A New York City mental health expert speaks with ABC News’ “Start Here,” podcast about the controversial plan to involuntarily hospitalize mentally ill homeless people.New York City’s struggle to get severely mentally ill people off the streets.What is the root cause of homelessness in the United States? Finding the answer requires some digging.

Visit the post for more.Many city residents agree something needs to be done to remove people with severe mental illness from public places. But some experts say the mayor’s aggressive new approach may not help. In a big city, the number of untreated, severely mentally ill people is relatively small. But making sure they get the help they need feels like an enormous, intractable task.

Thursday, January 12, 2023

Today’s roundup covers abortion laws, covid, variants, Medicare drug prices, opioid deaths, gas stoves, nurse strike, long covid, and more.New York law can leave people who are involuntarily committed financially liable for their hospital bills and ambulance ride. Friday’s roundup covers the omnibus bill, drug overdoses, strep A warning, tripledemic cases, vaccines, and more. Plus, holiday week reads.The U.S. Justice Department has opened a civil rights investigation into the arrest of Tyre Nichols, who died days after a confrontation with Memphis Department Police Officers during a traffic stop, officials said Wednesday. Davis and Mayor Jim Strickland said Tuesday that video footage of the arrest will be released after the police department’s investigation is completed and the family can review it. The police department’s internal investigation will be completed by the end of this week, and city leaders are arranging a meeting early next week with the family of Nichols, according to a joint statement from both Strickland and Davis.

NY1's Courtney Gross takes a closer look at the crisis.Is involuntarily hospitalizing people with mental illness a city’s ‘moral obligation’?. The plan calls for stricter enforcement of transit system rules and more mental-health services and housing options for those being cleared from stations and trains.Though Mayor Eric Adams estimated that 25,000 hotel rooms could be turned into supportive and affordable housing, only one building has been converted so far. And it was in the works before the plan.

A new movement wants to shift mainstream thinking away from medication and toward greater acceptance.As local leaders like San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria and county Supervisor Nathan Fletcher put their support behind statewide conservatorship reform proposals, the system is struggling.A new California law aims to address an intersection of mental illness and homelessness, but implementation and the threat of compulsory care are raising concerns.Whether through a lack of resources, housing, workers or follow-up care, KGW explores the gaps in Oregon’s mental health system.

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The psychiatrist and public-health expert Thomas Insel discusses how mental illness is a medical problem that requires social solutions.A conversation with psychiatrist and public-health expert Thomas Insel. The law governs assisted outpatient treatment, or AOT, a court-ordered treatment plan. Standards to qualify for AOT are lower than those needed for an involuntary 302 hospitalization.COURT UPHOLDS NY’S CONCEALED CARRY LAWS: Governor Kathy Hochul And Attorney General Letitia James released the following statement on the federal court decision on New York’s concealed carry gun laws: “We are pleased with today’s decision to keep provisions of the Concealed Carry Improvement Act in effect. Common-sense gun laws keep our streets and communities safe from senseless gun violence. […].

Newsom’s plan would create an entirely new system of civil court supervision, connecting individuals with intensive treatment and, equally important, housing. By his estimate, it would help 7,000-to-12,000 severely mentally ill people each year, many with chronic physical conditions that are worsened by life on the streets, clearly unable to care for themselves. It would not replace existing programs.Visit the post for more.Activists on social media criticize the new suicide hotline for calling the police. Here’s what you need to know.A Norwegian team, including individuals with lived experience, co-designed an approach to reduce forced psychiatric interventions.

A year ago today, our youngest child died, thanks to the adversarial actions and toxic treatments foisted on her by medical-model psychiatry. By telling her story, we hope to promote systemic change.Anne Williams-Isom defends Mayor Adam’s plan to hospitalize people experiencing mental illness in public. . Human Rights Watch has carefully reviewed SB 1338 , the amendments to SB 1338, and the proposed framework for the Community Assistance, Recovery and Empowerment (CARE) Court created by CalHHS, and must respectfully voice our strong opposition. CARE Court promotes a system of involuntary, coerced treatment, enforced by an expanded judicial infrastructure, that will, in practice, simply remove unhoused people with perceived mental health conditions from the public eye without effectively addressing those mental health conditions and without meeting the urgent need for housing. We urge you to reject this bill and instead to take a more holistic, rights-respecting approach to address the lack of resources for autonomy-affirming treatment options and affordable housing.“We are not conserving a whole bunch of people who we should,” says one San Francisco politician.A CT family has been unhoused ever since they were evicted from their apartment. Their situation isn’t unique.Monday’s roundup covers a health fraud investigation, masks, the “tripledemic,” covid vaccines, Medicare payments, chronic pain, and more.