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January, 2011

TEXAS NEWS

 

Texas House bill would create state-run health insurance exchange

Dallas Morning News

January 13, 2011

 

AUSTIN - A key House GOP health policy writer has filed legislation to create a state-run health insurance exchange in Texas. A bill by Rep. John Zerwas, R-Katy, would create a Texas Health Insurance Connector, or simplified insurance market.

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/texassouthwest/stories/011411dntexlegehealthcare.ae073bf8.html

 

 

Texas budget proposals call for thousands of job cuts

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

January 13, 2011

 

AUSTIN -- Budget recommendations being prepared for Texas lawmakers are expected to call for eliminating at least 8,000 state jobs, officials said Thursday.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/01/13/2768064/texas-budget-proposals-call-for.html#ixzz1B1O6XfCC

 

 

Texas Youth Commission officials get pay raises; Disclosure stirs anger at Capitol as state workers face cuts in salaries and jobs

Austin American-Statesman

January 13, 2011

 

Despite two rounds of budget cuts and a looming $27 billion state revenue shortfall, top officials at the Texas Youth Commission received pay raises ranging from 3.5 to 10 percent over the past four months, according to records the American-Statesman obtained Thursday.

http://www.statesman.com/news/texas-politics/texas-youth-commission-officials-get-pay-raises-1184309.html

 

 

Bad Diets, Smoking Cause East Texans to Die Young

Texas Tribune

January 14, 2011

 

... In a recent East Texas community survey, residents overwhelmingly reported struggling to find dentists who accept Medicaid, outpatient mental health services or transportation to appointments.

http://www.texastribune.org/texas-health-resources/health-reform-and-texas/bad-diets-smoking-cause-east-texans-to-die-young/

 

 

Homelessness on the rise; Advocacy group says numbers growing locally as well as nationally

San Antonio Express-News

January 13, 2011

 

... In San Antonio, the most recent survey found 3,580 people lived in shelters or on the streets in 2010, compared with 3,303 in 2009.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/default/article/Homeless-Population-Numbers-Up-953833.php#ixzz1B1lUEyJC

 

 

Central Health agrees to pursue HMO to cover Medicaid patients

Austin American-Statesman

January 13, 2011

 

Central Health officials agreed Thursday to pursue the creation of a health maintenance organization, or HMO, saying the investment would enable them to leverage state dollars and better coordinate the care of their low-income patients.

http://www.statesman.com/news/local/central-health-agrees-to-pursue-hmo-to-cover-1184466.html

 

 

Tax increase: Hospital district move more likely

El Paso Times

January 14, 2011

 

Brace yourselves. The possibility of an increrase in taxes by the El Paso County Hospital District seems to have graduated from possibility to probability - and is heading for certainty.

http://www.elpasotimes.com/opinion/ci_17088729

 

 

Clear Lake Regional Medical Center, Mainland Medical Center to merge

Houston Chronicle

January 13, 2011

 

Mainland Medical Center and Clear Lake Regional Medical Center have announced plans to merge, a move that would create one of the largest medical facilities in the Houston area.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/headline/metro/7380037.html

 

 

UT Southwestern To Accelerate Its Early Leadership In Using Electronic Health Records To Improve Patient Care

Medical News Today

January 14, 2011

 

As the first major medical center in North Texas to implement electronic medical records in all its clinical practice groups, UT Southwestern Medical Center today applauded the government's initiative to get hospitals and health care providers across the nation to embrace new health care technology.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/213663.php

 

 

'Fight club' video disallowed at trial

Houston Chronicle

January 13, 2011

 

AUSTIN (AP) - The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has declined to allow "fight club" cell phone video of Corpus Christi State School mentally challenged residents at the trial of the former worker who is accused of shooting it.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/headline/metro/7379844.html

 

 

Mental evaluation of accused Fort Hood shooter expected next week

Austin American-Statesman

January 13, 2011

 

FORT HOOD - A panel of health professionals will submit its report next week on whether an Army psychiatrist is competent to stand trial for the deadly shooting rampage at Fort Hood in 2009.

http://www.statesman.com/news/local/mental-evaluation-of-accused-fort-hood-shooter-expected-1184510.html

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Army's 'Spiritual Fitness' Test Angers Some Soldiers

National Public Radio

January 13, 2011

 

Multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan have taken a toll on soldiers: Witness the rise in suicides and other stress-related disorders. A few years ago, the Army noticed that some soldiers fared better than others, and it wondered: Why? One reason, says Brig. Gen. Rhonda Cornum, is that people who are inclined toward spirituality seem to be more resilient.

http://www.npr.org/2011/01/13/132904866/armys-spiritual-fitness-test-angers-some-soldiers

 

 

Our Broken Mental-Health System

Newsweek

January 14, 2011

 

... across America there are thousands of parents of older adolescents and young adults who are terrified that their child's strange behavior, paranoid rants, drinking, drug abuse, conspiracy fantasies, and other red flags of mental illness will lead to violence-possibly against a public figure like Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, possibly against a family member. That most of these parents have no idea what to do is frightening enough. It's a national scandal that, even if they succeed in getting their child mental-health care before tragedy strikes, the system is set up to thwart them at every turn.

