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News Summary for March 26, 2012
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. “Mentally Disabled Victim Dies of Beating Injuries” --- Edward McClure, who worked at a home for disabled adults, was already behind bars on a charge of vulnerable adult abuse from the assault that occurred on February 21. A second degree murder charge has since been added. Police say McClure beat up ... --- MyFox Phoenix --- March 24, 2012 (ARIZONA) http://is.gd/Mw8xNG

2. “Two Gang Members Accused of Killing Developmentally Disabled Young Man Plead ...” --- Two reputed gang members accused of a thrill-killing of a developmentally disabled young man riding a bicycle in Lincoln Acres last year pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges Friday. --- San Diego 6 --- March 23, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/uwrpiS

“Mother of 15-Year-Old Sex Assault Suspect Speaks Out” --- "The care provider who is in charge of him in the group home, definitely should have never let him go by himself," the woman told FOX40. Due to her son's age, mentally impairment and nature of the crime, FOX40 is choosing not to reveal her name. --- KTXL --- March 21, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/FPQkhv

4. “Southern Pines Man Charged with Sexual Assault of Mentally Handicapped Man” --- A Southern Pines man was charged Tuesday with sexually assaulting a mentally handicapped man in December, police said. Edward Kinton Wallace, 36, of the 200 block of Murry Hill Road, is charged with first-degree sexual offense, ... --- Fayetteville Observer --- March 22, 2012 (NORTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/SpvC5M

5. “Mom Says District Mistreating Disabled Daughter” --- A community is outraged after a mom claims her disabled daughter is facing discrimination at school from New Caney ISD. Kristi Roberts says the proof is all on tape, and now it's posted online for the world to hear. --- MyFox Houston --- March 22, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/NJ1NdK

6. “Signs of Distress at DCS” --- Dr. Antoinette Laskey poured her time and energy into helping protect Indiana's children from abuse and neglect for eight years. A professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine, Laskey is nationally recognized for her insights on how to ... --- Indianapolis Star --- March 21, 2012 (INDIANA) http://is.gd/1tcOd5

7. “Report: Living Conditions Deplorable at Some Group Homes” --- Group homes are home to more than 4,000, but results of an investigation released Tuesday unveil shocking details and pictures. Of the state's nearly 500 group homes, the Advocacy Center, a non-profit organization in New Orleans, narrowed in on what ... --- WBXH --- March 20, 2012 (LOUISIANA) http://is.gd/XZ0ZU9

8. “The 'R-word' is Officially Yanked from Iowa Law” --- The term “retarded” will be replaced with “intellectual disability” in Iowa's law, under a bill that Gov. Terry Branstad signed today. The bill, Senate File 2247, was pushed by state Rep. Lisa Heddens, an Ames Democrat whose son has Down syndrome. --- DesMoinesRegister.com --- March 22, 2012 (IOWA) http://is.gd/wpweuT

“Bill Inspired by Dexter Child Abuse Case Gets a Second Chance” --- A bill backed by Austin lawmakers to toughen criminal penalties for parents who chain, cage or tie up their children appears to be getting a second chance after stalling in the Minnesota Senate. --- Post-Bulletin --- March 24, 2012 (MINNESOTA) http://is.gd/HWpdKO

