“Pa. state prisons transform mental health care, but is it working?”

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This April 17, 2015 Penn Live article talks about ongoing changes in the Pennsylvania Prison System as it pertains to inmates with mental health issues.


“Traumatized and vulnerable, slavery survivors live with mental health issues”

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This November 10, 2015 CNN article talks about the mental health impact on the lives of victims of modern-day slavery (aka Human Trafficking)

“A Critic Says Murphy’s Bill Is Problematic: Explains Why Some In Congress Oppose It”

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This blog post by Pete Early talks about the reasons some in Congress oppose Rep. Murphy’s mental health reform bill.  Some reasons include civil rights issues among other issues.

Eastern Standard Time Begins November 1, 2015

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Eastern Standard Time begins at 2:00 am on November 1, 2015 this year, so that means that it would be wise to turn your clocks back 1 hour before you go to bed to make sure you are on time for anything you may need to do Sunday morning.

“A ‘digital’ drug could help patients take their medicine”

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This October 6, 2015 US News article by Kimberly Leonard and found on the AOL On  website talks about technology being reviewed by the FDA for a version of Abilify that has a small chip the size of a pencil tip that would allow professionals to verify that the medication is being taken.

I have a concern that while yes verification can be good to have, I feel as though this could offer yet another tool for those who prefer to use coercion or force choices  when dealing with people with mental illnesses …. I could see this easily be turned into something where the person is told “take your meds or we will send you to the state hospital”  without trying to understand why the person isn’t taking their meds, and simply chalking it up to non-compliance on the part of the person with a mental illness.  if it is strictly used for verification I’m ok with it, but if it begins to be used as a way to force the person into treatment they aren’t given a choice about then that’s where I have a problem.

“Patients’ Rights Questions Hang Over Mental Health Debate”

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This Sept. 14, 2015 article by Melissa Attias on the staff of Roll Call talks about Rep. Tim Murphy’s mental health reform bill and the stalemate involving the question of whether or not basic rights will be violated if it passes.