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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

December, 2010

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$1.5M added to bilingual scholarships; Program extended for three years

KXAN Austin

December 6, 2010

 

AUSTIN (KXAN) - A statewide strategy to increase Spanish-language mental health services has proven so successful the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health is investing an additional $1.5 million to extend the program three more years.

http://www.kxan.com/dpp/news/education/$1.5m-added-to-bilingual-scholarships

 

 

Opportunities for students roundup: Moore Fellowship -- Doctoral students invited to apply for $20,000

KNOW

December 6, 2010

 

The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health invites doctoral students at The University of Texas at Austin to apply for funds to support their dissertation research. The foundation awards a $20,000 fellowship annually to one or more doctoral students completing a dissertation on the human experience in crises caused by natural or other major disasters or, in a broader sense, stress and adversity.

http://www.utexas.edu/know/2010/12/06/student_opportunities/

 

 

TEXAS NEWS

 

Feds Slated to Reduce Texas Medicaid Match

Texas Tribune

December 7, 2010

 

The biggest culprit in Texas' growing debate over escalating Medicaid costs? A mathematical formula that calculates how much the federal government pays and what's left over for the state. Already facing a record budget shortfall, Texas' Federal Medical Assistance Percentage  (FMAP) will drop more than 2 percentage points in late 2011, equivalent to a $1.2 billion hit. Only two states - Louisiana and North Dakota - will face a bigger percentage drop.

http://www.texastribune.org/texas-health-resources/health-reform-and-texas/feds-slated-to-reduce-texas-medicaid-match/

 

 

Texas' insurance commissioner forbids insurers' provisions that allowed them to interpret policies

The Dallas Morning News

December 7, 2010

 

AUSTIN - Health, life and disability insurers will no longer have blanket authority to decide what their policies do and don't cover in Texas, under rules approved Monday by Insurance Commissioner Mike Geeslin. The decision, which was sought by the state consumer advocate for insurance, ends long-standing provisions in most health and disability plans - called discretionary clauses - that give insurers the right to interpret their policies and decide what benefits must be paid.

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/politics/state/stories/DN-healthinsure_07tex.ART.State.Edition1.43c1819.html

 

 

Texas Town - Famous For High Medicare Costs - Has A Cheaper Side

Kaiser Health News

December 7, 2010

 

Did McAllen get a bum rap? McAllen, Texas, spends more on Medicare patients than almost any other part of the country. A June 2009 New Yorker article by Atul Gawande attributed the high spending to a culture of doctors that "came to treat patients the way sub-prime mortgage lenders treated home buyers: as profit centers." The article became required reading in the White House and Congress during the health care debate and turned McAllen into shorthand for America's decadent medical spending problem. But a study published today (Tuesday) in Health Affairs contradicts one of Gawande's assertions: that McAllen doctors over-treat everyone.

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2010/December/07/texas-medicare-costs-mcallen.aspx

 

 

After Sims Ellison took his life in 1995, foundation was set up to aid musicians with mental health woes

Austin American-Statesman

December 6, 2010

 

... But in taking his own life, Ellison, who suffered from anxiety and depression for years, eventually helped save the lives of other musicians. His suicide was the inspiration for the SIMS Foundation, which provides low-cost mental health services to uninsured musicians who, because of irregular working hours, low pay, easy access to alcohol and drugs and often-volatile intraband relationships, have a unique set of psychological needs.

http://www.austin360.com/music/after-sims-ellison-took-his-life-in-1995-1103118.html?cxtype=rss_ece_frontpage

 

 

Mendelsohn to step down; M.D. Anderson president force behind phenomenal growth

Houston Chronicle

December 6, 2010

 

Dr. John Mendelsohn, the architect behind the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center's emergence as the nation's No. 1 cancer hospital, will step down as president next summer.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7326953.html

 

 

Auditor: Budget blues for county: Raises in pay at sheriff's office, jail expenses are factors

Times Record News

December 7, 2010

 

Wichita County has been hit by a perfect storm of events to plunge it into budget blues.  ...County Judge Woody Gossom among them - fear if lawmakers slash services to reduce spending, the burden of picking up those services will fall on county and local governments. Gossom mentions potential cuts in mental health services as potentially adding to the maxed-out jail population.

http://www.timesrecordnews.com/news/2010/dec/07/auditor-budget-blues-for-county/

 

 

Patients of shuttered mental health clinic turn to agency

El Paso Times

December 7, 2010

 

Patients who lost care when a mental-health clinic closed Oct. 1 are running out of medication and are turning to El Paso Mental Health Mental Retardation for help, officials with the agency said Monday. And with many expected to exhaust a 90-day supply of drugs early next month, MHMR officials predict the problem will grow.

