Archive for June, 2011

Lack of Psych Beds Leave Patients Stuck in the ER

June 28, 2011 Leave a comment

Massachusetts hospitals are not trained to deal with psychiatric emergencies and emergency rooms are not equipped to handle those having a mental health crisis. There is, on top of that, a lack of psychiatric beds in psychiatric hospitals and poor communication between the hospital and the health insurance company.

Compared to the treatment given to those experiencing typical medical emergencies, those with a psychiatric emergency are left waiting for hours, if not days, because [too often] the hospital cannot find a psychiatric facility willing to take them.

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Two Buildings Illegally Demolished at Westboro

June 23, 2011 Leave a comment

The State Division of Capital Asset Management and the Department of Mental Health illegally tore down the circa 1890 Piggery and 1918 Barn at Westboro State Hospital without warning because they are an “imminent hazard and needed to be removed for the sake of maintaining public safety”.

The Massachusetts Historical Commission or the Northboro Historical Commission were never notified and both buildings are listed on the state and national registers of historic places.

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Fergus Falls Competing in ‘This Place Matters Community Challenge’

June 21, 2011 Leave a comment

You can vote for Fergus Falls Regional Treatment Center, a Minnesota Kirkbride, in the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s ‘This Place Matters Community Challenge’!

You can do that right here on the right-hand side of the website in the blue box. Voting ends June 30th, 2011.

If selected, Fergus Falls Regional Treatment Center will receive a $25,000 national grant for historic preservation.

To learn more about this contest, check it out here and in this article.

Group Wants to Show Respect for Patients Buried at Willard

June 20, 2011 Leave a comment

Colleen Kelly Spellecy runs the Willard Cemetery Memorial Project at Willard State Hospital in which 5,776 patients are buried. They would like to create a burial register, clean the meadow and erect four granite markers in the lot with the names of the dead buried there.

Craig Williams of the New York State Museum, will give a presentation on Willard State Hospital at Hadley Hall, on the grounds of the hospital from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. on July 23, He will show items from the Willard suitcase exhibit. Colleen Kelly Spellecy is scheduled to talk about her memorial project at noon, Aug. 30, before the Seneca Falls Rotary Club, at Waterloo Holiday Inn.

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Filmmaker Denied Request to Shoot at School

June 14, 2011 Leave a comment

Filmmaker, Eric Moyer, wants to shoot “School Spirits” at the former Souderton Area High School, from which Moyer graduated in 1991. Superintendent Frederick Johnson denied his request.

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Westboro Reuse Plan: Public Weigh-in

June 14, 2011 Leave a comment

A commission will hold a public hearing Thursday to discuss possible redevelopment plans for the Westboro State Hospital property at 7 pm in the Westboro High School auditorium.

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UMPD Nabs Tunnel Explorers

June 14, 2011 Leave a comment

Dave Husby and four friends, including two University of Minnesota students, were cited for trespassing in underground steam tunnels on the East Bank. They were caught on security camera.

The article is fair and balanced.

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