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News Summary for January 30, 2012
Prepared by Anne M. Kincaid

Please note that the articles are listed in alphabetical order by State, so you can easily scan
through the articles for those within your state or other states in which you have a particular interest.
 

Dr. Nora’s Top Articles:

1.            “Man Charged with Sexually Assaulting Mentally Challenged Teen” ---From Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office - On January 26, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office received a complaint regarding the sexual assault of a 19 year old mentally handicapped girl. --- KFDM-TV News --- January 27, 2012  (LOUISIANA)   http://is.gd/a1aZNf

2.            “Temecula: Anti-Bullying Campaign Focuses on Positive Words” --- They are urging their classmates to stop using words such as “stupid,” “retarded” and “gay” and replace them with kinder, more positive, words. --- Press-Enterprise --- January 26, 2012  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/JzbKeo

3.            “Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day 2012” ---  The ARC of Florida and the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council will host Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day 2012 on Wednesday, February 1st … --- WTXL ABC 27 --- January 28, 2012  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/b6Qucm

4.            “Florida Man Gets 20 Years for Luring Disabled Frankfort Girl into Sex” ---A Florida man who preyed on the insecurities of a disabled Frankfort 13-year-old, deceiving and manipulating her into a sexual encounter in June 2010, was sentenced Wednesday to 20 years in prison. --- Chicago Sun-Times --- January 26, 2012  (ILLINOIS)    http://is.gd/SGmVqa

5.            “IMPACT: Ability Provides Abuse Prevention Training” --- The US Department of Justice reports that people with disabilities are twice as likely as the general public to be victims of sexual assault and violence. --- Wicked Local --- January 28, 2012  (MASSACHUSETTTS)  http://is.gd/7pejhN

6.            “Sterilized by North Carolina, She Felt Raped Once More” --- Elaine Riddick was only 14 when the state decided that she was not capable of mothering children and quietly cauterized her fallopian tubes. The $50,000 now offered to her only makes her angrier. --- L.A. Times --- January 25, 2012  (NORTH CAROLINA)   http://is.gd/QKUqhi   

7.            “Three Women Indicted in Scheme to Steal Identifies of Mentally Disabled People” --- Three Dayton women are accused of stealing the identities of more than 30 people, most of them mentally disabled, then filing fraudulent income tax returns claiming about $1,700,00 in refunds ... --- Dayton Daily News --- January 27, 2012  (OHIO)   http://is.gd/Eb2S6t   

8.           “Safety Classes Follow Sex Abuse Allegations” --- Children who are victims of abuse are frequently intimidated and convinced that they are at fault, Colella-Murray said, so it is vital that parents are understanding and comforting. --- Beaver County Times --- January 28, 2012  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/yYvSwJ

9.            “Temecula: Anti-Bullying Campaign Focuses on Positive Words” --- They are urging their classmates to stop using words such as “stupid,” “retarded” and “gay” and replace them with kinder, more positive, words. --- Press-Enterprise --- January 26, 2012  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/JzbKeo

 10.          “Florida Man Gets 20 Years for Luring Disabled Frankfort Girl into Sex” ---A Florida man who preyed on the insecurities of a disabled Frankfort 13-year-old, deceiving and manipulating her into a sexual encounter in June 2010, was sentenced Wednesday to 20 years in prison. --- Chicago Sun-Times --- January 26, 2012  (ILLINOIS)    http://is.gd/SGmVqa

 11.          “Neb. Bill Would Extend Time for Sex Abuse Lawsuits” --- Victims of childhood sexual abuse in Nebraska would have more time to sue their assailants, under legislation advanced by lawmakers on Friday. Lawmakers gave first-round approval to a measure ... --- Fremont Tribune --- January 27, 2012  (NEBRASKA)   http://is.gd/r2jJJa 

 12.          “Safety Classes Follow Sex Abuse Allegations” --- Children who are victims of abuse are frequently intimidated and convinced that they are at fault, Colella-Murray said, so it is vital that parents are understanding and comforting. --- Beaver County Times --- January 28, 2012  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/yYvSwJ

 13.          “7 Words We Need to Eliminate to End the Bullying Epidemic” --- Retard -- it's the absolute worst name, term, whatever that needs to be wiped out it was commonly referred as a term to describe someone with brain damage but now it's used to describe the every day person and kids in special ed are getting slapped ... --- Huffington Post --- January 24, 2012  (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/0kue26 
 

