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News Summary for November 21, 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.         "Handicapped Children Abused in St. Petersburg" --- St. Petersburg Police have arrested a 27-year-old woman accused of abusing two handicapped children who are in wheelchairs and cannot speak. --- WTSP 10 News --- November 18, 2011  (FLORIDA)   http://is.gd/YcKyFX

2.         "Philly Abuse Case: West Palm Beach Teen Back Home" --- A West Palm Beach teenager who was found in the same Philadelphia home where four mentally handicapped adults were chained together in a locked basement is back home. --- WPBF West Palm Beach --- November 14, 2011  (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/Hzl4Zw 

3.        "Mentally Disabled Woman Raped; Lafayette Man Charged with Exposure to AIDS" --- A Lafayette man is charged with rape and intentional exposure to AIDS after police say he raped a mentally disabled woman. --- KATC Lafayette News --- November 16, 2011  (LOUISIANA) http://is.gd/z5dNLy

4.        "New Durham Man Convicted of Sex with Mentally Challenged Woman: Community Partners Sued over His Actions" --- An 81-year-old local man was convicted late last month on a charge of aggravated felonious sexual assault for engaging in sexual … --- Foster's Daily Democrat --- November 15, 2011  (NEW HAMPSHIRE)   http://is.gd/6chD1r

5.        "Teacher Faces Discipline for Alleged Verbal Abuse" --- A New Jersey teacher faces discipline after being recorded telling a special-needs student that he was a "tard" and responding sarcastically to the … --- Fox News --- November 18, 2011  (NEW JERSEY)   http://is.gd/Q2lIzC

6.        "16 Placed on Unpaid Leave at Sunmount Developmental Center" ---Twelve employees at a facility that cares for people who have developmental disabilities in the north country have been accused since April of psychologically … --- WatertownDailyTimes.com --- November 15, 2011  (NEW YORK)    http://is.gd/y5Qb2C    

7.        "Family, System Failed Impaired Girl Who Died Hungry" --- Makayla Norman died March 1 from nutritional and medical neglect complicated by her chronic condition, she had cerebral palsy and weighed only 28 pounds … --- WHIO Radio --- November 19, 2011  (OHIO)    http://is.gd/VAYbSE

8.        "Couple Bug Disabled Daughter, Record Teacher, Aide Bullying Her" --- A couple raising a 14-year-old developmentally disabled student say they hid a recording device on the girl to prove a teacher and school aide were bullying her, and … --- Fox News --- November 16, 2011  (OHIO) http://is.gd/X1mD50

9.        "Woman Accused of Holding Captives in Basement Fit for Trial" --- A Philadelphia woman accused of holding several mentally challenged adults captive in a scheme to steal their disability benefits is fit to stand trial, prosecutors and defense attorneys said on Wednesday. --- Reuters --- November 17, 2011  (PENNSYLVANIA)   http://is.gd/t41RvD

10.         "Settlement Saves Services for Disabled, Elderly" --- Disabled, elderly and low-income adults got a huge win Thursday when the state agreed to preserve a version of Adult Day Health Care, a program … --- San Francisco Chronicle --- November 18, 2011  (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/iaQNye                   

11.        "Jackson Health System to Cut 240 Jobs as Losses Mount" --- Jackson's board also gave management the go-ahead to seek a contract outsourcing the work of qualifying patients for Medicaid. --- MiamiHerald.com --- November 17, 2011 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/W2L5eM

12.        "State Agency Told Disabled it Had No Money While Building $34 Million Surplus" --- Agency staffers are working to set up a town hall meeting with various disability advocates and community members to discuss the best way to use the $8.8 million, Kirkland said. --- Annapolis Capital --- November 20, 2011  (MARYLAND)   http://is.gd/Ofzl11

13.        "Developmental Disabilities Administration Looks into Unspent Money" --- Officials at the Developmental Disabilities Administration have launched an investigation into why $25 million was left unspent by the … --- Baltimore Sun --- November 14, 2011  (MARYLAND) http://is.gd/K4kmpm

14.        "AMC Theatres(R) Expands Its Sensory Friendly Films Program to Present Summit ..." --- The Sensory Friendly Films Program provides a unique theatre experience and is geared toward families affected by autism. The lights in the auditorium are slightly … --- MarketWatch (press release) --- November 17, 2011  (MISSOURI)   http://is.gd/4NyGOu

15.        "Fired State Psychiatrist Investigated by Travis Grand Jury in 2002" --- Fischer, 59, was fired from his state job Monday, three weeks after the state Department of Family and Protective Services found reason to believe he had abused at least one child in his care. --- Austin American-Statesman --- November 18, 2011  (TEXAS)   http://is.gd/TKz5fy

16.        "Record Year for Discrimination Complaints, US Says" --- The agency alleged that the company disciplined or fired employees with disabilities because of inflexible attendance policies. The report said … --- Los Angeles Times --- November 18, 2011 (U.S. -- NATIONAL) http://is.gd/r8g1gY