10. “Despite Decades of Scrutiny, State-Run Disability Residences Still Can't Pass ... “ --- After 21 years of contentious legal wrangling, a federal judge had dismissed a class-action lawsuit accusing the state of abusing and neglecting residents in its institutions for people with intellectual disabilities. Texas' centers were finally taking ... --- Austin American-Statesman --- March 21, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/xfnFqd
11. “Phoenix Woman Accused of Dismembering Disabled Man and Burning His Body Pleads ... A Phoenix woman accused of stabbing and dismembering a wheelchair-bound man before burning his body has pleaded guilty in the case. Maricopa County prosecutors say 35-year-old Angela Simpson pleaded guilty Thursday to first-degree murder ... --- The Republic --- March 22, 2012 (ARIZONA) http://is.gd/C56QFF
12. “Murder Conviction Upheld for Killing Child in Suicide Attempt” --- The main issue at her trial in 2009 was her claim of insanity. If found insane, she would have been sent to a mental hospital instead of prison and could have been released once the courts found she had recovered her sanity and was no longer dangerous. --- San Francisco Chronicle --- March 23, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/U25Tsx
13. “Gene Expression Abnormalities in Autism Identified” --- A study led by Eric Courchesne, PhD, director of the Autism Center of Excellence at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine has, for the first time, identified in young autism patients genetic mechanisms involved in abnormal early ... --- EurekAlert (press release) --- March 23 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/KrlJdN
14. “Two Arrested for Shooting, Killing Developmentally Disabled Young Man Riding ...” --- Authorities say two men have been arrested on suspicion of murder in the death of a 21-year-old developmentally disabled man who was shot while riding his bicycle in a San Diego suburb. --- San Diego 6 --- March 22, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/8FGfXo
15. “Willows Cop Forced to Taser Mental Health Patient” --- A Willows police officer was forced to use his taser stun gun on a patient who walked away from Glenn Medical Center after he was put on a mental health hold by police early this morning. --- Enterprise-Record --- March 22, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/LHWa5v
16. “Alamosa Man Faces up to 48 Years” --- On October 3, 2011, Jeffrey Dell, 43, allegedly duct taped a handicapped woman so she could not leave his residence then beat and sexually assaulted her. The victim, 33, managed to escape and ran to the Alamosa Co urt House for assistance. --- Valley Courier --- March 23, 2012 (COLORADO) http://is.gd/j3EHKr
17. “Caregiver Gets 10 Years for Forgery, Dependent Adult Abuse in Thefts from ... --- A 43-year-old Davenport woman has been given 10 years in prison for forgery and dependent adult abuse. The Quad-City Times says The Republic --- March 22, 2012 (IOWA) http://is.gd/YV4gdN
18. “Suspect Charged with Stealing from Mentally Handicapped Woman” --- David Michael Pinder, 20, 614 Good Hope Road, West Monroe, was arrested by West Monroe police Tuesday, accused of using an access card which belonged to a mentally handicapped person. Police said a complaint of unauthorized use of an access card was ... --- Monroe News Star --- March 21, 2012 (LOUISIANA) http://is.gd/SaoJ8D
