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News Summary for February 28, 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.                     “Investigation Alleges Abuse Cover-Up At Calif. Centers For Developmentally ...” --- Centers For Developmentally Disabled Ryan Gabrielson covers public safety for California Watch and the Center for Investigative Reporting. Gabrielson's investigation reveals a failure to protect and serve the state's most vulnerable residents. --- KPBS --- February 27, 2012  (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/RyombY 

 2.                     “Allen Introduces Bill to Extend Mental Health Law” --- An existing law that allows counties to provide court-ordered outpatient mental health care for people who are mentally ill may be extended until 2019 under legislation introduced by local Assemblymember Michael Allen. Allen, D-Santa Rosa, ... --- Napa Valley Register --- February 26, 2012  (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/GqKM2a   

 3.                   “The R-Word Should Absolutely be Removed from Our Language” --- Great Falls Tribun --- Iowa state legislators are sponsoring a bill that would replace the use of the words "retarded" or "retardation" with "intellectual…” --- IOWA)  disability" in that state. This bill sends the nation a good message — that using the R-word is not acceptable --- February 26, 2012  (IOWA)http://is.gd/hAvdgz  

 4,         “Police Force's Sloppy Investigations Leave Abuse of Disabled Unsolved” --- In April 2010, at the Canyon Springs Developmental Center in Riverside County, a janitor twice sexually abused a mentally disabled female patient when caregivers were out of sight. ---News10.net --- February 27, 2012  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/xhfKoS  

 5.          “Occupy Sarasota Protests Disabled Man's Arrest by Sarasota Police” --- Sarasota Police Officer John Neri arrested Chris Young Saturday afternoon as the disabled Iraq War veteran was writing a slogan disparaging the American Legislative Exchange Council(ALEC), a conservative public policy group he opposes. --- Sarasota Herald-Tribune --- February 27, 2012  (FLORIDA)http://is.gd/z5REtF    

 6.                 “Disabled Boy Falls Down Garbage Chute, Dies in Gold Coast” --- A developmentally disabled boy fell to his death late Monday in this high-rise on Astor Street in the Gold Coast. --- CBS Local --- February 21, 2012  (FLORIDA)   http://is.gd/3JBdoz        

 7.                   “Disabled Man Who Won Civil Rights Llawsuit Moves into New Group Home” --- When the moving truck finally arrived, David Cicarelli popped out of his parent's house with a 10-pack of juice boxes, excited that his long wait was over at last. The movers were behind schedule, but the real delay to leave a Lincolnshire facility ... --- Chicago Tribune --- February 24, 2012   (ILLINOIS)http://is.gd/R1sMjp

 8.                     “Debate continues on the Issue of Mental Health Funding” --- The 2012 Iowa legislative session is in full swing and even after months of public discussion and legislative debate lawmakers still seem split on issues like --- February 24, 2012  (IOWA)   February 24m 2912  mental health reform. --- KTIV --- February 26, 2012  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/H3AVoy   

 9.                   “Woman Sues Home for Disabled After Son's Death” --- A McLouth woman is suing a Lawrence residential home for the disabled over her son's death in a fall. --- Topeka Capital Journal --- February 20, 2012  (KANSAS) http://is.gd/epOc3j   

 10.                   “Woman Sues Home for Disabled After Son's Death” --- A McLouth woman is suing a Lawrence residential home for the disabled over her son's death in a fall. --- Topeka Capital Journal --- February 20, 2012  (KANSAS) http://is.gd/epOc3j   

 11.                   “Community Rallies for Bullied Autistic Girl” --- The New Orleans community rallied together to help an autistic girl bullied at a Mardi Gras parade, providing her with her very own celebration. Within the confines of the Krewe of Muses den, amidst the floats … --- KPLC-TV --- February 25, 2012  (LOUISIANA)   http://is.gd/OQweZ7 

 12.                   “Mom Describes Disabled Teen's ‘Treatment’ as Seven Hours of Torture” --- A specialized school for special needs children and adults is under investigation after a video surfaced of a disabled teen being tied face-down to a board and being subjected to electricshock therapy for seven hours. Fox News in Boston reports that ... --- Babble --- February 24, 2012  (MASSAHUCSETTS)http://is.gd/xhfKoS   

13.                   “Chief Fired After Videotaped Prank on Mentally Disabled Teen” --- A Mid-South police chief was fired after he and other officers were caught on camera abusing a mentally disabled teen with cinnamon and boxing on city property. A video shot by a Tutwiler city official in city ... --- WMC-TV --- February 23, 2011  (MISSISSPPI)   http://is.gd/CJfUW1  