17.        "Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and the Criminal Justice System" --- FASD is the nation's leading preventable cause of developmental disabilities and birth defects, affecting as many as 40,000 newborns each year. --- The Sacramento Bee --- November 16, 2011  (U.S. -- NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/y579hs

18.         "Millions Headed to States for Disability Housing" --- More Americans with disabilities will soon have access to housing assistance from the federal government, Obama administration officials say. --- Disability Scoop --- November 17, 2011  (U.S. -- NATIONAL)   http://is.gd/BFiseA

19.         "Molesters of Mentally Challenged Girl at The Palm Sentenced" --- The Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance sentenced a guard and a worker to six months in jail for molesting a 25-year-old mentally retarded girl in the toilet … --- Emirates 24/7 --- November 13, 2011  (ABU DUBAI) http://is.gd/TrN6X9

20.         "Trial Date Set in $1B Abuse Class Suit by Mentally Challenged Against Ontario" --- A $1-billion class action against the Ontario government involving alleged abuse of the mentally challenged should go to trial as… --- Winnipeg Free Press --- November 18, 2011  (CANADA) http://is.gd/nfO0CN

21.         "Father Had Tough Time Accepting Son's Diagnosis, Fatality Inquiry Hears" --- The inquiry has heard from several witnesses who said Jeremy's autism was severe, that he was non-verbal, and also suffered from intellectual disabilities. --- Edmonton Journal --- November 17, 2011  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/pwpAzo

Abuse/Crime-related Articles:

