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News Summary for February 3, 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.   “Co-owner of Care Home Suspected in Theft from Resident” --- Tim McKenna, co-owner of Saguaro Acres assisted-living home in ... has been booked into Pima County jail and charged with vulnerable adult abuse. --- Green Valley News --- January 21, 2014  (ARIZONA)   http://is.gd/qCAN3U

2.   “$8M Settlement for Calif. Families Whose Special-needs kids Were Physically Abused by Teacher” --- Eight Northern California families of special-needs students who were physically and verbally abused by a teacher during ... --- Daily Journal --- January 23, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/Q4NTx0

3.   “Mount Dora Staffer Accused of Abusing Disabled Man” --- A Mount Dora home for developmentally disabled people is in trouble again after a staff worker was accused of throwing --- Daily Commercial --- January 21, 2014  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/mUlmj3

4.   “Adult Abuse Registry Would Protect Elderly and Disabled, Advocates Say” --- But after noticing he wasn't eating or sleeping well, she eventually learned that a staffer at a camp for the disabled had been accused of striking and ... --- The Courier-Journal --- January 25, 2014  (KENTUCKY)  http://is.gd/Hdhusz

5.   “Police Chiefs' Conference to Tackle Mental Health and Training” --- Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police president and Vancouver Police Chief Jim Chu told the Star that issues surrounding mental health have ... --- Toronto Star --- January 24, 2014  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/MuVj8T


6.   “Report: Poor Accounting at Troubled Fairbanks Mental Health Center” --- FCBHC served as the primary mental-health provider in the Interior before closing, providing care for more than 1,000 clients per year. --- Fairbanks Daily News-Miner --- January 23, 2014  (ALASKA)  http://is.gd/QIzqvV

7.   “Blind Man Beaten, Robbed” --- A legally blind man required medical attention after he was injured by four robbers who battered him and stole his wallet before fleeing ... --- Stockton Record --- January 24, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)   http://is.gd/8l58y7

8.   “Man Pleads Guilty to Shooting Downs Syndrome Teen” --- Prosecutors say a California man on trial for shooting and killing a teen with Down syndrome agreed to spend 24 years in ... --- San Francisco Chronicle --- January 23, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)   http://is.gd/rhHA7N

9.   “Man Accused of Assaulting Disabled Evans Man, Stealing His Bike, Appears in Court” ---Man accused of assaulting disabled Evans man, stealing his bike, appears in court. --- Greeley Tribune --- January 24, 2014  (COLORADO)   http://is.gd/ca8yRO

10.   “Clearwater Man Accused of Imprisoning, Abusing Five People” --- A 37-year-old man is accused of imprisoning five people, including a mentally disabled man and two teenagers, in his Clearwater ... --- Tampabay.com --- January 21, 2014  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/ijz3F5

11.   “$50,000 Settlement Approved for Deaf Teacher” --- Kamaldeen Alabi, a deaf math teacher at King Middle School in 2007, said in court documents that Atlanta Public Schools stopped providing full-time ... --- Atlanta Journal Constitution --- January 21, 2014  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/uO6dEJ

12.   “Luciano: Thieves Allegedly Target Disabled Woman in a Wheelchair” --- Or maybe another resident tipped them off about the disabled woman as easy pickings. Regardless of the origins of the scheme, the easiest part might ... --- Peoria Journal Star --- January 25, 2014  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/gIdgF5

13.   “Deputy Arrested on Charge of Exploitation of Adult Dependent” --- Clemmons was charged with one felony count of exploitation of an adult dependent, authorities said. He has been placed on unpaid administrative ... --- WRTV Indianapolis --- January 23, 3014  (INDIANA)  http://is.gd/cV6Nub

14.   “Iowa Juvenile Home: Critics disapprove of Disability Rights Iowa's Actions” ---A group of Iowa Juvenile Home supporters spoke to the Disability Rights Iowa board Saturday, protesting the organization's role in investigating ... --- DesMoinesRegister.com --- January 25, 2014  (IOWA) http://is.gd/g6PcgW 

15.   “Caregivers Accused of Stealing $14,000” --- Both Epsteen and Baumann reside with the disabled man in Clear Lake. Epsteen acts as the man's caregiver, according to the press release. --- Mason City Globe Gazette --- January 24, 2014  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/oLiaSi

16.   “DHS Commissioner Says Minn. Doc Mistreated Patient” --- A state psychiatrist committed emotional maltreatment by threatening a mentally ill patient with electroshock therapy, Minnesota's commissioner of ... --- Crookston Daily Times --- January 23, 2014  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/zfXLKv 