19. “Teen with Autism Handcuffed, Detained” --- The teen's father said he is planning legal action. --- Wood TV8 --- March 22, 2012 (MASSACHUSETTS) http://is.gd/y7JFN4
20. “Teen with Autism Handcuffed, Detained” --- John Bessinger took his son, Johnathan, to the courthouse downtown Grand Rapids for a guardianship hearing Wednesday. Before they could make it past the metal detectors, Johnathan began to have a panic attack, his father said. --- WOOD-TV --- March 22, 2012 (MICHIGAN) http://is.gd/19Xq0U
21. “Report: Disabled, Mentally Ill in NY Care at Risk” --- Disabled, mentally ill in NY care at risk Originally published: Weaknesses in New York's $17.9 billion system for providing care to ... --- Newsday --- March 22, 2012 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/OxgSKB
22. “Government Sues AT&T over Services for Users with Disabilities” --- The Justice Department has sued to recover millions of dollars from AT&T Corp., alleging the company improperly billed the government for services that are designed for use by the deaf and hard-of-hearing who place calls by typing messages over the ... --- NewsOK.com --- March 23, 2012 (OKLAHOMA) http://is.gd/zZstIh
23. “Parents: Aide Hit Autistic Child” --- Parents of a 6-year-old autistic student say they removed their special-needs son from Blossom Gulch Elementary School after he was abused by a teacher's aide. Ricky and Rachel Flowers say their son Bryceson, formerly a first-grade student ... --- Coos Bay World --- March 22, 2012 (OREGON) http://is.gd/09gj1v
24. “Police Investigate Assault, Robbery of Wheelchair-Bound Man” --- Police say a Pottstown man who lives in the 300 block of West King Street was assaulted and robbed while sitting in a wheelchair outside his residence around 11 am March 9. The victim, who is paralyzed from the waist down, ... --- The Mercury --- (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/HtwNrk
25. “Inmate with $1 Bail Remains in Lockup” --- Joshua Adrian Moran remains in prison on $1 bail, accused of indecently assaulting a mentally handicapped girl. Moran, 36, of Spring Grove, was arrested Jan. 30, 2011, on charges of unlawful contact with a minor, corruption of ... --- York Daily Record --- March 21, 2012 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/VacSBs
26. “South Dakota Man Accused of Sexually Contacting Disabled Adult Indicted on 2 ...“ --- A Lake Andes man accused of sexual contacting a disabled individual has been indicted on two felony counts. Twenty-eight-year-old Kelly Joe Wells was indicted on counts of sexual contact with a person incapable of consenting and ... --- The Republic --- March 22, 2012 (SOUTH DAKOTA) http://is.gd/G7DBuG
27. “Tacoma Man Accused of Molesting Developmentally-Disabled Teen Girl” --- A developmentally-disabled teenaged girl claims a man enticed her to his apartment, then held her there for hours and molested her. The attack happened right across the street from the Pierce County Jail at the St. James Apartments. --- KOMO News --- March 20, 2012 (WASHINGTON) http://is.gd/be1kvy

