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Mental Health

Depression following Concussion is Highly Prevalent and Needs to Be Monitored and Treated

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

A new study published in the Journal of Neurotrauma highlights the importance of monitoring TBI patients for the presence of depression symptoms and providing clinical support to prevent minor depression from converting into...more

Mariah Carey Won’t Let Bipolar Diagnosis “Define” or “Control” Her

by FordHarrison on

Mariah Carey, known as an iconic singer-songwriter and a dramatic diva, disclosed to People magazine last week that she has bipolar disorder. Although she was first diagnosed in 2001, Carey says she finally sought treatment...more

Minnesota House Republicans Announce Updated Budget Targets

by Stinson Leonard Street on

Last week, the House of Representatives Republican majority announced their budget targets for the 2018 legislative session. In February the Minnesota Management and Budget projected the state to have a $329 million surplus. ...more

#BornPerfect: States Seek to Outlaw Conversion Therapy

by Bowditch & Dewey on

What is conversion therapy? Conversion therapy, sometimes known as “reparative therapy,” is the pseudo-psychological practice of trying to change an individual’s sexual orientation or identity, most commonly from...more

Vermont Legislative Update 4-6-18 - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

Utilities, DPS Raise Concerns about Electric Grid Congestion - A surplus of renewable electric generation, coupled with low demand, in northern Vermont has created constraints on the electric grid and caused ripple effects...more

A Renewed Focus: 2018-19 New York State Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Budget Highlights

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Since the beginning of the administration of Governor Andrew Cuomo, there has been a strong emphasis on reform of the acute, primary, and long term care systems, and, particularly with the recent focus on the opioid crisis,...more

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act: Fundamental Changes To Florida's Gun Laws

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

The Parkland school shooting has prompted significant changes in Florida’s gun laws involving the mentally ill and those who pose a danger to themselves and others. The passage of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School...more

Responding to the Opioid Crisis and More:  2018-19 New York State Behavioral Health Budget Highlights

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Several provisions in the recently adopted 2018-19 New York State Budget (the “Enacted Budget”) are intended to address the ongoing opioid crisis. As discussed in a prior post, some were focused on pharmaceutical...more

EMTALA screening for behavioral health patients

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

With the increase in mental and behavioral health patients presenting to emergency departments, hospitals often struggle with how to adequately and efficiently serve this patient population while complying with the...more

Extended mental health care in the ED: What’s a facility to do?

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

Unless he or she needs medical care, a patient with a mental health issue can only be involuntarily held in a hospital emergency department for 72 hours. At the end of that interval, the patient must either be admitted to a...more

Staffing and billing issues to avoid under Ohio scope of practice rules for mental health professionals

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

The Ohio scope of practice rules for mental health providers and counselors can pose staffing and billing issues for mental health professionals, particularly those who provide psychotherapy services....more

Salvation Army to Pay $55,000 To Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Aid Organization Refused to Hire Qualified Applicant at Wasilla Store Due to His Intellectual Disability, Federal Agency Charged - ANCHORAGE, Alaska -Global humanitarian organization The Salvation Army will pay $55,000...more

2018-19 New York State Healthcare Budget

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

In the wee hours of the morning on March 30, almost two days ahead of the April 1 deadline, the Legislature passed and the Governor signed a $168.3 billion State Budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year. ...more

Gold Dome Report - March 2018 #13

The halls remain active as evening sets in over the State Capitol and the House and Senate continue to act on a flurry of agrees, disagrees, and other matters on their respective floors. Although many weighty issues remain to...more

California Court Creates Special Duty for Colleges to Protect Students

On March 22, 2018, the top California Court stated for the first time that there is a special relationship between colleges and their enrolled students which gives rise to an exception to the general rule that there is no...more

Gold Dome Report - March 2018 #12

With a full legislative day to spare, House and Senate leaders came to agreement on a FY 2019 budget this morning after a long weekend of quiet negotiations. But the reveal was anything but quiet as House Appropriations...more

Guidance On The Proof Necessary To Impose Special Conditions As Part Of Involuntary Commitments In Indiana

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

In a recent Indiana Court of Appeals case discussing the proof necessary to impose special conditions as part of an involuntary commitment, the Court of Appeals correctly noted that “Indiana case law is practically...more

Mine Rite Technologies to Pay $75,000 To Settle EEOC Disability Suit

Wyoming Manufacturing Company Supervisor Mocked Veteran With PTSD, Forcing Him to Quit, Federal Agency Charged - PHOENIX - Mine Rite Technologies, LLC, a Buffalo, Wyo.-based manufacturing company, will pay $75,000 and...more

News from Second & State

Weekly Wrap - This week, only the Senate was in Harrisburg for three days of voting session. On Monday, the Senate Judiciary Committee and Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Public Safety and Criminal Justice held a...more

Gold Dome Report - March 2018 #11

With two legislative days remaining, legislative leaders embarked today on the final phase of budget negotiations for the FY 2019 budget. After the Senate adopted its proposal for HB 684 by a 52-0 vote, three ranking officers...more

Gold Dome Report - March 2018 #9

Although the House and Senate floors were quiet today, legislators were at work throughout the Capitol with late efforts to get legislation through committees. Desperation is becoming palpable—with only four legislative days...more

Legal Perspective: Legally Managing Mental Health Disabilities in the Workplace

by GableGotwals on

Every workplace should be prepared to handle mental health disabilities, as studies estimate 1 in 4 American adults suffer a mental health impairment. Originally published in Tulsa Business & Legal News - February 28th,...more

Lauri Love – How high has the forum bar really been set?

by White & Case LLP on

In what has been hailed as a landmark decision, the High Court recently refused to allow the extradition of UK citizen Lauri Love to the USA for offences of cyber theft, activating the forum bar for the first time since its...more

Obesity as Perceived Disability

by Ruder Ware on

I recently did a blog about obesity as a disability under the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act. I concluded that the condition of obesity did not automatically constitute a disability although courts could find that an employer...more

A Movement To Consider: Telepsychiatry In New York State

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Recently on Fox’s HIPAA & Health Information Technology blog, we discussed the privacy and security issues arising from the growth of telemedicine, as well as the general benefits that such growth could have for recent...more

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