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News Summary for April 16, 2012
Prepared by Anne M. Kincaid

Please note that the articles are listed in alphabetical order by State, so you can easily scan
through the articles for those within your state or other states in which you have a particular interest.
 

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1. "Man Accused of Fondling Disabled Woman" --- Police have arrested an El Mirage man who they say groped a disabled woman shopping at Wal-Mart early Sunday morning. According to court documents, 43-year-old Tyree Lateff Saxton victimized a woman in a motorized wheelchair. --- MyFox Phoenix --- April 9, 2012  (ARIZONA)   http://is.gd/WSWkNE  

2.  "Attacker Beats Disabled Woman to Teach Her Son a Lesson?" ---Returning home from the hospital, Sharon Bryant practically radiated pain. She slowly tried to climb from the passenger seat of the van, reaching for the wheelchair on the top step, a grimace passing through her lips. "The doctor said there wasn't ... --- KARK --- April 9, 2012  (ARKANSAS)  http://is.gd/BKIFJ0  

3.  "Woman Accused of Killing Autistic Son Appears in Court" --- A Carmel Valley woman accused of drowning her 4-year-old autistic son in their apartment bathtub was in court Tuesday for a bail review hearing. Patricia Corby, who faces 25 years to life behind bars if convicted, was ordered held on $10 ... --- KGTV San Diego --- April 10, 2012  (CALIFORNIA)   http://is.gd/Uj6j5R  

4.  "Woman Spared Jail Time in Starvation Death of Her Disabled Son" --- With tears in her eyes, a 64-year-old Lake Wales woman was spared Tuesday any further jail time in the starvation death of her disabled son. Circuit Judge Beth Harlan said she didn't think Vernetta Lawson set out to hurt her ... --- The Ledger --- April 11, 2012  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/9tMSE7  

5.  "Disabled Woman's Parents Fight to Advance Suit against Cops" --- … is detrimental to the interest of this indigent and permanently disabled young woman," Singer wrote in the notice he filed. Eilman, who was 21 and had recently dropped out of UCLA at the time of the incident, has no health insurance and is completely ... Chicago Tribune --- April 13, 2012  (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/5Od3AS  

6.  "Disabled Teenager Given 'Electric-Shock Treatment as School Punishment' " --- A video has emerged of a disabled boy being hit repeatedly with electric shocks by staff at a special needs school in Massachusetts. By  Amy Willis, Los Angeles Andre McCollins, from New York, was 18 when he was strapped face down to a table at the ... --- Telegraph.co.uk --- April 12, 2012  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/zTg7ME  

7.  "Developmentally Disabled Woman Gets $4 Million in Rape Case" --- A federal jury on Thursday awarded $4 million to a female patient of a state facility for the developmentally disabled in St. Charles who said she was sexually assaulted by an employee. --- STLtoday.com --- April 13, 2012  (MISSOURI)   http://is.gd/5Od3AS  

8.  "Caregivers Charged in Death of Vulnerable Adult" --- Shawn James Gigrich, age 48, was charged with a gross misdemeanor count of criminal neglect and one count of failing to report the maltreatment of a vulnerable adult, which is a misdemeanor. Miski Mohamed-Ali, age 25, was charged with one misdemeanor ... --- KARE --- April 11, 2012  (MINNESOTA) http://is.gd/7YgFHW  

9.  "North Charleston Police Raid Assisted Living Group Home, Arrest Director" --- North Charleston police this morning arrested a Fairhavens Manor director during a raid of the 14-bed assisted living group home for the elderly and disabled. Police arrested Andrea Magwood just after 9 am She is accused of neglecting residents, ... --- Charleston Post Courier --- April 12, 2012  (SOUTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/hjsIf6  

