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News Summary for September 26, 2011
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.         "Trio Face Capital Charges in RC Man's Death" --- Two of the three people accused of killing a mentally challenged Rancho Cucamonga man in July will need new attorneys because they could face the possible death penalty or life in state prison. --- San Bernardino Sun --- September 22, 2011  (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/20bGMi  

2.         "Bus Driver Reassigned After Leaving Child on Board" --- Officials say a 3-year-old disabled boy was left on a Sarasota school bus for more than two hours after the bus driver forgot about him. School district officials on Thursday … --- MiamiHerald.com --- September 23, 2011  (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/7wN8Uf

3.        "Disabled Woman: Men Took Turns Raping Me" --- The mentally retarded woman who says she was repeatedly raped in a state-licensed care facility has told authorities that her alleged attackers took turns violating her in a hallway of the home over a period … --- DesMoinesRegister.com --- September 24, 2011  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/VyGLfa

4.        "Mom Wants Answers about Autistic Son's Brutal Beating" --- Her autistic son was badly beaten August 23 in a group home, but investigators and government regulators are not answering her questions. Stacie Pitcher wants to know … --- ABC 4 --- September 22, 2011  (UTAH)  http://is.gd/yI7BGR

5.        "Hundreds Turn Out to Ask that ENC School for the Deaf in Wilson Not Be Closed" --- Over 300 people showed up in Wilson Tuesday night fighting to keep the Eastern North Carolina School For the Deaf from closing. In order to save money, the general assembly … --- NBC17.com --- September 22, 2011   (NORTH CAROLINA)   http://is.gd/xsjQMP

6.         "Parents Urge Brown to Sign Bill Mandating Coverage for Autism Treatment" --- He was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and "he was very, very severe. --- Ventura County Star --- September 20, 2011  (CALIFORNIA)    http://is.gd/x1Ci8C

7.         "Law Council of Australia Calling for Law Reform for Disabled" --- The legal profession's peak national body, the Law Council of Australia, has joined growing calls to reform the way South Australia's justice system treats the intellectually disabled. --- ABC Online --- September 19, 2011  (AUSTRALIA)   http://is.gd/yyOc4h

8.        "New Teaching Resource Tackles Mental Health Stigma" --- A new teaching resource which aims to challenge the use of hurtful words like 'nutter' and 'retard' to describe people with mental ill health and learning disabilities is being introduced in Halton. --- Runcorn and Widnes World --- September 25, 2011  (ENGLAND)   http://is.gd/quxQry

Abuse/Crime-related Articles:

