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Ronald Braunstein, Me2/orchestra's music director and co-founder, leading a rehearsal in September 2013. Photo: John Siddle
Ronald Braunstein, Me2/orchestra's music director and co-founder, leading a rehearsal in September 2013. Photo: John Siddle

At Me2/orchestra, "acceptance is really the norm"

In Burlington, a unique group - Me2 ("me, too") - is using music to help people with mental illness (roughly one in four adults has a diagnosable disorder, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.)

Me2 calls itself "the world's only" orchestra of its kind. The organization blurs the lines between public education, therapy, and musicianship. The story of Me2 begins with its music director, Ronald Braunstein.  Go to full article

Vt. report: Impaired parolees need better services

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) A Vermont legislative committee says the state should add early intervention services for parolees with mental illness, substance abuse or other problems to help them stay out of trouble.

The draft report says the services should be considered a priority over the addition of any new residential facilities for this group of parolees.  Go to full article

Solitary confinement bill going to Pataki

Family members whose loved ones died while in solitary confinement in state prison, are urging Governor Pataki to sign a bill banning the practice for prisoners with diagnosed mental illness. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

A Day in Mental Health Court

The Champlain Valley chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness gives its top award to Judge Penelope Clute in Plattsburgh tonight. It's an unusual partnership. The criminal justice system isn't well suited to dealing with the mentally ill. Jails and prisons are the de facto asylums of our times. Judge Clute is breaking ground in Clinton County, with a court specifically designed for people with severe mental illness. Mental health court codifies a team approach that brings the mental health and the justice systems together. It gives people with mental illness new opportunities to stay out of jail, and the "system" new leverage to intervene. There are only eight other courts like it in the state. Gregory Warner went to court, and has this story.  Go to full article

Ogdensburg Council Approves Civil Confinement Unit

The Ogdensburg city council passed a resolution Monday night supporting the civil confinement of violent sexual predators at the St Lawrence Psychiatric Center. Up to 80 offenders could be confined for an indefinite period after their release from prison, when the facility opens this winter. Supporters say it will mean up to 180 new jobs, but there's still lingering public opposition to the plan.  Go to full article
Krista, with North Country Adolescent Outreach educator Adam Wheeler.
Krista, with North Country Adolescent Outreach educator Adam Wheeler.

Raise Your Voice: A Survivor of Cutting Speaks Out

Some 2 million Americans intentionally injure themselves to cope with emotionally overwhelming feelings or situations. It's often called self-injury, or self-mutilation, or just "cutting". Krista is 15. She started cutting several years ago. She went to the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center twice for her behavior. She now lives in a foster home in Potsdam. Krista has stopped cutting. But like many people with an addiction, recovery is a constant struggle. As a part of our series Raise Your Voice: Stories from North Country Teens, Krista prepared this audio diary. A warning: some listeners, especially young children, may find the subject matter in this story difficult to listen to.  Go to full article

State of Mental Health Care in the Prisons

A new report issued today argues that the 67,000 inmates in New York's prison system need better health care - and mental health counseling. Eleven percent of the state's prisoners are diagnosed with mental illness. Brian Mann talks with Jennifer Wynn, with the Correctional Association of New York, which issued the study.

The Department of Correctional Services declined to be interviewed to respond to the report, instead issuing a press release.  Go to full article

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