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News Summary for November 28, 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.         "Conn. Prosecutor: State Home Employee Abused 2 Disabled Residents in His Care over a Decade" --- A Connecticut prosecutor says a group home employee sexually assaulted disabled residents repeatedly over the span of a decade. --- The Republic --- November 25, 2011  (CONNECTICUT)  http://is.gd/mIfEZv  

2.         "In Florida, Mentally Ill Suffer Abuse and Neglect" --- It takes just a high school diploma and 26 hours of training to run one of Florida's mental health assisted-living facilities — that's lower than the state requirements … --- NPR --- November 28, 2011   (FLORIDA)    http://is.gd/vtB5Xg

3.        "Mental Health Cuts Might Have Long-term Consequences" --- Mid-year funding cuts by the financially struggling state are hitting social programs that help the mentally ill. Some programs that received money … --- Utica Observer Dispatch --- November 26, 2011  (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/3s6K8d

4.        "Hate Crime Charges Possible in Abuse Case" --- A Philadelphia woman accused of imprisoning four mentally disabled adults in her basement could face federal hate crime charges, prosecutors said. --- UPI.com --- November 21, 2011  (PENNSYLVANIA)   http://is.gd/w863x3

5.        "Families of Disabled Must Be Alert to Avoid Theft" --- The state has a fraud, waste and abuse hotline designed to take complaints about the handling of disabled patients' money, … --- The Tennessean --- November 25, 2011  (TENNESSEE)   http://is.gd/X8Ytke

6.        "Texas High Court Suspends Judge In Beating Video" --- The Texas Supreme Court suspended a judge Tuesday whose beating of his then-teenage daughter in 2004 was viewed millions of times on the Internet. --- NPR --- November 23, 2011  (TEXAS)   http://is.gd/3YE6Yz

7.                  "Teachers Must Be Trained in Autism" --- A spike in the number of students diagnosed with autism is prompting changes in California schools. New requirements of special education teachers … --- Hi-Desert Star --- November 25, 2011  (CALIFORNIA)    http://is.gd/IB4WuL

8.                  "After Closing Psychiatric Hospitals, Michigan Incarcerates Mentally Ill" --- Charleston is a peer support specialist and facilitator at Detroit Central City Community Health Agency and feels that her son should have been receiving mental health treatment when he started getting into trouble. --- Detroit Free Press --- November 27, 2011  (MICHIGAN)   http://is.gd/U0Fyp4

9.         "Advocates Say State's Sex Abuse Reporting Law Should Be Broadened" --- The Penn State controversy has already led to proposed legislation in Congress that calls for all adults to be required to report suspicions of child sex abuse to law enforcement … --- Atlanta Journal Constitution --- November 23, 2011  (GEORGIA)   http://is.gd/QcrAap

10.        "Class Action: Ontario's Developmentally Challenged Go to Court" ---At stake is approximately $3 billion in compensation and punitive damages, to be divided among roughly 12,000 former residents and their families, making it the largest legal action on behalf of the mentally disabled ever undertaken in Canada. --- CBC.ca --- November 25, 2011  (CANADA) http://is.gd/9fW2SN  

11.        "Claims of Adult Abuse Up 175%" --- Reports of alleged abuse of vulnerable adults in Hampshire have nearly tripled over the last three years, latest figures show. --- This Is Hampshire --- November 25, 2011  (ENGLAND)   http://is.gd/JsL0Ta

12.        "Almost Half of Disabled Women Sexually Abused" --- A new study shows almost half of all physically disabled women in Germany have been sexually abused and are also subjected to widespread physical … --- The Local.de --- November 23, 2011  (GERMANY)   http://is.gd/HEiF5x

13.        "Conference to Shed Light on Cognitive Disabilities" --- The first international conference on learning disabilities and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder aims to play a pioneering … --- Kuwait Times --- November 24, 2011  (KUWAIT)    http://is.gd/YtZqRh

14.        "DVD Helps Deaf Fight Hate Crime" --- A new DVD has been launched encouraging deaf victims of hate crimes to report problems to police. The film, which uses British Sign Language, highlights the different … --- Glasgow Evening Times --- November 21, 2011  (SCOTLAND)  http://is.gd/aXIDub

Abuse/Crime-related Articles:

1.        "Missing Hope Woman, Possibly Held Against Will" --- Johnson is mentally challenged is currently under the care of Rainbow Industries. She is believed to be with Alan Anderson, 52, and he may be holding her against … --- Today's THV --- November 22, 2011  (ARKANSAS)  http://is.gd/jXiDQ7

