- Lawsuit: Disabled defendants not getting timely treatment Updated: Jul-29-15 8:29 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - California officials are leaving mentally ill or disabled criminal defendants to languish in jail for months before getting them required treatment, the American Civil Liberties Union said in a lawsuit filed on Wednesday.
- Group says man arrested in fatal crime spree mentally ill Updated: Jul-29-15 3:30 pm
CLEVELAND - The head of an Ohio Latino advocacy group says the man arrested for the fatal shooting of one woman and the wounding of another has had serious mental health issues for years.
- Panel finds that mental health system in Kansas inadequate Updated: Jul-28-15 11:13 am
TOPEKA, Kansas - Treatment options for the mentally ill in Kansas are lacking because the two acute care psychiatric hospitals in the state lack space and smaller mental health facilities are underfunded, according to a special state task force.
- Theater shooting: No red flags reported at time of gun sale Updated: Jul-28-15 5:23 am
CARROLLTON, Georgia - John Russell Houser's mental problems were well known to many, though perhaps not to the store that sold him the .40-caliber handgun used in a deadly attack on a Louisiana movie theater. A federal background check came back clean, the pawn shop said, with no red flags raised at the time of sale.
- House backs bill to help vets who've suffered sexual assault Updated: Jul-27-15 8:03 pm
WASHINGTON - Veterans who suffered sexual assault or other sexual abuse while in uniform would get help more easily from the Department of Veterans Affairs under a bill approved Monday by the House.
- Correction: Movie Theater Shooting story Updated: Jul-27-15 5:48 pm
LAFAYETTE, Louisiana - In stories published July 25 about Louisiana movie theater gunman John Russell Houser, The Associated Press, relying on court filings his family's lawyer submitted to obtain a protective order against him in 2008, reported erroneously that Carroll County Probate Judge Betty Cason ordered him committed involuntarily to a hospital for mental health treatment. Cason says her order was limited to detaining Houser against his will if necessary and delivering him to a hospital for a mental health evaluation.
- Mental health experts respond carefully to mass killings Updated: Jul-27-15 11:43 am
Each time mental illness is cited as a possible factor in a high-profile mass killing, there's a collective sigh among mental health professionals. Even as they see an opportunity for serious discussions of problems and remedies, they also worry about setbacks to efforts to destigmatize mental illness.
- DeSoto to provide mental health program Updated: Jul-23-15 4:38 pm
HERNANDO, Mississippi - DeSoto County is receiving $3.9 million for a four-year program to provide mental health services for youth.
- Los Angeles DA recommends diverting mentally ill from jail Updated: Jul-23-15 12:05 pm
LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey is presenting a plan to divert low-level mentally ill offenders from jail and toward treatment.
- State appeals order to pay $1.3 million in competency case Updated: Jul-22-15 12:20 pm
SEATTLE - Washington state health officials are appealing a federal court order to pay $1.3 million in attorney's fees to lawyers of mentally ill defendants who sued the state for warehousing them in jails.
- State reviewing placement of mentally ill in prison system Updated: Jul-18-15 11:37 am
BOSTON - Massachusetts Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders is pledging to take a fresh look at the way the state treats those with serious mental illnesses and debilitating substance abuse problems who get caught up in the criminal justice system.
- Acupuncture helps those with addiction, mental illness Updated: Jul-18-15 9:02 am
DOVER, Delaware - Sometimes it's hard for Sandra Bauer to stop shaking.
- Olympia vets: Switch from pharmaceuticals to pot Updated: Jul-18-15 4:05 am
OLYMPIA, Washington - Andrew Collins no longer has a cocktail of 17 prescriptions coursing through his body.
- Kansas mental health panel contemplating expanded Medicaid Updated: Jul-17-15 4:03 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - A committee appointed by Gov. Sam Brownback's administration to examine the state's behavioral health system is leaning toward a recommending that Kansas explore Medicaid expansion.
- Miami-Dade judge gets award for mental illness programs Updated: Jul-17-15 4:38 am
MIAMI - A Miami-Dade County judge has won state Supreme Court recognition for creating programs that have kept thousands of mentally ill people out of jail and into treatment.
- Lawmakers try to tackle mental health, drug treatment Updated: Jul-16-15 7:37 pm
LAS CRUCES, New Mexico - New Mexico lawmakers are looking at better ways to treat people suffering from both mental illnesses and drug addictions.
- Pot-pioneering Colorado rejects marijuana as PTSD treatment Updated: Jul-16-15 11:11 am
DENVER - Colorado is known for pushing boundaries on marijuana, but health officials' decision to reject pot as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder shows the issue is far from settled.
- UAB opening mental health clinic for LGBT community Updated: Jul-16-15 7:22 am
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - The University of Alabama at Birmingham is opening a mental health and wellness center to serve the local LGBT community.
- New program puts military liaisons at mental health centers Updated: Jul-15-15 3:11 pm
CONCORD, New Hampshire - Each of New Hampshire's 10 community mental health centers will have a staff member devoted to helping veterans, military service members and their families connect with other community resources under a first-of-its-kind initiative being launched by the state's Department of Health and Human Services.
- Gunman pleads guilty but mentally ill in hospital shootings Updated: Jul-15-15 10:31 am
MEDIA, Pennsylvania - A suburban Philadelphia man pleaded guilty but mentally ill to fatally shooting his caseworker and wounding his psychiatrist, who returned fire with his own gun to shoot the man and end the siege at a hospital complex last July.
- Lincoln building to be revamped into mental health center Updated: Jul-15-15 9:25 am
LINCOLN, Nebraska - The city-county Public Building Commission has approved a $3.87 million bid to renovate the Benesch Building in Lincoln to house the Mental Health Crisis Center.
- Colorado lawmakers study school violence, mental health Updated: Jul-14-15 5:46 pm
DENVER - A legislative panel looking at how to prevent school violence in Colorado started work Tuesday by hearing alarming data about rates of depression among teenage students.
- North Carolina governor announces mental health task force Updated: Jul-14-15 4:16 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - A new task force announced by Gov. Pat McCrory which combines the three branches of North Carolina's government will examine better ways to treat and help those people with mental health and substance abuse disorders.
- Lawyers to use mental health defense in teacher's killing Updated: Jul-13-15 5:59 pm
SALEM, Massachusetts - Attorneys for a Massachusetts teenager accused of killing his high school math teacher have disclosed in a court filing they'll use his mental health in their defense of him.
- Lawsuit filed against Branstad over mental health centers Updated: Jul-13-15 4:56 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - Gov. Terry Branstad should reopen two former state-run mental health centers to comply with Iowa law, according to a lawsuit announced Monday by the head of the state's largest public employees union and 20 Democratic lawmakers.