January 11, 2013
Your recent editorial on the proposed expansion of the Silver Oak Academy juvenile resident treatment facility failed to address the immediate need for additional treatment beds for youthful offenders ("Backsliding at DJS," Jan. 7). Far from "backsliding," the Department of Juvenile Services is showing great foresight in seeking capacity to treat youth who would otherwise be in detention while waiting for a vacant treatment bed and not getting credit for their time in detention. The simple reality is that we do not have enough space in state-run facilities for youth awaiting treatment.
June 15, 2011
On weekday mornings, I'll post the most controversial, shocking and (of course) ridiculous stories for your reading pleasure. That way, when you walk into work, you'll be the master of witty conversation. Articles • The age of psychobabble : Weiner could be in treatment for years. ( Politico ) • Payback? Pakistan arrests bin Laden snitches. ( NY Times) • Constitution, schmonstiution: Boehner issues ultimatum to Obama over Libya.
April 11, 2014
t is clear we need to provide reasonable treatment for the seriously mentally ill who refuse to seek treatment on their own. A clinical review panel of professionals and layment would ensure that mandatory treatment is not abused. Currently, many individuals and their families suffer from lack of mandatory treatment services. Our current laws and practices fail to provide the care needed for the seriously mentally ill. We can do better for our families, our friends and our neighbors.
March 10, 2014
Constituents of Rep. Elijah Cummings might want to Google the March 5 House Oversight Committee hearing on the Internal Revenue Service ("Cummings cut off at IRS hearing," March 5). They undoubtedly will be appalled by the rude treatment of our congressman by Chairman Darrell Issa, a California Republican. Rep. Cummings asked for the floor for a procedural question before the hearing was gaveled to an end but was met by Rep. Issa's unacceptable behavior. he ignored Mr. Cummings' question, spoke over him, interrupted him to speak to someone else and then turned off Mr. Cummings microphone, turning his back and finally walking out on him. I would imagine that Mr. Cummings' constituents and indeed his colleagues feel extremely insulted by the rude, uncivil and yes, racist behavior by Mr. Issa.
January 6, 2014
Psychiatrists Steven S. Sharfstein and John J. Boronow recently noted that Maryland does not have an assisted outpatient treatment program for people with serious mental illness ( "Close the mental health revolving door," Dec. 29). Assisted outpatient treatment programs allow courts to order a very narrowly defined class of individuals - those with a history of violence, arrest or needless hospitalizations - to stay in treatment as a condition of living in the community. Assisted outpatient programs reduced homelessness, hospitalizations, arrests and incarcerations in New York, California, North Carolina and 39 other states.
February 11, 2013
Young children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder continue to suffer from severe symptoms even with treatment, a study led by Johns Hopkins Children's Center researchers has found. The study, published online Feb. 11 in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, found that nine out of 10 young children with moderate to severe ADHD experienced symptoms even after treatment. "ADHD is becoming a more common diagnosis in early childhood, so understanding how the disorder progresses in this age group is critical," lead investigator Dr. Mark Riddle, a pediatric psychiatrist at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center, said in a statement.