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News Summary for September 16, 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.   “Quick Dismissal of Caregiver Abuse Cases Puts California Patients at Risk” --- California regulators routinely have conducted cursory and indifferent investigations into suspected violence and misconduct committed by hundreds of nursing ... --- Fresno Bee --- September 9, 2013  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/pRY6kK  

2.   “Former Exempla Chaplain Pleads Guilty to Sexually Assaulting Disabled Woman” --- Police say a man from Littleton confessed to having unlawful sexual contact with a disabled woman while he was working as a chaplain at ... --- kdvr.com --- September 10, 2013  (COLORADO)   http://is.gd/yYE7kH  

3.   “Del. Group Home Employee Charged with Raping Resident” --- The Delaware Attorney General's Office says an aide at a New Castle County group home has been charged with raping a resident. --- Washington Post --- September 10, 2013  (DELAWARE)   http://is.gd/MKCckF  

4.   “Hearing Held for Disabled Kids in Nursing Home” --- Attorneys asked a federal judge Friday to grant class-action status to a lawsuit that says the state is unnecessarily ... --- San Francisco Chronicle --- September 13, 2013  (FLORIDA)   http://is.gd/scIaPZ  

5.   “Five Unlicensed Adult Foster Care Homes in Genesee County Shut Down; 17 Vulnerable Adults Removed” --- Seventeen vulnerable adults were removed from five unlicensed adult foster care homes earlier this month, according to Genesee ... --- The Flint Journal - MLive.com --- September 10, 2013  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/h52M43  

6.   “Fraud Investigation Unsettles Mental Health Care in New Mexico” --- For weeks now, New Mexico has been in the midst of a sweeping criminal investigation into 15 of its largest mental health providers, … --- New York Times --- September 13, 2013  (NEW MEXICO)   http://is.gd/AH8xNG  

7.   “Oregon School for the Deaf Sued over Alleged Sex Abuse” --- The mother of a former student at Oregon School for the Deaf has filed a lawsuit against the Oregon Department of Education, the school, five employees and ... --- Statesman Journal --- September 13, 2013  (OREGON)  http://is.gd/iHja4c  


8.   “ABC15 Exclusive: Arizona Mental Hospital Patient's Death Raising Safety, Staffing Level Concerns” --- Chris Blackwell was a young man with serious mental illness. He had been committed at the state mental hospital for the past two years. According to hospital ... --- ABC15.com (KNXV-TV) --- September 12, 2013  (ARIZONA)  http://is.gd/WZNFqL   

9.   “3-Year-Old with Autism Dropped at Wrong School by Bus” --- Imagine putting your child on a school bus only to learn she was dropped off at the wrong school. It happened to a 3-year-old ... --- KGO-TV --- September 13, 2013  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/qDhMT3  

10.   “Disabled Man Robbed Inside His Covina Home” --- A masked intruder robbed a disabled man inside his own home Friday afternoon, police said. The victim, a man in his 50s who walks with the aid of a cane or ... --- San Gabriel Valley Tribune --- September 13, 2013  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/g4f8vw  

11.   “No Children Left in Troubled Davis Group Home” --- The last child at the group home left Sept. 3, according to the state Department of Social Services – the agency that moved to revoke the facility's license this ... --- Modesto Bee --- September 10, 2013  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/eLweDQ   

12.   “Special-needs Student Left on Bus for Six Hours in Kern County Bus Yard” --- Special-needs student left on bus for six hours in Kern County bus yard ... The 8-year old boy special needs boy was supposed to be dropped off Monday at San ... --- KERO-TV 23 --- September 10, 2013  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/LZFQhV  

13.   “Man Held for Pickup, Wheelchair Theft” --- A 43-year-old Woodburn man was arrested after a traffic stop for allegedly stealing a man's pickup truck and motorized wheelchair ... --- KOIN.com --- September 13, 2013  (CONNECTICUT) http://is.gd/hM8LnP    

14.   “Disputed Home for Mentally Ill Shut Down This Week” --- The Jackson County Sheriff's Office on Thursday shut down what it said was an unlicensed local health care facility run by a Gainesville man who has a criminal ... --- Gainesville Times --- September 13, 2013  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/gxpUID  

15.   “Authorities Shut Down Facility, Seize Computers and Documents” --- The state authorities were called in, as far as adult protective services and the state licensing and regulatory agencies." Mangum said the facility is owned by a ... --- Access North Georgia --- September 13, 2013  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/Z0YeLk  

