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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland officials are holding a briefing on a new law that ensures privacy of confidential medical information for survivors of domestic violence.

The law, which was passed last year, will be outlined Tuesday in Annapolis. It applies to victims who seek reproductive health care, mental health or medical treatment or counseling.

The hearing is being held to detail how a new form that the Maryland Insurance Administration uses to help to insure privacy and security. 

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe has granted a conditional pardon that will allow a Virginia inmate to get treatment for his autism.
 
McAuliffe spokesman Brian Coy says the governor signed the pardon Tuesday, clearing the way for Reginald Latson's transfer to a secure treatment center in Florida.
 

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WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) - Carroll County law enforcement and public-health officials are initiating a crisis intervention team to safely manage people with mental illness.

The event Friday in Westminster adds Carroll County to at least five other Maryland jurisdictions that have embraced the concept.

Team members include law-enforcement officers who have been trained to compassionately manage people who are suffering from a mental illness or experiencing a mental health crisis.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia lawmakers are promising a top-to-bottom review of the state's mental health system with the goal of making it a model for the rest of the country.

A new mental health reform panel met for the first time Monday in Richmond.

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Senator Chris Coons want the new director of the Wilmington Veterans Affairs Medical Center to certify that there is no effort to disguise the backlogs of patient care – a scandal that has ripped through the agency nationally.

The Delaware Democrat wrote that any neglect or suffering by veterans is appalling and demanded to be assured this was not occurring at VA facilities in the state.

The Wilmington News Journal reports it is not known if the Wilmington facility near Elsmere is one of the 26 centers that are now under investigation by the VA.

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BEAR, Del. (AP) - A task force studying Delaware's civil mental health laws is finishing up its work in advance of a Jan. 1 deadline for submitting a report with its full findings to the General Assembly and the governor.

Among the issues that have been examined by the task force, which meets Tuesday, are immunity provisions regarding involuntary mental health commitments. The immunity provision were the subject of a task force report that was due earlier this year and which was followed with legislation signed by Gov. Jack Markell in March.

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In Salisbury the Lower Shore Clinic is officially open for business in Salisbury.

It is part of Go-Getters that helps people deal with mental illness. The facility will also provide primary care.

The clinic’s administrator Tuesday Trott told WBOC that people with serious and persistent mental illness tend to die 25 years sooner than most people.

Trott said that rural areas like the Lower Shore Region suffer from not having enough health care providers or psychiatrists.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A bill expanding the ability of Delaware authorities to prohibit people with mental health issues from having guns has gone down to a stunning defeat in the state Senate.

Senators voted 13-to-6 Thursday to reject the measure, dealing a blow to Attorney General Beau Biden's office, which pushed for its passage. The legislation cleared the House with only one dissenting vote.

The bill was pulled from the Senate agenda Tuesday, but the chief sponsor said he was unaware of any problems prior to its defeat Thursday.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate has delayed action on a bill expanding the ability of Delaware authorities to prohibit people with mental health issues from having guns.

Senators adjourned Tuesday without voting on the bill, which establishes a process to keep people declared to be a danger to themselves or others from having access to guns.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A bill expanding the ability of Delaware authorities to prohibit people with mental health issues from having guns is continuing work its way through the legislature.

The bill, considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, establishes a process to keep a person declared by a court to be a danger to himself or others from having access to guns.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state House committee is eyeing a bill that expands the ability of authorities in Delaware to prohibit people with mental health issues from having guns.

The legislation before the Health and Human Development Committee on Wednesday is aimed at ensuring that people deemed a danger to themselves or others don't have access to guns.

Under current law, a person who has been committed to a hospital or mental health institution for a mental disorder can be prohibited from possessing a gun.

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A bill that reforms Delaware's emergency mental health system is about to become law.

Gov. Jack Markell signed a measure Tuesday changing the way emergency mental health screenings are conducted as part of an effort to avoid unnecessary involuntary detentions.