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“Hawaii looks to allow psychologists to prescribe drugs”

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This April 28, 2016 AP article found on the Herald-Standard website talks about Hawaii’s interest in having Psychologists be able to prescribe medications to their clients.  This is something already done in the military, and in a few other states. It is hoped that this change could improve access to care, and maybe also help Hawaii decrease their suicide rate which according to the article is higher than the rate that people die from car accidents in Hawaii.

“Mental health transport crises: Back of police car may not be best solution, experts say”

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This June 15, 2015 NewsOK article talks about the reality faced in Oklahoma because of a lack of mental health treatment facilities.  While this is trying to raise awareness of the issue they have, I felt that it also could be a word of warning to us here in Pennsylvania as a reminder that if we keep underfunding our mental health system, facilities could close leaving us in a situation similar to what folks in Oklahoma are facing.  The article also points out that being placed in handcuffs in the back of a police care when no crime has been committed is also very stigmatizing in itself, so could this also be viewed as something that we could learn from and maybe continue to work on decreasing the transporting of people with mental illnesses handcuffed in police cars.

“Andreatta: Digger of 1,500 graves gets his due”

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This May 15, 2015 article on the Democrat & Chronicle site talks about a memorial service to be held to honor Lawrence Mocha who had dug 1500 graves by hand during his time as a patient at Willard State Hospital where he eventually died and was also buried.  I feel like this is a victory of sorts that gives some dignity back to people with mental illnesses who have lived and died in state hospitals.  Every human deserves to be buried with dignity and be recognize as more than a number, which is what will be happening for Lawrence Mocha.  Hats off to all who worked to give Lawrence a bit of dignity back to him.

“United States: Force Against Prisoners With Mental Illness”

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English: Human Rights Watch logo Русский: Логотип Хьюман Райтс Вотч (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This May 12, 2015 article on the Human Rights Watch website talks about the abuse of power often used in handling mentally ill inmate that leads to injuries and even death because of what amounts to minor infractions of the rules or orders given to them.  One example in the article is about a woman who was not given her medication while she was incarcerated and at one point refused to change her jumpsuit and ended up being tasered multiple times within a matter of a few short minutes.

“Are people on food stamps routinely buying lobster?: Nancy Eshelman”

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This April 10, 2015 article on The Patriot News website describes the reality of whether people on food stamps routinely buy steak or lobster.

“It’s official: Ceremony for Mocha, others in May”

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This March 22, 2015 Finger Lake Times article talks about a victory for a group that has worked to get recognition for not only the work that Mr. Mocha did as a gravedigger during his time at Willard State Hospital in New York, but to also offer some respect for other patients buried there as well.  This has been an ongoing uphill struggle for this group, but they have made some progress, and Mr. Mocha who dug 1,500 graves and wasn’t paid for his work will now get some recognition and be given the respect he and the other patients buried there deserve but until now hadn’t gotten.

“Calif. Strike Highlights Larger Issues With Mental Health System”

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This January 18, 2015 WPSU article talks about the strike in California involving Kaiser Mental Health Professionals.  They are on strike because they want more staff to help ease caseload and improve the rate that they are able to offer services to people with mental health issues.

“Christmas Behind Bars”

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This December 23, 2014, The Atlantic, article talks about how inmates at Maine State Prison celebrate Christmas despite rules that say they can’t give gifts.

“No Longer Anonymous: Gravedigger Gets His Due at a Psychiatric Hospital”

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This December 22, 2014 New York Times article talks about the ongoing passionate debate over whether or not a patient who died at the now closed Willard State Hospital in New York state that had served as the gravedigger for the hospital  and hand dug over 1,500 graves for fellow patients who also died there.  A group has wanted to place a plaque to honor Mr. Mocha for his work and give him at least a little more dignity and respect than what they felt a plaque with a number on it offered.  The state of New York finally allowed the new plaque honoring him to be placed after a living relative was found and allowed to read over the news articles about their deceased relative.  The article indicates that this doesn’t mean that there has been a change in policy, and says that to do more, for those buried with numbers for grave markers, a change in law would be needed.  The article details the issue more than I have here, but I feel that this is a small yet significant victory for the group who wanted to honor Mr. Mocha for his work as an unpaid gravedigger for Willard State Hospital.

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Seal of New York. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“More Than One-Third of Americans Who Seek Mental Health Counseling Face Barriers, Finds University of Phoenix Survey”

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This December 16, 2014 article out of Phoenix, and found on the InsuranceNews.net website talks about the changes being seen in barrier that prevent people from getting therapy.  Some barriers have decreased, while others have increased according to the article.

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English: Image for mental health stubs, uses two psych images – psychiatry (medicine) and psychology (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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