Content Tagged As mental_health

1 year 4 months ago

Texas mental health funding leaves gaps

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Standing in a courtyard by the state Capitol, Sen. Judith Zaffirini reached out to touch the Mental Health Bell, forged in the 1950s from chains once used to shackle asylum patients, brought to Texas this year on display as a 300-pound symbol of hope. "It is...

1 year 5 months ago

Corrections director remembered for his reforms

COLORADO SPRINGS - His colleagues called him a visionary leader. Slain Department of Corrections Director Tom Clements introduced a number of reforms during his two years in charge of the state prison system. Clements presided over an era of declining inmate populations and championed ideas to keep the population...

1 year 6 months ago

Okla. governor: Expand mental health services

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Gov. Mary Fallin says Oklahoma should expand access to mental health services. At a forum sponsored by The Associated Press, Fallin on Wednesday said her legislative plan will include three crisis centers, a suicide prevention initiative and a treatment program for prescription drug abuse. The mental...

1 year 8 months ago

Colorado looking to expand mental health care

DENVER (AP) - Gov. John Hickenlooper is asking Colorado lawmakers for $18.5 million to expand mental health services, including opening five urgent care mental health centers, as a response to this summer's mass shooting at an Aurora theater. The governor's office said Monday that the services Hickenlooper and state health...

2 years 9 months ago

Suspect in Colo. school shootings avoids prison

GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) - A man accused of wounding two children outside a Colorado school will avoid prison because his time spent in a mental hospital is being applied to the 18-month sentence he received for a weapons violation. Prosecutors expressed frustration with the sentence for Bruco Strong Eagle Eastwood...

2 years 11 months ago

Delays in state mental health evaluation

DENVER (AP) - A group of attorneys is asking a judge to order the state to shorten wait times for mental health evaluations. A lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Denver claims the state is warehousing mentally ill detainees in county jails and alleges civil rights violations because of...

3 years 6 months ago

Mental Health Institute superintendent resigns

The top administrator at the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo has resigned. Dr. John DeQuardo has been superintendent of the Pueblo facility since the summer of 2007. "I appreciate Dr. DeQuardo's work as CMHIP Superintendent, in particular his leadership over the past several months to guide CMHIP...

3 years 9 months ago

Audit critical of Pueblo mental hospital

After the death of a the third patient there in less than a year, and the fourth in two years, the state's Department of Human Services said the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo needed scrutiny. The state hired three industry experts, and their report says the hospital needs...

4 years 1 month ago

Alleged Colorado middle school shooter in Pueblo

A man accused of shooting and wounding two Colorado eighth-graders outside their school has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. Thirty-two-year-old Bruco Strong Eagle Eastwood entered his plea on Monday in Jefferson County District Court. He was ordered to undergo a mental evaluation at the state Mental Health...

4 years 3 months ago

Confronting mental health issues

It's estimated that as many as one in four Americans has a diagnosable and treatable mental health disorder. However, the social stigmas attached to those disorders often prevent people from seeking treatment. Kevin Porter of the Pikes Peak Behavioral Health Group (PPBHG) says mental health issues go undiagnosed too...

4 years 5 months ago

Red Cross helps our military heroes

Deployment can be incredibly stressful and straining on Southern Colorado's military families. The Pikes Peak American Red Cross offered a free class on Saturday called "Coping with Deployments: Psychological First Aid for Military Families" to address that very issue. The course, offered free of charge, was open to military...

4 years 8 months ago

Winter brings on depression for many

The holiday season is here. For most of us that means presents, family and laughter. But as the weather changes it can turn to severe depression for some. It's called Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. "It's a form of depression that often occurs in the winter months. Primarily it pertains...

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