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News Summary for April 29, 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. “Lacking Speech, Boy Uses Stick Figures to Report Abuse” --- Facing mistreatment in his special education classroom, a 7-year-old boy who is nonverbal turned to stick-figure drawings to alert his parents. --- Disability Scoop --- April 26, 2013 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/Ioz3DI

2. “Disabled Men Shed Tears when Telling of Abuse at Atalissac Bunkhouse, Trial ...” --- Some of the mentally disabled men who spent decades working for Henry's Turkey Service broke down in tears when asked to detail the physical abuse they allegedly suffered at the hands of … --- DesMoinesRegister.com --- April 26, 2013 (IOWA) http://is.gd/ZOFzaZ

3. “Minnesota Falls Behind in Abuse Inquiries” --- A sharp increase in the most serious allegations of maltreatment of vulnerable adults and children is leading to a growing backlog of investigations within the Minnesota agency charged with protecting them. --- Minneapolis Star Tribune --- April 23, 2013 (MINNESOTA) http://is.gd/ozrvCV

4. “Patient Dumping Nevada's Shame” --- About a third of those discharged to the bus station by Nevada's major public mental health facility ended up in California (information compiled by the Bee does not show any patients were sent to this county). --- Stockton Record --- April 26, 2013 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/LQgVFa

5. “State Orders Hillandale Assisted Living Facility to Shut Down” --- The state has revoked the license of an assisted living facility that had been cited for failing to protect its residents, who are young and mentally disabled. --- Tampabay.com --- April 24, 2013 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/icX2OB

6. “$5.75M Settlement Approved in Hawaii Abuse Lawsuit” --- A $5.75 million settlement has been approved in a class-action lawsuit alleging bullying, assault and rape at the Hawaii School for the Deaf and the Blind. --- San Francisco Chronicle --- April 23, 2013 (HAWAII) http://is.gd/UYI2rp

7. “Review of Deaths at State-run Mental Hospitals in Texas Shows Need for More Oversight” --- A Texas newspaper's review of more than three dozen deaths at state-run mental health hospitals between 2005 and 2012 shows the need for more oversight. --- The Republic --- April 28, 2013 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/CnZp78

8. “UCLA to Test Drugs for Autism in Weeks Not Years” --- In an effort to find a treatment for autism, scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles, are leading a $9 million experiment that aims to evaluate the effectiveness of drugs within weeks rather than years. --- San Jose Mercury News --- April 26, 2013 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/JY8BSL

9. “Disability Advocates Arrested Outside White House” --- More than three-dozen disability rights activists were arrested while protesting near the White House gates Monday. Those arrested were among 200 demonstrators with the disability rights group ADAPT. --- Disability Scoop --- April 22, 2013 (WASHINGTON, D.C.) http://is.gd/Clu62E

10. “Waiting List Tops 7,000 in Oklahoma for Help with Developmental Disability Care” --- The waiting list for Oklahomans seeking state-paid care for developmental disabilities has jumped to more than 7,000, and some families have been on that list for nearly a decade. --- NewsOK.com --- April 26, 2013 (OKLAHOMA) http://is.gd/9rfnx1

11. “Bill Eliminates 'Mental Retardation' in State Law” --- The measure also would replace "mentally retarded" with "intellectually disabled." An identical bill is in the House. The change would not affect the content or effect of any laws. --- San Francisco Chronicle --- April 24, 2013 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/EDehow


12. “Lawsuit: Girl with Disabilities Sexually Assaulted at School” --- An eighth-grade student with disabilities was sexually assaulted in an empty classroom at Oak Hill School five years ago, according to a lawsuit filed in Tuscaloosa County Circuit Court last week. --- Tuscaloosa News --- April 24, 2013 (ALABAMA) http://is.gd/g0zp7V

13. “4-Year-old Boy with Special Needs Left Alone on School Bus” --- A 4-year-old boy with special needs was left alone on a school bus Monday afternoon after two different school employees on the bus overlooked the boy who had fallen asleep. --- ABC15.com --- April 23, 2013 (ARIZONA) http://is.gd/ZMe6HJ

14. “Man Allegedly Stole Wheelchair to Use While Begging” --- The victim, David Baysinger, told Glendale police Philip Papineau first asked for the wheelchair so he could use it while he was begging, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday. --- UPI.com --- April 27, 2013 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/K0b6Ig