10.  "Suspect Says He Killed Port Angeles Woman to Hide Rape" --- The accused killer of Jennifer Pimentel had planned to murder the developmentally-disabled woman to prevent her from accusing him of rape, according to new evidence in the case. Kevin A. Bradfield made the claim in a letter he sent to a family member ... --- KOMO News --- April 10, 2012  (WASHINGTON)   http://is.gd/ub6iOB   

11.  "Capitol Alert: California Senate Approves Bill to Remove 'R Word' from Books" --- The California Senate today unanimously approved a bill today that would strip the phrase "mentally retarded" from existing statutes, replacing that and related terms with "intellectual disability." "Words do matter and the 'R word' is ... --- Sacramento Bee --- April 12, 2012  (CALIFORNIA)   http://is.gd/QVqOYE  

12.  ‘Mentally-challenged Woman Raped by Witch Doctor" --- A 20-year-old mentally challenged girl was allegedly raped by a witch doctor who was approached by her family members for a cure for her ailment, police said Saturday. A first information report was registered against the man ... --- Newstrack India --- April 14, 2012  (INDIA)  http://is.gd/sLk3vE  

13.   "Disabled Man Found Dead in Care Home 'Had Bruised Neck' " --- The family of a disabled man at the centre of a murder probe say there were bruises on his neck after he was found dead at a care home in Co Antrim. Seamus McCollum died at Maine Nursing Home in Randalstown last September. --- Belfast Telegraph --- April 12, 2012  (IRELAND)   http://is.gd/DCwDPd  

14.   "Man Caught Forcing Homeless, Disabled into Slave Labor" --- Authorities here arrested 11 people Tuesday on charges of trafficking more than 100 disabled and homeless people into forced labor in the past 20 years. According to the Korea Coast Guard, a 47-year-old man was arrested with his nephew, daughter, ... --- The Korea Herald --- April 10, 2012  (KOREA)  http://is.gd/xze1oK  

 
Abuse/Crime-related
 

15. "Colorado Settles Lawsuit over Inmates' Mental-health Evaluations" --- Calvin Harris, shown Monday at a visitation window in the Denver County Jail, has waited months for his mental-health evaluation related to his felony-menacing charge. He has a long history of schizophrenia and anxiety disorder. --- Denver Post --- April 10, 2012  (COLORADO)  http://is.gd/y1i4OJ  

16. "Frontier Fined $50,000 for Violating Rule that Protects Disabled Passengers" --- Frontier Airlines has been slapped with a $50,000 fine for violating rules that protect disabled passengers. It's a result of what happened to a Colorado State University student in June. He's paralyzed from the neck down. --- kvdr.com --- (COLORADO)  http://is.gd/gJeF1F  

17. "Lake Couple Arrested for Neglecting Disabled Child, Sister" --- Police arrested a mother and her boyfriend on child-neglect charges after finding two sisters living with them in filth, and the boyfriend also was accused of molesting one of the youngsters. --- Sun-Sentinel --- April 10, 2012  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/byIiQx  

18. "Snellville Woman Accused of Exploiting Disabled Adults" --- A Snellville woman was in custody Saturday, accused of stealing from mentally disabled adults living in a network of personal care homes she operates in Gwinnett County. Gwinnett Police spokesman Detective James Flanagan said that the .. --- Atlanta Journal Constitution --- April 14, 2012  (GEORGIA) http://is.gd/EWLcdW  

19. "DeKalb Woman Accused of Abusing Disabled Patients" --- DeKalb County prosecutors say a transient caregiver of disabled persons took advantage of several of her clients, stealing their money and identity, forcing them to live in squalid conditions, and even beating one of them. --- Atlanta Journal Constitution --- April 11, 2012  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/VLGVmd  

20. "Sarasota Sheriff: Caregiver for Disabled Woman Got Drunk on Duty" --- The hired caregiver for an 85-year-old disabled woman got drunk on duty and evidently passed out, Sarasota County sheriff's deputies say. Bonnie Mahoney Pascavage, 58, of the 500 block …  --- Sarasota Herald-Tribune --- April 10, 2012  (FLORIDA)   http://is.gd/eoBBRi  

