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News Summary for July 30, 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.   “Aide at Special Needs School Accused of Having Sex -- and a Baby -- With ...” --- A teacher's aide at a special needs school in San Dimas was arrested this week and is accused of having a relationship with a teen student who is allegedly the father of the woman's baby. Mandy Morales, 31, an aide at independent Canyon View School, ... --- NBC Southern California --- July 12, 2013  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/fIvg1R  

2.   “Two Teachers Charged for Abusing Special Needs Student” --- Two teachers are out of a job and facing criminal charges in Perquimans County after being caught physically abusing a special needs student on camera. Cynthia Jones, 51, and Kecia Phelps, 48, were arrested and charged with assault ... --- WVEC.com --- July 16, 2013  (COLORADO)  http://is.gd/6U02dW  

3.   “Florida is Being Sued over its Grim Treatment of Disabled Children” --- This is not the first time the Obama administration has tried to force a state to do de-institutionalize the mentally disabled, as well as people in fragile health who could be cared for at home. Since 2009, the Justice Department has filed similar ... --- The Week Magazine --- July 23, 2013  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/ylCE9k  

4.   “NY Hotline to Report Disabled Abuse Logs 5,000 Calls in 3 weeks ...” --- Some advocates question the blank slate, noting one state agency responsible for 126,000 disabled New Yorkers reported more than 60,000 abuse allegations and 23,000 serious incidents from 2008 to 2012. Think your friends should see this? Share it with ... --- The Republic --- July 22, 2013  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/TWQdpq  

5.   “Hudson Valley Bus Monitor Pleads Guilty to Sex Charge” --- A former school bus monitor for a Hudson Valley school district has pleaded guilty to charges that he forced a mentally disabled teenager to perform a sex act on him. The Poughkeepsie Journal reports that 57-year-old Charles Kane ... --- Times Herald-Record --- July 11, 2013  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/uYg7xn  

6.  “Disabled Woman Left in Van in Sweltering Heat” --- Police in Houston, Texas are investigating after a disabled woman was left in a van for at least five hours. Houston police homicide ... --- WCSH-TV --- July 24, 2013  (TEXAS)   http://is.gd/V9vOde  


7.   “Woman's Body Found in Insect-infested Van in Downtown Phoenix” --- Three men face animal abuse charges and vulnerable adult abuse charges after a woman's body was found in an insect-infested van near downtown Phoenix, authorities said Monday. The van was carrying 35 animals and was infested with ... --- ABC15.com (KNXV-TV) --- July 15, 2013  (ARIZONA)  http://is.gd/LuxkUe  

8.   “Boy with Special Needs Found Wandering in Woodland Hills” --- A four year-old developmentally disabled boy who was found bawling outside a neighbor's house in the wee hours Monday after he managed to slip out of his ... --- Los Angeles Daily News --- July 29, 2013  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/6SfplC  

9.   “Deal Reached in Sexual Assault of Developmentally-Disabled Local” --- An Apple Valley man accused of sexual assault against a developmentally-disabled Barstow man entered into a plea bargain after he was ... --- Victorville Daily Press --- July 24, 2013  (CALIFORNIA)   http://is.gd/a5wm1U  

10.   “Sentencing Set for Man Who Raped Teen with Cerebral Palsy” --- In June 2012 Mesinas raped a 14-year-old girl who is severely mentally and physically handicapped and does not move or speak. Mesinas recorded a portion of the rape using the camera on his cell phone, Scully said. --- News10.net --- July 23, 2013  (CALIFORNIA)   http://is.gd/cKaLCW  

11.   “Former Families First Employee Sues Embattled Davis Group Home” --- A lawsuit has been filed against a Davis group home that's being shut down, by a former employee who says his concerns got him fired. “I made it clear that there was a potentially dangerous situation.” But instead of listening, teacher ...--- CBS Local --- July 17, 2013  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/19XN4Y  

12.   “Advocates Seek Oversight at Developmental Centers” --- The request comes after a state audit released last week describing how reports of abuse at developmental centers have not been properly investigated. Auditors say investigators often failed to interview alleged victims or photograph crime scenes. --- San Jose Mercury News --- July 17, 2013  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/BDR0Kz  

