Tags

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Mentally ill can be forced into care

http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2009/08/11/Mentally-ill-can-be-forced-into-care/UPI-61211250014073/

TRENTON, N.J., Aug. 11 (UPI) — New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine signed a bill Tuesday allowing the mentally ill to be ordered into outpatient treatment against their will.

**

My Note –

Here is how they actually do it in New Jersey – but they just passed into law an abuse of the Americans with Disabilities act that denies human and civil rights to every single citizen and family – (see below video I found)

– cricketdiane

***

SHOCKING VIDEO: DISABLED MAN BEAT BY NEW JERSEY COP WHILE HIS PARTNER WATCHED


It looks like 3 minutes and 17 seconds of terror for one man. Passaic, N.J., police were investigating an incident where a cop beats a man who may have a mental disorder. The incident, recorded on …
It looks like 3 minutes and 17 seconds of terror for one man. Passaic, N.J., police were investigating an incident where a cop beats a man who may have a mental disorder. The incident, recorded on surveillance video, shows the man does not appear to resist the officer.

On Saturday, angry residents plan to protest outside City Hall.

Ronnie Holloway, 49, said he did nothing to provoke the May 29 attack.

The tape shows the officer getting out of his car, heads for a man standing on a street corner and starts swinging.

Holloway was charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and wandering with the intention of buying drugs.

Holloway’s mother said her son has schizophrenia but takes his medication and is not violent.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lREauR9TvY

***

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lREauR9TvY

one of the comments –

Police brutality is running rapid all over our nation! New laws need to be placed on police officers. #1. They need to pass a test on the constitution and bill? of rights (every year!). #2. They need a physiatric screening before they get hired. #3. When there is police brutality involved a panel of local citizen should judge the actions of the police officer, not the police themselves. This will stop all of this kind of activity.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lREauR9TvY

***

***

07.06.09
Health industry lobbyists descend on Capitol Hill

Posted in Business, Congress, Government, Healthcare at 1:57 pm by LeisureGuy

The usual industries—insurance, medical, hospital, pharma, and the like—are intensely interested in protecting their profits and the status quo, and they have plenty of money to spend to get lobbyists en masse to the Capitol. Dan Eggen and Kimberly Kindy in the Washington Post:

The nation’s largest insurers, hospitals and medical groups have hired more than 350 former government staff members and retired members of Congress in hopes of influencing their old bosses and colleagues, according to an analysis of lobbying disclosures and other records.

The tactic is so widespread that three of every four major health-care firms have at least one former insider on their lobbying payrolls, according to The Washington Post’s analysis.

Nearly half of the insiders previously worked for the key committees and lawmakers, including Sens. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), debating whether to adopt a public insurance option opposed by major industry groups. At least 10 others have been members of Congress, such as former House majority leaders Richard K. Armey (R-Tex.) and Richard A. Gephardt (D-Mo.), both of whom represent a New Jersey pharmaceutical firm.

The hirings are part of a record-breaking influence campaign by the health-care industry, which is spending more than $1.4 million a day on lobbying in the current fight, according to disclosure records. And even in a city where lobbying is a part of life, the scale of the effort has drawn attention. For example, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) doubled its spending to nearly $7 million in the first quarter of 2009, followed by Pfizer, with more than $6 million.

The push has reunited many who worked together in government on health-care reform, but are now employed as advocates for pharmaceutical and insurance companies…

http://leisureguy.wordpress.com/2009/07/06/health-industry-lobbyists-descend-on-capitol-hill/

***

Mentally ill can be forced into care

Published: Aug. 11, 2009 at 2:07 PM

New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine, shown in April 2, 2007 file photo, was in a car accident on the Garden State Parkway in New Jersey on April 12, 2007 . He sustained a broken leg and other injuries while riding in a State Police SUV while on his way to mediate a meeting between radio personality Don Imus and the Rutgers women’s basketball team. (UPI Photo/Monika Graff/FILES)

Related Searches

* “outpatient treatment” search results
* “state senate president r…” search results
* “involuntary commitment” search results

TRENTON, N.J., Aug. 11 (UPI) — New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine signed a bill Tuesday allowing the mentally ill to be ordered into outpatient treatment against their will.

The measure takes effect a year after signing and is to be phased in over the next three years, the governor’s office said. The gradual introduction of involuntary commitment is to allow centers for outpatient treatment to be set up.

