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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

January, 2011



2 University of Houston students receive Hogg Foundation Bilingual Scholarship; Funds support full tuition to Graduate College of Social Work


January 3, 2011


Maria Cano and Yuliana Medina, first-year students at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work (UH GCSW), received the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health Bilingual Scholarship.



Two UH Students Receive Hogg Foundation Bilingual Scholarship; Funds Support Full Tuition to Graduate College of Social Work

Cypress Times

January 3, 2011


HOUSTON, TX - Maria Cano and Yuliana Medina, first-year students at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work (UH GCSW), received the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health Bilingual Scholarship.





A TT Interview With Prisons Expert Michele Deitch

Texas Tribune

January 4, 2011


... The Texas Tribune talked with Michele Deitch, a jail conditions expert and professor at the University of Texas' LBJ School of Public Affairs, about whether closing facilities would be an effective cost-saver and what the impact might be on both the prisoners and on the staff who are charged with overseeing them. The best money-saving plan, Deitch says, is to maintain treatment programs that keep offenders in their communities and to reduce some of the harsh, long-term jail sentences often doled out in Texas' notoriously tough criminal justice system.



Defendant seeks halt to fight against death penalty; Lawyers asked to stop opposing constitutionality

Houston Chronicle

January 3, 2011


Defendants with their lives at stake rarely ask their lawyers to stop trying to declare the death penalty unconstitutional, but Travis Mullis has a different view of the world. ... Mullis, who says he was diagnosed as a teenager as having bipolar mental illness, filed his handwritten motion in November asking that the death penalty motions be withdrawn.



Jailer charged in inmate's death; four others fired as investigation continues

Longview News-Journal

January 4, 2011


A Gregg County jailer was arrested, four others were fired and one resigned in connection with the death of a Gilmer woman who died last week while in jail custody.  ...After she died, Cowling's family raised questions about why the jail denied Cowling her prescribed medications for mental illness while she was in custody.



Spindletop MHMR to become "Spindletop Center"


December 30, 2010


Beaumont -- Effective Jan. 1, 2011, Spindletop MHMR (Mental Health, Mental Retardation) will become "Spindletop Center." This change is in line with a trend of removing the letters "MR" from the names of community mental health centers due to the evolution of the way providers refer to mental retardation diagnoses.



Mental health agency cuts 'retardation' from name

Amarillo Globe-News

December 29, 2010


An agency focused on people with mental illness and intellectual disabilities is changing its name to Texas Panhandle Centers - Behavioral & Developmental Health.



Disabled Sinton Man Missing

News 6

January 3, 2011


SINTON, Texas - A Sinton man suffering from mental illness is missing, and his family says they have contacted hospitals and police but have had no luck.



Man who killed mom asks for 2nd jury hearing

CBS 19

January 4, 2011


A Beaumont man held in a state mental institution since his trial in the 1994 stabbing and dismemberment death of his mother is asking for a trial by jury to decide if he is well enough to be released.  ...Harrison, who has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, is entitled to a hearing every year to decide if he is well enough to undergo outpatient treatment rather than confinement.



Man accused of sexually assaulting disabled man

San Antonio Express News

December 29, 2010


A man with a history of more than 20 felony arrests in two states was jailed Tuesday, accused of sexually assaulting another man in an abandoned home last month.  ...The affidavit does not include the man's age but describes him as diagnosed with schizophrenia and disabled.





Portland Chief Mike Reese vows to search for ways to reduce police use of deadly force

The Oregonian

January 04, 2011


Portland Police Chief Mike Reese on Monday called the unusual spate of officer-involved shootings "unacceptable" and vowed to have his training division and outside experts research equipment, police tactics and all of last year's shootings to determine what can be done to limit police use of deadly force.  ...A separate group of local police and mental health experts are in their ninth month of studying how to eliminate unnecessary Portland police encounters with people suffering from mental illness and have reviewed 40 nonfatal encounters since March 2009.


Ala. Medicaid limits data on medical providers to US senator

Montgomery Advertiser

January 2, 2011


Alabama Medicaid has fi­nally handed over records about the top providers in the state of prescription pain and anti-psychotic drugs, but it contains fewer details than some other states have provided.





House sets Jan. 12 vote on repeal of health-care law

Washington Post

January 4, 2011


House Republicans have set Jan. 12 as their day to vote on a repeal of President Obama's health-care law, after a midterm election in which they campaigned against the landmark legislation as a government takeover of the health industry.



GOP Faces Uphill Climb To Undo Health Law

National Public Radio

January 4, 2011


... But while House Republicans are likely to hail it as a major victory and campaign promise kept, it's unlikely to get far in the Senate, which remains controlled by Democrats. So, Cantor says, House Republicans will then turn to Plan B. "We intend to work with the House committees to make sure that we can delay and defund the ObamaCare bill." But again, House Republicans can't act alone. And even delaying or defunding it won't be easy.



Healthcare changes and new rules in the new year

Los Angeles Times

January 3, 2011


Healthcare changes are nothing to worry about anymore. That's because they're here, as of the new year. Though not every healthcare change will affect you or your family, some are bound to have an impact on your wallet -- maybe even in a good way. An Orlando Sentinel story reports on seven changes you can expect this year.,0,1640784.story



Cuomo Targeting Medicaid Spending

Wall Street Journal

January 4, 2011


ALBANY-Gov. Andrew Cuomo is aiming to reduce the state's Medicaid spending by billions of dollars, exceeding the size of cuts to the program proposed in past years, according to individuals with knowledge of his budget.