2.         "Police Arrest Man Accused of Hitting Wheelchair Users" --- Fresno Police have arrested the man believed to be responsible for hitting two people in wheelchairs, then leaving the accident scene. --- ABC30.com --- November 22, 2011  (CALIFORNIA)   http://is.gd/3hDTf3

3.         "Adams County Sued Over Deaf Man Held 25 Days" --- Timothy Siaki's lawsuit filed Wednesday in US District Court seeks unspecified damages and a finding that Adams County officials violated the Americans With Disabilities Act over his May 14, 2010, arrest and detention. --- KMGH Denver --- November 29, 2011  (COLORADO)   http://is.gd/hzuX3y

4.         "Deputies: Imposter Caregiver Robs Pasco Man in Wheelchair" --- Simmons knows the woman who actually cares for the man, who uses a wheelchair and lives in a community called Lullaby Gardens. The caregiver was not there that night. --- Tampabay.com --- November 28, 2011  (FLORIDA)    http://is.gd/BUQnwp

5.         "Margate Psychologist's License Suspended over Improper Sexual Relationship" --- Gustin, 53, said the mental-health professional enticed her into a nearly two-year sexual relationship, then dumped her, leaving her suicidal and psychologically scarred. --- Sun-Sentinel --- November 26, 2011  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/3e6swa

6.         "JSO: Woman Kept in Feces-Covered Home, Not Fed Properly" --- Jacksonville police arrested a married couple and charged them with abuse of a disabled adult after finding a woman in a feces covered home and not being fed for a day. --- First Coast News --- November 24, 2011 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/Yonviy 

7.        "Woman Arrested for Abusing Disabled Person" --- A Suwannee County woman has been arrested for touching a disabled adult in an inappropriate manner, according to the Suwannee County Sheriff's Office. --- Branford News --- November 26, 2011  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/FWMt8R

8.        "Crime: Illinois Man Acquitted in 1981 Murder of Deaf Girlfriend" ---A man accused of murdering his pregnant, deaf girlfriend 30 years ago was acquitted Monday, Nov. 21, by a Cook … --- Examiner.com --- November 22, 2011  (ILLINOIS)   http://is.gd/KurfOh

9.        "Former Employee Sues City of Bangor, Alleging Age, Disability Discrimination" --- A former municipal employee has sued the city, alleging age and disability discrimination when she worked for the Health … --- Bangor Daily News --- November 25, 2011  (MAINE)   http://is.gd/J6l1jC

10.        "North Plainfield Group Home Under Investigation Following Complaint of Patient Neglect, Abuse" --- The state is investigating whether employees at a licensed group home in North Plainfield last month denied a 30-year-old autistic woman her medication, refused to help … --- The Star-Ledger - NJ.com --- November 24, 2011  (NEW JERSEY)   http://is.gd/Wyt3jb

11.        "Disabled Rochester Man, Brutally Killed, Laid to Rest" --- On Saturday, a disabled Rochester man -- brutally killed -- was laid to rest. Family and friends said their goodbyes to 23-year-old Cameron Conyer. --- News 10NBC --- November 26, 2011  (NEW YORK)   http://is.gd/TkbGfl

12.        "Hendersonville Man Accused of Attacking a Handicapped Man" --- A Hendersonville man has been charged with assault, accused of attacking a handicapped man at a local group home. --- BlueRidgeNow.com --- November 23, 2011  (NORTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/70Nr2a  

13.        "Second Alleged Bullying Victim Talks to NBC4" --- "Miss Kelly, she got in my face, called me stupid and retarded," Austin said. "She said I can't learn nothing." Austin said both Wilt and Chaffins would bully him about his … --- NBC4i.com --- November 21, 2011  (OHIO)   http://is.gd/1CBkLP

14.       "Board Orders Portland to Pay $103,000 in Disability Case" --- The Oregon Employee Relations Board has ordered the city of Portland to pay a former firefighter about $103,000 for three years of lost disability payments … --- The Register-Guard --- November 23, 2011  (OREGON)  http://is.gd/Mw6W4c

15.        "Erie Man Charged with Stealing Prescription Drugs from Man in Wheelchair" --- Erie police said a dropped cell phone helped them identify a man accused of snatching prescription drugs from a man in a wheelchair … --- GoErie.com --- November 24, 2011  (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/XhJwVX

