Mental Health http://www.kunc.org en National Data Confirm Cases Of Restraint And Seclusion In Public Schools http://www.kunc.org/post/national-data-confirm-cases-restraint-and-seclusion-public-schools The practice of secluding or restraining children when they get agitated has long been a controversial practice in public schools. Now, new data show that it's more common than previously understood, happening at least 267,000 times in a recent school year.<p>NPR worked with reporters from the investigative journalism group ProPublica, who compiled data from the U.S. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 11:30:00 +0000 Joseph Shapiro 57959 at http://www.kunc.org National Data Confirm Cases Of Restraint And Seclusion In Public Schools Now Considered 'Treatment Failure,' Colorado Moves Away From Seclusion, Restraint http://www.kunc.org/post/now-considered-treatment-failure-colorado-moves-away-seclusion-restraint <p>In 2010, a man named Troy Geske died at the Colorado Mental Health Institute of Pueblo after being wrestled by staff members onto a bed, where he was restrained with straps and left by himself, face down. He asphyxiated.</p><p>Geske’s death resulted in the state’s paying a $775,000 settlement to his family and a ban on the use of prone restraint in state hospitals. The tragedy also accelerated a concerted effort in Colorado to limit the use of seclusion and restraint for people receiving mental-health treatment.</p><p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 12:32:20 +0000 Rocky Mountain PBS I-News & Kristin Jones 57827 at http://www.kunc.org Now Considered 'Treatment Failure,' Colorado Moves Away From Seclusion, Restraint Gov. Hickenlooper Has Signed A Ban On Long-term Solitary For The Mentally Ill http://www.kunc.org/post/gov-hickenlooper-has-signed-ban-long-term-solitary-mentally-ill <p>Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill Friday, June 6 that bans the practice of keeping seriously mentally ill prisoners in solitary confinement.</p><p>The bill, which passed with strong bipartisan support, won the support of advocates and rights groups like the American Civil Liberties Union, who say the isolation of prisoners with mental illness violates the constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment and endangers public safety.</p><p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 14:01:50 +0000 Rocky Mountain PBS I-News & Kristin Jones 57511 at http://www.kunc.org Gov. Hickenlooper Has Signed A Ban On Long-term Solitary For The Mentally Ill Standards Unclear As Colorado's Mental Health Holds Rise http://www.kunc.org/post/standards-unclear-colorados-mental-health-holds-rise <p>In 2013, more than 31,000 Coloradans were held involuntarily because they were thought to pose a danger to themselves or others, or were gravely disabled, because of a mental illness.</p><p>What constitutes a danger? It depends whom you ask.</p><p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 12:53:40 +0000 Rocky Mountain PBS I-News & Kristin Jones 57278 at http://www.kunc.org Standards Unclear As Colorado's Mental Health Holds Rise The Divide Over Involuntary Mental Health Treatment http://www.kunc.org/post/divide-over-involuntary-mental-health-treatment The attacks near the University of California, Santa Barbara, are renewing focus on programs aimed at requiring treatment for people who are mentally ill as a way to prevent mass shootings and other violence.<p>In California, a 2002 law allows authorities to require outpatient mental health care for people who have been refusing it. Proponents argue that this kind of intervention could prevent violent acts.<p>But counties within the state have been slow to adopt the legislation, and mental health professionals are divided over its effects.<p><strong>Do Family And Friends Know Best? Thu, 29 May 2014 07:03:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 57113 at http://www.kunc.org The Divide Over Involuntary Mental Health Treatment