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News Summary for April 8, 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. “Schools Named in Lawsuit Claiming Down Syndrome Child Sexually Assaulted” --- Parents of a child with Down syndrome claim a former Darien Schools employee sexually assaulted their 14-year-old son and also claim another employee physically abused him while he was at Tokeneke School in 2009. --- Darien Times --- April 5, 2013 (CONNECTICUT) http://is.gd/2I0Fv6

2. “Video: School Bus Aide Said to Have 'Stalked and Harassed Disabled Boy, 5, on Daily Basis’ ” --- A Florida school bus aide harassed and intimidated a disabled five-year-old boy on a daily basis, police have said. Daneta McPherson, 37, allegedly threatened, grabbed, screamed at and humiliated … --- New York Daily News --- April 2, 2013 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/pu6B8E

3. “Atlanta Mom Charged with Starving To Death Her 43-Pound Disabled Teen Daughter” --- Berry's mentally disabled 16-year-old daughter, Markea Blakely-Berry, weighed a mere forty-three pounds at the time of her death and was extremely malnourished … --- News One --- April 4, 2013 (GEORGIA) http://is.gd/ap8XIF

4. “$100,000 Bond Set for Augusta Woman Accused of Murder in Disabled Son's Death” --- A judge set a $100,000 bond Wednesday for a Hephzibah woman facing a murder charge in the death of her severely disabled son. Angela Mercer, 43, was initially charged with concealing a death after Richmond County sheriff deputies found the mummified ... --- The Augusta Chronicle --- April 3, 2013 (GEORGIA) http://is.gd/vIkKeq

5. “Chicago Woman Found Dead in High-Rise Trash Chute” --- She was found in the same building where a 17-year-old boy with autism and Down syndrome was found dead in the trash chute last year. A building engineer found the woman's body. --- The Republic --- April 2, 2013 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/jH9a5h

6. “Man Gets 8 Year Prison Sentence for Sexually Assaulting Developmentally Disabled Woman” --- A northwest suburban St. Charles man was sentenced to eight years in prison Wednesday for sexually assaulting a developmentally disabled woman in June 2012. Gary Kluber, 67, pleaded guilty to one count of criminal sexual assault for forcibly fondling ... --- Chicago Sun-Times --- April 3, 2013 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/v4jIeZ

7. “Massachusetts Special-needs Teacher under Fire for Allegedly Filming Herself ...” --- Cops were tipped off by a co-worker after she started hawking the disturbing iPhone footage and images around the staff room in March. --- New York Daily News --- April 3, 2013 (MASSACHUSETTS) http://is.gd/cItiik

8. “Minnesota Agency Has Backlog of Vulnerable Adult Cases” --- Minnesota regulators charged with protecting vulnerable adults have been falling behind in their duties, as a backlog of pending maltreatment investigations has doubled in the past four years and the agency in charge failed … --- Minneapolis Star Tribune --- April 4, 2013 (MINNESOTA) http://is.gd/7qvlqs

9. “NW Missouri Woman Gets Prison, Probation for Death of Disabled 4-Year-Old Daughter” --- A northwest Missouri woman will spend at least four months in prison for the death of her disabled 4-year-old daughter last year. Twenty-one-year-old Alexandra Schurr pleaded guilty in February to first-degree involuntary ... --- The Republic --- April 2, 2013 (MISSOURI) http://is.gd/BGhgfj

10. “Mental Health Expert Stresses Law Enforcement Must be More Understanding of Mental Health Issues” --- Sponsor of workshops, conferences and symposia, the Saks Institute was founded as a think tank to foster interdisciplinary and collaborative research among scholars and policymakers around issues … --- Record-Searchlight --- April 3, 2013 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/EdPTds

11. “Texas Senate Passes Special Education Cameras Bill” --- Dan Patrick, a Houston Republican, chairman of the Senate Education Committee, says his panel heard heartbreaking testimony from parents of special needs children who were beaten in their class. --- San Francisco Chronicle --- April 4, 2013 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/UMX1g5


