A pilot program to help keep kids out of the emergency room during mental health crises has had a larger impact than its leaders expected.
Mental Health Media Clips
Alaska Journal of Commerce By Elwood Brehmer Increasing Medicaid access to 41,000 more Alaskans will save the state several million dollars per year according to Gov. Bill Walker’s administration. In the first year of expansion, fiscal year 2016, the State […]
People with mental illness who are arrested should be sent to community-based services, not jail, according to a Multnomah County report released this month.
Education officials in Georgia say the state has received $9.5 million to help schools address mental health. The Georgia Department of Education says it’s launching a new initiative called Georgia Project AWARE, which stands for Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education.
Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Raj Mukherji and Shavonda Sumter to address prison-based mental health and substance abuse treatment programs in order to improve long-term outcomes for the incarcerated has been signed into law.
Half the number of inmates committed suicide in Los Angeles County jails last year than in 2013 – five instead 10 – according to new data from the Sheriff’s Department. The drop comes a year after federal officials said the rates were too high and jailers weren’t doing enough to prevent suicides.
Children’s Mental Health Network By Ashley Staeck The Children’s Mental Health system in Racine, Wisconsin is not unlike systems in communities throughout the country: There are unaddressed needs, major barriers to access, poor coordination of available services, service shortages, and […]
California must stop housing disabled inmates in isolation cells solely because prisons lack housing to accommodate wheelchairs and other assistance, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. The state violates the Americans with Disabilities Act and previous court orders when inmates are placed in the administrative segregation cells, U.S. District Court Judge Claudia Wilken said in Oakland.
The bipartisan bill would create four regional “jail diversion hubs” — short-term, quick treatment centers for mentally ill adults arrested for relatively minor crimes. The $8 million proposal, sponsored by Sen. Barb Goodwin, DFL-Columbia Heights, is modeled on a nationally recognized program in Orlando.
Reed, a case manager at Community Bridges, is part of a 13-person team that provides what’s known as “assertive community treatment” to those with serious mental illness. The outreach-centered programs have become an industry standard for treating those with persistent and severe mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, major depression, panic disorder and bipolar disorder.