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News Summary for January 6, 2014
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.   “Tips: Identifying Types of Mistreatment of Adults” --- The role of Morgan County Department of Human Services' Adult Protective Services program is to stop and prevent the ... --- Fort Morgan Times --- December 30, 2013  (COLORADO)  http://is.gd/WQBvTj

2.   “Therapist Charged with Abusing Autistic Boy” --- Jacobs was reportedly one of four therapists from a Wauwatosa practice to give the severely autistic boy treatments at his Waterford home. --- Journal Times --- December 31, 2013   (CONNECTICUT)  http://is.gd/r9uzuE 

3.   “2013 Look Back: Wyoming Disability Center Faces Intense Scrutiny” --- This fall, a disability advocacy group released two damning reports that criticized the facility for allowing dangerous conditions and hiding the use of ... --- Casper Star-Tribune Online --- December 26, 2013  (WYOMING)  http://is.gd/dlh4qQ

4.   “Police Violence Against People with Disabilities on the Rise?” --- Last summer in Oregon, an 11-year-old girl on the Autism spectrum was tasered after failing to respond to an officer. The officer claimed that the ... --- Bay Area Indymedia --- December 28, 2013  (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/vsehnV


5.   “Kingman Caregiver Arrested in Death of Patient” --- A live-in caregiver has been arrested in the death of his patient in Kingman, Ariz. An investigation began on Christmas Eve when Robert John Adkins, ... --- Las Vegas Review-Journal --- December 30, 2013  (ARIZONA)  http://is.gd/g55RXl

6.   “Arizona Woman Accused of Abusing Adult-care Patients” --- Chandler police say 42-year-old Krysta M. Douglas was arrested Thursday on suspicion of physically and emotionally abusing vulnerable adults. --- KPHO Phoenix --- December 27, 2013  (ARIZONA)  http://is.gd/Ymahyf

7.   “Disabled Woman Raped in So. Sacramento Break-in” --- A Sacramento woman confined to a wheelchair was sexually assaulted by a man who broke into her apartment very early Saturday ... --- News10.net --- December 24, 2013  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/7iqOHe

8.   “Mentally Disabled Woman Tased by Iowa Officer Receives $67k ...” --- Chariton has agreed to pay $67,500 to settle a lawsuit where a police officer tased a women he knew to have a mental disability three times, including ... --- DesMoinesRegister.com --- December 30, 2013  (IOWA) http://is.gd/taAG7j 

9.   “Trial Ordered for Saginaw Man Accused of Sexually Assaulting Mentally Handicapped Woman” --- A Saginaw man accused by prosecutors of sexually assaulting a mentally handicapped woman earlier this year will stand trial on ... --- The Saginaw News - MLive.com --- December 27, 2013  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/SFmLFr 

10.   “Mom Accused of Trying to Poison Autistic Daughter with Monoxide Waives Hearing” --- A northern Michigan woman charged with attempted murder in the carbon monoxide poisoning of her autistic 14-year-old daughter ... --- Detroit Free Press --- December 26, 2013  (MICHIGAN)   http://is.gd/FeGcLt

11.   “Columbia Jailer Arrested and Charged with Abuse of a Vulnerable Adult” --- … has been arrested and charged with the abuse of a vulnerable adult in connection with alleged physical abuse of his 24-year-old daughter suffering from Cerebral Palsy. --- WDAM-TV --- December 27, 2013  (MISSISSIPPI)  http://is.gd/7oHVNx

12.   “2 Teens Charged in rape of Special Needs Girl at Metro-East High School” --- Two teenagers face charges after police say a 16-year-old girl was sexually assaulted inside East St. Louis High School. --- KMOV.com --- December 23, 2013  (MISSOURI)   http://is.gd/uccbzD

13.   “New Mexico Woman Admits Locking Niece with Disabilities Alone in Cage While Going to a Movie” --- Patriarchias pleaded guilty Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, to two counts of felony child abuse for locking her 8-year-old niece with developmental disabilities ... --- NOLA.com --- December 23, 2013  (NEW MEXICO)  http://is.gd/BXOvzf

14.   “Worker Arrested for Allegedly Assaulting a Developmentally Disabled Man in Her Care” --- The Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs said that Marilyn Bell, 47, who works as a direct support assistant at the Staten ... --- SILive.com --- December 26, 2013  (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/Pzt5yh 

15.   “Winchester Man Accused of Raping a Disabled Woman” --- Billy William Delk, 56, was arrested this month for rape and gross sexual imposition following an investigation by the Winchester Police Department. --- Hillsboro Times Gazette --- December 27, 2013  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/jg87D5

16.  “Transient Accused of Robbing Disabled Ore. Man of Video Lottery Jackpot” --- Medford police say they've arrested a local transient on accusations he stole a disabled man's video lottery jackpot. --- Daily Journal --- December 24, 2013  (OREGON)   http://is.gd/LHPlMJ

17.   “Johnson City Man Gets Seven 25-year Sentences for Abuse of Mentally Challenged Woman” --- A Blanco County jury handed down seven 25-year sentences to a 77-year-old man convicted of abusing a mentally challenged ... --- The River Cities Sunday Tribune --- December 26, 2013  (TENNESSEE)  http://is.gd/NihvFl