15. “Caregiver Convicted of Abusing Autistic Man” --- A registered nurse was convicted Monday of two felony charges for abusing an autistic man under his care in Valley Center. Michael Dale Garritson, 62, faces up to eight years in prison when he is sentenced May 20. --- KFMB News 8 --- April 22, 2013 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/eEh9CG

16. “Judge: Lawsuit by Supermax Inmates Can Proceed” --- A lawyer says a judge has rejected the government's request to dismiss a lawsuit that alleges mentally ill inmates in the Supermax prison in Florence are housed in inhumane conditions. --- Scottsbluff Star Herald --- April 24, 2013 (COLORADO) http://is.gd/4ujj9s

17. “Man Behind Bars for Sexually Assaulting Physically, Mentally Challenged Woman” --- A man is behind bars after investigators said he sexually assaulting a physically and mentally challenged woman in her apartment. --- Pensacola News Journal --- April 26, 2013 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/E5uZv8

18. “Lakeland Woman Jailed in Death of Her Disabled Son” --- A 45-year-old Lakeland woman faces multiple neglect charges in connection with the death of her 26-year-old mentally disabled son. Janet Wade Stevens, of 2212 Weber Ave. was arrested Wednesday and charged with aggravated abuse of a ... --- The Ledger --- April 26, 2013 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/kNAGHV

19. “Mableton Care Worker Arrested after Alleged Abuse of Patient” --- Edward Perez Neal, 49, an employee of the Choices 2 day program for mentally challenged and disabled adults, is accused of harming a client of the facility. --- Marietta Daily Journal --- April 26, 2013 (GEORGIA) http://is.gd/dwEOTN

20. “Caregiver Accused of Cuffing, Shackling Mentally Disabled Patient” --- Police said the victim is a 65-year-old mentally incapacitated woman. They said her caregiver, Michelle Hall, 51, claimed she had an order to restrain the woman and that it was for her own good. --- WSB Atlanta --- April 25, 2013 (GEORGIA) http://is.gd/jvUqHj

21. “Bunkhouse Caretaker Denies Abuse of Disabled Workers” --- Iowa Department of Human Services social worker Natalie Neel-McLaughlin had testified Wednesday that her investigation showed at least 11 of the men who had worked for Henry's were subjected to physical abuse, mostly at the hands of Neubauer and ... DesMoinesRegister.com --- April 26, 2013 (IOWA) http://is.gd/TdjNUI

22. “Rowan County Man Accused of Deceiving, Sexually Abusing Man with Disabilities” --- According to the arrest warrant which LEX18 obtained, 34-year-old Joel Becks offered to take the man with mental disabilities to the OVC Men's Basketball championship in Nashville, TN. and claimed he was a Morehead State University employee. --- LEX18 Lexington KY News --- April 22, 2013 (KENTUCKY) http://is.gd/6zcIRR

23. “Mechanic Falls Woman to Serve Six Months for Theft from Group Homes and Resident” --- A former John F. Murphy group home manager has been sentenced to serve six months in jail for stealing from the nonprofit and from at least one of the disabled clients served by the agency. --- Bangor Daily News --- April 25, 2013 (MAINE) http://is.gd/7IQPqt

24. “Down Syndrome Advocacy Groups Call for Investigation into Frederick County Man’s Death” --- National advocacy groups for people with Down syndrome are seeking an independent investigation into the January death of a Frederick County man after off-duty sheriff's deputies tried to remove him from a movie theater. --- Baltimore Sun --- April 24, 2013 (MARYLAND) http://is.gd/fZsUOu

25. “Nevada Hospital Reprimanded for Shipping Mental Patients Away” --- Based from this investigation, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which is an agency under the U.S. Health and Human Services Department informed the Southern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services agency in charge of the hospital that if the ... --- Counsel & Heal --- April 27, 2013 (NEVADA) http://is.gd/5l1xLw

26. “Woman Claims Mentally-ill Son Was Given Bus Pass by Rawson-Neal” --- The growing scandal over Nevada's alleged "dumping" of mentally-ill patients in other states, is hitting home. A woman tells Action News she was afraid she'd never see her son again. --- KTNV Las Vegas --- April 25, 2013 (NEVADA) http://is.gd/cRaaoY

