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News Summary for March 11, 2013
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. “Senator Urges Federal Probe into Abuse, Neglect of Developmentally Disabled” --- Murphy was responding to stories in The Courant reporting on abuse and neglect of developmentally disabled residents in Connecticut group homes, state-run institutions, nursing homes and hospitals. --- Hartford Courant --- March 4, 2013 (CONNECTICUT)

2. “Assaults of State's Developmentally Disabled Top 5,000 in Eight Years” --- But one detail was mostly lost in the intense coverage: An official with the group home's parent company — which cares for about two dozen developmentally disabled residents across the state — told police that eight other employees had been fired for ... --- Hartford Courant --- March 3, 2013 (CONNECTICUT) http://is.gd/6bg37I

3. “Caregiver Accused Of Abusing, Neglecting, Stealing from Mentally ...” --- A Bracken County caregiver has been indicted on charges he beat and starved his mentally handicapped sister for several years. Anthony Cottey is accused of abusing, neglecting, and stealing from his sister, Paula Cottey … --- LEX18 Lexington KY News --- February 25, 2013 (KENTUCKY) http://is.gd/4oYDAD

4. “NJ Nurse Found Guilty of Assault on Disabled Man” --- A male nurse in southern New Jersey has been found guilty of sexually assaulting a quadriplegic man in his care and videotaping the incident. --- 6abc.com --- February 28, 2013 (NEW JERSEY) http://is.gd/tACqjT

5. “Feds Eye NY School's Treatment of Disabled Student” --- The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating an incident in which a disabled student at a suburban New York high school was kept inside as the school was being evacuated during a fire emergency … --- Wall Street Journal --- February 28, 2013 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/0QhfDk

6. “Federal Sequestration Would Mean Cuts for Disabled, Disadvantaged Students” --- That means nearly 400 teachers and aides could lose their jobs, funding for disabled students could drop by nearly $19 million and the Title I program, which benefits economically disadvantaged students, would lose $29 million. --- WGCL Atlanta --- February 27, 2013 (GEORGIA) http://is.gd/eU0vSI

7. “Genesee ARC Stands to Lose $600,000 in Proposed State Budget” --- Under Governor Cuomo's new budget proposal, funding to organizations that assist people with developmental disabilities will be cut by $120 million. --- WBTA --- March 4, 2013 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/hTTDox

8. “South Mississippians Push for State Hate Crime Law to Include 'Disability' ” --- Gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and disability are included in that list if the crime "affected interstate or foreign commerce or occurred within federal special maritime and territorial jurisdiction," according … --- SunHerald.com --- February 28, 2013 (MISSISSIPPI) http://is.gd/AkmnMv

9. “Councillor Who Said 'Disabled Children Cost Too Much and Should Be Put Down ...” --- A councillor has finally quit his post after causing outrage for his 'depraved' remark in which he suggested 'disabled children cost the council too much money and should be put down'. --- Daily Mail --- February 28, 2013 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/MFdTF4

10. “Sexual Abuse of Disabled Common in India, Says Study” --- The disabled in India are subjected to widespread discrimination and inhuman treatment, particularly sexual abuse and torture, a European Union-sponsored study conducted by rights organisations said Monday. --- Deccan Herald --- February 25, 2013 (INDIA) http://is.gd/4ZhlzL

11. “Disabled Employees More Likely to Be Attacked and Bullied at Work, Research Finds” --- Disabled employees more likely to be attacked and bullied at work, research finds. March 5, 2013. Employees with disabilities are twice as likely to be attacked at work and experience much higher rates of insults, ridicule and intimidation, a new study ... --- Phys.Org --- March 5, 2013 (UNITED KINGDOM) http://is.gd/08BaY9


12. “Family Donates Wheelchair to Phoenix Woman in Wake of Theft” --- Generous 3TV viewers have come through for a woman whose custom wheelchair -- her only way to get around -- was stolen from the carport of her Phoenix home last week. --- AZFamily --- March 3, 2013 (ARIZONA) http://is.gd/GUGTqY

