Today | Firearm Crime Disability Mental disorder Gun politics Open carry United States Senate United States
Josephine County mental health facility to shut down
HUGO, Ore. (AP) - A remote residential treatment facility in southern Oregon for people with mental health issues will close because there is not enough law enforcement to staff it. The Daily Courier reports ( ) that staff at the Josephine County-owned Hugo Hills facility was told last week that ...
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Senate clears roll back of background-check rule for president's signature
The measure overturns a rule barring gun ownership for some who have been deemed mentally impaired.       
-2 points by USA Today | Disability Mental disorder Schizophrenia United States Congress Assistant party leaders of the United States Senate United States Senate Mental health Mental illness
Ricki Lake’s ex-husband, Christian Evans, dies
Ricki Lake’s ex-husband, Christian Evans, has died, she announced Tuesday.
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38-year-old kidnapping of Etan Patz solved
A New York state court jury found Pedro Hernandez guilty Tuesday in the 1979 kidnapping and murder of Etan Patz, a 6-year-old boy whose disappearance sparked an era of heightened awareness of crimes against children, the Manhattan District Attorney's Office said.
4835 points by CNN | Schizotypal personality disorder Personality disorder Mental disorder Schizoid personality disorder Borderline personality disorder Schizophrenia Personality disorders Child abduction
Etan Patz murder suspect Pedro Hernandez found guilty in killing
After nearly 40 years and two trials, the parents of Etan Patz finally got justice for the murder of their 6-year-old son.
1018 points by Daily News | Jury Prosecutor Mental disorder Deliberation Hung jury Not proven Etan Patz Verdict
Mental health crisis training grows in Detroit area
About 36,000 in Michigan have received the training offered by Mental Health First Aid USA        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Mental health High school Education Psychology Psychiatry Suicide Mental disorder School
State worker racks up nearly $180K in overtime pay
A state technology worker more than tripled her salary last year by running up $179,930 in overtime, records show. Deborah Casais walked off with total earnings of $247,757 working for the Office of Information Technology Services despite a base salary of $67,827. That made the Albany-area woman the state overtime champ for 2016. Casais did...
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Sharp rise reported in older Americans’ use of multiple psychiatric drugs
The number of retirement-age Americans taking at least three psychiatric drugs more than doubled between 2004 and 2013, even though almost half of them had no mental health diagnosis on record, researchers reported Monday.
2 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Psychiatry Geriatrics Mental disorder Opioid Pharmacology Gerontology Psychiatric medication Old age
Concord chamber sounds off on Sununu budget priorities
Jennifer de Lyon Stralka stood up near the end of Gov. Chris Sununu’s talk on budget priorities for the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce Friday. Departing from the big-picture questions asked by business leaders, service providers and a municipal representative, the Concord attorney wanted Sununu...
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Woman who pushed girl in train's path tells why she did it
Autumn Matacchiera knew something was wrong before she found herself on a train platform in Burlington City, N.J.       
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The ban on mentally ill people buying guns helps no one — blame Democrats
Republicans are moving to eliminate a rule instituted by the Obama administration that prevented certain people with mental illnesses from buying guns.
4 points by The Denver Post | Mental disorder Firearm Suicide Psychiatry Disability Mental illness Human rights Schizophrenia
Rotterdam Film Review: ‘Filthy’
This powerfully disturbing drama about a high schooler raped by her math teacher loses its way as the narrative feels increasingly forced.
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U.S. legislation boosted access to autism services, with no added cost to families
HealthDay News Use of healthcare services by children with autism increased modestly after a U.S. law requiring equal insurance benefits for mental and physical health.
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Organization that manages Baltimore's mental health services hires a new CEO
Behavioral Health System Baltimore, the nonprofit that manages the city's mental and behavioral health programs, has promoted an executive within the organization to become its new president and CEO. Crista M. Taylor, the organization's current vice president for programs, will take the lead role...
-2 points by Baltimore Sun | Management Kaiser Permanente Baltimore Medicine Mental disorder Health insurance Psychology Vice President of the United States
Chemical switch may lessen schizophrenia symptoms
Amy WallaceFeb. 7 (UPI) -- Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine discovered adjusting levels of kynurenic acid can have significant effects on schizophrenia.
