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News Summary for February 16, 2015
Prepared by Anne M. Kincaid

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 an interest.

Dr. Nora's Top Articles:

1.   “California Fails to Track Billions in Mental Health Funds” --- ... in 2004 as part of a ballot initiative that promised to boost funding to help the mentally ill, including prevention and early intervention programs. --- Chico Enterprise-Record --- February 1, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/eMXHIa

2.   “Psychiatric Technician Accused of Sexually Assaulting Two Teenage Patients” --- Jeremy Henry, 27, a psychiatric technician, is accused of sexually assaulting two 15-year-old patients. The Sarasota Police Department now needs the ... --- ABC Action News --- February 2, 2015  (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/dAA8v4 

3.   “2 Broward Teachers Have Licenses Suspended” --- Paul Sparrow, 62, a former teacher of special needs students at McNichol Middle School in Hollywood, has lost his license for a year for improper ... --- Sun Sentinel --- January 27, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/xmurQP

4.   “Ga. Killer Executed Despite Claim He Was Intellectually Disabled” --- Despite claims the Georgia death-row inmate was intellectually disabled and that his mental impairment made him unfit for capital punishment, he was ... --- Washington Post --- January 28, 2015  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/VC6JbF

5.   “Former Charity Director Indicted for Theft” --- ... a now-defunct Honolulu-based charity that provided social services to disabled persons on Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Hawaii Island, Kauai and Guam. --- KHON2 --- January 30, 2015  (HAWAII)  http://is.gd/qHOGN5

6.   “Former Special Education Teacher Admits Child Seduction” --- A former special education teacher at Woodlan Jr/Sr High School pleaded guilty to a charge of child seduction on ... --- WISH-TV --- January 30, 2015  (INDIANA)  http://is.gd/mUYKrA

7.   “Indiana Man Pleads Not Guilty to Sexual Exploitation of Disabled Maine Teen” --- An Indiana man charged with pretending to be a Maine high school student on Facebook and convincing a developmentally ... --- Bangor Daily News --- January 29, 2015  (MAINE)  http://is.gd/6aKuig

8.   “Man to Serve up to 7 Years for Assaulting Teen Girl with Developmental Disability” --- According to court documents, although the victim was 15 years old at the time of the assaults, because of developmental issues her mental age was ... --- Foster's Daily Democrat --- January 29, 2015  (NEW HAMPSHIRE) http://is.gd/AiA0M1

9.   “Vermont Man Charged with Sexually Abusing 13-Year-Old” --- Vermont state police say a Rutland man who worked as a therapy advocate sexually abused a 13-year-old autistic student. --- Daily Journal --- January 29, 2015  (VERMONT)  http://is.gd/C2JJnH

10.   “Lawmakers Want to Remove Derogatory Terms like ‘Retarded’ from PA Public School Code” ---  Hurtful words you would never use to describe a kid these days, like retard and crippled, are part of Pennsylvania's Public … --- FOX43.com --- January 27, 2015  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/pAt0Ba

11.   “Virginia Senate Reins in Restraint in Schools” --- The Virginia Senate wants to rein in seclusion and restraint ... students' unruly behavior are being abused in some school divisions. --- Fredericksburg.com --- January 28, 2015  (VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/dRuaid

12.   “Cop Rapes Mentally-Ill Woman, Court Told” --- A 23-year-old policeman from the Police Protection Unit allegedly raped a mentally-challenged woman in the Avenues area whom he had "arrested" ... --- The Herald --- January 29, 2015  (ZIMBABWE)  http://is.gd/VRmL7f

Abuse/Crime related:

13.   “Hayward Man on Trial in Killing of Mentally Ill Roommate in 2012” --- … 2012, fatal stabbing of James Edward Nobles marked the second time Michael Wyatt has killed one of his ill friends, deputy district attorney Warren ... --- San Jose Mercury News --- February 3, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/uDxggg 

14.   “Judge Says California Violates Disabled Inmates' Rights” --- A federal judge has ordered California to stop housing inmates with disabilities in isolation cells simply because its prisons lack enough other housing that can accommodate the inmates' special needs. --- Sacramento Bee --- February 3, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/CI50cO

15.   “Federal Judge Orders California to Stop Isolation Housing of Disabled Inmates” --- A federal judge in Oakland has ordered California to stop the "regular" practice of putting disabled inmates into segregation units because it lacks ... --- Los Angeles Times --- February 3, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/6y8dNX