http://www.newsweek.com/2011/01/14/our-broken-mental-health-system.html

 

 

College's Policy on Troubled Students Raises Questions

New York Times

January 13, 2011

 

TUCSON - Many people had a glimpse of the deep delusions and festering anger of Jared L. Loughner, but none seemed in a better position to connect the dots than officials at Pima Community College. After the release of detailed reports the college kept of Mr. Loughner's bizarre outbursts and violent Internet fantasies, the focus has turned to whether it did all it could to prevent his apparent descent into explosive violence.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/14/us/14college.html?_r=1&scp=2&sq=mental&st=nyt

 

 

NJ to end behavioral home therapy for kids

San Antonio Express-News

January 14, 2011

 

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Thousands of children with behavioral problems will no longer receive therapy at home beginning in March. The state Department of Children and Families has decided to limit the number of kids receiving in-home intensive community treatment. About 3,000 will lose the service.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/article/NJ-to-end-behavioral-home-therapy-for-kids-956453.php#ixzz1B1on2xQl

 

 

Long Island DA wants inmate suicides review

San Antonio Express-News

January 14, 2011

 

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) - The district attorney wants a review of conditions at Long Island's Nassau County Jail after four inmate suicides in a year. Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice tells Newsday that a review should be done by correction and mental health experts.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/article/Long-Island-DA-wants-inmate-suicides-review-956347.php#ixzz1B1rk9Yzm

 

 

North Georgia psychiatric hospital to close

San Antonio Express-News

January 13, 2011

 

ROME, Ga. (AP) - A state-run psychiatric hospital in north Georgia will close this summer. ... The closure is part of a legal settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice. The agreement also includes more community-based services for about 9,000 people with mental illness.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/default/article/North-Georgia-psychiatric-hospital-to-close-955485.php#ixzz1B1sGvPML

 

 

Fed court allows forced meds for suspect

San Antonio Express-News

January 13, 2011

 

ATLANTA (AP) - An attorney for a paranoid schizophrenic plans to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review a federal appeals panel's decision to allow prison doctors to forcibly medicate his client so he can stand trial on bank robbery charges. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling released Thursday was one of very few decisions on the issue that have been handed down since the Supreme Court ruled in 2003 that forcible medication should be used only rarely, and only if less intrusive alternatives cannot achieve the same results.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/article/Fed-court-allows-forced-meds-for-suspect-954839.php#ixzz1B1sfM8Rg

 

 

HEALTHCARE REFORM

 

Surveys show significant proportions of hospitals and doctors already plan to adopt electronic health records and qualify for federal incentive payments

U.S. Department of health and Human Services

January 13, 2011

 

Four-fifths of the nation's hospitals, and 41 percent of office-based physicians, currently intend to take advantage of federal incentive payments for adoption and meaningful use of certified electronic health records technology, according to survey data released today by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2011pres/01/20110113a.html

 

 

Ohio gov. to create office to modernize Medicaid

San Antonio Express-News

January 13, 2011

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gov. John Kasich on Thursday unveiled his vision for reinventing the cash-strapped state's health care delivery system, particularly Medicaid, and cutting its costs.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/article/Ohio-gov-to-create-office-to-modernize-Medicaid-954584.php#ixzz1B1t1pfzl

 

 

Daniels wants cuts to higher ed, Medicaid services

San Antonio Express-News

January 13, 2011

 

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Gov. Mitch Daniels wants to cut higher education spending and eliminate some optional Medicaid services to help balance Indiana's budget without raising taxes, according to a spending plan he released Thursday.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/article/Daniels-wants-cuts-to-higher-ed-Medicaid-services-954420.php#ixzz1B1tTtqkl

 

 

OPINIONS

 

Optimistic: What's up Gov. Perry's sleeve?

El Paso Times

January 14, 2011

 

What's up Gov. Rick Perry's sleeve; why is he ho-humming when so many in Texas fear lawmakers are about to make massive budget cuts? ... In El Paso, the county government is mandated to oversee general health. If the state cuts back, who pays for what's now the health-services poster child here, El Paso Mental Health Mental Retardation? We'd likely pay in the form of higher county taxes.

http://www.elpasotimes.com/opinion/ci_17088727?IADID=Search-www.elpasotimes.com-www.elpasotimes.com

 

 

Discussing the Arizona Tragedy on NPR

National Alliance on Mental Illness

January 12, 2011

 

The tragedy in Arizona raises many more questions than it answers. One key area under discussion is the role of unassessed and untreated psychiatric disorders in the lives of young adults, who are already undergoing multiple life stressors.

http://blog.nami.org/

 

 

Shootings should prod a searching of our souls

El Paso Times

January 14, 2011

 

... Should a responsible government provide health services to all, or just to federal elected officials, active-duty military and dependents, military retirees, senior citizens and the disabled? Should government improve and subsidize mental-health care?

http://www.elpasotimes.com/opinion/ci_17088712?IADID=Search-www.elpasotimes.com-www.elpasotimes.com

 

 

Shooting briefly draws attention to mentally ill

Arizona Republic

January 14, 2011

 

... Cuts to mental-health programs in the past legislative session left patients of the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment system with only basic services. Over the past couple of years, mental-health funding to Maricopa County has been cut by nearly $60 million. Most of those who suffer from such cuts are a danger to no one but must endure an additional stigma each time a violent incident occurs.

http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/news/articles/2011/01/14/20110114Montini0114.html#ixzz1B1fuSBK4

 

 

Commentary: We must address mental illness more aggressively

Kansas City Star

January 14, 2011

 

... Increasingly, society leans toward protecting us from the relatively few among the mentally ill who take to violence, rather than taking on the issues entangled with doing more to aid the larger numbers of people suffering.