16.   “Senate Panel to Discuss Iowa Juvenile Home Problems” --- Disability Rights Iowa is a federally funded group that has been investigating treatment of children at the home, including allegations that some children were ... --- Omaha World-Herald --- September 11, 2013  (IOWA)   http://is.gd/atYqKi

17.   “Pair Charged with Neglect of Daughter” --- ... pleaded not guilty Thursday after police arrested them on allegations they neglected and starved their 23-year-old daughter who has Down Syndrome. --- Madison Courier --- September 13, 2013  (KENTUCKY)   http://is.gd/48zocG  

18.   “Kentucky Report Criticizes Hopkinsville Facility for Mentally Ill” --- A Hopkinsville home for mentally ill adults limited several residents' ability to go outside the building without due cause, ran out of some medications and failed ... --- The Courier-Journal --- September 11, 2013  (KENTUCKY) http://is.gd/DunDli   

19.   “Hopkinton Man Accused of Beating Disabled Friend” --- A Hopkinton man severely injured a disabled friend last year, throwing the man to the ground and causing severe head injuries and deafness in one ear, ... --- MetroWest Daily News --- September 11, 2013  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/f1yE6l  

20.   “Autism Anguish: Does Sympathy for Kelli Stapleton Put People with Autism at Risk?” --- That's the question at the heart of an unhappy conversation in the autism community in the wake of attempted murder charges against a mother, a Kalamazoo ... --- Kalamazoo Gazette - MLive.com --- September 14, 2013  (MICHIGAN)   http://is.gd/sQ0r30  

21.   “Court Hearing Slated Today for Accused Holland Group Home Assaulter” --- A pre-preliminary hearing is scheduled this afternoon in Holland District Court for Lori Pietila, a 41-year-old Holland woman charged ... --- WHTC --- September 11, 2013  (MICHIGAN)   http://is.gd/DrCw1u

22.   “Man Accused of Assaulting 14-Year-Old Girl, Mentally Disabled Woman” --- The victims described what they went through as a three hour ordeal, trapped in the middle of Silver Lake with a person they hardly knew. --- WWMT-TV --- September 9, 2013  (MICHIGAN)   http://is.gd/ckCPuB  

23.   “Dad: Poisoned Autistic Teen Improves; Mom Charged” --- The father of a 14-year-old northern Michigan autistic girl whose mother is charged with trying to kill her says his daughter’s condition has improved in recent days. --- Boston.com --- September 9, 2013  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/dpHd5n  

24.   “Man Who Held Mentally Disabled Woman Captive as Sex Slave for Six Years in ...” --- A Missouri man who imprisoned a young woman in his trailer for six years was sentenced Wednesday to 20 years in a federal prison. Edward Bagley agreed to ... --- Daily Mail --- September 11, 2013  (MISSOURI)  http://is.gd/oCXg4i  

25.   “San Francisco Makes Good on its Threat to Sue Nevada in Patient Busing Scandal” --- In that letter, Nevada officials sought to push back against charges that San Francisco was the sole recipient of mentally ill patients who could not pay for their ... --- Las Vegas Sun --- September 10, 2013  (NEVADA)  http://is.gd/d5QXiV  

26.   “Former Ruth Marie's Caregiver Gets 5 Years in Prison for Abuse” --- All though out the video you can hear the cries of agony from the 58-year-old mentally disabled man. You can also hear Lewis laughing along with his co-worker who was filming the entire act from her cell phone. --- KBTX --- September 13, 2013  (NEW YORK)   http://is.gd/OhmzbX  

27.   “Samantha Cuomo, of Shirley, Accused of Stealing $19,000 from Special Needs Home Residents” --- A Shirley woman is accused of stealing thousands of dollars from two special needs home residents in Miller Place. Suffolk police say ... --- News 12 Long Island --- September 11, 2013  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/6RtBZY  

28.   “Special Needs Student Attends Wrong School for Weeks” --- Leaders of Durham Public Schools are apologizing, and reviewing enrollment information after a special needs student was attending the ... --- abc11.com --- September 10, 2013  (NORTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/lvRoaD   

29.   “Deaf Man's iPad Stolen While He Rides MAX Train in Northeast Portland” --- Deaf man's iPad stolen while he rides MAX train in Northeast Portland ... Police say a 62-year-old deaf man's iPad was stolen as he rode a MAX train in ... --- OregonLive.com --- September 13, 2013  (OREGON)  http://is.gd/9J4Wid  

30.   “Philly Police Question Parents in Disabled Girl's Starvation Death; 3-Year-Old Was 11 Pounds” --- A severely disabled 3-year-old girl who weighed just 11 pounds when she died Monday was starved to death, Philadelphia police said ... --- Washington Post --- September 9, 2013  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/KzxBoP   