16.   “Crooks Steal Wheelchair from a Disabled Fresno Boy” --- A disabled little boy from Fresno can't get around, because thieves stole his family's van and inside the van were his wheelchair and special car seat. --- KMPH Fox 26 --- February 3, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/NvHIZ4

17.   “Eureka City Schools Settles in Student Discrimination Case” --- Students with learning disabilities were also addressed, with the suit alleging that the district had failed to diagnose disabilities in some cases, ... --- Eureka Times Standard --- January 30, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/ZxXgm9

18.   “Monterey County Jail Inmates' Class-Action Suit Gets Go-Ahead” --- Bien's firm represents mentally ill state prisoners in the three-decades-old “Coleman” lawsuit, which led to California's most dramatic corrections ... --- Santa Cruz Sentinel --- January 30, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/nzfnUr

19.   “Doctor: Teen Accused of Beating Disabled Man to Death in Boulder is Competent to Stand Trial” --- A doctor says a teenager accused of beating a 30-year-old developmentally disabled man to death in his Boulder apartment ... --- Daily Journal --- January 30, 2015  (COLORADO)   http://is.gd/uVqwLY

20.   “Former Florida Prisons Chief Says Gov. Rick Scott Ignored Crisis in Corrections System” --- Mike Crews, then-secretary of the Florida Department of Corrections, was in the thick of a public firestorm over allegations that a mentally ill inmate ... --- MiamiHerald.com --- January 31, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/zoBIIn

21.   “Autistic Girl's Death Recounted in Murder-by-Starvation Hearing” --- ... who never spoke a word in her life and, in addition to being autistic, suffered from tuberus sclerosis, a genetic disorder that causes tumors to form on ... --- Sun Sentinel --- January 30, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/Qoj6mp

22.   “Tamarac Mother Claims School Bus Driver Left Autistic Son Behind” --- A South Florida mother is shocked and furious after, she said, a bus driver left her autistic son behind after he'd ... --- 7Online WSVN-TV --- January 29, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/knF4rL

23.   “Former LCSD Employee Says She Punched Special Needs Student in Self Defense” --- The most serious offense was committed by an ESE helping teacher at Buckingham Exceptional Student Center, who was fired for punching a special ... --- FOX 4 --- January 27, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/6LPHFZ

24.   “Richmond County Coroners Receive Specialized Training to Recognize Abuse of the Elderly and At-Risk” --- During the introduction to the course Friday, Pat King, a forensic special investigator for the Georgia Department of Human Services’ Division of Aging Services, revealed … --- The Augusta Chronicle --- January 30, 2015  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/3Y1gW8

25.   “Parolee Charged with Sexual Assault of Mentally Disabled Woman” --- A parolee is back behind bars after sexually assaulting a 20-year-old disabled woman with the cognitive functions of a small child, according to ... --- Chicago Sun-Times --- February 2, 2015  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/l4P13m

26.   “Suit: Cook County Jail Inmates Denied Wheelchair Accommodations” --- In Thursday's suit, Givens claims medical personnel ordered he be provided a wheelchair and a cell accommodating his disability when he was first ... --- NBC Chicago --- January 29, 2015  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/EKQr8c

27.   “Troubled Youth Center Closing Following Tribune Reports of Abuse” --- Rock River had the second-highest rate of self-inflicted wounds by wards and the second-highest rate of wards sent to a psychiatric hospital. --- Chicago Tribune --- January 28, 2015  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/8PRCFZ

28.   “Ex-Caregiver Accused of Sexual Abuse” --- The abuse occurred "on multiple occasions at various locations in Franklin County from April 2013 until January 2015," according to the news release. --- Lexington Herald Leader --- February 3, 2015  (KENTUCKY)  http://is.gd/UBJ389

29.   “Woman Charged with Neglect Following Martin Co. Overdose Death” --- Along with knowingly abusing or neglecting an adult, Thompson is charged with trafficking in prescription blanks for controlled substances and public ... --- WKYT --- February 3, 2015  (KENTUCKY)  http://is.gd/HQ6Ys3