13. “Man Arrested for Child Endangerment of His Mentally Disabled Daughter” --- Deputies arrested a man suspected of child endangerment late Friday night after witnesses reported seeing him assault his daughter. --- KTXL --- March 5, 2013 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/sYDiSj

14. “Lodi District to Pay $4.5M in Lawsuit Involving Special-needs Student” --- A jury found the Lodi Unified School District negligent in hiring Richard Evans, who pleaded guilty in 2011 to molesting the girl on a school bus when she was 8 years old. --- KCRA Sacramento --- March 5, 2013 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/Iag6Te

15. “Berkeley Citizens Rights Groups Demand Answers in Death of Mentally Ill Suspect” --- Members of several community groups raised concerns Thursday about the way the Berkeley Police Department handled an incident with a mentally ill man who died in a struggle with officers two weeks ago. --- CBS Local --- February 28, 2013 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/ZhKloW

16. “LA Group Home Resident Dies in Police Custody” --- The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating the death of a 40-year-old man who died while in police custody. --- San Jose Mercury News --- February 26, 2013 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/cpFZsM

17. “Developmentally Disabled, Nursing Homes Can Be Dangerous Mix” --- Advocates for the developmentally disabled say patients like Vacarro need constant supervision, whether it is because they fall a lot, need a significant amount of medications or have a history of choking. --- Hartford Courant --- March 5, 2013 (CONNECTICUT) http://is.gd/pH0rp9

18. “Vernon Man Pleads Guilty in Beating, Robbery of Disabled Man” --- Darnell Stellmacher faces four years in prison when he is sentenced next month for beating and robbing a disabled man. The 33-year-old Vernon man pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree robbery and third-degree assault … --- Hartford Courant --- March 4, 2013 (CONNECTICUT) http://is.gd/MukNHV

19. “Failing Those with Developmental Disabilities” --- In the two decades since Mansfield closed, many with intellectual disabilities have found better lives in group homes or other community settings. But the model has not been a panacea. --- Hartford Courant --- March 4, 2013 (CONNECTICUT) http://is.gd/MNDzr0

20. “State Ties Group Home Death of Victor Soderquist Jr. to Substandard Care” --- When Victor Soderquist Jr. had a heart attack in his bedroom at a Bethel group home in December 2005, there was no nurse there to help him. In fact, the Dodgingtown Group Home where Soderquist lived for 14 years hadn't had a second-shift Sunday nurse ... --- Hartford Courant --- March 3, 2013 (CONNECTICUT) http://is.gd/oxgAU3

21. “Abuse, Neglect Cited in Deaths of Developmentally Disabled in State Care” --- Another 28 deaths involved allegations of abuse or neglect that couldn't be substantiated by state investigators. The Courant's review of state records associated with the deaths revealed systemic flaws in the care of the … --- Hartford Courant --- March 1, 2013 (CONNECTICUT) http://is.gd/o41LN1

22. “Warrant: Woman Spent Disabled Daughter's Money on Home Improvements, Weekend Trips” --- A 59-year-old woman recently arrested on larceny and money laundering charges spent nearly $250,000 from her disabled daughter's special needs trust on home improvements, appliances, weekend trips … --- Hartford Courant --- February 26, 2013 (CONNECTICUT) http://is.gd/FfZNyD

23. “Parents sue Palm Beach County School Board over Autistic Son's Treatment” --- He said there was no evidence their son was left out in the hallway alone when he had disruptive outbursts. Further, he said, while the parents complain that the restraints were used without their consent, school policy does not require it. --- Palm Beach Post --- March 4, 2013 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/gGclun

24. “Man Charged with Abusing Mentally Disabled Girl over a 3-Year Period” --- A 55-year-old Osceola Mills man was charged with eight felony and two misdemeanor counts in connection with inappropriate sexual contact over a three-year period with a mentally disabled, now 13-year-old girl, state police at Philipsburg said. --- Centre Daily Times --- March 4, 2013 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/dxmg7j

25. “Robber Pushes Wheelchair-bound Man Into Oncoming Traffic” --- A Florida man is in jail after deputies said he robbed a wheelchair bound man and then pushed him into traffic. --- WCSH-TV --- February 28, 2013 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/CCiRAW

