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  • Years after massive raid, schemer ordered to pay $43 million

    August 18, 2014 10:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A 54-year-old woman was sentenced to 102 months in prison and was ordered to pay $43,528, 584 in restitution for being part of one of the largest Medicare fraud schemes. Hoor Naz Jafri owned Shifa Community Mental Health Center of Baton Rouge, Serenity Center of Baton Rouge,... more »
  • Bill requiring mental health info before abortion passes

    April 9, 2014 2:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Anti-abortion lawmakers want women seeking the procedure in Louisiana to get pamphlets describing possible psychological effects, the illegality of coerced abortions and services available to human trafficking victims. The House Health and Welfare Committee backed a bill that would require clinics to provide that information to women at... more »
  • Fort Hood gunman had 'unstable' mental condition

    April 4, 2014 6:35 AM

    FORT HOOD, Texas - Investigators say unstable mental health may be the underlying cause of a soldier's fatal shooting rampage at Fort Hood this week. But they also believe an argument with another service member likely preceded the attack. Spc. Ivan Lopez turned his gun on himself after killing three... more »
  • NCAA trainers make mental health recommendations

    September 25, 2013 10:53 AM

    INDIANAPOLIS- The National Athletic Trainers Association wants universities to treat the mental health of athletes every bit as seriously as their physical well-being. On Wednesday at NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis, the organization offered a set of guidelines it wants all schools to adopt. The recommendations include plans for early detection,... more »
  • Finding therapy options on your own Play Video

    August 27, 2013 4:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Longtime social worker Dr. Ray Swan appeared on News 2 at 4 today to talk about his new book, "Explore Your Options: A Personal Guide to Self-Help Psychotherapy." The book explores what goes on behind a therapist's closed doors, and provides several techniques for people to... more »
  • Nevada mental health patients given one-way tickets to Baton Rouge Play Video

    April 30, 2013 9:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As many as 17 patients from the Rawson Neal Psychiatric Hospital in Las Vegas were put on buses and sent to Louisiana. An investigation by the Sacramento Bee found the group was part of more than 1400 given one-way tickets out of town, often fending for... more »
  • Family of man accused of sending ricin letters speaks

    April 19, 2013 11:38 AM

    OXFORD - The family of a man accused of mailing ricin-tainted letters to the president and a U.S. senator says they have tried for years to get him help for his mental illness. Jack Curtis issued a statement on behalf of the family of his brother, Paul Kevin Curtis, on... more »
  • Obama taking 23 actions aimed at gun violence

    January 16, 2013 11:18 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is taking 23 executive actions aimed at curbing gun violence that don't require congressional action, including measures to encourage schools to hire police officers, increase research on gun violence and improve efforts to prosecute gun crime. The executive actions are part of an overarching... more »
  • Judge: Man in school shooting not fit for trial

    January 7, 2013 5:42 PM

    OAKLAND, Calif. - A man accused of killing seven people at a small California Christian college has been deemed mentally unfit for trial. A judge issued the ruling Monday and ordered defendant One Goh to return to court Jan. 28. Goh is charged with seven counts of murder and three... more »
  • Hospital privatization plan gets commission approval Play Video

    December 12, 2012 5:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana Civil Service Commission approved a play to layoff 350 employees at the state-run Southeast Louisiana Hospital, a mental facility located in Mandeville. The state is closing the hospital and allowing it to reopen under the control of private contractors. State health leaders say it's no... more »
  • Suit: Mentally ill prisoner denied drugs, food

    October 22, 2012 4:09 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A lawsuit accuses Tangipahoa Parish jail officials of routinely withholding prescription drugs and food from a prisoner for nearly two years while he suffered from severe mental illnesses. A federal suit filed Monday by the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana claims 33-year-old Dennis Bargher Jr. lost... more »
  • Mental hospital closing could affect BR region Play Video

    October 3, 2012 5:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A controversial plan to close Southeast Louisiana Hospital could affect drug and alcohol treatment available to people in several parishes, including Livingston. The privately-operated Florida Parishes Human Services Authority operates a 64-bed treatment center on the mental hospital grounds. FPHSA directors say they will not be... more »
  • Senator asks for legal opinion on hospital closure

    August 14, 2012 2:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee is asking for an attorney general's opinion about whether Gov. Bobby Jindal can close a state-run mental health facility in St. Tammany Parish without legislative approval. Sen. Jack Donahue, a Republican from Mandeville, says closing Southeast Louisiana Hospital in a... more »
  • Mom stabs her baby