13.   “Ceres Man Facing Rape Accusations Involving Disabled Adult” --- Ceres police detectives arrested a local man Tuesday on suspicion of sexually assaulting a mentally disabled adult. The victim knew the suspect, 51-year-old Michael Scudder, and was sexually assaulted on multiple occasions at a Ceres home ... --- News10.net --- July 16, 2013  (CALIFORNIA)   http://is.gd/e9OWGx  

14.   “Judge Orders Investigation into Salinas Valley State Prison Psychiatric Unit” --- It declined further comment. The order came out of a 23-year-old federal lawsuit citing unconstitutionally poor treatment for the state's more than 30,000 mentally ill inmates, most of whom will be returning to their communities after serving their ... --- Monterey County Herald --- July 12, 2013  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/TQFsB0  

15.   “Man Arrested in 1981 Rape and Murder of Mentally Impaired Woman” --- Denver authorities have arrested a 53-year-old Pennsylvania man in the rape and murder of a woman in a group home for mentally disabled people in 1981. Hector Bencomo-Hinojos has been charged with first-degree murder in the strangulation death of ... --- Denver Post --- July 23, 2013  (COLORADO)  http://is.gd/Q07BrW  

16.   “Life Sentence in Slaying of Woman in Wheelchair” --- A man who fatally stabbed a woman in a wheelchair in Aurora has been sentenced to life in prison without parole. Twenty-two-year-old Shawn Lewis Lopez was sentenced after pleading guilty Friday to first-degree murder in the ... --- San Francisco Chronicle --- July 19, 2013  (COLORADO)   http://is.gd/DbwPhN  

17.   “Man Gets 25 Years for Attacking Disabled Woman in Wheat Ridge” --- A man who attacked a disabled woman in Wheat Ridge has been sentenced to 25 years in prison. Anthony Andrew Lucero, 30, was sentenced last week for the May 2012 attack and attempted carjacking in the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center parking lot, ... --- Denver Post --- July 11, 2013  (COLORADO)  http://is.gd/u1q1Jb  

18.   “Special Needs Teacher Faces Firing over Abuse Accusations” --- The Broward County School Board will decide whether to fire Deborah Tersigni, a special needs teacher at Silver Ridge Elementary in Davie. She is also being charged with child abuse by the Broward State Attorney's Office. A district administrative ... --- Sun-Sentinel --- July 17, 2013  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/hyDWLH  

19.   “Fla. Man Found Wasting Away; Wife Charged with Neglect” --- Man pleads guilty to neglect in death of obese wife. Police arrested Sharon Tillman, 48, on Sunday and accused her of neglecting her husband, who has been bedridden since January. Police and medics were called to the home and found Greg ... --- USA TODAY --- July 17, 2013  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/l9tEoo  

20.   “Treasure Coast Assisted Living Facility Forced to Close” --- A Treasure Coast assisted living facility for the mentally ill is forced to temporarily close its doors by state agencies for inhumane living conditions. Tonight, the facility owner is speaking out for the first time in a CBS 12 exclusive, and one ... --- WPEC --- July 16, 2013  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/e7F568  

21.   “Disabled Girl Barred from Museum because Wheelchair would ‘Get the Carpet Dirty’” --- A disabled Charlotte girl was barred from visiting a maritime museum because her wheelchair would "get the carpet dirty," her family claims. Dr. Ken Haas told CBS affiliate WBTV in Savannah, Ga. that his family had traveled to Savannah for a weekend trip. --- CBS News --- July 12, 2013  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/4jkvVi  

22.   “Disabled Man from Hawaii Forced to Crawl Off Delta Airlines Plane” --- The Americans with Disabilities Act was passed on July 26, 1990. The law protects the rights and freedoms of the disabled. This week marks ... --- Examiner.com --- July 28, 2013  (HAWAII)   http://is.gd/rTlnlH  