27. “Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval Denies Dumping More than One Patient from Psych Hospital” --- According to Reuters, the republican governor defended his state, and denied accusations that Nevada had been busing hundreds of mentally ill patients to California, including San Francisco, a practice known as "patient dumping." --- SF Weekly --- April 24, 2013 (NEVADA) http://is.gd/Gn5GDl

28. “NYC to Pay Legal Costs of Aides Disciplined for Hitting Students” --- The court held that Deborah Sagal-Cotler, who admitted to school officials that she slapped a special needs student, and Josephine Thomas, who denied allegations that she hit a kindergartner on the head, were … --- Thomson Reuters News & Insight --- April 25, 2013 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/raB96d

29. “Livonia Woman Facing 11 Felony Counts after 'Double Dipping' Arrest” --- Renee A. Smith, 28, of Livonia is employed by the state Office for People with Developmental Disabilities. She was allegedly paid for working as a therapist with individuals with disabilities, while she was actually working as a paid softball and ... --- The Livingston County News --- April 24, 2013 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/Htmi7z

30. “Special-needs Student was Abused by Lower East Side Principal and Security Guard” --- Staff at a lower East Side school roughed up a 7-year-old special-needs student and falsely claimed he tried to commit suicide in a desperate attempt to cover up their own incompetence, a lawsuit claims. --- New York Daily News --- April 23, 2013 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/zMyHnj

31. “Mom: School Used 'Isolation Room' to Punish Special-needs Child” --- An outraged mother from Marysville claims a teacher locked her special needs daughter inside a "timeout closet" for hours. Angi Wilson said a teacher at Marshal Elementary School put her second grader in the small storage closet as a form of punishment ... --- KOMO News --- April 23, 2013 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/1pUxuD

32. “Mother, Son Accused of Neglect in Case Involving Autistic Girl, 7” --- Felony arrest warrants were issued in Cotton County District Court for Mary F. Seybold, 48, on a charge of enabling child neglect and for William M. Seybold, 21, for child neglect, according to court records. --- The Lawton Constitution --- April 24, 2013 (OKLAHOMA) http://is.gd/dPlxFE

33. “Man Accused of Raping Special Needs Woman” --- William Scott, also known as Willie Sally was arrested in a traffic stop in Nashville and brought back to Memphis on charges he raped a woman with Down's syndrome.” --- wreg.com --- April 23, 2013 (TENNESSEE) http://is.gd/qdICuh

34. “Tenant Denies Neglecting Vulnerable Adults” --- An Austin woman accused of abandoning two vulnerable adults she was watching pleaded not guilty to all charges in Mower County Court. Rosalba Perez, 32, pleaded not guilty Thursday to two felony and two gross misdemeanor charges of criminal neglect ... --- Austin Herald --- April 26, 2013 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/TNvp6b

35. “Wheelchair-bound Woman Robbed” --- A 59-year-old Houston, Texas woman who is confined to a wheelchair, was robbed in broad daylight Thursday by two men who threatened her with a knife. --- WCSH-TV --- April 26, 2013 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/BKMNhI

36. “Texas Inmate Executed for 2002 Murder Near Rusk” --- Richard Cobb didn't deny fatally shooting a mentally disabled man with a 20-gauge shotgun in a field outside Rusk. Two women also were shot, and one was raped. --- Fort Worth Star Telegram --- April 25, 2013 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/Tjuomc

37. “Fort Worth Bus Driver Sentenced for Sex Assault” --- Mitch Mitchell reported Friday that a former bus driver in Fort Worth, who was convicted of sexually assaulting a mentally challenged passenger, was sentenced to 12 years in prison. --- Fort Worth Star Telegram --- April 22, 2013 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/EvAcyC

38. “Thieves Rob Woman While Pretending to Help Daughter in Wheelchair” --- A night out for dinner and a movie turned into a nightmare for a Utah County family after the woman's wallet was stolen, by crooks who pretended to help the couple's daughter with disabilities through the door. --- ksl.com --- April 25, 2013 (UTAH) http://is.gd/dnMFNd

39. “Charge: Library Janitor Molested Disabled Man” --- A janitor at the Vashon Island library has been charged with sexual assault, accused of groping a developmentally disabled man after luring him inside the building. --- Seattle Post Intelligencer --- April 25, 2013 (WASHINGTON) http://is.gd/Ahvjre

