LA County Wants To Tear Down A Jail To Help Its Mentally Ill Inmates

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There’s general agreement that the aging Men’s Central Jail in downtown L.A. needs to be torn down. The question is: what should replace the 1963 concrete fortress? On Tuesday, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors is set to provide an answer. It’s considering a few options: Replace the jail with a lockup tailored to provide better care to mentally ill inmates …

A new mental health jail vs. community mental health treatment

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Excerpt from the piece by psychiatrist Dr. Terry Kupers, Equitas National Advisor. The problems with mistreatment of inmates with mental illness at Los Angeles County Jail, and the decision by the Board of Supervisors that Men’s Central Jail must be demolished, present Los Angeles with an important choice between two different approaches. One is to build a large “mental health …

Giving Patients a Voice in Their Mental Health Care Before They’re Too Ill to Have a Say

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Increasingly, patients, advocates and doctors believe psychiatric advance directives (called PADs), a legal document declaring what treatment a patient does and doesn’t want, could help transform the mental health system by allowing patients to shape their care even when they lose touch with reality. Hospitals must put them in patients’ medical records and doctors are expected to follow them unless they …

Giving Patients a Voice in Their Mental Health Care Before They’re Too Ill to Have a Say

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Increasingly, patients, advocates and doctors believe psychiatric advance directives (called PADs), a legal document declaring what treatment a patient does and doesn’t want, could help transform the mental health system by allowing patients to shape their care even when they lose touch with reality. Hospitals must put them in patients’ medical records and doctors are expected to follow them unless they …

Severely unsettled one-year-olds risk poor mental health, experts caution

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Severely unsettled babies with sleeping, crying and feeding problems at the age of one are ten times more likely to have mental health problems during childhood, a new Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) study has found. Presenting her work at the Sleep DownUnder Conference in Brisbane today, project lead Dr. Fallon Cook said the findings provide strong evidence that poor mental …

Mental health patients, with nowhere else to go, are overwhelming emergency departments

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Thousands of patients a year who are experiencing psychiatric emergencies are admitted to emergency departments. Many stay in the emergency department for hours; some even stay there for a few days. The practice, called psychiatric boarding, occurs when an individual with a mental health condition is kept in an emergency department because no appropriate mental health care is available. It’s rampant around …

Dallas leverages data to address behavioral health needs of inmates

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In Dallas, the technology and clinical services company HarrisLogic is attempting to solve this problem using data-driven tools to determine the appropriate behavioral health services for prisoners. By pooling information from jails, police departments, emergency services, mental health and social services, courts, and hospitals, the company has saved Dallas County $30 million over the course of four years. The majority …

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Police encounter many people with mental-health crises. Could psychiatrists help?

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Police departments have become a de facto arm of the American mental-health system. Research suggests that about 2 million people with serious mental illness are booked into jails in the United States each year. A 2016 review of studies estimated that 1 in 4 people with mental illness has a history of police arrest. The Treatment Advocacy Center, a nonprofit that studies topics related …