23.   “Cornerstone, Nurses Sued for Mentally Disabled Woman's Death” --- Mentally disabled woman Barbara Dziubczynski was not adequately supervised and fell down numerous times, according to a lawsuit filed in Will County court. --- Patch.com --- July 17, 2013  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/DayZso   

24.   “Mother of Disabled Man Who Died after Fight at Bolingbrook Group Home Sues” --- The mother of a disabled man who died after being injured in a fight while living at a Bolingbrook group home in 2011 is suing the company that ran the home, claiming it was negligent and failed to protect her son. Eduardo Formanski, 30, died about a ... --- Chicago Tribune --- July 16, 2013  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/ZCM5BY  

25.   “Malnourished Woman's Condition Leads to Neglect, Confinement ...” --- A Fowler couple is facing several charges after investigators say they neglected an adult female in their care. The woman was ... --- WLFI.com --- July 24, 2013  (INDIANA)   http://is.gd/z3ubSq  

26.   “Abuse Investigations Climb at Iowa Juvenile Home” --- Child abuse investigations have increased at a state-run home for children with serious behavioral problems, and some of the facility's ... --- Dubuque Telegraph Herald --- July 23, 2013  (IOWA)   http://is.gd/qXp8KV  

27.  “Woman Accused of Abusing Disabled Stepson Posts Bond” --- A Council Bluffs woman has bonded out of jail after being arrested for allegedly abusing her mentally-disabled stepson, Pottawattamie County court officials confirmed Thursday afternoon. Rebecca S. Beyer has been accused of depriving her stepson of ... --- SW Iowa News --- July 18, 2013  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/AUMQcP  

28.   “Topeka Adult Care Facility License Revoked, Shutting Down” --- The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) is revoking the license of an adult care home in Topeka, the Topeka Community Healthcare Center, located at 1821 SE 21st Street in Topeka. For several years this facility, ... --- WIBW --- July 18, 2013  (KANSAS)  http://is.gd/39fyma  

29.   “Mom of Man with Down Syndrome Talks about His Death in Maryland Cinema” --- Saylor, 26, had Down syndrome — a genetic condition that impairs physical growth and intelligence. His condition probably was apparent to the three off-duty sheriff's deputies working at the mall Jan. 12 when they were called to remove Saylor because ... --- Denver Post --- July 21, 2013  (MARYLAND)  http://is.gd/WPbr6o  

30.   “DOJ Examining Disabled Md. Man's in Custody Death” --- The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating the death of a man with Down syndrome who died in police custody while being removed from a Frederick movie theater. --- MiamiHerald.com --- July 20, 2013  (MARYLAND)   http://is.gd/HHYUj3

31.   “Out of Detox, Man Allegedly Stole Disabled Woman's Meds” --- Minutes after being released from emergency detox at the Saints Campus of Lowell General Hospital Friday morning, police say Robert A. Santosuosso sat down on a bench outside the hospital and allegedly grabbed a mentally-disabled woman's ... --- The Sun --- July 23, 2013  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/Umjfxl  

32.   “Lynn Woman Charged with Robbing, Assaulting Mentally Disabled ...” --- A judge ordered a city woman held for violating probation and set $10,000 cash bail for assault and robbery charges after police and witnesses said the woman jumped and robbed a mentally disabled man returning from the convenience store ... --- Daily Item --- July 19, 2013 (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/avOCfr  

33.   “Grand Rapids Mother Says Disabled Daughter Was Gang Raped, Blames School” --- Not mad because Hope Academy gave her 16-year-old daughter a one day suspension for acting up in class, but furious the charter school staff either told the developmentally disabled girl to get off school property or let her leave before a parent came ... --- Detroit Free Press --- July 11, 2013  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/gSpJGI  

34.   “Alleged Sex Addict Convicted of Molesting Vulnerable Adult” --- The case against McCaffrey originates from October 2012, when an investigator with the Eagan Police Department received word that a vulnerable adult had been sexually assaulted by a family member. The report came in after the suspect, McCaffrey, sent ... --- Patch.com --- July 16, 2013  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/1JUJIN  

