News for the Week of July 28, 2014

//News for the Week of July 28, 2014

News for the Week of July 28, 2014

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Many Depressed Preschoolers Still Suffer in Later School Years
Parent Herald – 7.30.13

According to a new study by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, children diagnosed with depression in preschool are 2.5 times more likely to suffer from the condition in elementary and middle schools. “It’s the same old bad news about depression; it is a chronic and recurrent disorder,” said child psychiatrist Joan L. Luby, MD, director of Washington University’s Early Emotional Development Program. “But the good news is that if we can identify depression early, perhaps we have a window of opportunity to treat it more effectively and potentially change the trajectory of the illness so that it is less likely to be chronic,” she said.

As Juvenile Arrests Plummet, California Still Investing in Incarceration Facilities
The Chronicle of Social Change – 7.23.14

“The traditional view toward at-risk youth is to lock them up and give them treatment,” said Barry Krisberg senior fellow at University of California, Berkeley law school, “Quality treatment behind a razor wire doesn’t ring true.” His comments come after the California Board of State Community Corrections (BSCC), the agency overseeing adult and juvenile correctional facilities, announced they will give out nearly $80 million in lease-revenue bonds to support expansion of juvenile halls and camps.

“Advocates and researchers criticized the solicitation, saying that juvenile crime and arrests rates are at all time lows, and that at any given time the average county hall or camp is half full,” according to The Chronicle of Social Change. While BSCC has acknowledged advocates’ concerns by adding “non-secure, non-residential treatment options in the description of the next $80 million outlay,” advocates worry that even with these stipulations, counties will continue to choose more restrictive options.

Cost of not caring; Mental Illness in America
USA Today – 7.21.14

USA Today has published a new series called Cost of not caring: Mental illness in America.”  The series will “explor

[e] the human and financial costs the country pays for not caring more about the nearly 10 million Americans with serious mental illness.” The three-part series, written by journalist  Liz Szabo, will “describe where people go when they fall through the cracks: overcrowded emergency rooms; overburdened jails and prisons; city streets; the morgue….[and] present solutions that have the potential to dramatically improve patients’ lives.”

Check out all three parts of the series here:

Part 1: Mental health system drowns from neglect
Part 2: People with mental illness suffer in sick health system
Part 3: Mental illness cases swamp criminal justice system

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