Children in Peril
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.
When R.D. Riley was 3 years old, his therapist told him he would become a mass murderer, the boy and his mother recall.
INDIANAPOLIS | The first phase of state officials' plan to close the gap in mental health services for children has been a success, one official said.
Legislation to bring necessary reforms to the Department of Child Services has fortunately cleared the first hurdles in the Indiana General Assembly.
Editor's note: This is the second part of a two-day Times investigation into Michael Ritchie, a former region man who has worked with developmentally disabled children under a cloud of allegations pertaining to inappropriate relationships with the youths he was entrusted with serving. He has…
Editor's note: This is the first of two stories that resulted from a Times investigation into Michael Ritchie, a former region man who has worked with developmentally disabled children under a cloud of allegations pertaining to inappropriate relationships with the youth he was entrusted with…
INDIANAPOLIS | The Commission on Mental Health and Addiction on Monday unanimously approved the draft of a bill that would temporarily give prosecutors back the ability to file petitions alleging a child is a danger to himself or herself.
James Payne offered the necessary next reform for the Indiana Department of Child Services — by resigning from the agency he founded.
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."
The Indiana Department of Child Services announcement Monday of a plan to help children in peril — severely mentally ill or developmentally disabled children who need intensive treatment — is a step in the right direction. These are children who were falling through the gaps.
INDIANAPOLIS | State officials unveiled a plan Monday hoping to ensure parents don't have to plead guilty to neglect in order to secure services for their children with mental illnesses or developmental disabilities.
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.
INDIANAPOLIS | A legislative commission slated to discuss the unmet mental health needs of Hoosier children will have its first meeting Aug. 27.
INDIANAPOLIS | On Aug. 22, the General Assembly's interim study committee on the Indiana Department of Child Services will convene the first in a series of meetings to discuss the state agency's policies and procedures.
A pregnant woman tries to commit suicide in a homeless shelter after leaving her other two children with an acquaintance.
A recent Indiana Court of Appeals opinion could affect how judges handle cases involving some parents of children with mental illnesses or developmental disabilities.
It was the hardest letter John ever had to write.
A developmentally disabled Crown Point teen was handcuffed by police and taken to the juvenile detention center after ramming a broom handle into his parents' bedroom door.
MARTINSVILLE | A circuit court judge slammed the Indiana Department of Child Services on Tuesday, accusing it of failing to help children with mental illnesses.
Twelve-year-old Bryan Boykin has been in and out of psychiatric residential treatment facilities since he was 7, his mother says. The Crown Point boy has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and pervasive developmental disorder. He also was diagnosed…
No one can hear Jennifer Smith's screams. The South Haven resident keeps them buried — locked behind the facade of a woman who has it all together. Smith's 11-year-old son, Jacob, screams for her.
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