12. “Cast Out of Nevada, Mentally Ill Man Tells Story of Finding Kindness in Sacramento” --- Preliminary reports suggest that Nevada has made a habit of discharging mental patients by bus to other states. Rawson-Neal, the state's primary hospital for mentally ill people, bused … --- Modesto Bee --- April 7, 2013 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/8hEuoG

13. “Feds Retain Control of Calif. Prison Mental Health” --- U.S. District Judge Lawrence Karlton in Sacramento ruled that the state failed to prove that it is providing the level of care required by the U.S. Constitution for the state's more than 32,000 mentally ill inmates … --- ABC News --- April 6, 2013 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/7FrIpN

14. “Judge Refuses to End Prison Monitoring” --- Treatment of 32,000 mentally ill inmates in California prisons remains seriously deficient, with staff and facilities shortages and a high number of preventable suicides, a federal judge declared Friday … --- San Francisco Chronicle --- April 5, 2013 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/tJEJDq

15. “Man Sentenced to 4 Years in Assault of Disabled Man” --- The charges stem from the February 2012 robbery of a mentally disabled man along Green Road, and Stellmacher is the second person to be sentenced to prison for the incident. One of two women also arrested … --- Journal Inquirer --- April 6, 2013 (CONNECTICUT) http://is.gd/jNgaUj

16. “Missouri Man Sentenced for Using Disabled Man to Buy Pseudoephedrine” --- Taylor was arrested in May 2012 after an investigation by the Union County Sheriff's Department showed he had presuaded a developmentally disabled man to purchase pseudoephedrine pills from an Anna, Ill., retailer. --- Southeast Missourian --- April 4, 2013 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/GQ7zIE

17. “Lake Sheriff Dismissal of Hearing-Disabled Man Questioned” --- The Lake County sheriff is defending his decision last month to dismiss a physically disabled employee and hire an ex-convict. --- nwitimes.com --- April 3, 2013 (INDIANA) http://is.gd/bAoHH4

18. “Iowa School Accused of Ignoring Bullying of Disabled Student” --- School officials in Bedford, Iowa, knew a disabled student was being bullied but did not investigate, a lawsuit alleges. The harassment led to the student being hammered in the head repeatedly by … --- Omaha World-Herald --- April 3, 2013 (IOWA) http://is.gd/BlUMbU

19. “Former Lexington Lawyer Sentence on Guilty Plea to Stealing from Disabled Military Veteran” --- A former Lexington attorney has been sentenced in Ohio to nearly 3 1/2 years in prison. Brian P. Gilfedder lost his law license when he pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $640,000 in Social Security benefits from a disabled ... --- The Republic --- April 4, 2013 (KENTUCKY) http://is.gd/0TJR9S

20. “Haunting Photographs of Mentally Ill Inmates Inside a Kentucky Prison Show the ... “ --- Jenn Ackerman spent months photographing mentally ill inmates at the the Kentucky State Reformatory in 2008. Her pictures show the extreme mental health issues plaguing many of those incarcerated … --- Daily Mail --- April 3, 2013 (KENTUCKY) http://is.gd/lYl47b

21. “Lowell Man Arraigned in Theft from Woman in Wheelchair” --- Prosecutors pushed for an 18-year-old Lowell man to be held without bail, saying his criminal behavior is "escalating" after being accused of snatching the purse of a woman in a wheelchair three days after being charged with receiving stolen ... --- The Sun --- April 4, 2013 (MASSACHUSETTS) http://is.gd/3Q3mzp

22. “Preliminary Results: Councilor Who Allegedly Berated Girl with Special Needs Wins Special Election” --- The cake, the presents, and the fun of a birthday were all reportedly spoiled by an Everett politician who spent several minutes publicly insulting a 7-year-old girl with special needs. --- My Fox Boston --- April 3, 2013 (MASSACHUSETTS) http://is.gd/c4BC8s

23. “Judge: Group Home Maltreated Client” --- An administrative law judge upheld the state's finding that a group home had engaged in maltreatment for failing to monitor a potentially suicidal client closely enough. People, Inc., which operates Parkway Place, an … --- Minneapolis Star Tribune --- March 27, 2013 (MINNESOTA) http://is.gd/UoItGI