26. “Mentally Ill Newton Woman Found Beaten to Death” --- Cornelius Richardson-Bethea, 44, was arrested Monday and charged with murder for the killing of Susan Walter, a 47-year-old mentally challenged woman in her charge, authorities said. Newton County Sheriff's deputies responded … --- Atlanta Journal Constitution --- March 5, 2013 (GEORGIA) http://is.gd/Zvqkut

27. “Gage Park High School Students Charged After Rape of Disabled Girl” --- A Gage Park High School student forced a learning disabled girl to perform a sex act on him in the South Side school's band room while his classmate acted as a … --- CBS2 Chicago --- March 1, 2013 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/rPwpDA

28. “Teachers Suspended over Restraint Room Scuffle at Eleanor Skillen School 34” --- Indianapolis Public Schools spokesman John Althardt said the district would have no comment about the incident or the district's restraint room policies because the case is now in litigation … --- WRTV Indianapolis --- March 4, 2013 (INDIANA) http://is.gd/dtHXMD

29. “Caregiver Thief Receives 60-Day Jail Sentence” --- A Mill Creek woman who pleaded guilty to stealing more than $60,000 from several elderly or disabled clients was sentenced to 60 days in the LaPorte County Jail. Tari Britton, 52, who pleaded guilty to two counts of Class D felony theft ... --- South Bend Tribune --- February 28, 2013 (INDIANA) http://is.gd/KpHSXn

30. “Iowa Remains Behind on Required Inspections of Care Facilities for the Disabled” ---"It's essential to have regular inspections at these types of facilities," said Jane Hudson, executive director of Disability Rights Iowa, an organization that advocates for the disabled. --- The Republic --- March 3, 2013 (IOWA) http://is.gd/rEdKBH

31. “Man Accused of Assaulting Disabled Mom” --- A Salem man who allegedly prevented his 67-year-old disabled mother from leaving her apartment in her wheelchair by grabbing her around the throat was ordered held without bail yesterday. --- The Salem News --- March 5, 2013 (MASSACHUSETTS) http://is.gd/ldvaKk

32. “Watchdog for Disabled Describes Abuse Reports” --- A watchdog for some of the state's most at-risk people, the Disabled Persons Protection Commission, won plaudits Monday from a bipartisan group of lawmakers who heard about an agency coping with increased abuse reports and fewer staff. --- The Sun --- March 4, 2013 (MASSACHUSETTS) http://is.gd/OUGNLM

33. “Flint Woman Accused of Beating Disabled Flushing Township Adult Foster Care ...” --- A Flint woman is facing criminal charges after authorities say she beat a developmentally disabled woman in her care with a broom. --- The Flint Journal - MLive.com --- March 4, 2013 (MICHIGAN) http://is.gd/CSXul7

34. “Robbery Suspect Accused of Pushing Wheelchair-Bound Man Into Highway Traffic” --- According to a news release from the Osceola County Sheriff's Office, police said a Florida man was arrested and charged with attempted murder, robbery, abuse of a disabled adult, petit theft and animal … --- My TV20 Detroit --- February 28, 2013 (MICHIGAN) http://is.gd/hsVi16

35. “Montana Developmental Center Worker Denied Parole” --- The Montana Board of Parole on Thursday denied parole for Allen Whetstone. Whetstone in June 2011 pleaded guilty to felony sexual assault at the Montana Developmental Center … --- Billings Gazette --- March 2, 2013 (MONTANA) http://is.gd/TIG0fg

36. “State to Investigate Report of Mentally Ill Man Dumped in California” --- Accused of patient dumping, Nevada health officials on Monday said they're investigating what led Southern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services to release a 48-year-old mentally ill man from a Las Vegas psychiatric hospital and put him on a Greyhound to ... --- Las Vegas Review – Journal --- March 4, 2013 (NEVADA) http://is.gd/fJiURA

37. “Wheelchair-Bound Girl Remains Trapped In Apartment 4 Months After Sandy Hit” --- Schania Burgess, 8, is wheelchair-bound and has not been outside since Sandy hit. Her mother said the elevators in their high-rise building on Surf Avenue and 24th Street have been … --- CBS Local --- February 28, 2013 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/8dCzan

