August 2018 News Listing

Typical kid behavior or a mental-health problem? It can be hard to decide.

Mary Rose O’Leary has shepherded three children into adulthood, and she teaches art and music to middle school students. Despite her extensive personal and professional experience with teens, the Eagle Rock, Calif., resident admits she’s often perplexed by their behavior. “Even if you have normal kids, you’re constantly questioning, ‘Is this normal?’ ” says O’Leary, more

Mental health diversion law: A good idea that needs some work

Earlier this summer, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law allowing judges, at their discretion, to order community mental health treatment in lieu of prosecution for people accused of crimes. Some prosecutors and radio talk show hosts went nearly berserk, claiming that murderers and rapists would now go free simply by telling some gullible judge that more

CalABLE Update: TIAA-CREF Tuition Financing, Inc. Selected As Program Manager

CalABLE is a tax-advantaged savings program for people with disabilities. A CalABLE account allows anyone who became disabled before age 26 to save up to $15,000 a year without having that money count against the $2,000 asset limit for means-tested programs like SSI and Medicaid.  August 8, 2018 It is my pleasure to announce that more

How Can You Treat Someone Who Doesn’t Think They’re Mentally Ill?

Laws are being passed that make it possible to compel people to receive treatment for health problems they don’t believe they have. On July 3, 2014, Misty Mayo boarded a Greyhound bus bound for Los Angeles. Desperate to escape her hometown of Modesto in Stanislaus County, 300 miles north in California’s Central Valley, the 41-year-old more

More about brain illness than racism

We leave people on the streets who are too ill to care for themselves By Alison Monroe I have a different perspective about the July 22 murder at the MacArthur BART Station because I am the mother of a seriously mentally ill young person. People are rightly terrified and upset by this shocking murder of more