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October, 2010

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Medical emergency: Keeping doctors in Texas; Texas grads leaving because of residency scarcity

Houston Chronicle

October 17, 2010


Texas is losing potential doctors because it doesn't have enough residency slots to train all the medical students the state pays to educate. The problem, expected to loom large as health care reform's influx of the newly insured strains a Texas physician workforce already in short supply, could get worse as a result of the 82nd Legislature's projected budget shortfall of as much as $21 billion. The state Legislature provides one of the sources of funding for residency training.



Jordanian Man Faces Sentencing in Dallas Bomb Plot

The New York Times

October 18, 2010


DALLAS (AP) - A 20-year-old Jordanian man caught in an FBI sting trying to blow up a Dallas skyscraper faces a sentencing hearing Monday just blocks away from the building he tried to take down. ...Since the arrest, Smadi's public defenders have portrayed their client as a troubled and depressed young man, who exhibited signs of depression and mental illness when his parents separated and then suffered a breakdown after his mother's death from brain cancer. At the plea hearing in May, attorney Peter Fleury said Smadi had been diagnosed with schizophrenia by a prison doctor and a physician working for the defense.



Allegiance swells ranks in fight against mental illness

Kilgore News Herald

October 16, 2010


A crackerjack squad of professional peacemakers descended on Kilgore Thursday for a rigorous boot camp and know-thyenemy training session. Their target: mental illness. Allegiance Specialty Hospital's Fourth Mental Health Summit welcomed more than 125 caregivers from a 32-county region to First Baptist Church for indepth discussion and continuing education on assessing and treating older adults with mental illness.



Woman dies in SAHA high-rise

San Antonio Express-News

October 17, 2010


A resident of a high-rise apartment building for seniors on the Southeast Side was killed in a weekend fire, according to authorities. San Antonio firefighters found Juanita Ramirez, 52, dead in her ninth-floor apartment at the Fair Avenue Apartments.  ... Ramirez, whom Flint said was mentally ill, had lived in the building for about three years and volunteered in the library.



Man guilty of killing stepfather

Texarkana Gazette

October 16, 2010


LINDEN, Texas-A Hughes Springs, Texas, man who bludgeoned his stepfather to death with a sledgehammer in May 2009 pleaded guilty to murder Friday and received a 45-year sentence.  ...According to his criminal file, Bowling was taken into state custody as a child after being abandoned by his parents. He has a long history of mental illness that has been punctuated by stays at state institutions.



National News


SAMHSA awards up to $6.7 million in grants to expand technology assisted care for behavioral health services

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

October 15, 2010


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) today announced it is awarding a total of up to $6.7 million for three years to up to six grantees to expand their behavioral health treatment systems using technology-assisted approaches in communities that can most benefit from these types of integrated comprehensive services. This program is part of SAMHSA's strategic initiative on preventing substance abuse and mental illness.



Federal grants target mental health challenges in classrooms

Orlando Sentinel (Orlando, FL)

October 15, 2010


To help prevent aggressive and disruptive behavior among young children, the federal government's Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is awarding $11 million in new grants to 22 school systems over the next five years. School districts receiving the grants include Broward County and Polk County public schools in Florida and Chicago Public Schools District 299 in Illinois.,0,3596458.story



Special Report: Prison suicide rates rise; solitary confinement adds to risk

Poughkeepsie Journal (NY)

October 17, 2010


... The rise in prison suicides comes three years after the state settled a federal lawsuit over prison suicides and after changes that officials say - and lawyers for inmates generally agree - have improved state prisons for inmates, such as Countryman, who suffer serious mental illness. Among these, about 400 treatment beds have been added for schizophrenic, severely depressed and bipolar inmates, including 99 at Green Haven Correctional Facility in Stormville.


Related stories:

·         Reports criticize risk assessments, evaluations: The following summaries of inmate suicides in state prisons are based on reports by the state Commission of Correction, which investigates selected deaths in correctional facilities statewide.


·         Similarities mark two non-suicide deaths: ... The two incidents are similar to the state prison deaths of three mentally ill inmates in a five-month period in 1999 and 2000 from "positional asphyxia" - suffocation from pressure on the rib cage in scuffles with guards. The deaths led to increased training. Assemblyman Jeffrion Aubry, D-Queens and chairman of the Assembly Correction Committee, said a "pattern" to the incidents should be investigated.



State Is Helping Hospitals To Boost Psychiatric Care

The Wall Street Journal

October 18, 2010


A psychiatric-care building boom is under way. Several hospitals in New York City and around the state are constructing new mental-health wings or units, and a hospital affiliated with North Shore-Long Island Jewish Medical Center is erecting a new building. Last month, the state awarded nearly $39 million in grants to 19 hospitals and clinics to pay for renovations for inpatient and outpatient care.



In a Schizophrenic's Trial, Both Sides Agree

The New York Times

October 17, 2010


The trial of David Tarloff, who is accused of hacking to death a psychologist on the Upper East Side, is the rare case in which both sides agree about what should ultimately happen: he should be locked up. ...If the jury were to find him not guilty by reason of insanity, doctors probably would order him confined to a mental institution, Mr. Konoski said. A guilty verdict could mean a life sentence in prison.



