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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

January, 2011

HOGG FOUNDATION

 

Dr. King Davis: Mental health and violence

The University of Texas at Austin

January 14, 2011

 

Dr. King Davis, the Robert Lee Sutherland Endowed Chair in Mental Health and Social Policy in the School of Social Work, served as executive director of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health from 2003-2008. ... It is not clear whether Jared Loughner sought or used mental health care. However, we must not repeat the 18th century policy of locking people away in institutions. Rather, we must increase our understanding that mental illness is a brain disease that responds well to some interventions. We must increase public understanding of these illnesses and the value of seeking and using early treatment and the new services in the community and the campus geared towards integrated care and recovery.

http://www.utexas.edu/know/2011/01/14/davis_king/

 

 

Around the State

Dallas Baptist Standard

January 10, 2011

 

... Baylor University graduate students Xiomara O'Neill, Beatriz Ramos, Andrew Trujillo and Emilie Ventura have been awarded scholarships from the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health to support bilingual mental health services in Texas.

http://www.baptiststandard.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=12079&Itemid=53

 

 

TEXAS NEWS

 

Thousands of Job Cuts May Be Just the Beginning

Texas Tribune

January 18, 2011

 

With some top state leaders warning that Texas' dire fiscal situation will lead to the loss of several thousand state jobs, House budget writers will release their first draft budget today - and big job cuts may be just the beginning.

http://www.texastribune.org/texas-taxes/2011-budget-shortfall/thousands-of-job-cuts-may-be-just-the-beginning/

 

 

Some in GOP deny Texas budget in real trouble

Houston Chronicle

January 17, 2011

 

AUSTIN (AP) - How bad is the budget crisis in Texas? Ask the Republicans who run the state, and they'll tell you it's in the eye of the beholder. The way they see it, the $8 billion drop in state revenue can be offset with some belt-tightening. The $7 billion loss in federal stimulus funding? Well, that was expected. And as for the roughly $12 billion more that state agencies say they need to avoid cutting services - Republicans say they just won't get it. Voila, the $27 billion shortfall is gone.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/headline/metro/7384410.html

 

 

Is it time to tap Texas' rainy day fund?

Austin American-Statesman

January 14, 2011

 

Texas' $9.4 billion rainy day fund has never looked so plump, so ripe for the picking given the state's budget crisis. Record sums have accumulated in the state's savings account, formally known as the Economic Stabilization Fund. And the state budget, facing a $27 billion shortfall, could use some stabilizing, say educators, employee groups and advocates for disabled Texans.

http://www.statesman.com/news/texas-politics/is-it-time-to-tap-texas-rainy-day-1186632.html

 

 

Bill would let Texans comparison shop for health insurance

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

January 15, 2011

 

Texans could go online to comparison shop for health insurance policies under a proposal before the Legislature. Rep. John Zerwas, R-Katy, filed a bill last week that would create the Texas Health Insurance Connector, a state-run exchange that would make it easy for individuals, small businesses and others to select their own policies. It would also serve as a clearinghouse for those who qualify for Medicaid.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/01/15/2770508/bill-would-let-texans-comparison.html#ixzz1BOZzQjNp

 

 

Bill would overhaul Texas foster care

Austin American-Statesman

January 16, 2011

 

... State Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound , has filed a bill that calls for revamping foster care contracting. Under the legislation, a primary contractor in each area of the state would subcontract with other providers to place children in foster homes and treatment centers in that area. Instead of contracting with more than 300 providers, the state would only contract directly with one in each area of the state.

http://www.statesman.com/news/texas-politics/bill-would-overhaul-texas-foster-care-1190166.html

 

 

Texans in Congress show no desire to curb guns

Houston Chronicle

January 16, 2011

 

... Gene Green, while opposing new gun restrictions, says the Tucson shootings could begin a useful debate about mental health issues. "If there is something we need to do that would keep firearms out of the hands of the mentally ill, I think we should do that."

