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News Summary for March 10, 2014
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.   “Mentally Ill More Often Victims of Violence than Perpetrators: Study” --- Within a six-month period of time, nearly one-third of adults with a mental health disorder are victimized, the study revealed. The researchers also ... --- Philly.com --- February 27, 2014  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/ZCR2am

2.   “State Hit with Fines over Psych Hospitals” --- Perkins, a mentally ill woman, had been held in the County Jail on criminal charges. But when Perkins was transported to Napa State Hospital on Jan. --- Stockton Record --- March 5, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/eipLI5

3.   “Appeals Court Judge under Fire for Ordering New Rape Trial” --- “I had to go visit the Down syndrome woman who was the victim of the rape and tell her that even though a jury had convicted her assailant of the ... --- Atlanta Journal Constitution --- February 26, 2014  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/Y5cKmP

4.   “Louisiana Baptist Pastor David Lemley Accused of Raping Mentally Disabled Woman” --- A Baptist pastor has been arrested for allegedly raping a disabled woman who has a mental age of a seven-year-old at her father's request. --- Daily Mail --- March 3, 2014  (LOUISIANA)  http://is.gd/LmviKY

5.   “Ex-worker Accused of Abusing Disabled Adults at Beatrice Center Gets up to 15 Years in Prison” --- A former Beatrice State Developmental Center worker convicted of abusing developmentally disabled adults has again been ... --- The Republic --- February 27, 2014  (NEBRASKA)  http://is.gd/mgxm0L

6.   “Agency Sued in Sexual Assault of Autistic Man” --- The woman, who is a legal guardian for the developmentally disabled man from Lee, seeks compensatory damages arising from sexual assaults and ... --- Foster's Daily Democrat --- March 5, 2014  (NEW HAMPSHRE)  http://is.gd/JqFUBg

7.   “Abuse Not Tolerated, Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Says” --- The beating of Prince Bradley is one of 611 documented cases of abuse, neglect or exploitation of people with intellectual disabilities receiving ... --- The Tennessean --- February 27, 2014  (TENNESSEE)  http://is.gd/zr7YyS

8.   “Fairer Treatment for Disabled Victims of Sexual Assault: Pilot Program” --- People with an intellectual disability struggle in the justice system, where they are often seen as unreliable witnesses. As a result many cases of ... --- ABC Online --- February 27, 2014  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/o3UtWE

9.   “Woman with Down Syndrome Wrongly Put in Facility, Family Says” --- A Toronto couple is asking for an apology and has plans to launch a human rights complaint after their 49-year-old sister with Down syndrome was ... --- CBC.ca --- February 26, 2014  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/c39Eg4
 

Abuse/Crime-related

10.   “Woman Met Alleged Theft Victim at Church, Became Caregiver” --- Woman met alleged theft victim at church, became caregiver ... a disabled person met her alleged victim at church and then became his caregiver. --- WAFF --- March 4, 2014  (ALABAMA)   http://is.gd/QdLf15

11.   “Former Teacher Aide Admits to Harrassing Student” --- ... kicking the wheelchair, slapping, and becoming verbally abuse toward Jose Salinas, a Wicksburg High School student suffering from cerebral palsy. --- Dothan First --- March 3, 2014  (ALABAMA)  http://is.gd/B7EpSV

12.   “Responsibilities, Limitations for Protecting At-risk Adults” --- In 2012 Adult Protective Services (APS) responded to 11,000 reports of mistreatment or self-neglect of at-risk adults in Colorado ... --- Fort Morgan Times --- February 27, 2014  (COLORADO)  http://is.gd/55PGLd

13.   “Man Accused of Abusing 2 at Godfrey Group Home” --- A group supervisor at a southwestern Illinois home for people with developmental disabilities is accused of slapping two ... --- San Francisco Chronicle         --- March 1, 2014  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/Y2iaOj

14.   “Consumer Alert: Couple Uses Disabled Woman, Disaster to Scam People” --- Laine's only sister, Leslie, was disabled and Laine took care of her. "It turned out someone had used her identification in a fraudulent activity, saying ... --- WKYT --- March 5, 2014  (KENTUCKY)   http://is.gd/HGQFOh

15.   “Bardstown Man Charged with Sexual Assault of Young, Mentally Handicapped Girl” --- Police classified the victim as "borderline mentally retarded." Neighbor Jerimiah Lamb was sickened to hear of the police report on the 20-year-old ... --- WLKY Louisville --- March 4, 2014 (KENTUCKY) http://is.gd/wS2q34 