Seeking Improved Support

40. “Emergency Mental Health Visits on Rise” --- Some local hospital emergency departments are seeing an increase in the number of patients seeking treatment for mental health issues. --- The Southern --- April 28, 2013 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/NCggFG

41. “Persons with Disabilities Rally for Home Services at Capitol” --- They are people with physical challenges and learning disabilities who rely upon government services designed to help them live the most independent lives possible … --- KARE --- April 25, 2013 (MINNESOTA) http://is.gd/EDTqIq

42. “Herald News: Mentally Ill Suspects Present Challenge” --- In what has become an all-too-common occurrence in recent months in North Jersey, this week a man with a history of mental illness came into a confrontation with police. --- NorthJersey.com --- April 26, 2013 (NEW JERSEY) http://is.gd/wAzsDZ

43. “Caretakers of Developmentally Disabled Face Challenge” --- But Skip, now 43, has a developmental disability, and his parents worried about his future. “Skip is easy to live with, that is, he's a joy to live with,” said his father, Louis, of Sauquoit. --- Utica Observer Dispatch --- April 28, 2013 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/ILQtOQ

44. “Longview Mother Frustrated with Level of Help Provided for Mentally Ill Adult Son” --- “It's not against the law to be mentally ill,” Johnson said. “In order for us to take somebody's civil rights away, they have to be a grave danger to themselves or others. --- Longview Daily News --- April 28, 2013 (WASHINGTON) http://is.gd/asnsMk

45. “VA Rewarded Top Officials with Bonuses, Despite Growing Claims Backlog” --- The Department of Veterans Affairs handed out millions of dollars in bonuses to top officials over five years, even as the number of veterans facing long waits for disability benefits ballooned. --- The Desert Sun --- April 26, 2013 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/5Zo3ID

46. “Mentally Disabled Immigrants Facing Deportation to Be Provided With Representation” --- A recent ruling by a judge in California's federal court has ordered immigration courts in California, Arizona, and Washington to provide legal representation for mentally disabled immigrants facing deportation. --- JDJournal.com --- April 25, 2013 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/nUsF3F

47. “Hospitalization OK for Psych Patients Can Take Hours” --- "Society pays for inadequate psychiatric care; more than half of all prison inmates and a third of all homeless people are mentally ill. Massachusetts is considered a model for health reform, yet we found that seriously ill patients routinely spent ... --- U.S. News & World Report --- April 24, 2013 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/bgSR0O

48. “US Hospitals Send Hundreds of Immigrants Back Home” --- In this Thursday March 7, 2013 photo, Jacinto Rodriguez Cruz, 49, leaves his home on a wheelchair with the help of his wife, Belen Hernandez in the city of Veracruz, Mexico. Cruz and another friend suffered serious injuries during a car accident last ... --- Philly.com --- April 23, 2013 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/wfdjhK

49. “Father and Son and Asperger's” --- Part parenting guide, part courtroom drama, part catalog of the travails and surprising joys of life with the high-functioning form of autism called Asperger's syndrome, this memoir will offer all parents … --- New York Times --- April 22, 2013 (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/XDVkbu

Proposed Legislation and New Laws

50. “Bills Would Boost Access to Treatment for Autism Patients” --- April is Autism Awareness Month and throughout California events are being held to raise awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), the fastest-growing developmental disability. --- The Desert Sun --- April 27, 2013 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/ElL9g0

51. “San Jose Disabled Man's Fight to Save Estate Spurs Bill to Protect Incapacitated Adults’ Savings” --- Reed's lengthy journey through the Santa Clara County court system -- highlighted by this newspaper's investigation "Loss of Trust" -- revealed the little-known "fees on fees" provision in state law that makes it extremely risky for elderly and ... --- San Jose Mercury News --- April 23, 2013 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/0QbDdY

52. “Legislators Try to Shrink Waiting List for Floridians with Disabilities” --- Backing a proposal by Gov. Rick Scott, House and Senate budget negotiators have agreed to spend $36.3 million next year to provide services to hundreds of people with developmental disabilities who have been stuck on a waiting list. --- Florida Courier --- April 25, 2013 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/LPI0s1

53. “Lawmakers Spar over Mental Patient Bill” --- Corey Wilson, R-Augusta, is sponsoring L.D. 805, which would require the state to notify cities and towns before they open group homes for Riverview Psychiatric Center patients who have committed violent crimes. --- Kennebec Journal --- April 23, 2013 (MAINE) http://is.gd/D63cyQ