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/chronicle/7384335.html

 

 

Where Texas Life Expectancy Is High and Low

Texas Tribune

January 18, 2011

 

Along the state's impoverished border with Mexico occurs a phenomena researchers call "the Hispanic paradox." Despite conditions that should have the opposite effect - desperately low incomes, a widespread lack of health insurance and poor high school graduation rates - the predominantly Hispanic residents of Hidalgo County live to be 80 years old, two years longer than the United States or Texas average. ... Meanwhile, the residents of Anderson County in East Texas die at an average age of 73. Black males live to be just 65. The early deaths are the result of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancers - afflictions directly linked to lifestyle choices, including poor diet and smoking.

http://www.texastribune.org/texas-state-agencies/health-and-human-services-commission/where-texas-life-expectancy-is-high-and-low/

 

 

El Paso County Commissioners Court questions MHMR moves

El Paso Times

January 18, 2011

 

At least two members of the county Commissioners Court want the local mental health authority to explain why it gave its director more than $100,000 in potential new benefits while the agency faced a growing financial crisis.

http://www.elpasotimes.com/news/ci_17122821

 

 

Health-care debate: Local leaders speak out against effort to repeal law

El Paso Times

January 18, 2011

 

Repealing the health-care reform law will leave thousands of El Pasoans uninsured and eventually shift the cost of providing expensive emergency-room care to local property owners, community leaders who support the law warned Monday.

http://www.elpasotimes.com/news/ci_17120857

 

 

El Paso health centers expect $11M

El Paso Times

January 17, 2011

 

Nearly $11 million flowing into El Paso to support community clinics as a part of health care reform will have some long-lasting positive effects, clinic officials said. It will be a drop in the bucket, however, toward providing comprehensive medical care for the region's poor.

http://www.elpasotimes.com/news/ci_17114549

 

 

Seton might also enter HMO market, compete with partner

Austin American-Statesman

January 14, 2011

 

The Seton Family of Hospitals is considering creating an HMO for Medicaid patients, officials said Friday, one day after the Central Health board voted to pursue an application.

http://www.statesman.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/austin/health/entries/2011/01/14/setons_might_also_enter_hmo_me.html?cxntfid=blogs_salud

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Armstrong says Medicaid faces tough program cuts

San Antonio Express-News

January 17, 2011

 

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Idaho Health and Welfare Director Dick Armstrong says the best remaining option for his agency to get control of rising Medicaid costs and demand is to cut programs that aren't essential, required by federal rules or in some cases are not a matter of life and death. ... programs that could be eliminated or rolled back could include psycho-social rehabilitation for mentally ill adults, some types of hospice care, non-urgent dental care or home health nursing.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/article/Armstrong-says-Medicaid-faces-tough-program-cuts-960995.php#ixzz1BOj7B2jc

 

 

Analysis: Budget crisis prompts look at jail time

San Antonio Express-News

January 17, 2011

 

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - ... Corrections Secretary Jimmy LeBlanc has put an emphasis on programs designed to reduce recidivism rates so when inmates leave jail, they don't return. He's pushed transitional work programs, substance abuse treatment and mental health services. LeBlanc told auditors he hopes to expand the use of medical parole, in which chronically ill offenders could be moved to a nursing home under supervision. That could cut costs for caring for prisoners with medical conditions that are costly to treat and shrink prison populations.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/article/Analysis-Budget-crisis-prompts-look-at-jail-time-959863.php#ixzz1BOjfeipP

 

 

State Budget Cuts Slash Mental Health Funding

PBS News Hour

January 17, 2011

 

... Until two years ago, there were a number of programs in his community that would have been available to Loughner and his family if they had sought help. Like many places around the country, Pima County had mental health programs for people through both Medicaid and at community health centers. But now those programs have been cut because the state of Arizona is wrestling with a massive budget deficit.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2011/01/state-budget-cuts-slash-mental-health-funding.html

 

 

The mental-health 'system' that brought us the Tucson tragedy

The Washington Post

January 18, 2011

 

Jared Lee Loughner didn't fall through the cracks, as the cliche goes. Nor did the mental health system "fail" him in the years before Jan. 8, when he fatally shot six people and wounded 13 others. The mental health system performed much as we have designed it over the past 40 years, ever since the courts and state legislatures adopted "a danger to themselves or others" as the standard for taking action against those showing signs of a mental illness that might lead to violence.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/17/AR2011011703293.html

 

 

Mental Health In Focus After Shooting In Arizona

National Public Radio

January 16, 2011

 

...Outside the hospital, in the community she represents, mental health has been a recurring discussion topic since the shooting that left six people dead. There are questions about the alleged gunman and concern for the victims who survived. The police and firemen who responded also require special care.

http://www.npr.org/2011/01/16/132980220/mental-health-in-focus-after-shooting-in-arizona

 

 

Tragedy highlights struggling mental health system

San Antonio Express-News

January 16, 2011

 