17.   “Woman Accused of Exploiting Ill Family Friend in Mower County” --- Kathy Marie Schafer, 41, of Blackfoot, Idaho, has been charged in Mower County District Court with two counts of felony financial exploitation of a ... --- Post-Bulletin --- January 22, 2014  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/mwMIya

18.   “Man Charged for Sexually Abusing Woman with Down's Syndrome” --- An Everton man is in jail after he sexually abused a 23-year-old woman with severe Down's Syndrome, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol ... --- OzarksFirst.com --- January 22, 2014  (MISSOURI)  http://is.gd/8KKwBR

19.   “Great Falls Man Charged with Assaulting Disabled Woman on Bus” --- A 39-year-old resident of the Great Falls Pre-Release Center who police say sexually assaulted a mentally disabled ... --- Greenfield Daily Reporter --- January 25, 2014  (MONTANA)  http://is.gd/x5NhjF

20.   “Caregiver Charged with Abusing Disabled Nashua Man” --- The caretaker of a mentally disabled Nashua man is facing 23 counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault against the 24-year-old ... --- The Union Leader --- January 23, 2014  (NEW HAMPSHIRE)  http://is.gd/F0JTCa

21.   “Ohio Parents Sue Teacher, District, Allege Abuse” --- The parents of five physically and mentally disabled children have sued their former teacher, claiming she abused them for months ... --- WRAL.com --- January 25, 2014  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/XjNoAp 

22.   “Former Caregiver Sentenced for Theft from Woman in Wheelchair” --- A former caretaker, charged with stealing $590 from a woman in a wheelchair, said it was a misunderstanding. --- Sunbury Daily Item --- January 24, 2014  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/y568Fw

23.   “Trial of Former Special Ed Teacher Accused of Abusing Student ...” --- The trial of a former Scott County Public Schools special education teacher who was allegedly caught on video abusing a mentally ... --- January 24, 2014  (TENNESSEE)   http://is.gd/nM8lhB

24.   “TN Officials Reinstate Neglect Findings in Deaths of Disabled Patients” --- State officials have reinstated their original findings that neglect played a role in the deaths of two disabled patients living in residential homes where ... --- The Tennessean --- January 22, 2014  (TENNESSEE)  http://is.gd/V2XEGl

25.   “Death at Mental Health Complex Prompts Regulators to Threaten Aid Cutoff” ---Administrators and staff at the Mental Health Complex come under criticism by federal hospital inspectors, who say Harvey's death was not reported ... --- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel --- January 21, 2014  (WISCONSIN)  http://is.gd/Ade3tG

Seeking Improved Support

26.   “Colorado Prison-trained Dog Turned Autistic Boy's Life Around” --- Susy Tucker marks the time her autistic son, Zach, began hugging her again — after a lapse of four years — by the arrival of Clyde, a chocolate ... --- Denver Post --- January 25, 2014   (COLORADO)  http://is.gd/s4TwJW

27.   “Deaf Patient Sues Porter Adventist Hospital over Lack of Interpreter” --- The Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition filed a lawsuit Friday against Porter Adventist Hospital and Brookside Inn, claiming the Denver hospital and ... --- Denver Business Journal --- January 24, 2014  (COLORADO) http://is.gd/VGwmrP

28.   “Slain Conn. Woman Sought Psychiatric Care for Son” --- Friends say a Connecticut woman killed the day after Christmas had worried about her troubled son not taking his ... --- Seattle Post Intelligencer --- January 26, 2014  (CONNECTICUT)  http://is.gd/El6Sqy 

29.   “Mosaic Anticipates Need for Mental Health Assistance to Increase” --- Richardson is executive director of Mosaic Community Services, which is committed to fighting the stigma of mental illness in Catonsville and ... --- Baltimore Sun --- January 23, 2014  (MARYLAND)  http://is.gd/u9ygwM

30.   “Las Vegas Mental Clinic to Close under Federal Pressure” --- The clinic opened in July to help decrease the number of mentally ill patients seeking treatment at local emergency rooms. Nevada officials continue to ... --- Las Vegas Review-Journal --- January 23, 2014  (NEVADA)  http://is.gd/Ezq7R8

31.   “Blind Woman Sues Syracuse Disability Agency” --- A Syracuse-based agency for people with disabilities in is being sued by one of its own employees — a blind woman who says a ... --- Wall Street Journal --- January 25, 2014  (NEW YORK)   http://is.gd/G7RAR5

