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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

December, 2010

HOGG FOUNDATION

 

Three students recipients of bilingual scholarships

KETR FM, Commerce

December 13, 2010

 

AUSTIN - Texas A&M University-Commerce graduate students Lizette Flores, Alma Ramirez and Mayra Vargas have been awarded scholarships from the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health to support bilingual mental health services in Texas. All are students in the Department of Social Work.

http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/ketr/news.newsmain/article/0/0/1736874/The.Lead/Three.students.recipients.of.bilingual.scholarships

 

 

TEXAS NEWS

 

GOP nearing supermajority in Texas House

Dallas Morning News

December 14, 2010

 

AUSTIN - Republicans in the Texas House will have carte blanche to do pretty much whatever they want. A decision over the weekend by Democrat Allan Ritter to switch parties means the GOP should hold 100 of the House's 150 seats when lawmakers return to work next month. ... The House supermajority means Republicans can fix Texas' giant budget deficit as they see fit - by slashing state programs and avoiding tax increases. They also can approve constitutional amendments, such as bans on key provisions of the federal health care overhaul - all without a single Democratic vote.

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/texassouthwest/stories/121410dntexpartyswitchers.ff72b0a.html

 

 

Texas AG Reacts to Health Care Reform Ruling

Texas Tribune

December 14, 2010

 

A federal court's ruling on Monday declaring parts of federal health care reform unconstitutional elicited plenty of reaction in Texas, which is part of a separate attempt to repeal the new law.

http://www.texastribune.org/texas-state-agencies/health-and-human-services-commission/texas-ag-reacts-health-care-reform-ruling/

 

 

Burns says he will push for anti-bullying legislation

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

December 13, 2010

 

AUSTIN -- Fort Worth Councilman Joel Burns, whose emotional "life will get better" message touched Internet audiences worldwide, on Monday strongly endorsed efforts to crack down on bullying and said he plans to make frequent trips to the state Capitol next year to urge lawmakers to enact the legislation.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2010/12/13/2701545/burns-says-he-will-push-for-anti.html#ixzz1864bY5XG

 

 

Post-Traumatic Stress: For a vet in crisis, an informed officer; At HPD academy, survivor of battles builds bridge of understanding

Houston Chronicle

December 14, 2010

 

... About 40 percent of HPD's patrol officers have received crisis intervention training, which became mandatory for all cadets in 2007, said Frank Webb, a senior officer with HPD's Mental Health Unit. The training previously included a segment on PTSD, but this year, the department supplemented the training with longer and more comprehensive classes. The sessions feature veterans diagnosed with PTSD, VA psychologists, and officials from the city of Houston's Office of Veterans Affairs.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7337926.html

 

 

The less parents are stressed, the less kids are

Dallas Morning News

December 14, 2010

 

... Dr. Kay Allensworth, the Texas coordinator of the American Psychological Association's public education campaign, says she was struck by how few parents are aware of how stressed children are today, as revealed in the APA's 2010 Stress in America survey. As many as 47 percent of tweens (defined as 8-to-12-year-olds) and 33 percent of teens feel sad when their parents are stressed, according to the report, which was conducted online by Harris Interactive in August.

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/fea/healthyliving2/stories/DN-nh_kidfitstress_1214gd.ART.State.Edition1.4363c2b.html

 

 

Hospitals tout online wait times for ER visits

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

December 13, 2010

 

Hate spending hours in an emergency room for a deep cut or some other minor medical crisis? Now, consumers who are pressed for time don't have to wait around. They can text, go online or download an iPhone app to find the emergency room wait times at eight HCA North Texas hospitals and one free-standing facility.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2010/12/13/2701634/hospitals-tout-online-wait-times.html#ixzz1864AcNcg

 

 

More Crisis Calls Expected During Holidays, Budget Concerns

KTEN

December 13, 2010

 

SHERMAN, TX--Buying gifts, high credit card bills, or simply not having family around can stress out an already mentally ill person during the holidays. A crisis team in Texoma makes sure that those who call for help are answered, but they're worried that their 24-7 services could be cut short.

http://www.kten.com/Global/story.asp?S=13666890

 

 

CCPD Aims At Getting Repeat Offenders Off The Street

KRIS Corpus Christi News

December 13, 2010

 

CORPUS CHRISTI -- Corpus Christi police are looking at the people they arrest the most and a common trend came up -- homelessness.  ...By pairing them with mental help professionals, the department hopes they can end a trend that is costing them in both time and money.