Under current New Jersey state law, the mentally ill can only receive involuntary treatment at in-patient hospitals or clinics if they are found to be a danger to themselves, to others or to property.

“Mental health issues continue to be the most challenging and at times, the most perplexing for medical professionals and for families who must often make difficult decisions regarding an affected loved one,” Corzine said. “Today, we are enacting legislation that will give these families options that will help protect the rights and safety of those that need help, and will ultimately prevent undue suffering.”

State Senate President Richard Codey, a Democrat who has been a longtime advocate of the mentally ill, said the new system will also reduce hospital stays.

http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2009/08/11/Mentally-ill-can-be-forced-into-care/UPI-61211250014073/

***

Governor Jon S. Corzine

As New Jersey’s 54th governor, Jon S. Corzine has applied his experience as a Wall Street executive and as a consensus builder in the United States Senate to advance an agenda of socially conscious initiatives, while maintaining a focus on financial responsibility.

Governor Corzine began his Wall Street career in 1975, when he was recruited by the New York investment firm Goldman Sachs. After taking a job with the firm as a bond trader, he and his family settled in New Jersey. Corzine’s financial acumen propelled him through the ranks at Goldman Sachs, where he was named a partner in 1980, became a key player in crucial strategic decisions, and was eventually named chairman and chief executive officer in 1994.

Corzine assumed the helm of Goldman Sachs during a troubling time, as the firm had suffered massive losses resulting from a downturn in the bond market. Through strategic initiatives that included realistic expectations, risk diversification, and a methodical approach to the future, Corzine reversed the fortunes of the firm and restored its longtime status as the leader of the investment banking industry.

As Goldman’s CEO, Corzine expanded the company’s community outreach and philanthropic programs, establishing a company-wide service program encouraging employees to volunteer on a regular basis in their communities. In 1997, Corzine was named as chairman of a presidential commission to study capital budgeting as a means of increasing federal investment in schools, technology, and infrastructure.

During Corzine’s tenure at Goldman Sachs, Fortune magazine named the firm one of the 10 best companies to work for in the United States, and Corzine was named by Time magazine as one of the top 50 technology executives in the country in 1997. He left Goldman Sachs in May 1999 after converting the investment firm from a private partnership to a public company – a bold move that yielded handsome profits both for stockholders and Goldman employees.

Shortly after his departure from Goldman Sachs, Corzine entered public services upon election to the United States Senate in November 2000. While serving in the nation’s capitol, Corzine quickly put his expertise in financial and regulatory matters to work as the driving force behind a forward-looking, progressive agenda.

As senator, Corzine served as a member of the Committees on Banking, Intelligence, the Budget, and Energy and Natural Resources, and parlayed his position in leadership to advance numerous initiatives beneficial both to New Jersey and the nation as a whole. Corzine’s early accomplishments in the United States Senate include measures aimed at directing new federal investments in New Jersey’s transportation network, new safeguards to protect chemical facilities against terrorist attacks, legislation improving access to education and healthcare, and stronger environmental policies.

As a member of the United States Senate, Corzine co-authored the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, a piece of legislation designed to crack down on corporate malfeasance crafted in the wake of accounting scandals surrounding Enron, Tyco, WorldCom, and other major corporations. Corzine was also a sponsor of the Start Healthy, Stay Healthy Act, which expands children’s health care and expands coverage for pregnant women. He supported legislation outlawing the practice of racial profiling and, with Kansas Senator Sam Brownback, was chief sponsor of the Darfur Accountability Act to address genocide in the Sudan. Corzine was also only one of 23 members of the Senate to vote against the Iraq War Resolution.

Corzine entered the New Jersey governor’s race in 2005, and shortly after his Election Day victory, resigned from the U.S. Senate to take the oath of office as New Jersey governor on Jan. 17, 2006. As governor, he has continued to build on his reputation as a progressive, yet fiscally-responsible public servant.

As governor, one of Corzine’s first orders of business was to apply more than a quarter-century’s worth of experience in the financial services industry to rein in decades of uncontrolled spending and reckless borrowing by New Jersey state government. Drawing on his experience as chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs, Corzine initiated a strategy that combined fairness, realism, and a willingness to make tough choices with a social conscience that protects such critical services as education, public safety, and protecting the most vulnerable.

