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News Summary for June 30, 2014
Prepared by Anne M. Kincaid

Please note that the articles are listed in alphabetical order by state, so you can easily scan
through the articles for those within your state or other states in which you have a particular interest.

 
Dr. Nora's Top Articles:

1.   “Another San Diego Family Claims Special Needs Child Mishandled by School Bus Drivers” --- A San Carlos family is suing the San Diego Unified School District for negligence in the care of their son with special needs. --- fox5sandiego.com --- June 4, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/6UQM6e

2.   “Father Accused of Attacking Special Needs Student On School Bus” --- Richmond police are investigating the case of a special needs student ... The special education school bus was on Carlson Boulevard when it … --- NBC Bay Area --- May 31, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/oOQBTg

3.   “Aurora Man Convicted of Sex Assault on Mentally Disabled Woman” --- A 50-year-old Aurora man was convicted Friday of sexually assaulting a mentally disabled woman at an Aurora group home, Adams ... --- Aurora Sentinel --- May 30, 2014  (COLORADO)  http://is.gd/SKvaz2

4.   “Connecticut High Court Grants New Trial in Case Involving Disabled Woman, Sadomasochistic Sex” --- The Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that people don't necessarily give up their ability to consent to sex when they ... --- The Republic --- June 2, 2014  (CONNECTICUT)  http://is.gd/3GFjJs

5.   “Couple Sentenced in Disabled Son's Starvation Death; Father Gambled with Social Security Money” ---  A Lexington couple has been sentenced for abuse and neglect in the death of their disabled adult son from starvation and ... --- Daily Journal --- June 7, 2014  (KENTUCKY)  http://is.gd/PuN1DK

6.   “Director Must Repay $23,000 Stolen from Grafton Group Home” --- The former director of a group home for disabled adults in Grafton was placed on probation and ordered to pay full restitution after ... --- Worcester Telegram --- June 4, 2014  (MASSACHUSETTS)   http://is.gd/JDYZcN

7.   “Foster Worker Faces Trial for Assault, Torture in Videotaped Beating of Disabled Detroit Woman” --- A Detroit judge has ordered a 49-year-old Detroit foster home worker to stand trial in the videotaped beating of a disabled woman with a ... --- The Republic --- June 5, 2014  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/CDx0TC

8.   “Akron Teacher Loses License over Incidents with Special Needs Children” --- Blain has spent most of her career teaching special education at Ellet High School. She was suspended in 2011 after classroom aide Stacie ... --- Akron Beacon Journal --- June 13, 2014  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/lccGI1

9.   “Caregiver Gets Life for Mentally Challenged Woman's Beating Death” --- A former caregiver was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the 2013 beating death of a mentally challenged woman, the Newton County ... --- Atlanta Journal Constitution --- June 5, 2014  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/uGnWVS


Abuse/Crime-related

10.   “Sacramento Psychologist Accused of Sexual Assault” --- A licensed psychologist in the Sacramento area was arrested Thursday on suspicion of sexual assault and exploitation by a physician, authorities said ... --- KCRA Sacramento --- June 12, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/f6MbmZ

11.   “Hospital Unions Renew Call for Patient and Staff Safety” --- Napa State Hospital employees are renewing calls for safer state psychiatric hospitals, where violence against staff and patients continues. --- Napa Valley Register --- June 6, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/BrHwBS

12.   “San Mateo Sheriff Kills Special Needs Woman” --- According to a report by NBC Bay Area, the woman's brother, Lorenzo Serrano, said that his special needs sister, "may have been off her medication ... --- Bay Area Indymedia --- June 4, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/Xo735M

13.   “2nd School Security Officer Wheelchair Assault” --- Newly-released surveillance video appears to show two guards at a California high school using force on a special needs ... --- KMVT --- June 4, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/dZbjBM

14.   “School District: Officer Dumped Student from Wheelchair” --- He says Mitchell began pushing the student in the wheelchair toward class. Flint says the student objected and began to slap the officer's hands. --- Las Vegas Sun --- May 30, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/1P1NbO

15.   “Report Faults Prison Care of State's Mentally Ill Inmates” --- A federal court official says that treatment of California's most severely mentally ill prisoners is haphazard and often inadequate, delivered by a ... --- Los Angeles Times --- May 30, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/ohGh4R

16.   “Video Shows Security Officer Beating Student in Wheelchair” --- A Bay Area student with cerebral palsy was viciously punched by a school security guard. It's a shocking attack that was caught on camera. --- KGO-TV --- May 29, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/8tUN14

17.   “Sun Valley Hospital to Pay $500K for Dumping Mentally-Disabled Homeless Person on Skid Row” --- A Sun Valley hospital accused of improperly discharging and transporting a homeless patient to Skid Row has ... --- CBS Local --- May 29, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/YB6Mrh