16.        "Man Charged with Sexually Assaulting Disabled Woman" --- Police have arrested a Washington County man suspected of sexually assaulting a woman with a mental disability who repeatedly told … --- Pittsburgh Post Gazette --- November 23, 2011  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/GPOWoS

17.        "Woman Arrested for Defrauding Disabled Man" --- A woman wanted for defrauding her disabled employer has been apprehended at JFK Airport in New York. Officials said Janet Gitney had arrived at JFK from the Philippines. --- WFMZ Allentown --- November 23, 2011  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/SLaqQS

18.        "Kearns Woman to Stand Trial for Murder in Death of Disabled Woman" ---  A Kearns woman accused of abusing a 22-year-old disabled woman — binding her feet and tying her to a bar in a small closet before her death … --- Salt Lake Tribune --- November 28, 2011  (UTAH) http://is.gd/5Pry2t

19.        "Police: Disabled Woman Attacked at Tacoma Park in Hate Crime" ---Police here are investigating the assault of a disabled woman as a hate crime. --- KOMO News --- November 23, 2011  (WASHINGTON) http://is.gd/kze9zZ   

20.        "Men Guilty of Beating Homeless Man in Wheelchair" --- Two Charleston men have admitted to beating a homeless, wheelchair-bound man earlier this year during a feud that started over an accusation of stolen cigarettes. --- Charleston Gazette --- November 28, 2011  (WEST VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/7dyQQK

Seeking Improved Support

1.                  "Arizona Medicaid Cut Approved by Feds" --- … under Arizona Republic News Federal health officials have approved an additional 5 percent reduction in the rates hospitals and other health-care providers are … --- Tucson Citizen --- November 26, 2011  (ARIZONA)   http://is.gd/2ROvGW 

2.                  "New Treatment Helping Children with ADHD, Autism" --- Millions of children in this country are diagnosed with things like autism and ADHD, but a therapy developed by a local company is helping many of those families. --- Fox 31 KDVR.com --- November 28, 2011  (COLORADO) http://is.gd/58enBk

3.                   "Disabled Community Upset with Malloy Message" --- Some members of Connecticut's disabled community say they are offended by Gov. Dannel Malloy's Thanksgiving message, which describes them as "residents afflicted with handicaps." --- WSHM-TV --- November 23, 2011  (CONNECTICUT)   http://is.gd/RLJvtf

4.                  "Idaho in Top Ten for Cuts in Mental Health Spending" --- Related to that, a new report from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) tallies the state-by-state changes in general fund appropriations for state mental health agencies since 2009. --- StateImpact Idaho --- November 21, 2011 (IDAHO)  http://is.gd/nu7352

5.                  "State Deal Reached to Keep Tinley Mental Health Center, other Facilities Open for Time Being" --- Tinley Park Mental Health Center and six other state facilities would stay open in the short term … --- Chicago Tribune --- November 28, 2011  (ILLINOIS)   http://is.gd/7yWkVy

6.                  "DHHS Budget Problems Increase" --- The Maine Department of Health and Human Services announced two weeks ago it's facing a big hole in the current budget. --- WLBZ-TV --- November 21, 2011  (MAINE)  http://is.gd/0unLey

7.                  "Dixon: Missouri Needs Law Requiring Citizens to Report Child Abuse" --- But this year, with the Penn State sex abuse scandal just beginning to lose momentum, football seemed a bit more heavy-hearted. --- Springfield News-Leader --- November 24, 2011  (MISSOURI)  http://is.gd/Ea4y5w 

8.                  "Autism Advocate on Time's List of Most Influential Set to Visit Reno" --- What: Autism advocate Temple Grandin plans to speak at Nightingale Concert Hall in the Church Fine Arts Building at the University of Nevada, Reno campus … --- Reno Gazette-Journal --- November 25, 2011  (NEVADA)  http://is.gd/CfthlJ

9.                  "NJ Might Owe Federal Government $35M for Improper Medicaid Bills, Documents Reveal" --- Debra Wentz, chief executive officer of the New Jersey Association of Mental Health Agencies, … --- NJ.com --- November 24, 2011  (NEW JERSEY)   http://is.gd/XeprBj 

10.                   "Lewis Speakers Protest Funding Cuts, Particularly in Mental Health" --- Several people on Tuesday spoke against proposed Lewis County budget cuts, particularly the planned slashing of mental health funding. --- WatertownDailyTimes.com --- November 23, 2011  (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/hwA26a 

