Sunday, December 19, 2010

Can You Tell Just by Looking?

The New York Post ran the following story:

"NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said, 'Police responded to a 911 call of an emotionally disturbed person at the location. When police arrived, they observed the male sitting on the ledge talking erratically. Police Emergency Service officers were called, and the person was removed to the hospital for observation.'"

The "disturbed" individual, a trial lawyer named Mark Moody, is suing the city for $400,000, saying he was just taking a smoke break sitting on a window ledge, only 12 feet off the ground.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Crisis Residential Facilities Cheaper, More Effective, than Psychiatric Hospitals

A Medical News Today article describes how "...the [new] study's authors found that participants in a consumer-managed crisis residential program (CRP) experienced significantly greater improvement on several interviewer-rated and self-reported psychopathology measures than did participants assigned to a locked, inpatient psychiatric facility (LIPF). They also found that service satisfaction was dramatically higher among patients at the CRP."