30.   “Ex-Maine Special Education Teacher Gets 50-Year State Sentence for Molesting 3 Boys” --- Less than a week after a former special education teacher from Maine was sentenced to a 65-year federal prison sentence for ... --- Daily Journal --- January 30, 2015  (MAINE)  http://is.gd/9dFVaF

31.   “Kennebec County Grand Jury Indicts Three Riverview Psychiatric Patients” --- Three Riverview Psychiatric Center patients were among the almost three dozen people indicted Thursday by a grand jury in Kennebec ... --- Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel --- January 30, 2015  (MAINE) http://is.gd/y4wmnH

32.   “Bridgewater State Hospital Patients Sue Care Providers for Civil Rights Violations” --- “To treat the most severely mentally ill men in the state, MPCH proposed a staffing level that was approximately one third the level of Department of ... --- Boston Globe --- January 30, 2015  (MASSACHUSETTS) http://is.gd/BiVPcX

33.   “Rochester Man Faces Felony Charges of Financial Exploitation” --- A Rochester man has been accused of stealing thousands of dollars from a vulnerable adult while he was supposed to be managing the man's ... --- Post-Bulletin --- January 30, 2015  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/HP9ru7

34.   “Ten-Year-Old Independence Girl with Autism Found Wandering in the Cold” --- Police said 10-year-old Daisy was found sitting on the deck in the cold around 4:30 a.m. in the 3600 block of S. Brentwood Ave. Police said the girl has ... --- fox4kc.com --- February 1, 2015  (MISSOURI)  http://is.gd/2wKsID

35.   “Man Accused of Attacking Amputee with a Hammer” --- A southeast Missouri man is facing charges for allegedly beating an amputee in the face with a hammer and stealing his ... --- fox2now.com --- January 29, 2015  (MISSOURI)  http://is.gd/9tiEUL

36.   “Woman Sentenced for Stealing from Special Needs Clients” --- A Billings woman who stole thousands of dollars from her employer's special needs clients has been given a six-year deferred ... --- Great Falls Tribune --- February 2, 2015  (MONTANA)  http://is.gd/RYqmDI

37.   “New Jersey Teacher Suspended, Accused of Hitting Special Needs Students with Ruler” --- A New Jersey teacher who works with special needs students has been suspended from her job, accused of hitting several students with a ruler ... --- NBC New York --- February 4, 2015  (NEW JERSEY) http://is.gd/zUrgHR

38.   “Woman Sues NJ Nursing Home for Alleged Neglect” --- Lori Centrella is suing Woodbridge Developmental Center in Avenel for the ... But in 2012, when the state announced the facility was closing, the ... --- NBC New York --- January 30, 2015  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/8RwgSd

39.   “Ex-Nurse Gets 18 Years for Sex Abuse” --- A former psychiatric nurse described by friends and family as unfailingly kind to others was sentenced Thursday to 18 years ... --- Albuquerque Journal --- January 30, 2015  (NEW MEXICO)  http://is.gd/2cJRFb

40.   “Family Says Special Needs Child Left on School Bus” --- A special needs student was left on board a school bus on Tuesday and driven to another school before district ... --- NEWS10 ABC --- February 3, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/JUmEjR

41.   “Prison for 2 Who Beat, Robbed, Abused Disabled Woman” --- A New York City couple accused of battering a partially paralyzed woman and controlling her finances for more than a year has ... --- Oneida Dispatch --- January 31, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/pTqc7c

42.   “Queens Pair Gets Prison for Abusing Disabled Woman” --- A Queens couple who kept a disabled woman locked up in a dungeon for over a year while they helped themselves to her cash were sentenced to ... --- New York Daily News --- January 30, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/uQStXg

43.   “Boston Drifter Faces Prison for Strangling Disabled NYC Man” --- A drifter from Boston is facing prison for strangling a disabled New York City man who had given him a place to stay. Queens District ... --- Boston Herald --- January 30, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/7IVNzu

44.   “Ramarley Graham's Family to Receive $3.9 Million from NYC for Police Shooting” --- ... spent 23 years in prison and a $2.25 million settlement with the family of a mentally ill former Marine who died after being left unattended for hours in ... --- Huffington Post --- January 30, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/qtmY4D

45.   “Rooting Out Brutality at Rikers Island” --- The case dates to April 2012, when the guards and the captain hogtied a mentally ill man named Robert Hinton and carried him by his arms and legs ... --- New York Times --- January 30, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/wnpxOv