14.                   “Caretaker Accused of Beating Disabled Man to Face Trial” --- A jury trial has been scheduled for a man accused of beating a disabled resident he was assigned to care for at an Allen group home last year. Michael Reginald Fuller, 41, of Allen, is expected to appear in ... --- Allen American ---- February 23, 2012  (SOUTH CAROLINA)  February 20, 2012  (SOUTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/LkcszY  

15.                   “Teen Tied and Shocked for Hours; Mom Calls it ‘Torture’” --- Video of a disabled teen tied down and given painful electric shocks for seven hours should be made public, the youth's mother said, so everyone can see what she describes as the "torture" her son went through at the ... --- My Fox Boston --- February 20, 2012  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/23cCX1 

16.                   “Special Needs Girl, 11, Sexually Assaulted in Trenton, Police Say” --- An 11-year-old mentally handicapped girl was allegedly kissed and fondled by a 50-year-old man as she walked home in South Trenton yesterday afternoon, police said. --- The Star-Ledger - NJ.com --- February 21, 2012  (NEW JERSEY)   http://is.gd/uDKdqh

17.                   “$50,000 City Pension and $65-an-Hour Job on City Project” --- A retired FDNY captain pulling a $50,000 tax-free disability pension got a lucrative contract gig with the city doing nearly identical work to his old job, the Daily News has learned. Frank D'Amato retired from the ... --- New York Daily News --- February 27, 2012  (NEW YORK)   http://is.gd/LL9o46 

18.                   “Man Charged with Assault on Developmentally Disabled Person” --- State Police arrested a staff member on Friday who they say attacked a resident at a home for the developmentally disabled. Ramiro Detraglia, 40, of Sherburne was charged with endangering the welfare of an incompetent or ... --- NewsChannel 9 WSYR --- February 27, 2012  (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/KhMptj 

19.                   “Man Accused of Raping Disabled Woman Waives Hearing” --- A man accused of raping a mentally disabled woman on several occasions since August 2011 in Susquehanna waived his preliminary hearing Wednesday in front of District … --- Scranton Times-Tribune (PENNSYLVANIA)  February 23, 2012  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/DfCQkD  

20.                     “House Gives Preliminary Approval to Bill Protecting Students with Disabilities” --- Then there's Alexis, a 10-year-old from Johnson County with a disability. Alexis was dragged through a hall and outside of the school to a bus by two staff members not trained to use safe restraint. She had to be taken to the emergency room with ... --- Lawrence Journal World --- February 22, 2012  (KANSAS)   http://is.gd/MQmDxo   

21.                   “NY1 Exclusive: Mother Says Her Autistic Son Was Abused Twice In A Manhattan School” --- A teacher's aide is back in the classroom, even though an investigation found she had physically abused a nine-year-old student with autism. It also turns out an earlier allegation of abuse involving the same child was never even investigated. --- NY1 --- February 22, 2012  (NEW YORK)http://is.gd/2hETIq 

22.                   “Caretaker Charged with Fondling Woman with Disabilities” --- A Carlisle man has been charged with inappropriately touching a woman he was supposed to be helping through his job as a part-time caretaker. --- abc27 --- February 22, 2012   (PENNSYLVANIA)   http://is.gd/jOmiVx 

23.                   “Police: Mother Charged with Neglect after Leaving Son with Cerebral Palsy at ... A South Carolina woman has been charged with neglect after stranding her son, who has cerebral palsy, at a gas station. Spartanburg deputies say 37-year-old Maranda Deett Ross was driving with her son in Boiling Springs on ... --- The Republic --- (SOUTH CAROLINA) February 23, 2010  (SOUTH CAROLINA)   http://is.gd/Wm93xe 

24.                   “Man Accused of Abuse, Neglect of Disabled Brother, Elderly Mother” --- Wayne Steven Bowles, 53, 327 Adam Street, Church Hill, is charged with two counts of “willful abuse, neglect, or exploitation of elderly or disabled adult.” CHP Detective Kevin Grigsby launch an investigation earlier this month after several people … --- Kingsport Times News --- February 22, 2012  (TENNESSEE)   http://is.gd/HkWtzV

 25.                   “Cuts to Mental Health Would Hurt Patients, Families, Taxpayers” --- The reduction in Medicaid rates proposed in the governor's supplemental budget to reduce Regional Support Networks for mental health isn't just a line item cut, but rather one that will impact us all – our most vulnerable populations, their families ... --- The Olympian --- February 24, 2012  (WASHINGTON)http://is.gd/60CW6b   
 

