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News Summary for May 19, 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.   “Lawsuit Claims Mt. Diablo School District Enabled Abuse of Autistic Teen” --- In a federal lawsuit filed this week, the family of an autistic student claims the teen's special education teacher at Mt. Diablo High School ... --- San Jose Mercury News --- May 13, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/dms3On

2.   “Ex-patients, Families Say Decades of Abuse, Fraud at Colorado Facility Ignored” --- The allegations include verbal and sexual abuse, unauthorized discontinuance of psychotropic medication and fraud. The man in charge, AFIC's ... --- CNN --- May 9, 2014  (COLORADO)  http://is.gd/0RkIB0

3.   “Protection and Advocacy Finds Problems Continue at Lexington Group Home for Disabled Men” --- A new report says Adult Protective Services has not properly investigated abuse allegations at a Lexington group home for ... --- The Republic --- May 4, 2014  (KENTUCKY)  http://is.gd/OeuVAj

4.   “Man Charged with Rape, Sexual Battery of Mentally Handicapped Adult” --- The victim has been diagnosed as being moderately mentally handicapped. A witness called the Greater Fellowship Outreach saying they saw Larry ... --- WBXH --- May 2, 2014  (LOUISIANA)  http://is.gd/L8b6sT

5.   “Teacher Suspended over Boy in Chair” --- McVey and Principal Michael Ellis taunted the fifth-grader, who has Asperger's syndrome, according to Patrick Greenfelder, a lawyer for the boy's ... --- ABC News --- May 9, 2014  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/z5zdKU

6.   “State Wants Agency Defunded, Decertified” --- The state Justice Center has recommended decertifying and defunding Footings, Inc in Monroe, which serves people with developmental disabilities, ... --- Times Herald-Record --- May 14, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/lLNnGl 

7.   “Rabbi Charged with Stealing $12.4 Million from New York Disabled Kids” --- A New York rabbi and three others were indicted for stealing over $12.4 million in public aid for disabled pre-schoolers and ... --- Reuters --- May 13, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/pRvHpI

8.   “Man Who Punched, Killed Man with Asperger's Will Not Serve More than 4 ½ Years in Prison, Despite ...” --- The sentence given to a London man on charges of manslaughter for sucker punching a man with Asperger's syndrome will not be extended, reports ... --- New York Daily News --- May 7, 2014  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/aNIFbN

9.   “Down's Syndrome Sufferer Held in Cell for Nine Hours” --- A Haringey teenager with Down's Syndrome was handcuffed and held in a police cell for nine hours after triggering the burglar alarm at his school on ... --- This is Local London --- May 7, 2014  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/XKODB9


10. “Yolo County Teacher Accused of Stealing Pills from Special Needs Students” --- A Yolo County elementary school teacher is accused of stealing medication from students with special needs. Detectives are investigating ... --- KFBK --- May 9, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/fICTYh

11.   “Repetto Elementary School Special Education Teacher Awaits Jury Trial on Charges of Allegedly ...” ---  A special education teacher sat with good posture Wednesday as a judge said his child molestation case has dragged on long ... --- Pasadena Star-News --- May 7, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/rEN3uf

12.   “Modesto Police Sued over Mentally Challenged Teen's 'Coerced' Murder Confession” --- A mentally challenged teenager confessed to a murder, and now his family is suing the Modesto Police Department as the ... --- CBS Local --- May 5, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/mdzGJP

13.   “Homeless Man Pleads Guilty to Rape of Disabled Woman” --- A homeless man suspected of raping a woman in the back of a Los Angeles County bus has pleaded no contest to sexual ... --- KOLO --- May 1, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/gZt6jP

14.   “Man Pleads No Contest in Rape of 18-year-old Student on Metro Bus” --- The man suspected of raping an 18-year-old developmentally disabled woman in the back of a Metro bus for 10 minutes has pleaded no contest to ... --- Los Angeles Times --- May 1, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/VDe7pS

