Sunday, February 7, 2016

MENTAL ILLNESS IN THE NEWS

News and Commentary from the Treatment Advocacy Center
February 1 - February 5, 2016
"Grandmother Turns Grief over Death of Grandson into Good" 

The grandmother of 3-year-old Ji'Aire Lee - who was found dead on a playground swing after his mentally ill mother had pushed his lifeless body for nearly two days - visited the Maryland House of Delegates early this week to talk to state lawmakers about mental health reform legislation named after her deceased grandson. The bill is meant to identify cracks in the mental health system that allowed Ji'Aire to die and changes necessary to help people with serious mental illness. READ IT ALL...
"Lives Hang in Balance While Committee Democrats Delay Comprehensive Mental Health Reform"
A group of House Energy & Commerce Committee Democrats this week introduced the Comprehensive Behavioral Health Reform and Recovery Act - their own watered-down version of the bipartisan comprehensive mental health reform already moving through the House. "Playing partisan political games with mental health reform is an insult to people with severe mental illness trapped in our broken mental health system," said John Snook, executive director of the Treatment Advocacy Center. "How long do the families of those with a severe mental illness need to wait before Congress finally takes mental health reform seriously?" READ IT ALL...
In the second half of 2015, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved two new antipsychotic medications for oral use in the United States - brexpiprazola (trade name: Rexulti) and cariprazine (trade name: Vraylar).  But these new antipsychotics add little to augment the choice of antipsychotics already available. READ IT ALL...

No mentally ill inmate will be placed in solitary confinement for more than thirty days, according to a settlement between the American Civil Liberties Union, Indiana Protection & Advocacy Services and Department of Corrections. As awareness and outrage about the criminalization of mental illness across the country continues to grow across, we expect to see a wave of states settle similar lawsuits in the future. READ IT ALL...
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