• Molina to spend $200M on behavioral, mental health services

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Insurer Molina Healthcare will spend about $200 million to expand the behavioral and mental health services it provides with its coverage. The Long Beach, California, insurer said Thursday it will buy two subsidiaries of The Providence Service Corp. They are Providence Human Services LLC and Providence Community Services LLC. Molina said the subsidiaries will complement its health plans. Providence Human Services generated about $346 million in revenue last year and operates in 23 states and the District of Columbia. The Community Services part of the deal helps connect customers with social services outside behavioral and mental health help.

  • Latest on US Open: No. 1 seed Djokovic eases into 3rd round

    Updated: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local): 11:40 p.m. Novak Djokovic simply does not lose second-round Grand Slam matches. The No. 1-seeded Serb took a bit of time to get going Wednesday night at the U.S. Open, splitting the opening eight games, before reeling off 14 of the remaining 17 in a 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 victory over 52nd-ranked Andreas Haider-Maurer of Austria. "From the 4-all moment," Djokovic said, "I played really well." Now there's an understatement. It was Djokovic's 29th consecutive victory in the second round at a major, a streak that dates to 2008. He owns nine Grand Slam titles, including at the 2011 U.S. Open. Next for Djokovic is a match against Andreas Seppi of

  • New gun laws take effect in Alabama

    Updated: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — New gun laws taking effect in Alabama are supposed to make it more difficult for the mentally ill to buy firearms. The new laws took effect this week. They require that state probate court judges report to law enforcement every person they commit for involuntary mental health treatment. Under federal law, anyone involuntarily committed for treatment cannot buy a gun. People forced to receive treatment can appeal to have their gun ownership rights reinstated. State judges must also report anyone found not guilty of a crime because of mental illness or a mental defect. State Rep. Chris England of Tuscaloosa told Al.com (http://bit.ly/1JBaAUE ) that the new laws align Alabama law with

  • Lawsuit filed in Taser death of mentally ill man in Albany

    Updated: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The family of a mentally ill man who died after Albany police subdued him with a stun gun has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city and the three police officers involved in the fatal confrontation last April. The death of 39-year-old Albany resident Donald Ivy Jr. led to public protests after it was revealed he was unarmed and had committed no crime when officers confronted him as he walked to a store near his home. Police said Ivy made a lunging motion as the officers assigned to a gun violence unit questioned him. Ivy went into cardiac arrest after police chased him and used a Taser to subdue him. A coroner's report noted Ivy had a pre-existing heart condition that contributed to his d

  • Nevada gets $11M to aid children with emotional disturbances

    Updated: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada officials say an $11 million grant from the federal government could help them reduce suicide attempts and improve school performance among children with mental illnesses. Gov. Brian Sandoval and director Richard Whitley of the state Department of Health and Human Services announced the four-year grant on Tuesday. State officials say the money will help them develop mental health services and other safety net programs for children with serious emotional disturbances. It will also help Nevada's Division of Child and Family Services transition from a direct mental health services provider to one that oversees community-based agencies. State officials say that will allow more accountabilit

  • Indianapolis officers begin training on mental illness

    Updated: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Dozens of officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department are learning how to recognize mental illness when responding to calls and the steps needed to keep those situations from escalating. Five days of training with the Crisis Intervention Team began Monday at the police academy. About 40 officers are participating in an effort to help them better understand mental illness, ranging from depression to schizophrenia, the legal process and how to engage others while on a call. "It's just an everyday reality for patrol officers and mental health, medics, firefighters, and everyone (who) deals (with) a lot of mental illness," said Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department patrol officer Tim

  • Suspect in officer attack had history of mental illness

    Updated: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) — A man charged with murder in the ambush of a suburban Houston sheriff's deputy had a history of mental illness and was once declared mentally incompetent, according to authorities and his former attorney. Shannon J. Miles, 30, was being held without bond after an initial court hearing Monday. Prosecutors accuse him of opening fire from behind on Harris County Sheriff's Deputy Darren Goforth on Friday night in what the sheriff called a "cold-blooded assassination." Goforth was shot 15 times, Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson said in court. Anderson would not comment on a motive, saying investigators were still trying to figure that out.

  • Volunteers recognize mentally ill buried in unmarked graves

    Updated: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — A group of volunteers in Wisconsin is part of a national effort to recognize the tens of thousands of people who were buried in unmarked graves during the 20th century after dying at state- or county-run psychiatric hospitals. Families then were often too poor for a headstone, couldn't be reached or had forgotten about their relatives at the institutions, called insane asylums or sanitariums. The work being done in Wisconsin's Outagamie County to recognize the more than 130 former patients buried in a cemetery there has been underway for two years. Volunteers say it's a way to honor their memory and bring attention to mental illness. The site will soon get row markers, a plaque with their names and a

  • Latest on Texas deputy: Lawyer says man had mental illness

    Updated: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) — Here are the latest developments regarding the fatal shooting of a suburban Houston sheriff's deputy (all times local): 6:45 p.m. A former attorney for the man accused of fatally shooting a suburban Houston officer says he was told the man had a lifelong history of mental illness. Shannon J. Miles is charged with capital murder in the death of Harris County Sheriff's Deputy Darren Goforth. In 2012, Miles was found mentally incompetent after being charged following a fight at a homeless shelter where he was staying. He was later declared competent but the charge was dropped. Jon Evans, Miles' attorney in the Austin case, says Miles' mother told him her son had a lifelong history of mental ill