1.           "Woman Sexually Assaulted at County Mental Health" --- The depressed and the mentally ill in crisis go to San Luis Obispo County's mental health impatient facility expecting a … --- Cal Coast News --- November 17, 2011  (CALIFORNIA)   http://is.gd/pkZaQx
2.         "Long Wait Times, Incomplete Intake Evaluations Norm at Kaiser Mental Health, New Study Finds" --- Patients who seek mental health services at Kaiser Permanente have to wait for weeks for appointments, are routed into group therapy … --- Patch.com --- November 15, 2011  (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/qPCwpL
3.         "Glendora Man Accused of Injuring Wheelchair-bound Father" --- The wheelchair-bound senior sustained injuries to the face including having one eye nearly swollen shut, said Glendora police Lt. Joe Ward. Police were called … --- San Gabriel Valley Tribune --- November 14, 2011  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/rnsfIX
4.         "Reward Increased for Information in Sex Assault on Disabled Woman" --- The reward for information leading to an arrest in a sex assault on a disabled woman at a thrift store has been increased to $25,000. --- The Republic --- November 18, 2011  (COLORADO)  http://is.gd/A1PM5p 
5.         "Woman Sentenced in Theft of $270k from Disabled Neighbor" --- When Lori Hawkins' disabled neighbor moved to an assisted-living facility, Hawkins was the one who set up the payments to the center. But Hawkins also arranged to take money … --- Washington Examiner --- November 19, 2011  (DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA)  http://is.gd/ialgqG
6.         "More Arrests Made in Barrow County Neglect Investigation" --- Two more people have been arrested in a continuing investigation of neglected disabled adults in Barrow County. --- Access North Georgia --- November 19, 2011   (GEORGIA)   http://is.gd/WXsVIq
7.         "Caretaker Charged with Neglect of Mentally Disabled Patients" ---Authorities said the victims are all mentally disabled and they were paying $600 to $1,000 a month to stay in what were supposed to be group care homes. --- WSB Atlanta --- November 16, 2011  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/fdeEKX
8.        "Man Accused of Sexual Misconduct with Mentally Challenged Teen" --- An Evansville man admitted Tuesday to sexual misconduct with a 15-year-old girl who he knew had the mental capability … --- Evansville Courier & Press --- November 16, 2011  (ILLINOIS)   http://is.gd/IENGCE
9.        "Witnesses Recall Teen Love Affair as Man Stands Trial for 30-Year-Old Murder" --- More than 30 years after the body of a pregnant, deaf Hinsdale South High School freshman was found in a forest preserve near Palos Park, her boyfriend … --- Chicago Tribune --- November 15, 2011  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/gtKe37
10.        "Iowa Task Force to Consider Broader Rules for Reporting Sexual Abuse" --- Mandatory reporters generally work in education, child care, mental health, law enforcement and social work. They include all licensed physicians, nurses, psychologists, … --- DesMoinesRegister.com --- November 14, 2011  (IOWA)    http://is.gd/2LfUd4
11.        "Nursing Home Abuse, Neglect Target of Group's Call for Tougher Laws" --- Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, a private nonprofit, found numerous examples of neglect or abuse in state inspection reports on nursing homes in the state. --- Detroit Free Press --- November 19, 2011  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/fcTvYc
12.        "Salvation Army Bell-Ringer Robbed" --- A 38-year-old mentally challenged woman had been ringing her bell for the past few days at her kettle stop in downtown St. Paul when two men noticed … --- FOX 9 News --- November 18, 2011  (MINNESOTA)   http://is.gd/ig3DAZ
13.        "Man Accused of Financially, Physically Abusing Vulnerable Prior Lake Woman" --- In April, a domestic-abuse no-contact order was filed against Stier in relation to a charge of felony domestic abuse by strangulation involving the woman, and in August, an … --- Prior Lake American --- November 15, 2011  (MINNESOTA)   http://is.gd/25hzpY
14.        "Complaint Filed Against the N.J. Division of Developmental Disabilities and ARC" --- A complaint of abuse, neglect, and abandonment has been filed against the Association of Retarded Citizens (ARC) and the New Jersey Division … --- newjerseynewsroom.com --- November 15, 2011  (NEW JERSEY)    http://is.gd/71mSIy
15.        "Mom Says Special Needs Son Harassed at Rio Rancho School" --- They say that I'm a gay retard," Zirwas said. Zirwas, a special education who has Asperger's Syndrome, said the onslaught of sexual slurs started after he pierced his left ear. --- KOAT Albuquerque --- November 14, 2011  (NEW MEXICO)    http://is.gd/9yRPis
16.        "Teacher Bullied Special-needs Student Who Secretly Caught Shocking Verbal Abuse on Cell Phone Video" --- A New Jersey teacher is in hot water for bullying a special-needs student, after the student he slurred as a “tard” and mocked as powerless secretly filmed … --- New York Daily News --- November 18, 2011  (NEW YORK)   http://is.gd/7SvJmL
17.        "Keep Them Safe: New York Must Adequately Staff Facilities for Disabled" --- A 2009 fire at a group home in the Adirondacks killed four disabled adults. The state has since changed policies about construction and fire inspections at group homes. --- Syracuse.com --- November 15, 2011  (NEW YORK)    http://is.gd/DvSF3J
18.        "Warrant: Woman Kicked Handicapped Person, Hit Her with Roll of Meat" ---  A Gastonia woman is accused of kicking a handicapped person while wearing steel-toed boots and hitting her with a roll of meat. --- Gaston Gazette --- November 13, 2011  (NORTH CAROLINA)   http://is.gd/wmOxws
19.        "Aide Who Ridiculed Student Barred from Classroom" --- “They called me stupid and retarded,” the boy said. “It made me mad and sad.” The boy's mother, Karletta Beatty, told WBNS this week that she thought state regulators … --- Columbus Dispatch --- November 17, 2011  (OHIO) http://is.gd/4DZPLv
20.        "Police Say Missing Portland Man, 18, Endangered by Mental Health Situation" --- Portland police are asking the public's health in finding a missing 18-year-old they says is endangered by a "critical mental health situation." --- The Republic --- November 17, 2011  (OREGON)   http://is.gd/ZFuLVT
21.        "Pa. Couple Get Time Served in Russian Son's Death; They Claimed Self-abuse, Served 19 Months" --- Michael and Nanette Craver of York County insist their son Nathaniel suffered from fetal alcohol syndrome and regularly abused himself. --- Washington Post --- November 18, 2011  (PENNSYLVANIA)   http://is.gd/a1zzCV
22.        "Arrest Made in Sept. Assault of Developmentally Delayed Germantown Man" --- … attack of a mentally challenged 20-year-old man and his brother at the New Kitchen Chinese Restaurant in Germantown. --- Newsworks.org --- November 18, 2011  (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/m3aOPW 
23.        "New Report Pegs Texas as Leading the Industrialized World in Child Abuse" --- A new documentary by the BBC provides a sobering look at child abuse in the United States. "America's Child Death Shame" highlights the escalating rates of abuse … --- 33 KDAF-TV --- November 15, 2011  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/RTjXy8
24.        "Jury Convicts Man Of  Lesser Abuse Charge" --- A jury convicted a caregiver of felony abuse Thursday night in the case of a disabled woman who police say was bound crucifixion-style to a bar … --- Boston.com --- November 18, 2011  (UTAH)    http://is.gd/h4QDmj
25.        "Trial Begins for Man in Disabled Woman's Death" --- A police detective says a man charged after a disabled woman was found dead and bound crucifixion-style to a metal bar claimed he didn't know the abuse had occurred. --- Fox 13 Now --- November 16, 2011  (UTAH) http://is.gd/BCe0Rh
26.        "Waterbury Man Appears in Court on Manslaughter Charge" --- A beer run in September to a Lakewood Road liquor store led to the death of a 39-year-old mentally retarded man … --- Waterbury Republican American --- November 15, 2011  (VERMONT)    http://is.gd/hIy3CM
27.        "Developmentally Disabled Man Brutally Beaten in Burien" --- A 21-year-old developmentally disabled man was severely beaten on his way home from work in Burien last night, according to family members and … --- The Seattle Times --- November 18, 2011 (WASHINGTON) http://is.gd/HwVOzb
28.        "Sheboygan Woman Pays Restitution, Gets No Jail for Thefts from Disabled Man" --- A 26-year-old Sheboygan woman was ordered to pay restitution but will serve no jail time for stealing more than $8,000 from a disabled man while working for a company hired … --- The Sheboygan Press --- November 14, 2011  (WISCONSIN)  http://is.gd/6JmO4w
29.        "Lynn Hudoba: Sexual Abuse and the Developmentally Disabled" --- It's a statistic that I've heard thrown around a lot since I became the parent of a developmentally disabled child. We get kind of numbed to this kind of bad news, as it seems … --- Patch.com --- November 15, 2011  (U.S. -- NATIONAL)   http://is.gd/gwNdF1