 Seeking Improved Support

1.                     “Alabama Mental Health Overhaul Sparks Concerns Among Hundreds of State Residents” --- Hundreds of Tuscaloosa residents signed a petition objecting to a proposed overhaul by the Alabama Department of Mental Health. The Tuscaloosa --- The Republic --- February 26, 2012  (ALABAMA)  http://is.gd/fTNCpS   

2.                     “Hundreds at Rally Urge Protection of Mental Health Funding” --- Pezent and a crowd of 300 to 400 people rallied outside the State House to urge lawmakers not to make any deep cuts to the Alabama Department of Mental Health, saying it could endanger needed services. --- Montgomery Advertiser --- February 22, 2012  (ALABAMA)   http://is.gd/y8JT68   

3.                     “Group Home Employee Arrested in Asault” --- A group home worker has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a resident at the home. According to the police report, Edward McClure, 44, of Glendale, grabbed the victim by the throat and threw him down, punching him in the ...  --- KPHO Phoenix --- February 24, 2012  (ARIZONA)  http://is.gd/d3tbe6    

4.                     “Questions Surround State Agency in Wake of Autistic Man's Death” ---When he was a child, Van Ingraham was diagnosed with mental retardation and severe autism. As he grew older, his family found they could not cope with his disabilities. His older brother Larry recalls their dilemma. "It became very clear that he was ... --- abc7.com --- February 24, 2012  (CALIFORNIA)http://is.gd/DPAGqw   

5.                     “Lax Investigations Leave Abuse of Disabled Unpunished” --- Police force for state institutions didn't process crime scenes or follow leads – even after deaths. 50% off! $14 for Soak Off Color Gel Manicures at Finest Nails! --- OCRegister --- February 23, 2012  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/9Q8HiS   

6.                     “Justices Allows Doctors Ro re-argue California Medicaid Case” --- The Supreme Court on Wednesday kept alive the possibility that California doctors, pharmacists and senior citizens can challenge the state's Medicaid reimbursement cuts. But the closely divided court didn't definitively ... --- February 27, 2012  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/OWskj5   

7.                     “Agency to Shutter Programs for Adults” --- For years, Florida Baptist Children's Homes has provided services for adults with developmental disabilities. The organization, known statewide for its programs to house and counsel troubled youth and children caught up in the ... --- The Ledger --- February 27, 2012  (FLORIDA)   http://is.gd/swbz8a   

8.                     “Families, Hospitals Fighting Medicaid Cuts” --- Lakeesha Hines depends on assistance from Medicaid to help pay for her 7-year-old son's ongoing treatment for stroke-related seizures, asthma and developmental delays. --- Tbo.com --- February 20, 2012  (FLORIDA)   http://is.gd/D2QcOU   

9.                   “Funds Scarce for Georgia Program for Disabled” --- Georgia's model for ending the segregation of its residents with disabilities from the population at large is so good that it's becoming a model for other states. But very few Georgians can actually make the ... --- Macon Telegraph --- February 20, 2012  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/6deImi   

10.                   “Illinois to Start Unsanctioned Medicaid Anti-fraud Efforts” --- Illinois is moving forward with new anti-fraud measures in its Medicaid program, despite not having federal approval for the strategy. Beginning in March, the state will match Medicaid enrollees' addresses with the state's directory of driving records, ... --- American Medical News --- February 27, 2012  (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/71X4N2   

11.                   “Quinn: IL Medicaid on Brink of Collapse” --- In his budget address Wednesday, Quinn said Illinois must cut Medicaid spending by $2.7 billion to keep the system working. But the Democratic governor didn't offer a plan for achieving that savings. --- Belleville News Democrat --- February 22, 2012  (ILLINOIS)   http://is.gd/tLnhXg   

12.                   “Chicago sheriff: Mental Health Cuts Mean More Prisoners” --- Tom Dart, The Cook County Sheriff, told The Chicago News Cooperative on Monday that of those 11,000 prisoners, about 2000 have some form of serious mental illness. --- msnbc.com --- February 22, 2012  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/ab9kNv   

13.                   “Bill Aims to End Free Disability-Parking Abuses” --- The Illinois Secretary of State's Office would issue these people a “free parking sticker” after receiving a doctor's confirmation of one or more of these disabilities. Disabled-parking placard and plate holders would continue to be allowed to park in ... --- Chicago Sun-Times --- February 27, 2012  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/JZP46T   

13.                   “Family Seeks Federal Probe of Fatal Shooting by Calumet City Cops” --- About 10 people marched with the family of 15-year-old Stephon Watts Saturday, demanding sanctions against the Calumet City police officers who shot the autistic teen to death. One of the teen's uncles, ... --- CBS Local --- February 26, 2012  (FEBRUARY 26, 2012)  http://is.gd/9eXGgz    