15.   “Denver Public Schools Probes Alleged Comments by Teacher” --- ... allegations that a math teacher at the Hill Campus of Arts and Sciences berated a seventh-grader by calling him 'a stupid (expletive) retard.’” --- The Denver Post --- May 3, 2014  (COLORADO)  http://is.gd/lq9b6g

16.   “Settlement Reached over Housing of the Mentally Ill in Connecticut Nursing Homes” --- Connecticut officials have agreed to stop housing dozens of mentally ill people in certain nursing homes, ending an ... --- The Republic --- May 1, 2014  (CONNECTICUT)  http://is.gd/ZX5Pqm

17.   “State Goes After Certificate of Osceola Co. Teacher Accused of Forcing Child to Eat Hot Sauce” --- Jose Holguin, the father of the special needs student she was accused of force-feeding hot-sauce soaked crayons, said he doesn't want her back in a ... --- WFTV Orlando --- May 8, 2014  (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/ytMbpJ

18.   “Port Charlotte Man Charged with Robbery of a Disabled Person” --- District detectives arrested a Port Charlotte man on Saturday after he allegedly threatened a disabled woman and took ... --- WTXL ABC 27 --- May 6, 2014  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/sRBpXk

19.   “Oak-Leyden Employee Accused of Stealing from a Client” --- ... arrested May 6 and charged with financial exploitation of a person with a disability, a felony, according to an Oak Park Police Department report. --- Chicago Tribune --- May 9, 2014  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/IHxcwr

20.   “Judge: No Bond for Teacher Accused of Bomb Threat” --- A western Illinois high school special education teacher is in jail without bond after state and federal prosecutors accused her of ... --- KSDK --- May 6, 2014  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/HoZ7TZ

21.   “Judge Finds Western Iowa Woman Guilty of Kidnapping, Injuring Mentally Disabled Stepson” --- A western Iowa woman has been found guilty of torturing her mentally disabled stepson. The Council Bluffs Daily ... --- The Republic --- May 3, 2014  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/77Uh7q

22.   “Caregiver Sentenced for Leaving Disabled Man Alone” --- A Woodlawn caregiver who pleaded guilty to leaving a disabled man in his care alone while he was drunk last summer was sentenced Thursday. --- WBAL Baltimore --- May 9, 2014  (MARYLAND)  http://is.gd/PCdqLL

23.   “Patrick and Top Aides Visit Troubled Bridgewater State Hospital” --- During a meeting of about two dozen officials that included top Bridgewater administrators and advocates for the mentally ill, Patrick asked for a report ... --- Boston Globe --- May 9, 2014  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/SW5gtj

24.   “Police: Drunken Worker Assaulted Disabled Man” --- She told them that one of the disabled residents said he was assaulted by Mbugua, a caretaker who is directly responsible for the care of five residents ... --- Eagle-Tribune --- May 8, 2014  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/kmzTnH

25.   “Lawsuit Alleges Westwood Teacher Sexually Abused Special Needs Student” --- A teacher at Westwood High School was named in a lawsuit filed Tuesday afternoon alleging that she ... --- My Fox Boston --- May 6, 2014  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/7ObpcR

26.   “Lawsuit Hits Methods at Bridgewater State Hospital” --- Bridgewater State Hospital is a prison accredited as a behavioral health care provider, not a hospital, and it is ill-equipped to deliver adequate mental ... --- Boston Globe --- May 2, 2014  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/skK35l

27.   “Video: Mentally Disabled Dearborn Man Claims Police Violated His Civil Rights and Assaulted Him” --- Ali Baydoun, a mentally disabled Dearborn man, is claiming his civil rights were violated and he was assaulted by Dearborn police ... --- MLive.com --- May 7, 2014  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/iu1kkK

28.   “State Psychiatrist Reprimanded for Threatening Mentally Ill Patient with Electroshock Therapy” --- A state psychiatrist has admitted to threatening a mentally ill patient with electroshock therapy at the Minnesota Security Hospital, resulting in a rare ... --- Minneapolis Star Tribune --- May 6, 2014  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/X2P92l

