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home to the larger percentage ofmentally ill residents than any other metropolitan area in America
Account by a Vietnamese womanabout the fighting/aftermath. Mike was convinced that there was a secret messagewithin it aimed at him.
Stayed up for 5 days straight,wandered aimlessly, became fixated on friend Jen convinced they were going toget married, ran away, drove and crashed car
They can not force him to takehis medications since he was an adult, Mike voluntarily took his medicine.
Husband was very sympathetic tothe situation, wife kept asking all of these “why” questions to explain whatMike had done. Husband said he would have shot Mike if he was home during thebreak in.
Nurse suggested that parentsshould refuse to pick him up and declare him as indigent, and hospital wouldhave to send him to a homeless shelter
Arrested for 2 felonycharges: intentionally destroying property and breaking an entry with intent tocommit larceny.
had room for 1,72 inmates, butovercrowding was a problem and many had to sleep on the floor. Average 7,000prisoners were incarcerated a day..
Many inmates have to takeRisperdal instead of Zyprexa because it is less expensive. Has a $2.5 millionbudget
He could create a team to helpthe mentally ill with his new powers and influence as a judge.
Mentally ill inmate would bediverted to community treatment center from jail, spend 7 days to become“stabilized”, charges would be dropped if they continue psychiatric treatment. Re-arrestrates went from 70% to 7%.
Tried to get a boy fromUniversity of Miami into treatment after being diagnosed with schizophrenia andarrested, court freed him, he went missing. Kept thinking what if that was hisbrother or son.
Found a psychotic inmate thatwas locked in a closet for nine years, even though he did not break the law.Founded Boston Prison Discipline Society
traveled the country telling thepublic about poor conditions that the mentally ill were faced with, and thatthey needed treatment not punishment
urged tofind a “cure” for insanity
Laborit and Deniker discoveredthat this drug could be used as a sedative for the most out of controlschizophrenic patients, called the “wonder drug”
Bedlam exposes, discovery ofThorazine, President Kennedy’s call for building community health centers, andthe emergence of the antipsychiatry movement
Congress never got to buildingthe health centers chronically mental patients ended up on the streets,Thorazine had harmful side effects, transinsitutionalization (transferringmentally ill from old hospitals to jails).
Allowed Cubans, includingmentally ill known as “Marieleto Cubans” flee the country to reside in America(mainly in Florida).
Doctors treat mentally ill sothey are component to stand trial. They then take them into a mock courtroomand ask them a series of questions to determine if they are ready for trial.They have to understand what their charge against them is and who is there tohelp him and who is against him.
- if charged with a minor crime,spent a few days in jail and released just as loony. If charged with a felony,they would have to spend a year in jail until they were sent back to be made“competent” without receiving help for disorder. Even if found not guilty byinsanity, they are sent to mental hospitals to be drugged and locked up.
schizophrenic that was arrested18 times, including murder. Spent time in jail awaiting trial, received notreatment during this time. Sent to mental hospital, drugged, and released. Wasmurdered when screaming at people on the sidewalk outside his house.
tried to use publicity toeducated those dealing with the mentally ill in jail, but her report wasshelved and forgotten.
“Hagrid” moved to the 9thfloor to keep him safe and force him to act out so that he can be forcefullymedicated. First prisoner that Earley shadows
arrested, beaten by police, deniedmedication, heavily drugged at Bay view Center, released still as loopy. Secondinmate that Earley shadows.
National Alliance for theMentally Ill, “nation’s voice on mental illness”, usually first group parentscontact when their child is diagnosed
focused that people did not knowthey were mentally ill, all based on sickness that can’t be controlled.
public speaker, part of mayboards and committees, told parents what they needed to know and do, advocated“tough love”, and believes that the system is broken.
taken to psychiatric hospital tolearn about patients and doctors went out on the streets to see what the policesaw, learned verbal cues to help calm patients down. Police brought in 1,533people to mental hospitals in first year.
Mentally ill veteran that pulleda pocket knife at a casino, led cops on a wild chase, cops shot him 14 timesbecause they did not know how to handle him. Thought that he was still fightingVietnam war.
Answered 2,026 calls in thefirst 6 months and no patient or cop was killed or injured.
Agreed to plea guilty to twomisdemeanors and get a year of probation so it would not go on his record. Butthe wife of the homeowners refused the deal and wanted Mike to be put in jail.Attorney bought more time to figure out case at trial.
- Being inpublic park after hours
- Beingnude in public while carrying out daily necessities
- Lightinga fire in a park
- Living orsleeping in vehicles
- Loiteringin public restrooms
- Campingin city park
- Constructingtemporary structures in public parks
- Trespassingon public property
group of homeless people inMiami that were all mentally ill and had been arrested some point in theirlife.
private boarding rooms formental patients that had been dumped by state institutions. They do not hireambulances to transport patients and rely on police to do it for free, managersdo not do much to help patients and try to make as much money off of them asthey can.
Officers always try to appearnonthreatening and helpful. The tasers are used to restrain the individual ifthey are hysterical or threatening, so the officers don’t have to resort toshooting them.
was so mentally incapacitatedthat he could not speak, his condition was only getting worse in jail. The revolvingdoor was that if you are mentally ill and commit a serious crime, then you aresent to a state hospital. But if you are arrested for a misdemeanor andchronically ill, then you never get the help you need.