24. “Vegas Mental Hospital Chided for Unsafe Discharge” --- The state wants Southern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services to develop an action plan in response to the unsafe discharge of Brown and two other patients from its Rawson-Neal psychiatric hospital … --- San Jose Mercury News --- April 1, 2013 (NEVADA) http://is.gd/tttpLa

25. “Monadnock Hospital Settles Suit over Disability Allegations” --- Monadnock Community Hospital of Peterborough has agreed to a settlement over allegations that it failed to provide appropriate aid and services under the American Disabilities Act. --- The Union Leader --- April 4, 2013 (NEW HAMPSHIRE) http://is.gd/piDRxQ

26. “Former Springbrook Manager Accused of Scheming to Steal from Residents” --- A former employee of Springbrook has been charged after authorities say they schemed to steal more than $90,000 from residents of the group home between 2008 and 2013. --- WKTV --- April 5, 2013 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/o1UPHR

27. “Cops: Aide Stole ID of Mentally Disabled Patient” --- A home health aide from Bay Shore was arrested Thursday and charged with stealing the identity of a mentally disabled patient in her care in order to obtain cash, book an airline trip and make car payments, police said. --- Newsday --- April 4, 2013 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/dEIHq9

28. “West Fargo Woman Charged with Exploiting Vulnerable 18-Year-Old” --- Tamera Annette Porter, 42, made her first court appearance Wednesday in Cass County District Court on a charge of exploitation of a vulnerable adult, a Class C felony. --- In-Forum --- April 4, 2013 (NORTH DAKOTA) http://is.gd/jDg1Aj

29. “Kilbarger Found Guilty of Rape and Gross Sexual Imposition” --- Daniel L. Kilbarger, 57, of 10 Wagner Court, raped a mentally handicapped man multiple times over several years, giving the young man gifts and letting him stay at his home while requesting sexual favors. --- Record Herald --- April 5, 2013 (OHIO) http://is.gd/auhJWR

30. “Woman in Wheelchair Robbed at Sherwood ATM” --- A woman in a wheelchair was robbed shortly after making a withdrawal from a bank ATM in Sherwood Wednesday. --- kgw.com --- April 3, 2013 (OREGON) http://is.gd/5WXcWe

31. “Florence Man Charged with Neglect Related to Disabled and Malnourished Girlfriend” --- A township man was charged with neglect Wednesday after his disabled girlfriend was discovered to be malnourished and living in unsanitary conditions in their Cedar Lane home, police said. --- phillyBurbs.com --- April 5, 2013 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/KK7kCb

32. “Beaufort Caregiver Charged with Stealing from 2 Patients” --- According to records from the 14th Judicial Circuit, Gonsalves was out of jail on bond at the time of her arrest on charges of exploitation of a vulnerable adult and obtaining drugs by fraud from November … --- Hilton Head Island Packet --- March 31, 2013 (SOUTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/FgoNj1

33. “Capital Murder Suspects in Death of Longview Man Go Before Judge” --- Shackled and chained, capital murder defendants in the death of a mentally disabled man stood Wednesday before 115th District Court Judge Lauren Parish for formal arraignment. --- Longview News-Journal --- April 4, 2013 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/9rdkgp

34. “Police Say Woman, 61, Stole from Mentally Ill Clients” --- A caretaker who worked for the state aiding mentally disabled people was arrested Monday after police say she stole more than $40,000 from several clients. --- Waterbury Republican American --- April 4, 2013 (VERMONT) http://is.gd/FvjaiH

35. “Former Scott Special Ed Teacher Indicted in Alleged Abuse of Student” --- A former Scott County Schools special education teacher was indicted by a grand jury Monday for allegedly abusing a mentally handicapped student who was under her supervision … --- Kingsport Times News --- April 1, 2013 (VIRGINIA) http://is.gd/guKPUL

36. “Milwaukee Mental Health Complex Faces More State Scrutiny” --- A spokeswoman for the county's Department of Health and Human Services said "state officials have not shared any recent concerns regarding (county mental health) leadership and/or staff. --- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel --- April 6, 2013 (WISCONSIN) http://is.gd/b8oHZl

