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News Summary for March 25, 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. “Inquiry that Put Wrong Man in Prison for 25 Years Was 'Shoddy,' Expert Says” --- A police inquiry that put a mentally challenged 15-year-old in prison for more than 25 years was "shoddy, incomplete [and] not an objective investigation," an expert on law enforcement procedures told jurors Tuesday in the civil lawsuit filed on behalf ... --- Sun-Sentinel --- March 12, 2013 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/os9s2N


2. “Man Admits Forcing Mentally Disabled Woman into Prostitution” --- A St. Louis County man has pleaded guilty to sex trafficking for forcing two women into prostitution, including a mentally disabled woman … --- KTTS --- March 15, 2013 (MISSOURI) http://is.gd/S3yL2r

3. “Bully Hurls Disabled 13-Year-Old Brooklyn Girl Off Moving Bus, Breaking Her Collarbone” --- A bully tossed a disabled girl off a moving school bus — and he was allowed back on the bus the next school day, the girl's outraged mother said. Amore-Virginia Peterson, 13, was riding home Friday afternoon from … --- New York Daily News --- March 11, 2013 (NEW YORK)


4. “Bismarck Woman Denies Endangering Disabled Son” --- A Bismarck woman accused of burning her disabled son with a cigarette has pleaded not guilty to a felony charge. Joyce Osterlund, 61, pleaded not guilty to Class B felony endangerment of a vulnerable adult on Monday, Burleigh … --- Bismarck Tribune --- March 11, 2013 (NORTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/JlTXyH


5. “Three Indicted in Beating Death of Disabled Longview Man” --- An Upshur County grand jury Thursday returned three capital murder indictments in the case of a mentally disabled Longview man whose beaten and burned body was found in December in a rural area of the county. --- Longview News-Journal --- March 15, 2013 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/ECsKPk


6. “Mentally Ill Teen Raped by Counselor at State Hospital Suing DSHS” --- Corrie Tienhaara knew at an early age that her calling in life was to become a foster parent. She and her husband have taken in some of the most vulnerable children in the system … --- Q13 FOX --- March 14, 2013 (WASHINGTON) http://is.gd/bCDwis
7. “Bills Aim to Assist Developmentally Disabled” --- The Senate Health Care and Human Services Committee held a public hearing on four bills aimed at improving services provided to the developmentally disabled in Oregon. --- Statesman Journal --- March 14, 2013 (OREGON) http://is.gd/ATeUgj


8. “Intellectually Disabled Sex Offender Has Been in WA Jail for 26 Years” --- An intellectually disabled man who has been imprisoned in Western Australia for the past 26 years for sexually assaulting a seven-year-old girl has won the right to appeal against his indefinite detention. --- The Australian --- March 14, 2013 (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/OvJWgM


9. “Third Scalding of Persons with Developmental Disabilities at Alberta Facilities in 16 Months” --- An investigation is underway after a third person with developmental disabilities was scalded by bath water at a care home operated under the Alberta government. --- Huffington Post Canada --- March 14, 2013 (CANADA) http://is.gd/Mo0teJ



10. “Sonoma Developmental Center Is Placed on 'Performance Improvement Plan' ” --- The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) on Wednesday announced an agreement with the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) regarding the future of the troubled… --- Patch.com --- March 13, 2013 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/8oLmQt


11. “Police: Man Forced Dependent Adult into Sex Act” --- A dependent adult was forced into performing oral copulation behind a Sacramento shopping center last Friday, according to an arrest report from the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department. --- News10.net --- March 12, 2013 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/Sh7nzT


12. “Former Vallejo Teacher Convicted of Raping Mentally Disabled Aide” --- Following about a day of deliberations after a four-day trial, the jurors found Jerry Johnson, 57, of Elk Grove guilty of one count of rape of a person incapable of consenting due to mental and developmental disabilities. --- Vallejo Times-Herald --- March 7, 2013 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/nBvC01


13. “Deaf Man Beaten and Robbed in West Haven” --- Police are investigating the robbery of a hearing-impaired man that occurred early Sunday morning. --- NBC Connecticut --- March 11, 2013 (CONNECTICUT) http://is.gd/dbfxwF


14. “Father Worried Son's Mental Health Was Overlooked Before He Died in Clay Jail” --- Linsinbigler was on medication for hallucinations and other mental health issues during a 15-month jail stint in Jacksonville that ended in November, Daniel Linsinbigler Sr. said. --- Florida Times-Union --- March 15, 2013 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/RUeduQ