54. “Mental Health Bill's Fate Unclear” --- Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, to allow community mental health centers to snag more federal funding if they meet certain criteria, such as providing 24-hour psychiatric care and integrating physical checkups with mental health services. --- Battle Creek Enquirer --- April 27, 2013 (MICHIGAN) http://is.gd/aREask

International Articles

55. “Coroner to Probe Teen Girl's Suicide” --- Her death led to a review of WA's mental health system last year. Ruby Nicholls-Diver, who had a borderline personality disorder, died on March 2, 2011, after she was discharged from the hospital's Alma Street Centre. --- The West Australian --- April 29, 2013 (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/w7PLvj

56. “Mentally Ill at Top of List of Disabled” --- Apart from the jump in grants to the mentally ill, the only other growing grant categories are for those living with cancer and people with endocrine and immune problems. --- Herald Sun --- April 25, 2013 (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/Xhxv7p

57. “Canadian Woman Dies with Aid of Doctor in Switzerland” --- Supporters of the current law, including many disability rights groups, say that allowing assisted suicide would make things hard on the disabled. --- CTV News --- April 25, 2013 (CANADA) http://is.gd/jDMPmZ

58. “Investigation Launched after Cab Drivers Refuse to Pick up Man with Disabilities” --- The man with disabilities had 'Access Calgary' identification on him, but Salguero says three Checker cabs refused to drive him home. One said his car wouldn't fit the walker, while another van simply refused to stop. --- globalnews.ca --- April 22, 2013 (CANADA) http://is.gd/RIxJ0n

59. “Winnipeg Man Gets Nine Years for Kidnapping and Sex Assault of Disabled Woman” --- A Winnipeg man convicted in the kidnapping and sexual assault of a disabled woman has been sentenced to nine years in prison. Court heard the victim was on crutches and her arm was in a cast when Norman Cook grabbed her off a street in ... --- Brandon Sun --- April 26, 2013 (CANADA) http://is.gd/k6hLkQ

60. “China Pursues Mental Health Reform in Wake of School Stabbings” --- China continues to pursue reform of its mental health system in an effort to encourage the sick to receive help after a string of violent attacks on school children by the mentally ill. --- Washington Free Beacon --- April 22, 2013 (CHINA) http://is.gd/uhA9Mn

61. “Police Officers Charged with Misconduct after Death of Schizophrenic Man” --- Two police officers allowed a mentally ill man to die in front of them after neglecting their duty while detaining him, a court has heard. --- The Guardian --- April 24, 2013 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/iO2wpz

62. “Disabled Woman 'Still Loves' Husband Who Blinded Her with Cigarette” --- A husband blinded his disabled wife with a cigarette after subjecting her to years of abuse. Robert John Clark, 40, pushed a cigarette into his wife Susan Meakin-Clark's only working eye after … --- This is Hull and East Riding --- April 23, 2013 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/Nu87DR

63. “Historian Götz Aly: Victims of Nazi Euthanasia 'Have Been Forgotten' ” --- Some 200,000 people who were mentally ill or disabled were killed in Germany during the Nazi era. The cynical name for the extermination program was "euthanasia," which means "beautiful death" in ancient Greek. --- Spiegel Online --- April 25, 2013 (GERMANY) http://is.gd/RElTcE

64. “Care of Mentally Ill Inmates 'Atrocious', Counsellor Says” --- The level of care given to prison inmates with mental health issues is "fundamentally atrocious", an alcohol and drug counsellor says. In light of a report released yesterday into the failings by prison staff and the Corrections Department before the ... --- TVNZ --- April 23, 2013 (NEW ZEALAND) http://is.gd/zJGVBF

65. “Coping Inside: A Psychiatric Patient in Nigeria Tells Her Story” --- In Nigeria, widespread ignorance fuels perceptions that people with a mental illness are somehow cursed or possessed by demons. Inadequate psychiatric care is also a problem. --- Radio Netherlands --- April 23, 2013 (NIGERIA) http://is.gd/Jsf3la

66. “38 Die in Mental Hospital Fire in Russia” --- Thirty-eight people were killed, most of them in their beds, in a fire that raged through a psychiatric hospital near Moscow on Friday, raising questions about the care of mentally ill patients in Russia. --- CANOE --- April 25, 2013 (RUSSIA) http://is.gd/7tFF88



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