June 24, 2005

S.C. Builds New Hospital For Kids

South Carolina is planning to spend around $18 million on a new psychiatric hospital for children and adolescents. Nationally the number of psychiatric hospitals has been declining and it has become common for them to be torn down or used for other purposes. "The new hospital would be paid for with federal money the Mental Health Department receives for capital improvements. Although the existing facility is supposed to be closed in July 2006, the board is proposing that it remain open while a new 80-bed hospital is being built. Three state-owned sites in Columbia have been proposed for the new Read more...
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June 23, 2005

Housing Before Treatment

Baltimore is planning to start their own program to defeat homelessness by following the example of one of New York's programs. Pathways for Housing is a program that helps the mentally ill who are homeless with getting apartments. The program focuses on finding housing for the homeless before they are treated for drug addiction or mental illness. They acknowledge the fact that when they find an apartment for most people who have a mental disorder and a drug problem that the individual is probably not going to initially stop doing drugs. But getting them into housing is the first step Read more...
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June 21, 2005

Mandatory Care for Mentally Ill

Maine's House and Senate have approved a bill that would force mentally ill outpatients to follow the treatment plans ordered by courts or face hospitalization against their will. If approved Maine would be the 43rd state that mandates treatments for outpatients who are mentally ill. "Opponents of the bill, which would take effect July 1, 2006, see it as an effort to medicate sick people into compliance. They say that recovery from mental illness is possible only when patients are participating voluntarily in their treatment. And opponents, many of whom have mental illnesses themselves, view mandatory care as a violation Read more...
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June 14, 2005

Mental Housing Given Unwillingly

Independent living is one of the most important steps to full recovery after one has lived under supervised psychiatric care. It can be difficult to take that step when one has not had to take care of themselves for so long. On the other hand, many people who have lived in psychiatric hospitals recover and just need a little help to find housing and some support. One mental health group has decided to take matters into their own hands and purchase an apartment complex for those who have a mental illness but are ready to live mostly independently. One of Read more...
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