38. “State under Fire for Treatment of Disabled” --- Flashing a stack of complaints, a Long Island legislator railed Wednesday that the state still isn't "doing what we have to do" to protect residents of homes for the developmentally disabled. --- Newsday --- February 27, 2013 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/38K8oo

39. “Stepmom Convicted of Killing Disabled Child Gets Drug Sentence” --- The North Carolina woman sentenced to prison for killing her 10-year-old disabled stepdaughter is facing 10 years in prison after her conviction on a federal drug charge. U.S. Attorney Anne M. Tompkins announced Monday that 44-year-old ... --- Greensboro News & Record --- March 5, 2013 (NORTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/tikGGb

40. “Portland Caretaker Arrested on Criminal Mistreatment Charges” --- She claimed she was only helping him out because his immediate family was not. She maintained that she was not employed as a caretaker. Hutchison reportedly said that she had never noticed any difference in the … --- KOIN Local 6 --- March 1, 2013 (OREGON) http://is.gd/Rd0YTX

41. “Troutdale Man Accused of Raping Disabled Woman” --- Multnomah County sheriff's deputies arrested a Troutdale man accused of raping a developmentally disabled woman. KGW reports a grand jury indicted Cedric Graves last week. --- San Francisco Chronicle --- February 28, 2013 (OREGON) http://is.gd/t9Iln8

42. “Wilkinsburg Man Pleads Guilty to Threatening Disabled Clairton Police Officer” --- A Wilkinsburg man arrested after threatening a paralyzed Clairton police officer pleaded guilty today to charges of terroristic threats, harassment, simple assault and disorderly conduct. --- Pittsburgh Post Gazette --- March 5, 2013 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/XzL4Jn

43. “Police: Mentally Challenged Woman Gang Raped” --- An 18-year-old mentally disabled woman was gang raped in a West Hazleton home Monday night, according to police, who say they have identified four of the five suspects. Police Chief Brian Buglio said he responded … --- Wilkes Barre Times-Leader --- March 1, 2013 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/MHFV3x

44. “Fourth Pa. Teen Girl Sentenced to Prison in Videotaped Beating of Mentally Disabled Woman” --- A fourth teenage girl was sentenced to prison Tuesday in the videotaped beating of a mentally disabled woman near Philadelphia. Investigators said six teens punched and kicked a 48-year-old woman from … --- CBS News --- February 28, 2013 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/MbmA1X

45. “Man Gets Life for Strangling Mentally Challenged Woman” --- A man convicted of strangling a mentally challenged woman inside her Fort Worth apartment will spend the rest of his life behind bars. --- FOX 4 News --- March 5, 2013 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/BYmEH6

46. “Caretaker of Abused Utah Woman Takes Plea Deal” --- A Kearns woman accused of murder after a 22-year-old disabled woman died in her care has pleaded guilty to reduced charges. Cassandra Marie Shepard, 29, pleaded guilty Monday 3rd District Court to … --- Salt Lake Tribune --- February 25, 2013 (UTAH) http://is.gd/z8f5XF

47. “John Doe Investigation into Mental Health Complex Death Begins” --- An open John Doe investigation into the death of Brandon Johnson began Monday, March 4th. 25-year-old Johnson died inside the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex. --- FOX6Now.com --- March 4, 2013 (WISCONSIN) http://is.gd/DGi0mn

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48. “House Backs Police Training on Mentally Ill” --- The Arizona House of Representatives wants police officers to be better prepared when handling mentally ill people. A measure passed unanimously by the House Thursday would require police cadets to attend a three-hour training ... --- San Francisco Chronicle --- February 28, 2013 (ARIZONA) http://is.gd/7CmL6W

49. “Insurers Not Covering Behavioral Therapies for Autism, California Says” --- An explosion in autism diagnoses over the last two decades has driven the demand for intensive behavioral therapies and launched a multimillion-dollar industry. --- Los Angeles Times --- February 28, 2013 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/Ryiu0e

