Saturday, July 26 2014 2:20 PM EDT2014-07-26 18:20:32 GMT
According to AARP, here are the top 3 tips to protect yourself: Never give personal information to telemarketers who call you on the phone Shred sensitive information, for example credit card bills andFull Story >
According to AARP, here are the top 3 tips to protect yourself.Full Story >
Saturday, July 26 2014 2:09 PM EDT2014-07-26 18:09:07 GMT
A mysterious 'Woman in Black' has been spotted around the Tri-State in recent days, causing social media to erupt with questions about her identity. According to WATE in Tennessee, the Sullivan CountyFull Story >
A mysterious 'Woman in Black' has been spotted around the Tri-State in recent days, causing social media to erupt with questions about her identity.Full Story >
Saturday, July 26 2014 1:57 PM EDT2014-07-26 17:57:45 GMT
The family of two brothers killed in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 is unhappy that the carrier has offered them no grief counseling in more than a week.Full Story >
The family of two brothers killed in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 called the carrier rigid and bureaucratic Saturday.Full Story >
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -
After the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, a frank discussion was started across the country about better helping those people who battle a mental illness.
Connecticut doctors have told Eyewitness News that the help for those suffering needs to start as soon as possible and more children have no place to receive that assistance.
Conor Klonoski, 15, suffers from autism, and recently he has started hurting himself as well as others.
"It didn't matter, if he was upset or if he was happy, he was just hitting himself," said mother Angela Klonoski. "He had a lot of aggression. He was going after me and other family members. It was getting scary."
Angela Klonoski told Eyewitness News that she turned to Conor's pediatrician, who she trusted and knew for years. However, he told her that the only option was to put the teenager in an institution.
"I just could not believe it was almost like this doctor was giving up and what he said in his defense was we only have so many resources," Angela Klonoski said.
After one particularly bad episode, Angela Klonoski took her son to the emergency room at Connecticut Children's Medical Center, where doctors there said the number of children with psychiatric problems has been rising by 5 to 10 percent every year.
"We describe it as a crisis," said Dr. Steven Rogers, who is a physician in the Emergency Department at Connecticut Children's Medical Center.
Rogers told Eyewitness News that his department is designed to care for up to four "psychiatric or behavior health patients."
"And at times, we're taking care of up to 15, 16 or 17 patients," he said.
Those patients cannot be admitted to the main floor since CCMC is not licensed to provide psychiatric care. The patients have to be admitted to a psychiatric facility or sent home.
"They may, for example, need an inpatient bed," said Dr. Paul Dworkin, who is the chief physician at CCMC. "But that's typically an adventure and a journey to find that bed for a suitable, appropriate placement, rather than have a child sitting here for six hours, eight hours, 24 hours, 48 hours, days, literally to weeks."
Dworkin told Eyewitness News that he is frustrated with seeing his ER filled with patients that he cannot help.
"Throughout the system, wherever one looks, there are gaps and there are capacity issues," he said.
Dworkin told Eyewitness News that the focus needs to be on children, mainly prevention and early intervention.
He added that steps have been taken in the right direction such as the Cares Unit at the Institute of Living campus, which focuses on kids and teenagers. But he said programs such as that one are just a start of something that needs to be much bigger and better.
"Thank goodness for CARES. I can't imagine how challenging this would be without CARES," Dworkin said. "But it is insufficient to stem the tide of what we are seeing in and by itself."
He would like to see lawmakers make the following changes:
Implementing a process to give quicker access to open psychiatric beds in the state.
Make it easier for hospitals to collaborate when an emergency room hits capacity.
Dworkin said he personally believes that "two priorities that would make an immediate difference" and "not have any cost implications."
"I do think there is a solution, but I think it requires not just the medical staff, but the insurance companies to work together," said Angela Klonoski. "And you really need to bring parents and families to the table."
Angela Klonoski, who is a mother of four, said her son is now working with a neurologist from Boston. Connor is also on eight different medications to calm him down and prevent seizures.
"As long as I'm on this earth, I want him to be with me and be in our home," she said.
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Saturday, July 26 2014 9:57 AM EDT2014-07-26 13:57:22 GMT
Springdale police have issued an amber alert for 5-year-old Kelcie Hawkins. The amber alert was issued around 6:30 a.m. Saturday morning. Police are looking for her father, Kaelin Teron Hawkins, 34,Full Story >
A missing girl has been found after an amber alert was issued Saturday morning, but police are still looking for her father who took her.Full Story >
Saturday, July 26 2014 10:53 AM EDT2014-07-26 14:53:57 GMT
Amidst allegations that the Ohio State University band director ignored a 'sexualized culture' within the band, a recording was released of the director berating students. The Columbus Dispatch obtainedFull Story >
Amidst allegations that the Ohio State University band director ignored a 'sexualized culture' within the band, a recording was released of the director berating students.Full Story >
Friday, July 25 2014 9:20 PM EDT2014-07-26 01:20:00 GMT
It seems like every time you check YouTube, you see a new viral cat video. This time the video features an adorable kitten trying to attack a ceramic cat stature. This kitten has moves you would expectFull Story >
It seems like every time you check YouTube, you see a new viral cat video. This time the video features an adorable kitten trying to attack a ceramic cat statue.Full Story >
Saturday, July 26 2014 8:48 AM EDT2014-07-26 12:48:58 GMT
The tastes, flavors and sounds are on display during the 2nd annual Taste of OTR at Washington Park. Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. restaurants including Kaze, Lucy Blue Pizza, Tom + Chee and Eli'sFull Story >
The tastes, flavors and sounds are on display during the 2nd annual Taste of OTR at Washington Park.Full Story >