Colorado governor signs conversion therapy ban
DENVER (AP) — Colorado's Jared Polis, elected as the nation's first openly gay governor last year, signed into law Friday a ban on psychotherapy denounced as damaging that seeks to change the...
Bill advances to ban so-called conversion therapy for minors
DENVER (AP) — Colorado lawmakers want a fifth attempt to ban psychotherapy that seeks to change minors' sexual orientation or gender identity to succeed.
The House Public Health Care & Human Services Committee sent a bill to ban the practice to the full House on a 8-3 vote Wednesday. Three GOP lawmakers cast the "no" votes.
Denver bans sexual orientation conversion therapy for minors
DENVER (AP) — Denver's City Council has banned psychotherapy that seeks to change the sexual orientation of minors.
KMGH-TV reports the council voted unanimously Monday night after the city's Safety, Housing, Education and Homeless Committee advanced the proposal.
Proposed Denver conversion therapy ban for minors advances
DENVER (AP) — Denver's City Council will soon consider a ban on psychotherapy that seeks to change the sexual orientation of minors.
Denver's Safety, Housing, Education and Homeless Committee voted Wednesday to send the proposal to the full council.
Psychology's governing bodies have denounced conversion therapy, which treats being gay or transgender as a mental illness. Research shows it can increase the risk of suicide, drug abuse and depression among teens.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut officials say a psychologist in Waterford has agreed to pay $126,000 after she was accused of billing Medicaid for psychotherapy services that were not provided.
The U.S. attorney in Connecticut and the state's attorney general say Arlene Werner entered into a civil settlement agreement.
Werner, a licensed psychologist in Connecticut, owns a private practice in Waterford.
Horses, humans pair well in psychotherapy sessions
KNOTTSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — About 35 equine specialists and mental-health professionals from several states gathered at Lanham Family Farm in Knottsville to train in an Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association workshop.
Dubbed Eagala for short, the worldwide program incorporates horses in psychotherapy.
Horses pair well with humans in therapy for many reasons, said Misty Baker of Daviess County.
Omaha VA’s use of unauthorized waiting lists dates back to at least 2006
The Omaha VA hospital system used unauthorized waiting lists to track psychotherapy patients for much longer and far more extensively than VA officials previously acknowledged, according to documents The World-Herald obtained.
Secret waitlist delayed care for 87 veterans at VA hospital in Omaha, led to departure of 2 employees
An unauthorized waiting list for psychotherapy appointments at Omaha’s VA hospital delayed care for 87 veterans this year and led to the departures of two employees, Department of Veterans Affairs officials said Friday.
VA: Secret waiting list delayed care for 87 veterans in 2017
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs officials say an unauthorized, secret waiting list for psychotherapy appointments at Omaha's VA hospital delayed care for 87 veterans this year.
Memo: Secret wait list kept for some Omaha VA appointments
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Employees of a veterans health care system for Nebraska and western Iowa maintained an unauthorized, secret waiting list of veterans for some Omaha mental health appointments, according to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs documents.
Nebraska-Western Iowa VA kept secret waiting list for some mental health appointments
Employees at the VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System kept an unauthorized, off-the-books waiting list for some Omaha mental health appointments, according to documents obtained by The World-Herald.
Just as cannabis is gaining traction as a legitimate treatment option for military veterans, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given the "breakthrough therapy" designation to MDMA - the main chemical in the club drug Ecstasy - for treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.
The move appears to pave the way for a Santa Cruz, Calif.-based advocacy group to conduct two trials of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for patients with severe PTSD.
Singer Gallant started songwriting as ‘free psychotherapy’
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut woman who defrauded the federal Medicaid program out of $1.6 million for bogus psychiatric services has been sentenced to nearly two years in prison.
Patricia Lafayette was sentenced Thursday in federal court to 21 months behind bars, to be followed by six months of home confinement and was also ordered to pay back the federal government.
The changing health care landscape and competition for donor dollars among local nonprofits is spelling the end of the Santa Fe Pastoral Counseling Center, which has been running on reserves in recent years.
The center, which provides psychotherapy and, if requested by a client, spiritual-based psychotherapy, is closing June 15. It was founded 24 years ago by Sister Kay Wagner, a social worker, the late Rev. Jim Wolff and Ricardo Russo, a Franciscan priest.
Spiritual therapy eyed as possible treatment for PTSD
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Doctors in Augusta are exploring the idea of using spiritual therapy to treat veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Such veterans are often treated with medication and psychotherapy, the Augusta Chronicle reported (http://bit.ly/2kClXaY ). But a research survey at Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta aims to find out whether spiritual therapy might be of interest as well.
Arkansas lawmakers OK mental health Medicaid cap
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas legislative committee has preliminarily approved placing a limit on a mental health benefit for Medicaid recipients, despite objections from some providers who say it would disrupt patient care.
Wagner practiced psychotherapy in San Antonio for many years
Mary Sophia Lauterbach Wagner was in her early 30s when she returned to school to finish her bachelor’s degree.
Although she had her hands full raising five young children by herself while her husband was serving in Vietnam, Wagner took it in stride.
“She put us all in charge of dinners,” her daughter Dottie Wagner said. “My little brother was seven when that started, and he did it. All of us did it.”