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Hogg Foundation News Clips
Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

September, 2010

Today's Clips - September 20, 2010

 

This summary of recent news and research articles on mental health topics was prepared as a public service by the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. Stories from other media sources do not necessarily reflect the opinions or positions of the foundation and its staff. Media sites may require a one-time free registration and academic and science journal sites may require a paid subscription to access articles.

 

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Texas News

Health care reform's first wave approaching; Wider access and protections begin Thursday

Houston Chronicle

September 20, 2010

 

... Most of this month's changes apply directly to the 12 million Texans covered by private health insurance plans, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Insurers may no longer charge co-payments, deductibles or co-insurance for preventive services. Insurance companies also are prohibited from canceling coverage for sick patients or those who have reached lifetime or annual coverage limits. Children younger than 19 can't be denied coverage because of pre-existing conditions and many plans will expand to include young adults up to age 26 who join or remain on their parents' policies.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7208566.html

 

State agencies offer up 9,800 jobs to close budget shortfall

Austin American-Statesman

September 18, 2010

 

... Hers is one of 9,800 jobs that state agencies have offered up for elimination as legislators prepare to trim billions of dollars from the 2012-13 state budget, according to an American-Statesman analysis of agency budget requests. Some of those positions are empty, and others will probably be preserved by legislators. Still, the budget data show that most of those jobs are not vacant, but are filled by living, breathing workers who could be laid off as the state grapples with a projected two-year budget shortfall approaching $21 billion.

http://www.statesman.com/news/texas-politics/state-agencies-offer-up-9-800-jobs-to-924533.html

 

Texas urged to 'think carefully' about budget cuts to fix $21 billion shortfall

Austin American-Statesman

September 18, 2010

 

Texas has smugly watched over the past two years as other states have wrestled with the impossible decisions that come with closing gaping budget holes. In January, Texas' spectator status will come to a screeching halt. State budget experts from across the country say Texas might learn from what other states have and haven't done as lawmakers here face a $21 billion projected budget shortfall.

http://www.statesman.com/news/texas-politics/texas-urged-to-think-carefully-about-budget-cuts-924535.html

 

Prison vehicle lot reflects Texas budget dilemma; Agency tries to get a few more miles out of cars, pickups, vans that should be retired

Austin American-Statesman

September 18, 2010

 

HUNTSVILE (AP) -- ... Failure to provide money for exceptions would cut almost 1,900 prison workers, mean 600 fewer offenders would receive substance abuse treatment, eliminate about 500 contract beds, increase caseloads for parole and probation officers, eliminate almost 1,500 probationers from residential treatment facilities, trim other substance abuse counseling and mental health services and lead to other significant reductions in core functions, the agency warned.

http://www.statesman.com/news/texas/prison-vehicle-lot-reflects-texas-budget-dilemma-924470.html?cxtype=rss_ece_frontpage

 

Clout defeats funding shuffle; South Texas hospital gets reimbursement changes killed

Houston Chronicle

September 20, 2010

 

AUSTIN - Some of Texas' top urban hospitals for indigent care were about to start sharing almost $50 million more in state Medicaid reimbursements when the brakes got slammed on by a politically influential South Texas hospital. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission last month was set to adopt a final restructuring of hospital Medicaid reimbursement rates for the first time since 2002. Then Doctors Hospital at Renaissance in Edinburg intervened to halt the process.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/headline/metro/7208640.html

 

Steven Harris brings global experience to new job as health authority for Dallas County

Dallas Morning News

September 19, 2010

 

Dr. Steven Harris moved back to Dallas with a new appreciation for its unbroken streets, stable buildings and the ease of just getting around the city. ... Harris said his plan for Dallas County was to improve upon a public health system that already was doing a good job.

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/localnews/stories/092010dnmetmeddirector.282c3b6.html

 

Suicide prevention training unveiled for teachers; Video game-based program is free to all public high school teachers, counselors and administrators

Austin American-Statesman

September 17, 2010

 

Suicide is one of the five leading causes of death for Texas youth. Mental health officials hope an online program newly available to secondary schools may help change that trend.

http://www.statesman.com/news/local/suicide-prevention-training-unveiled-for-teachers-923241.html

 

 

Suicide: Health students learn ugly facts

El Paso Times

September 20, 2010

 

Joe Perez did not need to be told that suicide was an issue among his fellow teenagers. He had already seen it firsthand.  ...MHMR told the students that events such as a death of a loved one, severe depression or family problems can lead to suicide. The students thought their peers often contribute to the decision.

http://www.elpasotimes.com/living/ci_16118908

 

 

