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 >>
A new study by Mayo Clinic researchers finds that nearly seven in 10 residents of southeastern Minnesota are on prescription drugs, and researchers believe that proportion is comparable to the nation as a whole.FROM MAY: Cocaine, antidepressants found in roughly one-third of Minnesota lakes, study f ... 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 >>
Funding cuts hit Minnesota's long-standing drop-in center
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. 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 >>
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 >>
One man arrested or cited more than 150 times
Mentally ill inmates wait months for evaluation, treatment
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 >>
Focus shifting to treatment of the hoarder
Sandford says repeatedly: "I don't want to do this"
Is bad economy leading to serious depression?
We kind of figured he had to vote for it since his legacy mental health bill is now wrapped up in the whole package. Those senators ... More >>
Legislators say it makes more sense to rehabilitate
Eating disorders destroy lives, and new research suggests that men are affected in greater numbers than was previously assumed. This week, Kevin Hoffman tells the story of Jeremy, a 36-year-old man who has struggled with the illness for most of his life.
Meet Jeremy, a 36-year-old man who weighs 88 pounds. "Manorexia" isn't just a Hollywood illness.
With no help from the state, Hennepin County ponies up for mental health services
How shrinking psych wards spell trouble
On Thursday night, FX premieres the (surprisingly) critically lauded Starved, a sitcom about four thirty-somethings who all suffer from varying degrees of eating disorders: There's Adam, a bulimic cop; Dan and Sam, two compulsive overeaters; and Billie, a bisexual recovering anorexic-bulimic. Sounds ... More >>
Psychologist Michael Browne on the failures of antidepressants
It was no secret that Jason Molacek heard voices telling him to murder. Cops, counselors, his parents--they all knew. So why didn't anyone stop him before he shot his mom to death?
The sad, strange case of Darren Odell and the sorry state of our insanity laws
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There is no cure and no way out. So why does the state spend more than $20 million a year to treat 179 former sex offenders?
Ruby Myhre was 14 when she had her first baby, and 17 when she first used heroin. Now, at 23, she wants a chance to mix sobriety and motherhood.
The Salvation Army bails on providing detox services to Hennepin County
St. Paul hauls out the zoning code in the hope of end-running a proposed methadone clinic
An imaginary spaceship. Disembodied voices. An angel/whore named Amy. Rocco Dandrea's descent into madness and death--and the mental-health system that was ill-equipped to stop it.
Donna Ellringer threatens to decamp from Phillips before the hell she's predicting breaks loose
Girl, Interrupted recasts Ken Kesey's macho myth as distaff melodrama
Twenty-three-year-old Marya Hornbacher starved herself into the hospital and lived to tell. But does the new cult-of-pain memoir add up to a steady diet of nothing?
Cops, hard-ons, and the First Amendment
Beleaguered schools, parents, and doctors are getting Ritalin Religion when it comes to medicating unruly kids.