Latest Welfare of the mentally ill News

Harry and Meghan make 1st official tour as family in Africa

Sep. 20, 2019 11:55 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, along with their infant son, Archie, are set to take their first official tour as a family, starting Monday in a troubled South Africa whose president says women and children are "under siege" by shocking violence. South Africa is still shaken by the...

Report: New Mexico needs to boost mental health services

Sep. 17, 2019 7:15 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The need for mental health services in New Mexico is significant given its high rates of suicides and overdose deaths, but many counties in the sparsely populated state lack licensed providers that serve patients who rely on government assistance, independent U.S. investigators...

Working on drug recovery inside correctional facilities

Sep. 17, 2019 5:14 PM EDT

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — Hope can be hard to come by for Patricia Branley but while attending a recent Turning Point training for recovery coaches, she learned of a program available to incarcerated people in all six correctional facilities. She has now encouraged her son, who is expected to remain in jail...

Virginia jails struggle to screen inmates, prevent suicide

Sep. 15, 2019 8:45 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Benjamin Wash had a long history of drug addiction and had tried to kill himself at least once before he was booked into the Riverside Regional Jail in Virginia on Nov. 28, 2017. But somehow, he was able to hang himself with a bedsheet two days after he was detained. Wash was one of 51...

Correction: Triple Slaying-Virginia story

Sep. 13, 2019 10:00 AM EDT

DANVILLE, Va. (AP) — In a story Sept. 12 about the man who police say killed the wife, son and mother-in-law of a minor league baseball pitcher, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the man is being held in jail. He is being held in a mental health facility run by Virginia Behavioral Health and...

Iowa Medicaid providers fight former insurer for payment

Sep. 10, 2019 2:38 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An insurance company that pulled out of the Iowa Medicaid program nearly two years ago still has unpaid bills of as much as $1.4 million owed to Iowa hospitals, nursing homes and providers of mental health services, documents filed with the Iowa Insurance Division show. AmeriHealth...

New audit objects to $47M in Louisiana Medicaid spending

Sep. 9, 2019 12:45 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's legislative auditor is questioning $47 million in Medicaid payments for mental health services, saying they didn't follow the health department's fee schedule. The health department disagrees with Monday's report from Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera, saying the...

Rhode Island gets $17M to fight opioid addiction, overdoses

Sep. 8, 2019 12:07 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island has been awarded $17.1 million in federal funding to combat opioid addiction and overdose deaths. U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, a Rhode Island Democrat, announced grants totaling $17.1 million from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the U.S....

Inmates: Court should take control of health care in prisons

Sep. 6, 2019 7:02 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Inmates have asked a federal judge to take over health care operations in all state-run prisons in Arizona and appoint an official to run medical and mental health services due to the state's repeated failure to improve the care. Attorneys representing 34,000 inmates said in a filing Friday...

Oregon under pressure to provide services for at-needs kids

Sep. 6, 2019 6:52 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Children with intellectual and developmental disabilities being attacked and locked up in isolation. This is what some kids from Oregon were subjected to after being sent to out-of-state facilities because of a lack of services in their home state. They're coming back, and now the state...