http://www.kristv.com/news/ccpd-aims-at-getting-repeat-offenders-off-the-street/

 

 

Nacogdoches experts speak on suicide prevention

KTRE

December 13, 2010

 

NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - Autumn, the holidays, and the approaching shorter days of winter. For some individuals, an otherwise joyous time, can lead to untreated depression, the number one cause for suicide.

http://www.ktre.com/Global/story.asp?S=13666443

 

 

Man killed in Friday accident was homeless

Victoria Advocate

December 13, 2010

 

Some Victoria homeless advocates think they may know a homeless man who died Friday in an auto-pedestrian accident.  ... Many homeless people are dealing with substance abuse or mental health issues, said Doc Bartlett, Salvation Army program director.

http://www.victoriaadvocate.com/news/2010/dec/13/jo_auto_pedestrian_update_121310_121898/?news&police-courts

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Medicaid cuts: teeth pulled, transplant called off

Chicago Tribune

December 14, 2010

 

CHICAGO (AP) - ... Across the country, state lawmakers have taken harsh actions to try to rein in the budget-busting costs of the health care program that serves 58 million poor and disabled Americans. Some states have cut payments to doctors, paid bills late and trimmed benefits such as insulin pumps, obesity surgery and hospice care. Lawmakers are bracing for more work when they reconvene in January. Some states face multibillion-dollar deficits. Federal stimulus money for Medicaid is soon to evaporate. And Medicaid enrollment has never been higher because of job losses.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-us-medicaidcuts-stat,0,7793286.story

 

 

HHS issues new strategic framework on multiple chronic conditions

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

December 14, 2010

 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today issued its new Strategic Framework on Multiple Chronic Conditions - an innovative private-public sector collaboration to coordinate responses to a growing challenge. More than a quarter of all Americans - and two out of three older Americans - have multiple chronic conditions, and treatment for these individuals accounts for 66 percent of the country's health care budget.

http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2010pres/12/20101214a.html

 

 

Untangling the Myths About Attention Disorder

The New York Times

December 13, 2010

 

As recently as 2002, an international group of leading neuroscientists found it necessary to publish a statement arguing passionately that attention deficit hyperactivity disorder was a real condition. ...Even so, I've lately read a number of articles and essays that use attention (or its lack) as a marker and a metaphor for something larger in society - for the multitasking, the electronic distractions, the sense that the nature of concentration may be changing, that people feel nibbled at, overscheduled, distracted, irritable. But A.D.H.D. is not a metaphor.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/14/health/14klass.html?ref=health

 

 

Warning signs of tragedy: Marci Webber, accused of killing daughter, had troubled history, but acquaintances didn't expect violence

Chicago Tribune

December 14, 2010

 

... Many who know Webber recounted for the Tribune warning signs that, combined with court records, show the transformation of a once-promising artist and activist into an increasingly unpredictable woman. Taken individually, the troubling events did not cause family, friends and experts to suspect Webber would hurt Maggie. But seen collectively, and in hindsight, they raise a solemn question: Could Maggie have been saved?

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-webber-profile-20101213,0,6699690.story

 

 

Group warns against direct giving to homeless camp

San Antonio Express News

December 13, 2010

 

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) - Those who want to help those living in a homeless camp in St. Joseph should donate through charitable agencies, not directly, because many residents have mental health problems and some might be dangerous, a charity official said Monday.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/default/article/Group-warns-against-direct-giving-to-homeless-camp-878154.php

 

 

Did Valley Mental Health mishandle public funds?

The Salt Lake Tribune

December 14, 2010

 

In 2009, Valley Mental Health announced it was facing a steep deficit and planned to lay off up to 125 employees. But for its best-paid employees, it had been a very good year.

