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30 Laws in 30 Days: Mental illness education program for law enforcement may expand

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com Editor’s note: This is the 20th in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS — Amy Brinkley thinks her brother’s death could have been prevented. Her 30-year-old brother Paul suffered from attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, better known as ADHD. In his mid-20s, Paul endured […]

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Republican party declares pornography a public health crisis

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com  CLEVELAND — A new edition to the Republican party platform includes a declaration that viewing pornography is damaging to the viewer’s health. “The internet must not become a safe haven for predators,” the platform reads. “Pornography, with its harmful effects, especially on children, has become a public crisis that is destroying […]

Commentary: Lives of quiet desperation

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Commentary: Lives of quiet desperation

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Glenn Augustine and Maddie Zielinski paint a somber picture. Augustine is vice president of advancement with the Indiana Youth Institute. Zielinski is state coordinator for Youth Move with Mental Health America of Indiana. We’re talking over the air about mental wellness challenges for young people here in the Hoosier […]

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Congress passes National Defense Authorization Act

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The National Defense Authorization Act, authored by Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Indiana, is on its way to the desk of President Barack Obama. Congress passed the bill, which would provide improved mental health care for military personnel and their families, Wednesday. “At a time when our nation faces significant challenges with […]

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Donnelly’s military mental health legislation moves forward

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly’s proposal to provide more mental health options for active military servicemen is on its way to the full Senate. The Service Member and Veteran Mental Health Care Package – also referred to as “Care Package” – is a component of the National Defense Authorization Act […]

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Bill would focus community corrections programs on addiction, mental health treatment

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lower level felons would get mental health and addiction help in their home communities under legislation the Indiana House approved unanimously Monday. House Bill 1006 – which now moves to the Senate – creates a structure through which millions of dollars are expected to flow to community corrections and […]

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30 Laws: State to fund addiction specalists

By Seth Morin TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – In an effort to address a shortage of addiction specialists in Indiana, the state has created a loan forgiveness program that could benefit two college graduates annually. The law makes psychiatrists, addiction counselors, and other mental health professionals who are pursuing training and careers in addiction eligible for the […]

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Video: Rep. Bill Friend’s band wins Hoosier Idol competition

The Bill Friend Experience wins Hoosier Idol competition in 2014 from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo.

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Hoosier Idol will feature lawmakers Miller, Friend, Walker and more

By Emily Metheny TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – For one night, members of the General Assembly will unite under a different type of limelight – on stage for the annual Hoosier Idol competition. The event – hosted by the Mental Health America of Indiana – is a legislative talent show with media judges. It takes place Tuesday […]

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Courts could choose mental health experts under Senate bill

By Carley Campbell TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS- A bill that would eliminate the need for a psychiatrist in court cases dealing with insanity passed a Senate committee Wednesday. Senate Bill 88, authored by Sen. Ron Alting, R-Lafayette, would amend part of a current statute that requires psychiatrists to determine insanity in criminal cases. The new bill would […]

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