Advertisement
HomeCollectionsMental Health
IN THE NEWS

Mental Health

FEATURED ARTICLES
NEWS
December 3, 2012
Is he a whistle blower or traitor? It can be argued either way, but the critical issue in the case of Pfc. Bradley Manning is his mental health ("Officer: Manning tightly confined to prevent suicide," Nov. 29). When I attended one of the days of hearings at Fort Meade last year, I was struck by how young and vulnerable he appeared. It is difficult to understand how the military trusted him with important secure data when he exhibited behavior that was a cry for help. He is the size of an average 8th grader, and I am sure that makes his ability to adjust to military life extremely difficult.
ARTICLES BY DATE
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn and The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2014
The state's Mental Hygiene Administration didn't have adequate procedures to ensure consumers given care were eligible, according to audit by the Department of Legislative Services during fiscal 2013. The state funds in question totaled $16.4 million. The total budget that year was $788 million when federal funds were counted. The audit also found reviews weren't done in a timely manner by an accounting firm hired to monitor some of the agency's fiscal functions, with some reviews taking up to an extra 21 months.
Advertisement
NEWS
April 8, 2014
In passing legislation to raise Maryland's minimum wage, the General Assembly included a provision to increase reimbursement for community-based developmental disabilities providers 3.5 percent each year for four years starting July 1, 2015 ( "State leaders reach agreement on minimum wage, pay for caregivers," April 2). The intent is to ensure that these providers are able to pay competitive salaries to the direct care workers who support vulnerable Marylanders in community settings.
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 3, 2014
Ethne F. Higginbotham, an educator who later became a mental health counselor, died Wednesday of a urinary tract infection at Brightview South River, an Edgewater assisted-living facility. She was 92. The daughter of Robert Lee Flanagan, a paper mill executive, and Laura Ethne Crowder Flanagan, a homemaker, Ethne Crowder Flanagan was born in Farmville, N.C., and was raised there and in Richmond, Va. She was a 1938 graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School. She attended Westhampton College, the women's college of the University of Richmond, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and a summa cum laude graduate in 1942.
NEWS
August 23, 2012
The arrest last month of a Maryland man for allegedly threatening to commit a mass murder at his former workplace inevitably drew comparisons to the shooting at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater that had occurred a few days earlier, leaving 12 people dead and 58 wounded. Both incidents raised questions about how people apparently suffering from mental illnesses managed to obtain firearms and whether tougher state and federal gun laws might have prevented them from doing so. That should be one of the first orders of business for the state task force that convened this week to consider changes to Maryland's laws governing gun access by the mentally ill. But the issue may not lend itself to an easy or quick resolution.
EXPLORE
October 24, 2011
The Board of Directors of the Office on Mental Health/Core Service Agency of Harford County has announced the appointment of R. Terence Farrell as the agency's executive director. Farrell comes to the agency with more than 30 years of human service and mental health program management experience. He was most recently a private organizational consultant and prior to that was the executive director of the North Baltimore Mental Health Center, an affiliate of the Sheppard Pratt Health System.
NEWS
By Russell K. Snyder | March 23, 2011
I am an advocate for adequate funding for public education. I understand how important it is that our schools have the resources they need. However, I am also the leader of an organization that provides high-quality services — including mental health services — to thousands of people in this region, and I am deeply disturbed that mental health funds are being used to restore cuts to education, an area that has historically remained untouched...
NEWS
May 10, 2011
I am writing in support of the Sheppard Pratt facility that is proposed to extend the retreat treatment offered at that hospital. Many people are given good care in hospitals and in this area are thrust out on their own with inadequate support immediately upon concluding a course of treatment. I knew someone who actually relocated to Boston because the support services for persons with mental illness were so superior to those in this area, Sheppard Pratt notwithstanding. Indeed, it was the lack of strong "step-down" facilities like the one proposed that was a major concern.
EXPLORE
November 6, 2011
Regarding the story, "A Place to Call Home," by Kevin Rector, in the Oct. 26 edition of the Towson Times, I'd like to thank the Times and Mr. Rector for shining a light on the critical issue of housing and treatment options for the ever-growing number of community members with mental illnesses. Demand for services far exceeds the thinly-stretched resources available to agencies such as Prologue and Mosaic, which are two of the largest community-based behavioral health service providers in the area.
NEWS
June 17, 2014
After last January's Columbia mall shootings – when Darion Marcus Aguilar, 19, entered a store and shot and killed employees Brianna Benlolo, 21, of College Park, and Tyler Johnson, 25, of Mount Airy, before taking his own life – there was an exhaustive effort to determine a motive. What Howard County police eventually found was that Aguilar had been searching online for resources to address mental isssues after having been urged to seek psychiatric help. What county and police officials also realized is the need to understand more and to have better training to deal with those issues.
