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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

October, 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

 

Hundreds of city jails have no oversight

Austin American-Statesman

October 2, 2010

 

... Muñoz now heads the Texas Commission on Jail Standards, the agency that regulates conditions and operations of Texas' 245 county jails to ensure that no one is left unattended or kept in unsafe conditions. But for more than 370 city and town jails across the state, there is no such oversight - despite continuing reports of suicides, unhealthy and cramped conditions and growing fears by some legislative leaders and law enforcement officials that the lack of regulation is a recipe for disaster.

http://www.statesman.com/news/texas-politics/hundreds-of-city-jails-have-no-oversight-950593.html

 

On-campus caregivers: For many HISD students, their only regular medical attention is provided at school

Houston Chronicle

October 3, 2010

 

... State law does not require schools to have a nurse on campus. Meanwhile, Texas as a whole and almost every Houston-area public campus fail the standard of 750 healthy students per nurse advised by the National Association of School Nurses. The recommended student number drops for populations with complex health needs.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/headline/metro/7230187.html

 

GOP leadership took role in stopping Ike funding bill

Houston Chronicle

October 4, 2010

 

GALVESTON - ... Dozens of social service agencies in the Houston-Galveston area began laying off employees and ending aid programs for hurricane victims after the House late Wednesday refused to pass a bill first introduced in the Senate by U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, a Texas Republican.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/headline/metro/7230814.html

 

'Bad paper' discharges can stymie veterans' health care

Austin American-Statesman

October 3, 2010

 

... Karp represents what veterans advocates say is a troubling trend within the United States' fighting force: increasing numbers of service members discharged from duty for misconduct and other disorders who are suffering from the mental wounds of war. Once dismissed, many find themselves unable to get the help they need for mental health issues that might have sparked the misconduct.

http://www.statesman.com/news/texas-politics/bad-paper-discharges-can-stymie-veterans-health-care-950891.html?srcTrk=RTR_781143

 

Military sees suicide trend grow worse; Statistics show 40% rise among Texans under 35 who have served

Houston Chronicle

October 4, 2010

 

... A Houston Chronicle analysis of the state's vital statistics found that suicides among Texans younger than 35 who had served in the military jumped from 47 in 2006 to 66 in 2009 - an increase of 40 percent. Last year, suicides made up nearly 25 percent of the deaths of Texans younger than 35 who served in the military. That percentage is more than twice the rate of suicide in the comparable civilian population. Eleven percent of the deaths of civilians younger than 35 in Texas last year were suicides.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/military/7230100.html

 

Fort Hood back in spotlight after rash of suicides there

Dallas Morning News

October 3, 2010

 

KILLEEN - A wave of apparent suicides, including a suspected murder-suicide of a soldier and his wife, has once again thrown the spotlight on Fort Hood and mental health issues at the country's largest base.

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/nation/stories/100310dnmetforthood.24c147d.html

 

 

Fort Hood takes suicide precautions: Training offered to help at-risk troops

San Angelo Standard Times

October 2, 2010

 

FORT HOOD - Thousands of soldiers stationed at Fort Hood are receiving extra visits from their superiors this week following a recent spate of suspected suicides, according to the Texas Army post's senior commander. Fourteen suicides among soldiers stationed at Fort Hood have been confirmed so far this year. Six more are suspected, including four in the past week, according to figures released by the Army Suicide Prevention Task Force.

http://www.gosanangelo.com/news/2010/oct/02/fort-hood-takes-suicide-precautions/

 

Couple shares their story to raise awareness about suicide, depression

Dallas Morning News

October 3, 2010

 

Nobody wants to help distressed soldiers get help more than Maj. Gen. Mark Graham and his wife, Carol. In June 2003, their 21-year-old son, Kevin, a promising ROTC cadet at the University of Kentucky, killed himself. He had been diagnosed with depression.