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Wichita mental health advocates say the tragic Tucson shooting rampage that killed six people highlights problems with a struggling mental health system. People suffering from mental issues say speculation that suspected shooter Jared Loughner had mental health problems paints a new stigma on them.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/article/Tragedy-highlights-struggling-mental-health-system-960188.php#ixzz1BOk4sPZG

 

 

The Line Between Madness and Mayhem

The Wall Street Journal

January 15, 2011

 

There has been a lot of speculation about whether Jared Lee Loughner, the man arrested for the Arizona shooting, has a severe mental illness. But is mental illness a sufficient explanation for his actions? Recent research has found that mental illness is, in fact, tied to an increased risk of violence-but it is not a simple relationship.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703583404576080373538042898.html?KEYWORDS=mental

 

 

Who Is Mentally Ill? It's Hard to Say

The Wall Street Journal
January 15, 2011

 

Suggestions that the suspected gunman in the Arizona shootings suffers from a psychological disorder have raised the question of whether the mentally ill should be allowed to buy guns. But defining mental illness is so difficult and controversial that it might give pause to anyone seeking to rewrite gun laws.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703959104576081920430619618.html?KEYWORDS=mental

 

 

Shooting in Tucson sparks interest in 'mental health first aid' courses

The Washington Post

January 17, 2011

 

Learning how to identify and help people with mental illnesses should be a first aid skill as common as CPR, according to the Washington-based National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare. Since 2008, the organization has offered 12-hour "mental health first aid" certification courses nationwide. The courses equip students with a five-step action plan for identifying individuals in crisis and knowing more about when and how to intervene.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/17/AR2011011703281.html

 

 

Colleges struggle to cope with troubled students

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

January 17, 2011

 

... With limited resources, complicated laws, more students in need of mental health help and echoes of the Virginia Tech massacre all part of the mix, schools face the conundrum of trying to create a safe environment without overreacting.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/01/17/2773678/colleges-struggle-to-cope-with.html

 

 

Coburn rejects efforts to ban gun clips

Tulsa World

January 17, 2011

 

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, viewed as a staunch congressional supporter of gun rights, said Sunday he is willing to work to make sure the mentally ill cannot get and use a gun.

http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?subjectid=16&articleid=20110117_16_A1_ULNSbM467171&archive=yes

 

 

Oakland, L.A. schools to add health centers

San Francisco Chronicle

January 16, 2011

 

Two of the state's largest school districts are undergoing a major expansion of health centers on school campuses after promised help from Sacramento never came. To build new facilities, Oakland and Los Angeles are tapping voter-approved bond money, fees from Medi-Cal and health insurance reimbursements, and philanthropic dollars. Health advocates hope the efforts spur similar initiatives around the state.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/01/15/BA8E1H8J3Q.DTL#ixzz1BOgZEoLq

 

 

HEALTHCARE REFORM

 

One-Fifth of the U.S. Population Has No Doctor or Other Usual Source of Medical Care

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

January 12, 2011

 

Roughly 60 million people-1 in 5 Americans-have no usual source of medical care, such as a family doctor or clinic, according to the latest News and Numbers from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. According to data from AHRQ, in 2007, two-thirds of those who reported not having a usual source of care said the main reason was because they seldom or never got sick and another 14 percent said their main reason was the high cost of care.

http://www.ahrq.gov/news/nn/nn011211.htm

 

 

GOP set to assail healthcare law and seek alternatives

Los Angeles Times

January 18, 2011

 

Preparing to reengage with President Obama, House Republicans have set themselves a more ambitious goal than simply wiping out the sweeping healthcare overhaul signed into law last March. When they take up the much-anticipated repeal resolution Tuesday and Wednesday, GOP lawmakers also will begin crafting an alternative with the goal of reducing insurance premiums, expanding coverage, preserving Medicare and holding down taxes.

http://www.latimes.com/health/la-na-healthcare-repeal-20110118,0,7461898.story

 

 

Health Policy Brief: Small Business Tax Credits

Health Affairs

January 14, 2011

 

... The federal government has notified 4 million companies that they may be eligible for the credit. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the tax credits will reduce tax payments for small employers by $40 billion over the 10 years between 2010 and 2019. This brief describes the tax credit, issues related to its implementation, and some other provisions of the law that may help to expand coverage for workers employed by small businesses.

http://www.healthaffairs.org/healthpolicybriefs/brief.php?brief_id=38

 

 

