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2008-07-18 12:01:14

By James Romoser, Winston-Salem Journal, N.C. Jul. 18--RALEIGH -- State legislators have approved a plan to prevent the purchase of guns by people who have been deemed dangerously mentally ill. The plan is a response to the Virginia Tech shootings of April 2007. It requires the state to report to an FBI database the names of people who are found by the court system to be so mentally ill that they pose a threat to themselves or others. The database is used by gun sellers to determine if...

2008-07-18 06:00:49

By James Romoser, Winston-Salem Journal, N.C. Jul. 18--State legislators voted today to prevent the purchase of guns by people who have been deemed dangerously mentally ill. The bill, which passed unanimously, is a response to the Virginia Tech shootings of April 2007. It requires the state to report to an FBI database the names of people who are found by the court system to be so mentally ill that they pose a threat to themselves or to others. The database is used by gun sellers to...

2008-07-17 00:00:35

By Brad Cain SALEM, Ore. - So long, Cuckoo's Nest. Oregon State Hospital, the mental institution where the 1975 movie "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" was filmed, is making way for a new complex. Most of the dilapidated, 125-year-old main building will be torn down and replaced starting this fall. Although mean Nurse Ratched was pure fiction, Oregon State Hospital has struggled with some very real troubles over the years, including overcrowding, crumbling floors and ceilings,...

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2008-07-16 09:00:00

Oregon State Hospital, the mental institution where the 1975 movie "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" was filmed, is making way for a new complex. Most of the dilapidated, 125-year-old main building will be torn down and replaced starting this fall. Although mean Nurse Ratched was pure fiction, the Oregon State Hospital has struggled with some very real troubles over the years, including overcrowding, crumbling floors and ceilings, outbreaks of scabies and stomach flu, sexual abuse of...

2008-07-15 00:00:33

By Eric Eyre Staff writer Persistent overcrowding at West Virginia's two state-run psychiatric facilities has prompted the state to divert patients to community hospitals and private facilities, a practice that significantly drives up the cost of care. West Virginia spends $550 a day to house a patient at Mildred Mitchell-Bateman Hospital in Huntington, and $600 a day at William R. Sharpe Jr. Hospital in Weston. But the state spends up to $1,220 a day for patients after diverting...

2008-07-10 21:00:00

By JAKE STUMP DAILY MAIL CAPITOL REPORTER The pioneering doctor who has one of the states two overcrowded psychiatric hospitals named after her said its saddening to see the quality of mental health care in West Virginia worsening. An oversight agency, the Office of the Ombudsman for Behavioral Health, recently released a report detailing overcrowding and understaffing woes at the Mildred Mitchell-Bateman Hospital in Huntington. The report found that the 90-bed hospital housed 117...

2008-07-08 15:00:56

ARLINGTON, Va., July 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new law making it easier for someone with a severe mental illness in Louisiana to receive court-ordered outpatient treatment was signed by Governor Bobby Jindal on June 21, 2008. The law, which unanimously passed both houses of the state legislature earlier this year, will take effect on August 15. "Nicola's Law," named after slain New Orleans police officer Nicola Cotton, whose death might have been prevented if similar interventions...

2008-07-08 00:00:04

By David B. Caruso NEW YORK When staffers at a Brooklyn hospital spotted a middle- aged woman lying face-down on a waiting room floor last month, it hardly seemed like cause for alarm. The sight, after all, was common in the psychiatric emergency room at Kings County Hospital Center. The unit is so routinely backed up with people waiting hours, or even days, for services that patients often spend the night nodding in chairs or sprawled in a corner. It took an hour before a nurse realized...

2008-07-05 00:00:03

By The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) - When staffers at a Brooklyn hospital spotted a middle-aged woman lying face-down on a waiting room floor last month, it hardly seemed like cause for alarm. The sight, after all, was common in the psychiatric emergency room at Kings County Hospital Center. The unit is so routinely backed up with people waiting hours, or even days, for services that patients often spend the night nodding in chairs or sprawled in a corner. It took an hour before a...

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2008-07-04 13:10:00

A study found growing discontent with the way U.S. emergency rooms handle psychiatric care. In June, hospital staff at Kings County Hospital Center in Brooklyn ignored a middle-aged woman lying face down on the emergency room floor. The section of the hospital had a reputation for being busy, so staffers said it was a common sight for patients to wait hours and even days for care. They claimed some patients would pass the time by sleeping in chairs, or the corners of the room. It took a...


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