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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

October, 2010

Student Role Models: Jael Cornelio & Laura Tellez

The New Social Worker

Fall 2010

 

... studies have shown that populations of color and those who speak a language other than English are underrepresented in social work and the mental health professions in Texas and elsewhere. As a result, many people may lack access to mental health services that adequately meet their cultural and linguistic needs. One Texas nonprofit has responded to the imbalance. The Hogg Foundation, founded in 1940 by the children of former Governor James Hogg to promote improved mental health for Texans, introduced a bilingual scholarship program in 2008 to increase cultural and linguistic diversity in the Texas mental health workforce.

http://www.socialworker.com/home/component/remository/startdown/24/

 

 

Texas News

 

JPS official warns Texas legislators of doctor shortage

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

October 18, 2010

 

FORT WORTH -- Texas must expand its medical residency programs or it will face a growing shortage of physicians, a JPS Health Network official told a state House of Representatives committee Monday.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2010/10/18/2556711/jps-official-warns-texas-legislators.htmlixzz12oWOX6U9

 

 

DNA's net not cast as wide for Texas suspects: State doesn't take samples from all arrestees; foes say it violates privacy

Houston Chronicle

October 18, 2010

 

As a growing number of states move to strengthen their DNA databanks, many investigators and crime victims in Texas say dangerous criminals may escape justice here because the state fails to require DNA sampling of most arrestees. The federal government and at least 20 other states have adopted laws expanding their DNA databanks by taking samples from people arrested.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7252937.html

 

 

Dallas-area energy investor Ken Hersh burns bright

October 19, 2010

Dallas Morning News

 

... Hersh's wife Julie Hersh wrote a book published earlier this year about her depression, suicide attempt and experience with shock therapy. Julie Hersh said when she told her husband she wanted to write the book, he suggested that she publish under a pen name. He backed off when she explained she wanted to remove the stigma of mental illness. Now, when Ken Hersh attends his wife's book promotions, he participates in the question-and-answer sessions, she said.

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/bus/stories/101910dnbuskenhersh.223b378.html

 

 

Houston woman seeks new sentence in husband's death

Houston Chronicle

October 19, 2010

 

... In her first trial, Wright told jurors that her husband threatened her with a knife while he was high on cocaine. She said she wrestled the knife away and stabbed him. Attorney Brian Wice successfully argued that jurors should have heard from Jeffrey Wright's former fiancé and an expert on battered women syndrome.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7253014.html

 

 

Sentence expected today in downtown Dallas bomb plot

Dallas Morning News

October 19, 2010

 

... Smadi told authorities that he saw devil spirits and heard voices, but whether he was being truthful or exaggerating symptoms of mental illness after being caught in last year's FBI sting was a matter of debate at Monday's hearing. During the proceedings, separate psychiatrists hired by the U.S. attorney's office and Smadi's defense team differed on whether the 20-year-old was schizophrenic. The question of Smadi's mental state could play a significant role in whether U.S. District Judge Barbara Lynn accepts his plea agreement, which would cap his prison time at 30 years.

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/latestnews/stories/101810dnmetsmadi.1a11be5b5.html

 

 

Health care officials say new law ensures more find help

El Paso Times

October 19, 2010

 

Insurance companies can no longer deny coverage to children with pre-existing conditions. They cannot deny payment if they find a mistake on the customer's application. And lifetime limits on coverage are now illegal.  ...Texas leads the nation in the number of uninsured, which would make the state a prime beneficiary of the "Affordable Care Act."

http://www.elpasotimes.com/news/ci_16372755

 

 

Advocacy group educates Austin on mental illness

Daily Texan Staff

October 18, 2010

 

Elizabeth McIngvale said when she was 13 years old, she could not get out of bed because of obsessive compulsive disorder. Now, as spokeswoman for the International OCD Foundation, working for people with OCD is what gets her out of bed. About 70 people gathered Saturday for the first event of OCD Texas, a newly formed advocacy group, and to hear McIngvale, a Houston native, speak about her experiences with the disorder.

http://www.dailytexanonline.com/content/advocacy-group-educates-austin-mental-illness

 

 

Youth First Texas leader Sam Wilkes speaks from experience about the struggles of gay teens

Dallas Voice

October 18, 2010

 

Sam Wilkes is development director and the only paid staff member at Youth First Texas. On Sunday he appeared on Lambda Weekly to talk about bullying and how groups like YFT can help. Wilkes said an estimated one-third to on- half of teen suicide attempts are by LGBTQ youth.

http://www.dallasvoice.com/teen-yft-director-thrown-house-1048786.html

 