37. “Roommate Testifies about Man Who Died at Mental Health Complex” --- Staff at the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex told a 25-year-old patient who died there from complications of a broken neck that he could walk on his own and pick up his own blanket when it fell, a roommate testified Thursday. --- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel --- April 4, 2013 (WISCONSIN) http://is.gd/knZuPZ

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38. “Sheriff Calls for Better Care System for Idaho's Mentally Ill” --- A growing number of mentally ill people in the Treasure Valley are ending up behind bars, and the small medical wing of the Ada County jail is over-whelmed. Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney says the rise in mentally ill inmates is because there's too … --- KIVI-TV --- April 1, 2013 (IDAHO) http://is.gd/i5I6RT

39. “Arrest Records in Hiring Process Lead to Marginalization, Poor Mental Health” --- Englewood residents who are repeatedly denied jobs because of an arrest record experience mental health problems, according to a new report. The Chicago-based Adler School of Professional Psychology looked at whether updates to the U.S. Equal ... --- WBEZ --- April 3, 2013 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/FWvjWU

40. “Moms Share Woes, Demand Better Care for Mentally Ill” --- Becker has made appearances throughout the state, demanding improvements in the mental-health system. Her son, Mark, had been hospitalized in the past for treatment of mental illness, but she said Tuesday … --- DesMoinesRegister.com --- April 3, 2013 (IOWA) http://is.gd/L2fxh2

41. “A Reporter Chronicles Her Own Mental Health Struggles” --- The New Hampshire House passed Governor Maggie Hassan's $11 billion budget this week, including $28 million to fix the state's mental healthcare system. --- WBUR --- April 5, 2013 (NEW HAMPSHIRE) http://is.gd/CKkfO4

42. “More Cuts Coming for State's ARCs” --- If you work for one of the 49 organizations within the New York ARC network, the state budget adopted last week will affect your job. And it could result in the freezing or cutting of salaries of ARC executives, many of whom are compensated beyond Gov. … --- Albany Times Union --- April 1, 2013 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/gzrl1t

43. “US Court Backs Blocking NC Disabled Services Cuts” --- North Carolina's Medicaid program can't cut in-home services for more than 2,400 disabled adults while a class-action lawsuit challenges the decision, according to a federal appeals court ruling taking effect Tuesday. --- Jacksonville Daily News --- April 3, 2013 (NORTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/CxsOZb

44. “More Oregon Students Have Attention Deficits, Autism and Developmental Delays” --- Rosedale Elementary in Hillsboro allows students with disabilities to familiarize themselves with the school setting a day before other student start classes. --- OregonLive.com --- April 3, 2013 (OREGON) http://is.gd/5gOWV9

45. “US Joins Disabilities Suit Against State of Oregon” --- The Justice Department said 61 percent of Oregon residents with major disabilities work in sheltered workshops, and 16 percent work at businesses with integrated workforces - down by nearly half in about a decade. --- Ventura County Star --- April 2, 2013 (OREGON) http://is.gd/cUlmzn

46. “Mental Illness a Frequent Cell Mate for Those Behind Bars” --- That King's mental health, already precarious, only worsened in prison is not an unusual story. According to a recent study published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, the link between prison time and mental illness is a two-way street ... --- Philly.com --- April 5, 2013 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/DpyjzC

47. “Effects of Bullying Don't End When School Does” --- Young bullying victims are at risk of developing a mental illness. Victimization, however, may not be causal in predicting later outcomes in and of itself. Abstract Teaser. “Bullying is not just a harmless rite of passage or an inevitable part of ... --- Psychiatric News --- April 5, 2013 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/dJ73rT

48. “Mental Health Care Lacking for Kids, Advocates Say” --- More than half of the respondents said there was "lots of availability" for teens to have hospital care (55 percent) and primary care (56 percent), but only 30 percent said the same was true for mental health care … --- Philly.com --- April 5, 2013 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/0sF1bF

49. “Challenging Disability Hate Crime” --- The unheard voices of disabled people, their organisations, carers, families, friends, and neighbours need to be a part of the culture of change in reporting and reducing disability hate crime, says Stephen Brookes, Founder of Disability Hate Crime ... --- The Information Daily ---April 4, 2013 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/Fs5pG2