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/home/50780324-76/valley-health-county-mental.html.csp

 

 

Florida Governor Signs PTSD Awareness Week Proclamation

PRWEB

December 13, 2010

 

Florida's Governor, Charlie Crist, signed a proclamation Friday, Dec 10th, bringing PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) awareness into the Florida spotlight, and in so doing, made the plight and dream of a 20 year homeless veteran advocate and local community hero come true.

http://www.prweb.com/releases/prweb2010PTSDawareness/12veteransupport/prweb8025093.htm

 

 

HEALTHCARE REFORM

 

Federal judge in Va. strikes down part of health-care law

Washington Post

December 14, 2010

 

RICHMOND - A federal judge in Virginia ruled Monday that it is unconstitutional for the government to compel Americans to buy health insurance, marking the first time a court has struck down any facet of the massive new law to overhaul the nation's health-care system.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/13/AR2010121302420.html?hpid=topnews

 

 

Law Will Proceed, Administration Says

New York Times

December 13, 2010

 

WASHINGTON - A court decision striking down a central provision of the new health care law will not disrupt efforts to carry it out, even though the ruling could increase confusion and embolden critics, Obama administration officials and employers said Monday.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/14/health/policy/14impact.html?_r=1&emc=tnt&tntemail0=y

 

 

Fate of health-care law likely to be decided by Supreme Court

Washington Post

December 13, 2010

 

Perhaps the only issue on which opponents and supporters of the health-care law can agree is that its fate will probably be decided by the Supreme Court.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/13/AR2010121306800.html?hpid=topnews

 

 

Panel Set to Study Safety of Electronic Patient Data

New York Times

December 13, 2010

 

Almost two years ago, President Obama pledged $19 billion in stimulus incentives to help convert the nation's doctors and hospitals to using a paperless system of electronic health records intended to improve the quality of care and reduce costs. But the conversion is still a slow work in progress.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/14/business/14records.html?emc=tnt&tntemail0=y

 

 

Americans' Opinions Of Health Law Shifts - Just A Little

Kaiser Health News

December 13, 2010

 

Nine months after the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, Americans remain just as divided over the federal health care overhaul as they were in the weeks immediately following its passage, a tracking poll released Monday by the Kaiser Family Foundation suggests.

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2010/December/13/KFF-december-poll.aspx

 

 

New federal health law aids those close to retiring

San Francisco Chronicle

December 14, 2010

 

People ages 50 to 64 are most likely to benefit from the new federal health law because they have the highest rates of long-term unemployment among working-age adults and are more likely to have health problems that would make it tough for them to buy individual coverage, according to a report being released today.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/12/13/MNEV1GPVBS.DTL#ixzz186B33chs

 

 

Judges Divided on Health-Care Law

The Wall Street Journal

December 14, 2010

 

Within a fortnight of each other, two federal judges in Virginia, relying on identical precedents and hearing carbon-copy arguments, issued diametrically opposed decisions on the constitutionality of the federal health-care overhaul. Read side by side, the two rulings reveal strikingly divergent views of what the case is about-and suggest that the fate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 will rest on which depiction best satisfies the Supreme Court.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703727804576018202081317610.html

 

 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

 

Official: Mentally ill workers enslaved in China

Austin American-Statesman

December 14, 2010

 

BEIJING (AP) - A Chinese official said Tuesday that authorities were on their way to rescue a group of mentally ill workers who state media reports said were enslaved in a factory and given dog food to eat.

http://www.statesman.com/news/nation/official-mentally-ill-workers-enslaved-in-china-1119097.html?cxtype=rss_ece_frontpage

 

 

4,000 Juárez doctors go on strike

El Paso Times

December 14, 2010

 

JUAREZ -- It was a different kind of strike. In this one, physicians were not demanding better working conditions, higher salaries or better benefits. In a city that averages nine murders a day, about 4,000 doctors refused to work Monday in a drastic measure to protest the government's inability to curtail drug-cartel violence.

http://www.elpasotimes.com/news/ci_16852559

 

 

OPINIONS

 

Uncertain mandate on health care

Chicago Tribune

December 13, 2010

 

The Obama administration's massive health insurance reform plan had to pass through numerous minefields before it finally became law. Now it has entered a new and equally uncertain part of the journey - the path through the courts. Monday, a federal judge struck down a part of the law on which its success may depend. Judge Henry Hudson, of the U.S. District Court in Virginia, ruled that while Congress has the power to regulate the insurance industry, it may not force individuals to buy coverage.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-edit-health-20101213,0,1094666.story

 

 

Striking down the health insurance mandate

Chicago Tribune

December 13, 2010

 

My single favorite phrase in the Constitution is: "Congress shall make no law..." So I take heart from the federal court ruling that the federal government may not force individuals to buy private health insurance. There is, I grant, much to be said for the attempt to extend health coverage to everyone. But a desirable goal doesn't justify all means.

http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/steve_chapman/2010/12/striking-down-the-health-insurance-mandate.html#tp

 

 

A Fatal Blow to Obama's Health Care Law?

