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Most Inmates with Mental Illness Still Wait for Decent Care
Posted on Feb 03 2019
In 2007, Ashoor Rasho and 12,000 other inmates with mental illness sued the Illinois Department of Corrections, alleging that the agency punishes inmates with mental illness instead of properly treating them. A settlement was reached in 2016, when the state agreed to revamp mental health care and provide better treatment. But a federal judge has ruled that care remains "grossly insufficient" and "extremely poor." The agency has not hired enough mental health staff to provide care to everyone who needs it.
Fighting the Stigma of Mental Illness Through Music
Posted on Jan 29 2019
The New York Times
Reports on the use of music to cope with mental illness. Ronald Braunstein, who has bipolar disorder formed the Me2/Orchestra, which is comprised of musicians and supporters that have been touched by mental illness.
Chicago’s Jail Is One of the County’s Biggest Mental Health Care Providers. Here’s a Look Inside.
Posted on Jan 08 2019
Mother Jones
Chicago’s Cook County Jail is the biggest single-site jail in the United States. It’s also one of the biggest mental health care providers in the country. About a third of the jail’s 6,000 or so inmates have been diagnosed with a mental illness, and many of them were sent to the facility after the state reduced funding for hospitals and community caseworkers during the economic recession.
Unburdening Psych Patients
Posted on Jan 04 2019
Washington Examiner
NAMI mentioned
Reports that the administration is urging states to change a rule that will give psychiatric patients more places to stay while they receive treatment for serious mental illness. The change would pay for Medicaid patients to get mental health care for up to 30 days in a facility, such as a hospital, even if it has more than 16 psychiatric beds.
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