50. “Schools Vary in Approach and Staff for Mental Health” --- School systems throughout Connecticut have different approaches to the number and types of mental health professionals at the elementary level. --- Meriden Record-Journal --- March 4, 2013 (CONNECTICUT) http://is.gd/F6XMix

51. “The Mental Health System Changed, and So Did His Life” --- Now 48, Acker has lived through a significant shift in how the state addresses mental health -- one that has made Connecticut a leader in a national push to move from a "medical" approach to mental illness to a so-called recovery model. --- The Connecticut Mirror --- March 4, 2013 (CONNECTICUT) http://is.gd/K9iLAF

52. “Schools Consider Ways to Deal with Mental Health Disorders” --- In the aftermath of the tragedy, schools are likely to be pushed to help identify and treat students who, like Lanza, showed evidence of mental health problems or socialization issues. --- The Advocate --- March 3, 2013 (CONNECTICUT) http://is.gd/6oyxyR

53. “Pence Proclaims March to be Disability Awareness Month” --- Gov. Mike Pence, together with the Indiana Governor's Council for People with Disabilities, recently proclaimed the month of March as Disability Awareness Month. While Disability Awareness Month continues to focus on inclusion for ... --- Brazil Times --- February 28, 2013 (INDIANA) http://is.gd/7o3rWq

54. “Wichita Mom Tries to Get Help for Mentally Ill Son” --- Dr. Yasa believes Kansas simply isn't equipped to hospitalize the growing number of mentally ill children. "Like in the Wichita area, most of the facilities are two, three hours away from Wichita so it's quite a drive," said Dr. Yasa. --- KSN-TV --- February 27, 2013 (KANSAS) http://is.gd/a6kcui

55. “Hundreds Pack Capitol for Disabilities Rally” --- The rally was sponsored by the United 874K Coalition, which is composed of organizations representing individuals with disabilities, their families, advocates and providers. --- Lexington Herald Leader --- March 5, 2013 (KENTUCKY) http://is.gd/izifPR

56. “Police Shooting of Mentally ill Person in Greenwood Results in Death” --- Jack Keewatinawin, a 21-year-old male who lived with his father, was mentally ill. His brothers said he was schizophrenic and that police had dealt with him before, though police officials did not have any information regarding the suspects previous ... --- Ballard News Tribune --- February 28, 2013 (KENTUCKY) http://is.gd/g1Aoxy

57. “March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month” --- Statewide, approximately 178,000 adults and children have a developmental disability. To encourage more Michigan residents to understand developmental disabilities, --- Oakland Press --- March 1, 2013 (MICHIGAN) http://is.gd/5BagT2 ICH

58. “Audit: Many Stuck in Minn. Mental Health System” --- Auditors found top administrators at the Minnesota Department of Human Services failed to adequately manage programs for people with mental illness, chemical dependency and developmental disabilities, Minnesota Public … --- San Francisco Chronicle --- February 27, 2013 (MINNESOTA) http://is.gd/iSktXp

59. “Nixon: Medicaid Expansion Would Strengthen Mental Health Coverage” --- For the third time in three weeks, Governor Nixon visited the Ozarks to push for his Medicaid expansion proposal. The Democrat stopped by Burrell Behavioral Health in Springfield to discuss impact of strengthening Medicaid on mental ... --- OzarksFirst.com --- March 4, 2013 (MISSOURI) http://is.gd/UidFSW

60. “I-Team: Mentally Ill Filling Hospital ERs” --- Last month, an average of 60 mentally ill patients laid waiting in hospital emergency rooms across the Las Vegas valley, according to the state of Nevada. --- KLAS-TV --- February 25, 2013 (NEVADA) http://is.gd/4kkcoj

61. “More Patients Waiting in NH Emergency Rooms for Mental Health Treatment” --- A 7-year-old with depression spent more than a week in the Keene hospital's emergency room, waiting for a state hospital bed to open up in Concord … --- The Keene Sentinel --- February 27, 2013 (NEW HAMPSHIRE) http://is.gd/oJJVck

62. “NJ Settles Suit over Developmentally Disabled” --- New Jersey is planning to move 600 developmentally disabled adults out of big institutions and into group homes under a legal settlement. --- San Francisco Chronicle --- February 26, 2013 (NEW JERSEY) http://is.gd/E933uy

