the insanity offense how america s failure to treat the seriously mentally ill endangers its citizens

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The Insanity Offense How America S Failure To Treat The Seriously Mentally Ill Endangers Its Citizens

Author : E. Fuller Torrey
ISBN : 9780393341379
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Outlines the down side of deinstitutionalization, tracing how steps taken in the 1960s caused patients with severe psychiatric disorders to be discharged from hospitals and rendered untreatable, in an account that makes recommendations for reform.

American Psychosis

Author : E. Fuller Torrey
ISBN : 9780199988716
Genre : HEALTH & FITNESS
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E. Fuller Torrey's book provides an insider's perspective on the birth of the federal mental health program.

Better But Not Well

Author : Richard G. Frank
ISBN : 9780801889103
Genre : Law
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The past half-century has been marked by major changes in the treatment of mental illness: important advances in understanding mental illnesses, increases in spending on mental health care and support of people with mental illnesses, and the availability of new medications that are easier for the patient to tolerate. Although these changes have made things better for those who have mental illness, they are not quite enough. In Better But Not Well, Richard G. Frank and Sherry A. Glied examine the well-being of people with mental illness in the United States over the past fifty years, addressing issues such as economics, treatment, standards of living, rights, and stigma. Marshaling a range of new empirical evidence, they first argue that people with mental illness—severe and persistent disorders as well as less serious mental health conditions—are faring better today than in the past. Improvements have come about for unheralded and unexpected reasons. Rather than being a result of more effective mental health treatments, progress has come from the growth of private health insurance and of mainstream social programs—such as Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, housing vouchers, and food stamps—and the development of new treatments that are easier for patients to tolerate and for physicians to manage. The authors remind us that, despite the progress that has been made, this disadvantaged group remains worse off than most others in society. The "mainstreaming" of persons with mental illness has left a policy void, where governmental institutions responsible for meeting the needs of mental health patients lack resources and programmatic authority. To fill this void, Frank and Glied suggest that institutional resources be applied systematically and routinely to examine and address how federal and state programs affect the well-being of people with mental illness. -- Kathleen Brown RN, MSN, PhD

Out Of The Shadows

Author : Edwin Fuller Torrey
ISBN : UOM:39015038162601
Genre : Law
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Proposes a three-phase approach to correcting the problems with the U.S. policies on the mentally ill

The Invisible Plague

Author : Edwin Fuller Torrey
ISBN : 0813530032
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In The Invisible Plague, E.Fuller Torrey and Judy Miller examine the recordes on insanity in England, Ireland, Canada, and the UNited States over a 250 year period, concluding, through both qualitative and quantatative evidence, that insanity is, and continues to be, an unrecognized modern-day plague.

American Psychosis

Author : E. Fuller Torrey
ISBN : 9780199361120
Genre : Psychology
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In 1963, President John F. Kennedy delivered an historic speech on mental illness and retardation. He described sweeping new programs to replace "the shabby treatment of the many millions of the mentally disabled in custodial institutions" with treatment in community mental health centers. This movement, later referred to as "deinstitutionalization," continues to impact mental health care. Though he never publicly acknowledged it, the program was a tribute to Kennedy's sister Rosemary, who was born mildly retarded and developed a schizophrenia-like illness. Terrified she'd become pregnant, Joseph Kennedy arranged for his daughter to receive a lobotomy, which was a disaster and left her severely retarded. Fifty years after Kennedy's speech, E. Fuller Torrey's book provides an inside perspective on the birth of the federal mental health program. On staff at the National Institute of Mental Health when the program was being developed and implemented, Torrey draws on his own first-hand account of the creation and launch of the program, extensive research, one-on-one interviews with people involved, and recently unearthed audiotapes of interviews with major figures involved in the legislation. As such, this book provides historical material previously unavailable to the public. Torrey examines the Kennedys' involvement in the policy, the role of major players, the responsibility of the state versus the federal government in caring for the mentally ill, the political maneuverings required to pass the legislation, and how closing institutions resulted not in better care - as was the aim - but in underfunded programs, neglect, and higher rates of community violence. Many now wonder why public mental illness services are so ineffective. At least one-third of the homeless are seriously mentally ill, jails and prisons are grossly overcrowded, largely because the seriously mentally ill constitute 20 percent of prisoners, and public facilities are overrun by untreated individuals. As Torrey argues, it is imperative to understand how we got here in order to move forward towards providing better care for the most vulnerable.

