Children’s mental-health commission debuts Monday

Mich. says mental health courts making difference

in Orlando. Eighteen local officials and representatives led by Belvin Perry Jr., chief judge of the 9th Judicial Circuit, which comprises Orange and Osceola counties, and Florida Hospital Regional Vice President Richard Morrison will spend the next six months examining the community’s current resources and pinpointing the gaps. They also will be charged with figuring out how to pay for improvements. “We can’t afford to ignore the problem because we think we can’t afford the solution,” Jacobs said in an interview. “And we can’t ask for state funding if I can’t tell them how much we need and what precisely it’s for.” The commission also will include a student from the University of Central Florida . In March, police discovered 30-year-old James Oliver Seevakumaran was stockpiling weapons in his UCF dorm room and planning a campus killing spree.
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Returning UCF students will see campus changes, tighter security

In the craze to map the brain and prescribe pills for psychological disorders, the field of mental health is not only getting hijacked, it is losing its soul. In Dante’s Divine Comedy the Roman poet Virgil accompanies Dante to the underworld. No one wants to be Virgil anymore — to “go into hell with Dante.” But the willingness to explore with patience and empathy the actual experience of what people undergo, no matter how horrific, is indispensable in healing the emotional afflictions that haunt human beings. And we shouldn’t be surprised that recipients of such understanding will be capable of both remarkable resilience and extraordinary healing. Ideas are not set in stone.
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Time to address mental health

A study of 10 mental health courts around the state finds a lower level of repeat offenders compared to other courts. Participants also had better opportunities for work, education and treatment. State court administrator Chad Schmucker says the survey checked up on 331 graduates of mental health courts. The goal is to get help for people instead of sending them to jail or prison for long periods for certain crimes. They may have schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or severe depression.
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Why Mental Health Is Losing Its Soul

Mark Rubinstein

Denton County, in turn, receives the lowest per capita funding of all Texas counties, with just $11.11 allocated per person in 2012, the United Way found. State health officials estimate that 13,408 adults in Denton County have severe and persistent mental illness. Denton County MHMR was able to serve 13 percent of them last year. Even fewer children with severe emotional disturbances were served last year. Just 8 percent, or 410 of the estimated 4,976 children who needed help, got it.
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