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News Summary for April 14, 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.   “Sheriff: Owner of Tucson-area Care Home Arrested” --- The owner of a Tucson-area adult care home has been arrested as authorities investigate abuse allegations at the home. The Pima County ... --- MyFox Phoenix --- April 8, 2014  (ARIZONA)  http://is.gd/8Ktvnl

2.   “Judge Says Pepper-spraying, Isolation Violate Rights of Mentally Ill Inmates in California” --- The mental health lawsuit, along with a separate lawsuit over poor medical care, prompted the state to spend billions of dollars for improvements while ... --- Daily Journal --- April 10, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/ICNKHH

3.   “Attempted Murder Charges Filed against 2 Teens Accused of Beating Man Unconscious in Boulder” --- Prosecutors have filed attempted murder charges against two teenagers accused of beating a 30-year-old developmentally ... --- Daily Journal --- April 7, 2014  (COLORADO)  http://is.gd/HAcs1R

4.   “Kalamazoo Man, Who Impregnated Mentally Challenged Teen, Sentenced to Prison” --- A Kalamazoo man, who sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl, has been sentenced to prison. Curtis Warren Edwards, 37, was ... --- Mlive Kalamazoo --- April 7, 2014  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/sATbuD

5.   “Disabled Girl Targeted, Communication Device Stolen” --- In the case of a 12-year-old disabled girl, what was stolen was the one thing that allows her to interact with other people. Sarah Johnson's iPad was ... --- WKRC TV Cincinnati --- April 10, 2014  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/FMRuPx

6.   “Official: Disabled Children 'Sexually Harassed' in Saudi Schools” --- Students with Down's Syndrome are being sexually harassed by other students, an official has said. --- Al-Arabiya --- April 7, 2014  (SAUDI ARABIA)  http://is.gd/nn2M36


7.   “Ala. Man Sentenced to Life in Blind Aunt's Death” --- A Tuscaloosa man has been sentenced to life in prison in the 2012 stabbing death of his blind aunt. The Tuscaloosa ... --- Times Daily --- April 7, 2014  (ALABAMA)  http://is.gd/3sYgHp

8.   “Owner of Assisted Living Home, Three Others Indicted” --- ... been indicted along with the former co-owner, her son and another person on charges of fraud, exploitation of a vulnerable adult and identity theft. --- Green Valley News --- April 12, 2014  (ARIZONA)  http://is.gd/Pcp9wl

9.   “Arizona Faces Backlog of Adult Abuse Cases” --- ... of reports of child abuse and neglect, but the state also has a big backlog in ... crisis of uninvestigated cases at the defunct Child Protective Services. --- WRAL.com --- April 11, 2014  (ARIZONA)  http://is.gd/46TLZJ

10.   “Teacher Accused of Dragging Special Needs Student by His Ankles” --- An early morning fire in Iowa consumed a house, all the while, causing many at the scene to fear an older man who lived there had perished inside. --- KPLC-TV --- April 10, 2014  (ARKANSAS)  http://is.gd/qanoQe

11.   “Flagler Beach Mother Accused of Abusing Autistic Son” --- Flagler Beach mother accused of abusing autistic son ... on allegations she had physically abused her autistic son after the child broke her cell phone, ... --- Daytona Beach News-Journal --- April 11, 2014  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/6O79jm

12.   “Caregiver Arrested for Abusing Mentally Disabled Adult” --- A caregiver at the Primrose Center Inc, was arrested and charged for abusing a mentally disabled adult in his care. --- News 13 Orlando --- April 9, 2014  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/XsPzDl

13.   “State Received Two Complaints about Disabled Man Found Dead in Belleville” --- Young, 52, was blind, mentally and physically disabled. He lived with his brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Elizabeth Young since about 2006. --- Belleville News Democrat

14.   “Did State Know about Abuse of Disabled Man Found Dead in Belleville?” --- State investigators twice received reports that Billy Ray Young was being neglected or abused before Young was found dead, curled in a fetal position ... --- Belleville News Democrat --- April 5, 2014  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/jPauzI

15.   “Former Oakwood Worker Pleads Guilty in Case Involving Fight between Mentally Disabled Patients” --- A man accused of provoking a fight between mentally disabled patients at Oakwood has entered a guilty plea. --- The Tribune --- April 8, 2014  (KENTUCKY)  http://is.gd/gyJWKU