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/localnews/stories/DN-graham_03ent.ART.State.Edition1.3374732.html

 

Experts offer tips to avert teen suicide; Houston conference follows recent reports of deaths in Houston area and around the nation

Houston Chronicle

October 2, 2010

 

While bullying may have played a role in a recent string of nationally publicized teen suicides, experts warned Friday that taking one's life is often the result of multiple issues. The trio of deaths - including a 13-year-old Cypress boy - might have been avoided with simple interventions, said experts who spoke Friday at a suicide conference on the University of St. Thomas campus in Houston.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/moms/7228097.html

 

Texas health care officials concerned about physician drain

San Antonio Business Journal

October 1, 2010

 

Texas Medical Association officials say an increasing number of medical school graduates are having to seek positions in other states because there are too few medical residency slots available in Texas.

http://sanantonio.bizjournals.com/sanantonio/stories/2010/10/04/story5.html?b=1286164800^4019401

 

 

Bexar Mental Retardation Authority adopts name change

San Antonio Business Journal

October 4, 2010

 

The Bexar Mental Retardation Authority has been renamed the Alamo Local Authority for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. The goal is to replace the "R-word" with more respectful language to individuals with developmental disabilities, according to local officials.

http://sanantonio.bizjournals.com/sanantonio/stories/2010/10/04/daily2.html

 

 

National News


Psychiatrists change their recommendations for depression's treatment

Los Angeles Times

October 1, 2010

 

The American Psychiatric Assn., which labored to bring forth a revision of psychiatry's "Bible" earlier this year, has just released a more modest opus likely to generate much discussion among mental health professionals. With the release on Friday of its "Practice Guideline for Treatment of Patients with Major Depressive Disorder," the nation's leading psychiatric association makes a number of subtle adjustments to its past treatises on depression and its treatment.

http://www.latimes.com/health/boostershots/la-heb-depression-20101001,0,7514909.story?track=rss

 

Psychiatric experts assess parental alienation
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
October 2, 2010

NEW YORK (AP) - The American Psychiatric Association has a hot potato on its hands as it updates its catalog of mental disorders - whether to include parental alienation, a disputed term conveying how a child's relationship with one estranged parent can be poisoned by the other.
http://www.star-telegram.com/2010/10/01/2511812/psychiatric-experts-assess-parental.html

 

Medicaid enrollment spikes to 48M in weak economy
Associated Press
October 1, 2010

WASHINGTON - A record number of Americans signed up for Medicaid last year, as the recession wiped out jobs and workplace health coverage. A report released Thursday by the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation found that enrollment in the safety-net medical insurance program jumped to more than 48 million - a record 15.7 percent share of the U.S. population. With the economy barely improving, states are forecasting a 6 percent increase in the rolls next year, meaning another strain on their cash-depleted budgets.
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jqkjjn7vaQxZspjEV_-RHFDr2v8gD9IIFEHG0?docId=D9IIFEHG0


US apologizes for '40s syphilis study in Guatemala
Austin American-Statesman
October 2, 2010

WASHINGTON - American scientists deliberately infected prisoners and patients in a mental hospital in Guatemala with syphilis 60 years ago, a recently unearthed experiment that prompted U.S. officials to apologize Friday and declare outrage over "such reprehensible research."
http://www.statesman.com/news/nation/us-apologizes-for-40s-syphilis-study-in-guatemala-948497.html?cxtype=rss_ece_frontpage 


Psych Meds In Jails
Youth Today
October 1, 2010

A ground-breaking, year-long investigation by Youth Today has uncovered ample evidence that many youths incarcerated in American juvenile facilities are getting potent anti-psychotic drugs intended for bipolar or schizophrenic patients, even when they have not been diagnosed with either disorder.
http://youthtoday.org/view_article.cfm?article_id=4344

 

Side Effects May Include Lawsuits

New York Times

October 2, 2010

 

FOR decades, antipsychotic drugs were a niche product. Today, they're the top-selling class of pharmaceuticals in America, generating annual revenue of about $14.6 billion and surpassing sales of even blockbusters like heart-protective statins. ...The new generation of antipsychotics has also become the single biggest target of the False Claims Act, a federal law once largely aimed at fraud among military contractors.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/03/business/03psych.html?scp=10&sq=mental&st=nyt

 

 

Anatomy of a Tragedy

Newsweek

October 4, 2010

 