21. "Woman Charged with Taking $50k from Disabled Vet" --- A 39-year-old Kamiah woman faces felony charges for allegedly taking about $50000 from her brother-in-law, a disabled Vietnam War veteran. Other media outlets report Christine Kalt is charged with grand theft and ... --- Northwest Cable News --- April 13, 2012  (IDAHO)   http://is.gd/Y3fnbf  

22. "Client Sues Local Disabilities Service" --- A client of a local disabilities service has sued the company, alleging she was sexually assaulted by a fellow client. According to the lawsuit filed Monday, the plaintiff — who is not being identified in accordance with the Press-Citizen's policy not ... --- Iowa City Press Citizen --- April 10, 2012  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/9mSCJQ  

23. "Cops: Framingham Man on Drugs While Driving Van for Disabled in Hopkinton" --- A Framingham man pleaded not guilty yesterday to charges that he drove a van for the disabled while under the influence of pain pills. Christopher Pendergast, 37, told police his bad driving on Tuesday was due to being ... --- MetroWest Daily News --- April 13, 2012  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/jOMZTR  

24. "Brockton Woman to Serve 6 Months for Abusing Disabled Woman in Hanover" --- A Brockton woman will spend the next six months in jail, a jury having found her guilty of abusing a disabled woman in a Hanover group home in 2009. --- The Patriot Ledger --- April 12, 2012  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/kS9pWi  

25. "Mother Sues Judge Rotenberg Center Over ‘Torture’ of Disabled Son" --- The mother of a severely disabled young man is suing a Canton treatment center over what she calls "torture." As part of her lawsuit, she wants the world to see the shock therapy treatment that the State Senate ... --- CBS Local --- April 11, 2012  (MASSACHUSETTS)   http://is.gd/I2YyxB  

26. "Woman in a Wheelchair Beaten, Robbed" --- A woman in a wheelchair was bound, beaten, and robbed inside her Bronx apartment. "I was hit behind the head and put on the floor and duck taped," said Yoanca Martinez, robbery victim. From her wheel-chair, Yoanca Martinez calmly ... --- 7Online.com --- April 11, 2012  (NEW YORK)   http://is.gd/k9IWfD  

27. "Disabled Man Dies After Fight with Roommate on Staten Island" --- A 45-year-old man died Tuesday after a fight with his roommate over food at a halfway house for the disabled in Mariners Harbor, police sources said. The quarrel between John Parisi, ... --- DNAinfo --- April 10, 2012  (NEW YORK)   http://is.gd/RE6cTT  

28. "Tulsa Father Says State Mental Health System Broken" --- A suicidal man took drastic measures after being sent home twice from the Tulsa Center for Behavioral Health. His family says he tried to rob a store so officers would shoot and kill him. --- News On 6 --- April 10, 2012  (OKLAHOMA)  http://is.gd/SA5ysk  

29. "Knight Pleads Guilty in Daugherty Torture, Killing" --- Melvin Knight pleaded guilty this morning to killing a mentally challenged Mt. Pleasant woman but still faces the death penalty. Westmoreland County Judge Rita Hathaway has scheduled a penalty phase trial to being in August, when a jury will hear ... --- Pittsburgh Tribune-Review --- April 12, 2012  (PENNSYLVANIA)   http://is.gd/Bldtk3  

30. "Disabled East Allen Township Man Bound and Robbed, Police Say" --- Tom Mark Steven Smolow, 59, restrained an elderly man about 9:45 am Monday at the man's home on the 7000 block of Versailles Square, police said. Smolow ransacked the home for valuables but was frightened off when a ... --- The Express Times - LehighValleyLive.com --- April 7, 2012  (PENNSYLVANIA)   http://is.gd/IrWgC6  

