Mental Health

Report looks at misallocation of California’s mental health spending

Tuesday, July 5, 2011An extensive investigation by the Bay Area News Group details the shortcomings of a California proposition designed to increase the state’s mental health services, which have been slashed in recent years. In 2004, California voters approved Proposition 63, which created…

Famed mental illness therapist reveals dark past

Monday, June 27, 2011The New York Times recently profiled the University of Washington’s Marsha M. Linehan, revealing the harrowing journey of a famous psychologist who attempted suicide multiple times before pioneering a new method of teaching patients to accept their mental disabilities. Linehan…

Court slams VA mental health system

Tuesday, May 17, 2011The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, in a 2-1 decision released May 10, called for an overhaul in how the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provides mental health treatment for soldiers returning from military service. “The VA’s…

“Lessons from deinstitutionalization…”

Tuesday, April 26, 2011This recent University of Chicago Law School paper examines the parallels of the deinstitutionalization of psychiatric hospitals in the 1960s with the challenges of reversing the U.S.’s ever increasing incarceration rate. From 1880 to 1955, the number of patients in…

Study documenting torture in Mexican institutions used in immigration case

Thursday, April 14, 2011An Omak woman being held at Tacoma, Washington’s Northwest Detention Center is citing dangerous conditions at Mexican institutions as a legal defense in her deportation proceedings. The woman, who has bipolar disorder, depression and anxiety, is facing the likelihood of…

Settlement creates new safeguards for prison detainees

Thursday, April 14, 2011A 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 to…

Controversy surrounds New Hampshire’s mental health system

Tuesday, April 12, 2011The 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 to live…

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…

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