Bullied to death is the crime of the moment, the blanket explanation slapped on suicide cases from Texas to California, where two 13-year-olds recently killed themselves, bullied for being gay. Cases like these are being invoked as potent symbols for why, in the digital age, schools need bullying policies and states need legislation.

http://www.newsweek.com/2010/10/04/phoebe-prince-should-bullying-be-a-crime.html

 

 

Suicides Put Light on Pressures of Gay Teenagers

New York Times

October 3, 2010

 

FRESNO, Calif. - The deaths have set off an impassioned - and sometimes angry - response from gay activists and caught the attention of federal officials, including Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, who on Friday called the suicides "unnecessary tragedies" brought on by "the trauma of being bullied." And while suicide by gay teenagers has long been a troubling trend, experts say the stress can be even worse in rural places, where a lack of gay support services - or even openly gay people - can cause a sense of isolation to become unbearable.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/04/us/04suicide.html?_r=1&ref=health

 

After 2 NY jumps, aiming to prevent public suicide
Austin American-Statesman
October 4, 2010

NEW YORK (AP) ... Those who choose to end their lives in public, dramatic fashion often pick landmarks - from the George Washington Bridge overlooking Manhattan and the Palisades, to the Golden Gate Bridge, with its sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and the San Francisco Bay. Authorities are looking at how to prevent the public deaths with everything from concrete barriers, suicide hot line phones or safety nets hanging from bridges.

http://www.statesman.com/news/nation/after-2-ny-jumps-aiming-to-prevent-public-951361.html?cxtype=rss_ece_frontpage

 

Survey: Depression on Gulf lingers after spill

Houston Chronicle

October 2, 2010

 

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) - Before the BP oil spill, the Gulf Coast was a place of abundant shrimping, tourist-filled beaches and a happy if humble lifestyle. Now, it's home to depression, worry and sadness for many. A Gallup survey released Tuesday of almost 2,600 coastal residents showed that depression cases are up more than 25 percent since an explosion killed 11 people and unleashed a three-month gusher of crude into the Gulf in April that ruined many livelihoods.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/chronicle/7229214.html

 

 

HHS Launches Oil Spill Distress Helpline

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

October 1, 2010

 

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced the availability of a new toll-free helpline to provide information, support and counseling for families and children affected by the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  Part of the Obama Administration's long term oil spill recovery plan, the Oil Spill Distress Helpline (1-800-985-5990) links callers to behavioral healthcare services and will serve as an important resource for the localized oil spill outreach efforts in the Gulf Coast states.

http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2010pres/10/20101001f.html

 

 

NAMI Thanks Senate Banking Committee for Moving Legislation to Expand Access to Affordable Housing for People with Mental Illness

National Alliance on Mental Illness

October 1, 2010

 

Arlington, Va. -- The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is praising the U.S. Senate Banking Committee for its unanimous approval of S.1481, the Frank Melville Supportive Housing Investment Act.

http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=Whats_New43&template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=108385

 

 

Shionogi Announces FDA Approval of KAPVAY™

MarketWatch

October 4, 2010

 

FLORHAM PARK, N.J., -- Shionogi Inc., the U.S.-based group company of Shionogi & Co., Ltd., today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of the non-stimulant medication KAPVAY(TM) (clonidine hydrochloride) extended-release tablets, an extended-release oral formulation for the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children and adolescents ages 6-17 years.
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/shionogi-announces-fda-approval-of-kapvaytm-the-first-and-only-therapy-approved-for-use-with-stimulant-medication-for-the-treatment-of-adhd-2010-10-04?reflink=MW_news_stmp

 

 

Healthcare Reform

 

Health overhaul centerpiece endures growing pains

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

October 3, 2010

 

WASHINGTON (AP) -  It's a centerpiece of President Barack Obama's health care remake, a lifeline available right now to vulnerable people whose medical problems have made them uninsurable. But the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan started this summer isn't living up to expectations. Enrollment lags in many parts of the country. People who could benefit may not be able to afford the premiums. Some state officials who run their own "high-risk pools" have pointed out potential problems.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2010/10/03/2514965/growing-pains-for-a-centerpiece.html#ixzz11OjgFxDz

 

 

More Turmoil Expected in This Year's Medicare Signup

New York Times

October 1, 2010

 