18.   “State Falls Behind on Abuse Registry for Group Home Workers” --- As a result, potentially dangerous individuals remained in the field, free to be hired by unwitting agencies and possibly perpetuating a cycle of abuse, ... --- Hartford Courant --- May 29, 2014  (CONNECTICUT)  http://is.gd/4Nhx8v

19.   “Family of Autistic Boy Slapped on Bus Hires Jose Baez” --- The family of a child with autism who was slapped by a bus assistant has hired high-profile attorney Jose Baez. It's video that's ... --- WTSP 10 News --- June 13, 2014  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/q27zLn

20.   “Cops: Winter Haven Man Accused of Stalking, Kissing Disabled Woman at Walmart” --- A 67-year-old Lakeland man was arrested on accusations that he stalked a disabled woman at a Walmart and kissed her without permission, ... --- Orlando Sentinel --- June 13, 2014  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/TikLC4

21.   “Escambia County Bus Driver Faces Charges for Slapping Special Needs Student” --- Escambia County bus driver faces charges for slapping special needs ... is facing charges after slapping a nine-year-old student with special needs. --- WEAR --- June 11, 2014  (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/jGuNoz 

22.   “Police: Brooksville Man Beat Double Amputee Roommate” --- During the altercation, Bloomer grabbed the woman, a double amputee, and threw her against a wall. Also, police say he struck her in the head with a ... --- Bay News 9 --- June 2, 2014  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/WVaCvG

23.   “Man Arrested for Allegedly Forcing Disabled Girl to Take Nude Photos” --- A disabled girl who was forced to undress and pose for pictures may have been targeted because of her developmental disability, the girl's father told ... --- WKMG Orlando --- May 29, 2014  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/GYm3oF

24.   “Patient Records Left Behind at Shuttered State Health Facilities” --- ... left confidential resident information unsecured at the Jacksonville Developmental Center that closed in November 2012, state auditors found. --- The State Journal-Register --- May 29, 2014  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/aVVkVS

25.   “Peoria Father Pleads Guilty to Fatally Neglecting His Mentally-impaired Son” --- The prosecutor detailed months upon months of neglect which was seen by his classmates, teachers and doctors when the teen had made it to the ... --- Peoria Journal Star --- June 13, 2014  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/P8xMVa

26.   “Former Olean Man Charged with Murdering Wife, Wheelchair-bound Daughter in Ill.” --- They say the woman and the teenager, who used a wheelchair, were strangled. Marcus, a retired veteran, moved to Waukegan in 1991. --- Olean Times Herald --- June 11, 2014  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/oaj9f8

27.  “Confidential Records Left Behind After Mental Health Centers Closed” --- Gov. Pat Quinn's administration closed three health facilities in 2012 but left behind tractors and a forklift, an unidentified ... --- CBS Local --- May 30, 2014  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/kj2iLx

28.   “Abuse Investigation Involving School Wraps Up” --- In a follow up to a story we first told you about in April involving an alleged abuse of an autistic child at Deming ... --- WTHI --- June 2, 2014  (INDIANA)  http://is.gd/WEKF0o

29.   “Sentencing Date Set in Adult Neglect Case” --- She pleaded guilty to charges of neglect or abandonment of a dependent person, a class C felony; wanton neglect of a dependent adult, a serious ... --- Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier --- May 30, 2014  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/d8PytM

30.   “Parents of Disabled Residents Living in JoCo Group Homes Speak out against Perceived Discrimination” --- The parents of a mentally disabled resident are speaking out about what they ... Parents of developmentally disabled residents living in some Johnson ... --- KSHB --- May 29, 2014  (KANSAS)  http://is.gd/VgACls

31.   “Lawsuit Claims Abuse, Neglect by Marion County Teachers, Administration” --- The suit alleges three special education students were abused and neglected by a special education teacher at Marion County High School. --- LEX18 Lexington KY News --- June 13, 2014  (KENTUCKY)  http://is.gd/iYgGHE

32.   “Police Arrest Man Accused of Stealing Frankfort Man's Identity” --- Police have arrested the man accused of stealing the identity of a handicapped man in Frankfort, who he was supposed to be taking care ... --- WKYT --- June 13, 2014  (KENTUCKY)  http://is.gd/5wAuZR

33.   “Woman Attacks Disabled Ex-boyfriend” --- Mary Seals, 57, went to the victim's home on June 5 uninvited. According to the arrest warrant, Seals began banging on her ex's door using her walker. --- WAVE --- June 10, 2014  (KENTUCKY)  http://is.gd/xqHLjZ

