Latest Welfare of the mentally ill News

Lt. gov. puts 2 on new board overseeing Ford plant site

Nov. 22, 2021 04:02 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Lt. Gov. Randy McNally has selected two people for a new government panel that oversees the site where Ford plans to establish a massive electric vehicle and battery complex. McNally's office says former Department of Mental Health and...

Death sentence removed over inmate's mental disability claim

Nov. 18, 2021 19:00 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee inmate will no longer face execution over the slayings of a mother and daughter more than 30 years ago because of claims that he is intellectually disabled, a prosecutor announced Thursday. Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich...

Massachusetts Senate approves sweeping mental health bill

Nov. 17, 2021 19:09 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate unanimously approved a bill Wednesday that would guarantee Massachusetts residents are eligible for annual mental health wellness exams at no cost — akin to annual physical exams. The sweeping bill, which passed on a 39-0 vote,...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Nov. 17, 2021 19:01 PM EST

Dunkirk Evening News. November 15, 2021. Editorial: BROADBAND Getting it right regarding fees Sen. George Borrello, R-Sunset Bay, was one of the first to call for the elimination of state fees on broadband internet infrastructure in state...

Parents sue school district over gender transition policy

Nov. 17, 2021 13:40 PM EST

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — Some parents are suing the Kettle Moraine School District over a policy that allows minor students to change their names and gender pronouns at school without parental consent. The lawsuit by two sets of parents was filed by the Wisconsin...

Corrections boss defends care provided in Arizona prisons

Nov. 16, 2021 18:43 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona’s corrections chief testified at a trial on Tuesday over the quality of medical and mental health care in state prisons that incarcerated people often have greater access to health services than people who aren’t locked up. The defense by...

Employers eye shifting health care needs during pandemic

Nov. 15, 2021 13:59 PM EST

Health care costs rise every year, but the nation’s biggest employers still see insurance coverage as an important benefit to provide. They just struggle getting the health care system to deliver what their workers need, according to Elizabeth Mitchell, CEO of the...

Bill would guarantee annual mental health wellness exams

Nov. 12, 2021 13:10 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts residents would be eligible for annual mental health wellness exams — akin to annual physical exams — at no cost under a sweeping mental health bill set to be debated by the state Senate next week. The bill would also create an online...

Leaders stress need for more veterans centers in Minnesota

Nov. 11, 2021 18:07 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Four Minnesota political leaders toured a veterans center in St. Paul on Thursday to pay tribute to those who served in the military and call for better access to mental health care and readjustment services for veterans. Gov. Tim Walz, U.S. Sen. Amy...

3 Tennessee school districts land $4.6M mental health grant

Nov. 08, 2021 04:03 AM EST

Tennessee officials say three school districts will receive more than $4.6 million in federal mental health program funding. The Tennessee Department of Education says Bledsoe County Schools, Haywood County Schools and Scott County Schools are receiving Project AWARE...