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July 24, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Actress Amanda Bynes remains under an involuntary mental health evaluation, but a court order will be required to keep her in custody for much longer. Bynes was detained Monday by Ventura County sheriff's deputies after a bizarre incident in which she set clothes on fire. But those holds typically only last a few days. Her parents are considering seeking a conservatorship similar to one obtained for singer Britney Spears , according to a source familiar with the "Hairspray" star's latest run-in with authorities.
July 23, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Actress Amanda Bynes could remain in a mental health facility for up to two weeks after authorities detained her Monday night in front of a Thousand Oaks home, according to a source familiar with the case. Bynes was detained by Ventura County sheriff's deputies Monday and hospitalized for a mental health evaluation after she set a small fire in front the home. Authorities said she had no connection to the home. Bynes, who is already facing drug charges in New York, was taken into custody for her own safety under California's Welfare and Institutions Code, known as a 5150 hold, following a disturbance in Thousands Oaks residential neighborhood, said Sheriff's Capt.
July 20, 2013 | Steve Lopez
L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca has no medical background, but he is the de facto administrator of what he calls "the nation's largest mental hospital. " "This is the system," he said, drawing a box on a piece of paper in his Monterey Park office last week. Judges, prosecutors and law enforcement officials each have a role in deciding what to do with someone who has a mental illness and is accused of a crime, Baca said. But they decide each case in isolation, missing a broader concern - thousands of sick people get locked up, with no coherent plan for helping them get better.
July 17, 2013 | By Chad Terhune
A disjointed financing system for mental health services in California has led to gaps in care, but the national healthcare law is expected to help close some of those holes, according to new research by the California HealthCare Foundation. Half of the state's adults and two-thirds of the adolescents with mental health issues aren't receiving treatment, according to the study . Private insurance has historically lacked mental health services, so patients often seek care through the public system.
July 16, 2013 | By Seema Mehta and Abby Sewell
Concerned that federal authorities could soon intervene in the operation of Los Angeles County's outdated jail system, the Board of Supervisors took a significant step Tuesday toward replacing the Men's Central Jail and renovating other facilities to reduce crowding and increase mental health services for prisoners. The board voted unanimously to accept a report from consultants who outlined five jail renovation options. All options included tearing down and replacing the cornerstone of the nation's largest jail system - the Men's Central Jail - and reconfiguring other existing facilities.
July 12, 2013 | By Lee Romney and Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO - Citing evidence of doctor shortages, treatment delays and "denial of basic necessities, including clean underwear," a federal judge on Thursday ordered an in-depth probe of conditions at prison-based mental health facilities run by the California Department of State Hospitals. U.S. District Judge Lawrence K. Karlton has been overseeing mandated improvements of care for mentally ill prisoners throughout California, treatment that the courts 18 years ago deemed so substandard as to be unconstitutional.
July 5, 2013 | By Mark Magnier
NEW DELHI - In rural areas of India, many villagers still believe mental illness is caused by evil spirits angry that the sick person had killed a cow during a past life. So-called therapy, conducted by witch doctors or family members, can include chaining up the mentally ill, chanting spells, poking them with pins, or beating them "to force the spirits out. " "There's little awareness that it's a real illness," said Dr. Indira Sharma, Varanasi-based president of the Indian Psychiatric Society.
June 25, 2013 | By Richard Winton, Andrew Blankstein and Marisa Gerber
This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details. A homeless man accused of killing a woman visiting one of Hollywood's most famous tourist destinations was well known to authorities. Over the last eight years, Dustin James Kinnear, 26, was arrested at least 46 times, including seven arrests for assault with a deadly weapon, according to court records and interviews. Along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, he had a reputation as an aggressive panhandler and troublemaker.
June 19, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
Has anyone with a sibling not been in the back seat of a car, someone hitting someone and parents threatening to pull over “right this minute”? Just seems like part of growing up, right? Well some researchers say not necessarily. Parents, doctors and schools should not dismiss sibling bullying, they said. Sibling aggression can be as damaging as other sorts of bullying, and it can be linked to poorer mental health, according to a study published this week in the journal Pediatrics.
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