Seeking Improved Support

1.         "Mental Health Crisis Center" --- The decision to destroy the mental health crisis center came as a shock to family members and others who had strongly advocated over years for this vital gap in care for … --- Ventura County Star --- November 17, 2011 (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/nQdZoO
2.         "Grim California Budget Forecast Means More Cuts to Schools, Social Services" --- Public school students and social services recipients will have to wait another month to learn their fates from the Department of Finance, which is conducting its own forecast. --- Sacramento Bee --- November 17, 2011  (CALIFORNIA)   http://is.gd/RwGbCN
3.         "Prisoners with Serious Mental Health Issues Land in LA County" ---Although the state's realignment plan insists counties will not deal with prisoners with mental disorders, county officials say they are already seeing prisoners with … --- Patch.com --- November 16, 2011  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/6pFmTo
4.         "Emergency Room Closures Hit Minorities, Poor Hardest" --- California hospitals that serve large numbers of blacks and Medicaid patients, who often rely on ERs the most, run a higher risk of closing the emergency … --- NPR --- November 16, 2011  (CALIFORNIA)   http://is.gd/FjIjPR
5.        "Small-Business Owners Targets of ADA Lawsuits" --- One of the recurring scourges facing small-business owners in the Bay Area is the often frivolous lawsuits filed under provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act. --- San Francisco Chronicle --- November 16, 2011  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/FYl7I2
6.        "LA County: New Parolees Have Mental Health Woes" --- Mental health officials say parolees from the state prison system released to Los Angeles County under a federal mandate have more unmanageable … --- San Jose Mercury News --- November 15, 2011  (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/cWh9Ac
7.         "Glenn Close and Sis Open up About Mental Health Issues" --- The siblings appeared together on Wednesday at the Mental Health HOPE Symposium on Capitol Hill. While Glenn Close could discuss the characters she had played … --- Washington Examiner --- November 16, 2011  (DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA)   http://is.gd/IyBbJz
8.        "Georgia Disability Agency Innovates, Builds Partnerships" --- This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Developmental Disabilities Bill of Rights and Assistance Act of 1971. --- The Epoch Times --- November 19, 2011  (GEORGIA)   http://is.gd/v0n2KX
9.        "Living on the Autism Spectrum" --- Ryder is not the only McBride on the autism spectrum. His two brothers and his dad were all diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified. --- LocalNews8.com --- November 16, 2011  (IDAHO)   http://is.gd/Oc2UCc
11.        "A Sit-In Fails to Save Clinics, but the Fight Continues" --- “The fight continues,” said Ms. Carter, who has relied on the city's mental health clinic system in her lifelong battle with depression. --- New York Times --- November 19, 2011  (NEW YORK)    http://is.gd/bnFfkr
12.        "Quinn 'Optimistic' on Deal for Mental Health Facilities" --- Earlier this year, Quinn said nearly 2000 workers had to be laid off and seven state-run centers, including … --- Rockford Register Star --- November 16, 2011  (ILLINOIS)    http://is.gd/TrXKjE
13.        "What Happens When Autistic Kids Grow Up?" --- Ryan is autistic. Although Naperville has a transitional program after high school to help prepare him for adulthood, those services will end the day before he turns 22. --- Chicago Sun-Times --- November 15, 2011  (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/kaA6y9
14.        "Program Aims to Train Adults to Protect Kids Against Sexual Abuse" --- Contact Donna Bookout of Prevent Child Abuse Delaware County at 286-1976. The topic has been talked about a lot these last few weeks. --- Muncie Star Press --- November 16, 2011  (INDIANA)   http://is.gd/XzfMSJ
15.        "Study: Improve At-home Support for People with Disabilities" --- Under a sweeping proposal for change in how services to people with disabilities are administered statewide, put together by The Arc of Indiana, more people with intellectual … --- Post-Tribune --- November 13, 2011  (INDIANA)   http://is.gd/tWj1wN
16.        "Kansas Suffers Cuts in Mental Health Funding" ---  A report released by the National Alliance on Mental Illness last week found Kansas ranking ninth in the country for the deepest percentage … --- Hays Daily News --- November 16, 2011  (KANSAS)   http://is.gd/kBOEC7
17.             " Washtenaw County Officials Approve Budget with $430K Cut to Human Services Agencies" --- There were no last-minute efforts to save the day, not even to stop the heavily protested reductions in human services funding for nonprofit agencies. --- AnnArbor.com --- November 17, 2011  (MICHIGAN)    http://is.gd/YnQLDl            
18.           "Desperate Mom Wins Fight for Son's Care" --- Although short-term rehab is available in the state for brain injury survivors, there are no long-term transitional living facilities able to serve patients like Mike Barnes, Francis … ---- Jackson Clarion Ledger --- November 15, 2011  (MISSISSIPPI) http://is.gd/nHZy60 
19.        "Penn State Scandal Could Happen Here" --- These mandated reporters account for 58 percent of reports of child abuse or neglect, according to a report from the Missouri Department of Social Services. --- KMOX.com --- November 17, 2011  (MISSOURI)   http://is.gd/QWtCjs
20.        "Whistleblowing Involves Much More than Courage" --- The Pennsylvania State University sex abuse scandal pinpoints a whistleblowing flaw: Even when wrongdoing is reported, fear, friendship or fame often interfere with taking action. --- Kansas City Star --- November 15, 2011  (MISSOURI)    http://is.gd/gE3Vos
21.        "Conference at UM to Look at Autism Treatment, Recovery for Parents and Others" --- Jacob was diagnosed with autism about seven years ago, and his parents often find support through other parents of autistic children. --- The Missoulian --- November 18, 2011  (MONTANA)   http://is.gd/Kv75Bs
22.        "Snoop Case Snares 16 State Workers" --- Typically, police notify the register and child protective workers in the event of a case such as the initial charges in Trapalis' case. But from then on, child protective … --- Albany Times Union --- November 15, 2011  (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/SwN9O9