16.   “Brockton Man Accused of Beating Disabled Man in Boston” --- A Brockton man found himself behind bars once again after he was arrested on assault and other charges after MBTA Police said he punched, kicked ... --- Enterprise News --- April 10, 2014  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/17r7LJ

17.   “Bridgewater Restraints Use Rose, Even After Patient's Death” --- But statistics provided to the Globe show that the state's most secure psychiatric facility actually increased its reliance on restraints and isolation over ... --- Boston Globe --- April 6, 2014  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/cNKlrF

18.   “Former Manchester Teacher Admits Assaulting, Abusing Special Education Students” --- A former Mclaughlin Middle School special education teacher pleaded guilty earlier this week to pushing and dragging a ... --- The Union Leader --- April 11, 2014  (NEW HAMPSHIRE)  http://is.gd/d7dzUY

19.   “Lawsuit Settled over Mentally Disabled Syracuse Man's Death at Group Home” --- The family of a mentally disabled man has settled a lawsuit over his death while being restrained at a Tompkins County group ... --- The Post-Standard --- April 9, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/NbHO9u

20.   “New York Warden Reassigned in Inmate's Death in Hot Cell” --- ... unit that doesn't house mentally ill inmates. In February 2014, a homeless, mentally ill veteran "baked to death" in an overheated cell at the facility. --- Las Vegas Review-Journal --- April 5, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/psEt4g

21.   “Police: Man Raped Mentally Handicapped Woman” --- A Shelby man was behind bars Thursday afternoon after police allege he raped a 22-year-old woman with a mental handicap. According to police the ... --- Gaston Gazette --- April 3, 2014  (NORTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/ajqjIw

22.   “Seven NC Prison Workers Lose Jobs over Inmate's Death” --- Seven state prison employees have lost their jobs as a result of an internal investigation into the death of a mentally ill and disabled inmate last month. --- News & Observer --- April 9, 2014  (NORTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/25ejPK

23.   “Judge Orders Man Who Harassed Kids with Disabilities to Wear 'I'm a Bully' Sign” --- Over the years, Prugh has raised seven children, four of them with developmental or physical disabilities or both, three of them adopted and African ... --- Huffington Post --- April 11, 2014  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/1xINhc

24.   “Deputies: Woman Stole Identity of Elderly, Disabled” --- A Springfield woman is accused of stealing the identity of disabled and elderly victims to obtain credit in their names. Shannon M. Wiles, 36, allegedly ... --- Springfield News Sun --- April 9, 2014  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/3eZjR5

25.   “Goshen Twp. Caregiver Charged with Stealing Checks from Client” --- A township woman has been charged with felony theft and forgery after allegedly stealing checks from a disabled woman for whom she was caring. --- SalemNews.net --- April 8, 2014  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/GlkSgz

26.   “MWC Father Charged with Abusing Autistic Son” --- A Midwest City father has been charged with child abuse after police say he attacked his autistic son when he was ... --- news9.com KWTV --- April 10, 2014  (OKLAHOMA)  http://is.gd/BmbA60

27.   “Police: Man Kicked Disabled Bus Rider, Hit Him with Champagne Bottle” --- An altercation that began on a TriMet bus in southeast Portland led to a disabled man getting hit with a champagne bottle, according to court ... --- KPTV.com --- April 10, 2014  (OREGON)  http://is.gd/dq3SvB

28.   “Milford Tire Slashing Targets Handicapped, Elderly” --- On Friday, a handicapped Ellendale resident, who chose to remain anonymous, told WBOC he was the victim of a scam. He said he ... --- WBOC TV 16 --- April 7, 2014  (OREGON)  http://is.gd/toeatW

29.   “Worker for Landscaping Company Accused of Raping Mentally Disabled Woman in Susquehanna ...” --- Jose Fredy Reyes, 29, of Frederick, Md., is accused of breaking into a Susquehanna Township home and raping a mentally disabled woman. --- The Patriot-News --- April 9, 2014  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/dJd9VR

