The incoming head of the nation’s leading group of pediatricians says that autism and other developmental conditions are among the biggest health concerns facing American children.
Reports that a Pearl River man who allegedly killed his father after a domestic dispute early Tuesday had been released from a Bogalusa psychiatric facility weeks prior to the event moved Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal to comment on the state of mental health care.
A Clovis-based nonprofit organization dedicated to “enhancing the lives of people with disabilities” amassed more than $13 million in assets in recent years, records show. Its past president and CEO received nearly $1 million in compensation in 2010 alone. But five of the agency’s longtime clients contend the profits – mostly derived from government funding – came at their expense.
I was lucky enough to be invited to see the Sonoma Developmental Center’s production of a pirate musical called “A-A-A-R-R-R-GH.”
The staff of the state board that will have the final vote on the fate of the Jacksonville Developmental Center opposes its closure.
The main premise of Proposition 32 is that it would stamp out the influence of special interest groups, equally condemning corporations and unions to irrelevancy at the Capitol while ushering in a new day for regular folks. But a look at who is behind the initiative shows that it's hardly Joe Lunch Pail who has a rooting interest in the measure, dubbed "Stop Special Interest Money Now."
When Patrick Murphy was 6, he became obsessed with vacuum cleaners. The boy, who has autism, used to slip out of his house near Buffalo without telling his parents, running to a nearby appliance store or into strangers’ homes to marvel at vacuum cleaners.
A U.S. District Court judge Monday released the state's mental hospitals from federal oversight on all but one issue — a significant step in ending a costly six-year reform effort.
Each of the state’s five mental hospitals, including Atascadero State Hospital, now have the legal tools to ban certain contraband items from inside their facilities.
A labor-backed advertising blitz in recent weeks appears to be turning voters against Proposition 32, the ballot measure that would bar unions, corporations and government contractors from using payroll deductions for political purposes, according to a new poll.
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A Napa State Hospital worker has pulled off the solution to a troubling problem -- how to carry the emergency alarms employees must wear.
Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bipartisan bill Tuesday intended to reduce workers' compensation costs for California businesses while increasing benefits to workers injured on the job.
A former State official who directed services for people with developmental disabilities in New Jersey has declared that New Jersey's plan to close two developmental centers and place the residents in the community is flawed and presents unacceptable risks.
One day after a patient attempted to choke a Napa State Hospital employee, officials announced Thursday that staff members at the psychiatric facility who were ordered to wear new safety alarms on lanyards around their necks will soon have the option of carrying the devices on a belt-loop clip.
It's been nearly 22 months since Napa State Hospital psychiatric technician Donna Gross was strangled by a patient on the aging facility's fenced grounds, where staff alarms do not function.
More than 156 years after the state opened its first hospital for the mentally ill, the last patients will leave its campus this week.
California is building the largest prison medical facility in the nation — and it’s doing it at a record clip. That’s because the state has to comply with a federal court order to improve health care for inmates.
Napa State Hospital’s new wireless alarm system that will be worn by employees will not be operational until later this summer, according to state officials.
The number of public hospital beds for people in acute psychiatric crisis plunged in 2010 to levels not seen since 1850...
Despite threats by Gov. Deval Patrick to shut it down for good, Taunton State Hospital will stay open, at least for the foreseeable future, with 45 inpatient beds.
It’s hard for average families to fathom what would drive a mother to abandon her disabled daughter, as reported by the Daily Herald, a Suburban Chicago newspaper (“Algonquin mom: Leaving disabled woman in Tennessee was best,” July 7).
Over the last year, Patton State Hospital employees have contributed over $42,000 to support programs throughout the local community.
With the first inmate patient due to arrive at the California Health Care Facility in a little more than a year, construction at the sprawling prison/medical center in southeast Stockton is fast approaching its expected peak.
A consultant who led the troubled effort to overhaul California's public psychiatric hospitals has played a lead role in federal reforms in at least five other states...
A federal judge proposed a plan Wednesday to relinquish control of California’s prison medical care after nearly seven years.
A proposed law to increase safety at Napa State Hospital in the wake of the 2010 murder of psychiatric technician Donna Gross is unlikely to make it out of the Legislature due to budget constraints, legislative staff say.
California officials this week approved funding for the renovation of the mothballed DeWitt Nelson Youth Correctional Facility in southeast Stockton, preparing it to house state prison inmates who need mental health treatment.
I think I speak for many of my coworkers and residents’ families when I say I was greatly taken aback by the Porterville Recorder’s sensationalism regarding the work we do to rehabilitate our forensic clients, preparing them to return to their home communities.
The complexion of a $2 billion, 10-year settlement between the state and the Department of Justice involving the closing of state training centers for the disabled could be significantly altered by a decision to allow families opposing the settlement to intervene.
A patient was arrested in connection with an assault Tuesday at Napa State Hospital, a spokeswoman for the state psychiatric facility said Wednesday.
House Resolution 2032 is a federal bill that, if passed, will restore decision-making rights of developmental center residents and their families and guardians in certain federal-funded lawsuits aimed at closing developmental centers.