46.   “Sunmount Employees Accused of Assaulting Resident” --- Two Sunmount Developmental Center employees are accused of assaulting a resident at the facility and then blaming the resulting ... --- Plattsburgh Press Republican --- January 28, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/3Kd3R4

47.   “Assisted Living Facility Closes after Alleged Case of Abuse” --- All residents of a family care home have been ... a report of abuse of a disabled adult from the Alamance County Department of ... --- WXII The Triad --- January 30, 2015  (NORTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/9g5TXf

48.   “Raleigh Man Accused of Embezzling $44K from School for Autistic Children” --- A Raleigh man was arrested Thursday on a charge that he stole more than $44,000 from a Cary school that helps children with ... --- WRAL.com --- January 30, 2015  (NORTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/jC8Z66

49.   “Police Promise First Aid Changes after Channel 3 Investigation” --- Also Tanisha Anderson's loved ones want to know why members of the Police Department failed to tend to their mentally ill daughter after they say ... --- WKYC-TV --- February 3, 2015  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/1SnWBe

50.   “Disabled Man Attacked Without a Reason, Left Unconscious” --- A disabled man just trying to do his job at a metro parking lot was attacked and left unconscious. Police say his attacker took off with an empty wallet. --- KOKH FOX25 --- January 28, 2015  (OKLAHOMA)  http://is.gd/z11eAF

51.   “Lebanon Home Nurse Assaults 10-Year-Old Boy with Autism, Police Say” --- Lebanon home nurse assaults 10-year-old boy with autism, police say ... at home nurse who troopers said punched a boy with autism in the face while ... --- PennLive.com --- January 28, 2015  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/wOw28l

52.   “Bond Reduced for Nanny Accused of Putting Salt in Boy's Feeding Tube” --- A judge on Monday reduced the bond for a nanny accused of harming a special-needs child by putting massive amounts of salt into his feeding tube. --- Memphis Commercial Appeal --- February 2, 2015  (TENNESSEE) http://is.gd/bgYUqx 

53.   “Surveillance Video Shows Longview Police Killing Mentally Ill Teen inside Police Station” --- One week after Longview Police Department officers shot and killed a mentally ill teenager in the lobby of their own police station, the department has ... --- Dallas Observer --- January 29, 2015  (TEXAS) http://is.gd/h7Lyqu

54.   “Man Faces Execution for Killing Disabled Texas Woman” --- A man convicted of killing a mentally disabled East Texas woman by strangling her and beating her with a hammer nearly two decades ago wants the ... --- NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth --- January 29, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/wT9a1S

55.   “Taylor Man Charged with Sexually Assaulting Autistic Teen” --- A man with a lengthy criminal history is now charged with sexually abusing a young girl with autism. Police say Ben Stoglin ... --- KXAN.com --- January 29, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/GqhEYH

56.   “School Bus Driver Leaves Autistic Student Home Alone” --- School protocol says special needs students have to have someone there waiting or they can't be allowed off the bus. Since Khailil was dropped off ... --- WAVY-TV --- January 28, 2015  (VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/TIY0P3

57.   “Prosecutors Ignored Photos of Severely Disabled Man Being Abused” --- In an attempt to cut a deal in his case, he and his defense attorney gave the photos of Schwed being abused to the King County Prosecuting Attorney's ... --- MyNorthwest.com --- February 3, 2015  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/iNJXAW

58.   “Nurse Who Admitted Tying up Her Disabled Patient Likely to Escape Jail Time under Plea Deal” --- A nurse who admitted to tying up a severely disabled man will be sentenced Friday, but a plea deal means she will likely escape jail time. --- Q13 FOX --- January 29, 2015  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/YBmpU0

59.   “Milwaukee Area Therapist Accused of Physically Abusing Autistic Boy Pleads Guilty” --- A children's therapist in suburban Milwaukee accused of physically abusing an autistic boy has pleaded guilty. --- Minneapolis Star Tribune --- February 3, 2015  (WISCONSIN)  http://is.gd/1uVmOg

60.   “US Authorities Execute Two Mentally Disabled Prisoners in One Week” --- An American man with an IQ so low as to be classed as technically disabled was executed by the state of Texas last night, after another mentally ... --- The Independent --- January 30, 2015  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/mqF7Kv