35.   “Woman Accused of Killing Mentally Challenged Sister in Jackson” --- A woman is accused of killing her sister then turning the gun on herself on Monday afternoon. Nancy Pace, a woman who neighbors said is in her 50s, is suspected of using the handgun to kill her mentally challenged sister to whom she was a caregiver for. --- WJTV --- July 22, 2013  (MISSISSIPPI)  http://is.gd/ek3y9k  

36.   “Arrest Made in Alleged Sex Assault of Man with Down Syndrome” --- Authorities say a 63-year-old Norfolk, Neb., man has been arrested in connection with an alleged sexual assault of an adult male with Down syndrome. Norfolk police said Richard Strenge was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of first-degree sexual assault. --- Omaha World-Herald --- July 10, 2013  (NEBRASKA)  http://is.gd/e6vGmD  

37.   “Nevada Mental Hospital May Lose Accreditation, Discharge Policies ...” --- The Bee subsequently reported that the hospital had bused about 1,500 mentally ill patients out of Nevada in the last five years. The Joint Commission, which ... --- Sacramento Bee --- July 24, 2013  (NEVADA)  http://is.gd/yyTyGq 

38.   “Police: Woman Survives Suicide Attempt, Arrested in Death of Disabled Son” --- A Las Vegas woman has been arrested on a count of murder after she forced her mentally disabled son to overdose on prescription medication but survived an ... --- Las Vegas Sun --- July 29, 2013  (NEVADA)  http://is.gd/QcRo2H  

39.   “Medford Police: One Fugitive Left in Burglaries/Robberies of Disabled” --- ... Only one of the seven men charged with robbing a disabled minister earlier this year is still on the loose. Marcello Ferreira, 19, of Philadelphia is the last fugitive ... --- The Bridgeton News --- July 29, 2013  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/3jB3zX  

40.   “Hackensack Man Gets Three Years for Sexually Assaulting Mentally Disabled Boy” --- A Hackensack man who admitted sexually assaulting a mentally disabled boy after getting him drunk over the 2012 New Year's holiday will spend at least the next 30 months behind bars for the crime. Michael Leap admitted to plying the ... --- Cliffviewpilot.com --- July 21, 2013 (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/2kC51f  

41.   “Victim of a Cruel Prank, Disabled Man Finally Gets His Wheelchair Back” --- After weeks of agony a disabled Long Island man finally has his state-of-the-art wheelchair back. It was stolen and vandalized by teenage pranksters. As CBS 2's Jennifer McLogan reported, the chair was found and fixed ... --- CBS Local --- July 17, 2013  (NEW YORK)   http://is.gd/uVBMNo  

42.   “New York Starbucks Sued for Discrimination Against the Deaf” --- The suit seeks unspecified monetary damages for unlawful discrimination on the basis of disability, in violation of the New York State Human Rights Law as well as the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990. Mr. Baum added that several of the members ... --- New York Observer --- July 16, 2013  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/QUZZrD  

43.   “Police: Monroe Man Accused of Sexually Assaulting Mentally Disabled Woman” --- Investigators said Morrow was staying at the Knights Inn in Monroe on July 16 when he spotted the victim, a 42-year-old woman police described as mentally disabled. --- WSOC Charlotte --- July 23, 2013  (NORTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/oCFt8M  

44.   “School Employees Assault Handicapped Student” --- Cynthia Jones, 51, of Hertford, and Kecia Phelps, 48, of Edenton are charged with the assault of a handicapped person. The victim -- a 19-year-old male -- and Sheriff Eric Tilley say there was absolutely no reason for the way the women punched, pulled ... --- WAVY-TV --- July 16, 2013  (NORTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/8VolsM  

45.   “3 Plead Not Guilty in Ohio Slave Labor Case Involving Mentally ...” --- Three people accused of enslaving a mentally disabled Ohio woman and her daughter and beating the woman and stealing her pain ... --- Washington Post --- July 24, 2013  (OHIO)   http://is.gd/KF2bvU  

46.   “Lawyer: Man to Plead in Ashland Slave Labor Case” --- A lawyer says his client plans to plead guilty to charges he helped enslave a mentally disabled woman and her daughter, including beating the woman and stealing her pain medication. Attorney Russell Bensing said Wednesday the charges announced a ... --- Canton Repository --- July 17, 2013  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/Erx3Ts  