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28. “Huntsville Hearing on Budget Cuts for Mental Health Yields Few Answers” --- A dozen protestors held a rally on St. Clair Street today to raise awareness about budget cuts facing the Department of Mental Health. --- The Huntsville Times - al.com --- March 23, 2012 (ALABAMA) http://is.gd/I52Jj5
29. “New Revolutionary Mental Illness Treatment Offers Hope for Multiple Disorders ...” --- Even with all of the medical breakthroughs we have today, mental illness remains a topic we rarely discuss in the media and yet the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reported ... --- PR.com (press release) --- March 23, 2012 (CALIFORNIA)http://is.gd/ER1IOM
30. “Mental Health Department Faces Difficult Decisions” --- Attempting to avoid drastic cuts to services for the county's mentally ill and homeless population, the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday considered a myriad of measures, including consolidating the Mental Health and Public ... --- Santa Ynez Valley Journal --- March 22, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/YV4gdN
31. “SHU's Lecture Series with Talk on Educating Educators on Autistic Youth” --- Her topic was Film and Perspective-Taking: Educating Educators on Youth with Autism, and she discussed the implications of using film to prepare teachers to teach students with disabilities. --- TheDay.com --- March 23, 2012 (CONNECTICUT) http://is.gd/7Gv0MV
32. “Poet Sheila Black Considers Pain, Disability, Selfhood and 'The Problem of Normal'--- Black elaborated: “For me the question of disability was really a problem of normal. The problem was all the normal people out there." Black grew into an award-winning poet whose creative interests include what a collaborator has described as ... --- WBEZ --- March 24, 2012 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/M4JzFg
33. “Village Seeks to Avoid Trial over Group Home” --- The village of Arlington Hts. filed a summary judgment last week to have a housing lawsuit ruled in their favor without the need for a full trial, according to village attorney Jack Siegel. The village has been battling the lawsuit since fall 2010. --- Journal & Topics Newspapers Online --- March 24, 2012 (ILLINOIS)http://is.gd/4pmdQY
34. “Mary Todd Lincoln Insanity Case to be 'Retried' “ --- A series of events next fall marking the life of Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of Abraham Lincoln, will include the staging of retrials of her insanity case. The events are being produced and sponsored by the Illinois Supreme Court Historic ... --- KFVS --- March 23, 2012 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/tk1UqK
35. “Washington County Jail Panel Bemoans Loss of Funding for Mental Health Services” --- Chairman Sandra Prescott said the group is taking a close look at the erosion of funding for mental health services this year, and its effect on inmates. In this state budget year, the Washington County Jail is expected to lose $125,000 in state funding ... --- Bangor Daily News --- March 22, 2012 (MAINE) http://is.gd/oDUyZG