Abuse/Crime Related Articles

1.            “State Pulls License of Springs Assisted Living Facility” --- But there's very little I can do other than tell a caller to call adult protective services or law enforcement. Without additional layers of oversight, people may or may not be at risk at an unlicensed place.” Zamell said … --- Colorado Springs Gazette --- January 27, 2012  (COLORADO)   http://is.gd/oa5DW2   

2.            “Iowa Man Who Was Fired Over 20 Cents May Return to Job” --- Dowie, who is mentally disabled, worked for 25 years at the Hy-Vee supermarket in Urbandale, seven miles west of Des Moines. --- ABC News --- January 26, 2012  (IOWA)   http://is.gd/L3vzdD   

3.            “Man Charged with Sexually Assaulting Mentally Challenged Teen” ---From Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office - On January 26, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office received a complaint regarding the sexual assault of a 19 year old mentally handicapped girl. --- KFDM-TV News --- January 27, 2012  (LOUISIANA)   http://is.gd/a1aZNf    

4.            “IMPACT: Ability Provides Abuse Prevention Training” --- The US Department of Justice reports that people with disabilities are twice as likely as the general public to be victims of sexual assault and violence. --- Wicked Local --- January 28, 2012  (MASSACHUSETTTS)  http://is.gd/7pejhN   

 5.            “Vet Disability Discrimination Case Shows Risks of Hostile Work Environment” --- He returned to work at a Detroit tank manufacturing plant where he claimed his supervisors and co-workers harassed him by calling him a “cripple” and didn't give him an equal workload. --- Columbus Business First --- January 27, 2012  (MICHIGAN)   http://is.gd/lZioYF    

 6           “Family Claims Mentally Challenged Daughter Was Sexually Assaulted At Work” --- A local family has filed a federal lawsuit claiming that their mentally challenged child daughter was sexually assaulted at work. John Tillar said his 30-year-old daughter … --- WPXI Pittsburgh --- January 26, 2012  (PENNSYLVANIA)   http://is.gd/nKBhgF   

 7.          “Cowpens Man Accused of Having Sex with Mentally Challenged Teen” --- A Cowpens man was jailed after he was accused of having sex with a mentally challenged teenager. The Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office has charged … --- January 28, 2012  (SOUTH CAROLINA)   http://is.gd/j7Xc8u   

 8.          “Lubbock State Supported Living Center Has Improved, But Still Deficient, Report Says” --- Although the center demonstrated progress, Disability Rights Texas, the federally designated legal protection … --- LubbockOnline.com --- January 26, 2012  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/yKQ1tC   

 9.          “Man Charged with Sexually Assaulting a Disabled Woman at Southridge” --- Khurram Khan, 25, is accused of sexually assaulting a disabled woman outside of Southridge Mall after he offered her a job at a cell phone kiosk. --- Patch.com --- January 23, 2012  (WISCONSIN)   http://is.gd/W38xEU   

 10.          “DOT Fines Spirit Airlines over Handling of Disability Complaints” --- The US Department of Transportation (DOT) today fined Spirit Airlines $100,000 for failing to appropriately record and respond … --- eNews Park Forest --- January 27, 2012  (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/22Rgsq   


Seeking Improved Support

1.              “Alaska Faces Tough Choices” --- The cost of running state government has been rising steadily, a fact the administration attributes partly to formula-driven programs, like Medicaid and education. Alaska's share of Medicaid is expected to be $678 million next fiscal year … --- Deseret News --- January 28. 2012  (ALASKA)   http://is.gd/sbwYNi    

2.            “School-Choice Option for Disabled Students Upheld by Court” --- A Maricopa County Superior Court judge ruled Wednesday that a scholarship program for disabled students, in which parents get a debit card to pay for education services with state funds, does not violate the Arizona Constitution, as … --- Tucson Citizen --- January 26, 2012  (ARIZONA) http://is.gd/zbTFSc   

 3.          “Disability Rights Group Sue LA's Community Redevelopment Agency” --- Three Los Angeles-based advocacy groups for the disabled are suing the Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles and the city of LA, alleging both discriminated against people with disabilities. --- Contra Costa Times --- January 27, 2012  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/v0rA1G   

 4.            “Agencies for Disabled Seek Politicians' Help” --- Representatives of service organizations for the developmentally disabled were able to send a message to several Sacramento … --- Contra Costa Times --- January 27, 2012  (CALIFORNIA)    http://is.gd/09btwf   