11.        "Bell of Hope Symbolizes Progress Against Mental Illness" --- The bell is a 300-pound symbol of the mental health movement and the progress made for those who suffer from mental illness. --- Tulsa World --- November 27, 2011  (OKLAHOMA)    http://is.gd/idwxHn

12.        "Mental Illness Costs Okla. Billions of Tax Dollars" --- A somber group settled down seven years ago to consider why substance abuse and two hush-hush subjects consume thousands of Oklahomans' lives and billions of taxpayers' dollars. --- Alva Review-Courier --- November 25, 2011  (OKLAHOMA)     http://is.gd/2lAkp6

13.        "BadgerCare Cuts Are Step Backward for Wisconsin" --- The complex changes his administration has devised are a smokescreen for forcing tens of thousands of people off BadgerCare in order to enable Walker's … --- Janesville Gazette --- November 22, 2011  (WISCONSIN)  http://is.gd/bWxKNK

14.        "Medicaid: Oops" --- According to a new report by JLARC, the legislature's watchdog agency, Virginia spends uncounted millions on Medicaid errors. The millions are uncounted because … --- Richmond Times Dispatch --- November 29, 2011  (VIRGINIA)    http://is.gd/yQQuui

15.        "Cedar Hills Woman Learning from Battle with Son's Asperger's" ---She teaches their NAMI Basics class -- a free six-week course for parents and caregivers of children with mental health issues who are looking for information on how to help and … ---  Daily Herald --- November 27, 2011  (UTAH)     http://is.gd/MqqoPQ

16.       "Disabled, Seniors Program Faces Cuts" --- Home care with caretakers who are family or friends is significantly less expensive than sending an elderly or disabled person to a nursing home. --- The Columbian --- November 21, 2011  (WASHINGTON)    http://is.gd/lFBEaw

17.        "Revision of Psychiatric Manual under Fire" --- The "bible" of American psychiatry - a manual of mental health used around the world by doctors, consumers and insurance providers - has come under fire from a growing … --- San Francisco Chronicle --- November 26, 2011  (U.S. -- NATIONAL)    http://is.gd/9MNFva

Proposed Legislation and New Laws

1.        "OC May Adopt Mental Illness Law Following Homeless Man's Death" --- A metal detector and a uniformed guard greet visitors at the door of the Nevada County Behavioral Health Department. Security in the otherwise … --- 89.3 KPCC --- November 21, 2011  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/uuAK7r

2.         "Tennesseans with Mental Illness at Risk of Losing Services" --- Tennessee Department of Mental Health budget cuts are leaving those who have mental health conditions without adequate care. ---Public News Service --- November 25, 2011  (TENNESSEE)   http://is.gd/mVapkH

3.         "Reporting Child Abuse" --- And while the Pennsylvania law requires only that the report be made to a supervisor, Indiana law unambiguously makes clear the report must be made to the police or the Indiana Department of Child Protective Services. --- Fort Wayne Journal Gazette --- November 23, 2011  (INDIANA)   http://is.gd/KJ9v6v

4.         "Child Protection Legislation to Be Reintroduced" --- She said Petri has been “consistently committed to saying children are slipping through the cracks and the child protective system doesn't work the way it should.” --- phillyBurbs.com --- November 24, 2011  (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/9RtV8c

International Articles:

1.         "Annual Autism Around the World Conference 2011" --- The Autism Around the World Conference 2011, “Healing and Education in Autism” will be held at the Zayed University Convention Center, Academic City, … --- Dubai Chronicle --- November 27, 2011  (ABU DUBAI)  http://is.gd/CFbXyg

2.         "Mental Health Counselling Cuts Hit Hard" --- Following a $580 million cut to the Better Access program in November, the number of yearly counselling sessions mental health patients can claim from Medicare …. --- Sydney Morning Herald --- November 28, 2011  (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/2BBnZB

3.         "Police Culture Change Needed to Protect Vulnerable" --- What the Tyler Cassidy tragedy shows is that police officers are culturally challenged on how to handle persons with whom they come into contact who are suffering from mental illness. --- ABC Online --- November 23, 2011  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/D9FJQq

4.         "Assault of Disabled Man Caught on Video" --- Police have released CCTV footage after a disabled man was punched, knocked to the ground and then repeatedly kicked in the head at a petrol station in NSW's south-west in an effort to find his attacker. --- Ninemsn --- November 23, 2011  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/hTuXoa 