Governor Corzine has eschewed the use of one-time gimmicks and borrowing to balance the state budget, adopting a “pay-as-you-go” approach, enabling state government to live within its means. For the first time in over a decade, Corzine has dedicated funds to pay down the state’s obligation to the state pension system and made substantial contributions toward paying down the state’s bonded debt. He has also trimmed the size of state government through elimination of state departments and reduction of the number of employees, and has provided substantial property tax relief to New Jersey homeowners. He instituted a four percent cap on the increase in municipal taxes in 2007, resulting in the lowest local tax levy increase in a decade and further easing the tax burden on homeowners.

Corzine has stressed accountability for all public officials throughout his tenure as governor, creating the state’s first independent comptroller as a watchdog to root out corruption and unethical contracts. He has worked closely with the legislature to pass meaningful ethics reform, including an end to dual office holding by elected officials, legislation mandating that corrupt public officials forfeit their pensions, and ending pension padding and other abuses of the public employee retirement system.

Meanwhile, Corzine has continued to tackle pressing issues involving quality of life, economic development, and social justice. Under Corzine’s watch, New Jersey has moved to the forefront among states by taking a proactive stance against greenhouse gas emissions, enhanced auto fuel efficiency standards, and proposals to promote greater use of renewable energy. He has also championed the expansion of stem cell research in the Garden State, as well as proposals to improve the state’s transportation infrastructure and increased funding for education.

New Jersey received international acclaim in 2007, when Corzine signed legislation allowing civil unions for same-sex couples, and again later in the year when New Jersey became the first state in more than 40 years to repeal the death penalty. Corzine has also signed into law initiatives designed to give the uninsured better access to healthcare services, and a measure making New Jersey the third state in the nation to allow workers to take paid leave to tend to a personal or family emergency.

Corzine’s most pressing issues as governor in the years ahead include continued efforts to right the state’s finances, keeping the state’s property tax burden in check, and continued improvement of the state’s critical economic infrastructure.

Corzine was born January 1, 1947, and grew up on a small family farm in Wiley’s Station, a community in central Illinois. His father was a farmer and insurance salesman; his mother was a public school teacher.

A 1969 graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Corzine enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, serving until 1975. He received his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Chicago in 1970.

Corzine currently makes his home in Hoboken. He has three children and two grandchildren.

http://www.state.nj.us/governor/about/

***

New Jersey Legislature – 2009 Composition

Each House establishes a number of standing reference committees to review legislation. Much of the discussion on the merits of a bill takes place in committee. Representatives of interest groups and members of the public are generally given the opportunity to present their views at committee meetings.

PARTY INFLUENCE

When the majority membership of either House belongs to the same political party, that party is said to “control” the House. The presiding officer is a member of the majority party and, in his or her official capacity, able to support the party’s policy goals by setting the agenda of the House. Committee chairs are members of the majority party, and committee membership usually reflects the partisan composition of the House.

Currently, the Democrats are the majority party in both Houses. In the Senate there are 23 Democrats and 17 Republicans. There are 48 Democrats and 32 Republicans serving in the General Assembly.

http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/legislativepub/our.asp

At least 10 others have been members of Congress, such as former House majority leaders Richard K. Armey (R-Tex.) and Richard A. Gephardt (D-Mo.), both of whom represent a New Jersey pharmaceutical firm. The hirings are part of a record-breaking influence campaign by the health-care industry, which is spending more than $1.4 million a day on lobbying in the current fight, according to disclosure records

From – Dan Eggen and Kimberly Kindy in the Washington Post:

The nation’s largest insurers, hospitals and medical groups have hired more than 350 former government staff members and retired members of Congress in hopes of influencing their old bosses and colleagues, according to an analysis of lobbying disclosures and other records.

***

NAMI Meets with President Obama at White House

NAMI Executive Director Michael Fitzpatrick joined a group of 12 representatives from the disability community last week for a historic meeting with President Barack Obama.

The group met prior to an East Room ceremony in honor of the 19th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The landmark law prohibits discrimination against employees with mental or physical disabilities in employment, education, housing, public transportation and other areas.

President Obama announced the Administration’s commitment to sign and seek Senate ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which encourages countries world-wide to protect people with disabilities from discrimination.

Before the President’s arrival, the disability community representatives spoke with Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis about the group’s priorities for civil rights enforcement at both departments.

Among other things, priorities include:

*
reducing the waiting time for ADA complaints to be resolved,
*
protecting children from the use of seclusion and restraints and
*
applying a government-wide strategy to improve the representation of people with significant disabilities among federal employees.

President Obama acknowledged that employment, education, technology, health care and civil rights policy issues were all relevant during this first listening session.