1.         "2 Police Officers Charged in Alleged Fatal Beating of Homeless Man" ---  Two police officers were charged today in the death of a mentally ill homeless man in Southern California who was beaten and repeatedly shocked with a stun gun during his arrest, authorities said. --- Associated Press --- September 21, 2011  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/jAdY0W
2.         "Man in Wheelchair Severely Pistol-Whipped in His Driveway" --- Definition of a coward: Someone who pistols whips a man born with a rare bone disease causing him to need a wheelchair. --- Sun-Sentinel --- September 25, 2011  (FLORIDA)   http://is.gd/ATj8Ri
3.         "Maxim Settles Disabilities Case" --- The health-care company must institute a training program about employee rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act. It's been just over a year since St. Paul nurse Anne Whitledge died of brain cancer at … --- Minneapolis Star Tribune --- September 23, 2011  (MINNESOTA)    http://is.gd/BNj5FC
4       "Crusade for Better Services for Disabled Continues After $5M Settlement in Death of Son" --- The Carey family of Glenmont, Joshua Carey,9, left, mother Lisa Carey, disabled son, Jonathan Carey,13, and father Michael Carey walk past horses at New Horizon Stables … --- Albany Times Union --- September 23, 2011 (NEW YORK)   http://is.gd/j8oAvl
5.        "$5 Million Payment in Autistic Boy's Suffocation Death" --- New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration has sought to overhaul the state's Office for People With Developmental Disabilities, which runs more than 1,000 group homes and facilities. A series of articles by the New York Times … --- Care2.com --- September 23, 2011  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/w02s5o
6.        "Group Home Employee Allegedly Used Cattle Prod on Disabled Resident" --- Shocking allegations out of Washington County that an employee of a state-run group home for the disabled used a cattle prod on a resident. --- WRGB --- September 20, 2011  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/1zMuET
7.        "Neglect of Some Patients Has Cost Them Their Lives" --- Imperial Gardens Health and Rehabilitation in Madison is under intensive federal scrutiny. Lebanon Health and Rehabilitation Center faces federal fines that could total … --- The Tennessean --- September 25, 2011  (TENNESSEE) http://is.gd/our0yn  
8.        "Handicapped Man Tased During Robbery, One Arrested" --- A Pigeon Forge man was arrested in connection with the gunpoint robbery of a handicapped man in his home, who was allegedly shot with a taser during the robbery, Sevier Co. … --- WVLT --- September 21, 2011  (TENNESSEE)  http://is.gd/rtgWzT
9.        "Former Nursing Home Employee Pleads Guilty to Abuse" --- Amanda Tibble pleaded guilty to four counts of willful abuse or neglect of an adult. Investigators arrested her in March 2010 after they said she abused several patients at John M. Reed Nursing Home in Limestone. --- TriCities.com --- September 20, 2011  (TENNESSEE)   http://is.gd/8OFf4T
10.       "Jury Finds Man Guilty in Rape at Assisted-living Center" --- Jurors deliberated less than 10 minutes Wednesday before returning a guilty verdict in the trial of a former Texas prison… --- Fort Worth Star Telegram --- September 21, 2011 (TEXAS)    http://is.gd/hO3rUJ
11.        "Parents Say Group Homes Lack Oversight" --- 46-year old Phillip Miller who suffers from severe autism can be ornery. “When he wants something you better not get in his way because he's going to do it,” Paulsen said. --- ABC 4 --- September 22, 2011  (UTAH)  http://is.gd/l70SiU

Seeking Improved Support

1.         "Arizona's Mental Health Budget Cuts Concern Experts" --- Short-term savings could have long-term consequences for patients and the community, mental health experts tell The Arizona Republic. --- News-Medical.net --- September 23, 2011  (ARIZONA)    http://is.gd/dHT8zL
2.         "Side Effect of Mental-Health Cuts: Job Losses" --- As much as the state's behavioral-health system has suffered cutbacks over the past year, it's about to suffer more. Agencies that treat Arizona's mentally ill and provide substance-abuse treatment … --- Arizona Republic --- September 23, 2011 (ARIZONA)  http://is.gd/PKrryL
3.         "Here's What Was Lost in Mental-Health Care" --- It took decades to build Arizona's mental-health system. It took weeks to downsize it. In March 2010, attorneys for the state and the mentally ill agreed to a two-year stay in the class-action Arnold vs. Sarn lawsuit. --- AZ Central.com --- September 21, 2011  (ARIZONA)   http://is.gd/sdgQoB
4.        "Seniors Air Their Financial Worries at Annual AARP Gathering" --- At a three-day conference in Los Angeles attended by more than 20,000, uncertainty about Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security takes center stage. Joe Giron of San Antonio, Texas, flashes the … --- Los Angeles Times --- September 24, 2011  (CALIFORNIA)   http://is.gd/FtJI7W
5.        "County Health Agencies Reach Out to Hispanics" --- "This was an event which not only met Medi-Cal mandates for outreach, but it also was a step toward completing the cultural competency component mandated by the state Department of Mental Health." --- Colusa County Sun Herald --- September 20, 2011  (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/fHg7rS

