Mental Health News

  • Deputy on leave after shooting mentally ill man


    SUMMIT, Miss. (AP) — Police say a Lincoln County sheriff's deputy is on administrative leave with pay after shooting a mentally ill man who was being threatening with what appeared to be a gun. The mentally ill man's mother says her son Vincent Jones was holding a fake plastic gun. The...

  • Glenn Close, Lena Dunham strike emotional chord at event

    Updated: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Using her own family and Robin Williams as an example, a tearful Glenn Close urged some of the most powerful women in entertainment to help society shed its fear of those fighting mental illness in an emotional speech Friday at Variety's Power of Women luncheon. Close was among...

  • For true mental health reform, Oklahoma needs political leadership, advocate says

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Mike Brose, executive director of Mental Health Association Oklahoma, said in Oklahoma jail beds are readily available but treatment beds are lacking.

  • Bentley: More than 1,000 state employees could lose jobs

    Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama faces grim prospects unless it finds more revenue — including deep cuts to the courts, mental health services, benefits to poor children and the jobs of more than 1,000 state workers — Gov. Robert Bentley told lawmakers Tuesday. The governor wrote to lawmakers as...

  • Senate lawmakers try to keep mental health facilities open

    Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A proposed health services budget in the Democratic-controlled Senate has funding to save two state mental health facilities slated to close this year, lawmakers said Wednesday, though it's unclear whether such a legislative move would garner enough support from either...

  • Feds: Beckley VA subbed mental health drugs for cheaper ones

    Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An investigation has found that the Beckley VA Medical Center improperly substituted prescription mental health treatments with older drugs to save money. In a news release on Wednesday, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel said it informed the White House and Congress...

  • APNewsBreak: Officer who shot man dragged him from fire

    Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) — One of the officers who killed an immigrant farmworker in Washington state in a shooting that helped fuel the nationwide debate over police use of force had dragged the man away from his burning rental home just weeks earlier. Antonio Zambrano-Montes, who in another case had...

  • Ohio Senate panel holds off on police PTSD compensation bill

    Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Emergency responders with post-traumatic stress disorder could be eligible for workers' compensation benefits even if they don't have physical injuries under legislation getting continued consideration by an Ohio Senate panel. The bill would apply to police, peace...

  • BC-CT--Connecticut News Digest 1:30 pm, CT

    Updated: Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    Hello! Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up in Connecticut. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to AP Hartford at 860-246-6876 or Sylvia Lee Wingfield is on the desk. Hartford correspondent Mike Melia can be reached at...

  • Sperm bank sued after donor details emerge 7 years later

    Updated: Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) — A Canadian couple has sued a Georgia-based sperm bank saying the anonymous donor whose sperm they used to conceive a child was misrepresented to them. Angela Collins and Margaret Elizabeth Hanson filed the lawsuit last month in Fulton County Superior Court in Atlanta. They say...

  • Mental health funding cuts stir outcry in Connecticut

    Updated: Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's proposal to cut money from a state grant program to community mental health and substance abuse providers is prompting an outcry from advocates and families of Newtown massacre victims in Connecticut, who warn patients will suffer from a lack of...

  • Montana House green-lights mental health group homes

    Updated: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — State representatives have green-lighted a proposal to fund four mental health group homes in Montana. The House voted 79-21 Saturday to pass House Bill 24 on second reading. The bill's fiscal note says the measure would send $3 million in state funds and about $500,000 in...

  • State asks judge for clarification in competency ruling

    Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) — A lawyer for the state health services department has asked a federal judge to clarify or reconsider portions of her sweeping ruling that found that the state's practice of holding mentally ill people in jails for weeks or months while they await competency services was...

  • Correction: Vermont-Gun Restrictions story

    Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — In a story April 16 about a bill to put restrictions on guns in Vermont, The Associated Press misreported what a lawmaker said. Democratic Rep. Barbara Rachelson said she hoped her colleagues, not just Republicans, would show as much concern for people with mental illness...