63. “New York Budget Could Hurt Disabled” --- Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposed budget would slash $240 million from the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities. --- WBNG-TV --- March 4, 2013 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/tGko6z

64. “ 'Special Needs' Appeals Filed After Program Cuts” --- A growing number of parents with special-needs children who were cut from Suffolk County's child care program are seeking reinstatement, arguing that they were not properly informed of eligibility rules … --- Newsday --- March 3, 2013 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/IeEI5c

65. “Proposed Budget Cuts to Programs for the Disabled Leave Staten Island ...” --- The life Karl Beaman leads today would not have been possible during the dark days of the Willowbrook State School, but proposed budget cuts to programs for the developmentally disabled could begin the march back to that time. --- SILive.com --- March 2, 2013 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/qeDCDZ

66. “Mental illness: A Difficult Diagnosis with Sometimes Deadly Consequences” --- He either suffered from a mental illness or exhibited symptoms of one before he killed. Even Clackamas Town Center shooter Jacob Roberts, though never diagnosed with a mental illness, behaved like a person grappling with depression and suicidal notions ... --- OregonLive.com --- March 2, 2013 (OREGON) http://is.gd/3GPqMq

67. “Family Speaking about Mental Illness After Grandmother's Stabbing Death” --- A week after the unexpected attack in their Richland Township home, a father and daughter are turning their tragedy into advocacy for families of schizophrenics … --- CBS Local --- February 27, 2013 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/1bAVmK

68. “RI Senate Committee Approves New Mental Health Advocate” --- Testifying in support of Clingham's nomination were Anne M.C. Travers, chief of the juvenile division of the state public defender's office; Susan C. Jacobsen, executive director of the Mental Health Association of Rhode Island, and Alan B. Feinstein ... --- The Providence Journal --- March 5, 2013 (RHODE ISLAND) http://is.gd/YJuOqh

69. “Disability Advocacy Day at the State House” --- S.C. Partnership of Disability Organizations chair Margaret Moore-Williamson said Governor Haley and the General Assembly have stepped up to support those with life-long disabilities, and they are thankful for that, however it's important to make sure ... --- WACH --- March 4, 2013 (SOUTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/xcqZ1D

70. “Local Agency Looks at Mental Health Accessibility” --- A Fredericksburg counseling agency wants to make it easier for area parents to find mental health care for their children. Throughout the area, parents have found that such care can be very hard to find. --- Fredericksburg.com --- March 3, 2013 (VIRGINIA) http://is.gd/WMBdyJ

71. “Man Killed by Seattle Police was Mentally Ill, Neighbors Say” --- “They absolutely should've known who he is” and that he was mentally ill, Lewis said of the officers who responded Tuesday night. “He must've been so scared.” Lewis' boyfriend said … --- The Seattle Times --- February 27, 2013 (WASHINGTON) http://is.gd/hhNyhm

72. “A Word Gone Wrong” --- “Retarded” and “retard” today are variations on a slur. Young people especially like it: as a weapon of derision, it does the job. It's sharp, with an assaultive potency that words like “moron” and “idiot” lost sometime in the days of black-and-white TV. --- New York Times --- March 2, 2013 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/5lltwR

73. “With 'World of Jenks,' MTV Tackles Transition” --- MTV is putting a spotlight on the ups and downs facing those with disabilities as they transition to adulthood, with a documentary-style series following a 21-year-old with autism. --- Disability Scoop --- March 1, 2013 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/CH5ux8

74. “Autism, Depression Genetically Linked” --- Autism, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, and schizophrenia share common genetic underpinnings, despite differences in their symptoms and disease courses, a new study found. In particular, variations ... --- ABC News --- February 28, 2013 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/59SHG4

Proposed Legislation and New Laws

75. “Mental Health First Aid Plan Advancing at State Capital” --- Arizona launched Mental Health First Aid after the Tucson shooting through a partnership of the Arizona Department of Health Services, the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare and various community-based organizations. --- Cronkite News --- March 1, 2013 (ARIZONA) http://is.gd/mGkHKs