31.   “Deputies: Student Sexually Assaulted on Greenwood School Bus” --- Greenwood County deputies said they are investigating the sexual assault of a special-needs student after her mother reported the teen was forced to perform ... --- WHNS Greenville --- September 13, 2013  (SOUTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/labNHC   

32.   “Police: Special-needs Man Intimidated into Using EBT Card” --- Police and Department of Social Services agents were notified Wednesday of an intimidation case involving a vulnerable adult. --- ABC NEWS 4 --- September 12, 2013  (SOUTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/aAG0bu   

33.   “Mother: School Turned Away Disabled Daughter, Service Dog” --- A Summerton mother is upset after she says her disabled daughter was turned away at school for having a service dog. --- WLTX.com --- September 12, 2013  (SOUTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/uO4On0  

34.   “Mentally Challenged Man Chokes to Death at Adult Day Care” --- Even though he was 38-years-old Larry Herrera had the mind of a 5-year-old child. "He would always make everybody smile," said Larry's mother Gloria Herrera ... --- MyFox Houston --- September 12, 2013  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/fBH3LJ  

35.   “Nacogdoches PD: Man Attacks Disabled, Elderly During Burglary Attempt” --- Nacogdoches Police officers arrested a 34-year-old man on a long list of felony and misdemeanor charges after he allegedly assaulted a disabled witness and ... --- KTRE --- September 12, 2013  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/h9IsGn  

36.   “Man Charged with Murder at Facility for Mentally Disabled in Hampton” --- Police have charged one person following the weekend death of a man at an apparent home for mentally disabled in Hampton. Investigators say ... --- WVEC.com --- September 8, 2013  (VIRGINIA)   http://is.gd/D6yaBu

37.   “Updated: Two Teens Charged with Killing Disabled Benton City Man” --- The two Benton City teenagers charged with stabbing to death a disabled Benton City man during a robbery late Sunday were nabbed in Oregon while … --- Mid Columbia Tri City Herald --- September 11, 2013  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/0MmLZQ  


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38.   “State's Mental Health System Adjusts to Tighter Budgets” --- Calhoun-Cleburne Mental Health Center employees listen to Debbie Bryant in a ... The Alabama Department of Mental Health is observing National Recovery ... --- Anniston Star --- September 12, 2013  (ALABAMA)  http://is.gd/6BiWUq  

39.   “Dothan Tackles Special Education Teacher Shortage” --- Dothan schools continue to receive more special needs students.The problem has been ,not enough certified teachers to handle the demand, but this school ... --- Dothan First --- September 10, 2013  (ALABAMA)  http://is.gd/aYtNHz  

40.   “Fairbanks Mental Health Organization Cutting Staff” --- About a third of the employees at Fairbanks' primary mental health organization will lose their jobs next week because of budget ... --- Ct Post --- September 14, 2013  (ALASKA)   http://is.gd/WZArXU  

41.   “Sequester Hits Special Education Like 'A Ton of Bricks' ” --- A new round of special education cuts were taking hold, prompted by a 5% reduction in federal funding of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), ... --- Tucson Citizen --- September 10, 2013  (ARIZONA)  http://is.gd/GyEKwr

42.   “What is The Role of Jails in Treating the Mentally Ill?” --- The county's Twin Towers Correctional Facility in downtown Los Angeles is a hulking, massive concrete structure. It is also part of the largest municipal jail ... --- NPR --- September 15, 2013  (CALIFORNIA)   http://is.gd/No7ik5  

43.   “Group Aims to Change Part of Ga. Death Penalty Law” --- An Atlanta-based advocacy group, All About Developmental Disabilities, is launching a campaign aimed at changing part of Georgia's death ... --- Houston Chronicle --- September 15, 2013  (GEORGIA)   http://is.gd/8xg9dQ  

44.   “Mental Illness Program Struggles for Funding” --- There is a program in Georgia that is the only of its kind in the state-- that does a lot of good right here in Savannah. But it could all come to an end if they don't ... --- WSAV-TV --- September 13, 2013  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/JN3VNk   

45.   “Kan. Gov Moves to Shrink Waiting List for Disabled” --- Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback says the state will move more quickly than expected to shrink waiting lists for disabled residents who are seeking in-home services ... --- Emporia Gazette --- September 11, 2013  (KANSAS)   http://is.gd/dSxuLc  

