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News Summary for June 13, 2016
Articles Compiled 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.

The news articles this week have some interesting commonalities, including school bus drivers leaving kids on the bus or neglecting them in other ways.  The predominant perpetrators are school personnel.  This week’s articles include a social media abuse of one student against a student with disabilities, two human trafficking cases, three murder cases (two by family), and multiple sexual assaults by an unvetted “behavior therapist.”  Here is the list:


SEXUAL ASSAULT: 1,4, 28/29, 48

PHYSICAL ASSAULT: 7, 14/15, 17, 33 34

NEGLECT: 18, 27, 30, 32, 32, 35, 42


MURDER: 6, 12, 39



OTHER: 41,67, 72, 80, 85 (I put in 41, which is about a couple screening police officers for fitness for duty who failed in their duty)



STRANGER: 1,4,39

FAMILY: 6 12, 23

SCHOOL STAFF: 7, 17, 18, 27, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 42

CARERS: 14/15, 48






1.   “Alabama Man Accused of Raping Intellectually Disabled Woman” --- A 43-year-old Dothan man is accused of raping an intellectually disabled woman in his vehicle on Monday. Germane Walker was arrested Tuesday ... --- AL.com --- May 11, 2016   (ALABAMA)   https://is.gd/Hz6QAP


2.   “Authorities: Missing Autistic Woman Found” --- A 37-year-old Alabama woman who went missing Monday has been found, authorities say. Authorities say she ... --- WEAR --- May 10, 2016  (ALA BAMA)  https://is.gd/3IEV8I


3.   “Anchorage Police Try to Locate Missing Vulnerable Adult” --- Anchorage police are asking the public for help locating Joseph Eugene Simmons, a missing vulnerable adult. Simmons, 60, was last seen around ... --- KTUU.com --- May 10, 2016  (ALASKA)  https://is.gd/6ncidC


4.   “Emeryville Couple Charged with Trying to Pimp Disabled Teen” --- An Emeryville husband and wife were charged Friday in Alameda County Superior Court with human trafficking after they allegedly abducted a ... --- SFGate --- May 13, 2016   (CALIFORNIA)   https://is.gd/D7p0UK


5.   “2 Investigates Report Prompts Officials to Visit Bay Area Psychiatric Hospital” --- The crowded conditions have exacerbated agitated and mentally ... A sheriff's spokesman said the woman is suffering a mental condition and ... --- KTVU San Francisco --- May 11, 2016  (CALIFORNIA)  https://is.gd/ehMWDM


6.   “Brother Charged in Quadriplegic's 'Horrific' Death” --- Jimenez-Siordia was paid eight hours a day by Yuba County Adult Protective Services to care for the quadriplegic victim, with responsibility for bowel ... --- Appeal-Democrat --- May 9, 2016  (CALIFORNIA)   https://is.gd/3IEV8I


7.   “Report: Teacher's Aide Accused of Scratching Autistic Girl Hurt Students Before” --- A Seminole County teacher's aide accused of scratching an autistic kindergartner during a playground showdown has been accused of getting too ... --- WFTV Orlando --- May 10, 2016  (FLORIDA)  https://is.gd/gYy6Va


8.   “State to Review Man's Release from Hospital Before Stabbings” --- Arthur DaRosa's family said he had been battling mental illness in recent months and checked himself in to Morton Hospital on Monday evening. --- WSB Atlanta --- May 12, 2016  (GEORGIA)  https://is.gd/oj1Ams


9.   “Illinois Department of Corrections Lawsuit Settlement Includes Changes in Mental Health Programs” ---  Additionally, a mental health professional will consult on disciplinary actions involving a mentally ill individual, and the IDOC has ... --- Daily Northwestern --- May 16, 2016  (ILLINOIS)  https://is.gd/8rmcte


10.   “Judge Approves Settlement in Suit on Mentally Ill Inmates” --- A federal judge in Peoria has approved a settlement between the Illinois state prison system and lawyers for 11,000 mentally ill prisoners who alleged ... --- Chicago Tribune --- May 15, 2016   (ILLINOIS)   https://is.gd/aoo1G8


