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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

November, 2010

Today's Clips - November 22, 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

 

Insiders on How the Budget Will Be Balanced

Texas Tribune

November 22, 2010

 

State finance people are not kicking out much information, but insiders think the budget shortfall next year will be in excess of $15 billion. Two-thirds of them think it'll be more than $20 billion.

http://www.texastribune.org/texas-polling/inside-intelligence/insiders-on-how-the-budget-will-be-balanced/

 

 

Panel: Continue TYC for 6 years

Austin American-Statesman

November 19, 2010

 

In a victory for its supporters, the staff of a state agency reviewing the future of several agencies recommended Friday that the once-troubled Texas Youth Commission stay in business for at least six more years.

http://www.statesman.com/news/texas/youth-commission-recommended-to-continue-for-6-years-1061013.html

 

 

Report: Juvenile Correction Agency Has Improved

Texas Tribune

November 19, 2010

 

Texas' juvenile correction agency has made major improvements in protecting youths within the past three years, with increases in staff training and installation of a video monitoring system, according to a new report.

http://www.texastribune.org/texas-state-agencies/texas-youth-commission/report-juvenile-correction-agency-has-improved/

 

 

Many black children being left behind; What's more troubling than the number of youths in CPS care is how many are African-American

Houston Chronicle

November 22, 2010

 

... While the overall number of children in foster care is troubling, officials are especially concerned with the disproportionate number of black children in state custody - they make up more than half of Texas' foster care population.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7305730.html

 

 

Bexar County Criminal Justice Plan For 2010-2012 Unveiled: Community Leaders Fear Budget Shortfall Will Put Programs In Jeopardy

KSAT 12 News

November 19, 2010

 

SAN ANTONIO -- On Friday morning, members of the Bexar County Commissioners Court gathered to unveil the Criminal Justice Plan for 2010-2012.  ...This year, 100 individuals contributed to the plan, bringing in expertise in law enforcement, prosecution, judiciary, health care, mental health care, social services, employment and education.

http://www.ksat.com/news/25853403/detail.html

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

5 Tips to Avoid Depression in College

U.S. News & World Report

November 19, 2010

 

...Roughly half of college students will have some degree of psychiatric disorder-mainly depression-at some point during their time in school, according to a 2008 study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry. Even more startling, 6.2 percent of college students surveyed in 2009 considered suicide and 1.3 percent attempted it, according to an American College Health Association study released this spring.

http://www.usnews.com/articles/education/best-colleges/2010/11/19/5-tips-to-avoid-depression-in-college.html

 

 

HEALTHCARE REFORM

 

Consumer Risks Feared as Health Law Spurs Mergers

New York Times

November 20, 2010

 

WASHINGTON - When Congress passed the health care law, it envisioned doctors and hospitals joining forces, coordinating care and holding down costs, with the prospect of earning government bonuses for controlling costs. Now, eight months into the new law there is a growing frenzy of mergers involving hospitals, clinics and doctor groups eager to share costs and savings, and cash in on the incentives.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/21/health/policy/21health.html?_r=1&ref=health

 

 

Health plans must spend premiums on medical care

Washington Post

November 22, 2010

 

WASHINGTON -- Health insurers must spend most of the premiums they collect for medical care, or issue rebates to consumers, the Obama administration said in regulations issued Monday. The rule unveiled by the Health and Human Services department requires insurance companies to spend at least 80 cents of the premium dollar on medical care and quality. For employer plans covering more than 50 people, the requirement is 85 cents.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/22/AR2010112202177.html

 

 

Affordable Care Act bolsters the primary care workforce in medically underserved communities

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

November 22, 2010

 

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced the launch of the new application cycle for the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment Program, during a visit to Total Health Care, a community health center in Baltimore. The NHSC offers primary care medical, dental and mental health clinicians up to $60,000 to repay student loans in exchange for two years of service at health care facilities in medically underserved areas.

http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2010pres/11/20101122b.html

 

 