Fort Hood soldier suicides at record level

San Antonio Express-News

September 20, 2010

 

HEWITT - The end of Spc. Armando G. Aguilar's life was ironic, and tragic, after a year of searching for hidden bombs in Iraq with Fort Hood's 87th Sapper Company.  ...Aguilar's suicide is one of at least 15 for Fort Hood this year, breaking a post record.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/suicides_of_fort_hood_soldiersat_record-breaking_level_for_year_103257589.html

 

Family Connections files for bankruptcy; Nonprofit that ex-director is accused of stealing from says it owes $9.6 million, including $9 million to City of Austin

Austin American-Statesman

September 17, 2010

 

Family Connections, the nonprofit agency from which former director Louanne Aponte is accused of embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars before fleeing to Venezuela, has filed for bankruptcy. According to the filing earlier this month, the organization listed $260,000 in assets and $9.6 million in debts.

http://www.statesman.com/news/local/family-connections-files-for-bankruptcy-923027.html

 

 

Some teens leaving foster care may face homelessness

El Paso Times

September 20, 2010

 

...There is little research into what happens to young people when they "age out" of foster care, but two national studies say more than 20 percent become homeless, at least temporarily.  ...There is no official count, but the percentage of homeless former foster children probably is similar in El Paso, said Angelica Terrazas, who runs the Pride Center, a day shelter to help young adults leaving foster care.

http://www.elpasotimes.com/news/ci_16119930

 

 

UBH Denton Corporate Medical Director Will Teach Women How to Take Charge of Their Mental Health

PR.com

September 17, 2010

 

Dallas, TX -- Women are traditionally the nurturers in the family, making sure their spouses and children are well taken care of, but they need to take care of themselves as well, especially when it comes to their mental health.  ...One point that Dr. Vasavada will make in his conference presentation, titled "Women, Take Charge of Your Mental Health," is the importance of a holistic approach to the mental health care that women seek.

http://www.pr.com/press-release/262714

 

 

The curious link between music and madness

San Antonio Express-News

September 16, 2010

 

Lovers of music can easily attest to its soul-nourishing properties. One doctor who happens to be an accomplished concert pianist is extending that premise further, exploring the role music played on the world's greatest composers who suffered from mental illness. New York City-based psychiatrist Dr. Richard Kogan made his case locally this week at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/community/the_curious_link_between_music_and_madness_102985619.html

 

 

Back to the future: Sleekly modern Bayou Bend visitors center pays reverence to its Hogg legacy

CultureMap

September 20, 2010

 

Editor's Note: A new 18,000-square-foot sleek and modern visitors center for the Bayou Bend Collections and Gardens will open Saturday, providing easier access and a centralized starting point to get to the estate of Houston-changing philanthropist Ima Hogg.  ...The Hogg Family Legacy Room beautifully communicates the family's civic ideals and their generosity to Houston - in public education, the arts, city planning, and mental health.

http://culturemap.com/newsdetail/09-20-10-back-to-the-future-sleeky-modern-bayou-bend-vistitors-center-pays-reverence-to-its-hogg/

 

 

Kids Deal With Trauma As Juarez Violence Mounts

KFOX News

September 17, 2010

 

EL PASO, Texas -- With the ongoing violence in Juarez, more and more families are attempting to flee the bloodshed by moving to El Paso. According to local child therapists, they have been inundated with new clients suffering trauma from the violence across the border.

http://www.kfoxtv.com/news/25057217/detail.html

 

National News

Lawsuit Seeks Greater Safeguards in Deporting Immigrants with Mental Disabilities
Jornal.us News Agency
September 19, 2010

Washington D.C. - Earlier this week, the American Immigration Council's Legal Action Center (LAC), the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and the Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center filed an amicus brief with the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) urging the government to protect the rights of immigrants whose mental disabilities prevent them from participating meaningfully in their own removal hearings. Nearly one in six individuals in immigration custody have some form of mental illness, and there have been reports of mistaken deportations of U.S. citizens with mental disabilities.
http://news.jornal.us/article-5198.Lawsuit-Seeks-Greater-Safeguards-in-Deporting-Immigrants-with-Mental-Disabilities.html


HHS Awards $130 Million to Boost Health Professions Workforce: Grants Focus on Health Workforce Training, Diversity and Disparities
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
September 17, 2010

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced $130.8 million in grants to strengthen and expand the health professions workforce. Six areas are targeted: primary care workforce training, oral health workforce training, equipment to enhance training across the health professions, loan repayments for health professionals, health careers opportunity programs for disadvantaged students, and Patient Navigator outreach and chronic disease prevention in health disparity populations.
http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2010pres/09/20100917a.html


