Shortly after David Hess died in a struggle with staffers at Wordsworth last fall, the state shuttered the West Philadelphia facility, decrying it as “an immediate and serious danger” to the children who lived there.
The origins of the “Dixon Case” go back to 1974, when a class action lawsuit was filed against the federal government and District government on behalf of individuals civilly committed to Saint Elizabeths Hospital in Southeast D.C.
With the closing of wards in Washington state mental hospitals, incarceration has greatly replaced the deficit in hospitalization space. Jails across the country have seen a rise in their mental health population, including in our county jails.
After patients were released from mental hospitals, there wasn’t always a place for them to go. On this week’s episode, we explore if deinstitutionalization was a factor in the Bay Area’s homeless crisis.
Rusk State Hospital was built 1878 as a 576-foot long, three-story penitentiary. It was converted to a psychiatric hospital in 1919 and now treats the mentally ill charged with committing crimes.
An architectural analysis of the San Antonio State Hospital ordered by Texas lawmakers has determined 80 percent of the hospital’s structures are in critical condition.
The 160-year-old Austin State Hospital — the oldest state psychiatric hospital — is plagued by deteriorating conditions and staffing shortages, limiting the number of people admitted for care and raising questions about its future.
Increase in Deaths, Staff Resignations After Virginia Law Requiring Mental Health Facilites Not Turn Away Patients
A landmark law passed in 2014 to improve Virginia’s mental health system has contributed to an increasing number of patient deaths and falls — as well as staff resignations — inside the Commonwealth’s mental health hospitals.
The Iowa Supreme Court was asked Wednesday to decide if Gov. Terry Branstad violated state law last year by using his line-item veto authority to close two state mental health institutes.
Austin State Hospital could be relocated from its 4110 Guadalupe St. campus near Hyde Park, a move that could clear the way for the sale and redevelopment of the site—depending on which option state lawmakers proceed with.
Youth in juvenile facilities across Maryland do not receive adequate therapeutic care or enough staff attention, according to a quarterly report released by an independent monitoring agency under the umbrella of the attorney general’s office. The report outlines “critical staffing shortages” at most of the state’s youth facilities, as well as a dearth of therapeutic Read more
If Texas expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, hospitals would whittle away about one-tenth of the costs for care they provide and never collect payment for, according to a study.
Two months after a violent patient killed a doctor at Timberlawn — and nine months after Texas officials moved to close the hospital over unsafe conditions — the facility remains open.
Shortly before noon on April 14, 2014, while their adult son slept in the next room, Anna and Daywood Clayton decided to call the police.
The insanity ruling that sent President Ronald Reagan’s would-be assassin John Hinckley, Jr., to a government psychiatric hospital rather than prison was handed down 34 years ago, but its repercussions still affect hundreds, if not thousands, of people who commit a crime and also have mental illness.
The issue of mental-health patients being “boarded” in emergencies rooms, whether they arrive there themselves or are brought by police unable to handle a mental-health crisis, is endemic.
The Atrium Medical Center in Corinth will be a Texas Health Behavioral Health Hospital come June 2017.
Kansas has become a test center of “trickle down” economics, espoused by economist Arthur Laffer during the Reagan years. The funding problems got so bad that Osawatomie State Hospital’s mental health ward had to significantly cut staffing