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January, 2011

TEXAS NEWS

 

Revenue estimate puts shortfall at $27 billion

Austin American-Statesman

January 10, 2011

 

Texas is expected to collect $72.2 billion in taxes, fees and other general revenue during the 2012-13 budget, down from the $87 billion used in the current two-year budget, Comptroller Susan Combs announced Monday.

http://www.statesman.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/austin/politics/entries/2011/01/10/revenue_estimate_puts_shortfal.html

 

 

How do you cut $25 billion from Texas' budget?

Dallas Morning News

January 9, 2011

 

AUSTIN - A new crop of lawmakers, more heavily Republican than at any time in modern Texas history, reports for duty Tuesday, facing a frighteningly huge budget hole. Legislators must navigate around fiscal constraints and political pressures, knowing that this time, big cuts are coming and virtually nothing is safe.

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/latestnews/stories/010911dntexxgrbudget.9f5ae5.html

 

 

Texas Legislature Convenes, Facing Hard Choices

Texas Tribune

January 9, 2011

 

... Of course, the keys to keeping adults and juveniles alike out of prison in the first place, advocates of reform say, are the changes Texas made in specialty programs to provide more treatment for addicts and mentally ill offenders. Lawmakers, they say, should resist cutting those programs.

http://www.texastribune.org/texas-legislature/texas-legislature/texas-legislature-convenes-facing-hard-choices/

 

 

Texas Legislature: Lawmakers return to red ink, mixed voter message

Houston Chronicle

January 9, 2011

 

AUSTIN - The 82nd Legislature convenes this week in a session that could directly impact your pocketbook, the quality of your life, your children's health and education, as well as determine whether Texas can keep a grip on its claim to be a beacon of prosperity.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/7373440.html

 

 

Pending state budget cuts could hurt El Paso most

El Paso Times

January 9, 2011

 

AUSTIN -- Deep cuts to the state's budget will affect every Texan but may take their greatest toll on El Paso and other border communities, according to politicians and political observers. ... Among the concerns for Escobar is a proposed decrease in funding for the El Paso Mental Health Mental Retardation and cuts that will affect University Medical Center. The Department of State Health Services has proposed an $80 million cut that could affect the state's 39 publicly supported community mental health centers.

http://www.elpasotimes.com/news/ci_17046533?IADID=Search-www.elpasotimes.com-www.elpasotimes.com

 

 

Voters want schools and health care spared from cuts, poll finds

Austin American-Statesman

January 9, 2011

 

More than half of Texas' voters want lawmakers to spare public education and health care programs for children and lower-income families from spending cuts during the legislative session that starts this week, according to a new poll commissioned by the Austin American-Statesman and other newspapers.

http://www.statesman.com/news/texas-politics/voters-want-schools-and-health-care-spared-from-1173164.html

 

 

More Kids Go to Court for Classroom Misbehavior

Texas Tribune

January 9, 2011

 

Misbehave in a Texas classroom and, chances are, you won't find yourself scrawling rote across a blackboard after eighth period. Instead, the criminal justice system is increasingly the destination for mischief-makers - some as young as 6 - in the state's public schools, according to a new study from Texas Appleseed that analyzes data collected over a five-year period between 2001 and 2007. As school districts face deep funding cuts during the 2011 legislative session, the report sheds light on what is a rapidly growing part of public school budgets: campus security.

http://www.texastribune.org/texas-education/public-education/more-kids-go-to-court-for-classroom-misbehavior/

 

 

Q&A: Harris County's public defender sees challenges ahead

Houston Chronicle

January 9, 2011

 

Alex Bunin, hired to create Harris County's first public defender office, will begin working with his staff to represent mentally ill defendants facing misdemeanor charges and appeals cases for the indigent by February.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/chronicle/7372712.html

 

 

Dallas County Judicial Treatment Center residents to sue over alleged privacy violation in DVD

Dallas Morning News

January 9, 2011

 

A company that managed a residential facility for court-mandated drug treatment is being sued for allegedly violating the privacy of its female residents by videotaping them and distributing the material as a promotional DVD.