34.   “Former Wayne Teacher to Plead Guilty” --- Patrik Ian Arsenault, 27, a former special education teacher in Wayne, is charged with sexually assaulting two Clinton boys, ages 6 and 7, at a ... --- MPBN News --- May 29, 2014  (MAINE)  http://is.gd/fx8m3Z

35.   “Md. Seeks Dismissal of Allegations that State Was at Fault in Death of Man with Down Syndrome” ---  The state of Maryland is seeking dismissal of allegations in a federal lawsuit that it contributed to the wrongful death of a man with ... --- Daily Journal --- June 12, 2014  (MARYLAND)  http://is.gd/JjT6Nl

36.   “Girl Pleads 'Responsible' for Abusing Autistic Boy” --- A 17-year-old girl who was originally charged as an adult with abusing an autistic teenager has pleaded responsible to two misdemeanor charges in ... --- WBAL Baltimore --- May 30, 2014  (MARYLAND)  http://is.gd/mIPiN7

37.   “Coakley's Office to Review 2009 Patient Death” --- Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley says her office will review the 2009 death of a mentally ill man at ... --- SFGate --- June 12, 2014  (MASSACHUSETTS)   http://is.gd/K8k0ru

38.   “Caretaker Assaulted Disabled Woman with Shoe, Balloon, Westfield Police Say” --- A Springfield woman has been accused of assaulting a disabled woman who was in her care at a Westfield therapy and service facility ... --- MassLive.com --- June 12, 2014  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/qA1F7h

39.   “Bridgewater State Hospital in Jeopardy of Losing Accreditation” --- That investigation also came in the wake of reports that guards and clinicians had illegally put mentally ill inmates and patients into physical restraints ... --- Wicked Local West Bridgewater --- June 11, 2014  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/cEQ9f0

40.   “Officials Close Dorchester Group Home for Disabled over Filthy Conditions” --- A Dorchester group home for disabled residents that officials said was deplorable on the inside and decaying on the outside was shut down this week, ... --- Boston.com --- June 7, 2014  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/GsccvY

41.   “Regulators Find Brookline Psychiatric Hospital Deficient Again” --- When they allowed admissions to gradually resume two weeks later, in early December, mental health officials said Arbour HRI was working to bring ... --- Boston Globe --- May 30, 2014  (MASSCHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/PGVDaY

42.   “Disabled Advocacy Group Wants National Background Checks” --- Down syndrome affects more than 400,000 people across the country, but current laws put people with developmental disabilities ... --- WWLP 22News --- May 27, 2014  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/2m6Mxm

43.   “State Suspends Adult Foster Facility in Detroit Where Resident Was Allegedly Beaten” --- The state suspended the license of a Detroit adult foster care facility where a worker was videotaped beating a special-needs resident. --- The Detroit News --- June 9, 2014  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/n9MtPR

44.   “Teacher Reinstated after Segregation Lesson” --- A student with Asperger's syndrome was videotaped by his teacher while stuck in a classroom chair. --- WNEM Saginaw --- June 2, 2014  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/QbuCyE

45.   “Sentencing Postponed for Women Charged in Boy's Drowning in Dearborn Hotel Pool” --- The sentencing for two women accused in the drowning of a 5-year-old deaf and mute boy in 2012 in the Hyatt Regency Hotel pool in ... --- Dearborn Press and Guide --- June 2, 2014  (MICHIGAN) http://is.gd/Aopq4F 

46.   “Cedar Valley Services Worker Banned for Sex Abuse” --- A Minnesota Department Human Services investigation found a Cedar Valley Services employee sexually abused a vulnerable adult after allegedly ... --- Austin Herald --- June 13, 2014  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/bvRmZz

47.   “Man Charged with Kicking Child in Wheelchair” --- An Austin man has pleaded not guilty after being accused of kicking a child in a wheelchair. Patrick William Lowe, 43, entered the pleas ... --- Post-Bulletin --- June 9, 2014  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/MmPcE9

48.   “Man Accused of Trying to Rape Vulnerable Woman in Walgreens” --- According to the criminal complaint, the victim is a vulnerable adult who was shopping with her mother. The victim was alone in an aisle when Day ... --- CBS Local – June 6, 2014  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/GfqUPE

49.  “2 Jackson County Residents Go to Prison for Exploitation of a Vulnerable Adult” --- Two Jackson County residents are going to prison for felony exploitation of a vulnerable adult, according to Attorney ... --- WJTV --- June 6, 2014  (MISSISSIPPI)  http://is.gd/QrXhFw

50.   “Pittsfield Man Who Hit Disabled Man, Dog Gets Suspended Sentence, Probation” --- A city resident who police said struck a physically disabled man -- and a dog -- with his own cane has been given a six-month ... --- Berkshire Eagle --- May 29, 2014  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/cYREC5