Seeking Improved Support

61.   “San Francisco Woman Recognized Nationally for Her Work with the Blind” --- Kate Williams calls losing her eyesight in her early 50's a "blessing," because it lead her on a journey to the most meaningful work she has ever done. --- NBC Bay Area --- January 30, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/iMJocQ

62.   “Prisons Chief Says Proposed Changes Already Underway” --- She also stressed the need for additional training for guards to deal with a growing number of mentally ill inmates and $15 million, also included in ... --- CBS Local --- February 2, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/570wah

63.   “Muscogee Jail Works on Treatment of Mentally-ill Inmates” --- The Muscogee County Jail reached an agreement with the Justice Department in order to reform the mental health system within ... --- WRBL --- January 28, 2015  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/WRF4qR

64.   “County Jails Not Ready for Onslaught of Addicts, Mentally Ill from Prisons” --- Without them, Murphy and others say, people with mental illness and substance abuse problems have a higher risk of failing and re-offending. --- Indianapolis Star --- February 2, 2015  (INDIANA)  http://is.gd/AJfIWq

65.   “Iowa Lawmakers Question Plans to Close 2 Mental Institutions” --- Both are older institutions, dating back more than 100 years, which house a small number of psychiatric patients. Shults says the state will add more ... --- Muscatine Journal --- January 28, 2015   (IOWA)  http://is.gd/bWQ1Ba

66.   “Mental Illness Expert Talks Recent Minn. Shootings” --- She also said that families should not try to convince a family member that they are mentally ill. Instead, they should work with them to complete goals, ... --- CBS Local --- February 1, 2015  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/f1eZTJ

67.   “Mental Health Dept. Seeks Millions More” --- The Department of Mental Health is seeking a $7.7 million general fund ... Mississippi's mental health system serves those with mentally illness, ... --- Jackson Clarion Ledger --- January 31, 2015  (MISSISSIPPI)  http://is.gd/b9Fpm1

68.   “Employee Says Violent Attacks on Officers and Inmates Common in St.Louis City Jail” --- “You have juveniles housed with adults and these adult offenders are special needs, suicidal, and sex offenders. That`s against the law to house ... --- fox2now.com --- February 2, 2015  (MISSOURI)  http://is.gd/S7U5rL

69.   “Lawmakers Want to Prevent State from Uprooting Some Disabled People Living Outside N.J.” --- Some people with intellectual and developmental disabilities also have ... Return Home N.J.'s objective is to transfer 558 people with developmental ... --- NJ.com --- January 27, 2015  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/GjoBN0

70.   “New Mexico AG Makes Mental Health Audit Public” --- ... Thursday released the 2013 audit by a Boston-based firm that prompted a shake-up in the system serving New Mexico's mentally ill and addicted. --- Albuquerque Journal --- January 29, 2015  (NEW MEXICO)  http://is.gd/iB7iND

71.   “Alert System Sought for Missing Special-Needs Adults” --- A developmentally disabled woman who disappeared for 18 days this month from her Edgewood home is the inspiration for ... --- Albuquerque Journal --- January 28, 2015  (NEW MEXICO)  http://is.gd/hhKRGf

72.   “More Special-Needs Students Remain at Charter Schools, Report Finds” --- In the continuing battle over the growth of charter schools, critics often say that many New York charter schools push out students with special needs. --- New York Times --- January 29, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/pFwlC6

73.   “Reaching 911 Proves Difficult for the Deaf” --- A deaf man tried to text 911 after an emergency in McDowell County only to find dispatchers couldn't receive his ... --- WLOS --- February 3, 2015  (NORTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/LUYScv

74.   “North Carolinians Seeking Mental Health Care Might Encounter Problems” --- The state gradually closed down Dorothea Dix, the largest state-run psychiatric hospital. Patients who were mentally ill enough to require long-term ... --- The Daily Tar Heel --- January 30, 2015  (NORTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/CpgE6V 

75.   “New Documentary Focuses on 3 Central Ohio Girls with Autism” --- A new documentary film focuses on three central Ohio girls coping with autism as they prepare for a spring formal dance. --- Washington Times --- February 1, 2015  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/ny0Ok6

76.   “Cincinnati VA Nurses Say They're Understaffed, Overworked, Can't Give Vets Proper Care” --- "People have psychiatric emergencies. They're very distressed and if we're not there, there's possibilities of people being injured," Sorensen said. --- WCPO --- January 30, 2015  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/Upwxd7

