Monday, December 22, 2014

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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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The University of Alabama’s School of Social Work has received a $945,337 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration to help service the state of Alabama’s shortage of behavioral health care professionals. Through the Transitional-Age Youth University of Alabama project, or TAY-UA, the UA School of Social Work will offer stipends to Master of Social Work students in an effort to produce 56 graduated Master of Social Work students trained in interprofessional […]


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By the editorial board of The Anniston Star Four days ago, David McBrayer’s life ended during an altercation with Jacksonville Police. It’s a death that should resonate all the way to the halls of the state Legislature. By all indications, including comments from McBrayer’s father, the 24-year-old Jacksonville man was a troubled soul who needed help. In fact, McBrayer’s father says he was trying to get his son medical attention for what may have been […]


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