51.   “Olmsted Official: More Vulnerable Adults Fall Victim to Exploitation” --- Financial exploitation of vulnerable adults isn't new — it's been a silent, hidden issue for years, according to Tammy Gross of Olmsted County Adult ... --- Post-Bulletin --- May 29, 2014  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/XhjtdC

52.   “Lincoln Man Facing Charges for Abusing Vulnerable Adult” --- Police arrested 19-year-old Phenix Killen Thursday night for abuse of a vulnerable adult. According to LPD, Killen worked at an Integrated Life ... --- 1011now --- May 30, 2014  (NEBRASKA)  http://is.gd/43W9Fw

53.   “New Trial Sought for Las Vegas Man Whose Disabled Son Died in Hot Car” --- The Las Vegas man is appealing his March 2011 conviction on charges of involuntary manslaughter and child neglect. His wife, Colleen, was ... --- Las Vegas Review-Journal --- June 4, 2014  (NEVADA)  http://is.gd/p66a17

54.   “Out of Tragedy, Call for New Protections for Intellectually Disabled” --- Alarmed by reports of two deaths after the state transferred patients out of developmental centers into group homes, legislators are calling for a ... --- NJ Spotlight --- June 13, 2014  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/NUiWlc

55.   “NJ Court Upholds Firing of Special Ed Teacher Who Called Students 'Stupid', 'Monkeys' ” --- An appeals court has upheld the firing of a special-education teacher at a central New Jersey school who told her ... --- The Star-Ledger --- June 6, 2014  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/gF8vr6

56.   “Hudson County Psychiatric Hospital Nurse Charged with Kicking Restrained Patient” --- A nurse working at the Hudson County psychiatric hospital in Secaucus was arrested yesterday on charges he kicked an incapacitated patient several ... --- NJ.com --- May 30, 2014  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/kgKGFC

57.   “Manchester Mom Left Disabled Daughter to Die Alone” --- A Manchester woman is facing up to five years in prison after admitting that she caused her disabled daughter's death by leaving her ... --- Asbury Park Press --- May 29, 2014  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/mHuslT

58.   “Bronx Teacher Pleads Guilty to Raping Special Needs Student” --- Prosecutors say he raped one of his 5th grade special needs students in his car last June. Criscuolo must now give up his teaching license and be ... --- NY1 --- June 14, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/yNxfqx

59.   “NY Teacher Barred from Having Access to Students” --- A New York City special education teacher charged with negligent homicide in the death of her severely disabled ... --- Times Herald-Record --- June 13, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/Ms8Orn

60.   “Mom Charged in Death of Disabled Girl with $2.1M Trust” --- Two years after a severely disabled girl was found dead in her Yonkers, N.Y., apartment, her mother is facing criminal charges ... --- USA TODAY --- June 12, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/qOmOmw 

61.   “Psychiatric Hospital Worker Admits He Stole $17K in Patients' Welfare to Buy Crack” --- Afonso Bradshaw, 62, of 108 Bell Ave., took welfare benefits totaling $17,332.90 from nine residents at the Hutchings Psychiatric Center in Syracuse, ... --- The Post-Standard --- May 30, 2014  (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/Cf3CxO 

62.  “Cleveland County Man Accused of Assaulting, Castrating Mentally Ill Cousin” --- A Cleveland County man caring for his mentally disabled cousin was arrested Wednesday after police say he assaulted and castrated him. --- Charlotte Observer --- June 13, 2014  (NORTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/uL8Ec4

63.   “Authorities: Caretaker Nearly Kills Mentally-handicapped Patient” --- Investigators discovered a mentally-handicapped man who they said may have been beaten for days, and nearly killed by his own caretaker. --- WSOC Charlotte --- June 12, 2014  (NORTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/HOmI8x

64.   “Report Says Aide ‘Roughed up’ Special Needs Student” --- ... A former classroom aide for the Austintown School District is facing charges after she allegedly “roughed up” a student with Down Syndrome. --- WKBN.com --- June 13, 2014  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/kOR81W

65.   “Oregon Officials Fear Adult and Senior Abuse Going Under Reported” --- ... however state officials fear that there is a lot more vulnerable adult abuse in ... Director, DHS' Office of Adult Abuse Prevention and Investigations. --- Salem-News.Com --- June 14, 2014  (OREGON)  http://is.gd/OKCS88

66.   “Woman Who Helped Kidnap, Rob Developmentally Disabled Man for Two Days Gets 7-plus years' Prison” --- The first of six people accused of kidnapping a developmentally disabled man -- handcuffing, blindfolding and extracting financial information from him ... --- The Oregonian --- June 5, 2014  (OREGON)  http://is.gd/gbnllh

