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Parents Say 10-Year-Old Son with Autism was Handcuffed, Put in Patrol Car

Parents of a 10-year-old boy who has autism say the child was handcuffed, put in the back of a patrol car and transported to a mental health facility after he ran from school administrators. According to a federal lawsuit filed…
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When People with Intellectual Disabilities Are Punished, Parents Pay the Price

Carol Nesteikis, 66, has never committed a crime. But for two years, from six in the evening to six in the morning the next day, she lived under de facto house arrest with her 32-year-old son, Adam. It wasn’t because she wanted to. The…
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Registration Open: Social Worker/Sentencing Advocate Conference in Seattle, Washington - September 10-13

These conferences will feature nationally recognized faculty in a mix of plenary sessions, simultaneous sessions and small group breakouts.  Participants will have the opportunity to choose sessions to best fit their individual needs.  There…
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Representing People with Mental Disabilities: A Practical Webinar for Criminal Defense Lawyers

For criminal defense lawyers of all types, clients with mental disabilities are a part of their practice. This includes the white collar criminal defense lawyer who represents an executive charged with tax evasion who functions despite a variety…
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Sheriff to End Solitary Confinement for Teens at Palm Beach County Jail Under Settlement

Young offenders called it “the box.” It’s where their world at the Palm Beach County jail shrank to a 6-by-12 foot cell — for months. In solitary confinement, no music was allowed. No television. No human contact. Read more.
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Mentally Ill South Florida Man Starved to Death in Prison, Lawsuit Alleges - The Miami New Times

When Vincent Gaines was sentenced to five years in prison on robbery charges in June 2013, state officials recommended he be placed in a mental-health unit because he had regular visual and auditory hallucinations. So Gaines was transferred…
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School District Bungled Parkland Suspect's Request for Therapeutic Services: Report - FOX News

The suspect linked to a mass shooting in Parkland, Fla., was denied the therapeutic services needed for disabled students, according to a report released Friday. In the year leading up to the Feb. 14 rampage that left 17 people dead at Marjory…
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FREE Event: Namigo Talks: Psychological Service Dogs

Learning Objectives Presentation participants will: Understand the history of Psychological Service Dogs, Inc. as a dual purpose non-profit organization. Know the important differences between psychological service dogs, emotional…
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Inflammation in Pregnant Moms Linked to Child’s Brain Development - National Institute of Mental Health

NIMH-funded researchers are connecting the dots between inflammation in a pregnant human mother and possible effects on her young child’s developing brain. So far, they have linked high levels of maternal inflammation during pregnancy to reduced…
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NACDL Meeting & Seminar: Decoding & Litigating Mental Health Issues - October 24-27

NACDL's 2018 Fall Meeting & Seminar,"Decoding & Litigating Mental Health Issues" will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Savannah, GA, October 24-27, 2018. Experts estimate that between 55 and 75% of all incarcerated people suffer…