11.   “Man with Cognitive Disability Reported Missing from Chatham” --- A 37-year-old man with a cognitive disability has been reported missing from the South Side Chatham neighborhood. Maurice Thompson, who is ... --- Chicago Sun-Times --- May 12, 2016  (ILLINOIS)   https://is.gd/d0kNOr


12.   “Probation, Not Prison, Recommended for Woman Who Killed Disabled Daughter” --- Prosecutors will recommend probation, not prison time, for a suburban woman who took the life of her severely disabled daughter. Bonnie Liltz of ... --- Chicago Tribune --- May 11, 2016  (ILLINOIS)   https://is.gd/BuEyCR


13.   “Friends Support Schaumburg Mom Charged with Disabled Daughter's Death” --- Bonnie Liltz won't be alone when she appears at the courthouse in Rolling Meadows Tuesday for a hearing that could lead to a disposition on the ... --- Chicago Daily Herald --- May 9, 2016  (ILLINOIS)  https://is.gd/5qYWZl


14.   “Caregiver Accused of Beating Disabled Lawrence Men” --- A 20-year-old caregiver faces state charges accusing her of hitting and confining two mentally challenged men in her care. --- KSAL --- May 14, 2016  (KANSAS)   https://is.gd/ICBZuC


15.   “Lawrence Men with Mental Challenges Beaten, Confined and Forced to Fight Each Other, Court Documents Allege” --- Two mentally challenged men living together in Lawrence were beaten, confined and forced to fight each other over two ... --- Lawrence Journal World --- May 13, 2016  (KANSAS)  https://is.gd/UVgLu5


16.   “13-Year-Old Mentally Challenged Boy Found” --- Police say they've found a missing 13-year-old boy. Anthony King went missing from Thomas Avenue around 7:30 p.m. Friday. --- WDRB --- May 13, 2016   (KENTUCKY)   https://is.gd/IO5rdS


17.   “Auditor: JCPS Employees Were Told Not to Report Seclusion, Restraint Incidents” --- When asked by school board members if students were mistreated in restraint or seclusion, Tencza said no, but quickly reiterated that he is a CPA and ... --- WDRB --- May 10, 2016  (KENTUCKY)  https://is.gd/e7vq3V  


18.   “Mom Opens Up After Autistic Son Was Left at Intersection” --- Jonathan was diagnosed with autism in 2012. He's attended Easton Elementary since first grade and has always ridden the bus. McNeil said the ... --- ABC2 News --- May 14, 2016   (MARYLAND)   https://is.gd/3EGBKM


19.   “In Wake of Taunton Killings, Advocates Argue Need for More Mental Health Services” ---New Bedford and Fall River are among the hardest hit communities in the state, facing the highest demand for mental health services, data ... --- SouthCoastToday.com --- May 14, 2-16  (MASSACHUSETTS)  https://is.gd/n7zKOx


20.   “Hospital Where Taunton Suspect Was Treated Before Rampage Had Psychiatric Beds Available” ---  Facing questions about the release of the suspect in the Tuesday attack that left three people dead in Taunton, Morton Hospital ... --- The Boston Globe --- May 11, 2016   (MASSSACHUSETTS)  https://is.gd/xpeLgV


21.  “Double-Amputee Who Had to Crawl to Toilet Settles Suit” --- Stoudemire spent two weeks there, without devices for the handicapped to help her move around and without an alert button, meaning she had to ... Detroit Free Press --- May 13, 2016   (MICHIGAN)   https://is.gd/w5LAdT


22.   “Westland Police Locate Missing 13-Year-Old Boy with Autism” --- Westland police have located a missing 13-year-old boy with autism. He is safe. According to police, Joshua White walked away from his ... --- WXYZ --- May 12, 2016  (MICHIGAN)   https://is.gd/l29sDp


23.   “Dawson Woman Accused of Taking $4,426 from Her Vulnerable Adult Daughter Appears in Court” ---  A Dawson woman who investigators say misused nearly $4,500 of her vulnerable adult daughter's funds in 2013, skipping payment for ... --- West Central Tribune --- May 16, 2016  (MINNESOTA)  https://is.gd/jkrrm1