Disability group representatives shared their personal discrimination stories with the President to underscore the importance of viewing disability issues in terms of civil and human rights. Health care reform also was a major focus of the discussion and the group highlighted the need to end institutional bias in Medicaid.

Going forward, the group plans to meet with members of the Administration’s health reform team to share their input, as they work to make more progress in achieving the goals of Americans with Disabilities Act before its 20th anniversary next year.

“NAMI was proud to be a part of this groundbreaking meeting,” said NAMI Executive Director Michael Fitzpatrick. “We look forward to working with the Administration and other disability community groups to meet the goals of the Americans with Disabilities Act.”

http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=Advocate_enewsletter_2009&Template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=83320

(My note –

NAMI was started by families and caregivers of people who were mentally ill. It was hijacked to serve the interests of the pharmaceutical companies and mental health // health industry // hospitals and doctors / psychiatrists – (AMA and APA). A drug industry ex-executive actually heads up NAMI now. They talk about doing things to ensure the rights of people with disabilities but what they actually do – is to push through legislation taking those rights away by forcing people to use industry pharmaceuticals and mental health services against their will in denial of their rights.)

***

heat_warning_English.pdf

Antipsychotic medications may impair the body’s ability to regulate it’s own temperature. During hot and humid weather individuals taking antipsychotic medications are at risk of developing excessive body temperature, or hyperthermia, which can be fatal.
Heat exhaustion is the most common heat-related condition, which is most likely to occur in people who are involved in physical activity outdoors during heat waves.
Heat stroke is a more serious condition of dehydration and
salt depletion which can be life threatening.

http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/dmhs/news/publications/heat_warning_English.pdf

Heat Exhaustion –
This can occur in both active and sedentary individuals. It happens suddenly, and may be quite brief.

A doctor should be called. Recovery may be spontaneous, or intravenous fluids may be needed to prevent unconsciousness.

Symptoms of heat exhaustion:

* Irritability or change in behavior.
* Low or normal temperature.
* Slight low blood pressure
* Rapid, full pulse and heartbeat
* Rapid breathing
* Cold, pale skin (may be ashen-grey)
* Profuse perspiration
* Dizziness, headache and weakness
* Nausea, vomiting
* Cramps in the abdominal area or in the extremities

Treatment –

If a person displays symptoms of heat exhaustion, he or she should be:

* Moved to a cooler place as soon as possible
* Given water or other liquids immediately (it says there is no need for salt but that is not true – even the PDR states that these drugs strip the salt and other electrolytes from the body – and they are toxic in sunshine, with or without heat stroke.)
* Encouraged to rest for a short time

Heat Stroke –

This occurs mostly during heat waves (also not true and this can occur in the winter time on a sunny day or on a cloudy day when it is hot.)

Persons with chronic illnesses are most vulnerable – (also not true, anyone of any age taking psychotropic medications are vulnerable at any time to heat stroke – whether it is sunny, cloudy and hot, or exposed to small time intervals of sunshine and heat across the same day or two days which has an accumulative effect and can commonly cause heat stroke and sun toxicity because of the constituents of the medications themselves.)

Heat stroke, the most serious heat illness, (except for sun toxicity and salt / electrolyte depletion), can lead to death if left untreated (as can the others, as well.)

Symptoms of heat stroke:

* Agitation, confusion, seizures, lethargy, or coma (all may be first symptoms)

* High body temperature (102 degrees Fahrenheit or above – although many of the psychotropic medications actually lower the normal body temperature, which means that 98.6 is already a fever condition that is abnormal with these drugs in the body’s system.)

* High blood pressure initially (shock may follow, resulting in low blood pressure)

* Rapid pulse and heartbeat

* Rapid, shallow breathing if person is moving about: slow and deep breathing if the person is still

* Hot, dry flushed skin

** Treatment **

As soon as you recognize the signs of heat stroke, take immediate action:
(do not assume that paramedics, EMTs, emergency room nurses or doctors will know that these psychotropic medications cause heat stroke, sun toxicity, sun stroke, heat exhaustion, salt depletion, electrolyte depletion, seizures, or understand that there are more types of seizure than grand mal and petit mal, etc., etc., etc., – do not assume they know it is a life-threatening condition if not treated immediately and appropriately – do not assume they value the life of any person with a known mental illness, because they do not and are more likely to consider it “good riddance” if they die a horrible death right there in front of them.)

