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The Woman in 606new

Aftermath of a stranger's death and the puzzle of psychosis.
The Stranger  |  Christopher Frizzelle  |  08-22-2012  |  Features

Mind Over Matternew

When an arm breaks, you wear a cast. Minds, however, aren't so simple to fix.
Colorado Springs Independent  |  J. Adrian Stanley  |  05-07-2012  |  Health

Mississippi Segregating Mentally Illnew

A growing chorus of mental-health advocates believes Mississippi should move away from an institution-based approach to treatment in favor of home care and community-based services.
Jackson Free Press  |  R.L. Nave  |  04-05-2012  |  Health

Breaking Pointsnew

Pulitzer finalist Pete Earley goes to bat for the mentally ill after son's experience.
Colorado Springs Independent  |  Chet Hardin  |  03-18-2012  |  Health

Aid on the Asphaltnew

Hitting the streets with Eugene, Oregon's unique Mobile Crisis Intervention Unit known as CAHOOTS.
Eugene Weekly  |  Dante Zuniga-West  |  06-30-2011  |  Homelessness

Flying Solonew

Grant McKenzie wrestled with bipolar disorder, diagnosed by the Air Force within months of his graduation day but never properly treated.
Colorado Springs Independent  |  Pam Zubeck  |  03-28-2011  |  Science

Cruelest Cutsnew

Plans to gut mental health spending in Texas will not only destroy lives, but overwhelm jails, emergency rooms, and taxpayers’ wallets.
San Antonio Current  |  Michael Barajas  |  03-25-2011  |  Homelessness

Halfway (Home) to Hellnew

Unlicensed, unsupervised and unknown group homes raise concerns.
Boise Weekly  |  George Prentice  |  08-25-2010  |  Crime & Justice

One-of-a-Kind Short List of the 30 Most Troubled Mentally Ill in Houstonnew

Jimmy Bailey is one of Houston's 30 craziest people, according to the Houston Police Department; in February, the department's mental health unit put together a list of mentally ill people based on how many times the cops have responded to a call concerning a person and how many times a person has been hospitalized.
Houston Press  |  Paul Knight  |  01-05-2010  |  Commentary

A Mother Finally Got the Help She Needed for Her Troubled Son -- By Having Him Arrestednew

If you have a seriously mentally ill kid, and you can't afford treatment, you can have your kid hauled before a judge. And that judge has the power to get services for your kid -- as long as you're willing to give up custody of your child to the state of Arizona.
Phoenix New Times  |  Amy Silverman  |  10-13-2009  |  Children & Families

After Mentally Ill Prisoner Dies in Illinois 'Supermax' Prison, Reforms Are Promisednew

As human rights organizations stepped forward to speak for Robert Foor, a 33-year-old who died in June after nearly 11 years in isolation at the Tamms Closed Maximum Security Unit, the Illinois Department of Corrections announced its plans to reform the southern Illinois “supermax” prison.
Illinois Times  |  Amanda Robert  |  09-24-2009  |  Crime & Justice

Did Vermont State Troopers Go Too Far When They Shot a Paranoid Schizophrenic?new

What really happened the night Joe Fortunati was killed in June 2006 may never be entirely clear. The only first-hand accounts come from the Vermont state police troopers at the scene, nine of whom are now defendants in a federal lawsuit accusing them of using excessive force and covering up key details of the case.
Seven Days  |  Andy Bromage  |  09-11-2009  |  Crime & Justice

Dr. Feelbad: When This Physician Went Haywire, No One Intervened to Shut Him Downnew

A month after trashing his patients' charts, Alexander Kalk somehow managed to open a new practice less than half a mile away from his old one. It lasted only a few months. Kalk was more than $1 million in debt, with his medical license in jeopardy, when he abruptly left the state in March of this year. He did not surface again until June 21, when he was arrested by Clayton police on suspicion of forging checks belonging to his estranged business partner.
Riverfront Times  |  Keegan Hamilton  |  08-21-2009  |  Science

Mentally Ill are Most Likely to Get Tasered by Portland Policenew

A new Independent Police Review Division report finds that subjects with mental illness are now the most likely out of all groups to get Tasered by Portland cops -- even more than people who are actually armed or who assault an officer.
Willamette Week  |  James Pitkin  |  07-22-2009  |  Crime & Justice

Some Mentally Ill People Say No to Pharmaceutical Solutionsnew

The MadPride movement is a revolt against the numbing of peculiar personalities with powerful chemicals. Those who take this path -- sometimes with the help of medical professionals, sometimes in defiance of them -- say they would rather embrace their madness then try to stifle it.
Isthmus  |  Jill Carlson  |  07-20-2009  |  Science

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