6.        "County Wrestling with Providing Mental Health Services to Released Prisoners" --- County officials are scrambling to prepare for potentially thousands of low-level offenders who will require substance abuse and mental health services when the state releases … --- Daily Breeze --- September 20, 2011 (CALIFORNIA)    http://is.gd/CkBPT9
7.        "Larimer Suicide Rate on Record Pace" --- He said mental health and substance abuse struggles underlie the majority of people who die by suicide, and that economic troubles exacerbate things. --- The Coloradoan --- September 25, 2011  (COLORADO)    http://is.gd/Pkg0ZP
8.        "Vet Says He Was Kicked Out of College over Disability" --- The school says it has a welcoming environment for people with disabilities. "I just want to live a normal life. I want the same rights that everybody else has," Brandon Teter, a … --- 9NEWS.com --- September 21, 2011  (COLORADO)  http://is.gd/vOWm7n
9.        "Larson, Fed Officials Speak at Conn. Autism Forum" --- Connecticut Congressman John Larson, two Obama administration officials, parents and others are gathering for a … --- Houston Chronicle --- September 25, 2011  (CONNECTICUT)   http://is.gd/FD2sE0
10.        "Malloy Orders Limited Negotiating Rights for Home Care Aides, Child Care Workers" --- In the case of child care workers, those who receive subsidies through the state's Care 4 Kids program would be allowed to elect a "majority representative" to have non-binding discussions with the Department of Social Services, which … --- The Connecticut Mirror --- September 21, 2011  (CONNECTICUT)   http://is.gd/JRMLb5
11.        "Disability Claims by the Unemployed Skyrocketing" --- Laid-off workers desperate for money, many of them aging baby boomers, are flooding South Florida Social Security offices like never before to apply for disability benefits. --- Sun-Sentinel --- September 24, 2011  (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/7XNo3H
12.        "Company Hires Adults with Autism to Test Software" --- Traits that make great software testers _ intense focus, comfort with repetition, memory for detail _ also happen to be characteristics of autism. --- Atlanta Journal Constitution --- September 21, 2011  (ILLINOIS)   http://is.gd/eWJEIA
13.        "Handicapped Man Found in Filth, Mother Arrested" --- A mother and her friend are facing charges after police say they discovered a handicapped man living in filth. Police got a tip to go to the home on Bolton Avenue just outside … --- WKYT --- September 23, 2011  (KENTUCKY) http://is.gd/KYU6da
14.        "Houlton Couple Inducted into National Alliance on Mental Illness Hall of Fame" --- Houlton Pioneer Times Phil and the late Marie Bernaiche of Houlton recently were honored for their efforts on behalf of the mentally ill by being included… --- Bangor Daily News --- September 25, 2011  (MAINE)  http://is.gd/0spHdZ  
15.        "Portland Police Promote Mental Health Services for All" --- Police want Portland residents to be aware that there should be no barriers for people who seek mental health support services in the city. The department held its … --- Press Herald --- September 21, 2011  (MAINE) http://is.gd/lNO5Wm
16.        "State to Penalize Hospitals that Readmit Too Many Patients" --- Starting next month, the state plans to cut Medicaid payments to 24 hospitals that it says have higher-than-average rates of readmitting patients. --- Boston Globe --- September 22, 2011  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/5DSt3y
17.        "State Agencies Seek Big Budget Hikes" --- State Department of Mental Health officials say they need nearly $20 million more from the state next year to address recommendations expected this fall from the US Department of Justice following its investigation of the system. --- Jackson Clarion Ledger --- September 20, 2011  (MISSISSIPPI) http://is.gd/zNWZkq

18.        "NH Woman Fights to Get School Bus for Disabled Granddaughter" --- A local grandmother says she has had to jump through hoops to get the Dover School District to provide her six-year-old disabled granddaughter … --- Bangor Daily News --- September 22, 2011  (NEW HAMPSHIRE)  http://is.gd/bFyblc
19.        "Are Some Police Shootings Linked to Lapse in Mental Health Care?" --- There have been six officer-involved shootings in New Hampshire this year, leading some to ask whether there has been a lapse in mental health care in the state. In January, a man … --- WMUR --- September 22, 2011  (NEW HAMPSHIRE)    http://is.gd/nzUHKv
20.        "$10m Grantto Aid NH's Mentally Ill" --- After state funding cuts that left a number of social service agencies in the state reeling, one sector of the industry received a significant boost this week. --- Nashua Telegraph --- September 21, 2011  (NEW HAMPSHIRE)  http://is.gd/rG1n7w   
21.        "Christie to Work at Tightening Disability Pension Rules" --- Chris Christie promised Tuesday to work to tighten pension disability rules two days after a published report raised questions as to whether some workers, in particular police and firefighters, were gaming the system. --- Asbury Park Press --- September 30, 2011 (NEW JERSEY)    http://is.gd/dSEnJX
22.        "Behavioral Health to Double Staff in Region" --- East Carolina Behavioral Health is more than doubling its staff to accommodate changes in how state Medicaid payments are made and monitored. --- Greenville Daily Reflector --- September 21, 2011  (NORTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/slFYOH
23.        "Local Man Is Struggling to Get Medicaid to Pay for Help with His Disabled Child" --- Many Ohio families with patients filing Medicaid claims to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services continue to be denied. One billing provider NBC4 spoke with … --- NBC4i.com --- September 22, 2011  (OHIO)   http://is.gd/3T6Zfb
24.        "City to 'Level Playing Field' for Workers with Disabilities" --- “There are people out there who have disabilities, and they need mentors and role models,” he said. He now runs his own video production company and the … --- Rapid City Journal --- September 25, 2011  (SOUTH DAKOTA)  http://is.gd/xUZFR1
25.        "Provider of Autism Services Settles for $1.4 Million with Feds" --- The operator of a San Antonio center that provided services for autistic children agreed to pay $1.4 million to settle allegations that the center filed false claims for payment to a healthcare … --- San Antonio Express --- Septembe  r 22, 2011  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/xjOqme
25.        "State Agency Braces for Valley Layoffs" --- Workers at the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services are on edge about possible job cuts. The state will be switching over to something called "managed care" On March 1, 2012 private … --- KRGV --- September 20, 2011  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/j5UFTm