29.   “Former Chief of Psychiatry at St. Louis VA Alleges Lax Mental Health Care” --- The VA hospital in St. Louis is investigating claims by the former chief of psychiatry that veterans often wait a month or more for mental health ... --- Minneapolis Star Tribune --- May 13, 2014  (MISSOURI)  http://is.gd/DczZPK

30.   “Calhoun Teacher Held Without Bond” --- The Calhoun High School special education teacher accused of threatening to blow up her school is being held in jail without ... --- Alton Telegraph --- May 6, 2014  (MISSOURI)  http://is.gd/ucupII

31.   “State Orders Monitoring of Omaha Agency Serving People with Developmental Disabilities” ---  Troubles continue to mount for Angel Guardians, an Omaha nonprofit agency serving people with developmental disabilities. --- Omaha World-Herald --- May 2, 2014  (NEBRASKA) http://is.gd/sctweW

32.   “NJ Private School for Disabled Children Lied about Finances, Ex-workers Allege” --- More than two dozen former employees of Somerset Hills School, a private school for students with disabilities, and a related treatment ... --- The Star-Ledger --- May 12, 2014  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/82gX5G

33.   “Poughkeepsie Mental Health Aide Charged with Rape” --- A mental health aide at a community residence in Poughkeepsie has been arrested for allegedly having sexual contact with an ... --- Mid-Hudson News --- May 9, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/RdG4jr 

34.   “Oriskany Falls Man Accused of Abusing Person with Developmental Disabilities” --- An Oriskany Falls man who works for a group home in Morrisville faces charges after he allegedly abused a person with developmental ... --- WKTV --- May 8, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/ffSCVN

35.   “Bus Monitor Accused of Assaulting Special Needs Girl” --- A New York City school bus monitor is being charged with assault after she allegedly hurt a child with special needs who got up while the bus was ... --- NBC New York --- May 8, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/UEyvVW

36.   “Appeals Court Says Family of Murder Victim Can Sue Erie County” --- “It is Adult Protective Services, and we have said all along, the name says what it is supposed to do. They are supposed to protect adults,” says ... --- WIVB --- May 6, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/NZGv30

37.   “Federal Lawsuit Filed against Staff of an Upstate NY Group Home over Rape of Disabled Woman” ---  The mother of a 27-year-old disabled woman has sued four state workers seeking unspecified damages for failing to protect ... --- The Republic --- May 2, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/IJi3sE

38.  “ 'Gorilla' Comment, Violations Bring Calls for Changes at Youth Mental-health Center” --- The department's investigation came after Disability Rights Ohio, an independent agency that advocates for the legal rights of people with disabilities, ... --- Columbus Dispatch --- May 5, 2014  (OHIO) http://is.gd/rr9CjW 

39.   “Attorney Found Guilty of Theft from Elderly, Disabled Adults” --- "Those who prey on Ohio's vulnerable citizens should be on notice that we will do everything we can to protect our elderly and disabled citizens from ... --- Norwalk Reflector --- May 4, 2014  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/6l6rSP

40.   “Fraudster Set up Fake Charity, Stole from Disabled” --- A man who allegedly siphoned funds into a fake veterans website, defrauded his disabled father-in-law and ... --- KOIN.com --- May 13, 2014  (OREGON)  http://is.gd/0UF3NX

41.   “Sister Jailed for Spending Disabled Sister's Money” --- The sister of a disabled woman was ordered to jail after admitting taking the woman's Social Security benefits. Killda I. Boutros admitted to ... --- KOIN.com --- May 13, 2014  (OREGON)  http://is.gd/jgav2k

42.   “Trial Begins in Beating of Mentally Disabled Lebanon Man” --- The jury trial of a man accused of severely beating a mentally handicapped Lebanon resident began with opening arguments on Tuesday in Linn ... --- Albany Democrat Herald --- May 13, 2014  (OREGON)  http://is.gd/c3yBYO