16.   “Shreveport Man Arrested for Stealing 401K of Mentally Handicapped Victim” --- A Shreveport man was arrested on Friday for stealing the retirement savings of a mentally challenged acquaintance, according Caddo Sheriff Steve ... --- KTAL --- March 3, 2014  (LOUISIANA)  http://is.gd/RGQhM1

17.   “Riverview Psychiatric Center Superintendent Fired” --- In October, the federal government yanked $20 million in funding from Riverview because federal officials say the hospital failed to comply with safety standards. --- WMTW Portland --- March 5, 2014  (MAINE)  http://is.gd/MrVqYd

18.   “Officer Helps Disabled Woman Who Was Stranded” --- Cpl. Adrienne Pugh responded to a call for an Anne Arundel County woman who has cerebral palsy and was neglected at a supposed group home in ... --- CapitalGazette.com --- February 28, 2014  (MARYLAND)   http://is.gd/H6R5Bb

19.   “Police Say Brockton Couple Took More than Money from Sharon Disabled Woman” --- The disabled women is confined to a wheelchair and relies heavily on ... Financial exploitation and abuse of the elderly and disabled have become ... --- Enterprise News --- March 5, 2014  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/Gs3IJT

20.   “2 Charged with Robbing Disabled Mass. Lotto Winner” --- Two people are held without bail after Worcester police they stole $400 in lottery winnings they saw a disabled woman collect at a convenience ... --- WLNE-TV (ABC6) --- February 28, 2014  (MASSACHUSETTS)   http://is.gd/chpziM

21.   “Video of Special Needs Boy Stuck in Classroom Chair Stirs Goodrich Controversy” --- A 53-second cell phone video and pictures of a special needs student stuck in a chair inside an Oaktree Elementary classroom are ... --- The Flint Journal --- February 28, 2014  (MICHIGAN)   http://is.gd/G6vElh

22.   “State Report Finds Deep Flaws in Care, Leaving Mentally Ill in Limbo” --- State report finds deep flaws in care, leaving mentally ill in limbo ... Public care for the mentally ill in Minnesota is deeply flawed, with patients cycling in ... --- Minneapolis Star Tribune --- March 3, 2014  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/M6TLts

23.   “Advocates for Minnesotans with Disabilities to Rally at State Capitol Tuesday” --- Many people with disabilities, along with families and advocates, will go to the Capitol Tuesday to urge Minnesota legislators to pass a bill that would ... --- MinnPost.com --- March 3, 2014  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/X36e5H

24.   “Man Sentenced for Hitting Vulnerable Adult” --- A 33-year-old McComb man will serve more than a year in prison after pleading guilty to charges of abusing a vulnerable ... --- SunHerald.com --- February 26, 2014  (MISSISSIPPI)   http://is.gd/prsd6n

25.   “Suit over St. Louis Priory Student's Death Goes to Trial” --- The 13-year-old seventh-grader at St. Louis Priory School had Asperger's syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder, which meant he needed regular ... --- STLtoday.com --- March 4, 2014  (MISSOURI)  http://is.gd/0woR7X

26.   “ACLU: Montana's Mentally Ill Prisoners Are Mistreated” --- The American Civil Liberties Union of Montana said Friday that the state prison and hospital have a woefully inadequate system of treating ... --- Billings Gazette --- February 28, 2014   (MONTANA)  http://is.gd/n1VQgg

27.   “NY1 For You: Ambulette Fails to Transport Disabled Brooklyn Man” --- One disabled Brooklyn man is a prisoner is his own home since his ambulette service has left him stranded. NY1's Susan Jhun filed the following "NY1 ... --- NY1 --- March 4, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/upA1Jz

28.   “Ohio Defendant Says She Was Trying to Help Mentally Disabled Woman She's Accused of Enslaving” ---- One of two people accused of enslaving a mentally disabled woman in an Ohio home for two years with her child is denying ... --- Fox News --- March 5, 2014  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/UNgWOv

29.   “Eleven Foster Kids Forced to Sleep in Cages Reach $2.3 Million Settlement” --- Their adoptive parents, Michael and Sharen Gravelle, spent two years in prison for abusing some of the children. The Gravelles, who said they used ... --- Perth Now --- March 4, 2014  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/Ya0pkG

30.   “Retaliation Suit Filed Against Goodwill Industries” --- ... Industries of South Central Ohio, alleging that she was fired after reporting suspected abuse of physically- and developmentally-disabled employees ... --- The Pike County Daily --- March 4, 2014  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/TH8kX6