 5.                            “State Cuts Threaten Education for Deaf, Blind in Bay Area” --- In his proposed budget for 2012-13, Brown called for cutting funding to the California Schools for the Deaf in Fremont and Riverside and the School for the Blind in Fremont by $1.8 million. A proposed budget … --- San Francisco Examiner --- January 26, 2012  (CALIFORNIA)   http://is.gd/nmNxFd   

 6.            “Judge Approves Settlement with Adult Health Care Substitute” --- A federal court judge approved a settlement agreement Tuesday between disability advocates and the state of California … --- Sacramento Business Journal --- January 26, 2012  (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/2BAiAc    

 7.            “Battling Bullies, School by School” --- The word "retard" makes Keenan O'Reilly cringe. Using the word "gay" as a derogatory slam gets under Jack Workman's and Kate Monahan's skin. Sarcasm taken too far makes Cate Formica stand up for her fellow students. --- The Coloradoan --- January 28, 2012  (COLORADO)   http://is.gd/YnsRTE  

 8.            “Man Arrested in Brutal Slaying Sought Treatment” --- In the wake of reports that the man suspected in a brutal homicide that included mutilation of the body might have sought mental health treatment, some experts said …. --- Ct Post --- January 26, 2012  (CONNECTICUT)   http://is.gd/rkFl4h   

 9.            “Florida Man Gets 20 Years for Luring Disabled Frankfort Girl into Sex” ---A Florida man who preyed on the insecurities of a disabled Frankfort 13-year-old, deceiving and manipulating her into a sexual encounter in June 2010, was sentenced Wednesday to 20 years in prison. --- Chicago Sun-Times --- January 26, 2012  (ILLINOIS)    http://is.gd/SGmVqa   

 10.          “Advocates for Disabled Worried about Proposed Budget Cuts” --- Local parents of disabled children met Monday to voice their worries about Gov. Rick Scott's proposed budget cuts, which some say will leave disabled Floridians without the help they need. --- Ocala --- January 23, 2012  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/WRY0ut   

 11.          “Restore at Least Some of Medicaid Funding” --- Last year, the Idaho Legislature cut $35 million from Medicaid funding to balance the budget. With the loss of matching federal funds, the total increased to $108 million. --- Idaho Press-Tribune --- January 27, 2012  (IDAHO)   http://is.gd/Sy01mf   

 12.          “Florida Man Gets 20 Years for Luring Disabled Frankfort Girl into Sex” ---A Florida man who preyed on the insecurities of a disabled Frankfort 13-year-old, deceiving and manipulating her into a sexual encounter in June 2010, was sentenced Wednesday to 20 years in prison. --- Chicago Sun-Times --- January 26, 2012  (ILLINOIS)    http://is.gd/SGmVqa    

 13.          “Illinois Mental Health Facility Closures: Quinn Defends Move Amid Criticism” --- Pat Quinn's planned closure of two state-run mental health institutions, Quinn is defending the cost-cutting measure, which stands to relocate hundreds of residents with mental and developmental disabilities. --- Huffington Post --- January 26, 2012  (ILLINOIS)   http://is.gd/wyM8Mn     

 14.                          “Kadner: No State Plan to Treat Mentally Ill” --- This is the hospital that treats severely mentally ill people who don't have health insurance or Medicaid. We're talking about people who are potentially dangerous to themselves and others. --- Chicago Sun-Times --- January 23, 2012  (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/YElFkO     

 15.          “Advocates Encouraged by Mental Health Plan” --- Jail diversion efforts to keep people from being jailed for behaviors sparked by mental illness. Assertive community treatment, support services, case management and supported community living and family services. --- DesMoinesRegister.com --- January 27, 2012  (IOWA)   http://is.gd/W85uMT   

 16.          “Iowa Joins National Effort to Curb Use of Word 'Retarded’ “ --- Both Des Moines women have been diagnosed with mental retardation, but that label doesn't define everything about them. --- USA TODAY --- January 28, 2012  (IOWA)   http://is.gd/8YLa54    

 17.          “Feds Tell Maine Proposed Medicaid Cuts Unlikely to Be Approved” --- Cindy Mann, the director of CMS, noted that no state has been granted a so-called Maintenance of Effort waiver from the Affordable Care Act. --- Bangor Daily News --- January 27, 2012  (MAINE)   http://is.gd/Ireni7   

