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News Summary for January 28, 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. "Family Claims Sacramento County Violated Disabled Child's Rights" --- Mentally retarded and autistic, Anthony Platz seemed to be headed toward life in an institution four years ago. His regular emotional outbursts caused him to be shuffled from one foster home to the next, including one where he was kept in the garage ... --- Sacramento Bee --- January 19, 2013 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/jTRn1l

2. "Woodbury Guardian Allegedly Allowed Disabled Teen to Engage in Prostitution" --- The guardian of a developmentally disabled woman has been charged with criminal neglect after she allegedly allowed the 19-year-old to engage in prostitution. --- Patch.com --- January 7, 2013 (GEORGIA) http://is.gd/fNHF3z

3. "Suit Says Educators Assaulted Disabled Student" --- A new lawsuit alleges that educators at a Mililani school assaulted an autistic student and that the school tried to cover it up. William and Colyn Chang said they pulled "Jayda" out of Kipapa Elementary School two years --- Hawaii News Now --- January 5, 2013 (HAWAII) http://is.gd/wBCR1L

4. "More Victims Accuse Employee of School for the Deaf in Columbia of Sexual Abuse" --- Four more sexual abuse victims in the case against an aide at the Maryland School for the Deaf in Columbia have come forward, according to court records. --- Baltimore Sun --- January 18, 2013 (MARYLAND) http://is.gd/KG6bed

5. "Police: Caregiver Confessed to Sex Assault Against Client" --- A recently honored caregiver was giving a mentally disabled man a ride home from a Halloween dance, when he pulled into a Home Depot parking lot, removed the man's skeleton costume, and sexually assaulted the man while he ... --- Seacoastonline.com --- January 19, 2013 (NEW HAMPSHIRE) http://is.gd/yVuDnW

6. "El Paso State Center Reassigns 18 Staff Members Pending Abuse Investigation" --- Eighteen staff members at the El Paso State Supported Living Center recently were reassigned pending the investigation into allegations of abuse or neglect involving the center's special needs residents, Texas state officials confirmed Friday. --- El Paso Times --- January 5, 2013 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/uYdU35

7. "State Ignores Abuse at Group Homes" --- Abuse in group homes will continue because groups that claim to advocate for people with developmental disabilities (The Arc, Disability Rights Washington and Developmental Disabilities --- The Seattle Times --- January 5, 2013 (WASHINGTON) http://is.gd/EeZt10

8. "Parents Claim Teacher Humiliated Son with Special Needs" --- The parents of a Parkersburg High School student said a teacher put their son in a box labeled "Bad Kid Fort" because of his behavior in the classroom. --- January 8, 2013 (WEST VIRGINIA) http://is.gd/60t64q

9. "The Long Wait: A Disabled Filmmaker's Unique Experiment in New York City" --- The filmmaker Jason DaSilva reveals the challenges for the disabled in navigating New York City's public transportation system. --- New York Times (video) --- January 19, 2013 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/CVgNSz

10. "Report Finds Changes Are Needed in How Child Abuse Cases Are Handled" --- A new report finds "significant problems" with how severe child abuse cases are being handled by the Department of Children's Services, law enforcement and other agencies. --- NewsChannel5.com --- January 3, 2013 (TENNESSEE) http://is.gd/c30OR2


11. "Protesters Respond to Beating of Special Needs Man" --- Angry protesters gathered in Vista Saturday after a man with Down syndrome was beaten by a Sheriff's deputy. Family members say 21-year-old Antonio Martinez was walking to his family's --- KFMB News 8 --- January 20, 2013 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/rHZbbF

12. "Four Units Decertified at Troubled Sonoma Developmental Center" --- Ongoing deficiencies and allegations of abuse at have led a state mental health organization to voluntarily withdraw certification for four living units at the troubled Sonoma Developmental Center. --- Patch.com --- January 19, 2013 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/UWkj2I

