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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 1999
Local jails have become the de facto warehouses of the severely mentally ill, and those who deal with the mentally ill in crisis are too often men and women who wear guns and badges. Of course, it was not supposed to turn out this way. Those released from hospitals, and those who would once have been confined to such places, were to have been treated in community-based mental health clinics. These clinics were never built.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2014 | By Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO -- A federal judge Thursday called California's use of large amounts of pepper spray to subdue mentally ill prisoners a "horrific" violation of constitutional protections against cruel and unusual punishment. U.S. District Judge Lawrence Karlton's order requires California to continue revising policies that govern how mentally ill inmates in the state's prisons are disciplined, including the use of solitary confinement. He found that such isoaltion of mentally ill inmates "can and does cause serious psychological harm" and must be limited.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 2000 | GAIL DAVIS
Supporters of housing for the county's mentally ill celebrated Thursday as a $2.8-million complex of one-bedroom apartments on Lewis Road was officially dedicated. Villa Calleguas, a rambling series of 24 apartments surrounding a barn-like community building, is designed to help 23 mentally disabled adults live on their own with limited supervision. A manager will live in one of the units.
NATIONAL
April 6, 2014 | By Cindy Carcamo
ALBUQUERQUE - When Wynema and Michael Gonzagowski moved to town about two years ago, family and friends warned them about what they described as the heavy-handed tactics and aggressive attitude of Albuquerque police. At first the couple brushed off the warnings, saying things couldn't be as bad as what they had experienced in Los Angeles in the LAPD's Rampart Division, which became infamous for corruption in its anti-gang unit in the 1990s. But the Gonzagowskis, like others here, began to grow suspicious of their Police Department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
The Ventura County Chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill will host its annual candlelight walk and vigil at 6:45 p.m. Sunday. Participants are invited to gather across from St. Paschal Baylon Catholic Church, 155 E. Janss Road, in Thousand Oaks. They will walk to the church, where Jerry Heyer will conduct a service.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 1990 | DAVID FERRELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On Skid Row, the mentally ill struggle through life with varying degrees of effectiveness. Some manage to find food and warmth at nonprofit shelters for the homeless. Others sleep in doorways and go hungry. Some try vainly to cope with their paranoia and hallucinations by taking street drugs. In the worst cases, they keep only tenuous contact with reality; tattered, confused, they wander listlessly or step out into the streets in front of traffic.
NEWS
February 11, 1990 | AURORA MACKEY
Andrew Posner has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals, lived in special homes for the mentally ill, and undergone every imaginable type of psychotherapy. Still, doctors could offer no explanation for the deep depression that had cast a shadow on his life since the age of 9. Five years ago, though, Posner, had his first glimmer of hope. A doctor discovered a chemical imbalance in his brain and told him the condition was controllable with a drug called lithium.
NEWS
February 23, 1989 | SIOK-HIAN TAY KELLEY, Times Staff Writer
Mary's 27-year-old son has been trapped for most of his adult life in a cycle of hospitalization in mental institutions and eviction from board-and-care homes because of his disruptive behavior. He suffers from both schizophrenia and manic depression, which have made him difficult to handle, even for his own family. "It sounds horrible, but one time I got him blankets to sleep on the streets," said Mary, who asked that her full name be withheld.
OPINION
March 12, 2014
Re "A new look at Laura's Law," March 10 Allowing court-ordered Laura's Law treatment for adults with severe mental illnesses can help everyone if done correctly. The most important part of the article states that people suffering from debilitating mental illness - like Matthew Hoff, who aged out of mental health programs and is now serving time in prison - "may not recognize that they are ill. " Mental illness affects cognition, the ability to think clearly, and people who are severely affected need caring help.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel
Almost as soon as Matthew Hoff turned 18 and aged out of the mental health programs he'd been enrolled in since childhood, he was out on the streets and in and out of jail. His parents tried to get him back into treatment for bipolar and other brain disorders he suffers, but the young man wasn't cooperative and he wasn't considered dangerous or gravely disabled. So they stood by helplessly as their son faded from their reach. Less than a year later, Hoff walked into a Buena Park bank with a robbery note and left with a handful of cash.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2014 | Alan Zarembo
Nearly 1 in 5 U.S. soldiers had a common mental illness, such as depression, panic disorder or ADHD, before enlisting in the Army, according to a new study that raises questions about the military's assessment and screening of recruits. More than 8% of soldiers had thought about killing themselves and 1.1% had a past suicide attempt, researchers found from confidential surveys and interviews with 5,428 soldiers at Army installations across the country. The findings, published online Monday in two papers in JAMA Psychiatry, point to a weakness in the recruiting process, experts said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 2014 | Steve Lopez
It's hard for me to even think about the horrific way in which Kelly Thomas died. I know too many people like him - lost, sick, disoriented souls who, through no fault of their own, have been hit with a disease that puts them in peril. Not guilty, came the verdict last week. The two Fullerton police officers caught on camera viciously beating Thomas in 2011 were acquitted of criminal wrongdoing in his death. Whether you agree or disagree with the jury, there's plenty of guilt to go around.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A Los Angeles County judge accused of shoving and injuring a woman during a dispute about her dog's waste wants the case dismissed because of what his lawyer says is her history of mental illness. City prosecutors say the altercation occurred July 18 when L os Angeles County Superior Court Judge Craig Richman saw Connie Romero place a plastic bag of animal waste on the curb next to a street. Romero, 51, accuses Richman of knocking her down from behind, leading to a cut over her left eye, a scrape on her left shoulder and swelling on her wrist.
OPINION
January 5, 2014 | By Sarah Dusseault
My brother John called me last summer to tell me that he had finally figured out our family secret. I was his mother, he said. I am not, of course. My brother is 38 years old, but I will always think of him as he was in his early 20s, when he was diagnosed with schizophrenia. His good looks landed him work as a model, and he was a math whiz. Today, he is still attractive and wickedly smart at times, but his skin is weathered from years of homelessness and he is missing half of a finger on his right hand from one of his "stays" in a county jail.
NEWS
January 3, 2014 | By Joseph Tanfani
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration on Friday unveiled two measures to bring more mental health records into the federal background check system for gun purchases, the first new proposals on firearms violence since a spate of gun control bills died in Congress last spring. The proposed changes, which don't require congressional action, fall far short of the ambitious agenda the administration launched early in 2013 in the wake of the Sandy Hook school massacre in Connecticut. Many gun sales are not covered by background checks, and Congress seems unlikely to revisit that issue any time soon.
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