Archives for November 2011

U.S. Government Fails to Oversee Treatment of Foster Children With Mind-Altering Drugs

ABC NEWS U.S. Government Fails to Oversee Treatment of Foster Children With Mind-Altering Drugs By DR. MARK ABDELMALEK, BRINDA ADHIKARI, SARAH KOCH, JOSEPH DIAZ and CLAIRE WEINRAUB Nov. 30, 2011 The federal government has not done enough to oversee the treatment of America\’s foster children with powerful mind-altering drugs, according to a Government Accountability Office […]

Obama Administration Concerned About Psych Meds and Foster Youths

Youth Today Administration Concerned About Psych Meds and Foster Youths No regulation from feds yet; just information sharing November 29, 2011 By John Kelly Starting this summer, states will have to provide the federal government with details about how they control the use of psychotropic medications on youth in foster care. The Obama administration said […]

Payments to some Florida psychologists reduced 54 percent

TCPalm Florida\’s Treasure Coast and Palm Beaches Psychologists fear Blue Cross payment changes will harm patients By Cynthia Washam November 29, 2011 The state\’s biggest managed-care company is making changes many predict will jeopardize mental health care for thousands of Floridians. \”People who are going to suffer are patients in the middle of a crisis,\” […]

Psychologist Michael Walczak license suspended over sex allegations

Sun Sentinel Margate psychologist\’s license suspended over sexual relationship allegations By Tonya Alanez November 26, 2011 A Margate psychologist has had his license suspended and must undergo treatment as a result of allegations that he had an improper sexual relationship with the mother of a 16-year-old patient. In May 2009, a Broward civil jury ordered […]

Idaho Psychiatrist Sentenced for Medicaid Fraud

The Associated Press SW Idaho psychiatrist sentenced for Medicaid fraud November 22, 2011 A former licensed psychiatrist from southwestern Idaho could spend up to five years in prison after being sentenced for Medicaid fraud. Michael Applebaum of Nampa was convicted in August in Third District Court of two counts of fraud and two counts of […]

PROPUBLICA: Florida Sanctions Top Medicaid Prescribers — But Only After A Shove

Propublica by Tracy Weber and Charles Ornstein November 17, 2011 At Dr. Huberto Merayo’s bustling psychiatry practice in Coral Gables, Fla., hundreds of poor patients on Medicaid walked away each year with prescriptions for powerful antipsychotic drugs. Merayo’s prescriptions for the drugs totaled nearly $2 million in 2009 alone, state records show. The 59-year-old psychiatrist […]


Palm Beach Post Shoddy records stall drug probe at Florida Department of Juvenile Justice By Dara Kam and Michael LaForgia November 4, 2011 TALLAHASSEE — Shoddy record-keeping by the Department of Juvenile Justice is hampering the agency\’s own investigation into the dosing of jailed children with powerful antipsychotic drugs, the department\’s head told a top […]