Mental Health Media Clips

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Editorial: The Mentally Ill, Behind Bars

Mayor Bill de Blasio and his new correction commissioner, Joseph Ponte, have inherited a city jail system in which nearly 40 percent of the 12,000 inmates have mental illnesses — up from about a quarter just seven years ago.

Mental Health Groups Split on Bill to Overhaul Care

Lawmakers, patient advocates and the millions of Americans living with a psychiatric diagnosis agree that the nation’s mental health care system is broken, and on Thursday, Congress will hear testimony on the most ambitious overhaul plan in decades, a bill that has already stirred longstanding divisions in mental health circles.

Obama Signs Bill Temporarily Fixing Medicare Fees

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama Tuesday signed into law legislation to give doctors temporary relief from a flawed Medicare payment formula that threatened them with a 24 percent cut in their fees.

Grossman, Coakley release plans to improve behavioral health services

On the same day Martha Coakley released her plan to improve behavioral health services, her Democratic rival for governor Steven Grossman released a competing vision that called for a moratorium on the expansion or new construction of state and county prisons and to reinvest those dollars into treatment and rehabilitation facilities.

Police become first responders in mental-health crisis

So began a 40-hour training session for the latest crop of South Florida police officers who now wear a pin with the letters “C.I.T.” on their uniforms. CIT stands for Crisis Intervention Team, and the intense, weeklong course serves as a sort of boot camp for cops when it comes to handling — and defusing — situations where mental health comes into play.