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Lawmakers Call for Investigations into Wesley Chapel Psychiatric Hospital

State and federal lawmakers are asking for reviews of North Tampa Behavioral Health after the Tampa Bay Times found that it exploits patients held under the state’s mental health law. U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Palm Harbor, sent a letter…
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Registration Open: 2019 Defending Modern Drug Cases Seminar

Once again, drug prosecutions are on the rise. From challenging the arrest and seizure to picking a jury to cross-examining police officers, defense attorneys handling drug cases must be able to construct a defense that will increase the chances…
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The Cost of Caring for Mentally Ill Inmates

State spending on mental health care for prison inmates has nearly quadrupled in the past two decades. Expenditures on the Colorado Department of Corrections’ “mental health subprogram” increased from about $4.4 million in fiscal…
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Creating a Resilient Community: From Trauma to Healing

The Peace and Justice Institute of Valencia College, Early Learning Coalition of Orange County, Orange County Health Department, along with partners and sponsors, invite you to a conference, Creating a Resilient Community: From Trauma to Healing…
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When Going to Jail Means Giving Up The Meds That Saved Your Life

Before Geoffrey Pesce got on methadone, his addiction to heroin and oxycodone nearly destroyed him: He lost his home, his job, custody of his son—and his driver’s license. So even after he began to rebuild his life, Pesce relied on his parents…
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Florida DOC Agrees to Reform Prisoner Mental Health Care

Disability Rights Florida, the state’s Protection and Advocacy organization for people with disabilities, has reached a settlement agreement with the Florida Department of Corrections (FDOC) that includes widespread changes to mental health…
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Social Worker/Sentencing Advocate Conference Biloxi

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 e sessions to best fit their individual needs.  There…
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Starving for Help: A Search for Mental Healthcare Ends Tragically at the Putnam County Jail

When the deputies came, Vicki Futch expected them to take her mentally ill son to the hospital. She’d been in touch with a captain from the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office about her son, Gregory Allan Futch, 54, trying to arrange an…
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Panthers' Hiring of a Mental Health Clinician is a 'Game-Changer'

In early August, Steve Smith revealed he had had bouts of depression while an active player with the Carolina Panthers and Baltimore Ravens. He talked about feeling "trapped, inferior and alone." Carolina's all-time leading receiver spoke…
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Court Denies US Motion to Dismiss Air Force Veteran's Suit Claiming False Imprisonment

Doan served in the Air Force from September 1993 through the following February. He claimed in his suit that he was involuntarily detained at the Miami Veterans Affairs Healthcare System (VAMC) after a Compensation & Pension evaluation in…