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Stories with subject: Mental health
  • Lack of psychiatrists hits mental health patients 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 11:31 am
  • LAFAYETTE, Indiana - A nationwide shortage of psychiatrists is forcing many mentally ill Indiana patients to wait months for an appointment.

  • Court: NYC must support ill inmates leaving jail 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 6:53 pm
  • NEW YORK - A judge on Friday upheld - and extended through 2016 - a settlement between New York City and lawyers for mentally ill inmates that required prisoners who received mental health treatment in city jails to have individualized discharge plans upon release.

  • Nyack Hospital opening mental health center 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 5:34 am
  • NYACK, New York - Nyack Hospital in New York's Rockland County is opening a behavior health center where patients can get mental and medical health care services in one location.

  • Massachusetts psychiatric prison under scrutiny 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 12:18 pm
  • BOSTON - A nonprofit watchdog group has opened an investigation into the treatment of inmates at the Bridgewater State Hospital psychiatric prison.

  • Backpacks illustrate toll of college suicides 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 10:49 am
  • BLOOMINGTON, Indiana - The Indiana University Arboretum was speckled with backpacks of all sizes and colors Tuesday.

  • Rhode Island Senate panel mulls gun-related bills 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 9:28 pm
  • PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - A Rhode Island Senate committee took up gun legislation Tuesday, including a bill aimed at preventing people with severe mental illness from buying weapons and a proposal to ban the sale and possession of semi-automatic weapons.

  • Design firm picked for Mo. mental health facility 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 5:06 am
  • JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri officials have selected a company to design plans for a new facility at the Fulton State Hospital campus.

  • Trend persists of prisons as mental health housing 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 5:16 pm
  • SACRAMENTO, California - A federal judge's objection to what he called the horrific treatment of some mentally ill inmates in California prisons highlights a trend that has been building for decades in the state and across the country: As mental hospitals closed or were scaled back, prisons and county jails have become the de facto housing for many who are mentally ill.

  • Colorado Senate approves solitary confinement curb 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 2:10 pm
  • DENVER - A proposal aimed at reducing the use of solitary confinement for prisoners with serious mental illness has won unanimous approval in the state Senate.

  • Plan would change payments for mental health care 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 9:13 am
  • TALLAHASSEE, Florida - The Florida Legislature is considering a plan that would change the way the state pays to treat people who need emergency mental health care, a move critics say would gut the current system to benefit large hospital systems.

  • Marathon bystanders deal with mental health issues 
    Updated: Apr-13-14 10:10 am
  • BOSTON - Nicole O'Neil was standing about 150 feet from where the second bomb detonated at last year's Boston Marathon. She wasn't physically injured, but, nearly one year later, the 34-year-old Charlestown photographer says she hasn't fully recovered.

  • Mental health admissions soar after Deeds tragedy 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 1:31 pm
  • RICHMOND, Virginia - Admissions at mental health facilities have spiked following the high profile suicide of a state senator's son.

  • Police taught to spot signs of psychiatric crisis 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 4:26 pm
  • NORRISTOWN, Pennsylvania - When a 6-foot-5, 270-pound man with a history of violence broke out of a mental health ward near Philadelphia and tried to withdraw money from a bank, a confrontation with police seemed likely.

  • Soldier's mom 'devastated' by center's name change 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 1:46 pm
  • TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan - The mother of a soldier from Chicago said she is "devastated" at the decision to remove her late son's name from a planned facility in Traverse City devoted to treating post-traumatic stress disorder.

  • Colorado county grapples with high suicide rate 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 1:02 pm
  • GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado - Police knew about the suicidal tendencies of nearly a third of the people who killed themselves in Mesa County in the first half of last year, according to a new study that found gaps in monitoring, counseling, drug treatment and other areas in the county where the suicide rate is double the state's and triple the nation's.

  • Lawyer: Evaluate stabbing suspect's mental health 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 10:01 am
  • MURRYSVILLE, Pennsylvania - The attorney for a 16-year-old accused of stabbing 21 other students and a security guard at their high school said Thursday he wants to have a mental health expert evaluate the boy and hopes to have the case moved to juvenile court.

  • Bill requires mental health info before abortion 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 7:55 pm
  • BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Anti-abortion lawmakers want women seeking the procedure in Louisiana to get pamphlets describing possible psychological effects, the illegality of coerced abortions and services available to human trafficking victims.

  • Bill looks at mental health records in gun buys 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 2:28 pm
  • CONCORD, New Hampshire - People barred from buying guns for mental health reasons should be allowed to prove to a judge they're capable of owning a firearm, supporters told a House committee Wednesday.

  • Walker signs Milwaukee mental health bill 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 3:34 pm
  • MADISON, Wisconsin - Gov. Scott Walker has signed into law a bill that takes control of the troubled Milwaukee mental health complex away from the county board.

  • Auburn student grateful for state trooper's help 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 11:06 am
  • AUBURN, Alabama - On Aug. 31, Auburn University student April Dixon parked her car, donned a pair of sunglasses and walked through the darkness to the ledge of an Interstate 85 overpass near exit 51. State Trooper Cpl. Jackie Hamby was working an intersection on the south side of the bridge when he got the call.

  • Obama, VFW head discuss Fort Hood, mental health 
    Updated: Apr-07-14 6:11 pm
  • WASHINGTON - The White House says President Barack Obama and the national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars have discussed the shootings at Fort Hood and the challenges posed by veterans with emotional problems and post-traumatic stress.

  • Expanded duty to report threats becomes law 
    Updated: Apr-07-14 5:36 pm
  • DENVER - A proposal to expand the duty of mental health professionals in Colorado to report threats has been signed into law.

  • Veterans' sentencing bill passes Assembly 
    Updated: Apr-07-14 5:32 pm
  • SACRAMENTO, California - A bill moving through the state Legislature would urge judges to grant probation and give shorter prison terms to defendants who have mental health problems stemming from their military service.

  • Va. governor signs mental health bill 
    Updated: Apr-07-14 12:41 pm
  • RICHMOND, Virginia - A key part of Sen. Creigh Deeds' efforts to fix Virginia's mental health system is now law.

  • Shootings renew call for New Mexico health changes 
    Updated: Apr-04-14 5:47 pm
  • ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - The recent fatal police shooting of a homeless camper who spent years in and out of jail and New Mexico's only psychiatric hospital has sparked a push for more mental health resources in the state and a law requiring people with severe mental illnesses to take medications or face involuntary hospitalization.