http://www.elpasotimes.com/news/ci_16793509

 

 

Special court for veterans first of its kind in county

Daily Texan

December 7, 2010

 

...At least 20 percent of soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from PTSD or other mental health issues. Coupled with substance abuse, service-related trauma prompted Travis County officials to consider adopting a veterans court program last year. In lieu of incarceration, veterans facing misdemeanor charges are diverted to treatment and counseling services. Travis County held its first special veterans court session on Nov. 11, Veteran's Day, making it the fifth Texas county to do so.

http://www.dailytexanonline.com/content/special-court-veterans-first-its-kind-county

 

 

Mental exam set for Hasan this week at jail near Fort Hood

Austin American-Statesman

December 6, 2010

 

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - The Army psychiatrist charged in last year's deadly Fort Hood shooting rampage is to have a mental evaluation this week, his attorney said Monday. Maj. Nidal Hasan will be evaluated in the county jail near the Texas Army post as early as Tuesday by a three-member military mental health panel, said his lead attorney, John Galligan.

http://www.statesman.com/news/texas/mental-exam-set-this-week-for-fort-hood-1103512.html?cxtype=rss_ece_frontpage

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

SAMHSA distributes grants to help meet the behavioral healthcare needs of people affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration

December 6, 2010

 

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) todayannounced $648,404 in SAMHSA grants to gulf coast states providing behavioral healthcare and other social services to people affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster. The grants will help the states conduct surveillance and provide data to direct the provision of behavioral healthcare services for people who are experiencing trauma and severe stress.

http://www.samhsa.gov/newsroom/advisories/1012061042.aspx

 

 

Report: Defense faces large and growing mental health problem

Government Executive

December 6, 2010

 

During the past decade, 767,290 active-duty military personnel have received a diagnosis of a mental health disorder, according to a series of reports expected to be released today by the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center in Silver Spring, Md. Overall, from January 2000 through December 2009, such diagnoses increased 60 percent.

http://www.govexec.com/story_page.cfm?articleid=46659&oref=todaysnews

 

Link to report: http://www.afhsc.mil/msmr

 

 

Court deals with veterans' time limit on benefits

San Antonio Express News

December 6, 2010

 

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court on Monday wrestled with whether to enforce a deadline for military veterans who may have physical or mental problems to appeal the denial of benefits.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/default/article/Court-deals-with-veterans-time-limit-on-benefits-863561.php

 

 

Former NFL players, WNBA superstar Holdsclaw discuss stigma around mental illness, concussions

Chicago Tribune

December 7, 2010

 

...What the seminar wants people to understand is these brain conditions - whether they're concussions resulting from football, dementia, or depression - should be discussed openly and be given more attention. And the stigmas associated with brain ailments should be dropped because they prevent people from seeking and receiving the care they need.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/sns-ap-us-athletes-mental-health,0,7291053.story

 

 

How Doctors Try to Spot Depression

The Wall Street Journal

December 7, 2010

 

...A growing number of primary-care providers are using screening tools to assess depression and other mental-health conditions during routine-care visits. They are also coordinating care of depressed patients with behavioral-health specialists. Such so-called mental-health-integration programs have been shown to reduce emergency-room visits and psychiatric-hospital admissions, and to increase employees' productivity at work.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703471904576003520708615998.html

 

 

Bioethicists call for probe of U patient's suicide

San Antonio Express News

December 6, 2010

 

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Eight bioethicists at the University of Minnesota are asking the university regents to appoint a panel of experts to investigate the suicide of a young man in a university drug trial in 2004.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/default/article/Bioethicists-call-for-probe-of-U-patient-s-suicide-863736.php

 

 

Suit filed vs. juvenile center: 8 youths allege harsh punishment, denial of water, medical care

The Marietta Times

December 7, 2010

 

A class-action lawsuit filed Monday claims eight youths formerly held at the Washington County Juvenile Center were denied basic necessities like water, medical attention and toilet paper and subjected to excessively harsh punishment that left them scarred physically and mentally.

http://www.mariettatimes.com/page/content.detail/id/531998/Suit-filed-vs--juvenile-center.html?nav=5002

 

 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

 

Doctors lament lack of progress in community mental health services

The Irish Times

December 7, 2010

 

Doctors have expressed frustration that psychiatric patients are still being admitted to antiquated institutions despite long-standing plans to modernise mental health services. In a new position paper on mental health, the Irish Medical Organisation says community mental health teams remain inadequately staffed for the provision of multidisciplinary care.

