Efforts by Washington state health officials to shorten the amount of time mentally ill people wait in jails
A federal judge has issued a permanent injunction against the state of Washington for violating the constitutional rights of mentally ill people who wait long periods in jail for treatment, saying they can’t be held in custody for more than seven days without an evaluation.
Washington judges have begun holding the state’s health services agency in contempt and are ordering sanctions for each day the state fails to provide competency evaluations and treatment for mentally ill people held in county jails.
Nearly 60 million people experience a mental health condition every year. But only a fraction of those conditions are ever detected.
Psychologists believe video games could be a new way to reach people who need help.
A new study finds that the downside to global social networks is the potential to ‟aggravate or even induce psychotic symptoms” in psychologically vulnerable patients.
Jurors have told the Snohomish School District to pay $1.3 million for negligence in failing to protect two high school girls stabbed in 2011 by a mentally disturbed classmate.
Almost all health insurance policies are now required to cover mental illness care under the Affordable Care Act.