    April 24, 2012 12:02 PM

    BALTIMORE - Baltimore police say a mother has stabbed her infant daughter in the chest and neck at a social services building. The 8-month-old baby is listed in stable condition and the mother is in custody. A police spokesman said the stabbing occurred just before 10 a.m. Tuesday at a... more »
  • Mental hospital move: other agencies feel adrift

    February 20, 2012 6:16 AM

    PINEVILLE - People who run nonprofit agencies on the grounds of a state mental hospital are wondering what will happen to them, since Central Louisiana State Hospital is moving to smaller campus in Pineville. Pathways Community Behavioral Health Services and the Cenla Chemical Dependency Council are two of the nonprofits... more »
  • Officers told not to arrest mental patients

    August 19, 2011 6:29 PM

    JACKSON - Marshals in Jackson are trying to figure out how to handle arrests on the grounds of the Eastern Louisiana Mental Health System, after an arrest for attempted rape. Joseph Picou, 52, was arrested Wednesday for attempted forcible rape after officers said he tried to rape a nurse at... more »
  • Drusilla Apartments tied to FBI investigation

    August 17, 2011 6:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - More details have surfaced into an investigation by the Medicare Strikeforce Unit comprised of the FBI, the Office of the Inspector General and the Louisiana Attorney General's Office. Another search of the Louisiana Secretary of State's corporate database shows the Drusilla Apartments at 2256 Drusilla Lane... more »
  • FBI investigates mental health facilities in Baton Rouge

    August 16, 2011 6:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE -A joint task force comprised of state and federal investigators conducted five search warrants on at least two mental health care facilities. The Medicare Fraud Strikeforce which includes investigators from the FBI, the Office of the Inspector General and the Louisiana Attorney General's Office raided Shifa Community... more »
  • Prosecutor requests mental exam of Stampley

    August 11, 2011 3:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Prosecutors are requesting the court to have a psychiatrist evaluate accused killer Trucko Stampley "for issues relating to the existence (or not) of mental retardation." The Advocate reports that prosecutors want the judge to appoint a psychiatrist of the state's choosing to independently examine Stampley and that... more »
  • Psychiatric patient escapes twice

    January 5, 2011 6:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The search is over for a mental patient that escaped from the Greenwell Springs mental hospital. Thirty-year-old Crandell Turner went missing around 11 p.m. Tuesday night. He was found 3 miles away on Magnolia Bridge Rd. According to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, this... more »
  • State health employees being furloughed to avoid layoffs

    September 17, 2010 10:24 AM

    Some 250 employees of a local state agency that treats mental health and addictive disorders will be furloughed for seven days without pay to avoid a $518,000 deficit, the agency's executive director said. The move is being taken to avoid state employee layoffs, Capital Area Human Service District Executive Director... more »
  • DHH again asks BP for mental health money

    July 30, 2010 5:38 AM

    The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals is asking BP again for money to provide mental health services to residents affected by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. It says BP wanted an estimate through October 2011, so the six-month, $10 million request has been boosted to 18 months and... more »
  • Gulf states seeking mental health money from BP

    July 2, 2010 2:06 PM

    Officials in Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama have asked BP for tens of millions of dollars for mental health outreach and treatment programs related to the oil spill disaster. Officials say the company is working on a plan dealing with community outreach and nonprofit support across the Gulf Coast. ... more »
  • La. asks BP for $10M for mental health services

    June 28, 2010 3:08 PM

    Louisiana's health secretary asking BP for $10 million once again, for mental health services to state residents affected by the oil spill. Alan Levine says counseling teams have talked to nearly 2,000 people in affected areas, and report increases in anxiety, depression, stress, grief, drinking, and thoughts of suicide.... more »
  • Light exercise can improve physical, mental health

    September 17, 2009 3:34 PM

    Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge found exercising just 10 minutes a day can significantly improve physical and mental health. A group of women who weren't regular exercisers took part in the six month research study in which they completed ten minutes of stride-walking each day. The... more »
  • Fire Station Closure Causes Concern

    September 9, 2009 5:41 PM

    Budget cuts mean there's no longer a full time fire department at the state mental health hospital in Jackson. The department also helped protect Dixon Correctional Institute and the Louisiana War Veteran's Home. Both are state run facilities near Jackson. Jackson Volunteer Fire Department Chief T.W. Prewitt says his... more »

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