October 16, 2019 03:13 PM Updated October 16, 2019 10:10 PM By Ames Alexander The Charlotte Observer https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article236232698.html
Arguing that the use of solitary confinement is unconstitutional, counterproductive and inhumane, four inmates have filed a class action lawsuit that they hope will all but eliminate the use of the punishment in North Carolina.
Inmates in solitary spend 22 or more hours alone each day in prison cells smaller than a typical parking space. They’re generally prohibited from visiting with friends, relatives Read More
Mecklenburg County opens state’s first inmate psychiatric unit Behavioral pod addresses mental health
October 14, 2019 7:06 am By Yen Duong, North Carolina Health News The Charlotte Post http://www.thecharlottepost.com/news/2019/10/14/health/mecklenburg-county-opens-state-s-first-inmate-psychiatric-unit/
The bottom half of a small basketball court is covered by cheerful yellow paint and speckled with marker doodles of smiling stick figures, flowers and sets of two humps to indicate birds in a sunny sky.
That yellow matches stripes on the linoleum floor in the main area set off by columns in cheerful pastels. Numbered doors with small windows lead to residents’ small rooms.
The Read More
Nov. 04, 2019 By Izzy Gonçalves NAMI https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/November-2019/How-Families-Can-Work-Together
Over 15 years, my spouse and I struggled with her severe bipolar I disorder. We went through weeks-long psychiatric hospitalizations, disrupted relationships and stalled personal and professional goals. Eventually, I took grudging ownership of her treatment. We resented each other, and we didn’t work together.
I now know that the most effective treatment requires the person with the mental illness, their doctors and their supporters to work together. Frankly, through much of my spouse’s Read More
Today, the federal government announced the approval of the first-of-its-kind Medicaid demonstration project that aims to broaden treatment services available to Medicaid beneficiaries with serious mental illness and serious emotional disturbance in the District of Columbia.Read More