Mental Illness

By Zack Buck
In Medicaid
Feb 6th, 2013
As I mentioned here last month, government leaders are turning their attention to mental health issues — focusing on diagnosis and access to treatment, in particular — in the wake of the horrific shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut in December.  Even though it remains unclear whether or not the shooter suffered […]...
By Zack Buck
In Health Law
Jan 23rd, 2013
In response to the jarring and horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. on Dec. 14, Pres. Obama signed a number of executive orders last week, flanked by schoolchildren and Vice Pres. Biden.  The official investigation into the contributing factors and details surrounding the mass shooting continues, but much of the public […]...
By Kate Greenwood
In Recommended Reading
Jun 18th, 2012
In The Ninth Circle of Hell: An Eighth Amendment Analysis of Imposing Prolonged Supermax Solitary Confinement of Inmates with a Mental Illness (forthcoming in the Denver University Law Review), Thomas Hafemeister and Jeff George provide a fascinating history of prolonged solitary confinement and helpful reviews of the empirical research establishing that such confineme...
By Michael Ricciardelli
In Mental Health
May 28th, 2012
With Memorial Day upon us, I thought it fitting to highlight this initiative of the United States military to study mental health risks for soldiers. According to a press release issued by Rutgers University: The Rutgers Cell and DNA Repository (RUCDR) has received $2.4 million to study the genetic make-up of soldiers at risk for […]...
By Zack Buck
In Uncategorized
May 8th, 2012
Late last month, Essex County Mental Health Association director Bob Davison went undercover to experience the current conditions at Dover Woods, a residential psychiatric facility in Toms River, New Jersey.  His subsequent report was published in the Newark Star-Ledger.  It paints a bleak and jarring account of life within the large mental health care facility, [&hell...