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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Lost and Found: Understanding Technologies Used to Locate Missing Persons with Alzheimer’s or Dementia

Categories: Elderly,Mental Health,Science/Technology

https://www.bja.gov/Publications/PLI-Lost_and_Found.pdf

Describes cellular location techniques and Global Positioning System devices as technologies for locating missing persons with dementia and the advantages/disadvantages in using them.  Also provides lists of locating devices that are currently available.  From the Bureau of Justice Assistance

 

Executive Order 12: Continuing the Governor’s Task Force on Improving Mental Health Services and Crisis Response

Categories: Mental Health,Virginia Issues

https://governor.virginia.gov/policy/executive-orders/eo-12-continuing-task-force-on-improving-mental-health-services-and-crisis-response/

Continues the life of the special task force created to recommend ways to improve Virginia’s mental health crisis services.  From the Office of the Governor

 

Identifying Personality Disorders That Are Security Risks: Field Test Results

Categories: Defense/Military,Govt Personnel,Homeland Security,Mental Health

http://www.dhra.mil/perserec/reports/tr11-05.pdf

Examines which personality disorders are associated with security risk, due to compromised judgment and reliability, and whether an improved screening tool could be used to evaluate personnel in a high risk program such as access to nuclear or biological weapons.  From the Defense Personnel Security Research Center

 

Critical Incident Investigation Bath County, Virginia, November 18, 2013

Categories: Headlines,Mental Health,Virginia Issues

 

http://leg2.state.va.us/dls/h&sdocs.nsf/By+Year/RD1362014/$file/RD136.pdf

 

Reports on the failure of the Virginia mental health system to find housing for the son of Virginia legislator Creigh Deeds before the expiration of an emergency custody order.  The report establishes a timeline of events, identifies contributing factors, and offers recommendations for improving the state’s psychiatric emergency response system.  From the Office of the State Inspector General

 

Early Release of Selected Estimates Based on Data from the January-September 2013 National Health Interview Survey

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhis/earlyrelease/earlyrelease201403.pdf

Updates estimates for 15 selected health measures and presents estimates for 1997-2012 for comparison.  Measures include persons without health insurance coverage, persons who have a usual place to go for medical care, persons who failed to get needed medical care due to cost, alcohol consumption and smoking, mental distress and so forth. From the National Center for Health Statistics

 

National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services: 2012

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Mental Health,Statistics

http://www.samhsa.gov/data/DASIS/NSSATS2012_Web.pdf

Provides data on the location, characteristics, and use of substance abuse treatment facilities in the U.S.  Covers nearly 15,000 facilities. From the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

 

State Estimates of Adult Mental Illness from the 2011 and 2012 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health

Categories: Mental Health,Statistics

http://www.samhsa.gov/data/2k14/NSDUH170/sr170-mental-illness-state-estimates-2014.htm

Provides statistical estimates on the prevalence of mental illness for adults by state.  Ranges from 3.1% in New Jersey to 5.5% in West Virginia with a national average of 4%.  From the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

 

Relationships between Housing and Food Insecurity, Frequent Mental Distress, and Insufficient Sleep Among Adults in 12 U.S. States, 2009

Categories: Food/Nutrition,Housing/Homelessness,Mental Health,Statistics

http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2014/13_0334.htm

Finds strong links between housing and food insecurity and insufficient sleep.  Calls for programs to reduce housing and food insecurity to determine whether sleep and mental health improve.  From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

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