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In West Virgina people who have been involuntarily committed to a mental institution are entered on the FBI’s background check system and the State Mental Health Registry, even if doctors determine they never were mentally ill. Charleston Daily Mail

It should be no surprise since Arizona has privatized many of its prisons, that it is now privatizing the medical and mental-health care for the nearly 34,000 inmates in Arizona’s 10 state-run prisons. The problem is finding a reputable company who will perform all of the services and duties outlined in the contract. Arizona Republic

The Clubhouse model for treatment of serious mental health issues has some advantage that includes cost savings, compared to alternatives like mental hospitals. Should more attention be given to it? The Carrboro Citizen

The Massachusetts Department of Corrections have reached a deal with advocacy groups to create alternatives to disciplinary segregation for prisoners with mental illness. The suit resulted from the finding that inadequate care for mentally ill prisoners often resulted in inmate suicides. Boston Globe

A First-Rate Madness – Book Review

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The book A First-Rate Madness by Dr. Nassir Ghaemi registered on my radar was one night while watching The Colbert Report, a current events based, satirical television show. The host, Stephen Colbert, is known for lampooning his guests and at times can make them the brunt of the jokes, which is why it surprised me that someone who wanted to have a serious discussion about mental illness would choose this particular venue to hype his book. The interview was not only informative, but it was also charmingly funny. At the bottom of the page is a link to the video clip of Dr. Ghaemi on The Colbert Report talking about his book.

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The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled, the forced medication (in an attempt to make him competent to stand trial) and commitment to a federal prison hospital, were justified in the case against Jared Loughner, the alleged gunman who shot U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, AZ Republic

The Army is reversing PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) diagnoses in large numbers. It is not clear why there is such a large reversal in diagnoses, but the Army is investigating to find out why. Associated Press

The Arizona case of Joe Sauceda Gallegos is highlighting there is a disconnect between the findings of the criminal courts, and the doctors of the state mental health hospital where patients are civilly committed. AZ Republic

The Arizona Republic published excerpts of recently executed Arizona inmate Robert Towery. The diary entries document, “the rituals, the security, the indignities and the humanity,” of his last few days on the death row, including the morning of his execution. AZ Republic

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Mental health care for immigrants is getting attention as critics say immigrants have less meaningful protections in place when in court. L.A. Times

Less money in public coffers, means less money for mental health treatment in New Orleans. The Times-Picayune

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is preparing its fifth edition. The DSM is the gold standard desktop reference for Psychiatrists and Physicians alike when it comes to mental disorders. That is why it is raising some eyebrows that “Internet addictions” may be listed in the book as a possible future diagnosis. New York Daily News