Persuade the judge that thedefendant is ill, police take them to the hospital to be examined, and if thedoctors agree that they are impaired then a Baker Act hearing is scheduledwithin 5 days.
they could either do what hethinks is best for the client, or try to fight for what the client want.
mental patients in statehospitals had right to treatment, gave legal right to demand adequate healthcare. Patients could not get better if they were not offered their treatmentsand medications while being detained, and if they couldn’t get better then theycould not be released. This violates the 5th amendment that statesthat no citizen can be deprived of his liberty without due process.
forced into hospital, given 28electroshock treatments against his will. Sent to Chattohhoochee and was havinga hard time getting released. Donaldson represented him, claiming that hisright to treatment was being violated. Ruled that mental illness can not be used toindefinitely lock someone up
mentally ill patients wereentitled to the same legal protections during commitment as suspects were incriminal cases
mentally illhas right to refuse treatment and medications
mentally ill could only beconfined in least restrictive manner as possible, cannot be forced to doanything. If he can suceeed in a half way house, then he should not bearrested.
parents are “impartial” andcannot interfere or make the doctors give their children treatment.
in past we belived that mentalillness was a choice, court decisions was based on 1st amendmentrights. Now, we need to reiterate that it is not a personal choice
Use mainly Risperdal because itcan be used for a variety of disorders and is 1/3 of the price of othermedications. Most inmates are on Zyprexa, but the jails continues to useRisperdal even though it does not have much affect because they can’t affordanything else – spends $2.5 million a year on medications.
“three strikes law” to getviolent offenders off the street by locking them up for a minimum of 5 years ifconvicted of a 3rd offense.
first class action lawsuit thatdemanded that patients receive treatments or become released. 5 years after itwas filed, ended with a settlement with the state to make improvements to thehospital and provide funds.
inspection teams thatperiodically reviewed how state-ran hospitals are treating their patients.
Constantly in and out ofhospital, always dumped on the street. Admitted to the Weschester GeneralHospital where doctors found that she had an obstructed bowel. Surgery wasunable to solve problem, fell into a coma, and died.
since the couple who werepressing charges did not show up to the trial date, Mike could plead guilty to2 misdemeanors. He was issued 2 years of probation and was ordered to treatmentand to keep taking his medicines.
no company will hire anyone thatis bipolar because they would be liable if he had a mental breakdown andsomeone was hurt.
created to challenge“restrictive” mental health laws and to fight the battle of the Bazelon Center
compared the techniques used byprimitive healers in Ethiopia and Malaysia were just as affective as thetechniques used in the US.
word schizophrenia was notpopular on TV, brought more attention on NAIMA.
Kendra Wendales was pushed infront of an oncoming subway by a chronically schizophrenic man. Sparked startof Kendra’s Law- safeguards that protected mentally ill from being abused andprotected the public
arrested more than 41 times, wasbipolar, depressed, and schizophrenic. He was paranoid that the government wasalways watching him and that he was being tested in prison.
officers used CO gas on inmatesif they were not listening. Many officers would beat the prisoners thinkingthat it would get through to them.
got his life back together andtook up dancing every night. Met a man that would offer him $5,000 to marry aPeru woman so she could become a US citizen. Came up resume of woman he wantedto date that he showed the women he met while dancing.
judge hired Alina Perez toinspect ALFs to make sure they are meeting requirements. Gave 18 out of 647houses approval, only housing that the other judges would use until others meetrequirements and are approved.
Chavez (social worker) andArmstrong (prosecutor) fights for treatment instead of jail time for theirmentally ill clients that they come across.
Average judge gets 450 mentalevaluations a month. Since he does not have time to read through them all, thejudges rely on Chavez and Armstrong to go through them and offer advice on whatis best for that individual.
Sam Konell looks for felonycases that involve mentally ill defendants and tries to get the chargesreduced, suspended or dismissed by promising to get the defendant tovoluntarily enter a treatment program. Only does this for patients who havemedical insurance, but awards a few scholarships a month
$7,000-$8,000 depending on whatsort of treatment is required.
Could not get money or housingbecause many feared lawsuits if patient were to commit crime. Public feared ofits inmates, safeguards were placed in order to keep outsiders safe.Passageways was very successful and judges wanted to send more criminals there,but they were forced to comply with the 16 bed rule.
when you hear and see thingsthat are not there (schizophrenia).
Clients do their daily chores inthe morning, then go to therapy sessions with cigarette break in between,lunch, then three hours of open time. Very structured.
was refused prescription becausehe required 2 separate doses because he has to take exactly 12.5 milligrams,was given 15 milligram tablets.
led by Treatment Advocacy Center,new statue gave judges permission to involuarily treat mentally ill patients ifthey had a history of violence or multiple hospitalizations.
move mentally ill out of thejail floor into special “holding facility” designed to handle disturbedprisoners.
ended upback in jail, just as mentally ill as before
when mentally ill are put injail, they are abused, receive no treatment, and is thrown away on the streets.They need to be hospitalized to get the treatment that they need.
- all mentally ill should beforced to take their medication, and should not be a last resort if theindividual Is in “imminent danger”.
Mike was working full time andbecame financially independent, had a few months of probation left, was takinghis medication and going to treatment, planned on moving out on his own to goto graduate school.
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