Pepper Spray and Death
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Dramatic Rise in Youth Hospitalizations
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A year after his son’s suicide, popular evangelical pastor Rick Warren is taking on a new mental health ministry inspired by his personal tragedy. Warren, founder of Saddleback Church and a best-selling author, will team with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange and the National Alliance on Mental Illness to host a daylong event March 28 focused on helping church leaders reach parishioners who are struggling with mental illness.
Actress Halle Berry appears on the cover of the latest issue of The Advocate, the magazine of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), with an interview inside about her upcoming film, Frankie & Alice. Based on a true story, Berry plays Frankie Murdoch, an African American ’70s-era go-go dancer living with dissociative identity disorder (DID). She is challenged by two identities: a scared 7-year old girl named Genius and a bigoted, white southern belle named Alice.
Psychologists, counselors and other mental health professionals have a lack of understanding of African-Americans that leads to inaccurate diagnoses and harm to blacks with behavioral disorders, experts say. A symposium at UC Riverside, which featured editors of a state-commissioned report on black mental health, came as the California Department of Public Health is developing strategic plans to implement some recommendations of the statewide study.
The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed a rule that would remove protected class status for antipsychotic and antidepressant prescription drugs from the Medicare Part D program. This is extremely concerning to NAMI and its members. Limiting access to medications for people who live with mental illness threatens treatment and lives.
On Tuesday, February 18th, Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, introduced SB 1054—Mentally Ill Offender Crime Reduction (MIOCR) Grants, legislation that will renew funding for the MICOR program, which addresses recidivism reduction for juvenile and adult offenders with mental illness.