67.   “Man with Asperger's Syndrome Beaten in Mall Parking Lot” --- A 20-year-old man with Asperger's syndrome was assaulted by a 17-year-old in the parking lot of Washington Square Mall in Portland ... --- KOIN.com --- May 31, 2014  (OREGON)   http://is.gd/R6Gua0

68.   “Special Education Teacher Accused of Sex with Student Released on Bail” --- A special education teacher at a Northeast Philadelphia elementary school stands accused of having a sexual relationship ... --- CBS Local --- June 5, 2014  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/fRhtJC

69.   “Boy with Down Syndrome Comes from School with Bruises” --- A West Columbia mother wants answers after her 8 year old son with Down syndrome came home from school with bruises on his back. --- WLTX.com --- May 30, 2014  (SOUTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/GMFR1T 

70.   “Malnourished Disabled Woman Dies; Mother Remains in Jail” --- On May 26, Jennifer Cotten gave police a written statement admitting she took custody of her disabled daughter —against a judge's 2013 instruction ... --- Memphis Commercial Appeal --- May 30, 2014  (TENNESSEE)  http://is.gd/AvyNhw

71.   “Jackson Woman Pleads Guilty to Stealing TennCare Funds” --- ... of dollars in TennCare funds for her own personal gain while working at the Helen R. Tucker Adult Developmental Center in Ripley in 2010. --- The Republic --- May 30, 2014  (TENNESSEE)  http://is.gd/NTX8u9

72.   “Texas Authorities Again Probe Dallas Hospital on Allegations of Mental Health Patient Abuse” ---  Texas health authorities are investigating allegations that employees at a troubled Dallas hospital restrained and shoved toilet paper into ... --- The Republic --- June 15, 2014  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/2dWm4v

73.   “Dallas Police Fatally Shoot Man with ‘Mental Health’ Behaviors” --- Dallas police are investigating the death of a man fatally shot by officers on Saturday afternoon. A police spokesperson confirms the man "exhibited ... --- NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth --- June 15, 2014  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/FZM70v

74.   “Disabled Girl Found Dead, Stuffed in Refrigerator” --- An emergency custody hearing was held Wednesday for the sister of a 9-year-old disabled girl found dead, wrapped in a blanket and stuffed in a ... --- KFSN-TV --- June 11, 2014  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/FfWWrs

75.   “Search for Disabled Woman's Murderer Continues” --- The search is in its second day for the person who stabbed a disabled woman to death in southeast Houston. A boy, 16, found his ... --- News 92 FM --- June 3, 2014  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/h9y5Ra

76.   “Man Charged with Allegedly Raping Mentally Disabled Woman” --- Gerald Santos, 56, was charged Tuesday in 5th District Court with rape, a first-degree felony, and forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony. --- Salt Lake Tribune ---- June 13, 2014  (UTAH)  http://is.gd/c5tfpp

77.   “Utah Parents Want Bus Aides, Investigation after Abuse Claims” --- Parents told Canyons School District leaders this week that they must do more to protect special education students following the recent arrest of a bus ... --- Salt Lake Tribune --- June 11, 2014  (UTAH)  http://is.gd/jt8f7O

78.   “Couple Sentenced for Abuse of Incapacitated Adult” --- A Callaway couple who was found guilty in March of abusing an incapacitated adult was sentenced Thursday with the man receiving a five-year ... --- Franklin News Post --- June 9, 2014  (VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/XU7mog

79.   “Prison for Tacoma Woman Who Fleeced Disabled Vets” --- A Tacoma woman who used the identities of two disabled veterans to take their benefits was sentenced Friday in Tacoma to four ... --- The Olympian --- June 6, 2014  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/uSi2Ph

80.   “Man Gets 16 Years for Sex Assault” --- A Lake Geneva man who sexually assaulted a developmentally disabled girl was sentenced to 16 years in prison on Wednesday ... --- Lake Geneva Regional News --- June 11, 2014  (WISCONSIN)  http://is.gd/30ojsB

81.   “Dunn Co. Group Home Worker Accused of Stealing Money, Diamond Ring from Residents” --- The assistant manager of a group home near Elk Mound is accused of stealing money from several residents, petty ... --- WEAU --- May 30, 2014  (WISCONSIN)  http://is.gd/iOUeF9

82.   “Class Action Says United Healthcare Violated Mental Health and Addiction Law” --- United Healthcare is being sued by customers who allege it denied claims for mental health and substance ... --- Washington Examiner --- June 9, 2014  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/d6TbS9