-2 points by UPI | United Press International Psychiatry Kynurenic acid Kynurenine Amino acid Scientific method Psychology Mental disorder
Mother of mentally ill woman killed by Cleveland police: 'This is not the last you're going to see of me'
The family of Tanisha Anderson said Monday that while it reached a $2.25 million settlement with the city of Cleveland over the 37-year-old's November 2014 death, their fight for what they see as justice is far from over. Watch video CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The family of Tanisha Anderson said Monday that while it reached a $2.25 million settlement with the city of Cleveland over the 37-year-old's November 2014 death, their fight for what they see as justice is far from over. Cassandra Johnson, Anderson's mother, wants to ensure that people with mental illness do not suffer the same fate as her daughter. "This is not the last you're going to see of me," Johnson said on the steps of City Hall. "I'm going to continue to fight for the rights for all mentally ill. I can't bring Tanisha back, but there are more, many many more, that needs this kind of help and that is my goal is to do that." Johnson and Anderson's family spoke at a news conference Monday morning to discuss the settlement. (You can watch the full news conference at the bottom of this post.) Anderson suffered from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder and was suffering from a breakdown when her family called police to its home on Ansel Road in November 2014. She died after officers Scott Aldridge and Bryan Myers cuffed her hands behind her back and placed her in the back of a police car following a struggle. One of the officers used a take-down move on her as she stepped out of the car. He placed his knee on her back and placed her in handcuffs before she stopped moving, Anderson's family has said. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office ruled her death a homicide and said she asphyxiated while being restrained in a prone position. Obesity and other health factors also contributed to her death, the office said. The settlement was reached after more than two years of litigation. It is one of the largest the city ever reached in a police misconduct case. Aldridge and Myers are the subject of an ongoing criminal investigation by the Ohio Attorney General's Office. Tanisha Anderson's 18-year-old daughter Mauvion Green said that she misses her mother every day, but knows she is still out there. "I'm through my high school years without my mother," Green said. "And It's been hard but I get through because I know she's looking down on me and she's supporting me in every way." The family and its lawyers stood on the steps of City Hall in front of a blown-up photo of Anderson. The family also displayed a plaque that it's asking the city to hang at the police department to recognize Anderson's death. Johnson and the family are also asking for the police department to carry out an order on how to prevent the sort of positional asphyxiation that killed Anderson. They also want the department to use Anderson's case as an example during training. None of these changes are believed to be in the settlement. When asked if the family expected these changes to be made, Johnson said "we pray that it does. Because it would change the world." Michael Anderson, Tanisha Anderson's brother, also said a foundation would be started in her sister's name to help those seeking journalism and criminal justice degrees. He said it would be up to the family whether any of the $2.25 million settlement would go into the foundation. "But as far as I'm concerned any dime that comes across my hands is going into that fund," Michael Anderson said. For now, though, the focus is pushing prosecutors to criminally charge Aldridge and Myers. Both face internal discipline, though it is on hold while the criminal investigation continues. Johnson said she would like to see the officers go to prison. "The police are supposed to serve and protect. That's not going on these days. I'll tell who you they're serving and protecting: themselves," Johnson said. Green said she witnessed her mother's death and said she now knows the severity of the officers' actions. "At the time I really didn't know what was going on but now I do," Green said. "I'm much wiser now and that's only because of her. She made me wise."   If you would like to comment on this story, please visit Monday's crime and courts comments section.
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Ohio to open 1st longer-term mental illness care facility
ATHENS, Ohio (AP) - A groundbreaking is planned this spring for the first residential rehabilitation center in Ohio to provider longer-term care for patients released from psychiatric hospitals. The $2 million Adam-Amanda Mental Health Rehabilitation Center in Athens will serve as a "step-down" facility for patients from Athens' nearby state ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Hospital Psychiatric hospital Psychiatry Mental disorder Columbus Ohio Health care Health insurance Mental health
Judge won't permit 'guilty but mentally ill' plea by Hribal
A Westmoreland County judge will not allow Alex Hribal to plead guilty but mentally ill to charges that he slashed and stabbed 20 fellow students and a security guard at Franklin Regional High School in 2014. 
3 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Psychiatry Jury Mental disorder Psychosis Judge Lawyer
House votes to strike rule banning guns for some deemed mentally impaired
The rule's repeal, sought by gun-rights advocates, now goes to the Senate.         
-2 points by Arizona Republic | Mental disorder Disability Mental health Schizophrenia Mental illness Psychiatry United States Constitution United States Senate
Norristown State Hospital closure troubles families

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House votes to roll back rule to prevent mentally ill from buying guns
Stephen FellerFeb. 3 (UPI) -- The U.S. House of Representatives voted Thursday to repeal an Obama administration rule aimed keeping firearms out of the hands of people with mental illnesses.
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House votes to end Obama rule banning gun buys for Social Security recipients presumed mentally ill
The Republican-controlled Congress has voted to roll back an administrative rule blocking Americans deemed mentally impaired from buying guns, an early target of a lengthy list of Obama era rules lawmakers plan to overturn. Read Full Article at
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State seeks proposals to privately operate mental hospital
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A Kansas agency is seeking proposals from private contractors to run a troubled state mental hospital that lost its federal certification a year ago over safety issues. The Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services issued a request for proposals on Monday to run Osawatomie State ...
1 points by The Washington Times | Hospital Psychiatric hospital Kansas Mental disorder U.S. state
Cohesive neighborhoods boost teens' mental well-being
Maureen Salamon, HealthDay News Teens living in cohesive neighborhoods -- where trusted neighbors monitor each other's children -- experience less depression and anxiety, a new study suggests.
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Police not adequately trained on mental health: Column
As systems struggle, U.S. would do well to borrow from U.K. program that puts nurses, cops on streets together        
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