31. "Disabled Man, 65, Says Woman Attacked Him" --- A 65-year-old man said a woman attacked him when he picked up a few dollars outside a taqueria, but the woman said she was only defending herself. --- KPRC Houston ---  April 10, 2012  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/MxcczH   

32. "Caregiver Accused of Medicaid Fraud in Vt." --- A woman has been charged with submitting false claims for providing care under Vermont Medicaid's Children's Personal Care Services program. Attorney General William Sorrell said 21-year-old Tammy Thomas of Granville, NY, ... --- The Republic --- April 11, 2012  (VERMONT)  http://is.gd/A5g0m8  
 

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33. "Obese Moms More Likely to Have an Autistic Child" --- Women who are obese during pregnancy are significantly more likely to have a child with autism than healthy-weight mothers, according to the latest research into the sobering risks of obesity during pregnancy. --- Vancouver Sun --- April 10, 2012  (CALIFORNIA)   http://is.gd/cDDIOp  

34. "Hit Hard by Budget Cuts, DFCS Strains as Workload Jumps" --- More abused and neglected children are getting state protection under an aggressive new policy mandate, but deep budget cuts are threatening efforts to help those children and their families heal, ... --- Atlanta Journal Constitution --- April 12, 2012  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/R9P49G   

35. "Hawaii Social Service Organization Budgets Shrinks" --- Organizations offering services to Hawaii's needy have had their budgets slashed by 19 percent since the financial crisis hit in 2008, and they've lost 16 percent of their staff, an advocacy group for the poor said ... --- WJTV --- April 10, 2012  (HAWAII)   http://is.gd/zdS5Jk  

36. "23 Arrested in Mental Health Facility Protest" --- Police forced a group called The Mental Health Movement to move their tents and private property. Demonstrators put up barricades made of steel-gate piping and quick-dry cement in front of the clinic doors. --- ABC7Chicago.com --- April 13, 2012  (ILLINOIS)   http://is.gd/syiEEa  

37. "Illinois No. 1 State for Mental Health Budget Cuts" --- Linda Stumbo, patron of Community Counseling Centers of Chicago, holds a sign reading "Keep the drop center open" to show her support for the Chicago mental health community. Illinois No. 1 state for mental health budget cuts by Lacy Schley Illinois ... -- Medill Reports: Chicago --- April 11, 2012  (ILLINOIS)   http://is.gd/Lgz5vK  

38. "Mental Health System Shortcomings 'Can't Change if We Don't Talk About them ... " --- Mental Health: The life of Kyle Straka: Kyle Straka's mother Karla takes us through the twists and turns of her son Kyle's life as he battles with mental illness. Karla Dawe stands near the location in Dubuque where her son, Kyle Straka, was arrested a ... --- DesMoinesRegister.com ---  April 13, 2012  (IOWA)   http://is.gd/qqNIyb  

39. "Harvard Researchers Develop Tool that Could Diagnose Autism" ... Harvard researchers develop tool that could diagnose autism in minutes ...... www.examiner.com --- April 13, 2012  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/khVQqI  

40. "Arc Celebrates 60 Years of Service" --- The Arc of Midland is marking 60 years of improving the lives of people with disabilities this year and the membership organization continues to thrive. "I would characterize us as an organization whose mission never waivers. --- Midland Daily News --- April 9, 2012  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/y8Rlxq   

41. "More Families React: Christie's Proposal to Close N.J.'s Developmental Centers" --- The Community Care Waiver does not have the stringent standards the Intermediate Care Facility /Mentally Retarded (ICF/MR). Services in the ICF/MR facilities are bundled … --- newjerseynewsroom.com --- April 12, 2012  (NEW JERSEY)   http://is.gd/KI3HtJ  

42. "Oregon State Hospital Mental Health Worker Died While Helping to Restrain Patient" --- A 36-year-old mental health security technician who died Wednesday night at Oregon State Hospital collapsed while trying to restrain a patient. Authorities at the state mental hospital identified the technician as ... --- OregonLive.com --- April 12, 2012  (OREGON)  http://is.gd/V2TU2k  