76. “State Lawmakers May Expand 'Laura's Law' for Mentally Ill” --- A lack of money and the ongoing controversy over forcing the mentally ill into treatment has led most counties to decide against enacting it. Some object to forced treatment if no crime has been committed. --- Santa Rosa Press Democrat --- March 3, 2013 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/Hl0eHv

77. “House Panel Approves Teen Mental Health Custody Bill” --- Physicians and nurse practitioners soon may have the authority to order juveniles who are suicidal, severely mentally ill or pose a threat to others into temporary custody at a hospital … --- The Spokesman Review --- March 1, 2013 (IDAHO) http://is.gd/8O0UWO

78. “Maine Voices: Bill Takes Step Toward Effective Mental Health Services in Maine” --- The Community Mental Health Centers Act of 1963 established an effort to develop a nationwide mental health infrastructure. Signed into law just one month before John F. Kennedy was assassinated, this measure … --- Press Herald --- February 26, 2013 (MAINE) http://is.gd/sBE5mj

79. “Genesee County Assistant Prosecutor to Testify in Lansing on Vulnerable Adult Abuse Law” --- A Genesee County assistant prosecutor is set to testify in Lansing in support of a bill that aims to strengthen the state's vulnerable adult abuse laws. --- The Flint Journal - MLive.com --- February 26, 2013 (MICHIGAN) http://is.gd/Rj39yz

80. “Al Franken, Jim Ramstad: Improving Care for Mental Illness” --- Paul Wellstone, spent much of his career in Congress fighting to end discrimination against those suffering mental illness and addiction — a fight that culminated in the passage of the … --- Minneapolis Star Tribune --- February 26, 2013 (MINNESOTA) http://is.gd/88F3Vv

81. “NJ Senate Panel Advances Bill to Stop Closure of Developmental Centers” --- The plan to shutter the North Jersey Developmental Center in Totowa and Woodbridge Developmental Center was supposed to be set in stone. Gov. Chris Christie and Legislature had agreed an earlier task force would make a legally binding decision to ... --- The Star-Ledger - NJ.com --- March 4, 2013 (NEW JERSEY) http://is.gd/FefSUf

82. “Safety Panel Focuses on Kendra's Law Related to the Mentally Ill” --- Under current state law, mentally ill people in Oklahoma can be involuntarily committed if they pose a risk to themselves or others. Kendra's Law would also allow some mentally ill people to be committed for up to 72 hours if … --- Tulsa World --- February 27, 2013 (OKLAHOMA) http://is.gd/Yg9Bc0

83. “Bill Changing Health Care for Disabled Progresses” --- A bill that would overhaul how health care is delivered to the long-term disabled in Texas has moved forward in the Senate. --- Austin News --- February 27, 2013 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/OPLkFY

84. “Bill Requiring Insurance Coverage for Autism Scrapped” --- A bill to mandate insurance coverage for autism treatment received a drastic makeover Thursday in the Utah Senate, disappointing hundreds of parents who hoped they could soon afford the necessary therapies for their children. --- Salt Lake Tribune --- February 28, 2013 (UTAH) http://is.gd/joVvxe

International Articles

85. “Shackling Mental Health Patients 'a Regrettable Reality' ” --- Premier Jay Weatherill and Health Minister Jack Snelling yesterday moved to downplay warnings by doctors and health advocates of a lack of mental health beds, arguing that shackling people in waiting areas of … --- The Australian --- March 1, 2013 (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/mtFj0O

86. “Disability Discrimination Act Anniversary” --- Disability rights activists are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Disability Discrimination Act coming into effect. While the laws changed the lives of millions of Australians, disability advocates … --- ABC Online --- March 1, 2013 (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/ak67Ia

87. “Child Abuse Program Failing in Australia” --- Australia's first ever road map to deal with child abuse and neglect is struggling to improve the lives of young people who can't live at home. In 2009, the federal government ... --- Radio Australia --- March 1, 2013 (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/JjHoH8

88. “Foster Parents Charged with Theft from Woman with Down's Syndrome” --- Marie OPP have laid charges against two females who were foster parents for a fifty-one year old female with Down's syndrome. Fifty -three year old Donna Matte of Sydenham Road, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario has been arrested and charged with one count of ... --- LOCAL2 Sault Ste. Marie --- March 5, 2013 (CANADA) http://is.gd/AoyPfE