  • Vermont House passes gun restrictions

    Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont House on Friday passed a bill designed to keep guns out of the hands of convicted felons and people who are dangerously mentally ill. The measure approved by an 80-62 vote is similar to a version already approved by the Senate. One difference is that the...

  • CARE Center CEO talks about child abuse

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    Stacy McNeiland, CARE Center CEO, is trying to raise awareness about child abuse, which she says is an epidemic in Oklahoma County, affecting one in three girls, and one in five boys.

  • Suspected serial killer's mental health hearing delayed

    Updated: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Northern California judge granted the request of two court-appointed doctors for more time to prepare reports on the mental health of a suspected serial killer who terrorized the San Francisco region in early 1976. Rodney Halbower will return to court in Redwood City,...

  • Oklahoma's Legislature has failed to fund state mental health system's needs, leader says

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    At Tuesday’s Senate appropriations hearing, the state mental health commissioner explained what will happen if her agency doesn’t get at least $10 million in additional funding, outlining how thousands of low-income Oklahomans will lose mental health and addiction treatment services.

  • Illinois governor's planned cuts to mental health take 'so many steps backward,' critics say

    Published: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    CHICAGO -- In the years before he started receiving consistent treatment for bipolar disorder, Illinois Medicaid patient Rome Tucker says he often was homeless, riding buses through the night, the Chicago Tribune reports. Tucker, 36, would check into Chicago-area hospitals for care,...

  • Lack of legal rights makes raising 2 teens more stressful

    Updated: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Like many dads, when his spouse is traveling out of town, Greg Bourke takes on the role of single parent, shuttling their two teenagers to basketball practice and other activities while working a full-time job. But Bourke has an extra worry when his husband, Michael...

  • For Mrs. America 2015, a platform about prescription drugs is personal

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    Tulsa resident Michelle Evans didn’t anticipate she would serve as Mrs. America 2015. But she wanted to raise awareness about how harmful prescription painkillers can be, and the pageant gave her a platform to do that.

  • Another Arizona mental health provider to depart New Mexico

    Updated: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Another Arizona-based nonprofit has confirmed it plans to cease providing Medicaid-funded mental health services in southern New Mexico. Tucson-based La Frontera plans a staggered transition to phase out its operations in Dona Ana and several other counties, casting...

  • French lawmakers OK health care bill targeting anorexia

    Updated: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    PARIS (AP) — Too-thin models, too much drinking, sexy cigarette packs: France's parliament is cracking down on all of these in a sweeping bill designed to improve public health and trim public health costs — while tackling unhealthy stereotypes along the way. The National Assembly, parliament's...

  • Funeral held for hospital fire victims in Norman

    Updated: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — A memorial service was held this week in honor of 40 patients who died in a 1918 fire at a state psychiatric hospital in Norman. According to The Oklahoman ( ), about 30 mental health professionals, disability advocates and firefighters attended the...

  • Almost 100 years later, a funeral is held for mental health hospital fire victims in Norman, Oklahoma.

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    A fire at Griffin Memorial Hospital took the lives of 40 patients almost 100 years ago. Thirty-nine of those were never given a ceremony or tomb marker — until Monday.

  • Impoverished tribe struggles to stop surge in teen suicides

    Updated: Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) — The people of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation are no strangers to hardship or to the risk of lives being cut short. But a string of seven suicides by adolescents in recent months has shaken this impoverished community and sent school and tribal leaders on an urgent...

  • House accepts Bullock amendments to mental health bills

    Updated: Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The final pieces of a Republican plan to expand mental health care are approaching approval in the Legislature. Ninety-four representatives voted Monday to endorse the Democratic governor's amendments to House Bills 33 and 34. The measures would boost local services for...

  • Colorado moving toward making PTSD eligible for medical pot

    Updated: Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    DENVER (AP) — Colorado may add post-traumatic stress disorder as a condition to be treated with medical marijuana — a dramatic turnaround after years of rejecting appeals to make PTSD the first ailment added to the state's medical-pot program since it was approved by voters in 2000. The...

