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.
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The state’s new budget allots $400,000 for a pilot program to train police officers in dealing with the mentally ill.
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.
Washington — President Barack Obama signed into law Tuesday legislation sponsored by Sen. Debbie Stabenow that would expand access to community mental health services.
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.
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.
“We look at what we call intercepts to see all the different points you can divert someone from incarceration because the goal is not to get arrested in the first place,” Rogers said.
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.
A state official Wednesday was confident that the problem of mentally ill detainees kept at the Clark County Detention Center because of a lack of residential placements for them can be resolved.
Governor Deval Patrick said today that the use of restraints and seclusion in handling mentally ill individuals in state prisons should be restricted to cases where there is a “serious and immediate” danger to the inmate and others.