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83.   “Deaths Draw Attention to High Rate of Mental Illness Among Alaska Prisoners” --- Forty-two percent of the people imprisoned in Alaska have a diagnosable mental illness or cognitive disability, Department of Corrections officials told ... --- Alaska Dispatch --- June 7, 2014  (ALASKA)  http://is.gd/MNj6dh

84.   “Arizona Attorney General Files Consumer Fraud Lawsuit against Private Special Needs School” ---  Many of the parents of students attending Rise & Shine received voucher scholarships from the state of Arizona for special needs students attending ... --- Phoenix Business Journal --- May 30, 2014  (ARIZONA)  http://is.gd/goru85

85.   “Disabled Still Fighting for Their Rights in Arkansas” --- The Disability Rights Center says they have received fifty calls from disabled people claiming that businesses aren't accommodating their needs- ... --- THV 11 --- June 13, 2014  (ARKANSAS)  http://is.gd/w34bZP

86.   “Brown's Budget Hints at Future of Sonoma Developmental Center” --- Gov. Jerry Brown's budget proposals for this fiscal year reflect the state's desire to dramatically downsize or close developmental centers, including ... --- Santa Rosa Press Democrat --- June 6, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/1Givv4

87.   “Home Care Workers, Disabled People Swarm Capitol to Protest 40-hour Cap” --- Several thousand home aides and the low-income, disabled people they care for swarmed the Capitol on Thursday to protest a plan ... --- San Jose Mercury News --- June 5, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/uyDBA6

88.   “Grand Jury: Mentally Ill Not Getting Crisis Care in Mendocino County” --- Crisis care is lacking for Mendocino County's most severely mentally ill because of a poorly-worded contract drafted when the county privatized its ... --- Ukiah Daily Journal --- May 15, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/c2sNex

89.   “Seclusion, Restraint Ineffective, State Says” --- In 2010, a man named Troy Geske died at the Colorado Mental Health Institute of Pueblo after being wrestled by staff members onto a bed, where he ... --- The Durango Herald --- June 14, 2014  (COLORADO)  http://is.gd/PWLDi0

90.   “ERs Become Psychiatric Units” --- Growing demand for intensive mental-health treatment in the state and a decline in the supply of psychiatric beds have put added pressure on ... --- The Durango Herald --- May 31, 2014  (COLORADO)  http://is.gd/2771Ac

91.   “Connecticut Hospitals Restrain Psychiatric Patients at Double National Average” --- As Connecticut works to improve its mental health system, new federal data shows that hospitals in the state restrain psychiatric patients at more than ... --- New Haven Register --- May 31, 2014  (CONNECTICUT)  http://is.gd/1XoDhy

92.   “Those with Mental Illness Struggle to Find Housing, Help” --- It's also being viewed by mental-health officials as a potential model for the state. Related; Permanent housing for Floridians recovering from mental ... --- Orlando Sentinel --- June 15, 2014  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/BOKM4v

94.   “State Funding for Kansas Mental Health Services Lagging, Advocates Say” --- BreAnna Tuter, left, and her parents, Lori and Terry, live in Goddard. BreAnna, 15, has been receiving counseling at the Mental Health Association of ... --- Kansas.com --- June 7, 2014  (KANSAS)  http://is.gd/owCPrD

95.   “Veteran's Father Fights for More Treatment, Less Jail for Mentally Ill” --- “People that are mentally ill, they treat themselves, they self-medicate and that's what my son did," Brann said. "He went to combat in 2005 and was at ... --- Topeka Capital Journal --- May 29, 2014  (KANSAS)  http://is.gd/0qVZVx

96.   “Restraint, Seclusion Rates of Maine Psych Patients Run High” --- Maine's hospitals used physical restraints and seclusion techniques on psychiatric patients last year at higher rates than the national average, ... --- Press Herald --- June 13, 2014  (MAINE)  http://is.gd/EcmRip

97.   “Medford Residents Advocate Down Syndrome Policies at State House” --- Medford resident Melanie Perkins McLaughlin and her daughter, Gracie, joined the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress (MDSC) at the ... --- Wicked Local Medford --- May 30, 2014  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/mDbPUo

98.   “Cuts to State's Mental Health Budget Cost Michigan's Most Vulnerable” --- Newly instituted cuts have left some of Michigan's most vulnerable without health services that mental health providers say could ... --- WXYZ --- June 12, 2014  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/I30S9O

99.   “Creighton Appeals Order Favoring Deaf Student” --- The judge ruled in December that Creighton University's medical school must accommodate Michael Argenyi's (ar-GEN'-ee) disability. Last month, the ... --- SFGate --- June 7, 2014  (NEBRASKA)  http://is.gd/yhp95s

100.   “Special Aide Workers in Trenton School District Face Decisions over Drastic Pay Cuts” --- “They were eliminated based on program need and based on the fact that there is a need for less self-contained special education classes,”... --- The Star-Ledger --- June 3, 2014  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/LVqIpA