 18.          “Advocates, Clients Protest Mental Health Cuts” --- Taisha Williams (center) was part of a group of HOPE clients and staff who spoke to lawmakers about proposed cuts for mental health programs. --- WBAL Radio --- January 25, 2012  (MARYLAND)   http://is.gd/HsH2MH   

 19.          “To Shutter or Survive: Implications on Mental Health Care with Closing of Taunton State Hospital” --- Deval Patrick's plans to save costs by closing Taunton State Hospital and shift … --- Taunton Daily Gazette --- January 29, 2012  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/LCK1Ge    

 20.          “REELAbilitiesBoston Film Festival Focuses on Reframing Lives with Disabilities” --- There's a new event in town, offering six films from around the world about people with disabilities. REELAbilitiesBoston Film Festival, presented by the long-running Boston Jewish Film Festival, premieres … --- Boston Globe --- January 29, 2012  (MASSACHUSETTS)   http://is.gd/ZHm3ym   

 21.          “Police: Man Arrested for Yelling at His Deaf Girfriend” ---  The woman, who is deaf, "stated that she gets scared of him when he yells," according to the log. --- The Salem News --- January 26, 2012  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/92Zo6y   

 22.          “Mayo Clinic Seeks Increased Mental Health Cultural Awareness” --- An estimated 50,000 people have immigrated from war-ravaged Somalia to Minnesota since civil war broke out in the east African country in 1991, and mental health … --- Post-Bulletin --- January 26, 2012  (MINNESOTA) http://is.gd/q7ZRln    

 23.          “Children and Adults with Disabilities at High Risk for Assault and Abuse” --- Even more recently in local news, a case was filed in Camdenton and another in Pulaski County alleging the sexual abuse of a person with a disability. --- Waynesville Daily Guide --- January 26, 2012  (MISSOURI)  http://is.gd/hp1pNz   

 24.          “New Definitions of Mental Illness Spark Fears of Unnecessary Treatment” --- An effort that promises to broaden the definitions of mental illnesses is spurring a revolt among health-care professionals in the United States and England. --- Lincoln Journal Star --- January 28, 2012  (NEBRASKA)   http://is.gd/ZHaIEj   

 25.          “New Hampshire Democrats Launch Petition To Block Health Care Reform” --- The Democrats have launched a petition drive to block pending health care compact legislation, saying that it would end Medicaid, Medicare and other health programs in the state. --- Huffington Post --- January 26, 2012  (NEW HAMPSHIRE)   http://is.gd/7wvqqT   

 26.          “Students Participate in Disability Awareness” --- Students at AP Terhune Elementary School recently took part in what's called "disABILITY Week," where they participated in various activities integrated into their daily curriculum in an effort to promote understanding, ... --- NorthJersey.com --- January 25, 2012  (NEW JERSEY)   http://is.gd/KUH7en   

 27.          “Arc Campaigns to End the Use of the 'R-word' “ --- From 1953-1992 the ARC in the national organization's name stood Association for Retarded Children or Citizens. --- Shore News Today --- January 26, 2012  (NEW JERSEY)   http://is.gd/2BAiAc   

 28.          “Medicaid Changes Being Felt in Local Mental-health Community” --- Care providers in Athens are noticing the impact that the state's Medicaid changes have had on clients, and are concerned about the consequences that a reduction in care for the mentally ill will have on the community. --- Athens NEWS --- January 25, 2012 (OHIO)   http://is.gd/YltETl   

 29.          “Oklahoma's DHS Commissioners to Reconsider Population Cuts at centers for the ... “ ---- DHS operates centers for the mentally disabled in Pauls Valley and Enid. Many of the residents have lived at the centers for decades. --- NewsOK.com --- January 24, 2012  (OKLAHOMA)  http://is.gd/PIHHSV    

 30.          “Bill-Paying Program Helps Mentally Ill Avoid Becoming Homeless” --- After Sanford became homeless and separated from her family, social workers …. --- Tulsa World --- January 29, 2012  (OKLAHOMA)  http://is.gd/x5SuiD   

 31.          “Missing Alert System Aids in Recovery of Mentally Disabled Man” --- The A Child is Missing neighborhood response program helped rescue a mentally disabled Medford man who disappeared from his home Friday and was found wandering the streets across town. --- Mail Tribune --- January 29, 2012  (OREGON)   http://is.gd/3nl7VU   