23.        "Barriers Keep Many Disabled New Yorkers Trapped in Poverty" --- Almost one third -- 32 percent -- of all disabled New Yorkers live in poverty. The median household income for these disabled city residents … --- Gotham Gazette --- November 15, 2011  (NEW YORK)   http://is.gd/tqBF3D
24.        "County Budget Cuts Raise Concerns" --- The head of the county's Department of Social Services has concerns about deep cuts proposed to her staff next year. --- Buffalo News --- November 15, 2011  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/RpEPAA
25.        "Editorial: Neglect of Mentally Ill in Prison Cannot be Tolerated" ---  Seriously ill inmates were often neglected by staff and locked alone in cells covered with human excrement. Authorities failed to properly track anti-psychotic medication … ---  Winston-Salem Journal --- November 16, 2011  (NORTH CAROLINA)     http://is.gd/KNogZX
26.        "Expanded Ohio Task Force on Criminal Justice and Mental Illness Announced" --- Ohio Supreme Court Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton and Attorney General Mike DeWine today announced that the Advisory … --- WTRF --- November 18, 2011  (OHIO)    http://is.gd/Se5szd
27.        "Mental Illness, Drug Abuse Costs Oklahomans Billions of Tax Dollars" --- Many members of the Oklahoma Governor's and Attorney General's Blue Ribbon Task Force had personally seen the tragedies of untreated substance abuse, mental illness … --- NewsOK.com --- November 20, 2011  (OKLAHOMA)  http://is.gd/nwzLzq
28.        "Exam Finds Pa. Basement Captive Suspect Competent" --- A psychiatric examination has determined that a woman accused of imprisoning four mentally disabled adults in a basement as part of an alleged Social Security fraud scheme is competent … --- The Associated Press --- November 16, 2011  (PENNSYLVANIA)    http://is.gd/HC6BRL
29.        "Providence Mayor Asks Human Services Agency Head to Resign over 'Staggering Mismanagement' " --- Providence Mayor Angel Taveras (tuh-VEHR'-us) has asked the head of a taxpayer-funded human services agency to resign over what he called "staggering mismanagement." --- The Republic --- November 15, 2011  (RHODE ISLAND)   http://is.gd/JJ7dJY
30.        "Two Group Homes Close Due to State Mental Health Cuts" --- State cuts to mental health lead to cutbacks for two Midlands group homes. That means a dozen people living in those homes will now have to find … --- WIS --- November 18, 2011  (SOUTH CAROLINA)   http://is.gd/qMzYhQ
31.        "Documentary Helps in Coping with Autism, Asperger's" --- Jennifer Allen made the documentary after Sam's form of high-functioning autism, called Asperger's syndrome, was diagnosed. A scene from the documentary shows how … --- San Antonio Express --- November 19, 2011  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/NCauQP
32.        "Part 2 of Autism Series: Mother Tries to Give Her Child a Voice" --- In 2006, the estimated cost for an autistic child over his or her lifetime was at $3.2 million. With inflation, the number has likely increased. --- Victoria Advocate --- November 17, 2011  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/HejX04 
33.        "Lubbock Pharmacists Concerned about New Medicaid Law" --- Lubbock area pharmacists are raising an alarm about a new state law that they say could reduce their Medicaid profits by as much as 80 percent. --- KCBD-TV --- November 16, 2011  (TEXAS)   http://is.gd/WJehyh
34.        "Tools for the Toolbox:Plano Police Train for Crisis Intervention" --- Those who graduated from the training will be qualified as certified mental health officers. "This goes a lot farther than what we used to do back in the … --- Plano Star Courier --- November 14, 2011  (TEXAS) http://is.gd/xMuDHo
35.        "Students Target “the 'R' Word” -- Awareness Event to Show Why 'Retard' Should Not Be Used" --- The 40 students whom Wall works with as part of the school's Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program decided they would … --- Killeen Daily Herald --- November 13, 2011  (TEXAS)    http://is.gd/33eBXX
36.        "Suicide Rate Up 13 Percent in Vermont" --- A legislator looks over FY2010 and FY2011 Vermont suicide statistics during a mental health hearing at the Statehouse. --- vtdigger.org --- November 15, 2011  (VERMONT)  http://is.gd/Tg7mta
37.        "Richmond Man Gets 50 Years in Shooting" --- A Richmond man was ordered Wednesday to spend 50 years in prison for shooting two mentally handicapped men, killing one of them, in a robbery that… --- Richmond Times Dispatch --- November 17, 2011  (VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/arqri2
38.        "State Could Face New Budget Cuts" --- A $1.5 billion shortfall is possible, state lawmakers were told at a retreat, with Medicaid, pension and education costs rising. --- Roanoke Times --- November 16, 2011  (VIRGINIA) http://is.gd/mnaGUZ 
39.        "Disabled Protest Possible State Cuts Proposed by Governor" --- Karen O'Connor wakes at 8 am every day, and like many people, has a routine. She takes a shower, brushes her teeth, gets dressed and … --- TheNewsTribune.com --- November 17, 2011  (WASHINGTON)   http://is.gd/u3J4hv
40.        "Cuts to Mental-Health Facilities Could Release Patients to Communities" --- Applying broad, negative descriptors (eg, “feeble,” “disruptive” and “violent”) to the patients only perpetuates stereotypes and stigmas about mental illness, aging and disability. --- The Seattle Times --- November 16, 2011  (WASHINGTON)   http://is.gd/1xT1oC
41.        "In Rural Northwest Mentally Ill Teens Struggle for Services" --- This week we're reporting on failures in how the Northwest treats severely mentally ill youth. Experts say mental health services for teens are especially inadequate in rural areas. --- KUOW NPR --- November 13, 2011  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/g3tvKf
42.        "Advocate: Interpreters Needed for Deaf Students" --- Marissa Sanders is executive director of the West Virginia Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. She told a legislative panel during interim meetings … --- WTRF --- November 16, 2011  (WEST VIRGINIA)   http://is.gd/gFmWfo
43.        "Milwaukee VA Among Worst for Wait Times" --- The veterans hospital in Milwaukee ranks among the nation's worst in prolonging patient wait times for mental health care, according to an analysis by USA TODAY. --- Green Bay Press Gazette --- November 18, 2011  (WISCONSIN) http://is.gd/ybZaSa 
44.        "Area Legislators to Host Hearing on Possible Medicaid Cuts Friday" --- Gordon Hintz, D-Oshkosh, and Penny Bernard-Schaber, D-Appleton, will hold a public hearing about more than $550 million in proposed cuts to Medicaid … --- Oshkosh Northwestern --- November 16, 2011  (WISONSIN)  http://is.gd/KlZ3Kg