101.   “City Council May Create Mental Health Task Force” --- The problem with how Albuquerque police officers deal with people with mental illness has been a topic of debate, ... --- KRQE News 13 --- June 2, 2014  (NEW MEXICO)  http://is.gd/WtaH3H

102.   “16 Disability Rights Advocates Arrested in New York State Capitol Protest” --- State police say they've arrested 16 members of a disability rights advocacy group after they disrupted legislative work in the ... --- The Epoch Times --- June 12, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/VVFzOE

103.   “Stabbing Case Shows Lapses in Treatment for the Mentally Ill” --- Daniel St. Hubert in custody in Brooklyn on Thursday. He is accused of fatally stabbing a 6-year-old boy on Sunday, nine days after his release from ... --- New York Times --- June 6, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/0Dzgib

104.   “Task Force to Aid NYC's Mentally Ill Inmates” --- In the wake of criticism about the treatment of mentally ill inmates in New York City's jails, Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday announced the creation of a ... --- ABC News --- June 2, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/TUkjY8

105.   “Ohio Law Enforcement to Get More Mental-illness Training” --- More training for law enforcement officers in dealing with mentally ill offenders will result from a $125,000 grant awarded today by Attorney General ... --- Columbus Dispatch --- June 3, 2014  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/ekC964

106.   “Parents Sue City over Interpreter for Son” --- The parents of a deaf 8-year-old boy have sued a western Pennsylvania city because they want it to provide a sign-language interpreter for a local ... --- NBC 10 Philadelphia --- May 30, 2014  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/8e8KQU

107.   “Texas VA Probe Finds More Waiting List Problems” --- Patients seeking mental health care at a Veterans Affairs facility in Texas were forced to wait more than two months just to get an appointment — a ... --- Washington Times --- June 4, 2014  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/vCy5xx

108.   “Official Vows to End 'Deplorable' Practice of 'Boarding' Mentally Ill” --- King County's top mental-health administrator has pledged to eliminate the controversial practice of warehousing severely mentally ill patients in ... --- The Seattle Times --- June 12, 2014  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/2q0NFv

109.   “Judge Tells W.Va. Agency to Develop New Plans to Address Issues at State Psychiatric Hospitals” --- A Kanawha County judge has rejected a state agency's plan to address issues at West Virginia's two psychiatric ... --- Daily Journal --- June 11, 2014  (WEST VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/8SGocv

110.   “W.Va. Schools for Deaf, Blind Students to Picket Today” --- Students from the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind secondary, junior and high school plan to picket Monday morning from 9 a.m. to ... --- Cumberland Times-News --- June 2, 2014  (WEST VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/mVLtFs

111.   “When Cop Calls Involve the Mentally Ill, Training Is Key” --- Increasingly, law enforcement has become the first line of contact for people with serious mental illness in crisis. Approximately 10 percent of police ... --- NPR --- June 14, 2014  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/HlkjYv

112.   “Do Autistic Kids Fare Better in Integrated or Specialized Schools?” --- But some parents of children with autism feel their local public schools aren't meeting their kids' needs. And with autism diagnoses rising, new schools ... --- NPR --- June 2, 2014  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/qbr6Fm

Proposed Legislation and New Laws

113.   “National Adult Protection Awareness Month Precedes Law Change” --- National Adult Protection Awareness Month Precedes Law Change ... will be required by law to contact law enforcement and adult protective services. --- KREX News Channel 5 --- June 9, 2014  (COLORADO) http://is.gd/FUh8o2 

114.   “State Revises Confinement Regulations” --- His concerns were echoed by Colorado legislators who worried about the damaging effects of solitary confinement on mental health and the ... --- The Durango Herald --- June 6, 2014  (COLORADO)  http://is.gd/wAzx4Z

115.   “Hundreds of Bills Awaiting Quinn's Signature” --- Still others aim to ramp up protections for citizens against crime, give assistance to adults and children with intellectual disabilities and allow for official ... --- Chicago Tribune --- June 2, 2014  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/M7Q0CZ

116.   “R.I. Mental-health Parity Legislation Heads to Governor after House Passage” --- Rhode Island is on the verge of requiring health insurance coverage for the treatment of people grappling with substance abuse and ... --- The Providence Journal --- June 10, 2014  (RHODE ISLAND)  http://is.gd/qMr3nk

117.   “Bills Aim to Increase Safety for State Hospital Patients, Staff” --- Co-authored by Achadjian, the enhanced treatment bill is sponsored by the psychiatric technicians union and is “really key to our efforts to improve ... --- The San Luis Obispo Tribune --- June 11, 2014  (UTAH)  http://is.gd/GAYBaQ

