D.c. Navy Yard Shooting Suspect Had History Of Mental-health Issues

Lawmakers seek ways to help veterans with mental health issues

Investigators interviewed his family in New York on Monday. His relatives also told authorities he had mental-health problems for which he had sought treatment. Alexis indicated to police as long ago as 2004 when he was questioned over an incident in which he angrily shot out the tires of a car in Seattle, Wash. that he had mental-health problems.
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THERE WAS TESIMONY TODAY FROM A LOCAL FATHER WHOSE SON TOOK HIS OWN LIFE AFTER SUFFERING FROM P-T-S-D RELATED TO THE SHOOTING AT FORT HOOD. THE MEMBERS OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE HEARD ABOUT THE NEED FOR MORE MENTAL HEALTH WORKERS, EASIER ACCESS FOR VETS AND MOST IMPORTANTLY FIGHTING THE STIGMA ASSOCIATED WITH ASKING FOR HELP. (Congressman Brad Wenstrup, R, Ohio 2nd District) (“We’ve got to address this. The mental health issues in our society are not just related to the military, but it’s within our society throughout. And we look at violence, we look at what happened yesterday in Washington DC, we really have to get a hold on this in America.”) THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION BELIEVES VETS ARE TAKING THEIR OWN LIVES AT A RATE OF 22 SERVICE MEMBERS PER DAY – NEARLY ONE AN HOUR.
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12th & Cambie: Vancouver’s mental health crisis nothing new

The project is contracted over four years with two additional option years. The OMH plans to leverage additional vxVistA integrated solutions that are specific to behavioral health, including the DSS Mental Health Suite (vxMHS). This module helps optimize patient care by guiding practitioners across disciplines in treatment, planning and intake documentation specific to mental health care. With mental health care settings requiring more in-depth, narrative notes that are critical to treatment, this approach will move the OMH to a more standardized setting for those important details within each patient record. The OMH EHR will provide accessibility to patients’ records across the continuum of care.
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The New York State Office of Mental Health Selects Document Storage Systems, Inc. vxVistA as New Electronic Health Record

Interim Executive Director Jake Poole , hired two weeks ago, said the need for aggressive action became clear as auditors inspected the financial problems. The organization had burned through about 45 percent of its annual budget in the past three months. “Even though we were being optimistic and thinking things were going to fall into place, things were worse than they thought,” Poole said. Roughly 20 jobs are expected to be eliminated, but it’s uncertain which workers will be let go. Those decisions will be made Monday, when officials from Anchorage Community Mental Health Services go through employee applications and decide which jobs should be filled. Poole said some positions will likely be restored when the organization stabilizes under new leadership. “That’s not a great thing, but at least it’s an opportunity,” he said.
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Fairbanks mental health organization cutting staff

Incidents included elderly women being stomped in the head, multiple stabbings and assaults on children as young as three years old. One man was eviscerated in front of a movie theatre. Some more stats: Within the past three years, the emergency room at St. Paul’s Hospital saw a 43 per cent increase in patients with severe mental illness and/or addiction.
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