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In the absence of patient advocate groups to advise hospitals on methods to improve health care and to help people overcome obstacles in obtaining adequate health care, human relations commissions will typically receive complaints about hospitals refusing to provide health care, being unable to communicate with non-English speaking residents and other issues relating to the inadequate provision of health care.

Commissions may examine the feasibility of assisting community groups to form a patient advocacy group, form a health committee to assure itself that hospitals are meeting the needs of the community, respond to complaints as they made or select some other appropriate option. When complaints of health care are chronic commissions may hold public hearings to publicize the issues and gain support for programs designed to remedy the problems.

Homeless woman’s case sharpens focus on justice system and mentally ill

By | July 24th, 2015|Health, Police & Community|

The list of Trishawn Cardessa Carey’s prescriptions fills a page in her case file: clonazepam for seizures and panic, methocarbamol for muscle spasms and quetiapine for spells of psychosis. She suffers delusions, paranoia and “dramatic mood swings.”

For years, the homeless woman has lived off Social Security tied to her mental disability — a doctor diagnosed

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New York City Plans Focus on Mental Health in Justice System

By | December 2nd, 2014|Disability, Health, Police & Community|

In an effort to reduce the growing number of inmates with mental health and substance abuse problems in New York City’s jails, the administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio announced plans on Monday to significantly expand public health services at almost every

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Study Links Discrimination, Blacks’ Risk of Mental Disorders

By | September 22nd, 2014|Health, Intergroup Relations|

New research shows that African Americans and Caribbean Blacks who experience multiple types of discrimination are at a much greater risk for a variety of mental disorders, such as anxiety, depression and substance abuse. The same study, published in the August 2014 edition of Addictive Behaviors, also suggests that there are four main types of

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LAPD chief faces tense crowd over shooting of mentally ill man

By | August 20th, 2014|Disability, Health, Police & Community|

The atmosphere in a South Los Angeles church was at times tense Tuesday night as residents and activists peppered Los Angeles police officials with questions about two officers’ fatal shooting of a mentally ill man.

http://www.latimes.com/local/crime/la-me-lapd-shooting-20140820-story.html

Los Angeles Times

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Los Angeles County supervisors vote to implement Laura’s Law

By | July 16th, 2014|Health, Police & Community|

Los Angeles County leaders voted Tuesday to fully implement Laura’s Law, a state law that allows counties to pursue court-ordered outpatient treatment for people with serious mental illness.

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-los-angeles-county-lauras-law-20140715-story.html

Los Angeles Times

 

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Freeway incident raises questions on how police interact with public

By | July 8th, 2014|Health, Police & Community|

Marlene Pinnock is a mother of two who once studied bookkeeping and accounting. But her life has not been simple.

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Local community programs help keep the mentally ill out of jails

By | July 2nd, 2014|Health, Intergroup Relations|

“You can be someone different,” he told Omar Cruz, his tone as soothing as the sounds of the fountain, gurgling nearby. “You can be an asset to yourself and others.”

http://www.dailynews.com/social-affairs/20140701/local-community-programs-help-keep-the-mentally-ill-out-of-jails

Daily News

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