Proposed Legislation and New Laws

50. “Missing Vulnerable Adults Bill Passes House” --- The bill would set up a program to notify the public of a missing vulnerable adult, defined in the bill as the elderly and mentally or physically disabled individuals. It calls upon the departments of Public Safety and Military and Veterans Affairs to ... --- San Francisco Chronicle --- April 5, 2013 (ALASKA) http://is.gd/9cS4jq

51. “Kentucky Nursing Home Bills Failed to Pass, but Supporters Will Try Again” --- Two key bills that supporters say would help protect nursing home residents and other vulnerable adults failed to pass again this legislative session — even though there was money in the budget to implement both measures. --- Lexington Herald Leader --- April 2, 2013 (KENTUCKY) http://is.gd/ndPlar

International Articles

52. “Hamilton Couple Who Tortured Disabled Man Get Reduced Sentences” --- A Hamilton pair who held a developmentally disabled man for more than two weeks and tortured him have their sentences reduced by judges with the Ontario Court of Appeal. --- CBC.ca --- April 4, 2013 (CANADA) http://is.gd/eUDoQx

53. “Living in a Death Trap: Elderly Widow, Mentally Ill Son Caught in Dangerous Cycle of Extreme Hoarding” He would have made two people homeless — one a 90-year-old widow, the other a mentally ill man who can't maintain a home and who hasn't held a job since he abruptly quit a paper route when he was 11 years old. --- The Province --- April 4, 2013 (CANADA) http://is.gd/Z4mUj3

54. “Man Arrested for Mugging Man in Wheelchair in Croydon Town Centre” --- A man has been arrested on suspicion of robbing a disabled man. Police were called to North End, Croydon, at about 8.30am to reports that a man in a wheelchair had £50 cash stolen from him from a cashpoint. --- Your Local Guardian --- April 3, 2013 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/ncb1tw

55. “ 'Lack of Awareness of Autism Results in Problem going Undiagnosed' ” --- Nearly 120 cases of autism have been reported in the past two years at the Regional Institute of the Mentally Handicapped, Sector 31, and around 30 such cases are treated every year in … --- Indian Express --- April 3, 2013 (INDIA) http://is.gd/RFVZbu

56. “Society Failing Young Disabled People Shamefully, Says Report” --- Many people living in Northern Ireland rely on public transport but noted that for disabled people, there are particular and unique challenges where access is difficult or even impossible which "hinders disabled people's ability to study, work and ... --- Belfast Telegraph --- April 5, 2013 (IRELAND) http://is.gd/HRf4bJ

57. “Disabled Israeli Rape Victim Still Living in Resident Care with Alleged Attacker” --- By law, a mentally impaired person involved in a police investigation must be questioned by a special investigator who is a psychologist or social worker, or who is trained in special education. --- Haaretz --- April 3, 2013 (ISRAEL) http://is.gd/n2Jsy4

58. “Nurse Slaps Mentally Ill Patient” --- A Christchurch nurse has admitted slapping a mentally ill patient on the face after she spat at him but denies putting his knee on her chest to restrain her. Kees de Bruin appeared before … --- TVNZ --- April 4, 2013 (NEW ZEALAND) http://is.gd/5Dm15Z

59. “Disabled Mum Forced to Witness Daughter's Rape” --- A man who forced a disabled mum to witness the knife-point rape of her teenage daughter has been jailed for four years and eight months. Reece Fleming, 21, repeatedly ordered the wheelchair-user … --- Scotsman --- April 5, 2013 (SCOTLAND) http://is.gd/8Te1Wb

60. “Police Apologise over Man's Death” --- POLICE bosses have admitted their "negligent" officers failed to call an ambulance for a mentally ill man who later took his own life. --- Herald Scotland --- April 3, 2013 (SCOTLAND) http://is.gd/sA47QF

61. “Caregivers Battle Autism Obstacles” --- Parents are to register their autistic children with the ministry which issues them with a card identifying them as persons of disability, said Chusak Chanthayanon, chairman of the Autistic Thai Foundation. --- Bangkok Post --- April 6, 2013 (THAILAND) http://is.gd/zb7aP6


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