. “Lawmakers Call for Analysis of State's Mental Health Services” ---Leaders of a legislative committee on mental health are calling for an independent review of mental health resources in the state, citing concerns about a proposal to close the Taunton State Hospital and about how ... --- March 23, 2012 (MASSACHUSETTS) http://is.gd/dJDZx8
37. “Lawmakers Vow to Fight Mass. Hospital Closing” --- Marc Pacheco, D-Taunton, told the rally that he and other legislators opposed to the plan would seek to add language to the state's budget for the next fiscal year that would block the closing of the Taunton hospital, or any other state mental health ... --- Boston.com --- March 22, 2012 (MASSACHUSETTS)http://is.gd/WTy2W5
38. “With Costs Rising, States Are Paring Back Special Funds Meant for Disabled ... “ --- But more than 675,000 veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan have reported disabilities, and they are having a harder time getting jobs than their able-bodied, private-sector counterparts, said David Autry, a spokesman for Disabled American Veterans. --- Washington Post --- March 22, 2012 (MISSOURI) http://is.gd/lTxT7r
39. “State Mental Health System is Broken” --- 'State hospital wait list hits historic high’ read the headline over Monitor reporter Annmarie Timmins's Saturday story about a mental health system that's collapsing for want of resources. That record should be viewed with a deep ... --- Concord Monitor --- March 21, 2012 (NEW HAMPSHIRE) http://is.gd/QHcxiT
40. “Sheriff's Office Goes High Tech to Search for Missing People” --- Sheriff John Burns said in a news release that he has signed an agreement with the A Child Is Missing alert program that will help his department search for missing children, elderly, college students, and mentally or physically handicapped people. --- WWNY TV 7 --- March 23, 2012 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/sgj4Zu
41. “Free Online Child Abuse Prevention Training Now Available” ---According to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), North Carolina preschool providers and parents now have access to free child abuse prevention training during the month of March on the Prevent Child Abuse NC website. --- Examiner.com --- March 24, 2012 (NORTH CAROLINA)http://is.gd/wNM5iE
42. “Leadership Workshop Offers Help to Disabled” --- Justin Schreck says the Ohio Youth Leadership Forum helped him grow as a person dealing... The Ohio State University recently recognized Caledonia resident Trella Hemmerly Romine... "Free speech not only lives, it rocks! --- Marion Star --- March 24, 2012 (OHIO) http://is.gd/tMXQnt
43. Multiple Sclerosis still is disease with many mysteries: Your Turn While no cures have yet been found, a number of effective drugs have been developed which help with symptoms and retard the progress of a person's MS. The hope is more people are aware of the disease sooner and realize they need to see a doctor to get ... --- Plain Dealer --- March 24, 2012 (OHIO) http://is.gd/UU03qO
44. “Termination Notices About to Go out for Lakeshore Employees” --- Facing expected closure this summer by the state Department of Mental Health, some 60 employees of Lakeshore Mental Health Institute already have left for other jobs. The remaining 314 on Monday will receive notice ... --- Knoxville News Sentinel --- March 24, 2012 (TENNESSEE)http://is.gd/9Wuzkm
45. “Mary Breaux Brings CPS Perspective into the Classroom” --- Special to The Item for 17 years, Mary Breaux has worked in the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, helping child and adult victims of abuse and neglect. Breaux, a Ph.D. student in Educational Leadership at Prairie View A ... --- March 20, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/r59k02
46. “Taking up Slack: Regional Mental Health Effort Aims to Clean up State's Mess” --- We are fortunate in East Texas to have local leaders who will work together to look for solutions, as they are doing through work toward a regional approach to mental health care. --- Longview News-Journal --- March 24, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/F1Hhcc
48. “Women Recognized for Helping Community” --- Bettye McDonald-Mitchell is nationally recognized for her expertise in aging, protective services and elder abuse. She has served as director for the Adult Protective Services Program for the State of Texas and then became the deputy commissioner for ... --- KYTX --- March 23, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/uKIGFm
49. “Mental Illness in Children: Know the Signs” --- Why is it hard for parents to identify mental illness in children? It's typically up to the adults in a child's life to identify whether the child has a mental health concern. --- MSN Health & Fitness --- March 24, 2012 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/4nejOC
50. “ADHD Diagnosis Rates Rose Sharply in Last Decade” --- Symptoms of ADHD include an inability to focus, trouble controlling emotions and hyperactive behavior, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). --- Philadelphia Inquirer --- March 24, 2012 (U.S. -- NATIONAL) http://is.gd/A2ILsB
51. “Capsules: Sheriff: State Mental Health Cuts Undermine Public Safety” --- Now on Kaiser Health News' blog, Jenny Gold reports: "As states have struggled to balance their budgets during the economic downturn, mental health programs have frequently weathered significant cuts. Three-quarters of states have cut their mental ... --- Kaiser Health News --- March 23, 2012 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/OaLxLg
52. “80% of Wounded Veterans Cite Mental Health Woes” --- In a survey conducted this year of wounded Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, nearly 80 percent reported having symptoms of a combat-related mental health condition, and roughly half said they had a traumatic brain injury. --- Marine Corps Times --- March 23, 2012 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/0Kcof0
53. “New CDC Autism Numbers Coming Soon; Rate Increase to Over 1 in 100 Expected by ...” --- CDC will be releasing new autism prevalence rates soon and it is believed that the rate will have increased to more than 1 in 100 children. The Canary Party believes it is time to treat autism as the public health emergency that it is. --- Web (press release)PR --- March 20, 2012 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/lTij2d
Proposed Legislation and New Laws