31.   “Woman's Big Mouth at Brother's Sentencing Lands Her Behind Bars” --- Harry Bailey's big mouth led to his February conviction of robbing and assaulting a developmentally disabled woman, but it was Bailey's sister's big ... --- Cincinnati.com --- March 4, 2014  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/JTzHOJ

32.   “Worker at Group Home Indicted for Murder” --- The only employee in a Mount Healthy group home when a resident with Down Syndrome was killed last fall was indicted Thursday for murder. --- Cincinnati.com --- February 27, 2014  (OHIO)   http://is.gd/ULDG5B

33.   “An 18-year-old Accused of Severely Beating a Mentally Disabled Lebanon Man Took a Plea Deal in ...” --- An 18-year-old accused of severely beating a mentally disabled Lebanon man took a plea deal in Linn County Circuit Court on Thursday morning, and ... --- Albany Democrat Herald --- February 27, 2014  (OREGON)   http://is.gd/nB9EBQ

34.   “Report Critical of Inmate Treatment” --- The Disability Rights Network called treatment of mentally ill inmates at the SCI-Cresson a “Dickensian nightmare.” It blamed the suicide of an inmate ... --- The Tribune-Democrat --- March 1, 2014  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/0mRxbE

35.   “Judson ISD: Special-needs Third-grader Leaves School, Gets Picked up by Stranger” --- The special-needs student at Spring Meadows Elementary had gotten upset 'over people telling him what to do,' so he walked out of class and out of ... --- February 28, 2014  (TEXAS)   http://is.gd/pkIakA

36.   “Disabled Woman Pimped, Raped by Roommate for Several Years” --- A man accused of pimping two women — one of whom is severely disabled — now faces charges of prostitution and ... --- Q13 FOX --- March 3, 2014   (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/jS794v

37.   “Developmentally Disabled Woman Burned,Locked in Room Sues State” --- Laura Gholston is a 47 year-old developmentally disabled woman, but mentally has the capacity of a 3 to 4 year-old child. “She requires ... --- Q13 FOX --- March 3, 2014  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/aOB382

38.   “Teacher Faces Charges for Allegedly Assaulting Student” --- He is accused of choking a special needs student. Baylous says the alleged victim's mother made the complaint and that Taylor was arrested after an ... --- WHAG --- February 28, 2014  (WEST VIRGINIA)   http://is.gd/rGnxVa

39.   “Man Accused of Abusing Developmentally Disabled Adults” --- According to court documents, Williams, a caregiver, was fired in September by the owner of Agape Supportive Living Services who accused him of using drugs at work. --- WISN Milwaukee --- March 3, 2014  (WISCONSIN)  http://is.gd/yZQ753

40.   “Racine Man Sentenced for Robbery of Paraplegic Man” --- A defense attorney said a Racine man was drunk with his friend when they attacked and robbed a paraplegic man in a wheelchair and that ... --- Journal Times --- March 3, 2014  (WISCONSIN)  http://is.gd/zqZqon
 

Seeking Improved Support

41.   “Mayo: Crisis Intervention Team Training Gives Cops Better Understanding of Mental Illness” --- And in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties, like many places around the country, the biggest mental-health provider isn't a hospital or ... --- Sun-Sentinel

42.   “Disabled Georgians Waiting Months for Job Training” --- Budget and staffing issues have left unemployed and disabled Georgians looking for job training waiting months for help from a state ... --- WRCB-TV --- March 2, 2014  (GEORGIA)   http://is.gd/qdsbmd

43.   “Mental Health Changes: Patients Stay for Days in the Emergency Room” --- Psychiatric patients are now starting to depend more on emergency departments, and they're staying longer to get the ... --- KCRG --- February 27, 2014  (IOWA)   http://is.gd/LXvKcS

44.   “Autistic Man, His Family Are Squarely Behind the Effort to Ban the 'R' Word” --- Scott has been called some version of “retard” or “retarded” so often he has a comeback at the ready. “I say to them: 'Do you even know what the word ... --- The Detroit News --- March 5, 2014  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/19UPnl

45.   “Disability Advocates Seek Funding Increase” --- "Basically the disability community opened our veins, and we bled when the state said we don't have enough money, and now that they have enough ... --- Post-Bulletin --- March 5, 2014  (MINNESOTA) http://is.gd/z1WpbF 

46.   “Parents of Autistic Children Decry State's Long Wait List for Services” --- 6-year-old Anthony Ruiz, who suffers from autism, watches television from close range in his parents room at his home in Las Vegas on Thursday, Feb ... --- Las Vegas Review-Journal --- March 2, 2014  (NEVADA)  http://is.gd/02kBnc

