mental health

Disabled still face execution in N.C.

Disabled still face execution in N.C.
March 11, 2014 By Kristin Collins

Thomas Larry (pictured above) has mental retardation, but remains on death row because of one IQ score.

Medi-Share, the ACA and the religious exemption flimflam

While you weren't noticing, many Americans have been opting out of the Affordable Care Act under the law's religious exemption provisions primarily through a Florida outfit called Medi-Share.

Let's be clear - Medi-Share is not insurance. It's a cost sharing plan where individuals apply for membership and agree to pay for each other's medical expenses through a shared pool of "donations". It doesn't cover routine checkups and many other common expenses and offers no guaranteed coverage if the members are hospitalized.

In October of last year, a Kentucky judge shut down the operation in Kentucky after objections by insurance companies who maintained that the plan was being offered as "insurance" and misleading members. The service is still legal in NC.

USA Today: Should 11 Million mentally ill persons be locked up?

Should 11 Million Mentally Ill Be Locked Up?
Our View: The Editorial Board, USA TODAY September 26, 2013

The awful mass killings this month by a delusional shooter at Washington's Navy Yard provoked familiar demands to fix the nation's mental health system. Polls show most Americans believe shoring up the system could help stop the carnage.

If only it were that simple.

Mental Health Background Checks are Not the solution to gun violence

The Atlantic magazine online:

Nearly half the country experiences some kind of mental illness during their lifetimes. Should they all be barred from owning guns?

Josh Stein shines a bright light on GOP pettiness and deception regarding the Dix lease

And uncovers two hard truths: (1) Republicans in Raleigh have no motive, interest or commitment to mental health in any way, shape or form. (2) Those same Republicans also have no shame.

Urge State Senators to Pass House Bill 5

Hi. Please urge State Senators to quickly pass House Bill 5. As WRAL reports on the temporary funding for Group Homes issue:

The House voted 116-0 on House Bill 5, but it's fate in the Senate remains murky. Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger said Wednesday that he wasn't in a hurry to address the group home issue.

From the Director of The National Alliance on Mental Illness North Carolina chapter:

WRAL special Wed.: gun rights, public safety, and mental health

WRAL to Air Hour-long, Commercial Free, Prime Time Special: gun rights, public safety, and mental health
January 23rd @ 8pm

RALEIGH -It's the debate raging across the nation: gun rights, public safety and mental health. In a one hour, commercial free, prime time special, WRAL-TV will probe North Carolina's gun laws, the right to bear arms, security in public places, violence in entertainment, and how the state treats the mentally ill. Soft Targets, Hard Choices is hosted by veteran WRAL News anchors David Crabtree and Debra Morgan and premieres January 23 @ 8pm, followed by live chats on starting at 9pm.

Soft Targets, Hard Choices examines some of the societal issues that are debated after public mass shootings.

The Right to Bear Arms vs Gun Control

Media rush to judgment in tragic shootings

The rush to find a reason “why” the Sandy Hook shootings took place results from natural instinct. But, it is important that prejudice against those with psychiatric disabilities and resulting bias in reporting be acknowledged and addressed, so that those with mental illnesses are not painted with a broad brush.

It was a single individual involved in the Friday shootings, and statistics from many years of research show that persons with psychiatric disabilities are not generally more violent than those who do not have a disability. The exceptional cases are those persons with co-occurring substance or alcohol abuses problems, which do have higher rates of violence than the norm.

Disgusting injustice at NC Central Prison

A recent report revealed horrifying conditions for the mentally ill at North Carolina’s Central Prison. Prisoners were left isolated for staggeringly long amounts of times, some were left to wallow in their own filth with nothing but a safety blanket and others were neglected or over prescribed medication which may have led to the death of one inmate.

Jenny Lancaster, chief operating officer for the NC DOC, excused these conditions by citing how the prison system is severely understaffed and under-equipped. Luckily, the prison will receive a new mental health facility to address these issues, but some doubt this will actually fix the problem. These conditions are simply inexcusable.

Nobody is being held accountable. No prison staff has been fired and nobody is up for disciplinary review. This injustice is beyond outrageous.

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