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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

October, 2010

Today's Clips - October 14, 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
 
TYC's $60,000 a month Seroquel bill
Austin American-Statesman
October 14, 2010
 
One of the many fascinating pieces of information contained in this recent report from Youth Today, a newspaper for workers in the youth corrections field, is this: In 2008, the Texas Youth Commission was spending an average of $60,000 a month on the powerful anti-psychotic drug Seroquel. For those keeping score, that's a rate of $720,000 a year. Also this: Before the agency changed its policy this year, following an in-house review, psychiatrists working on behalf of the agency prescribed Seroquel 2,553 times in 2008.
 
 
When the Sandman Won't Come: Adam Wilson, Adults with Autism, and Murder
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
October 13, 2010
 
... Adam seemed to be an example of what luck, pluck, a hard-working father, a little biomedical intervention, a never-give-up attitude, and a network of support from his extended family and the school system can accomplish. Today Adam is sitting in jail, accused of killing his father with a kitchen knife, a nightmare scenario of multiple stab wounds at the crash end of a downward spiral that began in the summer of 2010 and reached a crisis two sleepless weeks after his 21st birthday party. ... Did two job losses since 2008, when he graduated, contribute to depression, stress, anxiety? Did psychotropic medications, given to him as a sleep aid two days before the murder, contribute to the tragedy?
 
 
UIL proposes tighter rules on concussions
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
October 13, 2010
 
AUSTIN -- Texas public high school athletes who get a concussion wouldn't return to play until the next day at the earliest under new rules proposed by a medical panel of the University Interscholastic League. A licensed healthcare professional would have to approve any return to play. ... The UIL proposal comes as Congress has been considering how to protect young athletes from the effects of blows to the head.
 
 
Inmate dies in apparent suicide
Austin American-Statesman
October 14, 2010
 
A corrections officer making his rounds found an inmate hanged with part of his blanket Tuesday night, the same day immigration agents discovered that he had been jailed under an assumed name and was wanted for murder in South Texas, according to the Travis County sheriff's office.
 
 
National News
 
SAMHSA is awarding nearly $20.6 million in funding for mental health data infrastructure grants
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
October 14, 2010
 
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is awarding a total of up to $20.6 million in funding for up to the next three years to Mental Health Data Infrastructure Grants for Quality Improvement programs (State DIG). These grants will implement and strengthen the annual collection of the Uniform Reporting System (URS) measures, which include the National Outcome Measures (NOMs), and will fund state mental health authorities to improve state and local data infrastructure for reporting and planning.
 
 
More than 40 charged in $100 million Medicare scam
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
October 13, 2010
 
NEW YORK (AP) -- A vast network of Armenian gangsters and their associates used phantom health care clinics and other means to try to cheat Medicare out of $163 million, the largest fraud by one criminal enterprise in the program's history, U.S. authorities said Wednesday.
 
 
Lawsuit: Mentally ill US citizen forced to wander Central America after wrongful deportation
Los Angeles Times
October 14, 2010
 
ATLANTA (AP) -  A mentally disabled U.S. citizen who spoke no Spanish was deported to Mexico with little but a prison jumpsuit after immigration agents manipulated him into signing documents allowing his removal, a lawsuit filed Wednesday alleges. ... David Lyttle said his brother has developmental problems at least partly because of a rough early childhood. He was removed from an abusive home at age 7 and ultimately adopted. He attended elementary school, but missed high school because he was frequently sent to mental hospitals.
 
 
Are Soldiers Suicides Caused by Prescription Drugs?
Food Consumer
October 14, 2010
 
Also astonishing is the psychoactive drug rate among active duty-aged troops, 18 to 34, which is up 85 percent since 2003 according to the military health plan, Tricare. Since 2001, 73,103 prescriptions for Zoloft have been dispensed, 38,199 for Prozac, 17,830 for Paxil and 12,047 for Cymbalta says Tricare 2009 data, which includes family prescriptions. All of the drugs carry a suicide warning label.
 