However –

* Call 911 immediately

* Loosen or remove outer layers of individual’s clothing

* Move to a cool place (out of the sun, which includes the sun coming in through the side windows or windshield of a car) – also cool the body temperature with a wet towel on the back of the head and neck – if the person is conscious and able, let them wet their skin and face with a wet washcloth, paper towel or anything handy

* Use CPR, if needed

* Replace fluids and sodium only under medical orders (however, if you wait – they could die)

(It doesn’t say this – but it is true, the sunlight changes these drugs into a toxic substance that is a poison. It is a fact, and a human body with these psychotropic drugs in every cell suddenly becomes filled with something that is not helpful and beneficial when exposed to the sun and becomes instead, a poison flooding every system of the body. – If you don’t believe it, ask a pharmacists’ guide about these drugs or consult the insert that comes with them, or the Physicians’ Desk Reference or ask a pharmacist – most doctors know about it but don’t tell anyone, especially the patient and the family about it. Many mental health facility staff members and nurses don’t have this information as common knowledge either – I don’t know why that is.)

http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/dmhs/news/publications/heat_warning_English.pdf

***

ANTIPSYCHOTIC MEDICATIONS AFFECT BODYHEAT

Treatment

HEAT EXHAUSTION

HEAT STROKE

Treatment

This can occur in both active and sedentary individuals. It happens suddenly, and may be quite brief.
A doctor should be called. Recovery may be spontaneous, or intravenous fluids may be needed to prevent unconsciousness.

***
My Note –
Somebody needs to get up there in New Jersey and challenge the Constitutional basis of that legislation they just signed which denies the civil rights, human rights and disability rights of every single citizen, man, woman and child in this country ( and especially those in that state who will be subjected to it, at will and whim and for any purpose – welcome, to the Nazi version of America that Wall Street and the pharmaceuticals companies have pushed down our throats.)

***

In-home Caregiver Charged with Murder in Beating Death of NJ Man

A caregiver in Cherry Hill, N.J. was charged with first-degree murder after beating an 82-year-old man to death with his cane, reported the courierpostonline.com of South Jersey.

Yolanda Steele of Camden is charged with beating Sidney Wenof on Dec. 11 while his wife was there, the Cherry Hill Police Department reported. An ambulance arrived after a medical alert system in the home was activated. Wenof lost consciousness at Cooper University Hospital and died the next day.

Unlicensed, Steele worked 12-hour days, five days a week caring for Wenof and his wife, Theora, according to Jason Laughlin of the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office. He said the Wenofs found Steele through Steele’s mother, who once had cared for the Wenofs. Prosecutor’s office investigators said Steele allegedly stole money from the Wenofs’ bank accounts and also forged checks.

Possibly from Theora Wenof, Laughlin learned the deceased suspected financial foul play and was taking action to find the thief. There was no evidence Wenof confronted his caregiver, which might have led to the fatal beating.

Steele had been sentenced to probation in June for theft by deception and forgery in a separate incident, according to Camden County Court records.

Son-in-law Mark Roberts said, “Sidney was a good man and well respected in the community. He was a family man who was dedicated to his wife, children and grandchildren.”

The Camden County Criminal Examiner’s Office said Wenof died from blunt-force trauma. That report upgraded criminal charges from aggravated assault to murder. Steele is jailed without bond pending arraignment in Camden County Superior Court.

Tom Slater, spokesman for the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, said not all caregivers in New Jersey need to be licensed, especially family members. However, home-health aides (HHA), registered nurses (RNs) and licensed practical nurses (LPNs) do require licenses, according to the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs. “…Care givers become abusive,” Slater said. “They’re under a great deal of stress…”

The National Center for Elder Abuse reports, “1-2 million Americans age 65 or older have been injured, exploited or mistreated by someone on whom they are dependent for care.”

http://www.brentadams.com/library/inhome-caregiver-charged-with-murder-in-beating-death-of-nj-man.cfm

***

[And from California – ]

Man is beaten to death in assisted living facility…

Posted by Lauren EllermanDecember 20, 2007 3:52 PM
Tags: Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

I wish this were a fictional account.

Today’s LA Times reports story of an elderly man who ”
just stopped breathing,” in the assisted living facility, or so his wife of 49 years was told.

“Then came the anonymous phone call the day after the funeral.

A woman claiming to be an employee of the nursing home told Rita that her 80-year-old husband’s death had been anything but peaceful. She said Elmore Kittower had been beaten to death by someone on the staff.