The New York Times

December 13, 2010

 

A federal district judge in Richmond, Va., ruled on Monday that the new health care law's provision requiring individuals to buy health insurance is unconstitutional. Judge Henry E. Hudson wrote that the requirement goes beyond Congress's authority under the Commerce Clause of the Constitution. ...What arguments are convincing -- or problematic -- in Judge Hudson's decision? And how might this ruling affect the politics surrounding the law?

http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2010/12/13/a-fatal-blow-to-obamas-health-care-law

 

 

RESEARCH

 

Animal Study Suggests Dietary Link to Mental Illness

Psych Central News

December 14, 2010

 

Emerging research on mice suggests that changes in diet can both reduce and/or trigger mental illness.

http://psychcentral.com/news/2010/12/14/animal-study-suggests-dietary-link-to-mental-illness/21786.html

 

 

Lay Therapists In India Can Make A Difference In Mental Illness

National Public Radio

December 13, 2010

 

...Mental illnesses exact a heavy toll in developing countries, where they can make it even harder for people to provide for themselves and their families, as the World Health Organization found in an analysis. In India, there is only 1 psychiatrist for every 400,000 people, according to the Indian government.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2010/12/13/132031411/lay-therapists-in-india-can-make-a-difference-in-mental-illness

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/211157.php

 

 

Tailored approach to non-adherence advised in psychotic patients

Med Wire News

December 14, 2010

 

Treatment adherence therapy (TAT) for patients with psychotic disorders should take into account the reasons for each individual's non-adherence, say researchers who have shown such a strategy to be beneficial.

 http://www.medwire-news.md/47/90454/Psychiatry/Tailored_approach_to_non-adherence_advised_in_psychotic_patients_.html

 

 

Genetic variation in serotonin receptor linked to bipolar disorder

Med Wire News

December 14, 2010

 

Variations in the gene encoding serotonin receptor 2C (5HTR2C) are associated with the incidence of bipolar disorder, according to the results of a population study.

http://www.medwire-news.md/47/90455/Psychiatry/Genetic_variation_in_serotonin_receptor_linked_to_bipolar_disorder.html

 

 

Few Long-Term Psychological Effects After Job Loss

Medical News Today

December 14, 2010

 

Losing a job is a profoundly distressing experience, but the unemployed may be more resilient than previously believed - the vast majority eventually end up as satisfied with life as they were before they lost their jobs, according to a new analysis published by the American Psychological Association.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/211325.php

 

 

FEATURES & RESOURCES

 

Addressing Health Disparities Leadership Program: Nominate Your Mid-Level Managers by Dec 31

National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare

December 14, 2010

 

We invite nominations for the inaugural 2011 class of the National Council's Addressing Health Disparities Leadership Program. Selected participants will join a yearlong learning community of mid-level managers working in community behavioral health organizations. The competitive application process is open through December 31, 2010 - learn more and nominate your managers today.

http://www.thenationalcouncil.org/cs/addressing_health_disparities_leadership_program

 

 

Pair given NAMI Ray of Hope

San Antonio Express News

December 13, 2010

 

FREMONT -- Nearly 200 people gathered recently for NAMI's eighth annual Ray of Hope Award dinner at Crystal Arbors in Fremont to honor two area women for their leadership and service to people with mental illness.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/default/article/Pair-given-NAMI-Ray-of-Hope-878855.php

 

 

Doctors Unraveling Autism's Cause

KSAT San Antonio

December 14, 2010

 

...There are many different kinds of treatments for children with autism spectrum disorders, some behavioral. There are also medication treatments that we can use to treat a child's comorbid symptoms (other conditions such as ADHD, or depression or anxiety) that often co-occur with autism spectrum disorders. Children with autism are at a much higher risk for having those co morbid conditions, so we have to treat those concerns also.

http://www.ksat.com/health/26121200/detail.html

 

 

PHILANTHROPY

 

Blue Shield of California Foundation Awards $1.7 Million

Philanthropy News Digest

December 13, 2010

 

The Blue Shield of California Foundation has announced grants totaling $1.7 million to ten California counties working to get a head start on implementing new coverage options under the federal health reform law that will go into effect in 2014.

http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/news/story.jhtml;jsessionid=Z1PGPEAZUI4ZJLAQBQ4CGW15AAAACI2F?id=317400022



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