 32.          “New Report Examines Autism Needs for Patients and Families in Pennsylvania” ---Results were released yesterday from the Pennsylvania Autism Needs Assessment, which includes feedback from … --- HealthCanal.com --- January 28, 2012  (PENNSYLVANIA)http://is.gd/luNGta     

 33.          “New Autism Definition Could Impact Hundreds of Erie County Children” --- But a new definition that would incorporate Asperger syndrome into the autism disorder spectrum could force families like the Yeshions to pay out of pocket for those services or lose them. --- GoErie.com --- January 28, 2012  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/j9P5Ga    

 34.          “Pilot Training Launched to Administer Mental Health  First Aid --- "Most people don't have a clue what to do," said Arthur C. Evans, Philadelphia director of behavioral health, who on Thursday rolled out a "Mental Health  First Aid" campaign that officials described as the biggest implementation … --- Philadelphia Inquirer --- January 27, 2012  (PENNSYLVANIA)   http://is.gd/lp4C7q   

 35.          “Gov. Haley Calls for More Money for State's Mentally Ill” --- Nikki Haley wants more money for the agency that serves the state's mentally ill, and says the $17 million budget infusion she is proposing will save South Carolina cash in the long run. --- Anderson Independent Mail --- January 25, 2012  (SOUTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/PnczAl    

 36.          “County Launches Indigent Defense Program for the Mentally Ill” --- Montgomery County is now only the second county in Texas to have a program addressing the growing number of defendants with mental health issues who are incarcerated in jail. In the past few days, the county launched its … --- Your Houston News --- January 28, 2012  (TEXAS) http://is.gd/atgQY1   

 37.          “New Mental Health Program to More Quickly Treat Inmates Unfit for Trial, Will Save Nueces County Money” --- The local mental health center received $500000 in state funding during the next two years to establish a program to provide legal education … --- Corpus Christi Caller Times --- January 27, 2012  (TEXAS)   http://is.gd/1usfBF   

 38.          “People Did Not Seek Help for Mental Illness in 2010” --- A majority of Americans with mental disorders did not receive professional help in 2010, according to a major government study released today. --- Shreveport Times --- January 27, 2012  (U.S. – NATIONAL)   http://is.gd/CSelJj 

 39.            “States Redesigning Mental Health Programs, Coverage And Care” --- A federal district judge yesterday approved the final settlement of a lawsuit that challenged a plan by Sacramento County to restructure and downsize its mental health system. --- Kaiser Health News --- January 27, 2012   (U.S. – NATIONAL)   http://is.gd/OsRBkF   

 40.          “US Hospitality Industry Often Reluctant to Hire People with Disabilities” --- People with disabilities trying to find employment in the US hospitality industry face employers who are often reluctant to hire them because of preconceived notions that they cannot … ---PhysOrg.com --- January 26, 2012 (U..S. – NATIONAL)   http://is.gd/HNtsog   

 41.          “'Mentally Challenged' Encompasses More than Autism, Down Syndrome” --- We have heard the terms autism and Down syndrome. People with these disorders may show many strengths of mind and character. --- In-Forum --- January 26, 2012  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/yKHquTv   

 42.          “Report: Five Percent of Americans Are Severely Mentally Ill” --- “Mental illness is a significant public health problem in itself, but also because it is associated with chronic medical diseases such … --- The New American --- January 23, 2012   (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/VUoS6n   


Proposed Legislation and New Laws

1.            “California Assembly Bills Expand Health Coverage” --- The state Assembly on Thursday passed a set of bills intended to broaden the mental health and health care services covered by private insurance plans. --- Deseret News --- January 26, 2012  (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/UjTAHF   

2.            “Lawmakers Delay Vote on ‘Caylee's Law’ --- And the department of public advocacy had some problems with the bill possibly targeting the mentally challenged. --- WKYT --- January 25, 2012  (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/YncZnR   

3.            “Quinn Defends Plan to De-Institutionalize Mentally Ill, Disabled” --- Pat Quinn is defending his administration's plan to move people out of state institutions for the mentally and physically disabled and into community care settings. --- CBS Local ---  January 23, (ILLNOIS) --- http://is.gd/3OzRfI   

4.            “Bellevue Insanity - Cold, Inhumane Treatment of Patients Observed at Facility” --- Mentally ill patients, many of them infirm, are being subjected to cold and inhumane treatment at the Bellevue Hospital - Jamaica's sole mental-health facility. --- Jamaica Gleaner --- January 29, 2012  (JAMAICA)  http://is.gd/bUjq3x   