24.   “Video: Mother Speaks Out about Schizophrenic Son's Abuse at Minnesota Academy” --- After testing for everything imaginable the Mayo Clinic diagnosed Jacob with schizophrenia. Mesabi Academy in Northeast Minnesota was the only ... --- INFORUM --- May 11, 2016  (MINNESOTA)   https://is.gd/JDcuEA


25.   “District, Culprit Address Cyberbullying of Student with Special Needs” --- District, Culprit Address Cyberbullying Of Student With Special Needs ... The 15-year-old is in the Special Education program at Minnetonka High. --- CBS Local --- May 9, 2016  (MINNESOTA)  https://is.gd/TGk6Kn  


26.   “Brainerd Man Drowned, Medical Examiner Says” --- Rich, a vulnerable adult, was reported missing Thursday after he was last seen 11 p.m. Wednesday at his residence on the 800 block of South Sixth ... --- Brainerd Dispatch --- May 9, 2016   (MINNESOTA)   https://is.gd/e2np4H


27.   “Disabled Girl Left on Corvallis School Bus for 3 Hours” --- The Ravalli County sheriff's department is investigating after a Corvallis school bus driver left a 16-year-old developmentally disabled ... --- Billings Gazette --- May 11, 2016   (MONTANA)   https://is.gd/CHty2Q


28.   “Special Education Consultant Admits to Sexually Assaulting 8 Kids” --- A special education consultant who was accused of sexual assault and health care claims fraud last year admitted Tuesday to touching ... --- NJ.com --- May 11, 2016  (NEW JERSEY)  https://is.gd/4GLrIJ


29.   “Justice Center Gets Conviction of Former Sunmount Employee” --- The state Justice Center has gotten a conviction of a former Office for People with Developmental Disabilities employee who worked at their Sunmount ... --- Albany Times Union --- May 12, 2016   (NEW YORK)   https://is.gd/nXWnRq


30.   “Long Island Mom: Autistic Son Who Can't Speak Left Alone on School Bus” --- A Massapequa mother is demanding answers after her autistic son was left on his school bus and not dropped off ... --- CBS Local --- May 12, 2016   (NEW YORK)   https://is.gd/dCZp0Z


31.   “Queens Mother Outraged After Autistic Son, 4, Wanders Away from Broken Down School Bus” ---  Luciana Gomez started the week with news no parent ever wants to hear: her 4-year-old autistic son had wandered off on his own after being ... --- Metro.us --- May 12, 20-16  (NEW YORK)  https://is.gd/E4guBf


32.   “Brooklyn Mom Calls for Investigation After Disabled Daughter Was Left Alone in Front of School” ---  A Brooklyn mom is calling for an investigation after a school bus allegedly dropped her disabled daughter off for class 40 minutes early ... --- New York Daily News --- May 9, 2016  (NEW YORK)  https://is.gd/brs4I6


33.   “Former Cumberland County Bus Driver Accused of Assaulting Autistic Boy” --- “And some children that are on the autism spectrum, they can't stand a lot of noise cause that gets them upset.” She hopes her attorney can clear her ... --- WNCN --- May 12, 2016  (NORTH CAROLINA)   https://is.gd/5zBZwf


34.   “Local Special Needs Facility Under Investigation” --- An employee at Alexander Youth Network is now the subject of a child abuse allegation after a mother noticed bruising on her child. --- Shelby Star --- May 10, 2016  (NORTH CAROLINA)  https://is.gd/9BvyYS


35.   “Special Needs Child is Mistakenly Left on Bus by County Driver” --- Drivers are supposed to do a safety check, to walk the aisles to ensure there are no children left on the bus. We are reinforcing that with all of our ... --- Cleveland Daily Banner --- May 14, 2016   (OHIO)  https://is.gd/eFgxuM


36.   “Missing Autistic Teen from Lima Found in Hancock County” --- An autistic juvenile from Lima who was missing has been found in Hancock County, the Lima Police Department reported. The LPD reported ... --- Lima Ohio --- May 12, 2016 (OHIO)  https://is.gd/sr9Bk8


37.  “ Portland Adventist Medical Center Forcibly Removed Disabled Vet Because of Service Dog, Lawsuit Alleges” ---Robert Campen, a disabled veteran who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, was accompanied by his service dog ... --- OregonLive.com --- May 10, 2016  (OREGON)  https://is.gd/bDbmY0