MEDICARE enrollment season is approaching, and many experts say they believe it promises to be a turbulent one - "a perfect storm," said Paul Gada of Allsup, a provider of Medicare plan selection services. Why? In some areas, there will be dozens, even hundreds, of coverage options.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/02/health/02patient.html?ref=health

 

 

International News

 

Mental health staff attacks rising in Northern Ireland

British Broadcasting Corporation

October 4, 2010

 

Attacks on staff working in mental health are increasing in Northern Ireland, the deputy director of the Royal College of Nursing has said.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-11464440

 

 

Opinions

 

New health care law big win for Texas kids, families

Houston Chronicle

October 2, 2010

 

Last month, health insurance started working better for many families and children. The federal health care law was enacted just six months ago, and on Sept. 23 a set of important new protections took effect, designed to curb the worst excesses of the insurance industry.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/editorial/outlook/7228827.html

 

 

McDonald's fires a warning shot about healthcare reform

Los Angeles Times

October 1, 2010

 

Stories this week about McDonald's potentially rolling back healthcare benefits and Principal Financial Group withdrawing from the health insurance market illustrate one of the flaws in the federal healthcare reform law:  the unintended but predictable consequences of requiring insurers to spend 80% to 85% of their premium revenue on medical costs.

http://opinion.latimes.com/opinionla/2010/10/mcdonalds-fires-a-warning-shot-about-healthcare-reform.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+OpinionLa+(L.A.+Times+-+Opinion+Blog)

 

 

Health reform's reality vs. its parody

Washington Post

October 4, 2010

 

It's been said over and over that no Democrats are running on the health-care bill. Actually, more and more of them are proudly campaigning on what the plan has achieved -- and they should.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/03/AR2010100302567.html

 

 

At Risk From the Womb

New York Times

October 2, 2010

 

Some people think we're shaped primarily by genes. Others believe that the environment we grow up in is most important. But now evidence is mounting that a third factor is also critical: our uterine environment before we're even born. Researchers are finding indications that obesity, diabetes and mental illness among adults are all related in part to what happened in the womb decades earlier.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/03/opinion/03kristof.html?scp=7&sq=mental&st=nyt

 

 

Suicides can be prevented if we take action                

The Shorthorn (The University of Texas at Arlington)

October 3, 2010


...According to the National Institute of Mental Health, if that individual seeks help, many of those situations might be avoided. It takes courage in the troubled individual to go and ask for help. But, it takes more courage from the people around him or her to approach the person and talk to them or just to let them know that you are there.
http://www.theshorthorn.com/content/view/20354/266/

 

 

Research

 

Telemedicine for Elderly Depression

Psych Central News

October 4, 2010

 

Beyond the decline in mental health, depression can exacerbate medical conditions and may influence mortality.To address this issue, researchers at Rhode Island Hospital and other organizations have developed a telemedicine-based depression care protocol in home health care.

http://psychcentral.com/news/2010/10/04/telemedicine-for-elderly-depression/19119.html

 

 

Can a Virtual World Help Young Adults with Mental Health Issues?

Psych Central News

October 2, 2010

 

Can a virtual world help people better manage their health? Developers of a new computer program believe it can.

http://psychcentral.com/news/2010/10/02/can-a-virtual-world-help-young-adults-with-mental-health-issues/19084.html

 

 

Most Suicidal Adolescents Receive Follow-Up Care After ER Visits

Medical News Today

October 4, 2010

 

For suicidal adolescents, the emergency department (ED) is most often the chosen portal to mental health services. New research, presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference and Exhibition in San Francisco, looks at what happens to the 30 percent of suicidal adolescents who are discharged from the ED and whether they go on to access additional mental health services.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/203305.php

 

 

Features & Resources

 

Book Review: Disparities in Psychiatric Care: Clinical and Cross-Cultural Perspectives
Psychiatric Services
October 2010

The book Disparities in Psychiatric Care, edited by Pedro Ruiz and Annelle Primm, addresses the changes needed in the U.S. mental health system, including universal health care, full coverage and parity of mental health care with general medical care, improved quality of care, and more humane care.
http://psychservices.psychiatryonline.org/cgi/content/full/61/10/1049



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