13. "Man Gets Prison for Killing Wheelchair-bound Woman" --- Ricky Davis shot 60-year-old Betty Jones in April. Jones later died of the gunshot wound, and Davis was convicted last fall in Kern County court of second-degree murder.--- Bakersfield Now --- January 7, 2013 (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/Z8Pgsm

14. "Six Arrested in Escambia, Handicapped Woman Allegedly Abused" --- Six people are under arrest tonight following reports that a mentally handicapped adult had been physically abused. --- WEAR --- January 7, 2013 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/25nNuH

15. "Nurses Union Cites Mismanagement, Understaffing at Brockton Mental Health Facility" --- Nurses union leaders will sit down with the state mental health commissioner this week to talk about what they say are unsafe conditions and mismanagement at the Brockton Multi-Service Center. --- Enterprise News --- January 6, 2013 (MASSCHUSETTS) http://is.gd/2aPHB5

16. "Ex-Caregiver's Trial Set on Sex Charges" --- A former caregiver with a West Side assisting living care center will go on trial in March on charges he sexually assaulted, on numerous occasions, two developmentally disabled men who were in his care. --- Albuquerque Journal --- January 5, 2013 (NEW MEXICO) http://is.gd/u1Rrzs

17. "Houston Waiter Refuses to Serve Customer Who Insulted Down Syndrome Boy" --- The family includes 5-year-old Milo, who has Down syndrome. "Milo wasn't being bad, he was just talking and making little noises," Garcia told FoxNews.com --- Fox News --- January 19, 2013 (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/bFPUEu

18. "Westlake: Group Home Worker Charged with Assault" --- An employee has been charged with the assault and neglect of a group home resident with a mental disability. Tamika J. Love, 32, a caregiver for Community Quality Care which --- WKYC-TV --- January 18, 2013 (OHIO) http://is.gd/w0xb7w

19. "Bethlehem Man Pleads Guilty Again to Abusing Disabled Hellertown Boy" --- Leo Calon, 45, admitted back in September he shoved a dirty diaper into the face of a mentally disabled 13-year-old boy with osteoporosis, banged on his braced legs and left him to lie in soiled sheets for hours last summer. --- Lehighvalleylive.com --- January 18, 2013 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/zeRI3W


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20. "Some Cuts OK, But Not to Program for Alaska's Elderly, Mentally Ill" --- Alaskans didn't always have many options for long-term care, particularly when it came to mental illness. Until 1960, "long-term care" meant Morningside Hospital in Portland, Oregon. In 1961, the State of Alaska established Harborview Nursing Home in ... --- Alaska Dispatch --- January 5, 2013 (ALASKA) http://is.gd/nxKs3E

21. "Colorado Faces Mental Health Bed Shortage" --- A decrease to inpatient mental health beds is part of an ongoing national trend that saw many state psychiatric hospitals close or reduce beds as society pushed to get the mentally ill out of institutions and into local or outpatient clinics. --- The Coloradoan --- January 5, 2013 (COLORADO) http://is.gd/Y9zV2P

22. "State Appeals Order to Pay for Special Autism Treatment" --- The court case involved three autistic youngsters then-5-year-old K.G., 2-year-old I.G. and 4-year-old C.C. whose efforts to obtain behavioral therapy had been denied by the state's Medicaid insurance program for needy and disabled people. --- MiamiHerald.com --- January 6, 2013 (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/c0oAc1

23. "Chicago Faulted on Learning Disabilities" --- When Rashaan Payne was 2 years old, his pediatrician noticed that he was not talking at the level of most children his age. After autism was diagnosed, Rashaan began receiving speech therapy once a week at his home on the South Side of Chicago, paid ... --- New York Times --- January 7, 2013 (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/QIOLIQ

24. "Iowa's Mental Health Changes Raise Questions" --- While state officials complete changes to Iowa's mental health system, some who oversee county programs fear they must make drastic cuts during this transition period. --- kwwl.com --- January 19, 2013 (IOWA) http://is.gd/JgjCZy