26.        "Airline Admits Policy Ignored, Disabled Passenger Injured" --- Hagg said the disabled woman needed help getting to the gate for her connecting flight. "And she relied on Continental to basically assist her in getting up and down these steep inclines, … --- MyFox Houston --- September 20, 2011 (TEXAS)    http://is.gd/f5iY0Z
27.        "Substance Abuse Costly for Justice System in W.Va." --- Finding out the fight against substance abuse in West Virginia is costly won't surprise many, but just how much it costs — more … --- Beckley Register-Herald --- September 22, 2011  (WEST VIRGINIA)   http://is.gd/iLLmzb
28.        "Reports of Mental Health Disability Increase in U.S." --- At the same time, the study found the prevalence of disability attributed to other chronic conditions decreased, while the prevalence of significant mental distress remained unchanged. --- HealthCanal.com --- September 23, 2011  (U.S. -- NATIONAL)   http://is.gd/VA8caa
29.        "Mental Disability Rose in Last 10 Years" --- Dr. Ramin Mojtabai of The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore and colleagues reviewed data from the US National Health Interview Survey and found the prevalence of self-reported mental health disability increased from 2 percent ... --- UPI.com --- September 23, 2011  (U.S. -- NATIONAL)   http://is.gd/PMcjgS
30.        "Federal Government Pays Dead Workers $120 Million A Year: Report" --- The federal government's Civil Service Retirement and Disability fund has improperly paid dead federal workers $120 million annually over the last five years, a new OPM report finds. --- Huffington Post --- September 23, 2011  (U.S. -- NATIONAL)   http://is.gd/oz1eBH

31.        "Metta World Peace Donates $285K to Mental Health Charities" --- Metta took some steps to bring World Peace on Wednesday by donating $285,000 to mental health charities across America. --- Yahoo! Sports --- September 22, 2011  (U.S. -- NATIONAL)   http://is.gd/9H362g

32        "US Cuts Staff from Disabled Program, Weighs Future" --- Cuts to staff overseeing a new federal insurance program for the disabled and elderly have cast further doubt on whether the program will ever go ahead. --- Reuters --- September 22, 2011 (U.S. -- NATIONAL)    http://is.gd/3jgkfZ

Proposed Legislation and New Laws

1.         "Southbury Families Worry Training School May Close" --- A Connecticut legislative committee is studying the cost effectiveness of providing public vs. private 24-hour-a-day residential services to people with intellectual disabilities who are currently clients of the state. --- Houston Chronicle --- September 25, 2011  (CONNECTICUT) http://is.gd/PaMdHg
2.         "Menendez Autism Bill Stalls in Senate" --- A New Jersey senator's bipartisan autism bill was expected to sail through the Senate, but conservative Republicans have put up a roadblock. Sen. Robert Menendez urged colleagues to quickly approve the measure, which … --- Asbury Park Press --- September 20, 2011  (NEW JERSEY)    http://is.gd/8LN6az
3.        "Autism Treatment Benefits Could Be Jeopardized by Federal Health Law Provision" --- Autism treatment advocates have won one legislative battle after another since 2007, most recently in California, which sent a bill to the governor this month mandating that insurers cover the disorder … --- Washington Post --- September 24, 2011  (U.S. -- NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/37XBxG