 
Are We a Nation of Bullies?
Newsweek
October 14, 2010
 
The recent suicides of Tyler Clementi, Phoebe Prince, and others have sparked mass outrage against the kids believed to have bullied them 'to death.' But our response may be more harmful than the crime.
 
 
California Democrat Steinberg says he will try to restore Schwarzenegger's budget cuts
Los Angeles Times
October 14, 2010
 
Reporting from Sacramento - State Senate leader Darrell Steinberg said Wednesday that his first priority once a new governor is sworn in next year will be to reverse some of the nearly $1 billion in "unconscionable" cuts that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger made to the state budget Friday. ... Day care for more than 60,000 families with working parents would be eliminated by the governor's reductions, Steinberg said, along with some mental health services for children with special needs.
 
 
Healthcare Reform
 
U.S. to Let Insurers Raise Fees for Sick Children
New York Times
October 13, 2010
 
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration, aiming to encourage health insurance companies to offer child-only policies, said Wednesday that they could charge higher premiums for coverage of children with serious medical problems, if state law allowed it.
 
 
HHS: No Double Standard For Kids' Insurance Policies
Kaiser Health News
October 13, 2010
 
Health insurers can't have different rules for selling individual policies for children with medical problems than for healthy kids, the Department of Health and Human Services said today.
 
 
Secretary Sebelius leads efforts to improve access to coverage for children with pre-existing conditions, urges states to take action
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
October 14, 2010
 
In a letter to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, Secretary Sebelius today outlined efforts by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, working with states, to ensure insurance companies keep their promise to "make pre-existing conditions exclusions a thing of the past" for children. The letter comes after insurance companies reneged on their commitment to provide coverage options for children with pre-existing conditions and refused to sell child only insurance policies.
 
 
International News
 
Chile's rescued miners: the psychological after-effects
New Scientist
October 14, 2010
 
As the world celebrates the ongoing rescue of 33 miners trapped below ground for an unprecedented two months, psychologists are warning that the biggest threat to their mental health will come when they fade from the headlines.
 
 
Opinions
 
Children often the victims of cycle of domestic abuse
Houston Chronicle
October 12, 2010
 
The devastating effect of domestic violence on children shook us on Sept. 19, the day convicted batterer Mohammad Goher shot and killed his three children while they slept in his Houston home. ... Power and control are at the core of the cycle of violence, and a child is a convenient pawn that the abuser often uses to control his spouse, even an estranged spouse.
 
 
Mason Alert for missing individuals with diminished mental capacity
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
October 13, 2010
 
... The Mason Alert would be issued for those who are prone to wandering and do not have the capacity to recognize dangerous situations. The Mason alert would be issued for anyone of any age that has diminished mental capacities (including those with Autism Spectrum Disorders) and meet the above criteria.
 
 
DeLengocky: North Texas needs more residency slots, not M.D. classes
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
October 13, 2010
 
When the Texas Legislature convenes in January, it might act on a proposal from the University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) to establish another medical school - an allopathic or MD-granting school tentatively called UNTMD - on its Fort Worth campus.
 
 
Haven's path was destined to be a tough one
San Antonio Express News
October 14, 2010
 
No one should be hanging their heads that Haven for Hope has hit a bump in the road. The one-stop homeless campus is an ambitious effort to fight the root causes of homelessness, and it has broad community support. But the path to transformation - for the homeless and for the city in its approach to the issue - was destined to be a tough row.
 
 
Research
 
The Crummiest Antidepressant You've Never Heard Of
National Public Radio
October 14, 2010
 
... An analysis just published by BMJ, the British Medical Journal, pans reboxetine, calling it "an ineffective and potentially harmful antidepressant." Perhaps the most disturbing part of the report is that three-quarters of the clinical test data the German researchers examined had never been published. Pfizer made the data available only after "massive public pressure," said the researchers, affiliated with the nonprofit Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care.
 