15. “Trio of Good Samaritans Stopped Beating of Disabled Woman, Cops Say” --- Good Samaritans Cheryl Priester, Tonia Priester, and Patricia Robinson saw a woman being beaten with a large stick and then robbed by another woman, according to a news release from the Sarasota Police Department. --- Sun-Sentinel Florida Panthers --- March 10, 2013 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/M90l20


16. “Former Augusta Mental Health Worker Facing Porn Charge Arrested in Connection with Gross Sexual Assault” --- A former mental health worker charged in federal court with production of child pornography was arrested on Friday after being indicted for sexual assault on a boy.--- Bangor Daily News --- March 15, 2013 (MAINE) http://is.gd/jttW3U


17. “Jury 'Stuck' in Sex Abuse Trial Involving Developmentally Disabled Woman” --- The jury in the sexual abuse trial of a 72-year-old North Dartmouth man reported to the court late Monday afternoon that they were "stuck" on five of the seven charges against him. Their deliberations began Monday morning. --- Berkshire Eagle --- March 12, 2013 (MASSACHUSETTS) http://is.gd/OZUiuq


18. “Police: Caretaker Stole Jewelry from Paraplegic” --- A local house cleaner charged late last month with stealing silverware from Newburyport homes was arrested yesterday and charged with stealing three rings from a paraplegic Ipswich woman who … --- The Salem News --- March 12, 2013 (MASSACHUSETTS) http://is.gd/uUWaag


19. “Freehold Man Accused of Sexually Assaulting Mentally Handicapped Woman” --- A Freehold man has been indicted by a Monmouth County grand jury after he allegedly sexually assaulted a Freehold Borough woman. Leonard Mincey Jr., 43, of South Street, is accused of aggravated sexual assault following a Dec. 9 incident. --- Patch.com --- March 15, 2013 (NEW JERSEY) http://is.gd/TlgFmz


20. “Parents Furious over Shoddy Treatment of Special Needs Children at Two Charter Schools” --- Brooklyn parents with kids at two charter schools in Cobble Hill and the Upper West Side are furious over the shoddy services they say their special needs children are getting. --- New York Daily News --- March 14, 2013 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/0taJ3S


21. “Suit Alleges Mistreatment of Mentally Ill Inmates” --- The Pennsylvania prison system is holding hundreds of mentally ill men and women in cruel, isolated, and torturous conditions that worsen their symptoms and can lead to suicide attempts, according to a lawsuit filed … --- Philadelphia Inquirer --- March 11, 2013 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/6tA2RW


22. “Special Needs Student Left at Wrong Bus Stop” --- A special needs student was outside in chilly temperatures for nearly an hour Thursday after he was dropped off at the wrong bus stop, officials said. --- KAIT --- March 10, 2013 (TENNESSEE) http://is.gd/NF4Na5

23. “Disabled Humble Man Targeted by Possible Intruder” --- Disabled and with medical bills soaring through the roof, he moved to Bender Hollow Apartments in Humble 10 months ago to save money, and because he thought it was safe … --- KHOU --- March 15, 2013 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/LC8Bz9


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24. "Disabled Woman's Suit Against United Revived” --- A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday revived a lawsuit against United Continental Holdings Inc.'s United Airlines that was brought by a woman who claimed she was not promptly provided a wheelchair in an airport when she asked for one. --- Chicago Tribune --- March 12, 2013 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/XZz9GR


25. “Lawsuit Highlights Difficulty for Parents of Students with Special Needs” --- But a lawsuit filed against Chicago Public Schools indicates it may be a hard one to get schools to acknowledge. Heriberto Lopez Alberola and his ex-wife Elizabeth Nash filed a lawsuit against CPS last week, claiming … --- WBEZ --- March 11, 2013 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/2z0TD0


26. “IN Doctor Faces Sexual Assault Charges Against Disabled Vet” --- A physician is facing sexual battery charges alleging that he assaulted a female patient on two occasions at his northern Indiana office. --- 14 News WFIE Evansville --- March 15, 2013 (INDIANA) http://is.gd/xTENgf


27. “Kansas Mental Health Advocates to Rally” --- Mental health advocates plan to rally in Topeka this week for increased funding for services throughout Kansas. Thursday's event is sponsored by the Kansas Mental Health Coalition. --- NECN --- March 12, 2013 (KANSAS) http://is.gd/gDq1MG


28. “Bill Inspired by Arlington Social Worker's Death Signed into Law” --- On February 15, 2013, Governor Deval Patrick signed legislation that creates social work safety in the workplace. Filed by State Senator Sal DiDomenico and Representative Sean Garballey, this legislation was in response to recommendations of ... --- The Arlington Advocate --- March 11, 2013 (MASSACHUSETTS) http://is.gd/nNasJP