89. “Petition for Better Emergency Mental Health Care for BC Kids” --- A family on Vancouver Island is calling for more emergency mental health care for kids across the province. More than 25,000 people have signed a petition, calling … --- News1130 --- March 4, 2013 (CANADA) http://is.gd/214tTO

90. “Prison No Place for Mentally Ill, Say Advocates” --- The stories of Tona Mills and Ashley Smith show Canada's prison system still has a long way to go to properly assess and treat women who are mentally ill, says Kim Pate, executive director of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies. --- CBC.ca --- February 28, 2013 (CANADA) http://is.gd/46IK31

91. “Man Who Stole Disabled Woman's iPad Gets a Year in Jail” --- A second man charged for stealing an iPad from a disabled woman at a SkyTrain station in Burnaby has been sentenced to one year in jail. --- News1130 --- February 26, 2013 (CANADA) http://is.gd/y7yQEd

92. “Discrimination Plagues the Mentally Ill” --- According to figures from Centre for Addiction and Mental Health based in Toronto, “just 50 per cent of Canadians would tell friends or coworkers that they have a family member with a mental illness, compared to 72 per … --- Hamilton Spectator --- February 25, 2013 (CANADA) http://is.gd/AjBlSp

93. “Protesters Demand Equal Opportunities for Disabled Costa Ricans” --- A hundred physically and mentally disabled protesters rallied Monday in front of Costa Rica's Legislative Assembly in San Josι to pressure lawmakers into including them in public consultation processes. --- Tico Times --- February 25, 2013 (COSTA RICO) http://is.gd/XdZFGx

94. “Mentally Ill Woman Told to Sleep in Armchair at Hospital” --- A mentally ill woman was taken out of her hospital bed and told to spend the night in an armchair by nurses. Marnie Chantler, 43, of Somercotes, Laindon, had been receiving treatment at Basildon Hospital … --- Southend Standard --- March 4, 2013 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/HAPcR3

95. “ 'Cuts Will Force Thousands of Handicapped Out of Group Homes' ” --- Thousands of people with a mental handicap will be left to fend for themselves under government plans to increase care in the community, according to an analysis of the proposals by researchers at Erasmus University. --- DutchNews.nl --- February 26, 2013 (HOLLAND) http://is.gd/VThwyz

96. “Grants to Adapt for Disability Cut 40%” --- Grants to help older people and those with a disability to adapt their homes have been cut 40 per cent, the Department of Environment has confirmed. --- Irish Times --- March 4, 2013 (IRELAND) http://is.gd/yft1Kq

97. “Nurse Uses Excessive Force on Elderly Mental Health Patient” --- A nurse who manhandled an elderly mental health patient after she smeared faeces over herself faces disciplinary action by authorities. The male registered nurse, who has not been named, was found to use … --- New Zealand Herald --- February 25, 2013 (NEW ZEALAND) http://is.gd/rNxlE7

98. “The First Victim of Moscow's Adoption Ban? Disabled Russian Orphans” --- President Vladimir Putin recently signed an executive order to increase the amount of government assistance to parents who are raising disabled children, and also demanded that the government do more to … --- Worldcrunch --- March 2, 2013 (RUSSIA) http://is.gd/mCmujc

99. “Man with Down's Syndrome Shot Dead; Mom Wounded” --- Relatives told police that Julien was born with Down's syndrome and had the mental ability of a child. Investigators were left perplexed by Julien's murder because of his condition and the fact that he did not have a criminal record. --- Trinidad Guardian --- February 28, 2013 (TRINIDAD) http://is.gd/0vL46L

100. “Mentally Ill People Nearly Five Times More Likely to Be Victims of Murder than General Population” --- Although murders committed by mentally ill people have been widely studied, much less attention has been given to murders of them. Swedish and American researchers examined 615 murders in Sweden between 2001 and 2008 and found in more than ... --- The Independent --- March 6, 2013 (INTERNATIONAL) http://is.gd/MQmbiF


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