38.   “Judge: Franklin Institute Violated ADA by Charging Disabled Man's Caregiver” --- Museum charged disabled man and his 24-7 caregiver for admission under membership plan. --- Philly Voice --- May 9, 2016   (PEN|NSYLVANIA)  https://is.gd/GOjPc3


39.   “Mentally Handicapped Brown County Girl Found Murdered” --- People living around Lake Brownwood searching for answers tonight after the killing of a young woman there over the ... --- MYFOXZONE.com --- May 16, 2016   (TEXAS)   https://is.gd/4rriI3


40.   “Former Texas Foster Children Tell of Frequent Moves, Abuse” --- She testified that at a foster group home, the foster father sexually abused her. She told her caseworker, but "nothing ever happened," she testified. --- The San Diego Union-Tribune --- May 14, 2016  (TE XAS)  https://is.gd/j4YGnp


41.   “Psychologist, Husband Plead Guilty to 'Tampering' with Peace Officer Candidate Evaluations” --- A Houston psychologist and her husband pleaded guilty Wednesday to tampering with mental health evaluations for peace officer candidates in a ... --- Houston Chronicle --- May 11, 2016  (TEXAS)  https://is.gd/ZC0SW1


42.   “SAISD Bus Driver Terminated After Student Jumping Incident” --- A San Antonio Independent School District bus driver is no longer with the district following an incident where a special needs ... --- KSAT San Antonio --- May 10, 2016  (TEXAS)   https://is.gd/nRxT6F


43.   “Prosecutor: Officer Shooting of Mentally Ill Man Justified” --- The Chittenden County prosecutor's office has ruled that a fatal shooting of a mentally disturbed man by a Burlington police ... --- SFGate --- May 10, 2016   (VERMONT)   https://is.gd/5ON8h4


44.   “Starved to Death: How Stealing $5 Became a Life Sentence” --- In an exclusive interview with his family, 10 On Your Side learned that Jamycheal was very well known to the Portsmouth mental health system. --- WAVY-TV --- May 12, 2016  (VIRGINIA)   https://is.gd/8UeTrx


45.   “A Disabled Roanoke County Man Speaks Out About Abuse” --- We talked to Adult Protective Services in Roanoke County and victims, like Buterbaugh especially, rarely come forward. Family Services Supervisor ... --- WDBJ7 --- May 10, 2016  (VIRGINIA)   https://is.gd/ZklaPt


46.   “Nurse Aides Accused of Stealing from York County Patient” --- The victim, who has panic attacks and bipolar, anxiety and dependent personality disorders, hired the women to take care of her at her home. --- Daily Press --- May 10, 2016  (VIRGINIA)   https://is.gd/rKTwTk


47.   “FBI Considering Civil Rights Investigation into Death of Mentally Ill Inmate” --- The FBI might conduct a civil rights investigation into the death of Jamycheal Mitchell at the Hampton Roads Regional Jail. "The FBI is aware of the ... --- Virginian-Pilot --- May 11, 2016  (VIRGINIA)  https://is.gd/mThjTk


48.   “DSHS to Pay $2.4M After Caretaker Abuses Disabled Woman” --- She's vulnerable to the extreme," said attorney David P. Moody. ... "It's always upsetting to learn of abuse, especially the abuse of a vulnerable adult. --- KOMO News --- May 10, 2016  (WASHINGTON STATE)  https://is.gd/zWG3bh


49.   “Taxpayer Funded Jobs Program for Disabled Workers Failed to Provide Benefit Answers” --- Long after former Department of Workforce Development Secretary Reggie Newson's promise to clean up a taxpayer funded ... --- May 16, 2016   (WISCONSIN)  https://is.gd/WBIEBu


Seeking Improved Support 


50.   “Mental Illness Needs Remain a Big Issue in Alabama” --- Houston County Probate Judge Patrick Davenport took a moment Thursday to shine a spotlight on mental health in Alabama. In proclaiming May as ... --- Dothan Eagle --- May 12, 20116  (ALABAMA)   https://is.gd/C4Xz0b


