January 11, 2011 |
In the best of times and most favorable of circumstances, it's tricky business to identify whether a person who is mentally ill might become violent, so that those in his path can be protected from potential harm and he can get the treatment he needs. FOR THE RECORD: Mental health laws: In the Jan. 11 Section A, an article about identifying potentially violent mentally ill people said that California requires officials to demonstrate that a person has "grave" disability and also poses a danger to himself or others before he can be compelled to get involuntary mental health treatment.
August 3, 1985 |
A 39-year-old Minnesota woman said Friday that she would either "be a vegetable or be dead" if she had not been rescued from a state mental hospital by an outsider who learned about her bizarre tale. Judy Cordie, who said she has hired a lawyer to pursue legal recourse, appeared before the House health subcommittee in support of a measure designed to protect the civil liberties of Americans in mental hospitals.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 1998 |
After his wife left him, Richard Hasha couldn't stop pacing, couldn't eat, couldn't sleep. He told a friend to take his guns away, and deputies who were called to his home spent hours talking him out of suicide so they could drive him to the hospital for help. "Are you suicidal?" the emergency room doctor asked. "I don't think so," Hasha replied. "The only thing I love more than my wife is life itself."
October 19, 1988 |
He was a balding middle-aged man with a long beard, and he lived in a giant flower box on a busy Manhattan street. When he was picked up, dirty and disheveled in the dead of winter and taken to Bellevue Hospital, staff members at the special psychiatric unit for the homeless were pessimistic. He paced the hallways, complaining about his family, medications and the police. He cursed so badly that physicians barred him from group meetings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 1993 |
A former Community Psychiatric Centers nurse is alleging that managers at the company forged her name on documents that authorized her to help determine if patients were to be involuntarily committed to the company's psychiatric hospitals. During a May 27 hearing before a state Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board official, Susan E. Arnett testified that someone had forged her name on documents stating that she had completed a two-hour training session and passed a required written examination.
October 4, 1992 |
It was 9:15 on the night of May 27, and Cara Vanni was chatting with a friend on the phone, just like any number of San Clemente teen-agers. Suddenly the line went dead. A minute later, strangers appeared in her bedroom doorway. "My parents brought these three people into my room," Cara, 16, recalled. "At first I thought they were old friends of the family who were about to say they knew me when I was 4. They weren't."