43. "Pennsylvania Budget Cuts, Policy Changes are Ravaging Services, Disability Advocates Say" --- Jim Gurreri challenges the state to find waste within his nonprofit, which relies on state funding to provide group homes and other services for people with intellectual disabilities. --- PennLive.com --- April 12, 2012  (PENNSYLVANIA)   http://is.gd/EsJNsl  

44. "Upstate Day Care for Disabled in Danger of Closing’ --- The center's director, Karen Burgan, said until Dec. 31, 2008, the program was funded by money from the state. Because of budget cuts, that money has been drastically reduced, and Burgan said the center is searching for private donations, ... --- WYFF Greenville --- April 14, 2012  (SOUTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/t13p51  

45. "Medicaid Cuts Put Indie Pharmacies at Risk" --- A new state that began March 1 has cut Medicaid reimbursements to pharmacies by nearly 80 percent. The cuts could lead independent pharmacies to turn down Medicaid recipients or close their doors. --- Beaumont Enterprises April 13, 2012  (TEXAS) http://is.gd/drq9JG  

46. "In Major Victory for Adult Protective Services Lawsuit Judge Allows Case to ... In the case alleging ongoing failures in Adult Protective Services brought by representatives of the elderly and disabled community, Judge Kupersmith ruled that can go forward in part, and rejected the ... --- vtdigger.org --- April 10, 2012  (VERMONT)  http://is.gd/pFubvR  

47. "Researchers Find New Information on Causes of Autism" --- Quinn, a child with autism sleeps next to the line of toys he made. Autism affects 1 of every 88 children in the United States. More autism diagnoses have been reported in recent years -- though experts ... --- Public Radio International PRI --- April 13, 2012  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/R08bY4  

48. "Should We Really Worry about Obesity's Link to Autism?" --- A new study this week linking motherhood obesity to childhood autism tells a seemingly horrible tale: pregnant women who are obese are 67 percent more likely to have a child who suffers from the disorder than her non-obese counterpart. --- The Atlantic --- April 10, 2012  (U.S. – NATIONAL)   http://is.gd/hwuhfc  

49. "Antidepressant Prescribing Less Likely for Medicaid, Medicare and Minority ..."  --- According to an article published online last month in the International Journal of Psychiatry, African-Americans and Hispanics with major depressive disorder are less likely to get antidepressants than Caucasian patients, whilst Medicare and Medicaid ... ---  Medical News Today --- April 9, 2012  (U.S. NATIONAL)   http://is.gd/bbtrW8

50. "Americans Less Willing to Pay to Prevent Mental Illness" --- A new survey discovers Americans are less willing to pay to avoid mental illness as compared to medical conditions. Researchers analyzed responses from a nationally representative sample of 710 adults and found ... --- PsychCentral.com --- April 9, 2012  (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/l0q3XX  
 

Proposed Legislation and New Laws

51. "Keller: Autism Insurance Bill Unlikely to Move" --- Wes Keller, chairman of the House Health and Social Services Committee, said Wednesday that a bill requiring health insurance companies to provide coverage of top-notch treatment for autism spectrum disorders is unlikely to move through his committee ... --- WSLS --- April 11, 2012  (ALASKA) http://is.gd/KN0j97  

52. "Calif. Bill Would End Use of 'Mentally Retarded' " --- Lawmakers want California to join the federal government and 42 other states in ending use of the term "mentally retarded." The state Senate on Thursday unanimously passed a bill to drop the term from legal references and refer instead to "intellectual ... --- San Jose Mercury News --- April 12, 2012  (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/BCb6CT   

53. "Lawmakers Approve Bills to Protect Mental Health Services" --- House Health and Welfare Chairman Scott Simon, R-Abita Springs, won approval from his committee for House Bill 846 to add "principles for the mental health system" in Louisiana. --- NOLA.com --- April 11, 2012  (LOUISIANA)  http://is.gd/6H8K90  