45.        "Wyoming AARP Monitoring In-home Services, Fraud" --- The Wyoming AARP will monitor several issues during the 2012 state budget session, including community-based in-home services program (CBIHS) funding … --- Laramie Boomerang --- November 20, 2011  (WYOMING)   http://is.gd/WO9Bxs
46.        "One in Four American Women Take Medication for a Mental Disorder" --- On the rise: A bar graph showing the increase in the number of Americans using mental health medication between 2001 and 2010. --- Daily Mail --- November 17, 2011  (U.S. -- NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/OTrw95
47.        "Autism: Diagnosis Can Vary Greatly by Site, Clinician" --- Diagnosis is in the eye of the beholder, at least for autism spectrum classification, a recent study suggests. Study results support eliminating the … --- ModernMedicine --- November 17, 2011  (U.S. -- NATIONAL) http://is.gd/S8N8CF
48.        "Mariel Hemingway Faces Mental Health and Suicide Head On" ---Mental health and health and wellness are huge issues in my life. Archie's Final Project speaks to the heart about kids' unspoken fears.” --- USA Weekend --- November 17, 2011  (U.S. -- NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/8JZsYh 
49.        "One in Five US Adults Takes Medication for a Mental Disorder" ---
Medications to treat mental health disorders is soaring among US adults, according to data released Wednesday by Medco Health Solutions, a pharmacy … --- Los Angeles Times --- November 16, 2011  (U.S. -- NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/CsqnMr
50.        "Expanding Catalog of Mental Disorders Worries Some" --- The so-called bible of psychiatry, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, is getting a make-over. The latest version, DSM 5, will come out in 2013. In the meantime … --- Newsworks.org --- November 16, 2011  (U.S. -- NATIONAL)    http://is.gd/nVOAY1
51.        "Uninsured Hospital Patients Discharged Sooner" --- Looking at records for nearly 850,000 adults discharged from US hospitals between 2003 and 2007, the researchers found that uninsured patients had a slightly shorter … --- Reuters --- November 15, 2011  (U.S. -- NATIONAL) http://is.gd/5rR26s
52.        "Too Often, Abusive Predators Hiding in Plain Sight" --- The abuse allegations at Penn State seem unthinkable: revered assistant coach and prominent community activist Jerry Sandusky preying on eight children. --- Washington Post --- November 15, 2011  (U.S. -- NATIONAL) http://is.gd/JSdo12
53.        "Mentally Ill May Buy Guns with Ease: Most US States Not Forwarding Crucial ..." --- The mentally ill can still buy guns with alarming ease because nearly 90% of US states don't forward all mental health records to a national database … --- New York Daily News --- November 15, 2011  (U.S. -- NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/HiobfQ  