Employers' health-care costs soar

Washington Post

November 22, 2010

 

The cost to employers of providing health benefits soared 6.9 percent on average this year, according to a national survey released last week, an increase some experts say was driven by the growing use of expensive imaging devices in hospitals and an expanding population of aging and obese patients suffering from chronic conditions.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/19/AR2010111906270.html

 

 

Reaching the remote: Telemedicine gains ground

American Medical News

November 22, 2010

 

Services that provide specialists to patients in underserved areas are likely to expand as demands on the health care system increase.

http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2010/11/22/prsa1122.htm

 

 

Austin startups aiming tech expertise at health care costs

Austin American-Statesman

November 21, 2010

 

Health care reform may be a moving target in Washington, but investors in Austin's small but growing crop of health care information technology startups say they're not pulling back.

http://www.statesman.com/business/technology/austin-startups-aiming-tech-expertise-at-health-care-1064974.html

 

 

Some States Weigh Unthinkable Option: Ending Medicaid

Wall Street Journal

November 22, 2010

 

Huge budget shortfalls are prompting a handful of states to begin discussing a once-unthinkable scenario: dropping out of the Medicaid insurance program for the poor. Elected and appointed officials in nearly a half-dozen states, including Washington, Texas and South Carolina, have publicly thrown out the idea. Wyoming and Nevada this year produced detailed studies of what would happen should they withdraw from the program.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704444304575628603406482936.html

 

 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

 

TV mental health portrayal rapped

British Broadcasting Corporation

November 21, 2010

 

Many depictions of mental illness on TV are frightening and misleading, a government-backed report says. The study, commissioned by the Department of Health, found nearly half of all mentally ill characters were portrayed as dangerous to others. Its author said the "axe-wielding maniac" stereotype should be ditched.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-11800017

 

 

Social ills must be addressed: indigenous mental health

The Australian

November 20, 2010

 

WITH the high profile given to mental health during the recent federal election, the discussion about it takes on a new prominence.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/health-science/social-ills-must-be-addressed-indigenous-mental-health/story-e6frg8y6-1225956006641

 

 

OPINIONS

 

Texas shares the blame for foster care tragedy

Houston Chronicle

November 20, 2010

 

Sixteen-year-old-Michael Owens, who died on Nov. 5 at the Daystar Residential facility in Manvel, was the fifth child to die at Daystar and the fourth child whose death was caused by asphyxiation while being restrained by the facility's staff. As awful as the facts are about this child's death, it is equally troubling that the state agency responsible for placing this boy at Daystar knew how serious the problems were at this facility and did little more than monitor them.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/editorial/outlook/7304200.html

 

 

When Texas Legislature convenes, sacred cows will head to the slaughter

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

November 20, 2010

 

... The 2010-11 budget that lawmakers adopted in 2009 was $182 billion. More than $75 billion of that was state funding for education; $53 billion to public school districts and $22 billion for universities and other higher education. And $60 billion went to health and human services programs. Do the math. Nearly 75 percent of this year's state budget, or $135 billion, went to schools and HHS, which includes healthcare programs.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2010/11/20/2646452/when-texas-legislature-convenes.html

 

 

Better approach needed for housing the homeless

Austin American-Statesman

November 20, 2010

 

... Ideally, permanent housing for homeless people would be matched with a host of services to address their medical, mental, employment and social needs, giving them their best shot of overcoming factors that keep them down and out. It is very difficult for a man or woman to gain stability get and keep a job, recover from substance abuse or stay out of jail if they are living on the street or in a temporary shelter.

http://www.statesman.com/opinion/better-approach-needed-for-housing-the-homeless-1060571.html

 

 

Fort Hood hearing left important, lingering questions; Why, and what will we really learn from the why?