NAMI Comments on Preventive Services Requirements
National Alliance on Mental Illness
September 17, 2010

Read comments provided by NAMI on interim final rules for group health plans and health insurance issuers relating to coverage of preventetive services under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=Whats_New43&template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=107147


Hundreds of Springs homeless have found help
Colorado Springs Gazette
September 18, 2010

... Colorado Springs police were about to start enforcing a controversial new city ordinance prohibiting camping on public property. That's what supporters of the ordinance hoped it would do: provide incentive for the 600 or so people who were camping in tent cities near downtown and on the west side to get off the streets and work toward self-sufficiency. And a lot of on-the-road-to-success stories like King's have emerged since the ordinance passed in early February and went into effect March 11.
http://www.gazette.com/articles/years-104788-alvin-half.html#ixzz104eSjRYD

 

Many veterans with PTSD struggle to find supportive employment

Los Angeles Times

Setember 19, 2010

 

Experts say simple accommodations can greatly improve their success in the workplace, but many employers are still wary of hiring those with mental disabilities. ...Nearly a third of the troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan report symptoms of PTSD, severe depression or traumatic brain injury, according to a 2008 study by the Rand Corp. Many of these new veterans struggle to find and retain civilian jobs.

http://www.latimes.com/health/la-me-veterans-invisible-wounds-20100920,0,635930.story


Ky. man claims caffeine insanity in wife's death
Austin American-Statesman
September 20, 2010


NEWPORT, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky man accused of strangling his wife is poised to claim excessive caffeine from sodas, energy drinks and diet pills left him so mentally unstable he couldn't have knowingly killed his wife, his lawyer has notified a court.

http://www.statesman.com/news/nation/ky-man-claims-caffeine-insanity-in-wifes-death-926036.html?cxtype=rss_ece_frontpage

 

 

Just Manic Enough: Seeking Perfect Entrepreneurs

The New York Times

September 20, 2010

 

...Academics and hiring consultants say that many successful entrepreneurs have qualities and quirks that, if poured into their psyches in greater ratios, would qualify as full-on mental illness.

http://dealbook.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/09/20/just-manic-enough-seeking-perfect-entrepreneurs/?scp=2&sq=mental&st=cse

 

Healthcare Reform

 

New healthcare law will expand hospice option

Los Angeles Times

September 20, 2010

 

It's not the 'death panel' specter some feared. Seniors will have the choice of hospice care without having to give up the option of life-prolonging treatment. ...The new law establishes a three-year "concurrent care" demonstration program at 15 sites nationwide, in which Medicare would cover both kinds of treatment simultaneously.

http://www.latimes.com/health/la-he-palliative-care-20100920,0,5166931.story

 

 

GOP plans to replace health-care overhaul if it controls Congress, but with what is unclear

The Washington Post

September 20, 2010

 

Republicans are promising to repeal and replace President Obama's health-care overhaul if they win control of Congress. But with what? Not even they know. Some have proposed changes to workplace coverage, even turning Medicare into a voucher plan. Many prefer small steps that tiptoe around political land mines. Others want a clean start.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/19/AR2010091904982.html?sub=AR

 

International News

 

Two mental health wards at Sussex hospitals to close

British Broadcasting Corporation

September 20, 2010

 

Two hospital wards are to close in a major shake up of mental health services in Sussex. ...Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said it was part of a plan to improve community mental health services. ...Other changes include more mental health professionals working alongside GPs in their surgeries to give advice and support, longer opening hours for community mental health services, and new services for people with dementia including faster diagnosis and assessments.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-11368489

 

 

Why did mentally ill man have to die?

Toronto Star

September 19, 2010

 

The cases are strikingly similar: a man with mental illness who has stopped taking his medication wields a makeshift weapon, such as a hammer or kitchen knife, and is confronted by police. He refuses to drop the weapon or threatens the officers and is shot dead.  ... The Yu inquest also led to the creation of a special "crisis resolution course" - since replaced by courses within an officer's annual advanced patrol training - through which every frontline officer is taught to deal with people in mental distress.

http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/crime/article/863157--why-did-mentally-ill-man-have-to-die?bn=1

 

Opinions

How health care overhaul will affect doctors; CEO of Texas Academy of Family Physicians predicts a long haul but positive results

Austin American-Statesman

September 17, 2010

 

... For physicians, the legislation simplifies and standardizes many managed care administrative hassles and provides more transparent and timely information on insurance coverage, such as patient co-pays, deductibles, allowables and covered benefits.

http://www.statesman.com/opinion/insight/how-health-care-overhaul-will-affect-doctors-925795.html

 

NCPA's John Goodman on health care

Dallas Morning News

September 17, 2010

 

And you thought getting Congress to pass a major health care bill was hard. The next phase involves implementing the bill, and it could prove even more difficult. Points turned to health care expert John Goodman, head of the National Center for Policy Analysis in Dallas, to discuss what's likely to happen to insurers, patients and providers.