Brownback agenda to include Medicaid reform

Kansas Health Institute

January 3, 2011


TOPEKA - Re-designing the state Medicaid program will be one of Governor-elect Sam Brownback's priorities after he takes office next week.





Austria searches for 220 mental patients killed in Nazi era

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

January 3, 2011


VIENNA - Austrian experts will start excavations at a grave site in March to look for up to 220 victims of a Nazi-era medical killing program, the hospital owning the location said Monday. ... The clinic was already in operation in the 1940s. Historians assume that 100 to 360 psychiatric patients were killed in the so-called euthanasia program.



Nepal: more than half of 7300 suicides were women in 2010


January 4, 2011


According to the government of Nepal, in 2010 more than 6,000,000 people, about one-third of the population, suffered from mental illness, but despite the emergency the problem has been neglected.





Even with its problems, Texas can look forward to a stronger 2011

Fort Worth Star-telegram

December 30, 2010


Forget the economic hangover. Here's a reason to celebrate the new year: Texas is getting stronger and healthier. ... Baylor believes that Texas will ultimately have to revamp its tax structure. As the state eventually grows to 50 million people, a system that depends primarily on sales tax and a slimmed-down property tax may be insufficient. Almost all states are wrestling with similar problems. At least Texas has some wind at its back.



A health-care fight Democrats should welcome

The Washington Post

January 4, 2011


If the incoming Republican leadership in the House of Representatives is serious about trying to repeal health-care reform, there's only one appropriate Democratic response: "Make my day." Just to be clear, there's no earthly chance that a bill repealing the landmark health-care overhaul could make it through Congress and be signed into law. Even if Republicans managed to hold together their new majority in the House, they would face the inconvenient fact that Democrats still control the Senate. And even if a repeal measure somehow sneaked through the Senate, President Obama would veto the thing faster than you can say "preexisting conditions."



Virginia Tech survivor: Keep guns off campus


January 3, 2011


...Permitting guns on campuses is simply a reaction to dangerous situations that come together due to failures in multiple areas of our society. It won't make it less likely that horrible tragedies will occur again. School, mental health and firearm policies to protect students and every American can and should be more thorough in the future.





A&M study seeks PTSD symptoms that up suicide risk

Austin American-Statesman

January 3, 2011


A Texas A&M University researcher is mining a unique database in hopes of helping clinicians identify the symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder that increase the risk of suicide among combat veterans. Edgar Villarreal , a doctoral student in counseling psychology, is aiming to determine which specific symptoms of PTSD - which include sleeplessness, nightmares, flashbacks, hypervigilance and feeling emotionally numb - might have a more direct link to suicide, in hopes of saving lives.



Soldiers' PTSD Tied to Lasting Psychosocial Effects

Health Day News

January 4, 2011


Concussions, mild traumatic brain injuries less likely to affect long-term outcomes, study finds. Post-traumatic stress disorder may have long-term effects on troops -- including physical, emotional and cognitive problems -- while those who suffer from concussions and mild traumatic brain injuries don't appear to encounter symptoms over the long haul, a new study suggests.



Bright Light Eases Depression in Elderly People


January 3, 2011


Exposure to bright light may ease symptoms of depression in elderly people. A new study shows that three weeks of bright light therapy using specially designed light boxes improved symptoms of depression by as much as 54% in older adults with depression. In addition to lifting their moods, bright light therapy improved sleep and optimized levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin.



Psychotropic Medication Counseling Lacking In Elderly

Internal Medicine News

January 3, 2011


DENVER - Elderly patients who consult their primary care physicians about depression or other mental health problems often get short shrift because of competing time demands in a busy office practice, an analysis of videotaped physician-patient encounters indicates.



Team Approach Works Best Fighting Depression with Diabetes, Heart Disease

Psych Central News

January 4, 2011


With many chronic health conditions such as diabetes or heart disease come additional challenges - such as depression. But more often than not, depression is either not treated to the standard of care in a primary care setting, or it's done ad hoc, rarely involving an entire health care team working for the patient.



In Women, Diabetes Plus Depression a Deadly Combo

Health Day News

January 4, 2011


Women suffering from both diabetes and depression have a greater risk of dying, especially from heart disease, a new study suggests.



Resurrecting The So-Called "Depression Gene"

Medical News Today
January 4, 2011


University of Michigan Health System researchers have found new evidence that our genes help determine our susceptibility to depression.



Brain Imaging Studies Examine How Anti-Smoking Medications May Curb Cravings

Medical News Today

January 4, 2011


The smoking cessation medications bupropion and varenicline may both be associated with changes in the way the brain reacts to smoking cues, making it easier for patients to resist cravings, according to two reports posted online today that will appear in the May print issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.



Onset age and polarity are key predictors of bipolar disorder course

Med Wire News

January 4, 2011


Patients with bipolar disorder can be divided into four approximate subgroups, based on the age at onset of illness and the polarity of the index episode, researchers say.





Parallel Lives: Having A Twin With Mental Illness

National Public Radio

January 4, 2011


...Shawn says he realized that Mary, who was diagnosed with both mental retardation and autism as a little girl, has been one of the biggest influences on his life. He tells Gross that her institutionalization at the age of 8 left him feeling alone - and confused. ...Shawn's memoir about Mary is called Twin.


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