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/localnews/stories/011011dnmetprivacysuit.6e260.html

 

 

Fort Bliss hopes to quell soldier crimes concerns

El Paso Times

January 10, 2011

 

Fort Bliss officials are attempting to prevent future problems by reviewing serious crimes involving soldiers, such as a recent DWI-suspected traffic death and a soldier accused of breaking a police officer's nose.  ... Police undergo self-defense and mental-health training to deal with soldiers and the civilian public. Allen said his officers understand that military members of the El Paso community can face unique situations. He recalled a SWAT call at a house in the Northeast last year.

http://www.elpasotimes.com/news/ci_17052347?IADID=Search-www.elpasotimes.com-www.elpasotimes.com

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Inside the Battle to Define Mental Illness

Wired Magazine

December 27, 2010

 

Every so often Al Frances says something that seems to surprise even him. Just now, for instance, in the predawn darkness of his comfortable, rambling home in Carmel, California, he has broken off his exercise routine to declare that "there is no definition of a mental disorder. It's bullshit. I mean, you just can't define it." Then an odd, reflective look crosses his face, as if he's taking in the strangeness of this scene: Allen Frances, lead editor of the fourth edition of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (universally known as the DSM-IV), the guy who wrote the book on mental illness, confessing that "these concepts are virtually impossible to define precisely with bright lines at the boundaries." For the first time in two days, the conversation comes to an awkward halt.

http://www.wired.com/magazine/2010/12/ff_dsmv/

 

 

Gates studying cuts in military healthcare

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

January 7, 2011

 

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Defense Secretary Robert Gates is betting that Americans' frustration with a ballooning deficit will finally allow him to trim one of the government's most politically protected entitlement programs: the military's $50 billion-a-year healthcare system.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/01/07/2753474/gates-studying-cuts-in-military.htmlixzz1AfMzM8Gc

 

 

Tucson shootings: Mental illness, not rhetoric, at root of more political assassinations historically

Los Angeles Times

January 10, 2011

 

...While that theory may gain broad traction, at least in these initial days, a look back at prominent assassinations and attempts in U.S. history finds far different common patterns -- more personal or political motivations with mental illness, prime among them, the need to demand attention through some heinous act. Perceived political or employment grievances in which the targeted politician becomes the focus of the assassin's hatred and lethal weapon.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2011/01/gabrielle-giffords-jared-loughner-assassinations.html

 

 

Ky. soldier who says he went AWOL because of mental health issues ordered back to Afghanistan

Los Angeles Times

January 7, 2011

 

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Kentucky soldier who went AWOL after he said the military wasn't treating his mental health issues has been ordered to deploy to finish his tour in Afghanistan. Spc. Jeff Hanks, who turned himself in on Veterans Day, says his command has ordered him to return to Afghanistan immediately and he expects to leave within days on a flight back to his unit. The Fort Campbell-based soldier told The Associated Press on Friday that he still believes his issues have not been adequately treated.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/wire/sns-ap-us-awol-soldier-returns,0,6070027.story

 

 

HEALTHCARE REFORM

 

In Battle Over Health Law, Math Cuts Both Ways

The New York Times

January 7, 2011

 

WASHINGTON - With the health care fight roaring back to life on Capitol Hill, questions that seemed settled last March, when President Obama signed his top domestic priority into law, are once again front and center.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/08/health/policy/08cong.html?_r=1&ref=health

 

 

House Takes First Step Toward Vote on Health-Care Repeal

The Wall Street Journal

January 8, 2011

 

WASHINGTON-House lawmakers approved a procedural rule Friday as part of a Republican attempt to repeal last year's sweeping health-care law, setting the stage for a final vote on the measure next week. The vote was 236-182 in favor of approving the rule, which is a House requirement setting the parameters of debate on underlying legislation. Usually, the rule is approved the same day as a final vote on legislation, but in this case, the vote on the bill won't occur until next week.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704739504576067823105234508.html

 

 

OPINIONS

 

Editorial: As the Legislature meets, care must be taken not to harm the state's future: our children

Houston Chronicle

January 9, 2011

 

... We say: Use it. It's raining in Texas in 2011. Bringing all or most of the rainy day money to the cause of putting state finances in line is not optional. The alternative - balancing the budget via deep and damaging cuts - is wrongheaded and shortsighted. We are especially concerned that such cuts would come at the expense of the health and welfare of our most valuable - and vulnerable - resource, our children.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/editorial/7372273.html