Teen who strangled brother gets life in prison

Fort Worth Star Telegtam

October 15, 2010


RISING SUN, Ind. (AP) -  An Indiana teenager who admitted he strangled his 10-year-old brother and told police he identified with a TV serial killer was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole. ... Judge James Humphrey could have sentenced Conley to life in prison without parole or to a lesser term of 45 to 65 years. But Humphrey said Conner's age outweighed any other factors such as mental illness.



Healthcare Reform


It's About Time to Check the Fine Print on Your Health Plan

The New York Times

October 15, 2010


This is the time of year when your employer allows you to make changes to your benefits package - most importantly, to your health insurance. ...But the biggest changes arrive this year courtesy of the new health care law. The new rules require employers to extend health insurance coverage to uninsured dependents up to age 26, eliminate any lifetime caps on coverage, and pay 100 percent of the cost of annual physicals and some other preventive care.



Judge Allows Challenge to Health-Coverage Mandate

The Wall Street Journal

October 15, 2010


A Florida federal judge cleared the way Thursday for a major challenge to the Obama administration's health-care overhaul, expressing sympathy for the plaintiffs' claim that a mandate requiring most Americans to carry health insurance is unconstitutional.



Long-Term-Care Premiums Soar

The Wall Street Journal

October 16, 2010


People with long-term-care insurance polices are getting hit with a new round of steep premium increases. But there are options that can help both existing policyholders and new buyers cut some of the costs.



New government panel's mission is to empower public with health-care knowledge

Washington Post

October 15, 2010


... Created by the health-care overhaul law, it's one of the newest and least known panels in government. But the work of its 21 members, if successful, could increase the public's knowledge of medical treatments for everything from attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder to cancer. And it could dramatically change how you discuss treatments with your doctor when the law is fully implemented in 2014.



United Health Proposes Managed-Care Plan For Those Who Get Both Medicare And Medicaid

Kaiser Health News

October 15, 2010


UnitedHealth Group Inc. is proposing a managed-care plan for dual recipients of Medicare and Medicaid.



Lights, Camera, Take Action: Spotlighting Public Health for the Next Generation

Grantmakers In Health

October 18, 2010


While baby boomers still predominate the health workforce, the younger generations of Americans have at least as much at stake in the success or failure of our public health systems.



Paving the Way for Change: Implementing CLASS

Grantmakers In Health

October 18, 2010


The historic passage of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was in many ways a homerun for health advocates who have been working toward meaningful reform for decades. ... Last, but not least, health reform initiates the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) program - a voluntary, federally administered long-term care insurance product that is not taxpayer funded.



International News


Mental health trust also wins alcohol therapy funding

British Broadcasting Corporation

October 17, 2010


Two new projects aimed at improving people's mental health in Norfolk and Suffolk have won funding. Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health Trust has won £300,000 to cut alcohol related hospital admissions to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. Money will also be allocated to fund a working farm in Suffolk which specialises in therapies for people with mental health problems.





A homeless woman offers coupons of love amid a life of challenges

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

October 15, 2010


... Karen, when you died in a homeless camp, they called you mentally ill and we grieved. Although man looks on the outward appearance, God looks on the heart. And through your heart we saw a glimpse of him. Within you lay hidden treasures. We are grateful for having known you. Rest well, friend. We trust you are finally at "home" with him.



Young: Out of homelessness' depth

Austin American Statesman

October 17, 2010


In seven years, the city effort has found jobs for 3,278 homeless people. It claims to have prevented over 2,232 families from becoming homeless. A vast network that includes new units for people without homes, referrals for jobs, and drug and mental health treatment made it possible.



Juárez violence: Young victims need more help

El Paso Times

October 16, 2010


Violence in Juárez claims a wide spectrum of victims. But among the most hear-wrenching are the children, innocent bystanders and helpless victims caught in the middle of something they can't control -- that, apparently, no one can control.  ...Americans are becoming all too familiar with the PTSD -- post-traumatic stress disorder -- that is seen in troops returning from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now it's being seen in Juárez children who are exposed to violence that is, in effect, war.





Brain Scans May Help Identify Bipolar, ADHD Kids: Study

HealthDay News

October 15, 2010


Using brain imaging to look at how working memory is influenced by emotions may help identify which children have bipolar disorder and which have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), researchers suggest.



Gene find gives reason to cheer in fight against depression

Agence France-Presse (AFP)

October 17, 2010


PARIS - Scientists in the United States said on Sunday they had found a gene that appears to play a key role in the onset of depression, a finding that could unlock new avenues for drug engineers. A gene called MKP-1 was identified by Yale University investigators after comparing the genetic codes of 21 deceased people who had been diagnosed with depression with those of 18 otherwise healthy individuals.



Genetic Link to Depression

Psych Central News

October 18, 2010


Good news for the millions of people who suffer from depression: Emerging research suggests a particular gene is a key contributor to the onset of the disease.



Tough Times Build Mental Health Resiliency

Psych Central News

October 18, 2010


Emerging scientific research suggests coping with adverse life events improves our ability to adapt and handle future events.


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