29. “Mississippi Department of Mental Health Facing $6 Million Budget Cut” --- Bo Eaton of Taylorsville said Wednesday that people who are mentally ill or mentally disabled don't have high-paid lobbyists working on their behalf, but they need state support. --- Mississippi Press --- March 13, 2013 (MISSISSIPPI) http://is.gd/AuTwRp


30. “NV Official Admits Error with Mentally Ill Patient” --- Nevada's health department chief says his agency "blew it" by sending a patient to Sacramento on a Greyhound bus after the man's release from a Las Vegas mental hospital. Director Michael Willden of the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services ... --- Sacramento Bee --- March 15, 2013 (NEVADA) http://is.gd/MatSsr


31. “Christie Administration Dedicates $2.4 Million to Expand Mental Health Program” --- The omission disappointed mental health advocates who say the law could reach the several hundred people a year who are stable enough to leave a psychiatric hospital but could still pose … --- Hunterdon County Democrat - NJ.com--- March 15, 2013 (NEW JERSEY) http://is.gd/ntgle1


32. “Over 1,000 Advocates for Disabled Rally Against Cuomo Cuts” --- The proposed 6 percent cuts to the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities would result in a reduction of more than $120 million that would fund developmentally disabled services … --- Patch.com --- March 15, 2013 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/d3UWVj


33. “Suit Claims Disabled Citizens Are Left Out of the City's Disaster Plans” --- A trial over the city's treatment of the disabled during disasters began Monday in Manhattan Federal Court. The trial stems from a class action suit filed in 2011 by Disability Rights Advocates, which … --- New York Daily News --- March 11, 2013 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/volkL6


34. “Police Are Trained for Rise in Mental Health Incidents” --- “We began to receive this influx of mental health calls,” Radford said. “As that began to happen, we realized we were not at the level we wanted to be capable to manage those calls. --- Austin American-Statesman --- March 15, 2013 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/C1TtkS


35. “Mental Health Effects of Mexican Parents' Deportation on Their US-born Children …” --- Researchers from The University of Texas at Austin, the UC Davis Health System and the National Institute of Psychiatry in Mexico are studying the impact of the deportation of undocumented Mexican migrants on their U.S.-born children. --- University of Texas at Austin News --- March 12, 2013 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/6Cayk7


36. “Disability Rights Groups Oppose Voucher Proposal” --- A coalition of disability rights advocates are speaking out against Governor Walker's voucher expansion plan. Beth Sweeden with the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities says there are … --- Wisconsin Radio Network --- March 11, 2013 (WISCONSIN) http://is.gd/2ukbQ9


37. “Workers with a Disability Less Likely to be Employed, More Likely to Hold Jobs with Lower Earnings, Census Bureau Reports” --- Individuals with disabilities were less likely to be employed than individuals without disabilities, and those who were employed typically held jobs with lower earnings and also earned less than ... --- PR Newswire (press release) March 14, 2013 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/fRWRtO


38. “DOJ: At Least 50% of Inmates Suffer from Mental Illness” --- "For people with mental illness, solitary confinement is shattering.29 They get sicker, they mutilate themselves, they attempt suicide, and often, they succeed," said David Fathi from ACLU's National Prison Project. --- W*USA 9 (VIDEO) March 14, 2013 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/WEk5hH


39. “What Happens to Kids With Autism When They Grow Up?” --- Moms across the nation are talking about the need for autism awareness, autism research, autism funding -- but one aspect that's often overlooked is what's going to happen to all of these children when they grow up. --- The Stir --- March 11, 2013 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/zS5z3B


40. “Lake View: Warehousing the Mentally Ill in American Prisons” --- Over the last 40 years, state hospital beds for the mentally ill have gone from 339 to 29 per 100,000 folks. According to a PBS report, in 1998 there were approximately 284,000 people in America's jails and prisons suffering with some form of mental ... ---Lakenewsonline.com --- March 11, 2013 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/RcaASm


Proposed Legislation and New Laws


41. “LA County Supes Back Court-ordered Mental Health Treatment Bills” --- The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors this week threw its weight behind Laura's Law –- which allows counties to create court-ordered outpatient mental health treatment for the severely ill who have cycled through hospitals or jails and refused ... --- Los Angeles Times --- March 14, 2013 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/wmg6Zt


42. “Nevada Assembly Bill Would Tax Gun Sales to Benefit Mental Health” --- A bill proposing a new tax on the sale of firearms and ammunition to benefit mental health treatment and crime victims was introduced Monday in the Assembly. --- Las Vegas Review – Journal --- March 12, 2013 (NEVADA) http://is.gd/oudT9w