30.    “Former Richland County Jail Guard to be Sentenced for Beating Mentally-ill Homeless Prisoner” ---  Robin Smith is accompanied by his attorney I.S. Leevy Johnson as they arrive at the Matthew Perry U.S. federal courthouse, Wednesday, December ... --- Hilton Head Island Packet --- April 8, 2014  (SOUTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/qDSkSz

31.   “Alcoa Woman Accused of Beating Group Home Resident” --- An Alcoa woman facing charges as part of an alleged hallucinogenic mushroom grow ring was arrested again this past weekend, this time after ... --- The Daily Times --- April 4, 2014  (TENNESSEE)  http://is.gd/cRJ9cs

32.   “State Report Confirms Group Home Neglected Disabled Man” --- The state of Tennessee confirmed Friday that a severely disabled man was neglected by his caregivers. The Department ... --- NewsChannel5.com --- April 4, 2014  (TENNESSEE)  http://is.gd/LSXb2K

33.   “Illegal Immigrant Accused of Sexually Abusing Special Education Student” --- An illegal immigrant from Honduras is behind bars in the Rio Grande Valley after being accused of sexually abusing special education student. --- KGBT-TV --- April 11, 2014  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/OgQ1MR

34.   “Grandmother Claims Teacher Abused Special Needs Child” --- A San Antonio grandmother is asking that the Northside Independent School District terminate a special education teacher for abusing her 3-year-old ... --- KSAT San Antonio --- April 9, 2014  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/8HS113

35.   “Police: Woman Stole Wallet, Goods from Handicapped Man's Home” --- Police: Woman stole wallet, goods from handicapped man's home. --- The Eagle --- April 6, 2014  (TEXAS) http://is.gd/qoUa4j 

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36.   “DOC Quiet after Mentally Ill Inmate Dies in Cell; Family Seeks Answers” --- First Vernesia Gordon wailed over the father of her children's body in the dim light of the funeral home parlor. And then, gently, she began to search it for answers. --- Anchorage Daily News --- April 12, 2014  (ALASKA)  http://is.gd/ruxigO

37.   “Treatment in Transition: When a Developmental Center Closes” --- Like the Sonoma Developmental Center, The Lanterman Developmental Center in Pomona was one of California's last large institutional care centers ... --- Sonoma Valley Sun --- April 10, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/B91vgT 

38.   “Mental-health Treatment Void in Colo.” --- He also displayed symptoms of mental illness – obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, psychosis and depression. Seeking treatment for these ... --- The Durango Herald --- April 6, 2014  (COLORADO)  http://is.gd/g7bpdk

39.   “Over 100 Gather for Statewide Conversation on Mental Health” ---  ... from mental illnesses, like depression, bipolar disorder or post-traumatic stress syndrome. ... English never imagined Cardenas would die on the streets of downtown Denver last … --- kdvr.com --- April 5, 2014  (COLORADO) http://is.gd/AqoEGJ

40.   “Report Says Georgia's Developmentally Disabled Need Better Care” --- An independent reviewer reports Georgia is failing to provide adequate supervision of individuals with developmental disabilities who are ... --- Online Athens --- April 11, 2014  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/eoHxn1

41.   “Deaf Mental Health Battle Goes to Federal Appeals Court” --- After 8 years, a battle over more mental health assistance for thousands of deaf Georgians saw another round Tuesday with a hearing ... --- WXIA-TV --- April 8, 2014  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/yVryOW

42.   “Mother Files Abuse Report, Son 'Misplaced' ” --- A mother claims a special needs assistant at a Vigo County school went too far in the handling of her autistic son. --- WTHI --- April 10, 2014  (INDIANA)  http://is.gd/ZQxQ5M

43.   “Mental Care Advocates Rally at Iowa Statehouse” --- Advocates for people with mental disabilities or brain injuries gathered at the ... He said Iowa has increased spending on mental health care by $115 ... --- DesMoinesRegister.com --- April 10, 2014  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/Upohmo

44.   “Drastic Cuts in Funding Lead to Tragic String of Abuses” --- Overburdened and underfunded, our psychiatric hospitals are transferring patients to face the prospect of “prison” at Bridgewater instead of proper ... --- Boston Globe --- April 13, 2014  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/Fkdcho

45.   “Mass. Mental Health Services ‘Way Behind,’ Affecting ER Operations” --- Massachusetts is “way behind” in its delivery of mental health services with treatment options hampered by budget cuts since 2009, ... --- WBUR --- April 7, 2014  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/FvooK4