Days later, detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department would pose a question that was almost inconceivable to the elderly widow. Would it be OK, they asked, if they exhumed her husband’s body?”

Week before, ” on Sunday, Oct. 28, the Kittower family gathered at Silverado to celebrate Elmore’s 80th birthday. The following Sunday, Rita and Elise came back for their weekly visit. It was the last time they would see Elmore alive.

Two days later, Rita had just finished walking Bruin when a sheriff’s deputy knocked on her door. He told her that her husband had died at 8:30 that morning. When Rita called the nursing home she was told that Elmore had “just stopped breathing.”

On Nov. 10, the day after her husband was buried, Rita received the mysterious call from a woman who identified herself only as Maria. The woman said she hadn’t slept in three days.

“She just couldn’t stand what she saw,” Rita said. “She had to tell me what happened.”

The woman said a staff member had punched Elmore in the eye and wrapped a towel around his head in an apparent attempt to suffocate him.

“I felt like I was going to throw up” Rita recalled. “I said I can’t listen to this.”

She hung up the phone, but not before getting the woman’s number. Rita asked her son to call the woman back. He elicited more details from the caller. When Rita asked about it, he said, “You don’t want to know.”

“As it turned out, sheriff’s officials already had their suspicions about Elmore Kittower’s death. The woman who called Rita Kittower also made an anonymous call to the Lost Hills sheriff’s station and mailed an anonymous letter to a nearby fire station.

Lt. Al Grotefend, a supervisor in the sheriff’s homicide unit, declined to discuss the case in detail. But he said detectives gathered sufficient evidence to warrant an exhumation. Authorities can dig up a body with a court order even if family members are opposed, but detectives sought Rita Kittower’s approval as a matter of courtesy and to make the process quicker.

Rita said she shuddered at the thought of her husband being cut up on an autopsy table and had a nightmare in which he was wheeled to the front door of their home in a casket.

But after consulting with family members, she agreed to the exhumation in order to “find out the truth” and protect any other potential victims.

Elmore Kittower’s body was removed from its grave in Eden Memorial Park cemetery Nov. 14. His remains were removed from his coffin and autopsied at the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.

The results were inconclusive, pending further tests, according to two law enforcement sources who asked not to be identified because they are not authorized to speak publicly about the case.
Both sources said there did appear to be some trauma to Kittower’s remains that was consistent with an assault.

Grotefend said detectives have questioned dozens of employees and residents of Silverado and developed a prime suspect in the case — a caregiver who no longer works at the facility, he said.

The suspect was arrested shortly after Kittower’s death on suspicion of elder abuse, but the case was rejected by the district attorney’s office. The suspect has denied any wrongdoing, Grotefend said.

Grotefend said that the arrest was made before the exhumation and that detectives have since gathered additional information and plan to resubmit the case to prosecutors. The Times is withholding the suspect’s name at the request of authorities.

Mark Mostow, a spokesman for Silverado Senior Living, said the company had completed its own investigation and “found nothing to substantiate any wrongdoing.”

“These are strictly allegations,” he said.

Mostow acknowledged that the employee accused of assaulting Kittower had been terminated. But he said the firing was not the result of the alleged assault, but because the worker had violated an undisclosed policy.

Several other employees were also terminated following the death, he said, but they, too, were fired for policy violations, not for physically mistreating Kittower.

Zwerdling, Kittower’s nephew, said his uncle’s alleged treatment at Silverado seemed particularly unjust given the way he had lived his life.

“Elmore Kittower is a very decent man who died a very indecent death,” he said.

scott.glover@latimes.com

http://roanoke.injuryboard.com/nursing-home-and-elder-abuse/man-is-beaten-to-death-in-assisted-living-facility.aspx?googleid=229570

***

Friday, March 16, 2007. *
Elderly Man Beaten To Death On Highway
Police said a motorist beat a former Soviet political prisoner to death with a rock Thursday at a New Jersey highway rest stop after the victim declined to buy his religious CDs.

Brian White of Humble, Texas, was arrested after a 90-mile chase and charged with murder, eluding police and weapons violations.

The victim’s secretary said 75-year-old Michail Makarenko of Hillsboro, Va., spent 11 years in prison for anti-Soviet agitation and propaganda. He owned an art gallery, exhibiting works of banned artists.