OPINIONS

 

Perry's position: The governor's refusal to use the rainy day fund is troubling - and hurts taxpayers

Houston Chronicle

January 14, 2011

 

... Cutting state budgets, especially in the public health area, cannot help but mean increased costs for overstressed agencies such as the Harris County Hospital District - and that means county taxpayers. These are the same pockets that pay the freight for state services.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/editorial/7382436.html

 

 

A looming storm? Sure, there will be thunderous debate on how to fix state revenue shortfall, but lawmakers must be prudent on spending, taxes

Austin American-Statesman

January 15, 2011

 

... There is a misperception that our newly elected lawmakers will gleefully cut everything in sight. Most I've talked to are facing the challenges ahead with great thoughtfulness. They outline a reasoned approach of identifying their priorities, so that what money we have is spent on what we need most. The process will be difficult, but the decisions will not be made with blinders on.

http://www.statesman.com/opinion/insight/a-looming-storm-1188630.html

 

 

Now isn't time for bill on guns in classrooms

San Antonio Express-News

January 18, 2011

 

Now more than ever, Texans don't have a choice between guns and butter. With the state government upended by a perilous $27 billion deficit, butter is off the table. Funding for state employees, schools and programs for the mentally ill will be slashed, contributing to anxiety and unrest. That leaves us with guns - lots of them.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/news_columnists/article/Wentworth-s-proposed-bill-to-allow-guns-in-959393.php#ixzz1BOkY23yH

 

 

The Arizona issues: This is crazy

Houston Chronicle

January 15, 2011

 

It is a humbling reflection on our failure to deliver adequate mental health services, and on the stigma that still clings to mental illness, that it takes a tragedy like the Tucson shootings to focus our attention on the issue.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/editorial/7383290.html

 

 

Jared Loughner and the stigma and the reality of mental illness

Austin American-Statesman

January 15, 2011

 

... This always happens. Despite some insightful journalism about whether there is a connection between mental illness and violence, most stories on such incidents leave one distinct impression: Crazy people are coming to kill you. Well, I have bipolar disorder, and I'm not coming to kill you. I promise.

http://www.statesman.com/news/local/jared-loughner-and-the-stigma-and-the-reality-1188162.html

 

 

Loss of care hurts us all

Boston Globe

January 13, 2011

 

... There was a time when people who showed signs of deep psychosis were far more likely to be institutionalized, even against their will. Should we go back to those days? No way, says Dr. Daniel Fisher, 67, and he should know. The psychiatrist is president of the National Empowerment Center, an advocacy group for people recovering from mental illness. He was institutionalized himself in his 20s.

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2011/01/13/loss_of_care_hurts_us_all/

 

 

Redeeming the Tragedy in Tucson

Behavioral Healthcare Blog

January 13, 2011

 

... We must look at two things. First, how can we give people the knowledge and the skills to take action when they encounter a family member, friend, or acquaintance who is experiencing a mental illness? Second, how can we assure that appropriate and effective mental health services are actually available in the community?

http://www.behavioral.net/ME2/dirmod.asp?sid=45D4F1BC1C2F41E6A754ED831BD98648&nm=&type=Blog&mod=View+Topic&mid=66A53481AC7B4A13B45D7CDA7A9B920B&tier=7&id=9FF1862D4F3641E7979B60F08AE67DEF

 

 

Investment of state aid in UTMB pays off for Isle, Texas

Houston Chronicle

January 15, 2011

 

... An in-depth study conducted recently by The Perryman Group and the University of Houston at Clear Lake indicates that, despite hurricane-related damage, UTMB Health - the newest member of the Texas Medical Center - continues to create a multibillion-dollar economic benefit for the Greater Houston region and the state as a whole.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/editorial/outlook/7383269.html

 

 

RESEARCH

 

Depression On The Rise In College Students

National Public Radio

January 17, 2011

 

Researchers say severe mental illness is more common among college students than it was a decade ago, with most young people seeking treatment for depression and anxiety. A study presented at the American Psychological Association found that the number of students on psychiatric medicines increased more than 10 percentage points over the last 10 years.

http://www.npr.org/2011/01/17/132934543/depression-on-the-rise-in-college-students

 

 

Worsening Depression Adds to Heart Failure Risks: Study

Health Day News

January 18, 2011

 

Heart failure patients whose depression worsens with time are less likely to fare well in the long-run than patients whose depressive symptoms either stabilize or dissipate, a new study indicates.

