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 >>
Two bills designed to reduce the amount of time mentally ill offenders spend in jail awaiting treatment passed a Senate committee last week, and will now head to the floor.
One of the bills would mandate that the Department of Human Services transfer the offender out of jail within 48 hours of a j ... 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.
COVER: Civil commitment leaves mentally ill languishing
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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 >>
In 2010, Andrew Engeldinger's parents voluntarily enrolled in a 12-week class for families of the mentally ill. During the nearly two years before their son fatally shot five people after being fired from his job at Accent Signage, Engeldinger's parents repeatedly reached out to him in hopes he'd se ... 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 >>
Screen grab: Waunakee Tribune This has nothing to do with mental health.The Waunakee High School varsity dance team has been performing a number called "Psych Ward" recently, decked out in wild makeup and make-believe straitjackets, while snarling at the crowd.
Hannibal Lecter might have tapped ... More >>