46.   “Treating Violent Mentally Ill Patients Creates Problems for Maine” --- Of the 92 people in state custody who were found "not criminally responsible" for crimes, 18 have been charged with at least one count of murder. --- Lewiston Sun Journal --- September 15, 2013  (MAINE)   http://is.gd/be83iH  

47.   “Closure of Mental Health Agencies Raises Questions” --- Services for people with mental illness needs in Doña Ana County have suffered two blows during the month of August. The first came when taxpayers voted ... --- Silver City Sun News --- September 15, 2013  (NEW MEXICO)  http://is.gd/QAe8Uw  

48.   “Mother Says Overcrowded Bus Creates Problems for Autistic Students” --- Thousands of city students diagnosed with autism get to school each day on mini school buses, and while the city's legally required to provide special needs ... --- NY1 --- September 13, 2013  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/MkKJ9L  

49.   “Trying to Save Psychiatric and Developmental Centers” --- Three major psychiatric and developmental centers are slated to close by 2016. On Friday, Assembly members held a ... --- WBNG-TV --- September 13, 2013  (NEW YORK)   http://is.gd/Q9wF6j  

50.   “Ohio Must Provide Autism Therapy” --- Thousands of autistic children across Ohio could soon get access to an intensive and costly treatment program that state officials have said they are not ... --- Cincinnati.com --- September 13, 2013  (OHIO)   http://is.gd/EK8dC1  

51.   “DHS Seeking Agencies to Help with Backlog of Case Reports” --- Approximately 65,000 allegations of possible abuse and neglect are received each year by the DHS Abuse and Neglect Hotline. Approximately half of the ... --- Duncan Banner --- September 14, 2013  (OKLAHOMA)  http://is.gd/IrkDMl   

52.   “State Registry to Enhance Autism Research” --- University scientists are key players in a new program aiming to advance autism research by creating a statewide registry of patients who have been diagnosed ... --- The Brown Daily Herald --- September 13, 2013  (RHODE ISLAND)  http://is.gd/Z6yedf  

Proposed Legislation and New Laws 

53.   “Bills Addressing Safety at Developmental Centers Move to Brown's Desk” --- Bills authored that address ongoing problems with resident and employee safety at California Developmental Centers and State Hospitals are ... --- Daily Democrat --- September 15, 2013  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/yqg3aY  

54.   “OC Could Be Early Adopter of Laura's Law” --- Serious adult mental illness is a major contributor to homelessness, with estimates as high as 40 percent of the street population suffering from untreated mental ... --- VoiceofOC --- September 9, 2013  (CALIFORNIA)   http://is.gd/nTYSYe  

International Articles 

55.   “Disabled Woman Indecently Assaulted on Bus” --- An intellectually disabled woman has allegedly been indecently assaulted by a middle-aged man on a NSW bus. Paparazzo cyclist crashes into Kidman. --- Ninemsn --- September 13, 2013  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/FUOewH  

56.   “Autism Rights Activist to Speak at Mental Health Conference” --- World-renowned professor and autism rights activist Temple Grandin will address a conference on mental health and inclusion that will be held in ... --- Cape Breton Post --- September 12, 2013  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/RT2K5L  

57.  “Alleged Abuse of Disabled at Ont. Institution” --- A man has filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of himself and other developmentally disabled people alleging decades of abuse at an Ontario institution he ... --- CBC.ca --- September 15, 2013  (CANADA)   http://is.gd/UvSMR5  

58.   “Inmate Who Spent 200 Days in Solitary Seeks $250K” --- A mentally ill, cancerstricken woman who spent more than 200 days in segregation at an Ottawa jail is seeking a record amount of damages along with systemic ... --- Windsor Star --- September 14, 2013  (CANADA)   http://is.gd/aj4FUv  

59.   “Mental Health a Growing Crisis” --- Cops with guns won't solve the growing trouble with the mentally ill in Vancouver, said the city's police Chief Jim Chu as he and the mayor implored the ... --- Castanet.net --- September 13, 2013  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/9jB5F1   

60.   “Man in Wheelchair Punched, Robbed Twice in ByWard Market” --- A man in a wheelchair was punched and robbed of loose change twice in six days by the same suspect, police allege. The first incident happened while the ... --- CBC.ca --- September 13, 2013  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/MO9Bsa  

61.   “Police Officers Photographed Mentally Ill, Added Offensive Captions, Tribunal Told” --- Two Waterloo Regional Police officers took photographs of mentally ill and injured people and distributed them to other officers, complete with ... --- ... Waterloo Record --- September 11, 2013  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/bZrd6y

