Latest Welfare of the mentally ill News

A group of kayakers practice social distancing while floating down the Greenbrier River Thursday, March 26, 2020 in Ronceverte, W.Va. Greenbrier County Health Department reported it's first COVID-19 case in the county Thursday. (Jenny Harnish/The Register-Herald via AP)

The Latest: Phuket closes land and sea entry and exit points

Mar. 30, 2020 3:07 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Trump extends stay-at-home guidelines for another 30 days....

A MTA conductor stands in a light beam at Grand Center Terminal that is sparsely populated during rush hour due to COVID-19 concerns, Friday, March 20, 2020, in New York. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ordering all workers in non-essential businesses to stay home and banning gatherings statewide.

New York bans gatherings, nonessential workers to stay home

Mar. 20, 2020 10:15 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced sweeping orders Friday that will severely restrict gatherings of any size for the state's more than 19 million residents and will require workers in nonessential businesses to stay home. No more play dates. No more pickup basketball. No more subway...

FBI handling of terror-related tips is flawed, report finds

Mar. 4, 2020 6:23 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI needs to improve how it handles tips and leads about people who may carry out violent acts, including developing a comprehensive strategy to evaluate whether individuals with mental health problems pose legitimate threats to public safety, according to a Justice Department...

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers speaks to Milton High School students Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, in Milton, Wis. (Angela Major/The Janesville Gazette via AP)

Killings at brewery do little to change Wisconsin politics

Feb. 27, 2020 12:47 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s latest mass shooting, which left six people dead at one of the world’s largest breweries, appears to have done little in the politically polarized state to budge Republicans who expanded access to guns over the past decade. Milwaukee police say a 51-year-old...

Relatives sue Alabama prisons over 4 inmate suicides

Feb. 27, 2020 9:47 AM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Relatives of four inmates who killed themselves inside Alabama prisons are suing the state over the men's suicides, adding to the legal problems for an agency already in court over its treatment of prisoners. The lawsuit claims corrections officials didn't provide proper care for...

Many attendees of a rally at the Mississippi Capitol in Jackson, carried signs that protested conditions in prisons where inmates have been killed in violent clashes in recent weeks, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. They called upon the administration to specifically close the Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman, where a number of deaths have occurred. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

New lawsuit: Mississippi prison has 'abhorrent conditions'

Feb. 26, 2020 4:25 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman is a violent, rat-infested place where inmates live in “abhorrent conditions” and their medical needs are routinely ignored, attorneys say in a new lawsuit filed on behalf of 152 prisoners The suit was filed in federal court...

FILE - This Dec. 19, 2019, file photo shows the outside the Glenwood Resource Center administration building in Glenwood, Iowa. Two doctors and other former employees of an Iowa care center for people with intellectual disabilities filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, against a state agency and several officials alleging a conspiracy to silence complaints about sexual arousal research they claim exploited fragile and dependent residents. (Kelsey Kremer/The Des Moines Register via AP, File)/The Des Moines Register via AP  )

State documents: Top DHS manager knew of arousal study plans

Feb. 24, 2020 6:41 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A recently retired official overseeing Iowa’s mental health and disability services programs knew almost two years ago of plans to perform sexual experiments at a state-run institution, document released Monday indicate. The Iowa Department of Human Services released letters,...

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,...

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...