Latest Welfare of the mentally ill News

Technology bringing medical care home

Feb. 22, 2020 3:06 AM EST

PAXINOS, Pa. (AP) — Mabel Henninger knitted on her living room couch as her husband of 69 years sat nearby in a recliner having his heart and lungs monitored by a Geisinger physician. The physician, Dr. Anthony Wylie, was in his Pittston office more than 60 miles away while the consultation with Glenn...

In this Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020 photo Montana Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney speaks at a forum for Democratic gubernatorial candidates at Montana State University Billings in Billings Mont. Cooney is facing businesswoman Whitney Williams in the June 2 primary election. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)

Democrats running for governor are split on Bullock's legacy

Feb. 20, 2020 1:27 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Two of Steve Bullock's would-be successors are making the popular Montana governor a central issue in the race for the Democratic nomination — with starkly different takes on his job performance. Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney, who has the backing of the term-limited Democratic...

California governor seeks to expand involuntary treatment

Feb. 19, 2020 9:01 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to make it easier for the government to force psychiatric treatment for people with mental illness and expand statewide a still-developing test program that allows officials to more easily take control over those deemed unable to care for themselves. In a...

Secret Service goes on the road to help curb school violence

Feb. 18, 2020 4:41 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — The U.S. Secret Service is taking its effort to curb school violence on the road to help thousands of educators, law enforcement personnel, mental health professionals and others learn how to identify people who may be threats. The latest stop in the Secret Service tour is this week in Miami,...

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Terry England speaks to reporters Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, at the Georgia Capitol in Atlanta, after his committee passed an amended midyear budget. The spending plan shifts tens of millions to lawmakers' priorities from Gov. Brian Kemp's plan (AP Photo/Jeff Amy)

Georgia House plan shifts money to lawmakers' priorities

Feb. 18, 2020 1:23 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Budget writers in Georgia's House want to preserve money for mental health, substance abuse, public defenders, agricultural research and diverting people away from prison. While overall spending won't rise above the cuts proposed by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, the House Appropriations...

University of Rhode Island offers opioid education, training

Feb. 15, 2020 2:50 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The University of Rhode Island is using a $1 million federal grant to offer education and training about opioids to residents in rural areas of the state. Officials with the university in South Kingstown said Thursday that health professionals and students are getting ready to...

Massachusetts Senate approves mental health parity bill

Feb. 13, 2020 6:18 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Individuals suffering from mental health issues would have access to health care on par with those suffering from physical ailments like high blood pressure or diabetes under a bill approved unanimously Thursday by the Massachusetts Senate. Supporters say the bill would help remove existing...

Lawmakers weigh mental health treatment in jails and homes

Feb. 11, 2020 2:53 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The Department of Social Services is asking South Dakota lawmakers to allow criminal defendants who have been found mentally unfit for trial to be treated in jails or their homes. The state agency said courts are increasingly finding that criminal defendants are incapable of...

Sheriff seeks help for inmate; mental health system 'broken'

Feb. 10, 2020 3:46 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — A sheriff in Michigan's Upper Peninsula is using social media to plead for assistance for a mentally ill jail inmate. “We have tried over and over to get this man the help he needs. The mental health system in Michigan is broken,” Chippewa County Sheriff Michael Bitnar said on...

Lansing police deploy social worker to help the homeless

Feb. 9, 2020 1:01 AM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — It's 7 p.m. on a Thursday night and Jan Bidwell is cautiously walking through ankle-deep snow in a grove of trees in south Lansing. She's heading for an area where she knows a man who is homeless has set up camp. He's not there. Bidwell tosses her business card into one of the...