http://consumer.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=648809

 

 

Study: Errors lead surgeons to contemplate suicide

Houston Chronicle

January 17, 2011

 

CHICAGO - A study suggests medical errors, job burnout and depression lead surgeons to contemplate suicide at higher rates than the general public, and they're much less likely to seek help.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/facebook/7385237.html

 

 

Video Gaming Can Lead To Mental Health Problems

Medical News Today

January 18, 2011

 

Pathological gaming, or video game addiction, has been associated with problems in youth including depression and poor grades. There may be identifiable risk factors for becoming a problem gamer and suffering negative outcomes, according to a new study.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/213861.php

 

 

Study: Predeployment Mental Health Screening Of Soldiers Reduces Combat Stress

Medical News Today

January 18, 2011

 

A new study shows that psychiatric or behavioral problems among military personnel serving in Iraq were reduced 78 percent in Army brigades systematically screened for mental health conditions before deployment. Suicidal thoughts and behaviors were halved, and combat stress reactions were lowered by 29 percent.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/213985.php

 

 

CHD risk 'not increased in first-episode psychosis patients'

Med Wire News

January 18, 2011

 

Patients with a first episode of psychosis do not have a significantly increased 10-year risk for developing coronary heart disease (CHD), US research shows.

http://www.medwire-news.md/47/90794/Psychiatry/CHD_risk_%E2%80%98not_increased_in_first-episode_psychosis_patients%E2%80%99.html

 

 

No differences in temperament and character between BD I and II patients

Med Wire News

January 18, 2011

 

Results from a Finnish study suggest that there are no significant differences in temperament and character dimensions between patients with bipolar I disorder (BD I) and those with bipolar II disorder.

http://www.medwire-news.md/47/90795/Psychiatry/No_differences_in_temperament_and_character_between_BD_I_and_II_patients.html

 

 

Targeting Nicotine Receptors to Treat Cognitive Impairments in Schizophrenia

Science Daily News

January 17, 2011

 

Smoking is a common problem for patients with schizophrenia. The increased tendency of patients diagnosed with this disorder is to not only smoke, but to do so more heavily than the general public. This raises the possibility that nicotine may be acting as a treatment for some symptoms of schizophrenia.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/01/110111084220.htm

 

 

FEATURES & RESOURCES

 

Campus Suicide Prevention Grants

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration

January 13, 2011

 

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2011 Campus Suicide Prevention grants. This program is designed to assist colleges and universities in their efforts to prevent suicide attempts and completions and to enhance services for students with mental and behavioral health problems, such as depression and substance use/abuse that put them at risk for suicide and suicide attempts. Applications are due by March 4, 2011.

http://www.samhsa.gov/grants/2011/sm_11_002.aspx

 

 

Book Review: Too much medical care can kill, author warns in Texas

Austin American-Statesman

January 15, 2011

 

A third of all people who have heart bypass surgery don't need it. Tens of thousands of people with chronic back pain have surgery each year despite almost no evidence it will help. And 300,000 women a year have their ovaries removed unnecessarily. Those are just some of the ways Americans are overtreated by doctors - and often harmed in the process, according to Rosemary Gibson, co-author of "The Treatment Trap: How the Overuse of Medical Care Is Wrecking Your Health and What You Can Do to Prevent It."

http://www.statesman.com/opinion/insight/too-much-medical-care-can-kill-author-warns-1188695.html

 

 

PHILANTHROPY

 

Family Connections changed nonprofit culture: Since thefts were discovered, city has altered rules and board members are getting more training

Austin American-Statesman

January 14, 2011

 

Nine months after Louanne Aponte was accused of stealing $1.2 million from three charities, aftershocks continue to ripple through Austin's nonprofit community.

http://www.statesman.com/news/local/family-connections-changed-nonprofit-culture-1186547.html

 

 

Try Ray Benson's BBQ sauce, help Austin musicians

Austin American-Statesman

January 14, 2011

 

The ubiquitous Ray Benson, a musician and producer, now has a barbecue sauce. ... Throughout this month, $1 from each sale of Ray Benson's Asleep at the Wheel BBQ Sauce is being donated to Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, or HAAM. The organization provides primary care, dental services, vision care, hearing services and mental health care for free or a reduced cost to uninsured local musicians.

http://www.statesman.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/austin/health/entries/2011/01/14/ray_bensons_bbq_sauce_helping.html?cxntfid=blogs_salud



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