43.   “Former OSH Employee Arrested for Abusing Patients” --- A former Oregon State Hospital employee has been arrested for sexually abusing patients, the Statesman Journal has learned. Tony Martinez was ... --- Statesman Journal --- May 6, 2014  (OREGON)  http://is.gd/gJhDBh

44.   “Douglas County Couple Arrested, Accused in Abuse of Disabled Brother” --- A Douglas County couple is facing charges tonight for allegedly abusing a family member with Down Syndrome. Detectives arrested ... --- Blue Mountain Eagle --- May 3, 2014  (OREGON) http://is.gd/2ywTaF 

45.   “Mother, Daughters Enter Guilty Pleas in Neglect Death” --- Her daughter, Joan Gensiak, 35, faces up to 27 years in prison after pleading guilty to a felony count of negligence toward a care dependent person ... --- Scranton Times-Tribune --- May 9, 2014  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/T5GOtZ

46.   “Police: Trio Took Money from Mentally Disabled Woman” --- "It is horrible to hear that because obviously handicapped people, they need all the help they can get. So to be stealing from them, that is horrible," ... --- WFMZ Allentown --- May 2, 2014  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/9y5emT

47.   “Man Accused of Indecent Assault of Woman with Mental Disability in a Church” --- A 76-year-old man is accused of indecently assaulting a woman with a mental disability inside a church in East Donegal Township.  --- Lancaster Newspapers --- April 30, 2014  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/vsIY3B

48.   “Spartanburg County Woman Admits to Abandoning Child and Mentally Disabled Nephew in Car” --- Cannon was on probation for child neglect when she left her 3-year-old daughter and adult mentally disabled nephew in the backseat of a vehicle ... --- Spartanburg Herald Journal --- May 8, 2014  (SOUTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/sCuYrz

49.   “South Carolina Disabilities Agency Contractor Charged with Breach of Trust” --- Starting in 2009, police say Jackson was working with the Department of Disabilities and Special Needs to provide and support employment services ... --- Charleston Post Courier --- May 8, 2014  (SOUTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/sdFn2B

50.   “Deputies: Man Beat Woman to Death, Hurt Teen and Disabled Woman with Hammer in Sumter County” --- Authorities say a 33-year-old man beat a woman to death with a hammer in a Sumter County home and hurt her ... --- The Republic --- May 3, 2014  (SOUTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/owAPCp

51.   “Bus Driver Accused of Fondling Vulnerable Adult” --- Richland County Sheriff's deputies arrested 55-year-old Thomas Stone on charges of abuse of a vulnerable adult, assault and battery and kidnapping. --- WIS --- May 1, 2014  (SOUTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/obDJv4

52.   “Caregiver Accused of Abusing Patient after Potato Chip Argument” --- A caregiver is out of jail on $100 bond after police said he abused a person he was supposed to take care of. The abuse sent a mentally ... --- wreg.com --- May 7, 2014  (TENNESSEE)  http://is.gd/0iWclF

53.   “Caregiver Allegedly Seen on Video Assaulting Man with Autism” --- A caregiver accused of assaulting a 24-year-old autistic man under his care will have his case presented to a Davidson County grand jury. --- WSMV Nashville --- May 1, 2014  (TENNESSEE)  http://is.gd/ohUp72

54.   “Texas Family Releases Shocking Video of Fatal Deputy-involved Shooting” --- Relatives of Michael Blair, 26, released the shocking video to argue officers did not have to shoot during an encounter with a mentally ill man inside ... --- New York Daily News --- May 12, 2014  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/dEkfcT

55.   “Dallas Cop Indicted for Shooting Mentally Ill Man” --- An indictment accuses a Dallas police officer of aggravated assault by a public servant, the second time in two weeks that city officers ... --- Grand Island Independent --- May 5, 2014  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/SNB6YH

56.   “Family of Man Shot by Milwaukee Police at Red Arrow Park Retain Attorneys” --- Relatives of a mentally ill man killed by a Milwaukee police officer have retained attorneys. Family of man shot at Red Arrow Park says he was trying. --- WISN Milwaukee --- May 8, 2014  (WISCONSIN)  http://is.gd/CsUfyL