14.                   “Quinn to Call for Fozens of Prison, Human Services Closures” --- Pat Quinn on Wednesday plans to call for widespread closures and consolidation in agencies dealing with social services, state police and prisons, including the shutdown of the controversial super-maximum prison in deep Southern Illinois, according to ... --- Chicago Tribune (ILLINOIS)  --- February 20.2012http://is.gd/LkcszY

15.                   “Singer Mental Health Expected to Close with Other State Facilities” --- Four Department of Human Services institutions are on the closure list, including Tinley Park Mental Health Center and Jacksonville Developmental Center previously announced by the administration. Those facilities are slated to close after July … --- Rockford Register Star --- Feburay 22, 2012  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/iq4iHS

 16.                   “Illinois Lawmakers Face Menu of Cuts to Curb State's Medicaid Spending” --- A proposed $2.7 billion cut to Medicaid spending could mean a significant drop in payments for medical providers in Illinois, which could put several programs in jeopardy. A menu of possible cuts prepared by Gov. --- Quincy Herald Whig --- February 25, 2012  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/c52T9S

 17.                   “The Arc of Illinois Advocates for the Disabled at the White House” --- Nancy Webster, Terri Devine, Dorelia Rivera, Bob Okazaki, Dan Strick and Tony Paulauski joined 150 leaders of The Arc from across the country to attend a White House community leaders briefing on Feb. 10. --- nwitimes.com --- February 20, 2012  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/r9O1d7

  18.                   “Mental Health Funding Accord Elusive” --- Despite weeks of quiet bargaining, legislators acknowledged Tuesday that deep divisions remain about paying for an overhaul of Iowa's mental health system. --- DesMoinesRegister.com --- February 22, 2012  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/lofLnw   

 19.                   “State Worker Numbers Fall” --- DHH shuttered or downsized institutions for the developmentally disabled, which is called Support and Services Centers, and moved clients into home and community-based settings. The state got out of the group home business. --- The Advocate --- February 27, 2012  (LOUISIANA)  http://is.gd/qjqRew

 20.                   “National Autism Group Has Message for Local Girl Recently Bullied” --- The nation's largest grassroots autism walk program was in New Orleans this weekend to plan its first event this fall, and had a message for young Emily Mueller. She was the child, bullied by drunken parade-goers while trying to watch Muses recently. --- Bayoubuzz --- February 26, 2012  (LOUISIANA)http://is.gd/ozA9x0

 21.                   “Bills Still Alive this Session” --- Retarded: The term “mental retardation” and “mentally retarded” would be replaced in Iowa's law with “intellectual disability.” Senate File 2247 and House File 2344. EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION: Employers could not legally use a person's employment  ... --- DesMoinesRegister.com --- February 24, 2012  (IOWA) http://is.gd/7rc5jn

 22.                   “Medicaid Managed Care Problems Mount, Advocates for Mentally Ill Say” --- Problems with the state's new Medicaid managed care system continue to mount, causing serious disruptions in care for people with mental illness, advocates told the Senate Health and Welfare Committee Wednesday. --- Louisville Courier-Journal --- February 23, 2012  (KENTUCKY)  http://is.gd/VxBDGJ

 23.                   “Services to Disabled to Be Cut in Wayne County” --- An Ann Arbor based company that provides adults with developmental disabilities the opportunity for employment is closing it's Wayne County program due to downsizing. --- WDIV Detroit        (MICHIGAN)   February 22, 2012   http://is.gd/iq4iHS

 24.                   “Michigan Mental Health Advocates Ask for Insurance Parity” --- But mental health advocates want coverage to be mandated for all mental illness. The autism coverage issue has gotten a lot of attention because Lt. Gov. Brian Calley's daughter has autism, and he supports the insurance mandate. --- Michigan Radio --- February 26, 2012  (MICHIGAN) http://is.gd/d6ROb1

 25.                   “Mental Health Service Consumers Speak Out” --- Chief's Roundtable attendees share experiences, needs and fears regarding the current mental health services available on Maui. “I have been threatened for asking for my needs.” The first "Chief's Roundtable" on Maui in three years was held at the J. --- Maui Weekly       (MISSISSIPPI)  February 23, 2012  http://is.gd/moe4yH

