A new approach to helping mentally ill people avoid the criminal justice system or get better care is in progress.
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.
“We’re overrun.” That’s how the director of immigration legal services at the Catholic Charities of Central Texas describes the influx of new clients needing help navigating lawful federal government immigration and entry programs.
The Republican-led Senate is moving to block an Obama-era regulation that would prevent an estimated 75,000 people with mental disorders from being able to purchase a firearm.
In December 2016, Congress enacted landmark legislation to improve care for Americans with mental illness. These provisions reflected strong, bipartisan consensus that fixing the broken American mental health system must be a national priority and something we cannot ignore.
Lawmakers proposed this week to overhaul Minnesota’s use of solitary confinement in prisons, including prohibiting the controversial punishment for nonviolent inmates, mandating more legislative oversight and banning it outright for those with severe mental illnesses.
The Denton County Mental Health Treatment Court program was established in 2015 to offer support to mentally ill residents convicted of certain offenses. Participants will have their case dismissed and expunged after completing the program.
Inmates with mental illness currently incarcerated in Alabama prisons allege that mental health care in state facilities is so inadequate that it violates the constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment.
A coalition of more than 100 immigrants, activists and former inmates marched through downtown Austin on Wednesday.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Latest Guidance On Mental Health Accommodations Adds Little
When we saw that the EEOC was issuing guidance, we hoped for some useful FAQs and hypotheticals that would be helpful to employers and employees alike. No such luck.
Our legal system and the media that covers it often seem designed to categorize acts of violence as one type or another. But bigotries and oppressive forces overlap, finding homes in the bodies of vulnerable people and wreaking terrible havoc. Read more…
Roughly 30 people in County Criminal Court No. 5 watched Waddill congratulate the first two graduates of the Denton County Mental Health Treatment Court, a program that gives certain offenders with mental illness a chance to have their crime completely wiped from their record. Read more…
The Tampa Bay Times reports the total number of minors evaluated in Florida under the Baker Act increased by 50 percent from fiscal year 2010 to 2015.
Many media reports are suggesting that the Cures Act will fix a broken mental health system, incorporate patient voices into clinical processes, decrease mass violence and modernize clinical trials. But will it really?
On Dec. 15, we discussed the biggest health care issues facing Texas. Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith moderated the conversation between State Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, and State Rep. John Zerwas, R-Richmond.
In a last-minute bout of legislative maneuvering, congressional leaders tacked on sweeping mental health reforms that offer an important first step in helping the estimated 13 million Americans who live with a serious mental illness.
Despite a Supreme Court ruling a decade ago, many states still execute inmates with severe mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. And Catholic advocates say the rules need to change.
The federal government is offering families a glimmer of hope for the future of maternal mental health in the U.S.