62.   “Caregiver Who Stole over $12,000 from Client Pleads Guilty Before Trial Opens” --- An in-home caregiver, who stole more than $12,000 from a client she cared for between 2009 and 2011, will be sentenced later this year after pleading guilty ... --- Lethbridge Herald --- September 10, 2013  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/3jrUAV  

63.   “Homeless Amputee Claims He Was Ignored in Hospital ER” --- CBC News has found another homeless aboriginal amputee forced to wait hours for care at Winnipeg's Health Sciences Centre emergency room. --- CBC.ca --- September 10, 2013  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/8HEU21  

64.   “Woman Confronts Mental Illness Stigma after Friend's Suicide” --- Chin's mission is to make mental health education and counselling more accessible to members of the immigrant community. But the society's funding was cut ... --- CBC.ca --- September 9, 2013  (CANADA)   http://is.gd/pTNv1u  

65.   “7 Mental Health Patients Supposedly Abandoned by Hospital” --- Seven female mental health patients, believed to have been abandoned by their mental hospital at a bus station for more than 25 hours, returned to the hospital ... --- China Daily --- September 12, 2013  (CHINA)   http://is.gd/nH0cIj

66.   “Over 40,000 Disabled People Get Higher Education in 2008-2012” --- Some 35,000 disabled people were enrolled by China's regular higher education institutions from 2008 to 2012, according to a ... --- Xinhua – September 11, 2013  (CHINA)   http://is.gd/ne6Kbs  

67.   “Sterilization of Mentally Disabled Man Approved in UK” --- A London court has approved the sterilization of a 36-year-old man with a mental disability after his parents made a plea that his quality of life would drastically ... --- CBC.ca --- September 16, 2013  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/qOPHJE  

68.   “Adult Abuse Claims Double in Wiltshire” --- Allegations of abuse against vulnerable adults in Wiltshire have almost doubled in the past year. The number of allegations found proved has also increased. --- Wiltshire Times --- September 14, 2013  (ENGLAND)   http://is.gd/IoyRZY  

69.   “Judge Orders Abusive Mother and Autistic Son, 25, to Live Apart” --- A vulnerable young man must be forcibly separated from his abusive mother and made to live in a council-run care home against his will, a judge has ordered. --- The Guardian --- September 8, 2013  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/8fYkag

70.   “Disability Groups Excluded from Special Needs Planning” --- The National Council for Special Education has been criticised for excluding disability organisations from a group planning changes to how special needs ... --- Irish Examiner --- September 16, 2013  (IRELAND)  http://is.gd/mQvyRS  

71.  “Pupils with Disabilities May Face Year's Wait for Support” --- Children with newly diagnosed disabilities could face another year without ... plans for further cuts to resource teaching for over 40,000 pupils with disabilities. --- Irish Examiner --- September 9, 2013  (IRELAND)   http://is.gd/eh4f1a  

72.   “Mother Abuses, Hangs Mentally Ill Daughter after She Became Pregnant” --- A Palestinian mother turned herself in to police and admitted to beating and hanging her mentally disabled daughter, ... --- UPI.com --- September 15, 2013  (PALESTINE)   http://is.gd/TrXT2V  

73.  “ Russia's Disabled 'Face Uphill Battle' ” --- Obstacles for handicapped people in wheelchairs include narrow apartment hallways and the absence of lifts and wheelchair ramps in apartment buildings, ... --- The Moscow Times --- September 11, 2013  (RUSSIA)   http://is.gd/4l6Zmz  

74.   “Witness: Trapped in His Own Apartment – Kolya's Story” ---  At least 13 million people with disabilities live in Russia. ... The family lives on funds provided by Kolya's state disability pension and palliative care charities in ... --- Human Rights Watch --- September 11, 2013  (RUSSIA)  http://is.gd/KQMvFB  

75.   “Girl in Fear after Sex Attack Claim at Deaf School” --- A distraught mother has told how her daughter is living in terror after an alleged sexual assault by a classmate at Donaldson's School for the deaf. --- Edinburgh Evening News --- September 8, 2013  (SCOTLAND)   http://is.gd/yiQLF8  

76.   “Concerns Tasmania's Mental Health System is in Breakdown” --- The chronically mentally ill can't get the care they need in Tasmania, claims ... out those that can't recover from their mental illness and need on-going support in ... --- ABC Local --- September 11, 2013  (TASMANIA)  http://is.gd/4PsLut  

77.   “Disabled Girl Kept Out of Classroom Because of Lack of Support” --- A disabled girl caught in a row over the revised role of teaching assistants is being kept away from lessons by her worried parents. --- WalesOnline --- September 13, 2013  (WALES)  http://is.gd/hHoo1j  


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