 26.                   “Police Chief Fired After Prank Played on Disabled Black Man” --- A Mississippi police chief and four members of his staff have been fired after allegedly forcing a mentally disabled 18-year-old black man to eat cinnamon as part of a prank, according to ABC News. In the cruel prank, which was videotaped and ... --- The Root --- February 23, 2012  (MISSISSPPI)  http://is.gd/srNifB

 27.                   “New Orleans Rails Against Mental-Health Care Cuts” --- New Orleans city officials are aggressively pushing back against a “devastating” proposed $15 million cut to inpatient mental health and substance abuse services now being offered at LSU Interim Hospital. --- New America Media --- February 22, 2012  (LOUISIANA)   http://is.gd/wcjTlo

 28.                   “Disability Advocates Praise Funding Plan, Seek More” --- Kewaun Pittman and Christine Eckman travel with fellow marchers Tuesday to a rally at Lawyers Mall for Developmental Disabilities Day in Annapolis. ---  Annapolis Capital --- February 22, 2012  (MARYLAND)   http://is.gd/kKedhi

 29.                   “Arc Seeks Nominations for Carroll County Awards” --- Each year The Arc recognizes individuals and organizations who have made a difference in the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. --- Baltimore Sun --- (MARYLAND)   Baltimore Sun --- February 19, 2012   http://is.gd/ARmwN0

 30.                   “Suicide Prevention a Top Priority for Disability Advocates” --- Because of this alarming trend, The Disability Law Center appealed to the courts for a change in the system. --- WWLP 22News --- February 21, 2012  (MASSACHUSETTS)   http://is.gd/dNCMaB

 31.                   “Seniors, Deaf & Blind Face Service Cuts” --- Among the cuts include the elimination of 240,000 subsidized lunches for seniors and $450000 dollars in funding for shopping and community assistance for deaf and blind people. The Patrick administration maintains that new revenue in the form of taxes ... --- WWLP 22News --- February 22, 2012  (MASSACHUSETTS) http://is.gd/ydap9h

 32.                   “Audit: Child-Welfare Checks Uneven in Minnesota” --- Audit urges state to unify county and tribal standards in handling abuse and neglect allegations. Minnesota's child welfare system needs stronger guidance to ensure that vulnerable children are treated consistently from one county to another, ... --- Minneapolis Star Tribune --- Februray 21, 2012  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/BK2O10

 33.                   “Chairman: Mental Health Could See Funding Cuts” --- The chairman of the state Board of Mental Health says if the Legislature goes ahead with present budget proposals, it could mean the loss of jobs at facilities across Mississippi. Robert Landrum of Ellisville, February 22, 2012  (MISSISSIPPI)  http://is.gd/kUsUDh

 34.                   “Firefighter Retired on Disability Uses Bow to Hunt Suburban Deer” --- Today, Salamone, 50, prowls the suburbs with a bow and arrow while earning a $44203 annual disability pension. As organizer of Suburban Bowhunters, his mission is to remove problem deer from west St. Louis County communities, where they pose a threat ... --- STLtoday.com --- (MISSOURI)  February 19, 2012 http://is.gd/l5CMLt 

 35.                   “Bogus Disability Claims Hurt Those Actually Disabled” --- The American taxpayer is more than willing to provide funding for those truly in need, and the disabled top that list. --- Southeast Missourian --- February 22, 2012  (MISSOURI) http://is.gd/IhZhav

 36.                   “New Mexico Proposes to Overhaul Medicaid Program” --- Susana Martinez's administration is proposing to overhaul the Medicaid program but there will be no changes in who's eligible to receive medical services and no cuts in rates paid to health care providers. Human Services Secretary Sidonie Squier on ... --- KOB.com --- Nebraska 25, 2012  (NEW MEXICO)  February 25, 2012  (NEBRASKA)  http://is.gd/wk2ozX

 37.                   “Chris Christie Claims only Texas Institutionalizes More Developmentally Disabled People than New Jersey” --- As the governor announced more funding for social services in his budget speech on Feb. 21, he told the Legislature the government needs to change that fact by providing better care to the state's vulnerable residents. --- PolitiFact --- February 21, 2012  (NEW JERSEY)http://is.gd/c47fTB

 38.                   “Mentally ill New Yorkers Need Help” --- The recently proposed closure of Kingsboro Psychiatric Center in Brooklyn looks like the latest step by the New York State Office of Mental Health to get out of the business of providing treatment to people with ... --- New York Daily News      (NEW YORK) --- February 27, 2012  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/KhMptj

 39.                   ‘ “Funding for Developmentally Disabled is Vita’ ” --- Most likely, you would have been advised that your baby was "mentally retarded" and needed to be in a state institution. We have come a long way since then. We have learned that the institutional environment dramatically shortchanges the individual ... --- Statesman Journal --- February 21, 2012  (OREGON)  http://is.gd/4ECTN0

