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Jails struggle to deal with flood of mentally ill

Jails struggle to deal with flood of mentally ill

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, top, talks with William, an inmate in the Cook County Jail's Division 2 Dorm 2 in Chicago. Dart, a former prosecutor and state legislator, said when he took over running the Cook County jail in 2006 he knew little about mental illness in the cell blocks and was …

July 27, 2014 12:00 am
Jails struggle to deal with flood of mentally ill

Jails struggle to deal with flood of mentally ill

A U.S. veteran with post-traumatic stress sits in a segregated holding pen at the Cook County Jail after he was arrested on a narcotics charge in Chicago. The Chicago complex, with more than 10,600 inmates, is one of the country's largest single-site jails. From big cities to rural counties,…

July 27, 2014 12:00 am
Jails struggle to deal with flood of mentally ill

Jails struggle to deal with flood of mentally ill

CHICAGO | Peering through the chain link of a holding pen at the Cook County Jail, a man wrapped in a navy varsity jacket leans toward clinical social worker Elli Petacque Montgomery, his bulging eyes a clue that something's not right.

July 27, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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GUEST COMMENTARY: Filling mental health services gap is necessary

GUEST COMMENTARY: Filling mental health services gap is necessary

It appears that on a regular basis we now hear news accounts of individuals, in the midst of a psychiatric crisis, who severely wound or kill others, often before taking their own lives.

June 22, 2014 12:00 am

GUEST COMMENTARY: Mental illness a major challenge for youths

Terre Haute native Tommy John posted 288 victories as a Major League Baseball pitcher, but one opponent was too strong to overcome — his son's mental illness. Mental illness remains a prevalent challenge for Indiana youths.

April 18, 2014 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Treatment, support are keys to recovery

GUEST COMMENTARY: Treatment, support are keys to recovery

September is Recovery Month. Just like diabetes and hypertension, mental health and substance abuse disorders are diseases that can be managed, enabling patients to live healthy and rewarding lives.

September 26, 2013 12:00 am
Mental illness finding wins death row inmate additional appeal

Mental illness finding wins death row inmate additional appeal

INDIANAPOLIS | A death row inmate at the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City has won the chance to argue he's become too mentally ill in prison to be executed.

September 04, 2013 3:33 pm Related
Details of Design: Chicago exhibit includes treasured traces of Northwest Indiana

Details of Design: Chicago exhibit includes treasured traces of Northwest Indiana

Tim Samuelson, Chicago Cultural Historian and curator, finds it humorous, yet very accurate, how his latest exhibit at Chicago Cultural Center is billed with the tag: "Singer David Bowie's 'Modern Love' might make an appropriate theme song for Alfonso and Margaret Iannelli, for it was their …

July 14, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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EDITORIAL: Heed second lesson from Newtown

In the wake of the Newtown school tragedy, there was focus on two responses — gun control and improving mental health care.

June 09, 2013 12:00 am

Peer classes held for mentally ill

MERRILLVILLE | The Lake County National Alliance on Mental Illness is offering a 10-week class for mentally ill patients who are under the care of a psychiatrist or therpist.

May 29, 2013 12:00 am

DCS continues to roll out program to provide mental health services to youth

INDIANAPOLIS | Twenty-five Indiana children are receiving mental health services as part of state officials' pledge to close a funding gap, said an Indiana Department of Child Services official.

May 04, 2013 7:00 pm Related
Pence signs six laws championed by region legislators

Pence signs six laws championed by region legislators

INDIANAPOLIS | Republican Gov. Mike Pence has signed 25 proposals approved by the General Assembly into law over the past two weeks, including six measures primarily sponsored by Northwest Indiana legislators. 

April 07, 2013 10:22 pm Related
Indiana mother, son recall tortuous journey to secure mental health services

Indiana mother, son recall tortuous journey to secure mental health services

When R.D. Riley was 3 years old, his therapist told him he would become a mass murderer, the boy and his mother recall.

March 09, 2013 11:32 pm Photos

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GUEST COMMENTARY: Urge Congress to OK bills on mental illness

GUEST COMMENTARY: Urge Congress to OK bills on mental illness

With national elections over, our country faces many challenges and many possible paths forward. Whatever your political ideology or personal leanings, I ask you to join the fight for smart, efficient, cost-effective legislation for mental health care services throughout our nation so all Am…

November 15, 2012 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Medicare Part D is healthy for Hoosiers

GUEST COMMENTARY: Medicare Part D is healthy for Hoosiers

Indiana is fortunate to be home to a biopharmaceutical industry that is healthy for Hoosiers. The industry creates new technologies for medical treatment as well as a significant number of local jobs.

November 04, 2012 12:00 am
Mentally ill talk about their experiences

Mentally ill talk about their experiences

Tammy Timm is a study in contrasts, even when she's simply walking.

October 16, 2012 7:00 pm
GUEST COMMENTARY: DCS's solution still fails to offer immediate help

GUEST COMMENTARY: DCS's solution still fails to offer immediate help

After months of feeling consumer pressure, the Indiana Department of Child Services suggests launching a pilot program to address children with mental health issues.  Under intense media pressure and parents testifying to the legislative study committee, the department tosses millions of dol…

September 30, 2012 12:00 am

Child welfare advocates question state's plan for children in need

While many child welfare advocates said Indiana's plan to close the gap in mental health services for children is a step in the right direction, others fear the proposal is nothing more than "blowing smoke."

September 23, 2012 12:00 am Related

Advocates urge Legislature to return 'safety net' to law relating to children

INDIANAPOLIS | Crown Point resident Jill Garner battled emotion Monday as she testified before a legislative committee about her struggle to secure appropriate mental health services for her 12-year-old son.

September 17, 2012 12:12 pm

Federal inspectors expected at Lake County jail next month

CROWN POINT | Lake County Sheriff John Buncich will be receiving federal jail inspectors next month for their fall review of inmate health care and safety concerns.

September 13, 2012 2:00 pm
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