Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has signed another bill designed to speed the at-times painstakingly slow process of moving severely mentally ill people out of jail and into the proper care. Authored by Sen. Julianne Ortman and Rep. Debra Hilstrom, the new law will combine two redundant psychiatric eva ... More >>
As of July 1, the state will be legally obligated to move mentally ill offenders out of jails within 48 hours of a judge signing a civil commitment order. Designed to move people with mental illnesses to treatment quicker, the measure was included in the Health and Human Services omnibus bill pass ... More >>
Jay Quam completed the Boston Marathon today in three hours and 45 minutes. After crossing the finish line, he walked through a corridor that followed, where staff was handing out blankets and food to the runners, and met up with his wife and daughter at a designated spot a block or so away. It wa ... More >>
A coalition led by Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek demanded in a capitol press conference Wednesday that lawmakers take up reform on the intersection of the mentally ill and "extreme gun violence" in Minnesota. SEE ALSO: COVER: Civil commitment leaves mentally ill languishing Judge presses Dep ... More >>
A Hennepin County judge wants to know why its taking the state so long to transfer some mentally ill patients to psychiatric hospitals. Judge Jay Quam, who presides over the mental health commitment court, pulled representatives from the Department of Human Services into his courtroom Wednesday to ... More >>
Linda Desonpere had no business being at the University of Minnesota's Fairview Hospital after August 27. That's the day a Hennepin County judge deemed Desonpere "mentally ill and dangerous" -- the most restrictive form of commitment in Minnesota -- and ordered her transfer to the St. Peter Securi ... More >>
If the Hennepin County mental health commitment system worked properly, a guard at the Public Safety Facility might still be alive today. Last December, a Hennepin County jailer was bitten by an inmate named Derres King. King suffers from severe mental illness that had gone untreated in jail. He is ... More >>
One man arrested or cited more than 150 times
Mentally ill inmates wait months for evaluation, treatment
What, she didn't love me?Bitter doesn't even begin to describe the divorce battle waged between disgraced auto dealer mogul Denny Hecker and his fourth wife, Tamitha. Here's a woman who counted out $276,000 in cash from a safety deposit box to prove to a judge that she was getting screwed ou ... More >>
Hecker has until the end of the month to come up with the $8,200 he owes his ex-wife.
Judge Jay Quam allows the Heckers to formally go their separate, and bitter ways.
The former auto dealer's long road through the hell of personal and financial ruin takes another turn.