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Only one-third of inmates in the U.S. with mental-health problems receive treatment, according to a new Department of Justice report released recently. In federal prisons, about half of those who need treatment get it, DOJ found. Inmates are five times as likely to have a mental health problem than the general U.S. population, the report by Jennifer Bronson, Ph.D and Dr. Marcus Berzofsky found. The study found most prisoners and jail inmates with a current mental health problem have at some point received treatment in their lives.
A new Canadian pilot program designed to promote mental health skills in youth significantly lessened cases of depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts. University of Alberta researchers led the EMPATHY program in a local school district from 2013 to 2015. The program was offered to more than 6,000 youth in grades six through 12.
Children in the care system – who are more likely to have mental health difficulties than others in the wider population – are not more at risk due to being in care, according to new research from the University of York. The study, led by Professor Nina Biehal in York's Department of Social Policy and Social Care and funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), suggests that mental health issues can also be down to a child's treatment before they entered local authority care.
The Supreme Court ruled narrowly that indigent defendants have a right to mental health experts who can assist in their defense, rather than merely impartial psychiatrists. The 5-4 decision, in which newly installed Justice Neil Gorsuch sided with the conservative minority, was another in a series of recent victories by death row prisoners challenging their sentences.
Black psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers and therapists are essential to the work of Black healing. But they alone are not enough. In addition to licensed mental health professionals, we need more Black people who have a baseline understanding of mental health: More Black teachers who are trauma informed, more Pastors who can support those living with depression, and more Black activists who organize to challenge traditional mental health systems.
Officers with the Seattle Police Department were no strangers to Unit 4303 in the Brettler Family Place apartment complex in the northeast part of the city. After they responded to at least three domestic violence calls there in the past year, the police were dispatched there again on Sunday morning to investigate a theft in Charleena Lyles's unit.
Department of Mental Health officials would not comment on a report the agency fought to keep secret for nearly two years, a study that criticizes the state's long-running practice of treating children with mental issues by putting them in costly institutions instead of with home and community-based care. The $300,000 taxpayer-funded report was released Friday evening by the state after settlement of a legal battle with The Clarion-Ledger to make it public.
With wait times at university counseling centers spilling into the four-week range across the state, Florida's universities made an appeal. Fund the overburdened mental health system, they asked the Legislature, and give students some relief. Lawmakers weren't convinced. They felt the universities had room in their budgets to figure out solutions themselves. For the second year in a row, they rejected the request for mental health funding.
The first step in a plan to turn control of Michigan’s $2.6 billion mental health budget over to privately owned insurance companies is poised for inclusion in next year’s state budget, despite a wall of opposition from mental health providers, patients and families across Michigan.
A major state mental health facility is so understaffed, it closed a highly-regarded addiction treatment program recently to shuffle nurses elsewhere in the hospital. That led to revelations that a federal agency may pull funding from the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo because its low staffing levels meant the hospital wasn't meeting patient needs. The next federal review is set to be completed by June 28.
Legislation aimed at curbing salaries for top executives at North Carolina's regional mental health providers could be in jeopardy after Senate Republicans moved to revisit the 2015 Medicaid overhaul in the measure. Republican Rep. Donny Lambeth of Forsyth County, a key House negotiator on Medicaid issues, told The Associated Press "there's no way" his chamber can agree with dramatic changes made to the bill by a Senate Health Care committee recently.
In voting for a $1.2 billion tax increase to bolster the budget for the next two years, the Kansas Legislature avoided a projected $900 budget hole and began restoring past cuts to the mental health system. The final budget bill that lawmakers approved earlier this month includes funding to partially restore cuts to community mental health centers over the past decade, but offers a mixed picture for the two state psychiatric hospitals. The bill also designates $4.7 million to reopen 20 beds at Osawatomie State Hospital or to pay another facility to make them available through a contract.
During the last 5 years, the number of hospital admissions for self-harm has risen by 93 percent among girls and by 45 percent among boys aged 10 to 14. It has been estimated that around 10 percent of all 5‑16 year-olds in the U.K. are affected by some kind of mental health problem. While a range of mental health disorders, such as ADHD, autism, anorexia nervosa, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and panic disorder have been shown to have increased risk recurrence ratios within families, there is also a strong body of evidence showing the negative effects of various traumas to childhood mental health.