47.   “Man Admits to Rape of Severely Disabled Girl” --- A Philadelphia man has admitted to raping the most vulnerable of victims, a severely mentally and physically disabled 15-year-old girl. The defendant, 55-year-old Orrin Thomas, was a friend of the victim's mother. --- KYW Newsradio --- July 23, 2013  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/77R1B0  

48.   “Rapists Demand Victim Testify at Sentencing” --- Prosecutors say two illegal immigrants from Mexico convicted of raping a mentally challenged woman last year in Washington, Pa., shouldn't be allowed to compel her to testify on their behalf at their sentencing Friday in a West Virginia courtroom. But ...--- Pittsburgh Post Gazette --- July 17, 2013  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/CsJuKj

49.   “Prison for Spring Grove Man Who Raped Mentally Disabled Woman for Years” --- A Spring Grove man must spend at least five years in state prison for raping a mentally disabled woman over a period of years. Robert Lee Duvall, 67, on Monday was sentenced to five to 10 years in prison, plus two years of probation, according to court ... --- York Dispatch --- July 16, 2013  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/Lbjucm  

50.   “Elderly Man Arrested for Raping Mentally Disabled Woman” --- A 72-year-old man was arrested Friday for allegedly raping a mentally disabled woman in Lancaster County, police said. Harold Jay Andrews, of Bainbridge, is charged with rape by forcible compulsion, rape of a mentally disabled person and tampering with ... --- FOX43.com --- July 16, 2013  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/ju4r1L  

51.   “Playboy Gets 9 Years for Fleecing Mom, Uncle” --- A scion of a well-known publishing family was sentenced Monday to nine years in prison for stealing $3.6 million from his mother and mentally disabled uncle, money he used to finance a playboy lifestyle that included trips, jewels and gifts for a ... --- Philly.com --- July 17, 2013  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/qsITVI  

52.   “Suspected Wheelchair Thief Faces Judge” --- A man accused of attacking another man and stealing his motorized wheelchair went before a judge on Monday. The attack happened in the early morning hours at Kennedy Plaza last Friday. --- Providence Eyewitness News --- July 15, 2013  (RHODE ISLAND)  http://is.gd/Efj52w  

53.   “Houston Garage Was Prison for Three Disabled Men” --- The state agency that looks into reports of abuse and exploitation of disabled or elderly adults, Adult Protective Services, is helping the three men find housing in assisted living facilities and conducting its own investigation, said a spokesman ... --- New York Times --- July 23, 2013  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/qkSbbB  

54.   “Diboll Man Gets 5 Years for Sexually Assaulting Mentally Challenged Woman” --- Angelina County jurors sentenced a 54-year-old Diboll man to 5 years in a Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison for sexually assaulting a mentally challenged woman in July 2005. Perry Jerome Haggerton was found guilty of sexual assault Thursday. --- KTRE --- July 18, 2013  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/MDCLTe  

55.   “Texas Shuts Down Houston Dating Site for Elderly, Disabled” --- The Texas Attorney General's Office obtained a temporary restraining order and asset freeze against a specialized dating service that targeted senior citizens, disabled Texans and veterans, alleging the company misled customers about the nature of the ... --- Houston Chronicle --- July 11, 2013  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/DTa6cP  

56.   “Newport News Court Battle Tests Rights of the Disabled” --- The details of Hatch's life have come under scrutiny in a complicated guardianship case that is pitting her wishes against those of her parents and testing the rights of adults with disabilities to choose how they live. The 29-year-old wants to move in ... --- The Virginian-Pilot --- July 24, 2013  (VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/u3xmOU  

57.   “Prosecutors: Man Caught Raping Developmentally Disabled Employee at Ballard ...” --- A supervisor at a Ballard warehouse caught raping a developmentally disabled worker while on the clock had dismissive response after he was caught in the act, according to charges filed earlier this month. The 42-year-old woman “would not know the ... --- Seattle Post Intelligencer --- July 12, 2013  (WASHINGTON) http://is.gd/LXuRpN   

