Mental Health News

  • Suspect in fatal church stabbing getting mental health exam

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — A judge in Frederick has ordered a mental health evaluation for a man accused of fatally stabbing a South Korean visitor and wounding the victim's wife at a rustic religious retreat. Frederick County State's Attorney Charlie Smith said Friday that orders like the one filed...

  • Watch Oklahoma's top mental health officer dress, dance as Michael Jackson

    BY GINNIE GRAHAM, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Sep 4, 2015

    No one can claim that Oklahoma's leader in the state mental health and substance abuse agency isn't game for a challenge. Terri White summoned the spirit of Michael Jackson to recreate the "Bad" video. She's the leader of the pack with some impressive hair leading the way. I would like...

  • Lawsuit over transfer of mentally ill patients to go forward

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A lawsuit that challenges the way the state decides to transfer mentally ill inmates from the Montana State Hospital to prison can move forward, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge Sam Haddon ruled Thursday that Disability Rights Montana had raised sufficient...

  • Workers' comp ruling for assaulted Nebraska nurse stands

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court on Friday upheld a workers compensation ruling requiring a Kearney hospital to pay the salary of a former nurse who says she's unable to work because of psychological injuries she received from three assaults at the hands of patients while she was on...

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

    Updated: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • DA cites depression for 3-week absence, takes 4-week leave

    Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) — Dallas County District Attorney Susan Hawk explained Tuesday that she missed the last three weeks of work to deal with a bout of depression and will not return to the office for another month. In response to growing questions about her initially unexplained absence and abilities...

  • Group: Inmates languishing without mental evaluations, care

    Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    DENVER (AP) — Colorado inmates are languishing in local jails without mental health evaluations or mental health care because the state hospital is short-staffed, an advocacy group charged Tuesday. The Disability Law Center said the state is violating a federal court settlement requiring the...

  • APNewsBreak: Brattleboro Retreat focus of state fraud probe

    Updated: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont attorney general's office is conducting a criminal investigation into the Brattleboro Retreat following a whistleblower's complaints about alleged Medicaid fraud at the private psychiatric hospital, The Associated Press has learned. Attorney General William...

  • Mark Costello had spoken about need for better mental health care in Oklahoma

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    At an April state Capitol gathering, Labor Commissioner Mark Costello told advocates they help others understand that when Oklahomans see people in need "we are looking to the image and likeness of Christ and that we must be humane.

  • VIDEO: Reporters discuss slaying of State Labor Commissioner

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    The Oklahoman editor Kelly Dyer Fry gets up to speed with health reporter Jaclyn Cosgrove, investigative reporter Nolan Clay, Capitol reporter Rick Green and breaking news reporter Graham Lee Brewer.

  • Police: Oklahoma politician killed by son with wife nearby

    Updated: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A rising politician's meeting with his mentally ill son at a restaurant turned deadly when the young man pulled out a large kitchen knife and stabbed his father to death while his mother and other horrified witnesses looked on, police said Monday. Christian Costello, 26,...

  • The Latest on Oklahoma stabbing: Fallin praises Costello

    Updated: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The latest on the fatal stabbing of Oklahoma's labor commissioner (all times local): ___ 4 p.m. Gov. Mary Fallin is describing Oklahoma's late labor commissioner as a true public servant. At a state Capitol news conference Monday, Fallin noted that Mark Costello drove...

  • Budget stalemate delays opening of 10-bed mental health unit

    Updated: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The on-going state budget stalemate means a 10-bed mental health crisis unit at New Hampshire Hospital won't open as planned this fall. New Hampshire has been working to improve its mental health infrastructure since settling a lawsuit with the federal government in late...

  • Join us for a conversation about autism insurance mandate in Oklahoma

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    This past week, I wrote a story about a Tulsa family that plans to move to Texas at the end of the year to better ensure they can get health insurance to cover therapy for their 3-year-old son with autism.  Under Texas law, health insurance companies must cover applied behavior...

  • Monitor: Too many in jails awaiting competency services

    Updated: Sun, Aug 23, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) — A court-ordered monitor says efforts by Washington state health officials to shorten the amount of time mentally ill people wait in jails for competency services are failing to keep up with demand and urgent measures are needed to deal with the backlogs. U.S. District Judge...

  • When the HeartLine phone rings in Oklahoma, someone is always ready to help

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Aug 23, 2015

    The HeartLine call center is in a small room in an Oklahoma City-based nonprofit where specialists answer the phone, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to help Oklahomans in need.

  • NY targets young adults for mental health treatment

    Updated: Sat, Aug 22, 2015

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's Office of Mental Health says it's expanding a program intended to provide services and treatment to young adults, a group among whom symptoms often first emerge. The state two years ago began OnTrackNY targeting youth struggling with mental illness, which has...

  • US judge wants answers on backlog of mentally ill inmates

    Updated: Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge is giving California officials 30 days to explain why there is a waiting list for treating seriously mentally ill inmates even as more than 250 treatment beds remain available. U.S. District Judge Kimberly Mueller said in Friday's order that the beds...

  • AP-CO--Colorado News Digest,1st Ld-Writethru, CO

    Updated: Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    Colorado at 3:15 p.m. Dan Elliott is on the desk and can be reached at 800-332-6917 or 303-825-0123. For access to AP Exchange and other technical issues, contact AP Customer Support at apcustomersupport@ap.org or 877-836-9477. Editors: Story slugged BC-CO--Airport Incursion will stand as an...

  • PTSD patients sue Colorado over marijuana decision

    Updated: Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    DENVER (AP) — Colorado's decision not to allow marijuana to treat post-traumatic stress disorder has prompted a lawsuit by PTSD sufferers. Five PTSD patients filed suit Thursday in Denver District Court. They're challenging a July decision by the Colorado Board of Health not to make PTSD the...

  • New Vermont mental health chief promoted from deputy slot

    Updated: Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The interim commissioner of the Vermont Department of Mental Health is getting the job permanently. Before becoming interim director in June, Frank Reed had served as deputy commissioner. Reed's appointment was announced Thursday by Gov. Peter Shumlin. In other staff...



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