The man eating breakfast certainly looked like Nicholas Cutter. He had the same pale skin. The same shaved head. The same technicolor tattoos peeking from beneath his T-shirt like graffiti on a whitewashed wall. Yet, from across the kitchen table, his sister Rainy saw a stranger. Once an extroverte ... More >>
Gucci Mane has been going berserk lately. He spewed a bunch of hate speech about Brick Squad and how he banged Nicki Minaj via Twitter, and then his own friend called the cops and had him arrested for erratic behavior (getting an ice-cream cone tatted on his face wasn't a first clue?) -- but it seem ... More >>
In almost every episode of A&E's Hoarders, a single animal pulled from the mass of heaping garbage is paraded as a symbol. It's both a trope and testament to the hoarder's insanity that a living creature could be buried under detritus, going undetected until the network's intervention. But in a rece ... More >>
In the capital of medicare fraud, Miami therapist Paul Thomas Layman and his cohorts pulled off a doozy of a heist, stealing $63 million from the federal government through bogus mental health services. Now Layman will spend the next nine years in federal prison following his sentencing hearing yest ... More >>
A former drug trafficker who found a lucrative career in Medicare fraud shortly after his release from prison is getting another 14 years in the slammer. On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Cecilia M. Altonaga sentenced Armando "Mandy" Gonzalez for orchestrating a $63 million Medicare scam between 2004 ... More >>
Lady Gaga is posting pictures of herself in her undies. But Mother Monster doesn't think she's very sexy. The Born This Way starlet took to her new social media site to share pictures of her bare body with fans while also revealing her constant struggle with eating disorders since she was 15. Now ... More >>
Soon after Rudy Eugene gnawed off Ronald Poppo's face near the MacArthur Causeway in May, the media ran wild speculating he was high on "bath salts." Later, commentators suspected LSD, coke, Ecstasy, or PCP. Eugene's girlfriend even insisted a voodoo curse was to blame.Yet when Eugene's autopsy came ... More >>
The director and co-writer talk about their first film and AA.
Tax day is scheduled for next Tuesday, April 17. The IRS is giving us two extra days to file returns. This also means two extra days to worry about audits, refunds, proper documentation, math errors, and identity theft problems. Believe it or not, there are ways to muffle tax-time anxiety. Dr. Mehm ... More >>
Christopher Tyrie Brantley, 19, is behind bars today after allegedly stabbing a puppy to death with a kitchen knife. The Broward man suffers from a mental illness according to CBS Miami.
The Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling reports it has seen a large uptick in calls to its help line in the past year, indicating that gambling addiction may be on the rise in the Sunshine State. The report comes after Governor Rick Scott slashed the program's budget, and as state lawmakers mu ... More >>
Even the most passionate Miami Dolphins fans might not remember Alvin Powell. The offensive lineman played only two games for the Fins in 1989 before suddenly resigning. His play on the field wasn't much helped by the fact that he was addicted to crack cocaine. Now the former NFL player has turne ... More >>
Bad doctors, bad. Miami has long been the country's capitol for Medicare fraud schemes, and today federal authorities arrested four people associated with American Therapeutic Corporation and charged the Miami-based company with fleecing $200 million from Medicare. The company is accused of preyi ... More >>
Chambers shows off her "car horn organ" on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Aug. 2000Local composer Wendy Mae Chambers is known for her avant-garde musical scores and quirky instruments, not her singing voice. But she must have sung one helluva tune in court earlier this month to avoid going to ja ... More >>
Arrested for nothing, Amanda Jessup spiraled out of control in county lockup.
"I am sad to report I lost a few brain cells while reading your article."
Jackson's mental health unit fails Miami.
Self-taught artists with mental illness shine at MCPA Gallery.
Former director says staff abused mentally ill.
Lawyers working for Jackson Memorial Hospital have their hands full. The mammoth, publicly-funded facility has been sued over 160 times in the past five years. But few complaints are as disturbing as the one filed yesterday. It came from Lisa Burton, former acting director of patient care in the m ... More >>
It could be the most important legislation for Floridians with mental illness since the Baker Act in the 1970s. But you wouldn't know it from the amount of press it's getting. A House panel approved a measure yesterday that would divert some of the state's most mentally ill to treatment centers inst ... More >>
Now, I don't want to make light of the eleven million Americans who suffer from eating disorders, particularly since around ten million of them are women or girls. This week is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, so let me say right now that in their most extreme forms, anorexia and bulemia ar ... More >>
In an attempt to fix a broken system, Judge Steve Leifman announced plans this morning for a first-of-its-kind "pilot facility" to house mentally ill individuals with criminal charges in Miami-Dade. Leifman -- an articulate, bespectacled advisor to the Supreme Court on mental health issues -- explai ... More >>
When so many Americans have trouble seeing a doctor for the common cold, getting proper mental health care seems like a luxury. Unsurprisingly, many people who most need mental health help wind up in the corrections system. The Miami-Dade delegation in the state legislature recently invited Gov. Ch ... More >>
Dr. Etti is rolling up her sleeves for Cleanse Miami
A local drug-testing company is desperately seeking tweekers.
As the state budget sinks, Florida's indigent mentally ill descend even further.
A boorish mom, insensitive cops, and a deaf couple add up to nasty controversy.
Early 21st Century Blues (Latent Recordings)
The county jail is one of the largest psychiatric facilities in Florida
Oh yes, we have our own dietary problems, indeed
Too bad the county makes it so hard for me to get into a recovery program
You thought going cold turkey was painful? Try Mohamed Ibrahim's rehab program at the Sea Winds Healthcare Services.
Bedsores. Medical neglect. Depression. Welcome to the bleak underworld of Miami-Dade's assisted-living facilities.
Despite skyrocketing demand, Miami-Dade is shutting down its only public detox center
University of Miami's Deborah Mash believes ibogaine could be the wonder drug to end all drugs. And she's ready to risk everything to prove it.
In recovery, out in the field, members of the Partnership to Empower Parents reach out to Miami's drug-dependent mothers
They say the first step to recovery is admitting your addiction. And now they say it on the radio.