  • Mental health advocates cheered by Vermont court ruling

    Updated: Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont mental health advocates say they're gratified by a ruling from the state's high court that appears to raise the bar for when the state can force a patient to take medications against his or her will. The Vermont Supreme Court ruled on Friday that for patients...

  • Few marathon bomb survivors seek help for 'invisible' wounds

    Updated: Sun, Apr 12, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) — Two years after the Boston Marathon bombings, few survivors appear to be taking advantage of free wellness programs meant to help with anxiety, stress, insomnia and other "invisible injuries" that can be just as devastating as losing a limb. Just 42 survivors have pursued...

  • Man charged in Kansas bomb plot called strange, troubled

    Updated: Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — John T. Booker Jr. struck others as strange or even troubled but also as a young man not shy about discussing his faith as a Muslim or debating Islamic philosophy at the Topeka mosque he attended. His name tag at his last job identified him as Muhammad. But the 20-year-old...

  • White policeman in black assault case to seek treatment

    Updated: Fri, Apr 10, 2015

    WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A lawyer says a white Massachusetts police officer charged with assaulting a shackled black prisoner will seek treatment for possible post-traumatic stress disorder that may be related to his military service. Officer Michael Motyka (moh-TEE'-kuh) was arraigned Friday on...

  • Baseball offering more mental health support to players

    Updated: Fri, Apr 10, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) — For Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer, Josh Lifrak is just like hitting coach John Mallee or pitching coach Chris Bosio. Lifrak is the director of the team's mental skills program, while Mallee and Bosio are two key members of Joe Maddon's coaching staff. While Hoyer looks at each...

  • No charges for police officer in death of mentally ill woman

    Updated: Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A police officer who shot and killed a mentally ill woman in February will not face charges. Police say Charlotte-Mecklenburg Officer Anthony Holzhauer shot 20-year old Janisha Fonville after she lunged at officers with a knife. Local news media outlets quoted...

  • Mariel Hemingway looks for lessons in a dark family history

    Updated: Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Many people remember Mariel Hemingway best from her portrayal of the sweet teenager Tracy in Woody Allen's "Manhattan," where she delivered the film's uplifting closing line, a reminder that "You have to have a little faith in people." But Hemingway herself, then only 16, was...

  • Florida officer's shooting of mentally ill man investigated

    Updated: Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) — Prosecutors are looking into the fatal shooting of a mentally ill man by a Florida police officer, but his family called this week for an independent investigation of the incident, releasing footage from a police dashboard camera to bolster their case. In February, Miami Gardens...

  • VA makes little headway in fight to shorten waits for care

    Updated: Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A year after Americans recoiled at new revelations that sick veterans were getting sicker while languishing on waiting lists — and months after the Department of Veterans Affairs instituted major reforms costing billions of dollars — government data shows that the...

  • Missouri Legislature set to reconcile differences in budget

    Updated: Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Several key parts of Missouri's $26 billion spending plan for next fiscal year will be resolved by negotiators from the Legislature's two chambers after the House on Wednesday declined to adopt most of the sweeping changes made by the Senate just hours earlier. At...

  • Ex-mental health providers in NY to pay $3M to end suit

    Updated: Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A federal judge has approved a $3 million settlement between patients and a former mental health facility in Putnam County. The class-action suit filed in 2007 alleged patients were illegally restrained, assaulted, punished and isolated by SLS Residential staff, while the...

  • Tennessee editorial roundup

    Updated: Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    Recent editorials from Tennessee newspapers: April 5 Knoxville (Tennessee) News Sentinel on Gov. Haslam showing more leadership than legislators: Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam listened to reason and constituents to arrive at his decision last week to restore funding for case management services...



nDepth Fighting Back: 'Where is my Amma?'

Dr. R. Murali Krishna is president, COO and medical director of Integris Mental Health. He is also the president and co-founder of the James L. Hall Jr. Center for Mind, Body and Spirit. He has spent hours and hours...