International Articles:

1.         "Burwood Retiree Compensated After Fall Inside Taxi" --- A Burwood retiree has secured a five-figure settlement with the Transport Accident Commission after a fall inside a wheelchair-capable taxi in May. --- Oakleigh Monash Leader --- September 21, 2011  (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/WMZhxl
2.         "No Homes for Stable Mental-Health Patients" --- Mental health care professionals in Halifax are struggling to find housing for patients who are stable but have nowhere to go. Nearly 60 people are in hospital beds in the … --- CBC.ca --- September 23, 2011  (CANADA) http://is.gd/QeqOx2  
3.        "Report Slams B.C. on Financial Assistance for Disabled" --- British Columbia is failing to provide its disabled citizens with adequate financial assistance for even the most basic necessities, says a new study that found BC … --- Vancouver Sun --- September 23, 2011  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/9SmXEP
4.        "Mental Health Law Requires Details" --- During the uncommonly long period, establishing a legal basis for the medical treatment and protection of rights for mentally challenged people has remained in a vacuum due to the great inconsistency of views among various advocates. --- China Daily --- September 21, 2011  (CHINA)   http://is.gd/4Osrcm
5.        "Four Charged over Attempted Robbery Involving Disabled Darlington Man" --- Four men have been charged with the attempted robbery of a disabled man in Darlington. Police are appealing for information after a group of men walked into the home of a disabled … --- Darlington and Stockton Times --- September 25, 2011  (ENGLAND)   http://is.gd/i0Gw1x
6.        "Court Hears of Horrific Abuse Suffered by Man with Learning Disabilities" --- A man with learning disabilities was subjected to a series of sadistic punishments when he failed to carry out household chores. --- Leicester Mercury --- September 24, 2011  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/fdke78
7.        "Greece: Crisis Cuts Hurting Mental Health Services" --- Workers at Greek mental health institutes are seen during a protest outside the Greek Parliament in central Athens on Friday, Sept, 23, 2011. --- CBS News --- September 23, 2011  (GREECE)   http://is.gd/xaMPqv
8.        "Disability Health Conference This Weekend" --- The Guam Developmental Disabilities Council will hold its annual Guam Disability Health Conference tomorrow morning. --- KUAM.com --- September 22, 2011  (GUAM)    http://is.gd/N7KDL7
9.        "Policeman Attacks Mentally Challenged Man with Brute Force" --- The victim, a 40-year-old naked Ram Krishna Agarwal - is mentally challenged. He lives with his family in Satna in Madhya Pradesh. When they saw the police attacking him … --- NDTV.com --- September 23, 2011  (INDIA)    http://is.gd/bfRXAA
10.        "Inadequacies Deter Accessible Mental Health Care Services" ---Insufficient numbers of mental health professionals, poor remuneration, and inadequate infrastructure to handle patients with mental illness continue to come in the way of providing accessible mental health care … --- The Hindu --- September 24, 2011 (INDIA)    http://is.gd/ygb2UI
11.        "1 in 5 Has Long-term Disabilities" --- Up to one in five people in Ireland has a long-term disability and most of these have major difficulties performing every day activities, a new report has shown. The report, A Social Portrait … --- Irish Health --- September 22, 2011  (IRELAND) http://is.gd/XOVoCG
12.        "Culver City Gallery Owner Gives Crutches to Sierra Leone Disabled" --- Culver City art gallery owner Lisa Schultz has raised just over half of the $250,000 needed to provide crutches to 10,000 disabled men, women and children in Sierra Leone. --- Los Angeles Times --- September 21, 2011  (SIERRA LEONE)   http://is.gd/s9Q0wQ
13.        "Mathematician with Cerebral Palsy Appeals for Personal Aide System" --- ... after obtaining a master's degree from National Taiwan University's Graduate Institute of Mathematics. In the future, Sun said, he plans to dedicate himself to educating mentally and physically challenged people in Taiwan. --- Focus Taiwan News Channel --- September 24, 2011  (TAIWAN) http://is.gd/NTAQrZ



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