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/opinion/points/stories/DN-pointperson_19edi.State.Edition1.134f745.html

 

Game over: Helping teens deal with violence

Austin American-Statesman

September 17, 2010

 

... Our youth need to learn about violence and how to manage it. This applies not just to young men and women who will enlist in our armed services, but those who face violence in their families and neighborhoods and schools, who encounter it on television and computer screens, and who need tools and skills to shield themselves or their friends against it. Fortunately, the University of Texas Humanities Institute is offering a six-lesson course for parents and teachers called "Helping Our Teenagers Think about Violence and Peace."

http://www.statesman.com/opinion/palaima-game-over-helping-teens-deal-with-violence-923039.html

 

Research

 

Busy bodies, happy minds

Los Angeles Times

September 20, 2010

 

People consider work of just about any kind to be better than no work at all, and it improves their mental health in most cases, several studies have found.  ...In several recent studies, social scientists have zeroed in on why paychecks alone can't explain the link between work and well-being. The evidence shows that people can find meaning in seemingly insignificant jobs and that even trivial tasks make us far happier than no tasks at all.

http://www.latimes.com/health/la-he-work-motivation-20100920,0,6511051.story

 

 

Minimolecule May Explain How Antidepressants Work

U.S. News & World Report

September 17, 2010

 

Scientists have uncovered a new chemical process that may explain how antidepressants like Prozac work. The newly found mechanism also suggests why the drugs take weeks to start helping and may one day point to new therapies for depression.

http://www.usnews.com/science/articles/2010/09/17/minimolecule-may-explain-how-antidepressants-work.html

 

 

Team Uncovers Possible Risk Gene For Schizophrenia

Medical News Today

September 19, 2010

 

An international team of researchers has identified a risk gene for schizophrenia, including a potentially causative mutation, using genome-wide association data-mining techniques and independent replications.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/201054.php

 

 

Return Troops Face Both Physical and Mental Challenges: Women Suffer from More Conditions Than Men, Study Finds

Science Daily News

September 20, 2010

 

Is the US health system comprehensively meeting the needs of returning veterans? With the recent attention to mental illness in returning soldiers, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in particular, little research has focused on the medical care needs of those returning from Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom, according to Dr. Susan Frayne, from the VA Palo Alto Health Care System and Stanford University, and colleagues.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/09/100920081330.htm

 

Features & Resources

 

Toxic Cocktail: Army Struggles With Mental-Health Care

Newsweek

September 17, 2010

 

For Michael Kuligowski, the death of his son in Afghanistan revealed the military's inability to monitor the treatment of battle-scarred soldiers.

http://www.newsweek.com/2010/09/17/toxic-cocktail-army-struggles-with-mental-health-care.html

 

 

NAMI Wakulla Presents a First-Person Account of Living with Mental Illness

Wakulla.com

September 19, 2010

 

By day, Rose Delaney is the executive director of Florida's Peer Network, Inc., an organization helping people diagnosed with mental illness realize they can move into the mainstream of life and stay there. By night, Delaney tells her own story about her struggle with bipolar disorder to let people know they can move into the mainstream of life and stay there.

http://www.wakulla.com/Announcements/Community/NAMI_Wakulla_Presents_a_First-Person_Account_of_Living_with_Mental_Illness_2010091910730/

 

 

Family Members of Jeremy Lum March For Mental Illness Awareness

Fox40 News

September 18, 2010

 

SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY - A San Joaquin County family is turning a relative's death into a lesson that, they hope, will save lives. ...In July 2009, Jeremy Lum was released on a public intoxication charge from the San Joaquin County jail in French Camp. His relatives were not contacted and Lum was forced to walk home to Lathrop barefoot, he was found dead 3-days later in the river. Families members say Jeremy did tell the jail upon booking that he suffered from bipolar disorder and he was on medication and needed his medication, but still no one was notified.

http://www.fox40.com/ktxl-news-jeremylumwalk,0,4277037.story

 

Philanthropy

Tax-exempt status at risk for many Texas nonprofits

Dallas Morning News

September 20, 2010

 

More than 2,000 small North Texas nonprofits are in danger of losing their tax-exempt status because the Internal Revenue Service says they have not filed annual returns in three years.

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/localnews/stories/092010dnmetnonprofits.28342eb.html



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