[BEGIN OBLIGATORY ‘PEOPLE WHO DO BAD THINGS AREN’T REALLY REAL FOR REAL CHRISTIANS’ STATEMENT] State police said White “possibly is delusional.” He wrote on his MySpace page that his latest recording would one day become part of the “next century Bible.” [END OBLIGATORY ‘PEOPLE WHO DO BAD THINGS AREN’T REALLY REAL FOR REAL CHRISTIANS’ STATEMENT]

White’s mother is shocked by his arrest. She said, “He’s a Christian guy. He made lots of Christian CDs.”

[Dude, quit painting all Christians in such a bad light! Jesus never said we should kill people who don’t worship Him!] (but that doesn’t stop them from doing it in every state over the last twenty years . . . – my note)

posted by Trevor Blake at 5:02 PM Comments

http://amsam.org/2007/03/elderly-man-beaten-to-death-on-highway.html

**

Man beaten to death near Phillies’ park
Monday, July 27, 2009
Last updated: Monday July 27, 2009, 8:14 AM
The Record
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

PHILADELPHIA — A man who was attending a bachelor party at a bar next to the Philadelphia Phillies’ ballpark has been beaten to death during a melee outside.

Police say a group from the bachelor party got into a fight with other patrons at a sports bar and restaurant in the Citizens Bank Park complex Saturday night. The trouble started during the closing innings of a game between the Phillies and the St. Louis Cardinals.

The groups were told to leave McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon, and the dispute moved outside to a parking lot.

Police say old David Sale, 22, of Lansdale was assaulted there and was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

PHILADELPHIA — A man who was attending a bachelor party at a bar next to the Philadelphia Phillies’ ballpark has been beaten to death during a melee outside.

Police say a group from the bachelor party got into a fight with other patrons at a sports bar and restaurant in the Citizens Bank Park complex Saturday night. The trouble started during the closing innings of a game between the Phillies and the St. Louis Cardinals.

The groups were told to leave McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon, and the dispute moved outside to a parking lot.

Police say old David Sale, 22, of Lansdale was assaulted there and was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Reader Comments
Please report comments that violate the terms of service.

1. TubaPlayer says: This is no surprise. Philadelphia is a violent city even by NY standards. Their fans went after Mitch williams for losing a World Series game to Toronto. They egged his house and told him publicly to get out town. They threw a Giant fan out of the upper deck during a playoff game in the early 1980’s. Eagle’s fans will assault you in the parking lot if they feel you are not one of them. Their criteria for “not one of them” changes with the amount of alcohol consumed. This stadium is a good place to stay away from.

Read All Comments…

http://www.northjersey.com/news/crime_courts/crime_courts_news/Man_beaten_to_death_near__Phillies_park.html

[My Note – There is no way that these people in New Jersey should be deciding anything about mental health – they are all nuts.]

***

SHOCKING VIDEO: DISABLED MAN BEAT BY NEW JERSEY COP WHILE HIS PARTNER WATCHED
It looks like 3 minutes and 17 seconds of terror for one man. Passaic, N.J., police were investigating an incident where a cop beats a man who may have a mental disorder. The incident, recorded on …

one of the comments –

Police brutality is running rapid all over our nation! New laws need to be placed on police officers. #1. They need to pass a test on the constitution and bill? of rights (every year!). #2. They need a physiatric screening before they get hired. #3. When there is police brutality involved a panel of local citizen should judge the actions of the police officer, not the police themselves. This will stop all of this kind of activity.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lREauR9TvY
It looks like 3 minutes and 17 seconds of terror for one man. Passaic, N.J., police were investigating an incident where a cop beats a man who may have a mental disorder. The incident, recorded on …
It looks like 3 minutes and 17 seconds of terror for one man. Passaic, N.J., police were investigating an incident where a cop beats a man who may have a mental disorder. The incident, recorded on surveillance video, shows the man does not appear to resist the officer.

On Saturday, angry residents plan to protest outside City Hall.

Ronnie Holloway, 49, said he did nothing to provoke the May 29 attack.

The tape shows the officer getting out of his car, heads for a man standing on a street corner and starts swinging.

Holloway was charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and wandering with the intention of buying drugs.

