Latest Welfare of the mentally ill News

Fired Wisconsin agriculture secretary Pfaff gets new job

Nov. 11, 2019 6:34 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin agriculture secretary fired by the Republican-controlled state Senate has a new job, still within Gov. Tony Evers' administration. Brad Pfaff has been hired as the director of business and rural development for the state Department of Administration. The announcement...

Safety violations found after attacks at Iowa psych hospital

Nov. 11, 2019 2:50 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Regulators have recommended a nearly $73,000 fine against the Iowa Department of Human Services after finding serious workplace safety violations at a state-run psychiatric hospital where several employees have been assaulted by combative patients. Staffers at the Independence Mental...

Lawsuit: Mental care isn't great for Louisiana Medicaid kids

Nov. 11, 2019 12:22 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Southern Poverty Law Center is suing the Louisiana Department of Health, accusing the state of failing to provide children on Medicaid with adequate mental health services. News outlets report SPLC filed the lawsuit Thursday on behalf of five children, representing 47,500...

Maine's sole med school to boost opioid disorder training

Nov. 10, 2019 2:03 PM EST

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — The federal government's supporting an effort by Maine's only medical school to train medical students to treat opioid use disorders. The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's providing the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine with a...

Arkansas youth treatment center allegations investigated

Nov. 10, 2019 11:56 AM EST

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas youth mental health treatment center is being investigated by the state Department of Human Services amid allegations of abuse, neglect and sexual contact among residents. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports the allegations also include excessive use of physical and...

Florida editorial roundup

Nov. 6, 2019 3:26 PM EST

Recent editorials from Florida newspapers: ___ Nov. 5 The Palm Beach Post on prioritizing mental health: The Jerome Golden Center for Behavioral Health is quickly becoming the poster child for a dearth of mental health services funding in the state of Florida. The 50-year-old West Palm Beach hospital, which...

South Carolina editorial roundup

Nov. 6, 2019 2:40 PM EST

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: ___ Nov. 6 The Index-Journal on staying alert while driving: All the myriad days, weeks and months designated for this or that cause or awareness campaign might be enough to make you cross-eyed, but some should make you bolt upright and think about the message....

Inmate awaiting mental health treatment dies in Aspen jail

Nov. 5, 2019 5:44 PM EST

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the suicide of a jail inmate in Aspen awaiting mental health treatment. The Pitkin County Sheriff's Office says 64-year-old Jillian White was found unconscious and unresponsive in her cell Sunday and deputies weren't able to revive her. Sheriff Joe DiSalvo...

Former Milwaukee drug pusher shifting focus to mental health

Nov. 2, 2019 1:11 AM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Ken Ginlack was at the height of his addiction to crack cocaine, and he desperately needed money. On a cold late night in 2007, Ginlack slipped a metal pipe into his pocket, pulled up his hoodie and walked toward a BP gas station on North Sherman Boulevard and West Burleigh Street with one...

Parkland commission urges boost in mental health funding

Nov. 1, 2019 4:28 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A commission investigating the Parkland school shooting is calling for improved mental health services, including more funding, to help schoolchildren deal with the stresses in their lives — a strategy the commission hopes will help prevent more violence from erupting at...