58.   “Wausau Educators Restrained/Secluded Students Hundreds of Times Last School ...” --- Agencies such as Disability Rights Wisconsin, Wisconsin Family Assistance Center for Education, Training & Support and Wisconsin Family Ties lobbied heavily for the law after children in schools and non-school treatment settings were emotionally and ... --- Wausau Daily Herald --- July 20, 2013  (WISCONSIN)  http://is.gd/1VP7P7  

59.   “Racine Mother, Boyfriend Accused of Locking Adult Autistic Son in Basement for ...” --- His case is being handled by the state's protective services for adults, not children, and the district attorney's office did not immediately return a message Thursday. James Allen's grandmother called police last month asking that officers check on ... --- The Tribune --- July 11, 2013  (WISCONSIN)  http://is.gd/CgQBmN  

Seeking Improved Support

60.   “Valley Has Highest Rate of Mental Illness in California, but Fewest Therapists” --- While much of California is expected to see a boost in mental health services under the Affordable Care Act, additional treatment is likely to come slowly to the Valley. New research released Wednesday confirms that the San Joaquin Valley has fewer ... --- Fresno Bee --- July 17, 2013  (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/tjmapN   

61.   “ACLU: Most Mentally Ill Inmates Held in Solitary” --- Nearly 90 percent of the seriously mentally ill inmates in Colorado state prisons were in solitary confinement this year, the American Civil Liberties Union said Tuesday. The ACLU's Colorado chapter said some of them have been in ... --- San Francisco Chronicle --- July 23, 2013  (COLORADO)   http://is.gd/qnzz08  

62.   “Deadbeat Illinois: Mental-Health Agency Struggles to Pay its Bills” --- The state's $5 billion backlog of unpaid bills didn't quietly creep up; it announced itself like the first violent flashes of lightning in a coming storm. --- East Peoria Times-Courier --- July 29, 2013  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/yt5Ew7  

63.   “Attack Puts Focus on DOC Handling of Mentally Ill” --- Advocates are calling on the Indiana Department of Correction to fix what they call a "broken" mental health system following a Muncie man's arrest on charges he beat and raped a pregnant clerk at an adult novelties store less than ... --- NorthJersey.com --- July 13, 2013  (INDIANA)  http://is.gd/Z2mA69  

64.   “After State Budget Cuts, Parents of Children with Disabilities Look for Solutions” --- Budget cuts in the legislature and a no veto session, leave parents of children with disabilities wondering if they could afford the services their children need. Friday afternoon concerned parents traveled to Baton Rouge to work with ... --- WWL --- July 19, 2013  (LOUISIANA)  http://is.gd/temEsm  

65.   “Hundreds Protest Mental Health Funding Cuts” --- New Mexico's Human Services Department has suspended Medicaid funding for 15 mental health organizations while they investigate credible allegations of fraud. They say it's necessary because if they don't, and fraud is proven, the state could have to ... --- KOB.com --- July 17, 2013  (NEW MEXICO)   http://is.gd/2Fo2NN  

66.   “NY Settles Case over Housing for Mentally Ill” ---  Thousands of mentally ill New York City residents institutionalized in dormitories called "adult homes" will be given the opportunity to move ... --- Westport-News --- July 23, 2013  (NEW YORK)   http://is.gd/0kGFAs  

67.   “The Safety Net in Buffalo for the Mentally Ill is under Strain” --- “In the last 20 years, the Buffalo Psychiatric Center went from 1,200 beds to 160 and the Gowanda Psychiatric and West Seneca Developmental centers closed.” It's now 185 beds at Buffalo Psychiatric Center. This “crisis for mental health patients and ... --- Buffalo News --- July 20, 2013  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/gO7C0C  

68.   “Patients, Advocates Ask for Investigation of Mental Health Services” --- Valley Mental Health announced plans to cut the patients on June 28, citing a cut in the funding it gets from Optum, the managed care company with a contract to run the county's Medicaid-funded system. --- Salt Lake Tribune --- July 10, 2013  (UTAH)   http://is.gd/GElZaq  