 

 

Use state rainy day fund to fix deficit

Houston Chronicle

January 9, 2011

 

The 82nd Texas Legislature must address a significant budget deficit in the session beginning Tuesday. The League of Women Voters-Texas and our partners in Texas Forward believe a comprehensive and balanced approach to balancing the budget is the only way Texas can provide for current needs and make the investments necessary for the future of our great state. Because all Texans have much at stake in budget decisions, the Legislature's budget process must be open and transparent.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/editorial/outlook/7372261.html

 

 

Let's make prison system accountable

Houston Chronicle

January 9, 2011

 

... Incentivizing community-based approaches to the extent they reduce reoffending is a no-lose proposition. By holding accountable and reforming amenable nonviolent offenders in the community and prioritizing prisons for dangerous and career criminals, we both limit the size of government and make it more cost-effective at improving public safety.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/editorial/outlook/7372265.html

 

 

MHMR mess: Too many questions

El Paso Times

January 9, 2011

 

No one in local government has this one wrong: The proverbial sky is falling on El Paso Mental Health Mental Retardation. From now on, who's going to pay for the programs and pills for patients in lieu of an anticipated further cut in state funding?

http://www.elpasotimes.com/opinion/ci_17044838?IADID=Search-www.elpasotimes.com-www.elpasotimes.com

 

 

A better Rx

Chicago Tribune

January 8, 2011

 

Democrats muscled health care reform into law early last year, confident that Americans would come to love it once they understood it. They're coming to understand it. They still don't like it. Americans are divided, but polling has consistently shown that more people oppose the law than support it.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-edit-health-20110108,0,1160205.story

 

 

Editorial: Arizona shootings pose troubling signs

Dallas Morning News

January 9, 2011

 

The motives behind Saturday's shootings in Arizona remain sketchy, and signs abound that the main suspect is mentally unstable. Even so, the attack, which critically wounded Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killed U.S. District Court Chief Judge John Roll and five others, adds a horrific new dimension to the political climate in our country.

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/opinion/editorials/stories/DN-tucson_10edi.State.Edition1.3cd05e.html

 

 

Questions about mental illness, access to guns follow Arizona shooting

The Washington Post

January 9, 2011

 

THE SHOOTING in Arizona, which left six people dead and gravely injured Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, is a horrifying tragedy. ...The episode also underscores the importance of providing mental health services and finding some mechanism for keeping track of individuals who might be a danger to the community, consistent with civil liberties protections.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/09/AR2011010904022.html

 

 

Jared Loughner Attack on Gabrielle Giffords: America's Mental Health Breakdown

The Huffington Post

January 9, 2011

 

The tragic and devastating attack in Tucson, Arizona on U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords and other innocent victims including the killing of a 9-year-old girl and a federal judge was, sadly, preventable if the exceedingly ineffective mental health laws in America were changed. America's mental health system is undeniably broken and must be fixed to ensure that those who need treatment be required to receive it for the safety and well being of society as a whole.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/noel-irwin-hentschel/jared-loughner-attack-on-_b_806381.html

 

 

RESEARCH

 

Warner releases VA report on female veterans

San Antonio Express-News

January 10, 2011

 

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A new study says female military members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are more likely to be diagnosed with mental-health conditions than their male counterparts. But men are more likely to be suffering specifically from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/article/Warner-releases-VA-report-on-female-veterans-947594.php#ixzz1AfSt4DNx

 

 

For survivors of the World Trade Center attacks, post-traumatic stress symptoms may linger for years

Los Angeles Times

January 7, 2011

 

Survivors who escaped the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center had symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder years after the event, a study finds. Researchers from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health surveyed 3,271 survivors two to three years after surviving the attack. About 95% said they had at least one recent post-traumatic stress symptom, and after screening, 15% were positive for PTSD. Only 4.4% reported no symptoms.

http://www.latimes.com/health/boostershots/la-heb-9-11-ptsd-20110107,0,2598416.story

 

 

Radiosurgery Can Help Patients With Severe Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Medical News Today

January 10, 2011

 

For patients with extremely severe obsessive-compulsive disorder  (OCD), a procedure called radiosurgery may bring improvement when other treatments have failed, according to a study in the January issue of Neurosurgery, official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/213145.php

 



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