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2010-03-23 11:59:00

WASHINGTON, March 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following statement from Mark Covall, President/CEO, National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems on the signing into law of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R.3590)(1): Today President Barack Obama signed into law The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R.3590). As an association representing behavioral healthcare professionals and organizations, we are committed to improving the lives of people of all...

2010-01-29 09:04:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Justice Department's Civil Rights Division today announced that it has filed a motion for immediate relief to protect individuals confined in seven state-run psychiatric hospitals in Georgia from the imminent and serious threat of harm to their lives, health and safety. The motion, filed late yesterday, seeks appointment of a monitor who will set binding targets and timetables for reducing the number of residents at the hospitals and...

2010-01-29 07:00:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The mental health advocacy and provider communities in Pennsylvania support the decision by the PA Department of Public Welfare (DPW) to close Allentown State Hospital (ASH), an institution for people who have mental illnesses. Up to 125 people from ASH and Wernersville State Hospital (WeSH) will return to communities of their choice, and up to 65 will transfer from ASH to WeSH. Although it would be ideal if every person was discharged...

2010-01-08 11:21:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Justice Department's Civil Rights Division and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York today announced that they have entered into an agreement with New York City to correct conditions of confinement at the Kings County Hospital Center's (KCHC) psychiatric emergency room and psychiatric in-patient units located in Brooklyn, N.Y. The agreement, in the form of a consent judgement, was approved today by U.S. District...

2009-01-15 17:57:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Justice Department today announced that it has reached a settlement with the State of Georgia regarding the conditions at Georgia's seven psychiatric hospitals. The Department opened its investigation of Georgia's psychiatric hospitals in 2007 and issued findings regarding Georgia Regional Hospital at Atlanta on May 30, 2008. The Department subsequently entered into negotiations regarding remedies the State was required to implement to...

2009-01-15 12:19:00

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass., Jan. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In 1992, the Austen Riggs Center, a small, not-for-profit psychiatric hospital and residential treatment center in Western Massachusetts, began to follow 226 admitted patients in a multidimensional follow-along study that asked, among others, a most basic question: Can these patients recover? Given the clinical profile of the subjects -- they typically had five or six diagnoses, including major affective disorders, schizophrenia, PTSD,...

2008-12-04 10:11:00

RALEIGH, N.C., Dec. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The death of Steven Sabock, a 50-year-old man with bipolar disorder who died on April 29 in a North Carolina state psychiatric institution after he choked on medication -- while, nearby, hospital employees entertained themselves with cards and TV -- has focused attention on the crisis in North Carolina's mental health system. "The tragic, preventable death of Steven Sabock -- which made headlines last week -- graphically demonstrates the abuse...

2008-12-02 09:52:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In the wake of the deaths of two persons in public psychiatric institutions - highlighting a pattern of abuse and neglect of those who have psychiatric disabilities - a national coalition of such individuals is calling on the incoming Obama administration and the nation's top mental health officials to institute widespread, substantive reforms in America's mental health treatment system. These would include raising standards and regulatory...

2008-10-17 00:00:16

A fire at a secure British psychiatric unit in north London gutted the building, officials said. About 70 patients and staff members were safely evacuated from the unit at Chase Farm Hospital, The Daily Mail reported. The fire was reported just after 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. About 100 firefighters spent six hours struggling to contain it. The upper floor of the building was almost totally destroyed when the roof collapsed. The ground floor suffered heavy damage. The patients spent the...

2008-10-02 03:00:41

By Coy, Jason P SECTION 4 DISEASE Madness, Religion and the State in Early Modem Europe: A Bavarian Beacon. By David Lederer (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006. xix plus 361 pp. $90.00). In Madness, Religion, and the State, David Lederer examines the role of "spiritual physic"-pastoral care provided by the clergy-in the treatment of mental disorders in early modern Bavaria, as well as the contribution of these religious remedies to modern psychology and psychoanalysis. Analyzing...


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  • A terrible or repulsive person.
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