Mental Health

Settlement creates new safeguards for prison detainees

Thursday, April 14, 2011
Louisiana
A New Orleans court mandated April 13 that the state of Louisiana improve care for people with mental illnesses in its state prison. The consent decree requires that the state provide inpatient treatment within 30 days for individuals unable…

Controversy surrounds New Hampshire’s mental health system

Tuesday, April 12, 2011
New Hampshire
The Department of Justice has completed an investigation of New Hampshire’s mental health system, sending a letter to the state attorney general April 7 charging the state with failing to provide reasonable accommodations for people with mental illnesses…

Veteran’s mental health report recognized

Thursday, February 10, 2011The Academy Health Board of Directors honored Invisible Wounds of War, an extensive study by the RAND Corporation into the conditions of returning veterans from Afghanistan and Iraq, with its 2011 Health Services Research Impact Award on February 9. From…

Judge rules in favor of representation for individuals with disabilities in deportation hearings

Friday, December 24, 2010Jose Antonio Franco-Gonzalez’s mental disabilities prevented him from learning to speak until he was age six or seven. He doesn’t know his birthday and is unable to recognize numbers or tell time. The son of lawful U.S. citizens, he also…

Man with disabilities wrongfully deported, files lawsuit

Friday, December 24, 2010The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina and the ACLU of Georgia filed lawsuits October 13 on behalf of an individual with bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses who was erroneously deported. In the summer of 2008, the individual…

California Protection and Advocacy takes on Sacramento plan for people with disabilities

Thursday, December 23, 2010DisAbility Rights California filed a class action lawsuit against Sacramento County in May, protesting a plan to chop programs that provide services to an estimated 5,000 people with mental illnesses. The county’s plan, originally planned to go into effect July…

Chinese mental care remains nonexistent

Tuesday, November 30, 2010The New York Times recently spotlighted China’s system for providing services for people with mental disabilities, including the lack of available medical treatment and cultural attitudes stagnating the expansion of widespread mental health treatment. During his authoritarian reign, Mao Zedong…

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