Disabled adults get inadequate health care, study finds

Adults with autism, Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities face more physical and mental health problems but are less likely to get the care they need than other adults, a new Ontario study has found.The research, released Tuesday, is the largest examination of its kind and paints a worrisome picture of how this “silent minority”… Read More Disabled adults get inadequate health care, study finds

Official wants assurance mentally ill ex-inmates will be treated

BLOOMINGTON — With tax money at stake, the McLean County Health Department has been asked for written assurances that mentally ill inmates released from the county jail will receive timely services from a government-funded, local mental health center.“I think we need something other than words. I would like to have a formal agreement before we… Read More Official wants assurance mentally ill ex-inmates will be treated

Killed over a movie ticket: How law enforcement hurts people with disabilities

On Jan. 12, Robert “Ethan” Saylor of Frederick County, Md., a 26-year-old man with Down syndrome and an IQ of 40, died of asphyxiation after a confrontation with three off-duty police officers. He was being restrained for attempting to see “Zero Dark Thirty” for a second time without a ticket. According to witnesses, Saylor’s last… Read More Killed over a movie ticket: How law enforcement hurts people with disabilities

Guest Viewpoint: Having just one solution not the answer to mentally ill, disabled

For someone to say that everyone with a mental disability or a developmental disability is best served in a residential setting is as absurd as someone saying that all such individuals are best served in a community-based setting. Simply put, each community must embrace the notion that the ideal and most logical service model is… Read More Guest Viewpoint: Having just one solution not the answer to mentally ill, disabled

School-leavers with intellectual disabilities face ‘crisis’ due to funding cuts

Hundreds of young people with intellectual disabilities in need of essential day services are facing what parents’ groups say is an “unprecedented crisis” due to spending cutbacks.More than 300 families whose children have finished school have been told they will not get a day service which meets their assessed needs. Most of these young people… Read More School-leavers with intellectual disabilities face ‘crisis’ due to funding cuts

New Bryce Hospital expected to open in December

The state’s new psychiatric hospital is expected to open in December, replacing the old Bryce Hospital which at different times in history has been a symbol of what was right, and what was terribly wrong, in the treatment of the mentally ill.“It’s a tremendous facility. It’s designed around patient recovery,” David Jackson, chief operating officer… Read More New Bryce Hospital expected to open in December

Federal officials reverse course on disability provision of Affordable Care Act

SALEM — Federal officials have reversed course on a new provision of the Affordable Care Act that would have largely barred guardians from serving as paid caregivers for adult children with developmental disabilities.Officials with the state Department of Human Services said Friday that federal officials have agreed to work with the state to develop “the… Read More Federal officials reverse course on disability provision of Affordable Care Act