 40.                   “US Supreme Court Declines to Hear Arlington Case about Accessibility” --- Richard Frame, who was paralyzed in a 1999 car wreck, sued the city, alleging that when some sidewalks and curbs were built or altered, Arlington did not make them accessible, violating Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. --- Fort Worth Star Telegram --- February 21, 2012  (TEXAS)   http://is.gd/kigOy3

41.                   “Elderly Woman on Wheelchair Victim of Purse Snatching” --- A 77-year-old woman on a wheelchair was victim of a purse snatching incident at a west El Paso Wal-Mart. Police say on Jan. 16 around 7 pm, the elderly woman was shopping inside the store when two women approached her. --- KTSM News Channel 9 --- February 22, 2012  (TEXAS)   http://is.gd/jpy37X  

 42.                     “Police Work at Care Homes is Slipshod” --- And that's probably a major understatement,” said Tamie Hopp, an official with the national organization Voice of the Retarded. Terri Delgadillo, director of the Department of Dev U-T San Diegoelopmental Services, said her department has a zero-tolerance policy that ... --- February 23, 2012  (TEXAS) http://is.gd/ubBRqS

 43.                   “As State Closes Mental Disability Centers, Local Agencies Brace for Flood of Need” --- Virginia will close its training centers for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the next 10 years, putting more than 1,000 individuals into community-based programs that already have lengthy waiting lists for their services. --- The Daily Progress ---      (VIRGINIA)   The Daily Progress February 19, 2012  (VIRGINIA) http://is.gd/QwfK6K     

44.                   “Mid-Columbia, Yakima Valley Hospitals Brace for Budget Hits” --- All other critical access hospitals would see a 10 percent drop in what the state pays them to treat patients on Medicaid. But a bill under consideration in the House Ways & Means Committee on Friday goes even farther and would eliminate what's known ... --- Bellingham Herald --- February 26, 2012  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/YBkzdG

 45.                     “Home Care Workers Protest Service Cuts” --- SEIU protesters refused to leave a Vancouver social services office Tuesday evening. They are upset about wages paid to home care workers. --- The Columbian --- February 21, 2012  (WASHINGTON)   February 21, 2012  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/6y0Nj1

 46.                   “Autism Clean-Up Bill Passes House of Delegates” --- Parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder can breathe a little easier now that the West Virginia House of Delegates has passed a bill regarding insurance coverage for those children. House Bill 4260, which passed ... --- State Journal --- February 23, 2012  (WEST VIRGINIA)    http://is.gd/vdzgj5

 47.                   “Mental Health Care Gaps Are Identified” --- Ehrendreich, a 43-year-old Manitowoc resident who has post-traumatic stress disorder and bipolar disorder, believes strongly in the value of peer mentoring to help people through the process of recovery from mental illness. --- Herald Times Reporter --- February 27, 2012  (WISCONSIN)  http://is.gd/mGx9MD

 48.       “US Charges Bank Of America With Discrimination Against Disabled” ---… with discriminating against disabled home buyers by asking them for medical information and proof of federal disability income. The government charges that the bank violated the Fair Housing Act, which bars lenders from imposing different ... --- Fox Business --- February 27, 2012  (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/VBXICW

49.                   “Disabled America” --- In practice, as UI expires people seem to suddenly become disabled: Since 1995 the number of disabled workers has doubled and expenditures have increased even faster than disabled workers, tripling since 1995. --- Slate Magazine --- February 22 2012  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/cRyIBl

50.                   “How the Powerful Placebo Effect Works” --- Impeccably researched, his books tell of an epidemic of drug-induced mental illness -- including a four-fold rise in people on government disability for mentally illness in the last 30 years -- due to the brain damaging effects of these drugs and how ... --- CBS News --- (U.S. – NATIONAL) February 19, 2012  (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/PAgFVF   
 

Proposed Legislation and New Laws

1.                     “Disabled Sue LA over Deteriorating Sidewalks” --- Some are in desperate shape, causing a real safety hazard for the disabled. Mahdokht Nakhost is one such citizen. It can be quite a struggle for her to get around, and she worries she might tip over on the sidewalks in her neighborhood. --- abc7.com --- February 24, 2012   (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/on54B4   

 2.                     “Disabled Teen May Get $10M Instead of $30M” --- Lawmakers in Florida have changed a bill created to help a disabled Colorado teenager injured at birth. Under the bill passed in committee on Friday, Aaron Edwards' family would get $10 million over a period of 10 years instead of the $30 ... --- KMGH Denver --- February 24, 2012  (COLORADO)  http://is.gd/9w9zd5   

