Mental Health

NPR: “We have criminalized mental illness”

Monday, September 12, 2011National Public Radio recently ran a feature documenting the high costs of America’s continuous practice of locking up large numbers of people with mental disabilities. NPR interviewed Miami-Dade County Judge Steve Leifman, who is creating a new facility he calls…

Feds looking into Mississippi’s mental health system

Monday, September 12, 2011The Department of Justice is investigating Mississippi’s system for providing services for people with mental disabilities. In two visits thus far, federal officials have toured the state’s Department of Mental Health programs, community mental health centers and a private provider,…

9th Circuit takes broad reading of mental health parity law

Tuesday, September 6, 2011Reversing a trial court decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruled August 26 that Blue Shield of California must cover treatment for all “medically necessary treatments” relating to mental disabilities on par with physical disabilities under…

Thousands of veterans with PTSD to receive new disability benefits

Wednesday, August 10, 2011The National Veterans Legal Services Program announced July 29 an agreement with the U.S. military to provide benefits to more than 2,000 veterans afflicted with post traumatic stress disorder during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The veterans, who filed…

Arizona mental health investigative series recognized

Monday, July 18, 2011The Associated Press Managers Association awarded the Arizona Daily Star with its annual Public Services Award for its investigative series into the state’s services for people with mental disabilities, amid the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords by alleged shooter Jared…

A different perspective on gun violence and mental health

Wednesday, July 13, 2011In a new essay in the British medical journal The Lancet, Vanderbilt University professor Jonathan M. Metzl attempts to dispel some of the myths surrounding mental disabilities and gun violence. Metzl begins by criticizing the media’s reaction to the Jared…

Military policy discriminates against servicewomen with PTSD

Wednesday, July 13, 2011This series will showcase three papers from the Fall 2010 Disability in the Law class at the Seattle University School of Law. The class was taught by David Carlson, associate director of legal advocacy for DisAbility Rights Washington. “The

Delaware to overhaul mental health system

Monday, July 11, 2011The Department of Justice and the state of Delaware have reached a comprehensive agreement requiring the state to provide an array of new services to ensure people with mental illnesses are not being unnecessarily institutionalized in its state hospital. The…

Mental health problems likely to spike as troops return home

Tuesday, July 5, 2011Scientific American, in a feature published June 27, details many of the mental health challenges facing the approximately two million troops who have fought in Afghanistan and Iraq since 2001. During the past three years, more than 30,000 service members…

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