5.            “House Panel Backs Adult Abuse Registry Bill” --- Also on Thursday, the committee heard from a Lexington-based home health care agency that reported significant problems under … --- Louisville Courier-Journal --- January 26, 2012  (KENTUCKY)   http://is.gd/CuR3VE   

6.            “Missouri Lawmakers Look to Toughen 'Mandatory Reporter' Law” --- However, many of the child advocates speaking in favor of the legislation urged lawmakers to push for even more changes to the law and increases in funding for child protective services. ---OzarksFirst.com --- January 23, 2012  (MISSOURI)   http://is.gd/2dhXbS   

7.            “Legislative Bills 952 and 926 Strive to Stop Medicaid Cuts” --- Kareaden can walk with assistance, speak and attend school, thanks to Medicaid-funded respite care — a temporary professional care for the disabled. --- Daily Nebraskan --- January 26, 2012   (NEBRASKA)   http://is.gd/W3U2kW   

8.            “Offender Gets a Second Chance through Treatment” --- This month he became the first felony defendant in Stark County to take advantage of a change in state law that allows for mental health treatment instead of conviction. --- Canton Repository --- January 29, 2011   (OHIO)  http://is.gd/NJ48EP   

9.            “Vt. Lawmakers to Hear from Public on Mental Health” --- Nearly 150 people packed a Statehouse hearing room Tuesday evening to offer their views on the future of Vermont's … --- MSN Money ---- January 24, 2012  (VERMONT)   http://is.gd/PIHHSV   

10.                          “Oregon Responds to Disabilities Class Action Suit” --- John Kitzhaber and other state officials regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act. Filed Wednesday in US District Court, the lawsuit alleges that Oregon has segregated more than 2,300 ... --- Portland Business Journal --- January 25, 2012  (OREGON)   http://is.gd/NRxpZT   

11.          “State, DOJ Reach Settlement on State's Disability System” --- Bob McDonnell announced a $ 2 million settlement agreement between the state and US Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding Virginia's compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. --- WTVR --- January 26, 2012  (VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/15kAD2 

12.          “Virginia, Feds Reach Billion-Dollar Agreement over Disabled” --- Virginia will shut down four facilities that provide services for the intellectually disabled as part of … --- Washington Examiner --- January 26, 2012  (VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/ortkZp 

13.          “Gov. Proposes Cuts for Child Abuse Centers” --- Stop Child Abuse Now, a local organization, helps children from all around Virginia who are victims of abuse and neglect. Yet the people who work for the Child Advocacy Centers (CACs), run by SCAN, said that Governor McDonnell's… --- WTVR --- January 27, 2012  (VIRGINIA)   http://is.gd/hvbjdh 

14.          “Proposed Autism Definition Sparks Concern” --- Every few years, as research accumulates and knowledge shifts, the American Psychiatric Association releases the bible for mental health clinicians, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. The next version, DSM-5, is due out in May ... --- Southwest Virginia Today (VIRGINIA) --- January 26, 2010   http://is.gd/e6cmkU   

15.           “Bill to Test Va. Welfare Recipients for Drug use Advances” --- The legislation (HB 73) would require local social services agencies to screen recipients in the state welfare program to determine whether they use illegal drugs. Those who refuse to comply or fail a drug test would lose Temporary Assistance for Needy ...--- The Virginian-Pilot --- January 25 (VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/h0ASf5   

16.                          “Wyoming Legislators' Vote Doesn't End Wait List Issue” --- “This is our most vulnerable population,” said Gingery, who serves on the Labor, Health and Social Services Committee, which is sponsoring the bill. “These aren't people who can go and pull themselves up by the bootstraps.” --- Casper Star-Tribune Online --- January 28, 2012  (WYOMING)   http://is.gd/iLqmJC   


International Articles:

1.              “State to Close 24-Hour Mental Health Helpline” --- THE state government is shutting down Victoria's only 24-hour mental health helpline, provoking outrage from mental health providers. ---The Age ---- January 27, 2012  (AUSTRALIA)    http://is.gd/Db8mNW   

2.              “Discovering Autism: An Unsettling Boom” ---Searching the Internet, Dias found stories about other children like Chase - on websites devoted to autism. "He wasn't the kid rocking in the corner, but it was just enough to scare me," recalled Dias, who lives with her husband and three … --- Vancouver Sun --- January 28, 2012  (CANADA)    http://is.gd/eBZHH8        