Austin American-Statesman

November 20, 2010

 

... Still others see the shooting as the latest example of violent incidents at American military installations and a sign that the military mental health system is inadequate to handle the numbers of returning troops suffering from psychological ailments like post-traumatic stress disorder. Hasan was never deployed, but some have suggested that counselors can develop secondary PTSD after hearing about the horrors of war.

http://www.statesman.com/opinion/insight/fort-hood-hearing-left-important-lingering-questions-1063095.html

 

 

Manic panic over bipolar disorder in children

Dallas Morning News

November 19, 2010

 

... Several child psychiatrists with whom I spoke endorsed variations of this theme: Much of the debate around bipolar disorder in kids is fixated on quixotic attempts to shoehorn complex behaviors into neat labels instead of studying and treating the various complex symptoms themselves, like inflexibility, irritability and anxiety. We now have great behavioral tools for relieving those symptoms. But so long as the right resources are only deployed for those children who can score a label like "bipolar disorder," we're doomed to an endless cycle of coming up with new names for old problems.

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/opinion/points/stories/DN-sanghavi_21edi.2476d1ba8.html

 

 

Maybe your child is gifted, not bipolar

Dallas Morning News

November 19, 2010

 

As "bipolar" increasingly becomes a term applied to children with certain behavioral issues, we all must agree that misdiagnosis is a possibility. It has been in the past and will be in the future as we find new names and labels to apply to a child who doesn't fit within the norm. There is one more label that I ask parents, educators, counselors, physicians and mental health professionals to consider: "gifted."

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/opinion/points/stories/DN-srinvasan_21edi.State.Edition1.26701bc.html

 

 

Down on Medicaid? Consider the lift for the Texas economy

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

November 19, 2010

 

The idea of Texas dropping Medicaid makes a good sound bite, if you're selling a book or burnishing your conservative credentials. But as a public policy proposal, it's a nonstarter. No state, not even Texas, would walk away from $15 billion in federal funds to treat its most needy residents, three-quarters of whom are children. Texas' budget problems would explode -- or be shifted to local governments and their taxpayers.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2010/11/19/2646321/down-on-medicaid-consider-the.html#ixzz161n1wRXN

 

 

Indiana's experiment with Medicaid a flop

Houston Chronicle

November 20, 2010

 

... In the case of Medicaid, we have a particularly good example from Indiana. The state's Healthy Indiana Plan offers subsidies to help certain low income uninsured people purchase private health insurance plans, in lieu of offering them traditional Medicaid. The concept sounds irreproachable. Beneficiaries who otherwise wouldn't be able to afford coverage get it, health care providers get better reimbursement than they would if the beneficiaries were covered via Medicaid, and the state pays less than it would if it offered the beneficiaries traditional Medicaid coverage. What's not to like? Unfortunately, lots.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/editorial/outlook/7304201.html

 

 

The fragile family effect

Dallas Morning News

November 20, 2010

 

... The Fragile Families kids growing up with single mothers have more behavior problems than those with two parents; those problems worsen with every "transition" - that is, every new relationship and breakup.

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/opinion/viewpoints/stories/DN-hymowitz_20edi.ART.State.Edition1.4b94781.html

 

 

Our Military Families Under Fire

Huffington Post

November 19, 2010

 

...As recently as a decade ago, child advocates could afford to ignore military children. After all, they are lucky enough to have at least one working parent; to live in decent housing; and to have health insurance. But beyond these basics, experts remind us that many other factors can put children at risk for poor outcomes: experiencing family disruption; having a single parent; suffering from abuse or trauma; or having a parent who suffers from mental illness or substance use.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bruce-lesley/our-military-families-und_b_786039.html

 

 

A Healing Agent: The Chicago Catholic Archdiocesan Commission on Mental Illness

National Alliance on Mental Illness

November 22, 2010

 

Mental illnesses can be isolating for people and their families. Sadly, the misperceptions about serious mental illness often keep them from participating in their faith communities. They may encounter stigma and societal misperceptions. Feeling unwelcome, they also may feel rejected by God. Rather than mirroring the prejudices of society, congregations can challenge those assumptions by accepting and reaching out to all people-to open doors and minds to the gifts of all God's people.