51.   “Police Train to Deal with Mental Illness” --- “Who wants to have a mental illness?” “Who wants to be known as crazy?” The woman, about 40 years old, posed those two questions ... --- Stockton Record --- May 14, 2016  (CALIFORNIA)  https://is.gd/ERdU9E


52.   “Napa State Staff Protests Mandatory Overtime” --- Hinkle said that nurses, psychiatric technicians and psych tech assistants can all be mandated to work up to 16-hours a day every other day up to ... --- 

Napa Valley Register --- May 13, 2016  (CALIFORNIA)  https://is.gd/ZuuYaM


53.   “State Finds Mentally Ill Improperly Denied Coverage for Treatment Nearly Half the Time” --- Health plans and insurers defy doctors' orders and deny coverage of critical mental health treatment because they argue it's "not medically necessary." --- NBC Bay Area --- May 12, 2016  (CALIFORNIA)  https://is.gd/XGsBbP


54.   “Santa Cruz County Health and Justice Sectors Tackle Mental Illness” --- Maj. Sam Cochran of the Memphis (Tennessee) --- Police Crisis Intervention Team, addresses the Criminal Justice - Behavioral Health Collaboration ... --- Santa Cruz Sentinel --- May 12, 2016   (CALIFORNIA)  https://is.gd/MY4dUO


55.   “Police, Rescue Personnel Learning to Deal with Mental Health Issues” --- Training police, fire, and other emergency personnel on dealing with people with mental health issues — such as the weeklong class ... --- Journal Inquirer --- May 10, 2016   (CONNECTICUT) https://is.gd/sY6mQF


56.   “Restraints Persist at 'Psychoeducational' Programs Despite State Regulations” --- In the 2012 school year, for instance, 75 percent of restraints involved students with disabilities, according to federal data. If restraints that occurred ... --- Atlanta Journal Constitution --- May 9, 205  (GEORGIA)  https://is.gd/RvmhCU


57.   “Judge Approves Settlement in Suit on Mentally Ill Inmates” --- A federal judge in Peoria has approved a settlement between the Illinois state prison system and lawyers for 11,000 mentally ill prisoners who alleged that inadequate treatment amounted … --- Chicago Tribune --- May 15, 2016 (ILLINOIS) https://is.gd/aoo1G8


58.   “The Growing Problem of Fake Service Dogs” --- "It's really offensive to me that people would be faking a disability,” Veronica says, “because to fake a service dog you have to fake a disability, and it's ... --- KSDK.com --- May 15, 2016  (ILLINOIS)  https://is.gd/7pIyzj


59.   “Disability Advocates Call on Lawmakers to Close State Institutions” --- In 2012, the state closed the Jacksonville Developmental Center (JDC), and with a thorough and comprehensive transition plan, successfully moved ... --- Benzinga --- May 11, 2016  (ILLINOIS)   https://is.gd/qTjjKI


60.   “Mentally Ill Now Treated in Iowa Jails” --- Donaldson, that individuals with mental illness could not be held in large, state-owned mental institutions when they could be provided adequate ... --- Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier --- May 15, 2016  (IOWA)   https://is.gd/my5HGk


61.   “DHS Director Defends Decision over Money for Disabled People” --- The head of a state department says he didn't spend $750,000 on a disability program as intended by some Iowa ... --- KCRG --- May 10, 2016  (IOWA)   https://is.gd/VsnFdn


62.   “Massachusetts Gets "F" Mental Health Services” --- Massachusetts is one of only four states that does not have laws addressing outpatient services for the mentally ill – a failure that led one advocacy ... --- My Fox Boston --- May 12, 2016  (MASSACHUSETTS)  https://is.gd/FQqMyV


63.   “I-Team: Hospitals Face Difficult Decision to Hold Mental Health Patients” --- Meanwhile state hospitals are adding psychiatric beds. Right now there are about 2500 beds for psych patients at private hospitals. At any given point, ... --- CBS Local --- May 11, 2016  (MASSACHUSETTS)  https://is.gd/cN5Mp6


64.   “Michigan Still Fine Tuning Medicaid Mental Health System” --- President John F. Kennedy started the mental health deinstitutionalization ball rolling early in 1963 before his assassination later that year by a man, ... --- Crain's Detroit Business --- May 15, 2016   (MICHIGAN)  https://is.gd/VeNUg1


