Monday, January 26, 2015

The father of a man fatally shot by Jacksonville police in November wants to see changes in the way Alabama treats the mentally ill.   Brad McBrayer’s hope is that his son’s story will help save lives, and he is working with a mental health advocacy group to make that happen.   David McBrayer, 24, was shot by police on Nov. 11 after refusing to drop a knife and while walking toward an officer. Police […]


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On December 9, 2014, Rep. Roby of Alabama asked for and was granted permission to address the United States House of representatives for 5 minutes to discuss veterans and mental health services: “Mr. Speaker, I rise today to discuss mental health services for veterans. As you know, physical injuries are not the only ones endured in war. Many soldiers return home with wounds that we cannot see. For some veterans, the psychological trauma endured on […]


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Paul James O’Leary, MD, received his medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine. He completed his psychiatric residency and child fellowship at University of Alabama Birmingham and his Forensic Fellowship at Emory. He works at a private clinic and a community mental health center and regularly gives presentations at District Branch, Area, and APA meetings. Local Leadership Positions • Alabama Psychiatric Physician Association (APPA), Executive Council member • APPA’s designated DMS 5 […]


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“Something is wrong when we use the criminal justice system as a mental health system,” said Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn., left) today (Dec. 9) at a Capitol Hill briefing. America’s county governments couldn’t agree more. “Counties across the nation routinely provide services to the estimated two million people with serious mental illnesses booked into jail each year, and prevalence rates of serious mental illnesses in jails are three to six times higher than for the […]


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