46.   “Mental Health Funding Cuts Will Be Felt Here” --- Funding cuts to Michigan's mental health services network are making things difficult, but providers say they're going to make it work. The Michigan ... --- Battle Creek Enquirer --- April 11, 2014  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/LKJbK3

47.   “Many Minnesota Preschoolers with Autism Miss Early Services” --- Recent research suggests that many Minnesota preschoolers with autism spectrum disorder miss years of services and supports that could ... --- Brainerd Daily Dispatch --- April 11, 2014  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/d4LUJ6

48.   “No Missouri License is Required to Be a Home Caregiver” --- Thursday a mid-Missouri caregiver is out of jail, but still facing elder abuse ... Here in Missouri being a caregiver is a job almost anyone could claim. --- ABC17News.com --- April 10, 2014  (MISSOURI)  http://is.gd/eb9MDB

49.   “St. Louis Cops Aren't Required to Have Training in Dealing with Mentally Ill People” --- Police officers in the entire St. Louis metropolitan area might be expected to deal with mentally ill people on a daily basis, but they're not required to ... --- Riverfront Times --- April 7, 2014  (MISSOURI)  http://is.gd/UjMLfW

50.   “Reno Mental Health Non-profit to Cut Child Psychiatry Services” --- Reno mental health non-profit to cut child psychiatry services ... Adult psychiatric services will continue, but Gruner said they can't afford to keep the ... --- KRNV My News 4 --- April 7, 2014  (NEVADA)  http://is.gd/cgUcvd

51.   “Rutgers Alerts Vulnerable Populations to Post-disaster Scams” --- The Department of Human Services' Adult Protective Services, a unit of the Division of Aging Services, has awarded a grant to Doug Behan, director of ... --- MyCentralJersey.com --- April 9, 2014  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/Z4Gjb1

52.   “Crisis Intervention Training Bridging Gap between Law Enforcement and Mentally Ill” --- Besides teaching officers how to recognize signs of mental illness, the training also provides them with contact information needed to summon ... --- The Star-Ledger --- April 6, 2014  (NEW JERSEY) http://is.gd/yrPQRk

53.   “No Place to Go: Deaths of 2 Mentally Disabled Men Reveal Cracks in the System” --- A storage shed behind this house north of Las Vegas, N.M., was used as housing for two mentally disabled former patients of the New Mexico ... --- Albuquerque Journal --- April 11, 2014  (NEW MEXICO)  http://is.gd/cz08vi

54.   “County Jail: Largest Mental Health Provider in N.M.” --- Jail staff says MDC is the largest mental health provider in the state. Chief Rustin agreed. In fact, Rustin put that as No. 2 on the list of problems at the ... --- KUNM --- April 8, 2014  (NEW MEXICO)  http://is.gd/UaLhKj

55.   “State's Psychiatric Beds Fail to Meet Demand” --- Mental disorders and addiction have unleashed a rising tide of patients with behavioral problems in central Ohio emergency departments. But the help ... --- Columbus Dispatch --- April 13, 2014  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/LTxdov

56.   “Advocates of People with Disabilities Will Rally at Oklahoma Capitol” --- Development Disabilities Awareness Day will bring together advocates and other supporters Thursday to hear addresses from Oklahoma legislators ... --- NewsOK.com --- April 11, 2014  (OKLAHOMA)  http://is.gd/gyk6pE

57.   “Police Taught to Spot Signs of Psychiatric Crisis” --- When a 6-foot-5, 270-pound man with a history of violence broke out of a mental health ward near Philadelphia and tried to ... --- Washington Post --- April 10, 2014  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/QsgxLi

58.   “Homeless Shelter, Blind Man Reach Settlement in Lawsuit over Seeing-eye Dog” --- A faith-based, Lawrence County homeless shelter for men has reached an agreement with a blind man who sued in federal court after the shelter ... --- Tribune-Review --- April 8, 2014  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/HWp815

59.   “Rhode Island Agrees to Keep Residents with Mental Disabilities out of Forced Menial Labor” ---  Residents with mental disabilities would no longer be forced to work long hours doing manual labor for little money and instead ... --- Minneapolis Star Tribune --- April 8, 2014  (RHODE ISLAND) http://is.gd/MYyxGq