65.   “DHS Hired Sanctioned, Short-Term Psychiatrists at Minn. Mental Health Hospitals” --- The Minnesota Department of Human Services has knowingly hired psychiatrists with alarming disciplinary histories to treat mentally ill Minnesotans. --- WDAY --- May 16, 2016  (MINNESOTA)   https://is.gd/SJPNXP


66.   “Mississippi Budget Cuts to Close Psychiatric Beds” --- "As a result of funding reductions in its Fiscal Year 2017 budget, the Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH) will be implementing a reduction ... --- Jackson Clarion Ledger --- May 10, n2016  (MISSISSIPPI)   https://is.gd/0V86Qr


67.   “Programs for the Disabled in St. Louis Face Abrupt Funding Cuts” --- The bad news about funding cuts from the St. Louis Office of Developmental Disabilities Resources arrived in people's inboxes on ... --- STLtoday.com --- May 13, 2016   (MISSOURI)  https://is.gd/6W8vZb


68.   “Mental Health Center Struggling to Hire Mental Health Counselors for Jail” --- Efforts by the Mental Health Center to hire licensed clinical therapists to work with mentally ill inmates at the overcrowded Yellowstone County jail ... --- Billings Gazette --- May 15, 2016  (MONTANA)  https://is.gd/HVnvfz


69.   “Trenton Public Schools Hit with Another Special Education Complaint” --- “Our special needs children are suffering because the district is on a money saving tyrant and the school board has no idea the legal risk that is ... --- The Trentonian --- May 11, 2016  (NEW JERSEY)  https://is.gd/7QKsSX


70.   “Woman Starts Hunger Strike Against Princeton University's Handling of Disabled Students” --- ... to Princeton as a student, but she wants the university to acknowledge it has problems in this area and change how it handles disabled students. --- 6abc.com --- May 11, 2016   (NEW JERSEY)  https://is.gd/hC5DKt


71.   “Developmentally Disabled Facing a Crisis; Families Plea for Help” --- The number of those in need of help continues to grow each year, while ... including special needs schools and preschools and Head Start centers. --- SILive.com --- May 14, 2016  (NEW YORK)  https://is.gd/a3xIU3  


72.   “NYC Charter School Probed over Alleged Bias Against Disabled Kids” --- Federal officials have launched an investigation into allegations that the city's largest charter school network discriminates against disabled kids and ... --- New York Daily News --- May 12, 2016   (NEW YORK)   https://is.gd/defFnB


73.   “Police Officer's Interaction with Autistic Teen Shows There's More to Policing than Making Arrests” ---  A post about a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department officer has gone viral after he reportedly helped a high school student who has autism. --- KLFY --- May 14, 2016  (NORTH CAROLINA)  https://is.gd/J7V04L


74.   “School Restraint Laws Vary, Bring about Concerns from Students and Parents” --- Many with knowledge about restraint and seclusion procedures in schools ... Among those students, a total of 65 restraint incidents and 22 seclusion ... --- Grand Forks Herald --- May 11, 2016  (NORTH DAKOTA)  https://is.gd/8DB1jX


75.   “Disabled Ohioans Still Waiting on State Waivers for Community Care” --- To pare down a list of 40,000 developmentally disabled Ohioans waiting for services, Gov. John Kasich's administration funneled $300 million into the ... --- Columbus Dispatch --- May 12, 2016  (OHIO)   https://is.gd/3FkS3c


76.   ‘Portland Adventist Medical Center Forcibly Removed Disabled Vet Because of Service Dog, Lawsuit ...  Robert Campen, a disabled veteran who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, was accompanied by his service dog when he visited the hospital . --- May 10, 2016 ---  OregonLive.com --- May 10, 2016  (OREGON)  https://is.gd/bDbmY0


77.   “Judge: Franklin Institute Violated Rights of Disabled Guests” --- A federal judge says the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia violated the rights of severely disabled guests by forcing them to pay ... --- Washington Times --- May 9, 2016  (PENNSYLVANIA)  https://is.gd/WBqrsZ