“County of Marin Approves Health Services Funding” --- Officials also approved a $744,363 contract with Seneca Center of San Leandro to provide an array of mental health services to children, youth and families. In addition, the county board approved a $110,000 contract with Harm Reduction Therapy Center of ... --- Marin Independent-Journal --- March 24, 2012 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/Gooblg
55. “Will County Officials Say Quinn Should Reconsider Closing Mental Health Center” --- Pat Quinn to reconsider plans to close a state-run Tinley Park Mental Health Center. Earlier this year, Quinn announced plans to close the facility, which provides acute care for those with mental health conditions. Will County leaders recently said ... --- TribLocal --- March 22, 2012 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/WXPwrO
56. “Public Forum to Focus on Mental Health” --- The mental health redesign bills are continuing to move forward, with less than a month before the end of the legislative session. But that still leaves plenty of time for debate over th e reorganization of the state's mental health and developmentally ... --- Burlington Hawk Eye --- March 23, 2012 (IOWA) http://is.gd/x7IJ8r
57. . Family Video Pays $70,000 as Part of Discrimination Settlement” --- Family Video, reputedly the largest privately-owned retailer of movies and video games in the US, has recently resolved a disability discrimination lawsuit. --- Human Resources Journal --- March 20, 2012 (LOUISIANA) http://is.gd/XZ0ZU9
58. “Disabled Player, Mom Win Football Case” --- A youth football league in western Pennsylvania must allow a visually disabled child to wear a tinted helmet visor to protect his eyes. The settlement announced Tuesday by the Justice Department resolves a case against the Mountain Valley Midget ... --- FOXSports.com --- March 20, 2012 (PENNSYLVANIA)http://is.gd/SHjVaf
59. “US, Va. Both Claim Settlement Agreement Doesn't Mandate Disabled Training ...” --- Virginia and the US Department of Justice say their proposed settlement on the care of severely mentally disabled people doesn't necessarily order the shutdown of state-run residential facilities. --- Washington Post --- March 22, 2012 (VIRGINIA) http://is.gd/gVuEh9
60. “Autism Insurance Bill to be Signed in Wheeling” --- In commemoration of World Autism Day, Augusta Levy Learning Center announced West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin will be signing HB4260 (the Autism Insurance bill) which was supported by many local delegates and senators. Officials said the historic ... --- WTRF --- March 23, 2012 (WEST VIRGINIA)http://is.gd/mRRtUw
International Articles
61. “WA Draft Mental Health Laws up for Debate” --- Proposed mental health laws in Western Australia could see children as young as 12 be able to consent to psychotherapy, electroconvulsive therapy and sterilisation without parental permission, the opposition says. The WA government has released its ... --- Ninemsn --- March 21, 2012 (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/XytmK4
62. “Teacher Fined for Classroom Assault on Autistic Boy” --- A substitute teacher has been fined $2000 for pinching the ear of a five-year-old autistic boy in her classroom. Teresa Lynn Burtis, 43, was found guilty of one charge of assault and will now have a criminal record that will likely prevent ... --- Edmonton Journal --- March 23, 2012 (CANADA) http://is.gd/E6p6hQ
63. “Protesters Decry Youth Mental Health Cuts” --- These cuts are affecting two youth mental health care centres, the Adolescent Centre for Treatment and Compass, a treatment centre for young children, which each lost four patient beds. IWK said its waiting list dropped to 70 from 1,030, after it sent a ... --- TheChronicleHerald.ca --- March 22, 2012 (CANADA)http://is.gd/SQ37uX
64. “Austerity Mania Threatens Ontario's Poor and Disabled” --- Defining disability by employability opens the possibility that the non-“severely” disabled could be forced into signing participation agreements, which are used as a punitive tool in OW, that make eligibility for income benefits dependent on enforced ... --- Toronto Star --- March 22, 2012 (CANADA) http://is.gd/zNRtkD
65. Legal Setback for Family Suing Manitoba over Man's Hospital Death” --- Sinclair, a 45-year-old double amputee, died in 2008 of a treatable bladder infection at the Health Sciences Centre after waiting 34 hours for treatment. The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority recently paid Sinclair's family $110,000 on a portion of ... --- Montreal Gazette --- March 21, 2012 (CANADA) http://is.gd/xfnFqd
66. “Police Detained for Dumping Live Body as ‘Corpse’ --- Authorities in central China have detained three police officers and a local official for allegedly dumping the body of a comatose 18-year-old woman, the victim of an attack, presuming that she was a mentally-challenged person who died after falling ... --- CRIENGLISH.com --- March 22, 2012 (CHINA) http://is.gd/u1l85 l
67. “Our Lives Shaped by Autism” --- Autism is as yet undetectable before and immediately after birth. The average age of diagnosis is about five. Therefore nearly all parents of autistic children have a period of expecting that their child will develop neurotypically (non-autistically). --- The Guardian --- March 23, 2012 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/O3hvcJ
68. “Big Increase in the Number of Disabled People” --- The number of disabled people listed in the national registry has shot up by more than 9000 since 1994. According to data published in the annual report of the National Commission for Disabled People for 2011, the number of registered people increased ... --- Times of Malta --- March 24, 2012 (MALTA)http://is.gd/xEMnW4
69. “Recession's Big Role in Mental-Health Spike” --- The number of children and teenagers presenting with mental illnesses has increased by as much as 15 per cent in Waikato in the past three years, but experts say the statistics do not tell the full story. --- Stuff.co.nz --- March 24, 2012 (NEW ZEALAND) http://is.gd/3pCdYj
70. “Number of Children with Autism Soars by More than 50 Per Cent in Five Years” --- The number of schoolchildren who are classified as being autistic has soared by 56 per cent in the last five years. There are now 61570 schoolchildren in the state-funded sector that have been recorded as having some kind of autistic spectrum disorder ... --- Telegraph.co.uk --- March 22, 2012 (UNITED KINGDOM) http://is.gd/vcNwvS


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