18.   “Separate Lawsuits Claim Williamson Schools Discriminated Against Disabled Students” --- Despite her condition, the Grummons say Williamson educators did not identify the girl as having disabilities that would require special education ... --- The Tennessean --- December 23, 2013  (TENNESSEE)  http://is.gd/q7NmcB

Seeking Improved Support

19.   “State to Delay KanCare for People with Developmental Disabilities” ---Neil Carney, 19, has severe autism. His parents, Aldona and Pat Carney, have been vocal critics of a plan to include the developmentally ... --- Kansas.com --- December 27, 2013  (KANSAS)  http://is.gd/tERMHc

20.   “Initiative Forming to Deal with Kansas' Psychiatrist Shortage” --- State officials and mental health advocates say they will push for additional residency slots at the University of Kansas Medical Center to help address ... --- KHI News Service --- December 23, 2013  (KANSAS)  http://is.gd/o3TYI5 

21.   “NYC Landlord Accused of Discrimination Against Disabled Pair with Service Dog” --- HUD claims the landlord was initially OK with the disabled pair's German Shepard – named Lenox – but then later said the dog couldn't stay ... --- CBS Local --- December 30, 2013  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/UrIlgS

22.   “ER Costs for Mentally Ill Soar, and Hospitals Seek Better Way” --- As darkness fell on a Friday evening over downtown Raleigh, N.C., Michael Lyons, a paramedic supervisor for Wake County ... --- New York Times --- December 25, 2013  (NORTH CAROLINA)   http://is.gd/7hzUsn

23.   “Mental Help” --- In Ohio and elsewhere, county jails have, tragically, become their communities' largest mental health institutions. Mentally ill prisoners often don't ... --- Toledo Blade --- December 26, 2013  (OHIO)   http://is.gd/Lkvd9m

24.   “Lost Autistic Boy Lost in the Gorge Rescued for Second Time in Five Years” --- An autistic teenager who was lost in the Columbia River Gorge overnight was found Sunday morning, county deputies said. It was the ... --- kgw.com --- December 29, 2013  (OREGON)  http://is.gd/LlDyIi

25.   “County Cuts $800K from Mental Health Services” --- Staff cuts were made to the mental health care division of Lane County Health and Human Services to help reduce costs after state ... --- KMTR NewsSource 16 --- December 27, 2013  (OREGON)   http://is.gd/ETiGW4

26.   “Two Williamson Families Say Schools Neglected Needs of Their Children with Disabilities” --- Despite her condition, the Grummonses say, Williamson educators did not identify the girl as having disabilities that would require special ... --- The Tennessean --- December 24, 2013  (TENNESSEE)  http://is.gd/9lYAZI

27.   “Psychiatric Bed Registry a Casualty of Budget Cuts, other Priorities” --- Eighteen months ago, Virginia's top mental health official said the technology was ready to launch a Web-based registry for psychiatric beds at private ... --- Lynchburg News and Advance --- December 29, 2013  (VIRGINIA) http://is.gd/wW9lrR

28.   “Washington Long-term Care Facilities May Not have Provided Full Services to Their Residents” --- ... started the nursing-facility program in 1992, said Sue Elliott, who at that time served as director of DSHS services for the developmentally disabled. --- The Republic --- December 23, 2013  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/BAeyPY

29.   “Schools are Sending Disabled Students to ER for Timeouts” --- Schools across the United States are required by law to accommodate disabled students, who have a right to public access and education as set out ... --- Care2.com --- December 30, 2013  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/AFBaqE

30.   “6 Instances of Discrimination People with Disabilities Face Every Day” --- For some keen insight into real life with a disability, here are seven examples of the most common examples of discrimination people with disabilities ... --- Huffington Post --- December 27, 2013  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/7pCevs

Proposed Legislation and New Laws

31.   “Measure to Expand Michigan Mental Health Courts Signed into Law” --- Lt. Gov. Brian Calley signed legislation Monday allowing for the expansion of Michigan's mental health court program, which experts say ... --- The Detroit News --- December 30, 2013  (MICHIGAN) http://is.gd/z9BHFs 

International Articles

32.   “BC Struggles with How to Treat the Most Severe of Mentally Ill Drug Addicts” --- Such are the hallucinations and paranoia felt by those with a stimulant drug addiction. Sometimes the substance abuse is so severe it causes ... --- Brandon Sun --- December 27, 2013  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/BxxD9h

33.   “Youth with Disabilities are Isolated” ---A recent study conducted among youth with disabilities in Cyprus has shown that they are socially excluded due to barriers and obstacles that ... --- InCyprus --- December 31, 2013  (CYPRUS) http://is.gd/V5qnqz 

34.   “Disability in India: The Struggles of Infrastructure, Prejudice and Karma” --- According to the United Nations, around one billion people live with disabilities globally -- they are the world's largest ... --- CNN --- December 27, 2013  (INDIA)  http://is.gd/b6MXuU 

35.   “Staff at Disability Facility to Have Suspensions Lifted but are Moved to ...” --- About a dozen staff at a care facility for people with intellectual disabilities, who were suspended earlier this month, are to be reinstated, but moved to ... --- Irish Times --- December 24, 2013  (IRELAND)  http://is.gd/m96dEH

36.   “Health Support Group Found Guilty over Disabled Man's Care” --- A health support services organisation has been found guilty of breaching professional regulations after a severely disabled man received inadequate ... --- New Zealand Herald --- December 31, 2013  (NEW ZEALAND)  http://is.gd/zq8nLV


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