3.              “Mental Illness Rampant, Untreated in Jails Says Union” --- More dfmfls resources need to be put instead into mental health services to help prevent people from committing crimes in the first place. --- The Guardian Charlottetown --- January 26, 2012  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/xj9kGA    

4.              “Hey ER: Protection for the Mentally Ill Is an Emergency” --- Police had originally taken him to the ER on a mental health warrant. In order for the police to detain him under the … --- Huffington Post Canada --- January 25, 2012   (CANADA)    http://is.gd/m7szAW   

5.              “Quebec Allocates $8 Million to Improve Mental Health Care” --- Quebec's Minister for Social Services, Dominique Vien, said the investment will be divided into two sums of $4 million. --- Montreal Gazette --- January 22, 2012  (CANADA)   http://is.gd/7pqf3y   

6.            “China to Build Production Bases for Poor Handicapped Villagers” --- The government plans to build up a number of production bases particularly for handicapped rural people in the coming decade, according to the China Disabled Persons' Federation (CDPF). --- Philippine Star --- January 24, 2012 (CHINA) http://is.gd/BDj7DI                  

7.            “Disabled People Protest at Welfare Reform Bill” --- People in wheelchairs chained themselves together in anger over welfare proposals, blocking traffic in one of London's busiest shopping areas. --- BBC News --- January 29, 2012  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/YrQYye   

8.              “Jailed: Whitefield Care Boss Who Stole from Disabled Patients at South Manchester Care Homes” --- A care home boss who stole thousands of pounds from vulnerable disabled people has been jailed. --- Manchester Evening News --- January 28, 2012  (ENGLAND)   http://is.gd/LW1GVM    

9.              “Campaigners Protest in London over Disability Cuts” ---- Activists campaigning for people with disabilities are carrying out what they are calling a "disruptive act of civil disobedience" in London today to protest against the government's Welfare Reform Bill. The campaigners from disability … --- BBC News --- January 28, 2012  (ENGLAND)   http://is.gd/stkh9u   

10.              “Delay of Mental Health Reforms Criticized” --- A delay of six years in delivering community-based mental health services has been criticised by the chairman of the Mental Health Commission. --- Irish Times --- January 27, 2012  (IRELAND)   http://is.gd/ztH3l6   

11.            “Disability Services Under Threat” --- The Brothers of Charity in Galway is being forced to divert funds away from front-line services in order to pay wage increments, a disability … --- Galway Independent --- January 25, 2012  (IRELAND)   http://is.gd/g6ZCgs   

12.            “'Jordan Making Progress in Rights of People with Sisabilities' ” --- Jordan has made strides in protecting the rights of people with disabilities (PWD) but still faces challenges in ensuring that progress continues, according to HRH Prince Mired. --- Middle East North Africa Financial Network --- January 25, 2012  (JORDAN)  http://is.gd/9fskCD   

13.              “Mental Health − Still the Elephant in the Room at the Workplace” --- Managing and supporting mental health in the workplace is an ever growing and critical challenge for many employers today. --- Malta Independent Online --- January 29, 2012  (MALTA)  http://is.gd/0xjGKP    

14.              “British Charity ARC Works for Disabled” --- A British-registered charity, ARC supports a range of Russian initiatives that help improve the lives of disabled and underprivileged young people in Russia. --- The Moscow Times --- January 27, 2012  (RUSSIA)   http://is.gd/vLSLry   

15.              “Germany Helps Disabled Integrate into Community” --- A functional rehabilitation programme funded by the German organisation, Caritas has helped disabled people in central Quang Tri province integrate into the community.    --- Viet Nam News --- (VIETNAM) http://is.gd/lSo4CE    

16.          “New Navajo Nation Law Protects Vulnerable Adults” --- "There's an early childhood protection act on the books that protects children from 0 to 17, then there's an elderly protection act that's 55 and above," said Hoskie Benally, community … --- Farmington Daily Times --- January 27, 2012  (NEW MEXICO)   http://is.gd/bCWVvS 

17.            “Anxiety, Other Disorders More Common in Autism” --- Researchers said that other disorders that often go along with autism -- such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or learning disabilities -- may complicate the diagnosis, or slow down any improvement in kids who do get … --- Reuters --- January 23, 2012  (INTERNATIONAL)   http://is.gd/Y2pdOe  

 

 


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