NEWS
June 17, 2014
After last January's Columbia mall shootings – when Darion Marcus Aguilar, 19, entered a store and shot and killed employees Brianna Benlolo, 21, of College Park, and Tyler Johnson, 25, of Mount Airy, before taking his own life – there was an exhaustive effort to determine a motive. What Howard County police eventually found was that Aguilar had been searching online for resources to address mental isssues after having been urged to seek psychiatric help. What county and police officials also realized is the need to understand more and to have better training to deal with those issues.
NEWS
By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2014
Howard County is creating a task force charged with developing a comprehensive behavioral health action plan for the county — one that officials say is needed, in part, in response to the January shooting deaths at The Mall in Columbia. "When we had the tragedy at Columbia mall, it forced us to take another look" at ways to address mental health issues, said County Executive Ken Ulman. On Wednesday, Ulman attended a discussion at the Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center in Columbia and signed an order creating the task force.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | May 14, 2014
After the Counting Crows released their fifth album, 2008's “Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings,” singer Adam Duritz had had enough - not of the spotlight or the road, but of himself. “I got kind of sick of myself at that point,” Duritz said on the phone from his home in New York recently. “I got tired of just emptying [my] guts onto the page every few years for people. I think I needed a break from it.” So the 49-year-old Baltimore native - who will return on Friday with the Crows to headline the Black-Eyed Susan Day concert at Pimlico Race Course - shifted his focus creatively.
NEWS
April 8, 2014
In passing legislation to raise Maryland's minimum wage, the General Assembly included a provision to increase reimbursement for community-based developmental disabilities providers 3.5 percent each year for four years starting July 1, 2015 ( "State leaders reach agreement on minimum wage, pay for caregivers," April 2). The intent is to ensure that these providers are able to pay competitive salaries to the direct care workers who support vulnerable Marylanders in community settings.
NEWS
By Richard E. Vatz | April 8, 2014
During an interview on the recent Fort Hood shootings committed by Army Spec. Ivan Lopez, who killed three people then himself, CNN's Chris Cuomo suggested that Post Traumatic Stress Disorder be referred to as just Post Traumatic Stress - leaving off "disorder" because of the "stigma" associated with the term. This is a clear example of the futility of eliminating stigma through rhetorical fiat. It simply cannot be done. The issue is decades old, and there is little, if any, reason to believe that there will ever be the elimination or even diminishment therein of stigma, defined as a source of infamy or disgrace.
HEALTH
March 24, 2014
Sen. Thomas M. "Mac" Middleton deserves a round of applause for calling attention to the plight of direct care workers serving those with developmental disabilities ( "Senator says he'll block minimum wage bill until state raises pay for caregivers," March 20). He has also long been a champion for direct care workers who serve children and adults with mental illness. Our workers are literally responsible for peoples' lives. They are the ones who ensure that the right medications are taken at the right times and are the first to notice changes in behavior or health status that may require quick intervention.
HEALTH
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | January 28, 2013
Sitting around a broad table in a nondescript office in Reisterstown last week, more than a dozen mental health advocates, medical professionals and law enforcement officials stared tensely at one another. Nearly a month after the state-created task force issued a report outlining its findings on psychiatric patients' access to firearms, several members were questioning a key recommendation - that mental health professionals should be required to report to law enforcement all patients who threaten suicide.
NEWS
March 23, 2014
Thank you for your editorial describing Dr. Vivek Murthy's qualifications to serve as our nation's next surgeon general. Moreover, thank you for chastising the National Rifle Association's irrational, unfounded attacks on Dr. Murthy ( "Another NRA victim," March 20). Let me offer a few facts and my firsthand observations of Dr. Murthy's skills and abilities. As your editorial notes, he truly is accomplished in several key aspects of delivering health care directly to patients, teaching medical students, conducting research and setting up innovative private sector information systems for doctors.
NEWS
March 19, 2014
Maryland needs to move forward quickly on new legislation to support mental health initiatives ( "Legislation pushes involuntary mental health treatment," March 10). Many parents are in a crisis mode when their children develop a mental illness and have limited resources from state to assist in treatments. The result often ends with the child becoming gravely ill and unable to function in society - thus becoming a burden on the parents as well as the state. In many cases, the child ends up in jail or is involved in serious criminal situations.
Baltimore Sun Articles
|
|
|
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.