http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=Whats_New43&template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=111086

 

 

Defining suicide as a public health problem involves more people in prevention       

UTA The Shorthorn

November 21, 2010

 

Suicide is no accident and it is more than a clinical problem. The tragic human act of self-destruction leaves a wake of pain and suffering. Suicide is preventable. One of my late psychiatric colleagues believed that nothing could be done to prevent suicides. I could not disagree more.

http://www.theshorthorn.com/content/view/20970/266/

 

 

RESEARCH

 

Behavior Disorders Boost Crash Risk for Teen Boys: Study

HealthDay News

November 19, 2010

 

Male teens with disruptive behavior disorders have a one-third increased risk of being seriously injured in a traffic crash, either as a driver or a pedestrian, new research has found. Their increased risk is similar to that of epilepsy patients, said Dr. Donald Redelmeier, from the University of Toronto in Canada, and his colleagues.

http://consumer.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=646018

 

 

Genetic Link to Anorexia?

Psych Central News

November 22, 2010

 

Researchers have identified both common and rare gene variants associated with the eating disorder anorexia nervosa.

http://psychcentral.com/news/2010/11/22/genetic-link-to-anorexia/21136.html

 

 

Tweaking Estrogen Holds Promise for Some Mental Disorders

Psych Central News

November 22, 2010

 

As many people know, estrogen hormones express a yin and yang effect for women. New research suggests a method by which the beneficial characteristics may be evoked without detrimental risk.

http://psychcentral.com/news/2010/11/19/tweaking-estrogen-holds-promise-for-some-mental-disorders/21089.html

 

 

Does Sex Matter? It May When Evaluating Mental Status

Medical News Today

November 19, 2010

 

Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that differs between the sexes in terms of age at onset, symptomatology, response to medication, and structural brain abnormalities. Now, a new study from the Université de Montréal shows that there is gender difference between men and women's mental ability - with women performing better than men. These findings, published recently in, Schizophrenia Research, have implications for the more than 300 000 affected Canadians.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/208553.php

 

 

Understanding Patients' Beliefs And Attitudes Allows Clinicians To Address Misconceptions, Stigma Related To Depression

Medical News Today

November 22, 2010

 

A treatment model designed to accommodate the beliefs and concerns of Chinese immigrants appears to significantly improve the recognition and treatment of major depression in this typically underserved group.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/208680.php

 

 

FEATURES & RESOURCES

 

Free Webinar -- Mental Health First Aid: Replicate the C4 Success Story

National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare

November 19, 2010

 

Since 2008, Community Counseling Centers of Chicago (C4) has offered Mental Health First Aid to social service agencies, community centers, schools, hospitals, community colleges, and faith-based groups. With a new $96,500 state grant from the Illinois Department of Human Services, C4 plans to train at least 600 Mental Health First Aiders a year over the next three years. Learn from C4's success. Wednesday, December 1, 2010, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. eastern time.

https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/405508323

 

 

East Texas veterans in distress: Jacksonville native on mission to help

Jacksonville Daily Progress

Nov 20, 2010

 

JACKSONVILLE - Julianne Sanford knows better than most what East Texas military families are going through.  ...Sanford organized the Lone Star Military Resource Group. At their second meeting, they discovered their Access representatives from the local MHMR were also working on a resource guide, and had already been awarded grant funding for it.  ...The guide will contain information on resources including family support, jobs, education, mental health, youth education, medical, social services, veteran's organizations, faith-based organizations, public safety and judicial information.

http://jacksonvilleprogress.com/homepage/x1996462373/East-Texas-veterans-in-distress

 

 

NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: November 2010

National Alliance on Mental Illness

November 22, 2010

 

In This Issue:

 

    * A Healing Agent: The Chicago Catholic Archdiocesan Commission on Mental Illness

    * New Survey: Religion Helps, Hurts Depression

    * CMS: A Faith and Community-Based Gathering

    * Social Networking Support for People Affected by Mental Illness

http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=Whats_New43&template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=111090



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