International Articles

118.   “Assault on American Samoa Mentally Ill Youth Probed” --- The Attorney General's Office in American Samoa is to conduct a probe into an alleged assault by police officers on a mentally ill teenager. --- Radio New Zealand --- June 3, 2014  (AMERICA SAMOA)  http://is.gd/3ygi7o

119.  “Couple Who Admitted Killing Disabled Son Found Dead in Sydney” --- A couple who killed their severely disabled son in an "act of love" have been found dead at their home in Sydney's west. The bodies of Margaret and ... --- TVNZ --- June 14, 2014  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/r9GKsW

120.   “Special Needs School Denies Abuse Allegations” --- A Victorian mother is suing the Department of Education over claims her disabled child was routinely locked in a dark room as punishment. --- Ninemsn --- June 3, 2014  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/GqMylh

121.   “Mentally Ill Slipping Back to the Streets” --- People with a mental illness are at risk of being stuck in a ''revolving door'' in and out of homelessness without support to help them keep their public ... --- Sydney Morning Herald --- June 4, 2014  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/eNvDJu

122.   “View from the Street: Documentary Details Police Violence in the Words of Homeless and Mentally Ill ...” --- “We have approximately 20,000 calls a year to deal with people with mental health issues, and the overwhelming majority are resolved safely and ... --- Toronto Star --- May 29, 2014  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/yPUZPU

123.   “Former Hospital Security Guard Gets 4 Years for Sexual Assault” --- The Crown produced a report by American doctor Nora Baladerian on “Sexual Abuse of People with Develomental Disabilities” that reported that 100 ... --- CTV News --- May 28, 2014  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/AR0Oof

124.   “Mothers Urge Probe after Death at Lower Sackville Rehab Centre” --- Four mothers with adult children at a special care home in Halifax say an independent probe into its operations is needed after one of its residents ... --- TheChronicleHerald.ca --- May 26, 2014  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/FmHJUr

125.   “Manchester Crook Preyed on Vulnerable to Steal £50k from Disabled” --- Ahsraf's victim is a vulnerable adult who suffers from brain damage and schizophrenia. He had recently lost a leg in an accident and had received ... --- Express.co.uk --- June 7, 2014  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/nBVCVR

126.   “Disabled Man Attacked in Broad Daylight in Burnley” --- A disabled Burnley man has slammed a thug who punched him in the face and tried to steal his mobile phone in broad daylight leaving him with a ... --- Burnley Express --- June 6, 2014  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/VKa6Na

127.   “Conman Curtis Mulcare Steals £1,700 from Disabled Victim after Offering to Provide Prostitute in Thanet” --- Judge Heather Norton heard how he befriended the wheelchair-bound man who confessed that since his crash he was living a lonely life. --- Kent Online --- June 3, 2014  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/hIFucc

128.   “Convicted Killer Jailed for Life after Raping Disabled Woman Goes Missing from Mental Health Centre” --- A convicted killer jailed for life for subjecting a disabled woman to an hour-long rape ordeal has absconded from a mental health centre. Police have ... --- Mirror.co.uk --- June 1, 2014  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/FvxxR0

129.   “Mentally Disabled Woman: Couple for Trial on Sex Abuse Charges” --- A husband and wife accused of sexual offences against a mentally disabled woman have been committed for trial. Keith Malcolm Baker, 58, with an ... --- BBC News --- May 30, 2014  (IRELAND)  http://is.gd/AlrqHt

130.   “Disabled Sexual Abuse Victims Struggle” --- In 2011, South Korea announced a new bill that would impose tougher sentences on people who sexually abuse the disabled, after “Dogani” ― a ... --- The Korea Herald --- June 8, 2014  (SOUTH KOREA)  http://is.gd/suqMBW

131.   “Half of Autistic Adults 'Abused by Someone They Trusted as a Friend' ” --- Not just police and social services, but people, the public," she said. "Adrian was lovely, a fantastic lad and so special to us. It's the way other people ... --- The Guardian --- June 14, 2014  (UNITED KINGDOM) http://is.gd/Uyxbjr 

132.   “Teacher Accused of Dragging Special Needs Pupil Across Floor Has Misconduct Charges Upheld” ---  A teacher accused of dragging a student across a classroom floor at a special needs school has had misconduct charges upheld. An investigating ... --- WalesOnline --- June 13, 2014  (WALES)  http://is.gd/UIjTKc

133.  “Jail for Robbing Disabled Man” --- Two robbers who were tracked down, arrested and charged within 48 hours of attacking a disabled man in Swansea have been sent to prison. --- News Wales --- June 12, 2014  (WALES)  http://is.gd/yEXJxb
 

 


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