Latest Mental health News

Virginia mental health hospital growth delayed, costs rise

Oct. 22, 2019 4:42 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia state officials are telling lawmakers the expansion of a mental health hospital in Staunton is being delayed and costs are going up. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Monday that an architect working on the $22.3 million project at Western State Hospital based drawings on...

Groups ask Missouri gun dealers to help fight gun suicides

Oct. 19, 2019 11:17 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Grassroots organizations are working across Missouri to persuade gun-related business owners to join efforts to limit access to guns or encourage safe storage for potentially suicidal customers. One of the initiatives, Safer Homes Collaborative, sends part-time field coordinators to...

Judge orders New Mexico compound suspect hospitalized

Oct. 18, 2019 8:08 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered a woman charged with firearms and terrorism-related counts to be hospitalized for mental health treatment more than a year after authorities arrested her and four other adult residents of a squalid New Mexico compound. In his order, Chief U.S. District...

Man who threatened Trump family, media figures gets 5 years

Oct. 18, 2019 4:40 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle-area man with a history of severe mental illness has been sentenced to five years in prison for making threats against President Donald Trump's family, synagogues and media figures. Chase Bliss Colasurdo was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty in May. He was arrested after...

Bill to let counselors keep diagnosing is sent to Whitmer

Oct. 17, 2019 8:20 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Lawmakers voted Thursday to update Michigan's law so that 10,000 counselors can continue diagnosing mental disorders and using psychotherapy techniques amid concerns over regulators' plan to revise licensing rules governing the profession. Licensed professional counselors packed the...

Lawsuit challenges state's use of solitary confinement

Oct. 16, 2019 6:52 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A prisoner who suffers from several mental health disorders and has been held in solitary confinement for more than 12 years is one of four who filed a class-action lawsuit against the state of North Carolina on Wednesday, saying the treatment violates the state constitution's ban on...

Florida commission says mental health system needs overhaul

Oct. 16, 2019 1:35 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's mental health system is underfunded and needs to be overhauled, with better coordination between providers, law enforcement and educators, the commission investigating last year's high school massacre recommended to the legislature Wednesday. The Marjory Stoneman...

Task force to address mental at Georgia colleges

Oct. 16, 2019 1:02 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The University System of Georgia has created a panel to find ways to help students with mental health issues. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the task force announced Wednesday will look at what's working at its 26 colleges and universities and identify successful programs elsewhere...

Florida hires first mental health coordinator for disasters

Oct. 16, 2019 12:59 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Florida's emergency management agency has hired a mental health expert to coordinate services after catastrophes. Florida First Lady Casey DeSantis on Wednesday said that Darcy Abbott has been hired as Florida's first mental health coordinator for disaster recovery. In the role,...

UNH gets grant to help child sex abuse investigators

Oct. 16, 2019 12:28 PM EDT

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — A research center at the University of New Hampshire is getting a federal grant to support police officers and others who investigate crimes involving child sexual abuse images. Officials say a surge of such images online and new technology designed to intercept them means more...