Holloway’s mother said her son has schizophrenia but takes his medication and is not violent.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lREauR9TvY

***

United States and New Jersey in particular – are abusing people with mental illness, denying their human and civil rights, undermining the civil and human rights of every US citizen and every family in America – what right do they have to deny the basic fundamental rights guaranteed by the US Constitution and Bill of Rights? Mentally ill can be forced into care in New Jersey thanks to their Goldman Sachs Governor, Jon Corzine and his pharmaceutical lobby buddies –

***

Community Mental Health Journal

Community Mental Health Journal
Editor-in-Chief: Jacqueline M. Feldman
ISSN: 0010-3853 (print version)
ISSN: 1573-2789 (electronic version)
Journal no. 10597
Springer US
Online version available
Online First articles available
Description
|
Editorial Board
Description

Community Mental Health Journal is devoted to the evaluation and improvement of public sector mental health services for people affected by severe mental disorders, serious emotional disturbances and/or addictions.

Coverage includes:

* nationally representative epidemiologic projects
* intervention research involving benefit and risk comparisons between service programs
* methodology, such as instrumentation, where particularly pertinent to public sector behavioral health evaluation or research

Impact Factor: 1.506 (2008) *
* Journal Citation Reports®, Thomson Reuters
Abstracted/Indexed in:
Abstracts in Anthropology, Academic Search, AgeLine, Cabell’s, Cengage, CINAHL, Criminal Justice Abstracts, CSA/Proquest, Current Abstracts, Current Contents / Social & Behavioral Sciences, Educational Management Abstracts, Educational Research Abstracts Online (ERA), EMBASE, EMCare, Expanded Academic, FRANCIS, Gale, Google Scholar, Health Reference Center Academic, Higher Education Abstracts, HW Wilson, IBIDS, Journal Citation Reports/Social Sciences Edition, Multicultural Education Abstracts, OCLC, OmniFile, PASCAL, PsycINFO, PSYCLINE, PubMed/Medline, SCOPUS, Social Science Citation Index, Social Science Index, Social SciSearch, Special Education Needs Abstracts, Studies on Women & Gender Abstracts, Summon by Serial Solutions, TOC Premier

[As with many things in the mental health sector – sponsored by the drug companies that want free money from the backs of anyone the community deems to be “different”]

***

N.J. pharmaceutical company ordered to unseal thousands of ghostwriting documents

by Associated Press

Saturday July 25, 2009, 8:39 PM

A federal judge has ordered the unsealing of thousands of pages of documents pertaining to the ghostwriting practices of Madison, N.J.-based Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, which is being sued over hormone replacement drugs.

U.S. District Judge Bill Wilson ordered the papers unsealed Friday at the request of a medical journal and The New York Times. Plaintiffs attorneys presented the papers earlier at trial to show Wyeth routinely hired medical-writing firms to ghostwrite articles that appeared in seemingly objective medical journals but included only the name of a scientific researcher as the author.

The ruling came in a case that involves about 8,000 lawsuits that have been combined before Wilson. The lawsuits focus on whether Wyeth hormone therapy drugs Prempro and Premarin, used to treat symptoms of menopause, have caused breast cancer in some women.

The New Jersey drugmaker already had turned over the documents, which it says concern about 40 articles in medical journals and other publications, to Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa. Grassley sought them last year without a subpoena as part of a congressional investigation into drug-industry influence on doctors.

On June 11, a biomedical journal, PLoS, published by the Public Library of Science, filed a motion to intervene in the Prempro litigation. PLoS, represented by a public-interest law firm, Public Justice, wanted to set aside the confidential designation that had been placed on the documents before a series of trials began in 2006. The documents were shown to jurors at trial but were otherwise unavailable publicly.

Plaintiffs say ghostwriting is when a drug company conjures up the concept for an article that will counteract criticism of a drug or embellish its benefits, hires a professional writing company to draft a manuscript conveying the company’s message, retains a physician to sign off as the author and finds a publisher to unwittingly publish the work.

Drug companies disseminate their ghostwritten articles to their sales representatives, who present the articles to physicians as independent proof that the companies’ drugs are safe and effective.

The Times wrote about the ghostwriting issue and Grassley’s efforts in December. On June 17, it joined PLOS in its quest to intervene to ask that the documents be unsealed.

“These documents will educate the public and allow them to better understand materials they use every day in making their often life-depending health care decisions,” said Little Rock attorney Gerry Schulze, who represented the Times.

“Why don’t they want to turn loose of them?” plaintiffs attorney Erik Walker asked during the hearing. Then he answered his own question: “Because it makes them look bad.”

Wyeth attorney Stephen Urbanczyk acknowledged the articles are part of a marketing effort. But he said they are also fair, balanced and scientific and that no one has ever shown that they are inaccurate.

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2009/07/morris_county_pharmaceutical_o.html
***