57.   “Man Guilty of Assaulting Disabled Girl” --- A Walworth County jury found a 20-year-old Lake Geneva man guilty of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old developmentally disabled girl. --- Lake Geneva Regional News --- April 29, 2014  (WISCONSIN)  http://is.gd/dwWIMn

Seeking Improved Support

58.   “Los Angeles Plan Highlights Rift over How to Treat Offenders with Mental-Health Issues” --- Jonathan Sherin, a psychiatrist and executive officer with the nonprofit social-services group Volunteers of America, said jail-based treatment ... --- Wall Street Journal --- May 9, 2014  (CALIFORNNIA) http://is.gd/7dSpVq

59.   “Coloradans with Mental Illnesses and Their Families Say Help is Hard to Find” --- A shortage of treatment options for people with mental illnesses means waiting months to see a psychiatrist, or driving across the state for a psychiatric ... --- Greeley Tribune --- May 13, 2014  (COLORADO)  http://is.gd/y3CQlk

60.   “Deal Reached over Housing of Psychiatric Patients in Connecticut Nursing Homes” --- Advocates for the mentally ill filed the class-action lawsuit in 2006, saying hundreds of psychiatric patients were forced to live in nursing homes in ... --- The Republic --- May 1, 2014  (CONNECTICUT) http://is.gd/ZX5Pqm

61.   “Parents, Lawmakers Call for More Funding for Services for the Disabled” --- The state cut $30 million in DDS funding in recent years, pushing 3,532 people with disabilities onto waiting lists for services, advocates said. --- TheDay.com --- April 30, 2014  (CONNECTICUT)  http://is.gd/i66tid

62.   “Lawmakers Launch Push to Raise Awareness of Rights of Deaf Patients” --- A group of concerned state lawmakers has called together advocates for people with disabilities to increase public awareness of the services health ... --- Honolulu Star-Advertiser --- May 9, 2014  (HAWAII)  http://is.gd/I7vBBn

63.   “Far and Away: Idaho is Rural and Underfunded, with a High Incidence of Mental Illness” --- Rugged. Remote. Beautiful. The state of Idaho has many qualities, but when it comes to helping its mentally ill, it has a long distance to travel. --- Boise Weekly --- May 7, 2014  (IDAHO)  http://is.gd/vIEGLR

64.   “Funding Cuts Send Hundreds of Mentally Ill onto Detroit's Streets” --- Three months after the state released a plan to strengthen its network of services to mentally ill people, local agencies say funding cuts are ... --- Detroit Free Press --- May 1, 2014  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/iuMBlf

65.   “Resources for Children with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Slim in Out-state Minnesota” --- The Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS) offers fetal alcohol spectrum disorder training for medical providers, educators, ... --- Southernminn.com --- May 14, 2014  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/DaowzV

66.   “Parents of Children with Special Needs Meet with Montana Lawmakers” --- Parents of children with special needs came together at the Capitol in Helena on Friday to advocate for improvements in Montana ... --- KRTV Great Falls News --- May 10, 2014  (MONTANA)  http://is.gd/SRGsbs

67.   “Services Struggle to Meet Needs of Children with Autism” --- As more children are being diagnosed with autism the availability of services can't keep up with the growing ... --- MyNews3 Las Vegas KSNV --- May 7, 2014  (NEVADA)  http://is.gd/CKhu0W

68.   “Report: NH Mental Health Beds Full Because there Are Not Enough Community Treatment Options” --- New Hampshire's mental health system has been declared in crisis, with patients in need of care lingering for days in emergency rooms because there ... --- Concord Monitor --- May 2, 2014  (NEW HAMPSHIRE)  http://is.gd/gY3Sbe

69.   “Number of NJ Mental Health Providers Below National Average” --- The providers include therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, licensed clinical social workers and so on. The national average is 753 residents per ... --- Newsworks.org --- May 6, 2014  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/dxEva1

