mental health

New England News
10:00 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Conn. Lawmakers Studying Mental Health Care With Few Details on Newtown Gunman

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers are reviewing mental health care following the Newtown school shooting, even though they and the public have little insight into what might have been ailing the 20-year-old gunman.

A prosecutor says he cannot release any information about Adam Lanza's mental health because of state conduct rules for attorneys.

His office is reviewing whether details of Lanza's mental state can be released to the public after the police report is completed, possibly in June.

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New England News
3:43 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Gov. Patrick Will Push for Increase in Mental Health Funding in Next Budget

Credit Dwight Sipler

Prior to his State of the Commonwealth address earlier this week, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick outlined a comprehensive public safety plan which aside from new gun laws, included a significant increase in funding for the state’s Department of Mental  Health.

Next week Governor Deval Patrick will propose a 3.3% increase in funding in the state budget for mental health programs. The $5 million dollar boost to the state’s Department of Mental Health is intended to focus on public safety, following recent mass shootings.

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WAMC News
4:59 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Advocates Concerned About Mental Health Clauses in Gun Control Law

The new firearms limitations passed in New York State include provisions that restrict those with mental illnesses from gun ownership. While mental health advocates don’t have a problem with tightening the state’s gun laws, they are concerned that the mental health clauses could inadvertently create more problems.

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Vox Pop - Medical Monday
3:00 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Vox Pop : Medical Monday with Dr. N. Michael Murphy : 1/14/13

Vox Pop : Medical Monday with Dr. N. Michael Murphy : 1/14/13

Today on Medical Monday to answer your questions on issues of mental health and end of life care is Dr. N. Michael Murphy, founder of the Love, Loss and Forgiveness Project

A graduate of University College in Dublin, Ireland, he completed his residency in psychiatry at Boston State Hospital.

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New England News
9:00 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Conn. Gov. Names Members of Sandy Hook Advisory Panel

Conn. Gov. Dannel Malloy

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has named 16 people, a group that includes mental health and public safety experts, to a panel recommending changes to state laws and policies in the wake of the deadly elementary school shooting in Newtown.

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WAMC News
5:30 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Vermont to Get $30M for New Psychiatric Facilities

Credit Rendering Courtesy Vermont Governor's OfficeGreen Mountain Psychiatric Care, Berlin CampusEdit | Remove

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New England News
6:25 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

Mass. Advocates, Lawmakers Want Action on Mental Illness in Next Session

In the weeks following the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn, politicians and pundits across the country have been searching for a solution to help prevent a similar tragedy from occurring in the future – and in the neighboring state of Massachusetts, lawmakers and advocates are hoping that a discussion on mental health issues can be made a priority in the next legislative session. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard has more...

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Vox Pop - Medical Monday
3:00 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Vox Pop : Medical Monday - Dr. Eric Plakun : 9/17/12

On this edition of Medical Monday is Dr. Eric Plakun of the Austen Riggs Center – a board certified psychiatrist and psychoanalytic psychotherapist practicing in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. WAMC’s Alan Chartock hosts.

WAMC News
5:15 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Vermont Sees Growing Hospital ER Use for Psychiatry

The number of mentally ill Vermonters being held in hospital emergency rooms for lack of a mental health bed is heading in the wrong direction.

That's the word from Mental Health Commissioner Patrick Flood. Flood tells a legislative committee that instances in which mental health beds weren't available and patients were held in hospital emergency rooms grew from 15 in June to 22 in July and 24 in August.

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WAMC News
12:36 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Columbia County event targets mental health justice

The National Alliance on Mental Illness-Columbia County is sponsoring a symposium called Navigating/Advocating Within the Local Criminal Justice System at Columbia Greene Community College on September 13. The event features representatives of law enforcement, the justice system, and mental health officials.

Sheri Bolevice is spokesperson for the National Alliance on Mental Illness-Columbia County, which works to support the mentally ill through education, advocacy and support. She spoke with WAMC's Alan Chartock.

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