 

National News

 

Iraqi Cultural Center to host public discussion and press conference on Iraqi and U.S. efforts to rebuild Iraq's behavioral health care system

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration

October 18, 2010

 

On Oct 21, 2010, the Iraqi Cultural Center in Washington, D.C. will host a first-of its-kind public discussion among behavioral health specialists from Iraq and the U.S. about Iraq's increasingly effective behavioral healthcare programs and how the lessons learned in treating severe trauma there can be applied in the U.S. and elsewhere.

http://www.samhsa.gov/newsroom/advisories/1010181513.aspx

 

 

Life-changing work: CSO partners with juvenile correctional center for performance

Chicago Tribune

October 18, 2010

 

It may be the only partnership of its kind in the U.S., bringing together CSO musicians, a music theater workshop focused on "at-risk" youths and the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice. ...All of them also were victims of chronic abuse, Superintendent Judy Davis said. That trauma often is exacerbated by drug use, which can lead to cognitive difficulties and mental health dysfunction, she added.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-met-1019-storycatchers-20101018,0,324194.story

 

 

Healthcare Reform

 

Obama's health IT czar: young people won't tolerate pen-and-paper medicine

Dallas Morning News

October 15, 2010

 

The Obama administration's point man on health information technology said today that medical caregivers resist the brave new world of computers at their peril. ... Blumenthal said before the stimulus bill laid in front of providers about $30 billion of incentives to automate and share their patient records, only between 3 percent and 4 percent of hospitals had comprehensive and integrated health IT systems like Scott & White's. He hopes that will change fast, thanks to the financial carrots and the new emphasis on rewarding quality care in pilot programs authorized by the health care overhaul law.

http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/

 

 

Campaign Claims: Health Law Myths And Facts

Kaiser Health News

October 19, 2010

 

The debate that preceded passage of the health-care overhaul resumed as a heated issue in the midterm elections. Politicians and advocacy groups seeking repeal of the law are making dramatic claims about its cost and effects. How valid are they? We evaluate some of the most common criticisms.

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2010/October/19/health-law-myths-truths.aspx

 

 

The Role of Philanthropy in Implementing Federal Health Reform

Grantmakers In Health

October 18, 2010

 

... This article will share the activities and plans of the Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH) related to effectively implementing health reform. It demonstrates positive steps that a foundation can take when it elects to contribute to the implementation process for the benefit of its target population.

http://www.gih.org/usr_doc/Implementing_Health_Reform_MFFH_October_2010.pdf

 

 

Opinions

 

Why a Fort Worth M.D. school makes sense

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

October 15, 2010

 

Texas faces a crisis. It threatens our state, our future and our well-being. And if current trends continue, the crisis will soon reach a point where it will be too late to address. The crisis? Not enough doctors in Texas.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2010/10/16/2550794/hopkins-lowry-weiss-why-a-fort.html#ixzz12oXJM6yM

 

 

Mental health courts are a worthy investment

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL)

October 18, 2010

 

A mentally ill person commits a crime, usually a misdemeanor such as trespass or disorderly conduct, and goes to jail. He gets no treatment there for his mental illness and is eventually released, only to be arrested again. ... During the past two decades, mental health courts have been established throughout the nation to deal with this problem. All told, there are about 250 such courts nationwide, according to a new study in the Archives of General Psychiatry.

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/opinion/editorials/fl-mental-health-courts-editorial-td-20101018,0,7213254.story

 

 

Putting the brakes on health insurers

Los Angeles Times

October 19, 2010

 

Health insurance companies have declared war on President Obama's healthcare plan. ...It's time the president uses his clout and fights back. Obama should - and can - issue an executive order freezing all health insurance premium hikes until the companies comply with pricing provisions of the new federal law.

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-court-freezerates-20101019,0,6612327.story

 

 

Research

 

Unscrambling Depression: How you reorder sentences can predict recurrence of depression, study shows

University of Texas at Austin

October 18, 2010

 

Since a person may have depressive thoughts and not recognize them as such - thinking that's how "normal" should feel - mental health professionals and researchers can have kind of a hard row to hoe when it comes to identifying who's vulnerable to the disease.   ...University of Texas at Austin educational psychologist Stephanie Rude has done research that yields a solution to that problem through the use of a deceptively simple-looking word exercise

http://www.utexas.edu/features/2010/10/18/sentences_depression/

 

 

Magnets Used to Treat Patients With Severe Depression

ScienceDaily

October 18, 2010

 

...Known as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), the treatment delivers a series of electrical pulses to the part of the brain associated with depression and other mood disorders. The pulses generate an electric current in the brain that stimulates neurons to increase the release of more mood-enhancing chemicals like serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine. ...A study involving 301 patients that was recently published in the journal Brain Stimulation found TMS to be "an effective, long-term treatment for major depression."