78.  “R.I. Falls Short in Meeting Treatment  Needs as Alternative to Courts, Prison” --- Megan N. Clingham, the state's mental health advocate, lauded the goal of getting the mentally ill out of the courts and prison systems, but said she ... --- The Providence Journal --- May 9, 2016  (RHODE ISLAND) https://is.gd/ioc86O


79.   “Hamilton County Parent Says Her Special Needs Student Not Given Equal Opportunities” --- The Executive Director of the Chattanooga Autism Center, Dave Buck, says schools that focus on special needs education, often times do better. --- WTVC --- May 16, 2016  (TENNESSEE)  https://is.gd/BYiavb


80.   “Toxic Lead in Water at 3 State-run Centers for Disabled” --- The Department of Aging and Disability Services last year began requiring quarterly testing of lead and copper levels at its centers. --- Washington Times --- May 14, 2016   (TEXAS)  https://is.gd/IiTCnO


81.   “Lakewood Police Investigating Escape of Western State Hospital Patient” --- Police are investigating the escape of a Western State Hospital patient from the state's largest psychiatric facility, in Lakewood, Pierce County. --- The Seattle Times --- May 16, 2016   (WASHINGTON STATE)  https://is.gd/oUAYhH


82.   “State Insurance Mandates for Autism Treatment Fall Short” --- Forty-four states and the District of Columbia have laws on the books requiring health insurers to cover autism treatments. But research evaluating ... --- NPR --- May 11, 2016   (U.S. – NATIONAL)   https://is.gd/qz4oLA


83.   “Psychiatric Institutions Are a Necessity” --- To give these people the care they deserve, we need to bring back psychiatric asylums. Not the dismal institutions that were shuttered in the past, ... --- New York Times --- May 9, 2017  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  https://is.gd/3WfIGF


Proposed Legislation and New Laws


84.   “How California's Aid-in-Dying Law Will Work” --- You must be a California resident, at least 18 years old and terminally ill with ... A patient must be deemed terminally ill and mentally competent by two ... --- Los Angeles Times --- May 12, 2016   (CALIFORNIA)   https://is.gd/TzqiQL


85.   “Minnesota First to Require Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Training in Foster Homes” --- The law culminates years of grass-roots lobbying by disability advocates, and requires all newly licensed foster parents to receive an hour of training ... --- Star Tribune --- May 16, 2016   (MINNESOTA)  https://is.gd/o8Fu7Y


86.   “Bill Would Provide True Research Oversight at University of Minnesota. It's Needed.” ---  Bill would provide true research oversight at University of Minnesota. It's needed. Problems will continue with research in the Psychiatry … --- Minnesota Star Tribune --- May 9, 2016  (MINNESOTA)  https://is.gd/lppYFF


87.   “Inside Look at Crucial Mental Health Training for Police” --- Police officers are often the first to respond to Minnesotans in the midst of a mental health crisis, but our investigation in February found that six out of ... --- WDAZ --- May 16, 2016   (MINNESOTA)   https://is.gd/hoLOfk


88.   “Assembly Passes Legislation to Support New Yorkers with Disabilities” --- … Today the Assembly passed legislation to help improve the quality of life for New Yorkers with disabilities in honor of this year’s Legislative --- Albany Times Union --- May 16, 2016  (NEW YORK)  https://is.gd/ZmD7vN


89.   “School Restraint Laws Vary, Bring about Concerns From Students and Parents” --- Many with knowledge about restraint and seclusion procedures in schools say they're difficult to do and to watch, but they still happen in various ... --- The Dickinson Press --- May 10, 2016  (NORTH DAKOTA)  https://is.gd/kIJTPj


International Articles


90.   “Inquiry Launched into Patient Deaths at Perth Psychiatric Hospital” --- An investigation has been launched into patient deaths at a psychiatric hospital. The Procurator-Fiscal is investigating after three people undergoing ... --- Scotsman --- May 13, 2016    (AUSTRALIA)  https://is.gd/1VRWIH


91.   “Student Disability Info 'Lost' by Uni Was Unencrypted and Unsecured” --- The disability information of nearly 7,000 current and former students of the University of Sydney “lost” in a major privacy breach in February was ... --- Honi Soit --- May 10, 2016  (AUSTRALIA) https://is.gd/8Tqcnk