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2011/01/14/106770/commentary-we-must-address-mental.html#ixzz1B1gMiBpF

 

 

We ignore the Jared Loughners among us

The Washington Post

January 13, 2011

 

Did our angry political culture help motivate Jared Lee Loughner on what authorities say was his mad shooting spree? Maybe, but a more troubling question for me is why nobody stopped this often incoherent, irrational young man on his long path to the rampage just outside Tucson. ... This was a young man who showed signs of mental illness, yet in our culture people couldn't or wouldn't stop him - even when they knew his behavior was bizarre.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/12/AR2011011204006.html

 

 

Cook Children's Healthcare System works to make North Texas the best place to be a kid

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

January 14, 2011

 

... After reviewing the data from more than 7,400 survey respondents, researchers identified seven areas that affect the children of North Texas most: abuse, access to care, asthma, dental health, mental health, obesity and safety. Mining the data for a specific county or city allows communities to begin to develop solutions to the health problems plaguing their children.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/01/13/2767806/cook-childrens-healthcare-system.html#ixzz1B1OpVHPv

 

 

Milwaukee County Executive Lee Holloway has offered a promising proposal for reforming the way the county provides mental health care

Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel

January 13, 2011

 

... Under his plan, Milwaukee County would create a series of small-scale mental health facilities jointly operated with private vendors, including possibly local hospitals.

http://www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/113500064.html

 

 

RESEARCH

 

Inverse Benefits Due to Drug Marketing Undermine Patient Safety and Public Health

ScienceDaily

January 13, 2011

 

Drugs that pharmaceutical companies market most aggressively to physicians and patients tend to offer less benefit and more harm to most patients -- a phenomenon described as the "inverse benefit law" in a paper from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/01/110113213129.htm

 

 

Optimism Protects Teens From Depression, Health Risks

U.S. News & World Report

January 13, 2011

 

Parents are always telling kids they need to be optimistic, but there hasn't been much evidence that optimism really does them any good. ...But researchers in Australia say that optimism may help protect teenagers against depression. That news, reported in the journal Pediatrics, could matter to many teens, since 10 to 15 percent of adolescents have symptoms of depression at any given time.

http://health.usnews.com/health-news/family-health/brain-and-behavior/articles/2009/04/24/depressed-treating-depression-drugs-medication-treatments-antidepressants?s_cid=related-links:TOP

 

 

Suicide Risk Greater for People Living at Higher Elevations, Study Finds

ScienceDaily

January 14, 2011

 

Twenty years of mortality data from counties across the United States led to the striking discovery that living at higher altitudes may be a risk factor for suicide, according to a provocative study published online ahead of print in High Altitude Medicine & Biology, a peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/01/110113131436.htm

 

 

Schizophrenia patients have reduced exercise capacity

MedWire News

January 14, 2011

 

Patients with schizophrenia have reduced physical activity levels and functional exercise capacity compared with mentally health individuals, study results show.

http://www.medwire-news.md/47/90758/Psychiatry/Schizophrenia_patients_have_reduced_exercise_capacity.html

 

 

FEATURES & RESOURCES

 

The HHSC Quick Resource Guide

Texas Health and Human Services Commission Office of Border Affairs

January 2011

 

Quick resource guide to services offered to the public by health and human service agencies in Texas, including:

  • Texas Health and Human Services Commission
  • Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
  • Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services
  • Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services
  • Texas Department of State Health Services
  • Texas Workforce Commission
  • Texas Education Agency

http://www.hhsc.state.tx.us/hhsc_projects/oba/colonias/QRG.pdf

 

 

2011 National Topical Webinar Series

Georgetown University National TA Center

January 2011

 

The National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health, at the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development, is again sponsoring this exciting and well-received monthly series of topical webinar calls. The calls cover important and emerging trends in the mental health field.  Presentations from expert resource persons are followed by time for participants to post questions and enrich the conversation. Visit our website for registration information and the 2011 calendar of webinars.

http://gucchdtacenter.georgetown.edu/resources/2011calls.html

 

 

25th Annual Conference on Prevention of Child Abuse: Make Prevention Your Priority

Prevent Child Abuse Texas

January 10, 2011

 

A statewide conference designed to offer quality training and information on topics and model programs of interest to leaders in child abuse prevention: social workers, counselors, educators, child care and youth workers, law enforcement personnel, medical & legal professionals, foster parents, child welfare board volunteers, elected officials, and other interested child advocates.

http://www.preventchildabusetexas.org/nextconference.html



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