 3.                     “Boulder County Supports Changes to State Child Welfare Practices” ---Camera Staff Writer Boulder County is supporting a new state bill that would allow its social services department to treat mild and moderate child welfare cases differently than more severe cases, with the goal of collaborating with ... --- Daily Camera --- February 24, 2012  (COLORADO)  http://is.gd/5xN3pA

 4.                     “Debate continues on the Issue of Mental Health Funding” --- The 2012 Iowa legislative session is in full swing and even after months of public discussion and legislative debate lawmakers still seem split on issues like --- February 24, 2012  (IOWA)   February 24m 2912  mental health reform. --- KTIV --- February 26, 2012  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/H3AVoy    

 5.                     “House OKs Bill Governing Use of Restraints in Schools” --- A bill intended to regulate seclusion and restraint of Kansas schoolchildren, particularly those with disabilities, won approval in the House today. The vote was 82-41. The bill now goes to a Senate committee. --- Kansas.com --- February 22, 2012  (KANSAS)   http://is.gd/MFAApq   

 6.           “Man Accused of Sex Assaults at Group Home” --- The suspect owned a home where adults with disabilities were cared for, and police allege that he had been sexually assaulting female clients who were living there. So far, police have identified three victims, in incidents that date back to 1985, ... --- Brandon Sun --- February 22, 2012  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/XmjLGC   

 7            “New Group Set up to Protect Disabled People from Abuse” --- Notts County Council is stepping its campaign to stop attacks and abuse directed at disabled people. The council is working with the police and other agencies to raise awareness about what they say are hate crimes. --- This is Nottingham --- February 20, 2012  (ENGLAND)              http://is.gd/MAdOMp               

 8.                     “Lawsuit Prompts Okla. Lawmaker to Seek Amendment” --- Angered by a lawsuit challenging a scholarship program for children with disabilities, an Oklahoma lawmaker has introduced a bill that would abolish a section of the state constitution that prohibits the use of ... --- San Antonio Express --- February 22, 2012  (OKLAHOMA)   http://is.gd/uR3Mg2

 9.                     “Portland Employees Push for Autism Coverage: Portland City Hall Roundup” --- A group of city of Portland staffers wants the city to offer new health coverage for family members with autism, and they're taking their case today to the board that decides Portland's benefits package. --- OregonLive.com --- February 24, 2012   (OREGON)   http://is.gd/Xla8VM    

 10.                     “Vt Delays Mental Health Vote After 80 Layoff News” --- The Vermont Senate has put off final action on a major overhaul of the state's mental health system after the administration of Gov. Peter Shumlin announced the impending layoffs of about 80 employees of the Vermont State ... --- NECN --- February 24, 2012  (VERMONT)   http://is.gd/TGlIj1   

 11.                     “Drugs, Autism Still on WV Legislature's Agenda” --- Delegate Barbara Evans Fleischauer, D-Monongalia, will discuss an autism bill lawmakers are considering. And he will be joined by Aaron Simmons and Ben Beakes, two of this year's State Journal 40-Under-40 members. --- State Journal --- February 17, 2012  (WEST VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/Vihk9c   

 12.         “Supreme Court Sends Back California Medicaid Cuts Case” --- The Supreme Court sent back to a lower court a case on whether Medicaid recipients and medical providers can sue California for cutting reimbursement rates in the healthcare program for low-income Americans. --- Chicago Tribune --- February 22, 2012  (U.S. – NATIONAL)              http://is.gd/8elQ9F   
 

 International Articles

1.           “Concern over Funding for Mental Patients” --- The first blueprint for implementing the new activity-based funding system for public hospitals has caused alarm among mental health experts, who claim it risks causing severe damage to their services by making it harder to offer seamless community and ... --- The Australian --- February 25, 2012  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/3BxeOD

 2.           “Van Torched, Disabled Pensioner Stranded” --- HEARTLESS thieves have robbed a wheelchair-bound woman of a large part of her mobility and freedom by taking her vehicle and setting fire to it. Val Grimm of Glenfield has used a Kia van with wheelchair access to get about town when she needs to and is ...  --- February 22, 2012  (KANSAS)   http://is.gd/MQmDxo

 3.           “8 Handicapped Activists Released From Jail” --- The eight handicapped activists that were arrested in Thursday's clash with police have been released from prison after one of them suffered epileptic seizures during a hearing. The activists and their families returned to their vigil on the corner …   --- By admin--- Daily Advertiser --- February 26, 2012  (AUSTRALIA)  --- February 26, 2012  (AUSTRALIA  http://is.gd/1HIKzM   