77.   “O'Brien Vows to Improve Services for Autistic Philadelphians” --- Councilman Dennis O'Brien announced plans Monday to close gaps in services for growing populations of people with autism. --- Philly.com --- February 3, 2015  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/E7BkR9

78.   “Judge's Ruling Allows Closure of Developmental Center” --- A federal judge has accepted the state's proposal to close Tennessee's last large facility housing mentally disabled ... --- Knoxville News Sentinel --- January 30, 2015  (TENNESSEE)  http://is.gd/QthoAX

79.   “Proposed Budget Cuts Could Hurt Disability Services” --- Proposed budget cuts could hurt disability services ... The state's Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities has on the table a 2.75 ... --- Knoxville News Sentinel --- January 29, 2015  (TENNESSEE)  http://is.gd/McbVQJ

80.   “She Fought for Patients' Rights, Then She Was Put in a Hospital Against Her Will” --- Before landing at Western, she spent years urging others with mental illness and their families not to let doctors, judges and social workers make ... --- Washington Post --- January 31, 2015  (VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/N53656

81.   “Spokane County Will Be Part of UW Autism Intervention Project” --- Liam, 4, reacts as he plays a game matching the motions of Mollie Roy on Tuesday at the Northwest Autism Center in Spokane. Clinicians at the ... --- The Spokesman Review --- January 28, 2015  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/69J33e

Proposed Legislation and New Laws

82.   “Contra Costa County Votes to Embrace Laura's Law” --- The legislation was enacted a year after 19-year-old college student Laura Wilcox was killed by a Nevada County psychiatric patient in 2001. --- SFGate --- February 3, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/7dSlfJ

83.   “Colorado Lawmakers to Debate a 'Death with Dignity' Law” --- A group called Coloradans Against Physician-Assisted Suicide, which is made up of hospices, disability rights organizations, the evangelical Christian ... --- The Denver Post --- January 27, 2015  (COLORADO)  http://is.gd/7UawMd

84.   “Senators Back Jobs Bill for Disabled Floridians” --- The bill — part of Gardiner's legislative agenda to help disabled Floridians achieve economic independence — would require each executive agency ... --- CBS Local --- February 3, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/a4tfqz

85.   “Special Education Voucher Bill Advances in State Senate” --- Lawmakers are pursuing multiple options to help special education students, as a reprise of last year's fight over vouchers for special ... --- SunHerald.com --- January 27, 2015  (MISSISSIPPI)  http://is.gd/OQQjfr

86.   “Senate Bill Targets Troubled Prison System” --- Much of that scrutiny started after The Miami Herald reported last summer about the death of mentally ill inmate Darren Rainey at Dade Correctional ... --- Tallahassee.com --- January 27, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/eIrU6s

87.   “Autism Reform Bill Passes Both Senate Committees” --- Lawmakers on Wednesday passed a watered-down version of an autism insurance reform bill that now goes to the full Senate floor for a vote. --- Jackson Clarion Ledger --- January 29, 2015  (MISSISSIPPI)  http://is.gd/9PVStD

88.   “Bill Would Up Punishment for Swindling Elderly, Disabled” --- Montana senators are considering whether to double the penalties and restitution associated with stealing from elderly or disabled ... --- The Missoulian --- February 2, 2015  (MONTANA)  http://is.gd/DqtFtA

89.   “Increased Penalties for Defrauding Elderly, Disabled on Monday's Legislative Agenda” --- Monday, the Montana Legislature will see a bill to protect the elderly and those with developmental disabilities from scams. --- MTPR --- January 30, 2015  (MONTANA)  http://is.gd/Iypdga

90.   “Lawmakers Propose Bill to Bring Back Psychiatric Boarding” --- State lawmakers are proposing a bill to allow warehousing of mentally ill patients in hospitals and other facilities when no proper psychiatric beds are ... --- The Olympian --- February 2, 2015  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/FdyoGh

International Articles

91.   “Patients Continue to Flee Perth Psychiatric Hospital” --- Health chiefs have been slammed after it emerged there were 22 instances of patients absconding from a Perth psychiatric hospital last year. --- The Courier --- February 3, 2015  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/CwRQ3t