  • Dealing with anxiety disorder, Fish wins in US Open return

    Updated: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — This, Mardy Fish said afterward, is what ran through his mind during his first U.S. Open match in three years — and the first match of his last tournament as a tennis pro: "I'm going to be OK. Everything's going to be OK. You're going to be fine." Helped by medication and therapy, Fish has been dealing with severe anxiety disorder, a condition that led him to abandon his career. He returned to competition briefly this summer for a farewell tour of sorts, and his final visit to Flushing Meadows as a player began Monday with a 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 victory over 102nd-ranked Marco Cecchinato of Italy. "A lot of sort of internal talk," is the way Fish described his state of mind Monday.

  • Oklahoma County jail not set up for mental health patients, experts say

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    The woman, barely 100 pounds, is the sickest patient Dr. Leland Dennis has ever seen in more than 20 years practicing psychiatry. “Have you ever had treatment?” Dennis, the Oklahoma County jail psychiatrist, asked the female inmate. “I tried to get it, and people told me I was crazy,” she said. Nestled in the corner of the women's mental health and pregnancy unit at the Oklahoma County jail, the woman lives in cell No. 12. A pink slip on the door signifies that she recently attacked someone. Jail likely marks the first time she has been under a psychiatrist's care. For the past 16 years, she has suffered from an untreated mental illness. She has listened to the roaring sound of incessant voices in her

  • National expert points out jails weren’t built as mental health care facilities

    BY GRAHAM LEE BREWER Staff Writer gbrewer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    As Oklahoma County's jail struggles with providing mental health care to patients, an expert from John Jay University offers insights into how the problem arose.

  • From Alabama to California: Family moves to obtain medical marijuana

    Published: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    The passion and the energy resonated from California to Alabama, the video interview providing a window into the raw determination that drives Vicki Hill. She left 32 years of her life behind in Huntsville to relocate to northern California in search of a medical marijuana sanctuary for her 20-year-old daughter, Aubrie, who has suffered from epilepsy since she was 5. The Hills are a snapshot of a small migration west for some Alabama families seeking access to various forms of medical marijuana that are unlawful to possess in their home state. In the Hills' new California home, medical marijuana is legal.

  • Oklahoma researcher reports link between pharmacies' output, overdoses

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    The Oklahoma Health Care Authority, which administers the state’s Medicaid program compared data from the state medical examiner’s office and its own system to look for any correlations.

  • Oklahoma Strong: How the Oklahoma Standard helped me heal after my best friend’s suicide

    Siali Siaosi | Updated: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Aug. 24 marked a year since I lost my best friend to suicide. It hasn't been an easy time without her, but Oklahoma and its community have helped me heal.

  • Commentary: What could we have done to save Mark Costello?

    Jean Williams | Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Mark Costello urged us to show compassion to those with mental illness. Today his son is in the county jail. How can we show compassion?

  • Prosecutor: Courthouse attacker had mental health issues

    Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    WEST CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — A man fatally shot after attacking a deputy sheriff at a suburban Philadelphia courthouse this week had previously exhibited bizarre behavior that suggested he had mental health issues, a prosecutor said Thursday. The personal history of Curtis Smith includes climbing a wall at the White House in March that his relative called an attempted "suicide by cop," a restraining order from his wife and a Facebook photo that alarmed a friend, District Attorney Thomas Hogan said. Hogan ruled that the deputy sheriff who stepped in and shot Smith on Tuesday was justified in using deadly force after the man yelled an expletive, pulled a knife and slashed at another deputy at the Chester County Justice Center.

  • Mark Costello slaying: 6 facts about schizophrenia you should know

    Richard Hall | Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    By now you've heard about the death of Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Mark Costello. He died Sunday night and police say Costello's son, Christian, is the one who held the knife. Christian and his father had had a rough relationship as of late, which family members say was due to Christian's battle with mental health issues. "Our son, Christian Costello, has experienced many difficulties over the past several years," the family said in the statement. "Christian, like thousands of Oklahomans, struggles with a mental health disease and like many families we did our best to support him. Mark was committed to being there for his son and provided whatever help he could as a father.

  • US OPEN 2015: 3 years after withdrawal, Mardy Fish returns

    Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    For Mardy Fish, it was supposed to mark a high point in his tennis career. Instead, Sept. 3, 2012, stands out as one of the most difficult days of his life. "I was in the spot where you work your butt off to get to: the fourth round of the U.S. Open against Roger Federer on Labor Day," Fish recalled. "That's why you work so hard in this game and sacrifice so much — to get to that position." He never stepped on court that afternoon. During the car ride from his hotel in Manhattan to the tournament site in Queens, Fish began to panic. He withdrew from the tournament. "That was as deep and as low as I got during my whole severe anxiety disorder that I've had now for the past three years," Fish said in an interview with T

  • Man who helped restrain attacker in Oklahoma City stabbing wonders if he could have done more

    By Trent Shadid Staff Writer tshadid@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    A Putnam City teacher and coach helped restrain the man accused in the stabbing death of the Oklahoma state labor commissioner.