Proposed Legislation and New Laws

1.         "Laura's Law Languishes" --- His argument with the next part is that his department treats “a lot” of court-ordered people, whether from probation or conservatorship, “and we use MHSA funds to treat them. --- Sacramento News & Review --- November 17, 2011  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/q6Hi8C
2.         "Ruling Ordering Better VA Mental Health Treatment is Withdrawn" --- The full 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will reconsider the case brought by two veterans advocacy groups alleging systemic failures to treat mental health injuries and … --- Los Angeles Times --- November 17, 2011  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/uJeXlP
3.         "Federal Legislators Push to Pay Disabled Workers Minimum Wage" --- But according to the US Department of Labor, employers can legally pay disabled workers less than the minimum wage. --- The Independent Florida Alligator --- November 16, 2011  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/AvgRSm
4.         "Jindal: Officials Must Report Abuse Incidents" --- The governor Wednesday issued an executive order requiring anyone employed at a higher education institution to report to the local child protection services and to law enforcement … --- Monroe News Star --- November 16, 2011  (LOUISIANA) http://is.gd/DvZuJL 
5.         "Parents Ask Legislators to Pass Special-needs Bill" --- Parents of developmentally disabled adults shared their stories of triumph and struggle with legislators yesterday as they pushed for a bill that would ease their children's … --- Wicked Local --- November 16, 2011 (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/gcII72
6.        "Reporting Abuse: NY Bill Would Add College Staff to 'Mandatory' List" --- A proposed New York state law expected to be introduced today in response to the Penn State sex abuse case, though, focuses on a hole in the safety net protecting children. --- Syracuse.com --- November 17, 2011  (NEW YORK)   http://is.gd/szIpLl
7.         "Federal Suit Filed in Fight over Horseheads Man's Care" --- A Horseheads woman who has sought guardianship of her brain-injured husband filed a civil suit this week claiming his civil rights have been violated. --- Elmira Star-Gazette --- November 16, 2011 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/e9YFrN
8.        "NY Bill Would Make Coaches 'Mandated Reporters' Who Would Have to Report Sex Abuse of Children" --- A New York proposal rising from the Penn State sex abuse case would make coaches mandated reporters for sexual abuse of children and require … --- The Republic --- November 14, 2011  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/F8cSpo 
9.         "Pennsylvania Legislators Calling for Tougher Child-Abuse Laws" --- The allegations surrounding Pennsylvania State University, she said, finally gave her the courage to share her story of childhood sexual abuse. --- The Idaho Statesman --- November 15, 2011  (PENNSYLVANIA)   http://is.gd/95Ul4V
10.        "Grandin's Mother Gives Hope to Parents with Autistic Children" --- When Eustacia Cutler struggled to find help for her young daughter with autism, it was the '50s, an era when prevailing medical opinion held that … --- San Antonio Express --- November 19, 2011  (TEXAS) http://is.gd/yhMecX
11.         "W.Va. Lawmakers Ready to Fix Autism Insurance Law" --- West Virginia lawmakers will try to correct errors in a new law that improves insurance coverage for children for autism. --- NECN --- November 16, 2011  (WEST VIRGINIA)    http://is.gd/Rte162
12.         "Saving for People with Disabilities May Soon be Tax-Free" --- A bill that's expected to be introduced in Congress Tuesday would give families a new way to save money for people with disabilities without jeopardizing … --- Disability Scoop --- November 15, 2011  (U.S. -- NATIONAL) http://is.gd/qZT8OG
13.        "Pennsylvania Likely to Alter Child Abuse Reporting Law" --- Pennsylvania's Child Protective Services Law “provides that when a staff member reports abuse, pursuant to statute, the person in charge of the school or institution has the responsibility and legal obligation … --- BusinessWeek --- November 14, 2011  (U.S. -- NATIONAL)   http://is.gd/WGiNYT

International Articles:

1.         "Disabled People 'Terrified' by Budget Cuts" --- Often already at the margins of society by virtue of casual discrimination, disabled people are among the worst hit by the waves of austerity measures being put in place right across the European Union. --- EUobserver.com --- November 15, 2011  (BELGIUM)   http://is.gd/OxeZdo
2.         "Rousseff Announces $4.3 Billion Aid Plan for Disabled Brazilians" ---
President Dilma Rousseff on Thursday announced 7.6 billion reais ($4.32 billion) in initiatives to promote the social inclusion of Brazil's 45.6 million disabled people. --- Latin American Herald Tribune --- November 18, 2011  (BRAZIL)    http://is.gd/dN4hwN
3.         "Community Living BC Admits it Pushed Clients 'Too Hard' Out of Group Homes" --- Community Living British Columbia has “pushed too hard” to get some of its clients out of group homes, routinely downgrades services … --- Vancouver Sun --- November 18, 2011  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/uQxzpr
4.         "Severely Disabled Vets Kept in the Dark about Additional Benefits" --- Some of the country's most severely injured soldiers were not told by Veterans Affairs Canada about all of the benefits and allowances they were … --- Toronto Star --- November 17, 2011  (CANADA) http://is.gd/XnboDP
5.         " 'Cruel' to Transfer Autistic Boy, Edmonton Inquiry Told" --- Forcing an 11-year-old autistic boy to be moved suddenly out of a private-care facility was "cruel," a fatality inquiry into his and his father's death was told Wednesday. --- CBC.ca --- November 16, 2011 (CANADA) http://is.gd/uVFdIO
6.         "Hate Campaign Left Disabled Victim Suicidal" --- Peter Greener said he feels like a prisoner in his own home after being tormented for months about his illness by neighbour David McGregor. --- Shields Gazette --- November 20, 2011  (ENGLAND)    http://is.gd/VJcB94
7.         "Pair Killed Disabled Man and Stole His Prosthetic Leg" --- A killer who stamped to death a disabled man who used a prosthetic leg has been told he faces life in prison. Roy Bush, 44, was beaten, stamped on and kicked … --- The Guardian --- November 18, 2011  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/RFX4Ma
8.         "Police Chief's 'Concern' over Cuts in Social Care" --- “Some of this work may be viewed as almost social work by some people, particularly those who think we should concentrate on crime but the reality is that the public… --- The Bolton News --- November 17, 2011  (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/YXiBkg
9.        "Carer Left Seriously Disabled Patient Alone In a Car to Go Birdwatching" --- A carer endangered the life of an epileptic disabled man by leaving him alone in his car while he went bird watching. Nigel Bastin waited for cerebral palsy sufferer … --- This is North Devon --- November 14, 2011  (ENGLAND)   http://is.gd/C3oqeD
10.        "Dying and Disabled in Honduras, in Pursuit of Lobster to Sell to US" --- Thousands of men have become permanently disabled working in the unsafe and poorly regulated lobster industry in Honduras. --- msnbc.com --- November 18, 2011  (HONDURAS)   http://is.gd/HFR52P
11.        "Sunny Chan Opens up about Autistic Son, Seeks Help for Child" --- Hong Kong actor Sunny Chan revealed during a recent magazine interview that his 4-year-old son is autistic, and said he hopes to find help for … --- Channel News Asia --- November 16, 2011  (HONG KONG) http://is.gd/GgiE17
12.        "More Disabled Rehabilitation Centres Needed, Says Rajanna" --- Can the rehabilitation of persons with disabilities be effective if every district gets a disabled rehabilitation centre (DRC)? State Commissioner for … --- The Hindu --- November 17, 2011  (INDIA)   http://is.gd/90V2og
13.        "Shatter Warned New Abuse Laws Could 'Overload' Social Services" --- Justice Minister Alan Shatter has been warned that mandatory reporting laws to protect children from sexual abuse could "overload" Ireland's cash-strapped social services. --- Irish Independent --- November 19, 2011  (IRELAND) http://is.gd/ztKpqg
14.        "French Film Wins Award at Cork Festival" --- A French film addressing issues of disability and adolescence has won the 56th Corona Cork Film Festival short film award for best international short film. --- Irish Times --- November 15, 2011  (IRELAND)   http://is.gd/SFtNCe
15.        "State, Society Apathetic to Plight of the Disabled" --- Disabled people face a multitude of barriers that limit their access to education, employment, housing, transportation, health care, rehabilitation … --- PakistanToday.com.pk --- November 18, 2011  (PAKISTAN)   http://is.gd/Uh8Kjx
17.        "Cuts Hitting Vulnerable, Says Union" --- The chair of a Scottish disabled workers union has accused the government of not caring about the impact of cuts on vulnerable people. --- The Press Association --- November 19, 2011  (SCOTLAND)   http://is.gd/EwcF37
18.        "Deaf Teen Stabbed 12-Year-Old Boy" --- A deaf teenager has admitted repeatedly stabbing a 12-year-old boy in an attack in Ayrshire. Gareth Young, 16, pleaded guilty to attempted murder after the attack on the … --- BBC News --- November 15, 2011  (SCOTLAND)   http://is.gd/OAAQqz
19.        "Most Singaporeans Don't Seek Help for Mental Illness: Study" --- The Singapore Mental Health Study has shown that major depressive disorder, alcohol abuse and obsessive compulsive disorder have emerged as the top three most common disorders here. --- TODAYonline --- November 18, 2011  (SINGAPORE)   http://is.gd/xbPVPs



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