Christopher Maag North Jersey Record Published 7:00 AM EST Feb 13, 2019 He knew her name was Ella. He knew she once lived with her family, but now she lived in this prison of a hospital. He knew her diagnosis, schizophrenia, and her regiment of treatment, electro shock therapy. After three months with Ella, that’s all Peter Scerbo knew. In therapy at Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital in Michigan, Ella remained silent. Scerbo asked questions. Where was she from? What were the names of her children? How did she wind up in this dungeon of a place? Ella stared, blank, off Scerbo’s left shoulder. She said nothing. “What was the tragedy? Why did the breakdown occur? What got you here?” said Scerbo, 74, describing his meetings with Ella back in 1967. “For a long time it was quite frustrating.” What broke Ella’s silence was salad. As Scerbo’s group of five patients prepared to pick vegetables from the hospital’s garden, one of the … [Read more...] about For half a century, he was North Jersey’s leader in mental health
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James Q. Lynch The Gazette National Voter Registration Day activities planned in Iowa Strong economy might not help Republican incumbents Both rivals for congress wary of poll with big lead for Finkenauer Rep. Rod Blum hears trade, disaster assistance concerns on Habitat for Humanity tour In a nod to time, Grassley trims birthday run All articles by James CEDAR RAPIDS — An annual report on mental illness and access to care gives Iowa high marks, ranking it sixth among the states. The new ranking comes as candidates for governor battle over the adequacy of the state’s efforts to meet the mental health needs of Iowans. Gov. Kim Reynolds has been touting comprehensive mental health legislation unanimously approved by lawmakers earlier this year. It called for an expansion of services, including the addition of … [Read more...] about Reynolds, Hubbell view Iowa mental health ranking differently
JUDGE EDWIN KELLY CONCORD — Mental health patients held in hospital emergency rooms awaiting involuntary admission to the state psychiatric hospital are still being denied due process, despite the fact that Health and Human Service officials said a program would be in place early this year to address the problem.A 90-day pilot was launched late last year involving four hospitals in the hope that the effort could be expanded to all 26 hospitals in the state in 2018.But the four hospitals — Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, Southern N.H. Medical Center in Nashua and Speare Memorial Hospital in Plymouth — decided their emergency rooms could not accommodate a judicial process.“I don’t think it’s going anywhere at this point,” said Ken Norton, executive director of the New Hampshire chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.The problem stems from a shortage of mental health beds at … [Read more...] about Plan for mental health patients awaiting admission stalls
If you are a Minnesotan experiencing a mental health crisis, there’s a strong chance that the police officers or paramedics who respond to your call for help will take you to jail or a hospital emergency room because too few other treatment options are available. Or you may be taken hundreds of miles to another state where a psychiatric bed is available, making it hard for your family to visit. When you’re released, you may end up homeless because you didn’t get the care you needed and few other housing options are available. “Too often people with serious mental health issues end up in our jails, our hospitals or on the street homeless,” Ramsey County Board Chairman Jim McDonough said at a recent Minnesota House committee hearing. “This is the outcome of not planning, building, providing or maintaining a continuum of care. “Our residents who have a mental health condition are left without support, their conditions deteriorate, and they end up … [Read more...] about Lawmakers eye regional centers for mental health crisis care and support
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Teen suicide is soaring. Do spotty mental health and addiction treatment share blame? Ruf's son left his phone unlocked so she could find his note: “Everything has a time. I decided not to wait for mine." Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. 69 Join the Nation's Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Jayne O'Donnell and Anne Saker, USA TODAY Network Published 11:47 a.m. ET March 19, 2018 | Updated 10:30 p.m. ET March 19, 2018 CLOSE Crestview Hills mother Karen Ruf speaks about the loss of her son J.C. Ruf to teen suicide in October 2016. Sam Greene/The Enquirer CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN 69 COMMENT EMAIL MORE J.C. Ruf, 16, was a … [Read more...] about Teen suicide is soaring. Do spotty mental health and addiction treatment share blame?