Latest Welfare of the mentally ill News

Chris Christie tricked to troll GOP gubernatorial candidate

Oct. 29, 2020 2:36 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was unwittingly tricked into trolling the Republican candidate who is running for governor in Montana. Christie joined a social media site where he's paid $200 to provide personalized video messages. The Republican said he donates the money to a...

A demonstrator raises a fist near Philadelphia police in Philadelphia, late Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. Hundreds of demonstrators marched in West Philadelphia over the death of Walter Wallace Jr., a Black man who was killed by police in Philadelphia on Monday. Police shot and killed the 27-year-old on a Philadelphia street after yelling at him to drop his knife. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Philadelphia pledges better response after Black man's death

Oct. 29, 2020 1:51 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia police pledged to release 911 tapes and police body camera footage “in the near future” in the shooting death of a Black man with a history of mental health problems, a death that prompted protests, widespread vandalism and an overnight curfew days before...

FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2018, file photo, Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson throws a pass against Ohio State during an NCAA college football game in Columbus, Ohio. Magistrate Judge Norah McCann King moved a change of plea hearing from June 18 to July 1, 2020, for Daniel Rippy. Rippy is accused of making an

1-year sentence for angry fan who made football game threat

Oct. 27, 2020 1:13 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A California man’s threats to harm college football players because they beat his favored team epitomized “fandom spiraled out of control,” something that can't be ignored in the age of mass shootings, a federal judge said Tuesday as he handed down a sentence of...

Attorney will evaluate Mississippi mental health services

Oct. 25, 2020 10:08 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A special assistant attorney general in Mississippi has been appointed to a new role in state government as the coordinator of mental health accessibility. William Rosamond will evaluate the quality of mental health care to possibly change services offered in some counties....

American Legion Auxiliary member Pat Washburn, at left, and Marine Corps League and American Legion member Ron Brooks are among a group of volunteers planting 22 crosses in front of the American Legion Devereaux Post 141 in Howell Township, Mich., Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. The effort was part of a 30 day project to represent the approximately 22 deaths by suicide of American veterans nationally each day, as estimated by the Veterans Administration, according to Veterans Service officer Jon Luker. (Gillis Benedict/Livingston County Daily Press & Argus via AP)

660 crosses going up at an American Legion post near Howell

Oct. 25, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

HOWELL, Mich. (AP) — When U.S. Army veteran Jon Luker returned from serving in the Panama Canal Zone during the Vietnam War era he struggled with his mental health. “I was just walking around confused and not motivated to get involved in anything, but I didn’t understand the source of my...

Michigan State dropping swimming and diving teams

Oct. 22, 2020 5:13 PM EDT

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University is dropping swimming and diving teams for men and women after the 2020-21 season, officials said Thursday. “MSU athletics is facing a financial crisis unlike any we’ve ever seen in college athletics,” athletic director Bill Beekman...

Ex-NASCAR driver McClure gets probation in long-delayed case

Oct. 22, 2020 2:41 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former NASCAR driver Eric McClure pleaded no contest this week to a misdemeanor domestic violence charge and was sentenced to probation, according to a Virginia prosecutor, in a court hearing that was long delayed by McClure's state lawmaker attorney. The Associated Press has...

New Hampshire gets federal mental health grant

Oct. 18, 2020 1:47 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire has been awarded more than $300,000 to reduce crime and recidivism among defendants who have mental health issues, the U.S. attorney’s office announced. U.S. Attorney Scott W. Murray said the $326,150 Department of Justice grant will go to Carroll County to support...

New Hampshire gets funding to set up drug court program

Oct. 18, 2020 8:30 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's congressional delegation announced the state has been awarded $1.75 million to establish a new family drug court program. The grant will fund a Family Treatment Court pilot project in Sullivan County to improve access to services for children and families experiencing...

Denver mayor OKs more funds for social services program

Oct. 17, 2020 1:04 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said the city will invest $3 million into the STAR Program in 2021, which pairs mental health experts with social services on certain 911 calls. The operation will be moved to the city’s public health department, according to Department of Finance...