92.  “Students Who Abused 'Disabled' Man on Train Suspended from Sydney School” ---The New South Wales Education Department has suspended several students who were filmed verbally abusing a man, who is believed to be ... --- ABC Online --- May 9, 2016   (AUSTRALIA)   https://is.gd/FhPSJa


93.   “Quebec Vows More Help for Parents of Severely-Disabled Children” --- The Quebec government has promised to provide more support to parents who care for severely-disabled children. Public Health Minister Lucie ... --- CBC.ca --- May 13, 2016   (CANADA)   https://is.gd/qxsOHj


94.   “Missing Montreal Man Has Mental Disability” --- Montreal police are asking for help in locating a man with a mental disability. Jose Foster, 61, was last seen on Monday morning in Riviere des ... --- CTV News ---May 10, 2016  (CANADA)  https://is.gd/0UC2ff


95.   "Jail Staff Unable to Get Help from Public Guardian for Mentally Ill Inmate” --- The sentencing of a 32-year-old man last Friday raises serious questions about what the Northwest Territories health care system is doing to help ... --- CBC.ca --- May 9, 2016  (CANADA)  https://is.gd/yILTy2


96.   “Birmingham Fails to Provide Help for Hundreds of Special Needs Children” --- Hundreds of Birmingham children with special educational needs have been left waiting for the plan that is supposed to help them move from primary ... --- Birmingham Mail --- May 13, 2016  (ENGLAND)  https://is.gd/mfY0C9


97. “School Apologises for Disparaging Students with Special Needs, Blames Gov't Document” --- A Tuen Mun school has apologised for mislabeling students with emotional and behavioural problems as triad members, drug users .... --- Hong Kong Free Press ---May 9, 201 --- (HONG KONG)  https://is.gd/79jMv4


98.   “Delhi Court Worried over State of Mental Asylums” --- Delhi Court worried over state of mental asylums ... home seeking to transfer one mentally-challenged patient to the sister of a destitute person. --- The Asian Age --- May 15, 2016  (INDIA)   https://is.gd/GLlt8S


99.   “Psychiatric Patients Kept in Hospital Due to Lack of Drug” --- Psychiatric patients in the northeast are being forced to remain in hospital because of a lack of funding for a treatment that could allow them to lead a ... --- Irish Times --- May 13, 2016   (IRELAND)   https://is.gd/UoQ491


100.  “Ireland Will Ratify UN Convention on Disability Rights” --- Ireland will ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities within six months, The Irish Times reports. Finian McGrath, the ... --- Irish Legal News --- May 10, 2016  (IRELAND)   https://is.gd/3CwILi


101.   “Lack of Mental Health Services Leaves Parents of Autistic Teens Helpless” --- The Autism Spectrum is very broad, and while it is not always the case, teenagers with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) can be extremely challenging ... --- Newstalk 106-108 fm --- May 10, 2016   (IRELAND  https://is.gd/5ON8h4


102.   “Autistic Man Beaten by Mistake” --- Dallas Boyd, left, and friend Jordyn Sayer. Dallas, who is autistic, was a victim of an unprovoked assault at The Warehouse carpark, which Jordyn ... --- New Zealand Herald --- May 13, 2016   (NEW ZEALAND)   https://is.gd/PWXdta


103.   “Teachers Call for Smaller Class Sizes for Special Needs Pupils” --- SCHOOL staff are calling for smaller class sizes when teaching pupils with special needs such as autism and dyslexia. The demand comes amid ... --- Herald Scotland --- May 12, 2016  (SCOTLAND)  https://is.gd/J1YjbD


104.   “Task Force Created to Help Disabled People Become Apprentices” --- Research from disability charities has previously suggested the cuts will make it more difficult for disabled people to find work and that it would hinder ... --- The Independent --- May 10, 2018  (UNITED KINGDOM)    https://is.gd/ZIHDMy


105.   “UK Judges to Rule on Death Penalties for 'Intellectually Disabled' ” --- ... may set an international precedent that could prevent the execution of people on death row who have been diagnosed as “intellectually disabled.” --- The Guardian --- May 15, 2016  (UNITED KINGDOM)   https://is.gd/paihwl



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