54. "Deal to Curb Isolation of Mentally Ill Inmates" --- ... saying that doing so violated their constitutional rights against cruel and unusual punishment as well as the Americans with Disabilities Act. The group, the Disability Law Center, sued the Massachusetts Department of Correction after 11 prisoners, ... --- New York Times --- April 12, 2012  (MASSACHUSETTS) http://is.gd/7Tsgr8  

55. "Michigan Bills Would Help Families of Autistic Children, Autism Field of Study" --- Michigan's students and researchers trying to pursue a career in the field of Autism have faced a number of challenges in the recent economic climate. Jobs within the state seem unavailable. --- WMUK 102.1 FM --- April 12, 2012  (MICHIGAN)   http://is.gd/P3kT8D  

56. "Advocates Respond to Senate Proposal on Blind Health Care" --- Jay Nixon, a Democrat, pledged his support for the blind health care and asked the Senate to use nearly $18 million from unanticipated federal Medicaid payments to help cover the cut. On Tuesday, Schaefer, R-Columbia, said the other $10 million could ... --- STLtoday.com --- April 11, 2012  (MISSOURI) http://is.gd/Wx8L1z   
 

International Articles

57. "Better Access Wanted for Mental Health Patients" --- The State Minister for Mental Health, Kevin Humphries, says access to support services needs to be improved on the New South Wales far south coast. The Minister has met with members of the region's community mental health network at Batemans Bay. --- ABC Online --- April 12, 2012  (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/TR5sCh   

58. "Mental Health Waits 'Unacceptable,' Says Minister" --- An independent review of mental health services on PEI is about to be launched, said Health Minister Doug Currie in reaction to Tuesday's auditor general's report. --- CBC.ca --- April 11, 2012  (CANADA)   http://is.gd/HNPbJC  

59. "China Jails Disabled Rights Activist and Husband" --- A disabled rights activist and her husband were reportedly sentenced to jail by a Chinese court Tuesday for "provoking trouble." Ni Yulan, who has been using a wheelchair since 2002, when she was crippled from abuse in a Chinese prison, was sentenced ... --- Fox News --- April 10, 2012  (CHINA)   http://is.gd/UaMp3M  

60. "Service Cut Fears After Mental health Services Standardised" --- mental health services will become the same across all north east London boroughs – but there are fears that may lead to some services being cut in some areas. Speaking at a meeting of the North East London Joint Health Overview and ... --- Yellow Advertiser --- April 13, 2012  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/x7xoVc  

61. "Mental Health Carer Stole from Patients' Bank Accounts" --- Kennedy helped her four victims, who had "mental or physical health problems", to withdraw money from their bank accounts but pocketed some of the cash herself. --- The Oxford Times --- April 13, 2012  (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/dZPWXa   

62. "Kicking the Stigma out of Mental Health" --- At the tender age of 26, Leinster out-half and serial worrier Jonathan Sexton occupies 'the loneliest job in rugby', which puts him in a good position to help young people pursue positive mental health projects … --- Irish Times --- April 14, 2012  (IRELAND)   http://is.gd/qfLJVM  

63. "Disabled Suffering as Cuts Bite, Say Parents" --- Disabled children and those with additional support needs are suffering due to cuts being made in Scotland's schools, it has been warned. The Scottish Parent Teacher Council (SPTC) made the claims as it launched its manifesto for the local elections. --- Scotsman --- April 10, 2012  (SCOTLAND) http://is.gd/DwVwOA   

64. "Politician Arrested After Sex With Disabled Woman" --- A Swedish politician has been arrested after he was caught by police while molesting a disabled woman who was dependent on him. The assault, which occurred in Hudiksvalls, northern Sweden, in January, was witnessed by police who found the man molesting ... --- The Local.se --- April 12, 2012  (SWEDEN)  http://is.gd/opn6Tv   


 

 


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