69.   “People with Disabilities and Without Jobs Must Wait Months for State Assistance” --- Peebles applied for help from the state agency tasked with helping people with disabilities find work: the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR). However, he was told he would have to wait for months to meet with a counselor. --- Wisconsin Public Radio News --- July 15, 2013  (WISCONSIN)  http://is.gd/V7x0H6  

70.   “Mental Illness Can Shorten Lives, Studies Show” --- While mental illness can bring great anguish to those who suffer from it, two new studies show it can also take a toll on life span. One study found that bipolar disorder boosted a person's odds of premature death ... --- U.S. News & World Report --- July 17, 2013  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/xVUKtG  

Proposed Legislation and New Laws

71.   “Long: Colorado Strengthens Protection of Older Adults” --- All reports of suspected elder abuse should be made to law enforcement agencies that will, in turn, be required to forward all reports to county adult protective services programs within 24 hours. This is done so that appropriate protective services ... --- The Coloradoan --- July 20, 2013  (COLORADO)   http://is.gd/5gV7DA  

72.   “State Says New Agency Can Handle Big Hike in Hotline Calls on Abuse of Disabled” --- The new law, the Adult Protective Services Act, transfers responsibility for protecting homebound adults ages 18 to 59 from the OIG, which had only five investigators statewide, to the state Department on Aging, which has nearly 350 trained caseworkers. --- Belleville News Democrat --- July 22, 2013  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/EwStu6  

73.   “Power-of-Attorney Law Addresses 'Rampant' Abuse” --- “There are touchy issues where people ought to kind of reach a speed bump and make an affirmative decision,” said Iris Freeman, an advocate for seniors and member of the Vulnerable Adult Justice Project (VAJP). One of those “touchy issues” is referred ... --- Minneapolis Star Tribune --- July 15, 2013  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/M6b1xL  

International Articles

74.   “Sydney Disabled Women Sex Assault Arrest” --- A disabled Sydney woman was repeatedly sexually assaulted by a 68-year-old man known to her, police say. It's alleged five assaults occurred between March 2012 and January 2013 at Camden, in the city's south. The 33-year-old woman has a cognitive ... --- The Australian --- July 18, 2013  (AUSTRALIA)   http://is.gd/ODnKmg  

75.   “Australia Mulls Ban on Sterilization of Mentally Challenged Girls” --- Some parents of mentally challenged girls in Australia are urging the government not to ban sterilization for their daughters. Australia's Disability Discrimination Commissioner Graeme Innes has called the practice ... --- UPI.com --- July 16, 2013  (AUSTRALIA)   http://is.gd/vePjco  

76.   “Escaped Killer Using Disabled Man's ID Back in Court” --- A murderer who escaped jail in England before assuming the identity of a disabled New Zealand man was the subject of a massive fraud matter mentioned in Maroochydore Magistrates Court yesterday. Simon Dominic Hennessy, 49, was not required to ... --- The Sunshine Coast Daily --- July 16, 2013  (NEW ZEALAND)  http://is.gd/dT7JeS  

77.   “Disabled Man Robbed Outside of Scarborough Hotel” --- A 32-year-old disabled man was assaulted and robbed outside of a Scarborough hotel early Sunday morning. At around 3:30 a.m., police say that a man in a wheelchair suffered minor injuries after he was allegedly attacked by a woman at the rear of the ... --- Toronto Star --- July 22, 2013  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/psHbml  

78.   “Woman in Wheelchair Allegedly Struck with Metal Pipe During Fight” --- A woman is facing charges after she allegedly struck a woman in a wheelchair with a metal pipe in the Halifax area. Police say officers were called to a fight between two women at the corner of Victoria and Albro Lake roads in Dartmouth ... --- CTV News --- July 19, 2013  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/8LNQQf  

79.   “No Programs in Jail to Help Mentally Ill Inmates, Official Says” --- And Mike Smith, the program director at Drumheller Institution northeast of Calgary, told a hearing certain mental health issues can't be addressed in his jail. Smith told Crown prosecutor Julie Morgan there are no programs at the prison to address ... --- Sun News Network --- July 16, 2013  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/eol4LB  

