| Sep 9, 2013
| 3:19 PM
In 1979, a man with a long history of mental illness robbed an Oakland department store and was sentenced to seven-years-to-life in prison. At the time, the average time behind bars on such a conviction was seven years.
Thirty-two years later, at age...
| Sep 10, 2013
| 3:20 PM
SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco city attorney on Tuesday filed a class action lawsuit against the state of Nevada on behalf of all California local governments where patients have allegedly been bused from a Las Vegas psychiatric hospital in recent...
| Sep 23, 2013
| 8:11 PM
Patricia Mayes was navigating a Red Line train into the Hollywood/Highland station when a young man climbed down from the subway platform and lay across the tracks.
In the split second before impact, they made eye contact. Then Mayes did as she had been...
| Sep 10, 2013
| 5:56 PM
At the heart of the state's latest proposal to comply with a federal court order to reduce the prison population is a plea, yet again, for more time. If the judges say no and stick with their Dec. 31 deadline by which the state must release or find...
| Sep 25, 2013
| 9:43 AM
A mental health court will now decide whether former teen star Amanda Bynes is fit to stand trial on a drunk driving charge brought in 2012.
Bynes has been under court-ordered psychiatric care after she allegedly started a small fire in front of a...
| Sep 25, 2013
| 7:10 PM
Illinois' youth prison system is violating the constitutional rights of inmates by failing to provide adequate mental health care and education and by unnecessarily keeping youths in solitary confinement, three court-appointed experts found this week....
| Jul 9, 2013
| 7:34 PM
Frustrated that Michael Jackson was not showing up for rehearsals just weeks before his London concert series was set to open, the tour director testified Tuesday that he had “serious concerns” whether the "This Is It" tour could go on....
| Jun 9, 2013
| 4:00 AM
I cannot write this the way I want. Doing so would invade the privacy of too many people. But I can't be silent, either.
Last week, you see, President Barack Obama spoke before a conference of mental health advocates at the White House. It is necessary,...
| Jul 10, 2013
| 7:28 AM
Illinois lawmakers overrode Gov. Pat Quinn's veto of concealed carry legislation on Tuesday, but it will likely be 2014 before any firearm owners are permitted to pack handguns in public.
The last state to adopt a concealed carry law, Illinois now has...
| Jul 16, 2013
| 5:12 PM
Buried in Connecticut's "historic" gun bill, which was passed in the early morning hours on April 4, was language that creates institutionalized discrimination against people who seek psychiatric help.
An Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention and...
| Jul 17, 2013
| 8:05 AM
A disjointed financing system for mental health services in California has led to gaps in care, but the national healthcare law is expected to help close some of those holes, according to new research by the California HealthCare Foundation.
Half of the...