Learning Forensic Assessment

Author : Rebecca Jackson
ISBN : 9781317681236
Genre : Psychology
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Major developments in the field since the publication of Learning Forensic Assessment are integrated in this revised edition, including revised editions of the DSM-5, HCR-20 scale, and child custody guidelines. This textbook is designed for graduate students learning forensic assessment and psychologists coming to forensic practice later in their careers. It is organized around five broad areas: Professional and Practice Issues, Adult Forensic Assessment, Juvenile Forensic Assessment, Civil Forensic Assessment, and Communicating Your Findings. Each chapter begins with a strong teaching and learning foundation. The latter part of each chapter is assessment specific, covering available assessment measures and approaches to assessment. The authors go well beyond simple descriptions of assessment measures and provide a conceptual discussion of the evaluation process that helps the reader understand how assessment measures fit into the overall evaluation process. The evaluation component is geared toward assessing the important aspects of the construct as laid out in the early part of each chapter. Each chapter then concludes with a case example to illustrate the measures and techniques described.

Harvard Law Review Volume 125 Number 8 June 2012

Author : Harvard Law Review
ISBN : 9781610279321
Genre : Law
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The June 2012 issue features the Harvard Law Review's annual and extensive DEVELOPMENTS IN THE LAW section; this year's subject is Presidential Authority. The issue also includes an article by Nicholas Stephanopoulos, "Spatial Diversity," and a Book Review by Michael Dorf, "The Undead Constitution," which explores originalism and constitutional interpretation in light of recent books by David Strauss and Jack Balkin. The issue begins with a series of In Memoriam contributions celebrating Bernard Wolfman. In its Developments survey on executive authority, the authors analyze the subjects of: * The President’s Role in the Legislative Process * Presidential Power and the Office of Legal Counsel * Presidential Involvement in Defending Congressional Statutes * Executive Appointments In addition, student contributions on Recent Cases explore such topics as patentable subject matter, sentencing guidelines, economic spying, the death penalty and mental retardation, Guantánamo hearings and intelligence reports, and organ donor compensation. The issue includes Recent Publications and the Index for volume 125. The Harvard Law Review is offered in a digital edition, featuring active Table of Contents, linked footnotes and cross-references, legible tables, and proper ebook formatting. This current issue of the Review is June 2012, the eighth issue of academic year 2011-2012 (Volume 125).

Evolving Brains Emerging Gods

Author : E. Fuller Torrey
ISBN : 9780231544863
Genre : Science
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Religions and mythologies from around the world teach that God or gods created humans. Atheist, humanist, and materialist critics, meanwhile, have attempted to turn theology on its head, claiming that religion is a human invention. In this book, E. Fuller Torrey draws on cutting-edge neuroscience research to propose a startling answer to the ultimate question. Evolving Brains, Emerging Gods locates the origin of gods within the human brain, arguing that religious belief is a by-product of evolution. Based on an idea originally proposed by Charles Darwin, Torrey marshals evidence that the emergence of gods was an incidental consequence of several evolutionary factors. Using data ranging from ancient skulls and artifacts to brain imaging, primatology, and child development studies, this book traces how new cognitive abilities gave rise to new behaviors. For instance, autobiographical memory, the ability to project ourselves backward and forward in time, gave Homo sapiens a competitive advantage. However, it also led to comprehension of mortality, spurring belief in an alternative to death. Torrey details the neurobiological sequence that explains why the gods appeared when they did, connecting archaeological findings including clothing, art, farming, and urbanization to cognitive developments. This book does not dismiss belief but rather presents religious belief as an inevitable outcome of brain evolution. Providing clear and accessible explanations of evolutionary neuroscience, Evolving Brains, Emerging Gods will shed new light on the mechanics of our deepest mysteries.

Care Of The Mentally Disordered Offender In The Community

Author : Alec Buchanan
ISBN : 9780198804567
Genre : Medical
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The thoroughly revised second edition of Care of the Mentally Disordered Offender in the Community is a comprehensive, evidence-based guide to the latest developments in the social context, management, and treatment of offenders in mental health care. In recent years there has been significant changes in the public perception of crime and the mentally ill offender, enhanced by research into causal links between violence and mental illness, and the increased publicity of the risk mentally disordered offenders could pose to the community. These, and other various factors, have significantly increased service development and research into psychological and pharmacological treatments and the rate of re-offending. Over three sections this essential guide explores key topics for discussion in the field. Part One critically examines the social, administrative and clinical context within which care is given in the modern day. Part Two discusses treatment and the evaluation of risk when determining the most appropriate treatment, whilst Part Three explores psychiatric services and their relationship with other agencies. Fully updated to ensure new areas for discussion are included, this book includes new chapters on relevant debates in the field such as US provision for the mentally disordered leaving prison, community management of sexual offending, the relationships between care and coercion, and the treatment of personality disorders. Written and edited by a global team of experts in the field, this book provides readers with useful insight into the social, clinical, and institutional contexts of this complex and relevant issue.

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