80.   “Pallister Denies Using 'Retard' in Legislature” --- ... Kelvin Goertzen's cyber-bullying bill -- only introduced Wednesday on day 13 of an extended legislative session -- boiled over in the legislature today when NDP House Leader Jennifer Howard accused PC Leader Brian Pallister of using the word "retard". --- Winnipeg Free Press --- July 11, 2013  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/xSKMcR  

81.   “40 Percent of China's Disabled Population is Illiterate, Says Study” --- A recent study by US-based Human Rights Watch claims that nearly 40 percent of China's mentally or physically disabled population have not received an adequate education and are considered illiterate. The study places much of the blame on public ... --- Shanghaiist --- July 16, 2013  (CHINA)  http://is.gd/VlE9gZ  

82.   “No Review Board into Early Deaths of Patients with Learning Disabilities” --- Ministers have refused to create a national body to investigate the 1,200 premature deaths a year of patients with learning disabilities in the NHS – a key recommendation of a three-year confidential inquiry – drawing fire from campaigners and the ... --- The Guardian --- July 12, 2013  (ENGLAND)  ttp://is.gd/myYmCZ 

83.   “Lesson in Misery for Disabled Millions Without Schools” --- Millions of disabled students nationwide are being denied an education due to pervasive barriers and a failure to devote resources. That is according to Human Rights Watch, which said few children with disabilities are able to pursue school into their ...--- Hong Kong Standard --- July 17, 2013  (HONG KONG)  http://is.gd/C8QVSi  

84.   “Disabled Woman Raped, Robbed at Knife-point Inside TA House” --- ... on Thursday; case remains mostly under gag order. Tel Aviv CBS anti-African demo Photo: Ben Hartman. A disabled woman was raped and robbed at knife-point inside her house last week in Tel Aviv, a court cleared for publication on Wednesday morning. --- Jerusalem Post --- July 17, 2013  (ISRAEL)  http://is.gd/eJmwwV  

85.   “Furious Sister of Disabled Man Who Was Left in Freezing Car for More than Two ...” --- THE sickened sister of a disabled man who was left in a freezing car for more than two hours has blasted his heartless carer. Wilma Goodbrand, 42, was found guilty of neglecting tragic Stephen Armstrong by leaving him in bitter cold conditions while ... --- Scottish Daily Record --- July 17, 2013  (SCOTLAND)  http://is.gd/xK15ak  

86.   “Ethnic 'Inequalities' in Scottish Mental Health Care” --- The number of people hospitalised in Scotland for mental health problems differs significantly between ethnic groups, research has found. A team from Edinburgh University looked at hospital admissions for psychiatric, mood and psychotic disorders. --- BBC News --- July 15, 2013  (SCOTLAND)  http://is.gd/rnHQL3  

87.   “Mentally Disabled Women Endure Intense Abuse in South Africa” --- Run by a German mental healthcare expert, it's the only facility within hundreds of miles that offers shelter and care to mentally disabled people. More often than not in this area, the heartland of the Xhosa ethnic group, mental illness isn't ... --- Voice of America --- July 11, 2013  (SOUTH AFRICA)  http://is.gd/hetTAB  

88.   “As Parents Die, Vietnamese Worry Who'll Care for Agent Orange ...” --- She's mentally disabled because of her parents' exposure to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. She is completely dependent on her brother. --- MiamiHerald.com --- July 23, 2013  (VIETNAM)   http://is.gd/rjzJM9  

89.  “Gwent Thief Stole from Disabled Man” --- A serial Gwent thief is behind bars after taking a disabled man's jacket and ... And a few months after targeting the disabled man, Purnell was committing thefts … ---  South Wales Argus --- July 24, 2013  (WALES)  http://is.gd/14vtTf  

90.   “Europe's Roma Children” --- The segregation of Roma children and children with disabilities is discriminatory — and a violation of international human rights law. It not only prevents children from fulfilling their potential, but teaches them and their peers that it is ... --- New York Times --- July 17, 2013  (EUROPE)  http://is.gd/TKYdI9  


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