On Monday, training to become Crisis Intervention Team – or CIT certified – began for 30 law enforcement officers from various agencies in Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron and Jeff Davis parishes.
Colorado is one of only six states where a person having a psychiatric crisis who is at risk of committing suicide or harming others can be involuntarily held in a jail cell for up to 24 hours. The new legislation would change that by facilitating better access to mental health treatment centers.
To put the current epidemic of deaths into perspective, the Nixon White House panicked when heroin-addicted soldiers back from Vietnam brought the overdose death rate to 1.5 per 100k in 1973-1975. The current opioid death rate is 10.3 per 100k without the fentanyl statistics of 2016 counted yet.
Colorado would outlaw using jails for mental health holds, increase services under $9.5 million proposal
A bill under consideration at the statehouse would ban the use of jails to house people who are a “danger to themselves or others” but have not committed any crime.
“Generally across the board states don’t fare well on mental health,” says Theresa Nguyen, vice president of policy and programs for Mental Health America. “Access to services is really poor.”
Alabama Senator Cam Ward, an Alabaster Republican, said Tuesday that counties currently pay for detainees’ psychiatric health care. He has introduced a bill that would shift 70 percent of those costs to the federal government under Medicaid.
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.
The secretary of the Agency of Human Services said his staff and other stakeholders will do a “deep dive” into systemic issues in how Vermont delivers mental health treatment.
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.
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 ruling has resurrected a debate about the balance between protecting public safety and safeguarding the privacy and personal freedom of mental health patients.
A growing awareness of addiction and mental illness as diseases often found in the same person, coupled with new efforts to ensure treatments are covered by insurance has in recent years led to a flood of people nationwide seeking treatment for behavioral health issues. Read more…
Esteban Santiago, the 26-year-old man held in the fatal shootings last week at Fort Lauderdale’s airport, reportedly has a history of mental difficulties and it’s tempting to assume they explain the crime. Experts say: Don’t. Read more…
An Alabama inmate found dead in his cell apparently killed himself just weeks after testifying in a trial accusing the state of denying proper mental health care to prisoners, officials said Tuesday. Read more…
State officials cited the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex in August for excessive use of physical restraints on children and adolescents in acute care and ordered immediate action to reduce that practice. Read more…
Pastor Michael Walrond Jr. is making a tremendous stride towards destigmatizing mental illness in the black community by providing free mental health services to Harlem residents. 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.
While adding hospital beds amid a shortage sounds intuitive, the proposal is raising old questions about Minnesota’s pediatric mental health system.
Lawyers representing Alabama prison officials today questioned the findings of the chief psychiatrist of the Ohio prison system, who concluded that mental health care in Alabama prisons is inadequate.
If Mississippi gets its way, a long-running case challenging the state’s mental health care for children could be rolled up with the more recent suit by the federal government over how the state provides mental health care for adults.
The Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services has decided to abandon a pilot program that would have significantly expanded access to services for people seeking mental health help.
The rest of America isn’t doing much better, though.
Court documents show the man accused of causing the wrong-way crash on Interstate 89 might have suffered from mental illness.
For the third year in a row, Mental Health America (MHA) released its annual State of Mental Health Report, which ranks all 50 states and the District of Columbia based on several mental health and access measures.
Nebraska’s prison system is struggling to deliver mental health services to inmates who need it because of persistent staffing shortages, corrections officials said Wednesday.