John Leonardo, Arizona U.S. Attorney, released a letter to the public today that expresses support for banning certain kinds of guns and requiring background checks for all sales of firearms. Leonardo begins his letter by explaining that the "political climate for a constructive discussion about gu ... More >>
To the credit of the Arizona House Minority Leader, Democrat Chad Campbell, he unveiled a pretty wide-ranging plan to change laws related to school safety, mental health, and guns.Unfortunately for Campbell, he's in the blood-red legislature in Arizona, so let's just say it's the thought that counts ... More >>
Police suspect Rebekah Corwin might be mentally ill.The Maricopa woman who police say used her truck to try and run down several officers -- with three young children in the vehicle -- offered cops the following explanation for her strange behavior: "I freaked out."Since our post this morning abo ... More >>
Forget background checks for a moment. Maybe, in reaction to Saturday's mass shooting in Tucson, a whole new take on the problem is needed when it comes to potentially dangerous, mentally ill people buying guns. Maybe a complete mental health evaluation should be conducted on people who wan ... More >>
Charles "Chick" ArnoldArizona's mental health laws are among the best in the country and might have been used to get Jared Loughner treatment if applied properly, says Charles "Chick" Arnold, the state's leading expert in mental health law. "While our system sucks, our statutes are the be ... More >>
While details are still trickling in as to the exact extent that mental illness -- and a lack of reporting/intervention -- may have played a role in preventing the tragedy in Tucson, one local mental health professional tells New Times that Tucson school administrators regula ... More >>
Arizona Department of Corrections Rapper DMXRapper Earl Simmons, better known as DMX, is housed in a mental-health unit at an Arizona State Prison Complex facility called Alhambra near 25th street and Van Buren.DMX was sentenced to a year in jail (minus 113 days served) on December 16 ... More >>
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A local doctor of psychiatry and internal medicine plans to petition the state to allow post-traumatic-stress disorder as a qualifying ailment for marijuana under Proposition 203. In a draft petition, (see below), Dr. Sue Sisley of St. Joseph's Hospital points out that some research shows po ... More >>
www.avagascerfiles.comJesse James and wife Sandra Bullock prior to the news that James is a "sex addict"Welcome to Arizona, the sex-rehab capitol of the world. Jesse James, the bad-boy biker husband of Sandra Bullock, has reportedly checked into a sex-rehab center near Tucson after Bull ... More >>
The Meadows, the rehab center Tiger is said to be attending, has hosted other celebs like David Duchovny and Eric BenetGossip rags from Pebble Beach to St. Andrews are reporting today that golf's greatest gigolo is already in an Arizona rehab center and being treated for sex addiction.According t ... More >>
The man accused of a random, fatal baseball-bat attack on two little boys playing in a park in December has been found incompetent to stand trial -- for now. Joe Sauceda Gallegos, 39, a reported schizophrenic with a history of mental problems, became the only ... More >>
Why was Marcia Powell's plug pulled so quickly, when an investigation has now revealed next of kin?During a hearing today in Commissioner Michael Hintze's courtroom, the public guardian for Marcia Powell -- the inmate who died May 20 after prolonged exposure to 107 degree temperatures in an outside ... More >>
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Amaré Stoudemire's troubled mother walks out of a rehab center again. A judge allows her to return again, but she faces probable prison time
Maricopa County jail personnel handled an unruly prisoner so harshly that he died. So what else is new?
And accept that you can't always save the people you love
Locking up cold medicine makes the politicians feel good -- but it won't put a dent in Arizona's meth habit
Letters from the issue of Thursday, June 16, 2005
A county psychiatrist's indifferent treatment of a disturbed inmate leads to a courthouse hanging
Twelve years ago, Gordon Lederer got away with murder. But he couldn't escape his conscience
Letters from the week of October 28, 2004
The Havasupai trusted the white man to help with a diabetes epidemic. Instead, ASU tricked them into bleeding for academia.
The government was supposed to take care of mentally disabled Marine combat veteran Brian Callan. It didn't.
From brilliance to madness and beyond, Jacob Martinez's artistic and personal journey has taken him further than he'd ever dreamed. The fire inside now quelled by medication, the nightmare of his mental illness is over. But at what price?
Young writer's memoir examines bipolar disorder
'Intensive probation' wasn't enough to keep mentally ill woman on her meds
Trouble-plagued NFL vet faces stint in Valley rehab
Will a long-distance analysis of McCain tell us anything new?
Despite some misfires, The Pistoleros keep looking for a break and say that rumors of their demise are greatly exaggerated
State misspent $350,000 of federal funds earmarked for HIV and substance-abuse services
Arizona is awash in crystal methamphetamine, a highly addictive stimulant that makes the weak strong, the lazy motivated, the fat thin, the trivial profound. Abuse it enough, and it can also make you psychotic.
Gridlock'd's Shakur and Roth kick detox thriller into high gear
The story of a psychotic Vietnam veteran who died on the streets rattles the mental-health-care and judicial communities, triggering investigations and calls for reform
THE OFFICE OF THE COURT MONITOR IS SUPPOSED TO HOLD THE MENTAL-HEALTH-CARE SYSTEM ACCOUNTABLE TO ITS CLIENTS. BUT NOBODY'S BEEN HOLDING THE OFFICE ITSELF ACCOUNTABLE.
THE COUNTY ATTORNEY'S OFFICE VIGOROUSLY PROSECUTES FELONY CHILD ABUSE CHARGES. EVEN WHEN NO CHILDREN HAVE BEEN ABUSED.
HER HUSBAND HAD 18 PERSONALITIES. SHE SAYS SHE WAS PROTECTING HERSELF AGAINST ONE THAT ATTACKED HER.