Krishant Dania says even after what he witnessed, he feels safe on-campus. However, he says more work needs to be done. “I feel like the mental health stuff needs to be stressed even more,” Dania said. “It’d be cool if people, myself included, looked out for other people more with regard to mental health.”
The law has a tremendous impact on the mental health field and vice versa. Laws, both proposed and currently on the books, about everything from involuntary commitment and privacy rights to the insanity defense and housing law, are constantly being debated in the political arena, in judicial battles, and among law enforcement.
Tyler police chief addresses need for mental health resources during Tyler Together Race Relations Forum
Tyler Together makes a commitment to find community members to address topics of concern for residents in the area. With mental health being a big topic in national conversations, the group decided it was time to have the conversation at their monthly forum.
Ms. Dolin’s lawsuit, however, has lifted the curtain on data from early clinical trials of Paxil, renewing concerns that older adults, who use antidepressants in far greater numbers than young people, may also be at greater risk of self-harm when taking the drugs.
It is now up to Congress to pass legislation that would grant “Dreamers” legal status. In the meantime, these youths’ dreams and aspirations are once again stalled, with another deadline and six more months of uncertainty, and thus, fear and anxiety.
The new David’s law took effect on September 1st. It adds protections relating to cyberbullying and cyberabuse of students. The law was named after sixteen-year-old David Molak of San Antonio who was so tortured by online bullies, he killed himself.
Trump’s administration is rewriting a rule that made transgender health care accessible. Patients are scared
Republicans in Congress have not been able to overturn the Affordable Care Act — at least, not yet. But the Trump administration is working to revise a section of the law that says federally funded health programs cannot discriminate on the basis of sex.
It’s a big week in Texas. Starting this Friday, September 1, 2017, more than 600 new laws approved by state legislators and signed by Governor Greg Abbott go into effect.
The Interagency Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee (ISMICC) is a new change agent for mental health reform that was established by the 21st Century Cures Act, thanks to the incredible efforts of Senators Cassidy and Murphy and Representatives Murphy and Johnson.
‘It’s Mental Health, Not Mental Police’: A Human Rights Approach to Mental Health Triage and Section 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983
A human rights approach to the policing of mental ill-health raises fundamental questions about the vulnerability of people in the care of the police, the appropriateness of police interventions, and how societies define and delineate the role and function of the police and health sectors.
Mental health policy in Texas is undergoing tremendous, positive change — and it’s happening relatively quickly. The 85th Legislature passed more than a dozen mental health-related bills. The new laws will impact a broad range of Texans, from children in foster care to veterans with post-traumatic stress to early intervention for children in poverty.
He’s walking on the edge of an abyssal, black lake, painfully aware of what lies beneath the water. Ominous waves keep crashing ashore, reaching for him. That’s how Ravi Ragbir sees the trauma that engulfs his long and scarring deportation battle.
“If implemented properly, this will go a long way towards improving the care and the treatment of people with mental illness in Texas jails, and towards improving jail safety for all inmates,” said Michele Deitch, senior lecturer at the University of Texas School of Law and UT Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.
Despite the focus on improving mental health, the current special session serves to undermine many of the recent legislative gains and severely endanger the health and safety of many Texans.
Senate Bill 17 also charges the task force with studying what other states are doing to curb their maternal death rates, looking at the health disparities and socioeconomic status of the mothers dying in Texas and finding solutions to help women with postpartum depression.
The Texas House gave tentative and unanimous approval Thursday to a measure that would partially reverse a controversial cut to disabled children’s therapy services that was ordered by the 2015 Legislature.
Nearly 50 percent of people in the criminal justice system have a mental illness. Another reality is that offenders with a mental illness or substance use disorder have an 80 percent recidivism rate. We cannot punish mental illness out of someone, and there is nothing about prison or jail that fixes addiction or cognitive dysfunction.
House lawmakers tentatively approved a series of bills Monday aimed at helping Texas curb its unusually high rate of women dying less than a year after childbirth. HB 9 charges task force members with finding solutions to help Texas women struggling with postpartum depression, among other things.
The Three Rivers Independent School District in South Texas recently approved paddling as a disciplinary means in schools. But, spanking, especially in a school setting, doesn’t have positive outcomes, according to the experts.
In an effort to begin tackling the startling rate of deaths, lawmakers are expected to pass a bipartisan bill expanding the scope and timeline of the state’s Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force. For Thierry, the most important issue is why black women are dying at such high rates compared to other groups.
Bills passed during the 85th Texas Legislative Session addressed a wide range of behavioral health needs, including building community collaboratives, ensuring mental health parity, advancing peer support services, improving child welfare and children’s mental health, and continuing efforts to de-criminalize mental illness.
House Bill 242 would require the Texas Women’s Health Program to provide screening for the most common causes of maternal mortality: mental and behavioral health conditions, heart conditions, high blood pressure, and hemorrhaging.
The landmark Mental Healthcare Act, 2017 was passed unanimously by the Lok Sabha in March, 2017. As the new mental health legislation goes through implementation, there are still issues looming in the treatment and care of patients on the ground, and this is something that the implementation of the Act has not yet been able Read more
Largely focused on mental health, the law will divert people with mental health issues and substance mental illnesses to secure bond, and require that independent law enforcement agencies investigate jail deaths. Bland’s family has been critical of the law’s limited vision.
Medicaid Fraud: Austin psychologists, Cedar Park patient recruiter arrested in nationwide health care investigation
Two Austin psychologists and a Cedar Park patient recruiter are facing criminal charges after federal investigators accused them of a Medicaid kickback scheme involving children who had been removed from their homes by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.
The L.A. Police Protective League is one of more than a dozen police unions nationwide — including those in New York, San Jose and Chicago — calling on the federal government to pay for crisis-intervention training, less-lethal devices and officers who team up with mental health professionals to respond to emergency calls.
In a case in which Texas set an execution date without notifying the death row inmate’s counsel, the Fifth Circuit on Tuesday granted his request for review of whether he is mentally competent to be executed.
China’s 2013 Mental Health Law prohibits admission of involuntary patients unless they pose a danger to themselves or others. The law also prohibits admitting or treating individuals without mental disease as patients.
Rhode Island is poised to be the fourth state in 2017 to ban the damaging practice.
It took approximately 45 minutes in McKinney, a conservative bastion in North Texas. It took about a half hour in Austin, the unapologetically liberal seat of state government. But no matter what, in a pair of town halls meant to address veterans’ issues this week, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, faced sharp questions about Republicans’ Read more