Miami sentencing adds to prison toll from major mental health fraud scheme

By Lisa Schencker  |  December 09, 2014

Licensed nursing assistant Rodolfo Santaya was sentenced in Miami to 150 months in prison and ordered to pay more than $18.2 million in restitution in connection with a Miami mental health company accused of fraudulently billing Medicare, according to the Justice Department.

Book details strange saga of Texas brain collection

Book details strange saga of Texas brain collection

By Modern Healthcare  |  December 06, 2014

When Scientific American asked photographer Adam Voorhes to photograph a human brain stored at the University of Texas at Austin, he knew he was in for a peculiar assignment.

New York's de Blasio to spend $130 million to help mentally ill

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  December 05, 2014

Behavioral health and criminal justice advocates are praising New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's attempt to help mentally ill people caught in a cycle of arrests and incarceration get treatment instead.

Problems at Waco VA draw attention from Congress

By Associated Press  |  October 18, 2014

A Texas congressman says Veteran Affairs mental health research will be reviewed after a newspaper found millions of squandered dollars at a Waco facility just as brain injuries were spiking among U.S. service members.

Mentally ill shouldn't be treated in ERs: civil rights panel

Mentally ill shouldn't be treated in ERs: civil rights panel

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  September 30, 2014

Hospital emergency departments need to do more to identify and transfer mentally ill patients to appropriate facilities for care, a new government report says, but it falls short of recommending how healthcare providers can address a continuing shortage of available inpatient beds in mental health...

CMS dispenses $60 million in outreach grants

By Paul Demko  |  September 08, 2014

Ninety organizations in 34 states will receive $60 million in federal grants to help with outreach efforts during the second open enrollment period under the federal healthcare law, the CMS announced Monday.

Washington state Supreme Court grants stay on psychiatric boarding ban

By Associated Press  |  September 06, 2014

The Washington state Supreme Court on Friday unanimously agreed to give the state more time to find beds in psychiatric hospitals for mentally ill patients who have been involuntarily committed because they were a danger to themselves or others.

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