43. “Bill Would Make Schools Report on Use of Restraints” --- Schools could be required to tell parents when a teacher isolates or restrains their children, if a proposal by state Rep. Monica Stonier, D-Vancouver, passes out of the House of Representatives by Wednesday's bill deadline. --- The Columbian --- March 11, 2013 (WASHINGTON) http://is.gd/cUdYPi
International Articles
44. “First Adult Abuse Registry in Canada Protects Vulnerable Manitobans” --- Manitoba's adult abuse registry, the first of its kind in Canada, is now in place to help protect vulnerable adults and patients living in health-care settings from abuse and neglect. --- mySteinbach.ca --- March 16, 2013 (CANADA) http://is.gd/mOFKsp


45. “Mental Illness: Suicide, Schizophrenia and One Family's Losing Battle to Save Their Son” --- Mental-health experts acknowledged then, as they do now, the failures in proper diagnosis, adequate funding for community services that supplement endless medicinal trial-and-error, early intervention … --- Toronto Star --- March 15, 2013 (CANADA) http://is.gd/jaa35z


46. “Chinese Gangs 'Abducted Deaf-Mute Students and Forced Them to Commit Robberies' ” --- Police said the suspects would approach the victims, the majority of whom were deaf-mutes students born after 1990, by posting job offers with attractive terms on social networking websites. --- South China Morning Post --- March 13, 2012 (CHINA) http://is.gd/s2TYIj


47. “Care Home Staff Suspended over Claims of Abuse of Down Syndrome Son” --- Two staff members have been suspended as police investigate allegations that a Bradford teenager with Down Syndrome has suffered a catalogue of physical abuse at a care home. --- Bradford Telegraph and Argus --- March 15, 2013 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/3EWFZD


48. “Mentally Ill Woman Raped at Railway Station” --- Police said that Savithri (name changed) of Ilanji near Tenkasi in Tirunelveli was suffering from mental illness for a long times. Her mother, who had parted ways with her husband, a conductor in the state … --- Times of India --- March 14, 2013 (INDIA) http://is.gd/CBXr4q


49. “Man Gets 7-Year Jail Term for Raping Mentally Challenged Woman” --- Rejecting Surender's submission that the trial court had not considered the evidence in its proper perspective and convicted him relying on the sole testimony of the victim, the court said … --- Times of India --- March 17, 2013 (INDIA) http://is.gd/iWCgzs


50. “Mentally-challenged Woman Kept Shackled by Family After Alleged Rape” --- Mentally-challenged woman kept shackled by family after alleged rape. Bhopal: In a Madhya Pradesh village, nearly 350 km from Bhopal, a mentally-challenged woman, who is 22, has been found with … --- NDTV --- March 11, 2013 (INDIA) http://is.gd/6LCSrj


51. “Man Says Deaf Son Pushed from 3rd Floor of Hotel in Mexico” --- The father of a deaf man from Kamloops, B.C., says his son was robbed and pushed over a three story railing while staying at a resort hotel in Mexico. --- CBC.ca --- March 11, 2013 (MEXICO) http://is.gd/9GU8wI


52. “Disabled Russians Still Struggle to Move around Moscow” --- Steep pavements, 14-lane avenues with precious few seconds between streams of heavy traffic, a subway system where Soviet murals far outnumber the stops with disabled access, all make Moscow … --- Alaska Dispatch –­ March 11, 2013 (RUSSIA)http://is.gd/zlnqwf


53. “Man in Samoa Jailed for Death of His Daughter with Special Needs” --- A 50-year old father in Samoa has been jailed for three years after being found guilty of manslaughter. The six-year old victim was his daughter with special needs. --- Radio New Zealand International --- March 12, 2013 (SOMOA) http://is.gd/WXhOlk


54. “Convicted Thief Rapes Disabled Woman” --- A 19-year-old who was only recently released from prison has been arrested and charged with the vicious rape of a disabled woman and admitted that he also planned to throw her into a pond, Sa Kaeo police said on Tuesday. --- Bangkok Post --- March 12, 2013 (THAILAND) http://is.gd/1R1334


55. “Thousands of Teenagers 'Denied' Mental Health Care” --- Thousands of teenagers in England are being denied access to free mental health care because of funding cuts, it is being claimed. Newsbeat's been given exclusive access to figures from the charity … --- Radio 1 --- March 11, 2013 (UNITED KINGDOM) http://is.gd/QxIk25



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