32.   “More than 7,000 Oklahomans Could Lose Mental Health Services ...” --- Oklahoma's mental health system faces a shrinking amount of federal dollars, putting further stress on the need for state dollars at a time when there ... --- NewsOK.com --- January 22, 2014  (OKLAHOMA)  http://is.gd/cHfMjB

33.   “Oregon's Plans to Address Federal Criticism on Mental Health Care ...” --- A U.S. Justice Department investigator Friday, in a letter to a supervisor, outlined the steps that Oregon mental health care officials have promised to ... --- OregonLive.com --- January 24, 2014  (OREGON)  http://is.gd/kAC6nA

34.   “State Must Move Now to Make Prisons Safer for Mentally Ill Inmates” --- "Evidence in this case has proved that inmates have died in the S.C. Department of Corrections for lack of basic mental health care," wrote Circuit ... --- Hilton Head Island Packet --- January 24, 2014  (SOUTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/e9oaun

35.   “House Fire Sparks Attention of Adult Protective Services” --- Officials with adult protective services are investigating a group home on San Antonio's Eastside after a fire broke out Friday ... --- FOX 29 --- January 24, 2014   (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/TqSCtT

36.   “Kirkland Hospital to Change Procedures for 'Boarding' Mentally Ill” --- Regulators have told EvergreenHealth Medical Center to improve care for mentally ill patients in its ER, a move that could prompt better conditions for ... --- The Seattle Times --- January 21, 2014  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/wNP9cE

Proposed Legislation and New Laws

37.   “Waterloo Women Push Legislature for More Mental Health Funding” --- Kim Jensen of Cedar Falls talks about her experience raising a child with severe mental and emotional disabilities. Jensen is a member of the Trauma ... --- Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier --- January 22, 2014  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/6DrNOo

38.   “Parents of slain Mentally Ill Man Seek Stricter Law for Treatment” --- At some point, during one of dozens of unsuccessful pleas to Seattle officials, Doug Reuter remembers asking what it would take to get his mentally ill ... --- The Seattle Times --- January 25, 2014  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/kot8Q5

39.   “Lawmakers Debate Medicating Mental Patients Against Their Will” --- “We have to have a system that flows,” Mental Health Commissioner Paul Dupre testified. “The statistics, when I look at them, show people are in ... --- BurlingtonFreePress.com --- January 22, 2014  (VERMONT)  http://is.gd/KanlFs

40.   “State Hiring Fewer Disabled, and Bills Seek to Change That” --- The number of state employees with disabilities has steadily declined over the years, but Thurston County resident Lawrence Jacobson hopes to ... --- Bellingham Herald --- January 23, 2014  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/Jv9UAK 

41.   “Mental Health Bills Clear Legislature” --- The state Senate passed a series of bills Wednesday designed to improve Wisconsin's mental health services, including one that would ... --- Leader-Telegram --- January 23, 2014  (WISCONSIN)  http://is.gd/Jx9F0f

42.   “New Bill Targets Fake Service Dogs” --- But according to the Americans with Disabilities Act, only service animals can enter restaurants, grocery stores, and shops where other pets are not ... --- khon2.com --- January 24, 2014  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/LAMuoA

International Articles

43.   “Coroner Warns of Deaths in Custody in Packed Jails” --- He warned that the system of dealing with mentally ill inmates at Melbourne Assessment Prison was stretched and more funding was needed to ... --- The Age --- January 25, 2014  (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/zQE7XL 

44.   “Former Hospital Security Guard Guilty of Sexually Assaulting Patient” --- A former Ottawa hospital security guard convicted last October of sexually assaulting a mentally disabled female patient in 2011 was found guilty ... --- MetroNews Canada --- January 22, 2014  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/mOgyWL 

45.   “Hundreds of Children 'Detained in Police Cells' ” --- Hundreds of children in England and Wales were detained under the Mental Health Act and locked in police cells because officers did not have ... --- BBC News --- January 25, 2014   (GREAT BRITAIN)  http://is.gd/Ao7kyW

46.   “Inspectors Criticise Hygiene at Psychiatric Hospital” --- SCOTLAND'S high-security psychiatric hospital has been told to improve its cleanliness after inspectors found some equipment stained with blood. --- Herald Scotland --- January 22, 2014  (SCOTLAND)  http://is.gd/F1GfBR

47.   “Prestatyn Woman Pushes for Change in Law for Vulnerable Adults” --- A PRESTATYN resident has succeeded in pushing forward demand for a bill of protection for vulnerable adults who suffer with diseases such as ... --- News North Wales --- January 24, 2014  (WALES)   http://is.gd/ZZxpIN



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