70.   “Cuomo Reducing Services for the Disabled” --- During his tenure, Gov. Cuomo has worked to reduce services for the developmentally disabled and complete his father's crusade against them. --- WatertownDailyTimes.com --- May 1, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/LylMbU

71.   “Town Official's Use of 'R' Word Sparks Outcry” --- A raucous meeting of the Spring Valley village board has rankled disability activists after one trustee called another "retarded," ... --- USA TODAY --- May 1, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/ynDQI8

72.   “Lawmakers Slammed for Shifting Funds from Mentally Ill to Addiction Treatment” --- Advocates for the mentally ill and addicted are pitted against one another, fighting for state funds after lawmakers took mental-health and addiction ... --- Columbus Dispatch --- May 7, 2014  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/fy4M6p

73.   “Nurse Sentenced After Death of Teen with Disabilities” --- Nurse Sentenced After Death of Teen with Disabilities. A nurse has been sentenced for her role in the death of a teenager with disabilities. --- WKEF ABC 22 --- April 30, 2014  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/ltVCom

74.   “Study: Minority Students in Oregon More Likely to Be Suspended” --- Special education students are disciplined more often than students not in special-ed. ... Crystal Green is with the Oregon Department of Education. --- Daily Astorian --- May 8, 2014  (OREGON)  http://is.gd/7O4gGt

75.   “Tracking Device, Better Police Training to Help Those with Behavioral Disorders” --- The boy had Asperger syndrome, a behavioral disorder that makes communicating difficult. He liked to go on jogs wearing a weighted vest to relieve ... --- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette --- April 30, 2014  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/0k3O75

76.   “Advocates Rally for Better Pay for Workers, Better Services for Developmentally Disabled” ---  Advocates for Rhode Island's developmentally disabled, the workers who help the disabled and the workers' union ... --- The Providence Journal --- May 8, 2014  (RHODE ISLAND)  http://is.gd/WMzcYk

77.   “Richland Jail Panel Addresses Dealing with Mentally Ill” --- Creating special housing for inmates with acute mental illness and increasing training for officers who interact with them ... --- The State --- April 30, 2014  (SOUTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/TQ7dG8

78.   “Former Scott Special Ed Teacher Found Guilty of Abuse of Student” --- A former Scott County special education teacher was found guilty Friday of abusing a mentally handicapped student during an incident ... --- Kingsport Times News --- May 9, 2014  (TENNESSEE)  http://is.gd/YE9trx

79.   “VA Man's Viral Video Sparks Controversy over Autism” --- Nathan suffers from Asperger's syndrome, a type of autism that can cause social disconnections in a person. After constant bullying, Nathan ... --- WHAG --- May 1, 2014  (VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/ZbEVye

80.   “Suit Challenges Confinement Law for Mentally Ill” --- A federal lawsuit filed against the state alleges that three people locked up in state mental hospitals after being found not guilty of ... --- Yakima Herald-Republic --- May 10, 2014  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/QXNbc6

81.   “Mental Health Services for Washington's Poorest Kids is Lacking, Study Says” --- At least 5,000 of the District's poorest children are not receiving necessary mental health treatment, according to a study released Tuesday by an ... --- Washington Post --- May 5, 2014  (WASHINGTON, D.C.)  http://is.gd/vR1fG5

82.   “Judge Orders W.Va. Agency to Develop Plan to Address Issues at State Psychiatric Hospitals” ---  Bloom's order came in a case originally filed in 1981, known as the Hartley case, that centers on the treatment of mental health patients. --- The Republic --- April 30, 2014  (WEST VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/NxD8S5

Proposed Legislation and New Laws

83.   “Bill Alters References to People with Disabilities” --- Lawmakers have agreed to rewrite state laws to change the way Louisiana refers to people with disabilities. --- SFGate --- May 1, 2014  (LOUISIANA)  http://is.gd/UmiIst