More than 50 years of data show that people with schizophrenia who take antipsychotic drugs lower their risk of relapse, a new study suggests.
The Napa County Sheriff’s coroner is investigating the death of a Napa State Hospital patient who died Tuesday after he was given a shot to calm him down, the Napa County Sheriff’s Office said.
A spokesperson for Atascadero State Hospital says patients are still facing additional restrictions following a series of incidents in late March.
It was gratifying to read in The Free Lance-Star of the obvious sympathy for the family of Vernon Jones, the boy who finally received a Medicaid home and community-based services waiver slot after years of waiting ["Waiver settlement is blessing for mother, son," April 11].
Five employees at Atascadero State Hospital have reportedly been attacked at the facility since April 4, according to emails by hospital spokesman Craig Dacus.
Normally the President of the Penta organization says he would be on the side of closing a large developmental facility like the Murray Center. But Greg Shaver says not this time. He feels the Governor could not be more wrong.
Exceptional people with extraordinary hearts — that is how the Porterville Developmental Center described its volunteers Tuesday during its annual Volunteer/Donor Recognition Luncheon and Awards held in the Carl F. Brodrick Auditorium at Porterville Developmental Center.
In recent weeks, I have been inundated with telephone calls and email messages from the families of residents of New Jersey’s developmental center.
Dozens of teenage boys dressed in hunter-green polo shirts and khaki pants line up outside one-story concrete classrooms waiting to walk to their next period.
I am writing in opposition to the closure of Murray Developmental Center in Centralia. My son has lived in this facility for the past 20 years. It was not our first choice. It was our last resort, as others have stated.
A homeless man plagued by schizophrenia is beaten to death by police in Fullerton. A man from Fort Bragg fixates on aliens for years while denying he is ill, then kills two men before dying in a gunfight with law enforcement.
There's been a lot of commentary from all sides concerning the planned closing of Taunton State Hospital, a revered institution serving the needs of the emotionally disturbed for 150 years.
Stan and Kathy Peters of Killingworth are facing the daunting task of finding a residential placement for their grown daughter, Sarah, 28, who is intellectually disabled.
A lockdown remains in effect at Atascadero State Hospital following a series of incidents involving patients and employees.
Potential layoffs and safety concerns bought dozens of Metropolitan State Hospital employees to march in protest Wednesday...
I must respond to the recent editorial, "Address JDC fears, make care transition," on behalf of families whose lives will be turned upside down unless the proposed closure of two state developmental centers is stopped.
A new reportissued Sunday indicates that California’s mental illness laws discriminate against people with the most severe illnesses by leaving them without access to treatments they need.
Atascadero State Hospital confirms to KSBY News that three employees were injured on Wednesday after they were assaulted by a patient.
Hardly a day seems to pass lately without a killing in which untreated mental illness was a factor making headlines...
Jacksonville Developmental Center worker Phillip Lashbrook wrote the things he has seen and his thoughts on the changes proposed for the center.
Families have taken a stand in Virginia, today calling on a federal court to allow them to participate in an action they believe violates the rights of their family members with profound intellectual disabilities and will cause irrevocable harm.
The number of assaults resulting in injury to staff at Atascadero State Hospital has more than doubled in the past seven years, new figures show.
Summit County Sheriff Drew Alexander plans to announce today that the county jail no longer will accept violent mentally ill and mentally disabled people arrested by area police — perhaps becoming the first facility in the country with such a policy.
Psychiatric patients at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center and Harbor-UCLA Medical Center often sleep on mattresses on the floor.
The burning issue regarding the potential closing of developmental centers for people with developmental disabilities has quieted down but not gone away.
Parents of children who live in Virginia's Training Centers blasted the Justice Department for the decision to close four of the five centers.
The number of Americans in prison older than 55 is growing at a faster rate than the group’s share of the population at large, and many prisons are unprepared to provide them with health care, which can cost as much as nine times more than for younger inmates, Human Rights Watch said in a report released Friday.
The possible closure of the Porterville Developmental Center, potential layoffs, the status of the secure treatment area and the center’s budget were the big topics of a town hall meeting Wednesday afternoon inside the facility’s Carl F. Broderick Auditorium.
California officials Monday filed documents in U.S. District Court opposing extended federal oversight of two state mental hospitals, arguing that new leaders have already taken measures to improve patient care and safety.
The California Department of Mental Health, which runs Napa State Hospital and four other psychiatric hospitals, has begun to implement staffing changes, including the elimination of 600 jobs statewide...
At 75, Cliff Allenby could be spending his days playing golf, except his golf cart has a flat, and it has been that way for two years.
With lawmakers back in Sacramento, Napa County officials want resolution on two issues left over from last year: safety at Napa State Hospital and the county’s affordable housing requirements.
Construction is well under way on the California Health Care Facility, a nearly $1 billion prison medical project in southeast Stockton, and the action is expected to only get hotter.
Nearly four years ago, "Sam's" paranoia had grown so intense that he believed spies followed him in the shadows everywhere he went.