Welfare of the mentally ill

In this on Oct. 4, 2017, frame grab from video, Arkansas death row inmate Jack Greene appears before the state parole board at a prison in Varner, Ark. Greene is scheduled to die Nov. 9, 2017, but his lawyers are arguing that he is severely mentally ill and that, as a result of that, he sticks strands of tissue into his ears and nose to the point that they become bloody. (KTHV via AP, Pool)
October 29, 2017 - 9:21 am
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas inmate set for execution next month says his lawyers are lying when they say he's severely mentally ill. Jack Greene is scheduled to die Nov. 9. His legal team says he is delusional, but when Greene pleaded for clemency this month he told a state panel that his...
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July 13, 2017 - 3:51 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's federal prisons are holding inmates in solitary confinement for long periods of time, sometimes years, in spite of mounting evidence that it can seriously hurt their mental health, a government watchdog says. The Bureau of Prisons says it doesn't practice solitary...
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July 13, 2017 - 3:48 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's federal prisons are holding inmates in solitary confinement for long periods of time, sometimes years, in spite of mounting evidence that it can seriously hurt their mental health. That's from a government watchdog report. The Bureau of Prisons says it doesn't...
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FILE - In this Tuesday March 4, 2008, file photo, William Morva as he listens to court proceedings in Washington County Circuit Court in Abingdon, Va. Morva is scheduled to receive a lethal injection Thursday, July 6, 2017, for the killings of a hospital security guard and a sheriff’s deputy in 2006. Morva’s attorneys and mental health advocates are calling on Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe to spare his life. (Matt Gentry/The Roanoke Times via AP, Pool, File)
June 30, 2017 - 4:18 am
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — William Morva showed signs of mental illness long before he killed two men during an escape from custody in 2006, friends and family say. In the years leading up to the killings, Morva began sleeping in the woods, showed up barefoot at his father's funeral and was banned from a...
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Personnel from the Secretary of State's office inspect the damage to the new Ten Commandments monument outside the state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Wednesday morning, June 28, 2017, after someone crashed into it with a vehicle, less than 24 hours after the privately funded monument was installed on the Capitol grounds. Authorities arrested a male suspect. (AP Photo/Jill Zeman Bleed)
June 29, 2017 - 6:15 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A man who police say intentionally smashed his car into a Ten Commandments monument outside a state Capitol for the second time in recent years has a long history of mental illness, and experts say his case underscores the lack of options available to those who need mental...
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Paul Wright shows a picture of himself in the hospital after a near fatal overdose in 2015, Thursday, June 15, 2017, at the Neil Kennedy Recovery Clinic in Youngstown, Ohio. Republican efforts to roll back “Obamacare” are colliding with the opioid epidemic. Cutbacks would hit hard in states that are deeply affected by the addiction crisis and struggling to turn the corner. The issue is Medicaid, expanded under former President Barack Obama. Data show that Medicaid expansion is paying for a large share of treatment costs in hard hit states. (AP Photo/David Dermer)
June 21, 2017 - 3:41 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican drive to roll back Barack Obama's health care law is on a collision course with a national opioid epidemic that's not letting up. Medicaid cuts resulting from the GOP legislation would hit hard in states deeply affected by the addiction crisis and struggling to turn...
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June 19, 2017 - 12:10 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Monday that an Alabama inmate was deprived of an independent mental health expert to help him try to stave off a death sentence at his trial more than 30 years ago. The justices divided 5-4 in siding with inmate James McWilliams, and ordered a lower court...
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June 16, 2017 - 2:36 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Legislation aimed at curbing salaries for top executives at North Carolina's regional mental health providers could be in jeopardy after Senate Republicans said they also want to revisit the 2015 Medicaid overhaul. A Senate committee approved changes Thursday to a House bill...
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May 25, 2017 - 12:25 pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A group that advocates for patients with disabilities is accusing South Carolina's mental health agency of needlessly hospitalizing people instead of providing them in-home services. Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities says in a federal class-action lawsuit...
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This undated photo provided by the Austin Police Department shows Jennifer Lampkin. Lampkin, a 35-year-old Austin, Texas native, has spent over a year in county jail, waiting for treatment in a mental hospital after she was accused of slapping a young girl in a Dollar General store but deemed both mentally ill and intellectually disabled by a judge. She is one of hundreds of Texans jailed rather than placed in a mental hospitals despite being deemed incompetent for trial and in need of psychological treatment. (Austin Police Department via AP)
May 24, 2017 - 5:35 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Though a judge deemed her mentally unfit to stand trial fourteen months ago, Jennifer Lampkin is still sitting in an Austin jail cell because there are no free spots for her at the state's psychiatric hospitals. Lampkin, 35, has both intellectual disabilities and a mental...
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