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/10/101018165836.htm

 

 

Positive emotional processing biases in adolescent BD phenotype

Med Wire News

October 19, 2010

 

Young people with the common adolescent bipolar disorder (BD) phenotype show positive emotional processing biases, despite increased levels of neuroticism, low mood, and anxiety, UK researchers have found.

http://www.medwire-news.md/47/89697/Psychiatry/Positive_emotional_processing_biases_in_adolescent_BD_phenotype_.html

 

 

Comorbid mood disorder increases suicide risk in schizophrenia patients

Med Wire News

October 19, 2010

 

The presence of a previous or co-existing mood disorder is associated with a significantly increased risk for suicide in patients with schizophrenia, research shows.

http://www.medwire-news.md/47/89698/Psychiatry/Comorbid_mood_disorder_increases_suicide_risk_in_schizophrenia_patients.html

 

 

Study Confirms: Whatever Doesn't Kill Us Can Make Us Stronger

Medical News Today

October 18, 2010

 

We've all heard the adage that whatever doesn't kill us makes us stronger, but until now the preponderance of scientific evidence has offered little support for it. However, a new national multi-year longitudinal study of the effects of adverse life events on mental health has found that adverse experiences do, in fact, appear to foster subsequent adaptability and resilience, with resulting advantages for mental health and well-being.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/204828.php

 

 

Features & Resources

 

'Only More So': Mark Vonnegut's Battle With Bipolar

National Public Radio

October 19, 2010

 

The famed novelist Kurt Vonnegut once wrote, metaphorically, of the challenges of mental illness: "Some people survived going over Niagara Falls in a barrel. Others didn't. The turbulence is really something." But it's his son, Mark Vonnegut, who has written most vividly and personally about surviving bipolar disorder, about returning to a reality that's been snapped.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=130537541

 

 

Do I really need help?

Malaysia Star

October 17, 2010

 

When it comes to diseases of the body, it is fairly easy to tell when you have a problem that warrants a visit to your neighbourhood clinic.  ...But when it comes to problems that affect the mind, it is not as easy. This is because the signs and symptoms are not as obvious as those from physical problems until the condition reaches a severe stage. And mental health is more than the absence of mental disorders.

http://thestar.com.my/health/story.asp?file=/2010/10/17/health/7211765&sec=health

 

 

CIGNA Takes Home the Bronze in URAC's Best Practices in Health Care Consumer Empowerment and Protection Awards

Business Wire

October 18, 2010

 

BLOOMFIELD, Conn. -- CIGNA took home a bronze award for its Engagement in Intensive Case Management program at URAC's 2010 Quality Summit and Awards Program. CIGNA's program targets high-risk individuals who are coping with multiple mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety and substance abuse, and helps them to take action that can prevent their condition from worsening, improve productivity, decrease missed workdays and reduce disability.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/cigna-takes-home-the-bronze-in-uracs-best-practices-in-health-care-consumer-empowerment-and-protection-awards-2010-10-18?reflink=MW_news_stmp

 

 

Philanthropy

 

NARSAD Announces Discovery To Recovery National Awards Dinner Honoring Outstanding Achievements In Mental Health Research

Medical News Today

October 19, 2010

 

Six brilliant researchers will receive NARSAD Outstanding Achievement Awards for accomplishments in brain and behavior research. NARSAD is the leading donor-supported organization dedicated to funding mental health research that will to lead to scientific discovery and ultimately recovery for people living with mental illness.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/204926.php

 

 

Top 400 charities see billions less in donations

Washington Post

October 17, 2010

 

WASHINGTON -- A new ranking of the nation's 400 biggest charities shows donations dropped by 11 percent overall last year as the Great Recession ended - the worst decline in 20 years since the Chronicle of Philanthropy began keeping a tally.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/17/AR2010101701687.html

 

 

NPR Receives $1.8 Million Grant for 'Impact of Government' Initiative

Philanthropy News Digest

October 19, 2010

 

National Public Radio has announced the launch of an initiative designed to create a network of journalists dedicated to covering the impact of state government actions on local citizens and communities.

http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/news/story.jhtml?id=310800005

 

 

GIH Bulletin

Grantmakers In Health

October 18, 2010

 

Monthly newsletter philanthropy in health care.

http://www.gih.org/usr_doc/GIH100indf



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