60.   “Texas Has More Mentally Ill in Jails than Treatment Centers, We Can and Must Change That” --- From left: Dr. Preston Wiles and State Rep. Garnet Coleman urged more funding for mental illness during a symposium moderated Tuesday by Lee ... --- Dallas Morning News --- April 8, 2014  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/ucCTAr

61.   “Report: Jails House 10 Times More Mentally Ill than State Hospitals” --- In 44 states and the District of Columbia, at least one prison or jail holds more people with serious mental illnesses than the largest state psychiatric ... --- Washington Post --- April 8, 2014  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/SQ1ofa

62.   “Military's Mental-health System Faces Shortage of Providers, Lack of Good Diagnostic Tools” --- The shooting rampage at Fort Hood has once again focused attention on the military's mental-health system, which, despite improvement efforts, has ... --- Washington Post --- April 5, 2014  (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/0FCIer

Proposed Legislation and New Laws

63.   “Autism, Formula Proposals Advance in Nebraska Legislature” --- Parents of children with autism and parents of children with rare digestive disorders prevailed in the eleventh hour of the Nebraska ... --- Omaha World-Herald --- April 10, 2014  (NEBRASKA)  http://is.gd/imlCan

64.   “McAuliffe Signs Mental Health Overhaul” --- Gov. Terry McAuliffe has signed legislation that will reform key elements of Virginia's emergency mental health system and help to ensure that ... --- Richmond Times Dispatch --- April 8, 2014  (VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/IJeA4S

International Articles

65.   “Melb Man Raped Elderly, Disabled Women” --- A Melbourne man who pleaded guilty to violent sex offences against an elderly woman and a disabled woman was under stress at the time, a court ... --- SBS --- April 8, 2014  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/tq3myi

66.   “Chilean Nursing Home Kills Nine Mentally Ill Patients, One Caretaker Who Were Locked in Their Rooms” --- Chilean nursing home kills nine mentally ill patients, one caretaker who were locked in their rooms. --- NEWS.com.au --- April 7, 2014  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/RsaiDv

67.   “Singer Admits Neglecting His 13-year-old Autistic Son” --- Singer Chow Kai-seng pleaded guilty to neglect of his autistic son today after a court heard he had left his 13-year-old alone at night for more than a ... --- South China Morning Post --- April 11, 2014  (CHINA)  http://is.gd/nlX0mb

68.   “When it Comes to Autism, Hong Kong's Laws Are Decades Behind” --- Autism is an invisible disability. But Temple Grandin, a noted US animal science professor with autism, once said: "You have got to keep autistic ... --- South China Morning Post --- April 8, 2014  (CHINA)  http://is.gd/ab7mkx

69.   “Birmingham Man Jailed after Grooming Deaf Teenager on Facebook” --- A man from Birmingham faces being deported to Pakistan after admitting that he groomed a deaf schoolgirl on Facebook. Mohammed Raja turned up ... --- Birmingham Mail --- April 7, 2014  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/NMjyYs

70.   “Charlton iPad Murderer Strangled Deaf Man with Iron Cord” --- A Charlton killer who strangled a deaf man using a steam iron cord before stealing his iPad has been convicted of murder. Frenchman Soufiane ... --- This is Local London --- April 7, 2014  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/u2EKto

71.   “Jail for Attacker Who Left Cerebral Palsy Sufferer with Footprints on His Face” --- A vulnerable man who suffers from cerebral palsy was left with footprints on his face in a shocking attack while out walking his dog. Andrew Thornton ... --- ChronicleLive  --- April 5, 2014  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/al7VFA

72.   “Morocco's Mentally Ill Await Deliverance from Their 'Demons' ” --- Bouya Omar's followers claim the mentally ill are healed by the saint's supernatural powers, but rights groups allege gross mistreatment of those taken ... --- gulfnews.com --- April 11, 2014  (MOROCCO)  http://is.gd/9W4lNt

73.   “Gang Forces Disabled Romanians to Beg” --- Spanish police have broken up a human trafficking ring that exploited disabled Romanian migrants by promising them jobs in Spain and then forcing ... --- The Local.es --- April 10, 2014  (SPAIN)  http://is.gd/hplZMF


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