Miami-Dade County has the highest percentage of people with serious mental illnesses of any urban community in the United States, according to the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Criminal Mental Health Project.
Both chambers seemed ready to revamp the delivery of mental health and substance abuse services. The bill’s main focus was changing the way those services are administered in order to better coordinate care among agencies.
Miami-Dade County has the largest percentage of individuals with serious mental illnesses among all urban areas in the U.S., according to data from the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court.
The figures led the psychiatry department at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine and the Miami branch of the National Alliance on Mental Illness to host the Stop the Stigma conference. The event, held Saturday at UM's hospital, aimed to "stop the sitgma" of mental illnesses.
08/05/14 - Tuesday’s Topical Currents delves into a mother’s heart-wrenching story of her daughter’s suicide…her unimaginable and all-consuming grief, her guilt, and her struggle to find peace. Joan E.
This month, Florida became the first state to offer a Medicaid plan dedicated to people who are diagnosed with severe mental health disorders.
It’s part of a larger move by the state’s Medicaid officials to move coverage towards a managed care system. It means one organization takes care of and coordinates all of a person’s health care needs: no more separate dental, vision, and internal medicine plans.
Mental health issues are almost twice as prevalent among Medicaid recipients than in the general population.
Almost two years ago, Darren Rainey was found dead in a scalding-hot shower at Dade Correctional Institution. Despite several accounts that the 50-year-old, mentally ill inmate’s death was the result of abuse, no one has been held accountable, nor has the medical examiner completed an autopsy.
George Mallinckrodt was a psychotherapist who counseled inmates at Dade Correctional. He has filed a formal complaint to the U.S. Department of Justice regarding Rainey’s death. Mallinckrodt talked with me as former employee about the culture of abuse he saw -- and fought -- at the prison.
When 63-year-old Bobby White served as an infantryman in Vietnam in the late 1960s, he and his fellow African-American soldiers had a handshake ritual they called "The Dap."
"It was sort of amazing," White says. "Sometimes the guys touched each other's hands, their arms, with a charismatic sort of flair. And sometimes it would go on for a minute to five minutes, just to show appreciation that you, as another brother serving in the war, we are connected to each other."
10/03/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with Tai-Chi master Arthur Rosenfeld, who shares its mental and health benefits. Though a martial art, Tai-Chi is a low-impact, meditative exercise which lowers blood pressure and heightens the immune-system. His book is Tai Chi — The Perfect Exercise. And more . . . Linda Gassenheimer with former White House Chef John Moeller, who served the dining and entertaining needs of three Presidents. He’ll relate some remarkable moments.