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May 15, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
State officials have levied $54,000 in penalties against operators of Alameda County's psychiatric hospital over alleged lax procedures that may have led to the death of a physician. A citation alleging four violations was issued by Cal/OSHA this week to the Alameda County Medical Center, which runs the John George Psychiatric Pavilion in San Leandro. Dr. Erlinda Ursua, 60, died in November after allegedly being beaten and strangled by a patient.
September 19, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
J. Christian Gillin, 65, a professor of psychiatry at UC San Diego who was also an authority on sleep and mood disorders, died Saturday of esophageal cancer at a hospice in San Diego. According to the university, Gillin focused his work on the antidepressant effects of sleep deprivation. He believed that sleep deprivation was an excellent experimental model for the study of antidepressant treatments and could lead to new, rapidly acting treatments based upon new models of brain function.
June 30, 2003 | Benedict Carey, Times Staff Writer
Over the last two years, doctors have diagnosed Andrea Robinson with half a dozen severe mental disorders and prescribed her a series of strong medications, including antidepressants and an antipsychotic. Her parents are beside themselves. Andrea is 5 years old. "It's a very difficult situation," Tammy Robinson of Ottawa said about her daughter, who appears to suffer the telltale mood swings of bipolar disorder and is now responding well to a mood-stabilizing drug.
May 26, 2003 | Elissa Ely, Special to The Times
In the last few months, two people in our psychiatric community have committed suicide. They were known as patients to their therapists, but not to us. We knew them as staff. One was a psychiatrist, one a psychiatric nurse who finished his regular shift before killing himself. There is something especially disturbing about the idea of mental health professionals taking their own lives. For one thing, it dispatches the comforting idea that knowledge is control.
January 12, 2003 | MAI TRAN, Times Staff Writer
With rent and home prices skyrocketing, Caroline Findlay has been on the move. Because of the tight housing market, the 26-year-old mother of three and her husband, Mark, had to move about three years ago into her mother's place in Orange, where they found shelter until June, when her mother sold the home. They packed again and moved into a nearby relative's home, where the family of five shares a single room.
January 12, 2003 | Sue Fox, Times Staff Writer
After a six-year federal probe of psychiatric care in the Los Angeles County jails, county officials have agreed to broad reforms aimed at better identifying and treating thousands of mentally ill inmates. The agreement, which avoids a potential civil rights lawsuit by the U.S. Department of Justice, follows years of alleged abuses in the nation's largest jail system, including excessive force and improper use of restraints that led to the deaths of at least two mentally disturbed inmates.
February 4, 2002 | Jane E. Allen
Psychiatric hospitals are more crowded than they've been in years, a new report says, raising concerns about whether they can accommodate the growing need for mental health and addiction services. And as more hospitals close or consolidate, reducing the number of available beds, that puts additional pressure on those that are still open. Information collected by the National Assn. of Psychiatric Health Systems indicates that hospital occupancy was up 11% from 1999 to 2000, and up 24.
July 19, 2001
Robert Scheer has again gone off the deep left end of the pier. His July 17 commentary, "Politics 2001: Bush Rules, Gore Drools," is smarmy propaganda of the lowest sort. Setting aside Bill Clinton's personal behavior as merely "juvenile," Scheer says, among a plethora of ranting and frothing-at the-mouth-statements, that President Bush and Republicans are "responsible for the loss of 300,000 jobs in the last three months alone," that "Bush acts as if anointed" and that Bush's tax cut is a "con act," all the while deriding the "foul partisanship" of the Supreme Court, etc., ad nauseam.
September 30, 2000 | From Reuters
Kansas officials said Friday that they would not fight the planned departure of the Menninger Clinic, the renowned Topeka-based psychiatric hospital, to Texas. Earlier this week, Menninger officials said they were negotiating an alliance with a health care conglomerate that would end its 75 years of independence but shore up the clinic financially. Menninger, one of the last independent psychiatric facilities in the United States, would move to Houston and link itself with the Baylor College of Medicine and Methodist Health Care System.
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