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/health/2010/1207/1224284921300.html

 

 

Unnecessary Hospital Admissions Targeted By New Payment Plan

Kaiser Health News

December 7, 2010

 

One of six patients hospitalized in Maryland in the past year ended up back in the same facility within a month, a risky situation for them and a costly one for bill payers. To keep that from happening so often, more than a dozen hospitals may join an experiment: Upend the traditional way they are paid and set in motion changes that could both boost patient care and reduce preventable admissions.

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2010/December/07/hospital-admissions.aspx

 

 

OPINIONS

 

Already lean Texas faces bitter diet

Houston Chronicle

December 7, 2010

 

Texas may be leading the nation's economic recovery, but you wouldn't know it by what is happening in state and local government. Mayor Annise Parker this week announced police department cuts and furloughs of other city employees - voluntary for now. But Austin is where the longer knives are being sharpened.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/casey/7325697.html

 

 

Dual-language education needs to be top priority in Austin

Austin American-Statesman

December 1, 2010

 

... As the director of a clinic for the uninsured, I also have struggled to find staffers who can speak Spanish, and I know many clinics and hospitals are similarly challenged to find bilingual nurses, counselors, social workers and medical personnel. Public schools exist to prepare future generations for the work force. An ability to speak English and Spanish well is an important skill in almost any profession, particularly in a multicultural city like Austin. Shouldn't our schools teach this skill?

http://www.statesman.com/opinion/dual-language-education-needs-to-be-top-priority-1091491.html

 

 

RESEARCH

 

Early Prevention, Screening Programs Reduce Chronic Disease, Studies Find

Philanthropy News Digest

December 7, 2010

 

According to several studies published in the December issue of Health Affairs, worldwide disease-prevention programs and expanded use of primary care reduce the number of deaths, illness rates, and costs associated with chronic illness.

http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/news/story.jhtml?id=316600003

 

 

Depression With Psychotic-Like Symptoms Seems Tougher to Treat

HealthDay News

December 6, 2010

 

Even as fewer Americans have sought psychotherapy for their depression, antidepressant prescription rates have continued to climb in recent years, a new survey reveals.

http://consumer.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=646994

 

 

Study: Date of birth might affect mental health

ABC7Chicago.com

December 6, 2010

 

December 6, 2010 (WLS) -- A new study indicates that the season of birth could play a role in mental health disorders later in life. A study in mice shows those born in the winter are more likely to show dramatic disruptions in their biological clocks later in life compared with those born in the summer.

http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/health&id=7827349

 

 

Mindfulness Therapy Beats Drugs in Preventing Depression Relapse

Psych Central News

December 7, 2010

 

Mindfulness therapy - in the form known as mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT)- demonstrates greater efficacy than antidepressant medications for the prevention of a depression relapse, according to new data.

http://psychcentral.com/news/2010/12/06/mindfulness-therapy-effective-for-depression-relapse/21550.html

 

 

Gene-Environment Interactions Could Influence Several Psychiatric Disorders

Medical News Today

December 7, 2010

 

Male mice born with a genetic mutation that's believed to make humans more susceptible to schizophrenia develop behaviors that mimic other major psychiatric illnesses when their mothers are exposed to an assault to the immune system while pregnant, according to new Johns Hopkins research.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/210441.php

 

 

Parental rating of symptoms useful in pediatric bipolar disorder

Med Wire News

December 7, 2010

 

Parental assessment of manic symptoms in children with bipolar disorder displays close agreement with clinician rated scores, study results show.

http://www.medwire-news.md/47/90363/Psychiatry/Parental_rating_of_symptoms_useful_in_pediatric_bipolar_disorder.html

 

 

FEATURES & RESOURCES

 

The trauma of war may have shortened the career of Mackenzie

Lubbock Avalanche Journal

December 6, 2010

 

As a commanding officer, Ranald Slidell Mackenzie took his work to heart. But he may have cared too much. When he saw, year after year, the lives of men and families torn apart by violence, stress began to take its toll.  ...The researchers have found that Mackenzie sometimes suffered depression, and as a commanding officer he was a hard-as-nails disciplinarian.

http://lubbockonline.com/life/2010-12-06/trauma-war-may-have-shortened-career-mackenzie

 

 

Son's suicide leaves mother heart broken

San Antonio Express News

December 7, 2010

 

 

Q. My 33-year-old son committed suicide five years ago while he was taking Prozac. Apparently neither the doctor nor the pharmacist warned my son or his wife that Prozac could cause suicidal thoughts.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/default/article/Son-s-suicide-leaves-mother-heart-broken-865039.php

 



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