 4.         “Alberta Doctors Continue to Bill Province for Treating Homosexuality as a Mental Disaorder akin to Pedophelia” --- National Post ---“In December 2010, the minister of health agreed . . . that doctors' diagnostic billing codes listing sexual orientation under mental illness was unacceptable,” Liberal Laurie Blakeman said in the provincial legislature this week.    --- National Post --- February 24, 2012   (CANADA)  http://is.gd/BuujJE    

 5.         “Mentally Ill Win Right to Challenge Their Lawyer's Performance” --- In a 3-0 decision Tuesday, the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled that Zeljko Gligorevic, who has schizophrenia and is locked in the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, is the victim of a miscarriage of justice because he was denied effective legal ...  --- Toronto Star --- (CANADA) ---February 21, 2012  http://is.gd/lD6S9C   

 6.         “ 'Lazy' Media Stigmatize Mentally Ill: Researchers” --- Media coverage of mental illness in Canada is overwhelmingly negative, according to an analysis of news articles and television transcripts commissioned by the Mental Health Commission of Canada. --- National Post --- February 19, 2012  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/YpbBSt   

 7.           “Flying Wheelchair Almost Killed Nurse and Patient Due to Magnetic Pull of MRI ... “ --- A hospital is facing a £20,000 bill to repair damage caused by a wheelchair which was flung across a room by powerful magnets in an MRI machine. It is thought a nurse had pushed the metal chair into the room to collect a patient despite ... --- Daily Mail --- February 27, 2012  (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/OKUCFn  

 8.         “Carer Stole £135,000 from Disabled Widow” --- A carer who "plundered" £135000 from a disabled 83-year-old widow she was looking after to spend on family holidays and horses, has been jailed for five years. --- This is Cornwall --- February 27, 2012  (ENGLAND)   http://is.gd/32LcBV   

 9.           “More than 1,000 Patients Escape Midlands Mental Hospitals” --- Morethan 1000 mentally ill patients have escaped from Midland psychiatric wards in the last three years. On average one patient a day has gone missing from the health units at five NHS trusts since 2009. The total of 1,0191 patients who have absconded ... ---   Sunday Mercury --- February 26, 2012  (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/spLmKm    

 6.           “Gang Attacked Disabled Victim” --- She started claiming loudly that she had been to school with me and that I wasn't disabled then. “Aside from this being utterly untrue, like most muscle-wasting conditions, mine is progressive. --- Lancashire Evening Post --- February 23, 2012  (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/p35l6c   

 7.           “Burglars Held Knife and Gun to Disabled Man's Face after Kidnapping His Carer to Break Into His House”  The gang snatched the carer at gunpoint from outside her home in Sandwell and forced her to drive to disabled Noel Martin's house in nearby Edgbaston at about 10pm on Monday. --- Daily Mail --- February 22, 2012  (ENGLAND)   http://is.gd/CziscO   

 8.           “Calls to Mental Helpline Soar” --- Calls to a mental health helpline soared by almost 60pc last month, it has emerged. St Patrick's University Hospital said it heard from 213 people in crisis in January -- compared to 134 in January 2011. --- Herald.ie --- February 20, 2012  (IRELAND)  http://is.gd/sGgoTl   

 9.         “President Calls for Change in Attitudes Towards Autism” --- Higgins has said Irish society must move decisively away from the wrong kind of thinking about disability, specifically autism. Criticising what he called “deficits-based” thinking about disability, he called for a more positive ...     --- Irish Times --- Febuary 25, 2012  (IRELAND)   http://is.gd/9LaElb   

 10.       “2 Found Dead in Tokyo Apartment Believed to be Mom, Handicapped Son” --- A 29-year-old woman, who lives on the first floor of the apartment building, said, "I didn't know the boy was handicapped. I felt uneasy about their mailbox being filled up, but I did not hear him crying." --- Mainichi Daily News --- February 22, 2012  (JAPAN)  http://is.gd/43yo5E   

 11.         Book: Mentally handicapped working at Fukushima plant after meltdowns — Often given worse radiation suits than regular employees --- February 21 2012  (JAPAN)   February 21, 2012  http://is.gd/uqZiJo  

 12.         “Welfare Changes 'Devastating' for Disabled People” --- Changes to the welfare system are having a "devastating" impact on disabled people, Citizens Advice Scotland has said. In a report examining a number of cases from across Scotland… --- stv.tv         (SCOTLAND)  http://is.gd/jyeu8x

 

 


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