 
When Anxiety, Insomnia Aren't Just in Your Head
Wall Street Journal
October 12, 2010
 
One of the first things to go is often a good night's sleep. That alone would make someone edgy, irritable and exhausted. But then come heart palpitations, difficulty recalling familiar words, loss of sex drive, mood swings and anxiety. Women who encounter these symptoms in their 30s and 40s are often prescribed sleeping pills, tranquilizers, anti-depressants or anti-anxiety medications.
 
 
Early cannabis use linked to increased subclinical psychotic symptoms
Med Wire News
October 14, 2010
 
Individuals who start using cannabis at the age of 12 years or younger experience more subclinical psychotic symptoms than those who start using the drug in later adolescence, research suggests.
 
Bipolar patients encouraged to use weight counseling services
Med Wire News
October 14, 2010
 
Results from a US study suggest that greater efforts are needed to encourage the continued use of weight counseling services among bipolar disorder (BD) patients.
 
 
Features & Resources
 
I AM H·E·R·E Coalition: New Task Force Team Addresses Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
Grant Halliburton Foundation
October 2010
 
Don't miss our guest speaker, Summer Frederick, director of mental health programs at Child and Family Guidance Center. She is heading up the Child and Adolescent Clinical Operations Team of the Dallas County Behavioral Health System Redesign Task Force and will share the goals of this newly formed committee that is focused on youth mental health. Tuesday, Oct. 26, 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Center for Community Cooperation in Dallas.
 
 
National Wraparound Initiative Newsletter
National Wraparound Initiative
October 2010
 
In this issue:
  • New Resources Added to Implementation Support Pages
  • September Webinar Now Available Online
  • NWI is a Partner for the "Tampa Conference"
  • New Research Evaluates the Contribution of Community-Based Services to the Success of the Harlem Children's Zone
  • Wraparound Conference Scheduled for February 2011
  • Results from Two NWI Surveys Released
  • News from the Field
 
 
Book Review -- Kristin Hersh: Memoirs Of A Muse
National Public Radio
October 13, 2010
 
In 1985, Kristin Hersh was an 18-year-old kid sleeping in her car or abandoned apartments, playing shows every week with her band Throwing Muses. In one tumultuous year, she would be signed to a major label, diagnosed as bipolar, and become pregnant. This is the story told in her new memoir, Rat Girl.
 
 
Mind Matters
Nashua Telegraph (NH)
October 10, 2010
 
CONCORD - When New Hampshire's first mental hospital opened in the mid0inh century, psychiatry didn't exist. ... The hospital is a very different place today. Community mental health centers, such as the Greater Nashua Mental Health Center at Community Connections in Nashua, provide a lot of day-to-day treatment for mental illness sufferers. People in crisis, acute care patients, go to New Hampshire Hospital.
 
 
Podcast of Narrative Matters Essay: Physician Describes Compromises in Practice
Health Affairs
October 13, 2010
 
Bethesda, MD -- What are the conflicts doctors face when they distribute free samples from drug companies to poor patients? Listen to Dr. Jonathan Han, a physician in Pennsylvania, talk about the compromises he makes in his own practice. He says, "doctors are damned if you do, and patients die if you don't." It's the newest addition to the "cost of care" collection of Health Affairs' Narrative Matters podcasts on iTunesU:
 
 
Combating Gay Teen Suicide: What Parents Can Do
Huffington Post (blog)
October 14, 2010
 
...To put this tragedy in context, suicide is the third leading cause of death among adolescents aged 15 to 24, and gay teens are six times more likely than straight teens to attempt suicide. It's important to understand, though, that the statistics concerning gay teens are relevant to all teens
 
           
Free Lecture: Over-representation of Children in Special Education
The University of Texas at Austin
October 13, 2010
 
AUSTIN, Texas - Parents and teachers interested in special education issues are invited to the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE) Scholarship in Action lecture on Thursday, Oct. 21 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Community Engagement Center in east Austin.  ... The free program is open to the public and targeted to parents of school age children, or anyone interested in special education.


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