The Desperate and the Dead: The hidden cost of homelessness

Homeless people are often ignored by the public, living on the margins, many struggling with severe mental illness and addiction, discarded by a world that has given up on them. But, in some quarters, the chronically homeless loom like giants, challenging and sometimes overwhelming the front-line workers charged with sorting out their problems. For police […]

Mental Illness Is Not A Horror Show

A new virtual-reality attraction planned for Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, Calif., was announced last month in advance of the peak haunted-house season. The name, “Fear VR 5150,” was significant. The number 5150 is the California psychiatric involuntary commitment code, used for a mentally ill person who is deemed a danger to himself or […]

$6.3 Billion Measure Aims to Cure Ailing Health Care Policies

WASHINGTON — In one of the most sweeping and rare bipartisan acts of this Congress, lawmakers will move this week on a $6.3 billion bill to increase funding for research into cancer and other diseases, address problems in the nation’s mental health systems and enact potentially far-reaching regulatory changes for drugs and medical devices. The […]