5.         "Mental Patients 'in Poor Physical Shape' " --- The report by SANE, a national mental health charity, linked the high obesity levels to the side-effects of medication, having a poor diet and doing little exercise. --- Ninemsn --- November 23, 2011  (AUSTRALIA)   http://is.gd/xBk4IB

6.        "Island's Disabled Look Forward to Human Rights Amendment Becoming Law Next Month" --- Legislation aimed at protecting the rights of disabled people in the workplace will come into effect in the coming weeks. --- Royal Gazette --- November 24, 2011  (BERMUDA)   http://is.gd/U6oB71

7.        "Manitoba Settles Human Rights Case on Intellectual Disabilities" --- The Manitoba government has agreed to move dozens of people with intellectual disabilities out of an institution and into the community … --- Globe and Mail --- November 25, 2011  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/BOVZHf 

8.        "Instituion for Mentally Disabled Nearer to Being Shut Down" --- One of the only remaining institutions for the mentally disabled in Canada moved a little closer to closure Friday thanks to a deal that will see 49 residents moved … --- Winnipeg Free Press --- November 25, 2011  (CANADA) http://is.gd/4Vt7Yq 

9.         "Bus Driver Allegedly Molested Disabled Passenger" --- A driver with Quebec City's bus service for disabled people is accused of sexually abusing a woman who has cerebral palsy on a trip to a rehabilitation centre in March. --- CANOE --- November 24, 2011  (CANADA)    http://is.gd/rVx9ap

10.        "Carnival Held to Raise Funds for China's Disabled Persons in Rural Areas" --- Donations totalling 18.2 million yuan (2.87 million US dollars) were pledged during a philanthropic carnival aimed at lifting rural disabled persons out of poverty on Friday in Beijing. --- Xinhua --- November 26, 2011  (CHINA)    http://is.gd/0OP4zV

11.        "Calling for an Ashleigh's Law to Protect Staff" --- A north East MP has called for an “Ashleigh's law” after the death of mental health worker Ashleigh Ewing at the hands of a psychotic killer. --- Journal Live  --- November 26, 2011  (ENGLAND)    http://is.gd/2l5xh7

12.        "Shops Join Together to Tackle Hate Crime" --- Those who have learning disabilities are being given business-style cards which they can hand to a member of staff in one of the shops. --- Reading Post --- November 25, 2011  (ENGLAND)    http://is.gd/zKjBMO

13.        "Disabled Man's Killers Jailed" --- Two killers who stamped to death a disabled man, stripped him and then stole his false leg were “relishing” what they did, a judge in Britain said today. --- Irish Examiner --- November 23, 2011  (IRELAND)    http://is.gd/iuPnAd

14.        "Thalidomide Victims Protest 50 Years On" --- Saturday marks 50 years since the deformity-causing drug thalidomide was banned in Germany. Thousands of victims will protest in Berlin this weekend to call … --- The Local.de --- November 25, 2011  (GERMANY)   http://is.gd/ehV5Bb

15.        "Disabled Woman Raped by Youth" --- A 35-year-old physically-challenged woman was allegedly raped by a 29-year-old youth in central Delhi's Chandni Mahal area on Monday evening. with disability in legs … --- Deccan Chronicle --- November 24, 2011  (INDIA)  http://is.gd/0xOTAw

16.        "Dumb, Deaf Girl Raped" --- A lascivious young man assaulted a 13-year-old dumb and deaf girl here the other day. As per detail, disable Nazia Bibi, daughter of Maqbool Ahmed … --- The Nation --- November 26, 2011  (PAKISTAN)     http://is.gd/ji1CMk

17.        "Individuals with Mental Disorders Face Barriers to Employment: Group" --- To increase the employment rate among individuals with mental illnesses, the Mental Health Association in Taiwan (MHAT) issued a brochure detailing … --- eTaiwan News --- November 22, 2011  (TAIWAN)  http://is.gd/Z3Ax9x

18.        "People with Mental Illness in Uganda Cry out to the Government" --- If you have never come across anyone of that kind then you can visit the Hospitals for people with mental illness and you will prove me right. --- NL-Aid --- November 21, 2011  (UGANDA)   http://is.gd/8pKUk8

19.                    "Disability Benefit Changes to Have 'Appalling Consequences' " ---Tens of thousands in South Wales will be hit by the Government's planned disability benefits changes, academics have predicted. --- WalesOnline --- November 22, 2011  (WALES)    http://is.gd/N31mcS


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