Latest Mental health News

Prosecutor: No charges in jail death due to poor training

Jul. 26, 2021 18:55 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina prosecutor decided Monday not to charge two jail employees who stunned a mentally ill Black man 10 times and kneeled on his back until he stopped breathing, calling the guards' videotaped actions “damning,” but not against the law. ...

Confusion besets new police reform laws in Washington state

Jul. 26, 2021 12:33 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state is embarking on a massive experiment in police reform and accountability following the racial justice protests that erupted after George Floyd's murder last year, as nearly a dozen laws took effect Sunday. But two months after Gov. Jay...

Confusion besets new police reform laws in Washington state

Jul. 26, 2021 12:24 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state is embarking on a massive experiment in police reform and accountability following the racial justice protests that erupted after George Floyd’s murder last year, as nearly a dozen laws took effect Sunday. But two months after Gov. Jay...

Opioid-ravaged West Virginia looks to $26B deal for help

Jul. 22, 2021 16:52 PM EDT

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Crumbling roofs and parking lots. Broadband glitches. Technology challenges. The priority list for Prestera Center goes beyond the mental health and addiction treatment services it provides to patients throughout West Virginia. One thing’s for...

Providence taps behavioral health groups to improve policing

Jul. 22, 2021 13:54 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Providence is working with local mental health experts to change the way city law enforcement responds to public safety calls. Mayor Jorge Elorza announced Thursday that the city has tapped The Providence Center and Family Service of Rhode Island...

Montana offers funding to help farmers, ranchers with stress

Jul. 21, 2021 17:33 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Financial pressures, unpredictable weather, drought, long work days and social isolation can cause stress and take a toll on the mental health of Montana's farmers and ranchers, officials say. The state Department of Agriculture has received a...

Editorial Roundup: Georgia

Jul. 21, 2021 15:00 PM EDT

Dalton Daily Citizen. July 20, 2021. Editorial: Greene must stop misleading her constituents As a member of Congress, Marjorie Taylor Greene has a responsibility to tell her constituents, including the residents of Whitfield and Murray counties, the...

Editorial Roundup: Missouri

Jul. 20, 2021 07:11 AM EDT

Kansas City Star. July 18, 2021. Editorial: Missouri lawmakers, cancel culture warriors against critical race theory Missouri lawmakers plan to hold a meeting on Monday to “hear invited testimony regarding Critical Race Theory and the 1619...

Georgia man trying to stop violence after mentee was killed

Jul. 18, 2021 00:13 AM EDT

MACON, Ga. (AP) — Joseph Mann had heard about a shooting at the Family Dollar at 2584 Rocky Creek Road on July 17, 2020, but he didn’t initially realize he had met the victim. Mann knew Devaun Patton, 16, through his son, Da’modrick. Mann said Patton and...

Family: System failed woman who died of heat on Utah streets

Jul. 17, 2021 08:01 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — “We as a family and a community failed Shawna.” That’s what Tricia Wright said as she held back tears during the funeral for her older sister, Shawna Wright, on Monday. Shari Knighton, Shawna Wright’s eldest sister,...