Latest Welfare of the mentally ill News

Arkansas inmate cites mental illness in death penalty appeal

Jan. 9, 2020 2:31 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas death row inmate convicted of killing a state legislator's daughter was diagnosed with schizophrenia and should not be executed, his attorney told the state Supreme Court Thursday. Justices heard arguments over Karl Roberts' appeal of his conviction and death sentence...

In this undated photo provided by Camden Coalition, its staff members discuss patient engagement. Results published in New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, show that after six months, readmission rates were the same for those in the program and others given usual care. Researchers say more effort must focus on homelessness and addiction, which complicate medical care. (Camden Coalition via AP)

Program meant to curb repeat hospital stays fails big test

Jan. 8, 2020 9:18 PM EST

Researchers thought they had a way to keep hard-to-treat patients from constantly returning to the hospital and racking up big medical bills. Health workers visited homes, went along to doctor appointments, made sure medicines were available and tackled social problems including homelessness, addiction and mental...

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2019, file photo, California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during an interview in Sacramento, Calif. Newsom said on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, that he is seeking $750 million to help pay rent for people facing homelessness, among other purposes, in the most populous state's latest attempt to fight what he called a national crisis. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California governor seeks $1 billion to target homelessness

Jan. 8, 2020 8:03 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A billion-dollar investment last year has yet to curtail California's growing homeless crisis, and with the state awash in revenue, Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to spend a billion more on programs aimed at getting people off the streets. He signed an executive order Wednesday creating...

FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2018, file photo, Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone speaks during a memorial service for fallen Florence County Sheriff investigator Farrah Turner at the Florence Center in Florence, S.C. Former Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone pleaded guilty Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, to embezzlement and misconduct in office, according to the state attorney general's office. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro File)

Sheriff admits stealing public money; avoids prison

Jan. 8, 2020 5:25 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A former South Carolina sheriff pleaded guilty Wednesday to committing crimes while in office, becoming the 10th sheriff to do so in the past decade. But like four of those other former lawmen, he won't spend any time in prison. Former Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone pleaded...

Lawsuit: Pentagon withholding info from veterans' advocates

Jan. 3, 2020 5:16 PM EST

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A veterans group said the Pentagon has stopped releasing information that helps former service members to contest less-than-honorable discharges from the military. The Defense Department has been breaking the law since April, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court in...

File - In this Sept. 17, 2018 file photo, Pelicia Hall, Mississippi Department of Corrections Commissioner. speaks before a meeting of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee Fiscal Year 2020 hearing in Jackson, Miss. A federal judge has rejected claims that conditions in a Mississippi prison are unconstitutionally harsh. His ruling comes amid violence at three other corrections facilities that resulted in the deaths of three inmates this week.
U.S. District Judge William Barbour ruled Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, that while conditions may have previously been poor at East Mississippi Correctional Facility near Meridian, there's no longer any evidence that the privately run prison is violating inmates' rights. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

4th death in Mississippi prisons; judge says other prison OK

Jan. 2, 2020 9:06 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Another Mississippi inmate has died at the hands of a fellow inmate, bringing the death toll to four in disturbances over the past week in the state prison system. The violence comes even as a federal judge has rejected claims that conditions in one Mississippi prison are...

Governor outlines effort to bolster mental health services

Jan. 2, 2020 4:10 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's governor announced a broad effort Thursday to improve mental health services and change public perceptions of mental illness. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf rolled out an initiative that includes more resources and a public outreach campaign, saying the approach was...

FILE - This July 22, 2015 file photo shows the Waller County jail cell in Hempstead, Texas, where Sandra Bland was found dead. “Jails are understaffed and often very understaffed,” said Diana Claitor, executive director of the Texas Jail Project, which advocates for inmates and their families. “You know you have to check a suicidal inmate, but at the same time, another crisis or fight occurs down the hall, and you have to go there. If you don’t have any extra personnel because someone is sick, you’re doing everything alone.” (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)

Ambitious Texas law fails to make dent in jailhouse suicides

Dec. 21, 2019 12:14 PM EST

In a county jail in central Texas, an inmate on suicide watch begins strangling himself with a phone cord. The guard watching him does not rush in because of security rules that prohibit him from going into a cell alone, leading to an agonizing 10-minute wait before another staffer arrives to provide backup....

This undated photo provided by the Anderson Family, shows Cachin Anderson, a New York prisoner who killed himself while in solitary confinement. Prisoner advocates say Anderson's death and others illustrate how New York's prison system fails to ensure the safety of inmates who might hurt themselves if left alone in a cell. (Courtesy of the Anderson Family via AP)

Inmate's suicide shows need for reforms, advocates say

Dec. 15, 2019 3:27 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The final two months of Cachin Anderson’s life in New York’s prison system were filled with warnings he was a man in crisis. He climbed on a sink and dove headfirst at the floor, saying he “wanted to end it and go home.” He urinated on guards. He hurled a...

FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2019, file photo, a man uses a cell phone in New Orleans. The Federal Communications Commission is setting up a new three-digit number to reach a suicide prevention hotline. Once it's implemented, people will just need to dial 988 to seek help, similar to calling 911 for emergencies or 311 for city services. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, File)

Regulators to set up 3-digit suicide hotline number like 911

Dec. 12, 2019 7:39 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal regulators are setting up a new three-digit number to reach a suicide prevention hotline in order to make it easier to seek help and reduce the stigma associated with mental health. Once it's implemented, people will just need to dial 988 to seek help, similar to calling 911 for...