47.   “Woman Says Mentally Disabled Brother Being Spurned by New VA Medical Center” --- Thursa Burton's brother, Rand, is a 100 percent mentally disabled Air Force veteran who is bipolar, diabetic and recently in danger of losing his toes ... --- Las Vegas Review-Journal --- March 2, 2014  (NEVADA)  http://is.gd/ePUNQR

48.   “Inundated by the Mentally Ill, Valley Emergency Rooms Close to Ambulances” --- Hospital emergency rooms throughout the valley are closing their doors to ambulances because the mentally ill are now occupying available beds at a ... --- Las Vegas Review-Journal --- February 26, 2014  (NEVADA) http://is.gd/0CEjKa

49.   “University of Rochester Works to End Hurtful Word” --- The University of Rochester is teaming up with the Special Olympics and the Golisano Foundation to end the use of the word "retarded." Members of ... --- News 10NBC --- March 5, 2014  (NEW YORK)   http://is.gd/uYcc6X

50.   “Autistic NYC Boy's Cause of Death Undetermined” --- The New York City medical examiner's office says the cause and manner of death for a 14-year-old autistic boy who was missing for ... --- Wall Street Journal --- February 26, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/UavTgT

51.   “Oklahoma Ranks Near the Bottom in New Mental Health Study” --- “The report is startling,” said Oklahoma Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Commissioner Terri White. “Oklahoma has the biggest problem ... --- NewsOK.com --- March 2, 2014  (OKLAHOMA)  http://is.gd/HARQCK

52.   “Editorial: Lack of State Funding Makes it Difficult to Meet Needs of Kids with Autism” --- Because of a lack of state funding for Early Foundations Family Outreach, it will be harder to meet the needs of families who have children coping with ... --- KOCO Oklahoma City --- March 1, 2014  (OKLAHOMA)  http://is.gd/SW8QWB

53.   “Va. Mental Health Inspector Quits over Deeds Report” --- Sen. R. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath) listens as the Senate Education and Health Subcommittee on Mental Health met at the General Assembly Building in ... --- The Virginian-Pilot --- March 5, 2014  (VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/kPWcls

54.   “New Seattle Police Policy for the Mentally Ill” --- Seattle police have adopted a new policy this week for dealing with crisis situations involving people who are mentally ill or under ... --- San Francisco Chronicle --- March 4, 2014  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/FzD0dO

55.   “Is 'Retarded' Really Worse than 'Mentally Disabled'?” --- This usage tracks the Associated Press stylebook, which says that the preferred term for people of low intelligence is “mentally disabled” and not ... --- Los Angeles Times --- March 4, 2014  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/OR1hl0

56.   “Under New DSM, Autism Diagnoses May 'Significantly Decrease' ” --- The number of people diagnosed with autism could be reduced by nearly a third under new diagnostic criteria for the developmental disorder, ... --- Disability Scoop --- March 3, 2014  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/qdjMTC

57.   “Nearly 1 in 5 Had Mental Illness Before Enlisting in Army, Study Says” --- Nearly 1 in 5 U.S. soldiers had a common mental illness, such as depression, panic disorder or ADHD, before enlisting in the Army, according to a ... --- Los Angeles Times --- March 3, 2014  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/Qnvul8

58.   “Court to Reopen Debate over Executing Mentally Disabled” --- But while Florida and other states say the specific definitions were left up to the them, mental health and intellectual disability groups say the definition ... --- USA TODAY --- March 2, 2014  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/b10rJ9

59.   “Disability-related Films Get Oscar Nominations” --- AIDS, mental illness and cancer are the disabilities of some Best Actor nominees' characters. There is also a disability-related film nominated for Best ... --- ABC7Chicago.com --- March 1, 2014  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/c2WMy7
 

Proposed Legislation and New Laws

60.   “Bill Would Create Three Crisis Centers in Idaho” --- Many of the people in crisis are dealing with mental illness, and while Armstrong says mental health commitments have been flat, mental holds by ... --- KTVB --- March 2, 2014  (IDAHO)  http://is.gd/7Qi6ft

61.   “Measure Would Raise Pay for People Serving Developmentally Disabled” --- A measure in Maryland would ensure people who provide direct service to the developmentally disabled would get a pay ... --- The Republic --- February 27, 2014  (MARYLAND)  http://is.gd/4hWEI4 

62.   “An Examination of Quality-of-Care Among Developmentally Disabled Individuals in the N.J. ...” --- At a recent South Bergen meeting of parents and family members of developmentally disabled children and adults, Rosemary Wey, 85, shook her ... --- newjerseynewsroom.com --- February 27, 2014  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/SO5VBW