25. "Dearth of Mental Health Treatment Options Leads to Emergencies" --- Mental health and law enforcement professionals say patients commonly wind up in emergency rooms and jails that are poorly equipped to handle their disorders, when earlier treatment might have prevented such crises. --- Baltimore Sun --- January 7, 2013 (MARYLAND) http://is.gd/iuNCvt

26. "Franken Leads Minn. Meeting on Mental Health Intervention" --- U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., met with mental health advocates, state officials and members of law enforcement on Saturday to discuss better ways to help people with mental illness stay out of the criminal justice ... --- Minnesota Public Radio --- January 5, 2013 (MINNESOTA) http://is.gd/JByIJ9

27. "Mentally Ill Filling up New Hampshire's Emergency Rooms" --- Ruth contacted the New Hampshire Union Leader Monday at the behest of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. On Monday, the Alliance said hospital emergency rooms have become overwhelmed with the fallout from a failed mental health delivery system ... --- The Union Leader --- January 7, 2013 (NEW HAMPSHIRE) http://is.gd/HNA5DE

28. "Op-ed: The Mental Health Crisis Is Real" --- We need better public education about recognizing mental illness, and improved access to mental health services. This is not only a government funding issue, it's also up to insurance companies to follow the law and not arbitrarily turn their backs or ... --- PennLive.com --- January 7, 2013 (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/ki7kv1

29. "State Rep. Turner: There is a Mental Health Crisis in Texas" --- Speaking at a news conference at the organization's conference center in west Houston, Congressman Turner says after deep cuts in the past, there is a mental health crisis in Texas. Turner is vice chair of the Texas House Appropriations Committee --- KUHF-FM --- January 4, 2012 (TEXAS) http://is.gd/EaCO6B

30. "'I Was a Walking Zombie' A Utahn's Journey Back to Mental Health" --- Diagnosed with bipolar disorder in his late 30s, the Salt Lake City resident, now 43, recently achieved two hard-fought milestones: getting off government-funded disability and becoming self-sufficient again. --- Salt Lake Tribune --- January 20, 2013 (UTAH) http://is.gd/WWIgtM

31. "County Increases Mental Health Services as Need Rises" --- Winnebago County Sheriff's Office. More. Winnebago County recently increased the number of hours mental health professionals are available at the county jail in response to a steady increase in the number of inmates --- The Oshkosh Northwestern --- January 6, 2013 (WISCONSIN) http://is.gd/mICF0J

32. "State Report Card on Mental Health Care" --- California cut 21% from its total general fund mental health budget from 2009 to 2012. Space in state hospitals for general psychiatric patients is limited, because 90% of beds are used for mentally ill suspects awaiting trial, or for sexual predators ... --- USA TODAY --- January 7, 2013 (U.S. NATIONAL) http://is.gd/Ucp6DU

33. "Committing a Mentally Ill Adult is Complex" --- To rebuild the country's mental health system, states need to update laws that allow mentally ill patients to be hospitalized against their will, many advocates say. Today, state civil commitment laws can make it difficult or impossible to hospitalize ... --- USA TODAY --- January 7, 2013 (U.S. NATIONAL) http://is.gd/VmXIds

34. "Kearns Woman Sentenced for Death of Disabled Woman" --- The sentence was imposed Friday on 51-year-old Sherrie Beckering, who earlier was convicted of felony aggravated abuse in the 2011 death of 22-year-old Christina Harms. She's accused of ignoring abuse that killed Harms, who had fetal alcohol syndrome. --- Cache Valley Daily --- January 6, 2013 (UTAH) http://is.gd/NkkMRX

35. "Invention Would Track Meds in Mentally Ill Patients, But Is it Ethical?" --- Imagine if doctors could add something to their mentally ill patients' pills so that they could tell on their smartphones whether the patients were taking the pills as prescribed. --- ABC News --- January 21, 2013 (U.S. NATIONAL) http://is.gd/sjZWCB