84.   “Bill to Overhaul Mental-health Care Draws Praise and Criticism” --- A Pittsburgh congressman who is also a clinical psychologist is pushing an ambitious overhaul of the country's mental-health care that is winning ... --- Philly.com --- May 5, 2014  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/q5jDnS

85.   “Vermont Senate Advances Bill to Put More Scrutiny in Changes for Developmentally Disabled” --- The Vermont Senate has given preliminary approval to a bill calling for more scrutiny when state programs for people with ... --- The Republic --- May 6, 2014  (VERMONT)  http://is.gd/avjEf0

86.   “Vermont House Advances Bill to Ease Giving Drugs to Mental Health Patients Who Don't Want Them” --- The Vermont House gave preliminary approval Thursday to a bill that would make it easier for hospitals to give medications ... --- The Republic --- May 1, 2014  (VERMONT)   http://is.gd/c8lJhi

International Articles

87.   “Bizarre Fake Autism Cures Prompts Warning to Parents over 'Charlatans' ” --- Families with autistic children are being warned not to fall for "charlatans" offering fake cures which can end up costing them thousands of dollars. --- ABC Online --- May 9, 2014  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/uTFfIH

88.   “Roke Inquest Recommends Police Tasers, Better Training in Mental Health Issues” --- A coroner's jury has recommended that more police officers carry Tasers and that officers receive mandatory annual training about mental illness and ... --- Ottawa Citizen --- May 9, 2014  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/EaiFUt

89.   “Stigma around Mental Illness Often Worse than Illness Itself” --- The stigma around mental illness is often worse than the illness itself, says the world's first research chair into the issue. Queen's University professor ... --- Ottawa Citizen --- May 8, 2014  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/r5ocrw

90.   “Dubious Shrinks, Political Prisoners Inside China's Mental Health Care System” --- Professor Michael Phillips, director of the Shanghai Mental Health Center at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, estimated that only 5% of people who ... --- CNN International --- May 6, 2014  (CHINA)  http://is.gd/AQkvtI

91.   “Mental Health Patients Forced to Travel Miles for Care” --- A lack of beds is forcing mental health patients in England to seek treatment in other NHS facilities up to hundreds of miles away, BBC research has ... --- BBC News --- May 6, 2014  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/dRdYFw

92.   “Father Admits Battering Girlfriend and Disabled Daughter to Death with a Claw Hammer” --- William Owen murdered 55-year-old Sharon Hayter and 29-year-old Stephanie Owen and left their bodies in the terraced house … --- Mirror.co.uk --- April 30, 2014  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/N1pQT6

93.   “Inspection Finds Doors Locked at Disability Centre” --- A centre for adults with intellectual disabilities has been sharply criticized following an unannounced inspection by the health and social services ... --- RTE.ie --- May 9, 2014  (IRELAND)  http://is.gd/or4PR1

94.   “Parents will Plead with Minister to Reverse Cuts at Special Needs School” --- Parents of children with special needs whose school services have been reduced dramatically will personally plead with Health Minister … --- Irish Examiner --- May 8, 2014  (IRELAND)  http://is.gd/avHy9e

95.   “1.4m Disabled Pakistani Children Have No Access to Schools” --- An estimated 1.4 million persons with disabilities in Pakistan were the children of school going age, most of whom do not have access to ... --- Daily Times --- May 8, 2014  (PAKISTAN)  http://is.gd/w3eglV

96.   “Displaced and Disturbed: Mental Health Crisis in Pakistan's Tribal Areas” --- The loss of close relatives, displacement, and the conditions in which they now live has led to widespread mental disorders. But the majority of these ... --- Jakarta Globe --- May 4, 2014  (PAKISTAN)  http://is.gd/KRHpre

97.   “Teacher Accused in Killing, Grilling Disabled Daughter On Barbecue: Report” --- A teacher in southern Africa allegedly used a barbecue grill to burn the dismembered remains of her disabled daughter, according to regional media ... --- Huffington Post --- May 12, 2014  (SOUTH AFRICA)  http://is.gd/8b1RRV


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