63.   “State House Plan Would Fund Bill Pushed by Parents of Mentally Ill Capitol Hill Man” --- It is directly aimed at House Bill 2725, which was pushed by the parents of Joel Reuter, a mentally ill man killed by police last July after firing at officers ... --- The Seattle Times --- February 26, 2014  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/Vjd0nN

64.   “State Lawmakers Propose More Money for Mental-health Care” --- Hunter's budget would fund 48 new mental-health treatment beds in King, Thurston and Mason counties, as well as in Eastern Washington; create ... --- The Seattle Times --- February 26, 2014  (WASHINGTON)   http://is.gd/PWztmg
 

International Articles

65.   “SA Woman Killed Disabled Husband: Court” --- A woman who hated her wheelchair-bound husband murdered him by setting fire to his bedroom and burning him to death, an Adelaide jury has been told. --- Ninemsn --- March 4, 2014  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/3uRFgD

66.   “Bus Attack: Two Women Charged with Assaulting Partially Blind Man” --- After the assault the elderly man can be heard telling other passengers that he couldn't see his attackers because he is partially blind. The victim, also ... --- The Guardian --- February 28, 2014  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/sXBZcg

67.   “Disabled Woman Wins Human Rights Case over $1.25/hour Pay” --- Terri-Lynn Garrie is photographed in front of 150 King St. where a re-consideration hearing with the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal is underway on ... --- Sun News Network --- March 5, 2014  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/jF1S3O

68.   “Sudbury ER a Hot Spot for Mentally Ill, Alcoholic Patients: Study” --- Most of these people have chronic mental health and alcohol problems, Paquette said, and the Sudbury hospital emergency room is often their first ... --- CBC.ca --- March 4, 2014  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/UvQJsG

69.   “Disability Hate Crime Victim's Campaign Plea” --- A woman subjected to months of abuse because of her disability, is calling on people to report hate crimes. Rochelle Dawes, says she was made to ... --- Doncaster Today --- March 2, 2014  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/ME4aAg

70.   “Breaking News Ex-bursar Linda Whittaker Convicted of £18K School Fraud” --- Linda Whittaker, 65, swindled Osborne special needs school in Winchester out of £18,000 by paying a colleague for hours she had not worked, the ... --- Daily Echo --- February 28, 2014  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/UPqJOU

71.   “Mental Health Unit to Close after Criticism” --- A secure mental health unit in St Helens is to close after it was branded “not fit for purpose” in a damning report by NHS bosses. For more than 30 ... --- St Helens Today --- February 27, 2014  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/dUARR6

72.   “India's Disabilities Bill Raises Hopes of an End to Discrimination” --- For the 40-60 million people with mental and physical disabilities in India, discrimination and stigma are daily occurrences. In a country where social ... --- The Guardian --- February 26, 2014  (INDIA)  http://is.gd/eJLQ91 

73.   “We Can Do More for Victims of Crime with Disabilities” --- It hardly seems contentious to suggest that the communicative, social, mobility, emotional, and other requirements of people with disabilities who are ... --- Irish Times --- March 3, 2014  (IRELAND)  http://is.gd/PDGaWH

74.   “Police Investigate Abuse Allegations at Church Care Home for Vulnerable Kids” --- A church care home for vulnerable children is at the centre of an abuse ... and behaviour were “highly indicative of physical and/or sexual abuse”. --- Scottish Daily Record --- March 2, 2014  (SCOTLAND)  http://is.gd/o1wwp2

75.   “Syrian Doctors Struggle to Care for Mentally Ill, Traumatized” --- It was cold and dark in the psychiatrist’s office in downtown Damascus. The electricity had just gone out, a regular occurrence these days in the Syrian capital, and he wore a jacket and scarf for warmth. --- Pakistan Observer --- March 5, 2014  (SYRIA)  http://is.gd/8Bh1Oc

76.   “Survey Finds School System Failing Some Children with Down Syndrome” --- Down Syndrome Tasmania found there were many inconsistencies in the treatment of children with the genetic disorder in the public, private and ... --- ABC Online --- March 4, 2014  (TASMANIA)  http://is.gd/zChZLV

77.   “Some Special Needs Pupils Denied Education – Ombudsman” --- Some children with special educational needs are being left without education for significant periods, a local government ombudsman report says. --- BBC News --- March 4, 2014  (UNITED KINGDOM)  http://is.gd/P7OvZ7
 

 


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