36. "Louis Theroux: Extreme Love Autism" --- In America nearly one in 100 children are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, a staggering increase from only 20 years ago, and babies and toddlers are now routinely tested for --- ABC Online --- January 6, 2013 (U.S. NATIONAL) http://is.gd/0tv5oy


International Articles

37. "Mother Despairs After Disabled Son is Assaulted in Care" --- Pauline Nutley just wants the best for her 36 year old son. Lee Nutley looks like he's been in a car accident. His eyes are blackened, and there's bruising on his neck and chest. --- The Observer --- January 21, 2013 (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/mbtDEg

38. "Mum of Excluded Asperger's Sufferer Says School is Failing Her" --- A young Asperger's sufferer who has been excluded from her classes at St Martin's School in Hutton is being failed by the education system, her mother claims. --- This is Total Essex --- January 21, 2013 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/Fx0aOg

39. "Plan to Open World's First Brothel for Disabled Ramps Up" --- A former madam in the UK has plans to open what she believes will be a world-first: a not-for-profit brothel catering specifically for clients with disabilities. --- msnNOW --- January 7, 2013 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/AZNA8D

40. "Doctors Seek Court Order to Carry out Abortion on Mentally Disabled Woman" --- Doctors seek court order to carry out abortion on mentally disabled woman. Doctors are applying for a court order to allow them to carry out an abortion on a mentally disabled woman without her consent. --- Telegraph.co.uk --- January 7, 2013 (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/cF4I6V

41. "France Still in the Dark Ages about Autism" --- Of the many myths about autism, the belief that it is a mental illness has been soundly discredited in the U.S. but it persists in other countries and most of all in France. A year ago, "Le Mur" ("The Wall"), a documentary about --- Care2.com --- January 6, 2013 (FRANCE) http://is.gd/fvQVYN

42. "Guam Conference on the Americans With Disabilities Act" --- The Department of Integrated Services for Individuals with Disabilities will be holding the first ever Guam Conference on the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) with conference theme "Konsigi Mo'na" (Moving Forward). --- Pacific News Center --- January 6, 2013 (GUAM) http://is.gd/l2JZNU

43. "Implement Persons with Disabilities Act: Forum" --- "First implement the provisions of the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995, and then celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities." --- The Hindu --- January 20, 2013 (INDIA) http://is.gd/ml77GK

44. "Assault on Women with Disabilities Draws Focus" --- Three Bengal organizations - Centre for Care of Tortured Victims, Paschim Banga Rajya Prathibandhi Sammelani and Sruti Disability Rights Centre - are part of the petition prepared by the National Platform for the Rights of the Disabled (NPRD). --- Times of India --- January 7, 2013 (INDIA) http://is.gd/LT8yF3

45. "Ex-Garda is Jailed for Abusing Four Disabled Young Boys" --- A former garda officer who abused young disabled boys at the station where he was based and at scout camps has been jailed for six months. John (Jack) Dunne (82), of Canon Breen Park, Thomondgate, Limerick, was --- Irish Independent --- January 19, 2013 (IRELAND) http://is.gd/2cu47W

46. "'Toothless' Man Violates Disabled Woman" --- A near toothless, sunken cheeked man has indecently assaulted a disabled female as she rolled her wheelchair along a Waikato street. Hamilton City police are investigating the incident --- Stuff.co.nz --- January 21, 2013 (NEW ZEALAND) http://is.gd/e91rke

47. "Mental Health Taser Shock" --- A disproportionate number of people with mental health issues are being stung by Tasers, figures show. Since the nationwide rollout of Tasers in March 2010, they have been drawn by police officers --- Stuff.co.nz --- January 6, 2013 (NEW ZEALAND) http://is.gd/i3Dbvj


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