92.   “Atty for 1 in Disabled Woman Beating: Client Had Helped Her” --- A defense lawyer says a woman who pleaded guilty to assaulting a partially paralyzed woman had helped her leave an abusive relationship. Attorney ... --- ABC News --- February 3, 2015  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/zh4mNV

93.   “DHS Worker Charged with Indecent Assault” --- A former Department of Health and Human Services worker has been charged with sexually abusing people with disabilities at a residential care ... --- The Age --- January 30, 2015  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/ZkA5fF

94.   “Teen Accused of Assaulting Intellectually Disabled Man, 14-Year-Old, on Bus Faces Court” --- A MAN who allegedly attacked an autistic boy and an intellectually disabled man on a Keysborough-bound bus has appeared at the Dandenong ... --- Herald Sun --- January 28, 2015  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/GrSbQ5

95.   “Skills Shortage for Auslan Interpreters: Our Australian Sign Language” --- A shortage of interpreters for the deaf community is not a new problem, but the issue was propelled into the spotlight when Drisana Levitzke-Gray was ... --- ABC Local --- January 27, 2015  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/IM1SK1

96.   “Regional Psychiatric Centre Could Face Eviction under Saskatchewan Laws” --- Solidarity for Those in Solitary is a student group at the U of S that advocates ending the practice of placing mentally ill inmates in solitary confinement. --- CBC.ca --- February 3, 2015  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/mD0Dwy

97.   “Some Kids with Autism Show Improvement by Age 6: Study” --- ASD is a group of developmental disabilities marked by social, communication and behavioral difficulties. Symptoms can range from mild to severe, ... --- Philly.com --- January 29, 2015  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/3UFgtq

98.   “Inquest to be Held in Disabled Man's Death by Starvation” --- A 41-year-old man, abused as an infant into physical and intellectual disability, and starved to death by his brother will be the subject of a coroner's ... --- Ottawa Citizen --- January 28, 2015  (CANADA)   http://is.gd/4WmtKk

99.   “Ontario Broke Solitary Confinement Promise, Lawyers Say” --- The federal government is facing two court challenges from rights groups that argue the practice is inhumane and unfairly targets mentally ill prisoners. --- Toronto Star --- January 28, 2015  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/LWjZJW

100.   “Mentally Impaired Mum of Six Faces Forced Sterilisation” --- A mother-of-six with learning disabilities could be sterilised after social services staff and medics forced their way into her home and restrained her. --- Irish Independent --- February 2, 2015  (IRELAND)  http://is.gd/hOXZj7

101.   “Belfast Woman Who Hit Autistic Son Faces Prison Term” --- A judge told the 43-year-old that her offence warranted an immediate term behind bars. --- Belfast Telegraph --- January 28, 2015  (IRELAND)  http://is.gd/6Ivd1q

102.   “48.9% of Moroccans Suffer from Psychological Disorders: Health Minister” --- Although many associations provide help in terms of clothing and housing, most suffering from mental illness do not receive adequate, if any, ... --- Morocco World News --- January 29, 2015  (MOROCCO)  http://is.gd/PasJ3j

103.   “Kin Suspect Foul Play in Disabled Man's Death” --- Scratches and strangulation marks on the neck of a disabled inmate in the comprehensive rehabilitation center in Taif led his parents to doubt the ... --- Arab News --- February 1, 2015  (SAUDI ARABIA)  http://is.gd/0sqhZY

104.   “Relatives Reluctant to Seek Hospital Treatment for the Mentally-Ill” --- Most relatives of the mentally ill are reluctant to seek treatment for their patients in hospitals and prefer home care, an expert told local media. --- Arab News --- January 31, 2015  (SAUDI ARABIA)  http://is.gd/0i1eM1

105.   “Stephen Armstrong Was a Vulnerable Man Who Died Because of Neglect by His Carers ...” --- The spokeswoman also highlighted plans to introduce a new offence of wilful neglect or ill-treatment- which already applies to adults with incapacity ... --- Herald Scotland --- February 1, 2015  (SCOTLAND)  http://is.gd/sTNREa

106.   “Guard Jailed for Raping Mentally Ill Patient” --- A hospital security guard who raped a mentally ill patient, then tried to sweet talk her into silence, was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment ... --- Independent Online --- January 30, 2015  (SOUTH AFRICA)  http://is.gd/y0kmfR



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