- Mental health groups combining efforts in Lafayette Updated: May-02-16 8:03 am
LAFAYETTE, Louisiana - About 60 people from the legal system, law enforcement and social service agencies in Lafayette who deal with the mentally ill are trying to come up with better ways to address challenges posed by those who suffer from mental illness.
- Iowa activist wants 'suicidal deer' sign removed Updated: May-01-16 5:35 pm
ST. ANSGAR, Iowa - An activist wants to persuade officials in northern Iowa to take down a deer crossing sign that warns about "suicidal deer."
- County hospital struggling with youth mental health crisis Updated: May-01-16 12:31 pm
COOS COUNTY, Oregon - Health officials in Coos County say suicide attempts and other mental health crises in children are increasing, but the local hospital is struggling to meet the need.
- Review finds police shooting of mentally ill man justified Updated: Apr-30-16 5:02 pm
ZION, Illinois - The Lake County State's Attorney has concluded a northern Illinois police officer was justified in using deadly force when he fatally shot a mentally ill man earlier this year.
- Ohio invests in opening recovery houses for heroin addicts Updated: Apr-30-16 9:52 am
DAYTON, Ohio - When residents of the Ome Garden neighborhood got word of plans for moving recovering drug addicts into a vacant house, they didn't like what they were hearing.
- Oklahoma Medicaid cuts to limit mental health care access Updated: Apr-29-16 3:31 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Health Care Authority board has approved cuts that could potentially trim care for thousands of low-income residents with mental illnesses and substance use disorders.
- Hawaii looks to allow psychologists to prescribe drugs Updated: Apr-28-16 8:42 pm
HONOLULU - State lawmakers are poised to make Hawaii one of a handful of states that allow psychologists to prescribe medication in hopes of increasing access to mental health services.
- Smartphone health: Apple releases software for medical apps Updated: Apr-28-16 4:22 am
CUPERTINO, California - Apple is edging its way a little further into health care with the release of new iPhone apps that patients can use to manage their own medical conditions - from diabetes to pregnancy and even depression.
- Dayton establish Minnesota mental health task force Updated: Apr-27-16 6:17 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Gov. Mark Dayton has created a task force on mental health in Minnesota.
- San Diego council endorses anti-suicide study for bridge Updated: Apr-26-16 10:41 pm
SAN DIEGO - The San Diego City Council has called for a study on ways to prevent suicides on the landmark San Diego-Coronado Bridge.
- Illinois bills would limit mentally ill from owning guns Updated: Apr-26-16 3:58 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois' ability to keep guns out of the hands of people who are mentally ill or pose a danger would be strengthened under several proposals in the General Assembly, but the ideas have raised concerns among gun rights advocates.
- NYC will triple intensive-care mental health units at Rikers Updated: Apr-26-16 11:58 am
NEW YORK - Mayor Bill de Blasio says New York City will triple the number of intensive-care mental health units at its Rikers Island jail complex.
- University of Kansas to study stress in Kansas City children Updated: Apr-26-16 11:04 am
LAWRENCE, Kansas - A $3.7 million federal grant will allow a University of Kansas researcher to study how stress affects young children in Kansas City.
- Mother of mentally ill man shot by Winooski cop files suit Updated: Apr-26-16 4:43 am
BURLINGTON, Vermont - The mother of a mentally ill man shot by a Winooski police officer in 2013 has filed suit against the northwest Vermont city and the now former officer.
- Veterans, homeless move into $6M Detroit housing project Updated: Apr-25-16 9:02 pm
DETROIT - More than two dozen veterans, homeless individuals and people with disabilities have moved into a Detroit apartment building offering low-income rent and support services.
- Iowa House OKs bill on mental health prescriptions Updated: Apr-25-16 8:13 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - The Iowa House has approved legislation that would allow specially trained psychologists to prescribe medication to mentally ill people in the state.
- More people accessing mental health services in New Mexico Updated: Apr-25-16 7:14 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - The number of New Mexicans accessing behavioral health services through government-funded programs has increased nearly 5 percent within a year's time, adding to a surge that began with the expansion of the state's Medicaid program.
- NY: Insurers must pay for maternal depression screening Updated: Apr-25-16 10:46 am
ALBANY, New York - New York state will soon require health insurers to cover depression screening for pregnant women and new mothers.
- Cook County dispatchers to receive mental health training Updated: Apr-25-16 9:39 am
CHICAGO - Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart says he's improving his office's ability to deal with mental health issues that come up when people call 911.
- Psychology professionals seek repeal of law on LGBT rights Updated: Apr-24-16 2:47 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - A group of more than 150 mental health professionals have signed a letter seeking the repeal of a North Carolina law that limits protections for the LGBT community.
- Mental health providers say Iowa needs more prescribers Updated: Apr-24-16 9:05 am
DES MOINES, Iowa - A bill pending in the Iowa House would allow specially trained psychologists to prescribe medication to mentally ill people in hopes of alleviating a shortage of treatment options, but the proposal has run into opposition from some of the state's psychiatrists.
- Mental Health Trust considers project in Southeast Alaska Updated: Apr-23-16 5:19 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The Alaska Mental Health Trust Land Office is considering a heavy mineral prospect in Southeast Alaska.
- Mentally ill languish in jails due to few beds at hospitals Updated: Apr-23-16 2:47 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Hundreds of people who should be housed in state mental health facilities because they've been declared incompetent for trial are instead being held in county jails, a problem that continues to vex state officials, according to a published report.
- Funeral officials: Halt of Illinois program leads to stress Updated: Apr-22-16 1:30 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Funeral directors say the current stalemate over Illinois' budget has meant more stress for low-income families who have lost loved ones.
- Ex-homeless man in Dallas talks of struggles, achievements Updated: Apr-21-16 1:47 pm
DALLAS - Glenn Billingsley sat in his beat-up Grand Marquis on the side of the highway, somewhere past Weatherford, overwhelmed by the present, scared of the future and drawn to his past.