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January, 2011

TEXAS NEWS

 

Senate budget plan would preserve four community colleges

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

January 24, 2011

 

AUSTIN -- Less than a week after the House unveiled a preliminary state budget, the Senate unveiled its version Monday of a spending plan that also makes deep cuts in services but spares four community colleges targeted for closure in the House plan. ... Both bills call for a 10 percent drop in rates paid to providers of Medicaid, the state-federal insurance program for indigent children, elderly and disabled people.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/01/24/2793472/senate-budget-plan-would-preserve.html#ixzz1C3bfQ5me

 

 

Senate's first budget attempt spreads painful cuts around

Houston Chronicle

January 24, 2011

 

AUSTIN - Border security funding would get a slight boost, but public schools, higher education, criminal justice and health care for poor Texans would be cut under Senate leaders' first crack at a bare-bones budget.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/headline/metro/7396029.html

 

 

Tea-party groups say avoid tax hikes and try to avoid rainy day funds

Austin American-Statesman

January 25, 2011

 

... An advisory board of 13 representatives of tea party groups from around the state met with legislators from the Tea Party Caucus on Sunday to discuss a variety of issues. ... Tea-partiers want to reduce spending and shrink government, Holloway said. But he said they realize that there does need to be some government, and they voiced concerns about cutting services that nobody but the government provides. For example, he said, lawmakers should be slow to cut services for a child with Down syndrome if the child has nowhere else to turn in his or her region for those services.

http://www.statesman.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/austin/firstreading/entries/2011/01/25/_in_print_the_lead_9.html

 

 

Texas Hospitals Could Face Cuts in Federal Funds

Texas Tribune

January 25, 2011

 

Texas hospital administrators aren't thrilled by the Medicaid rate cuts they're facing in the House's proposed 2012-13 budget. But it's the state's plan to expand Medicaid managed care that's keeping their CFOs up at night.

http://www.texastribune.org/texas-health-resources/health-reform-and-texas/texas-hospitals-could-face-cuts-in-federal-funds/

 

 

Fla. lawmakers look to Texas for prison advice

Austin American-Statesman

January 24, 2011

 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida lawmakers are looking to Texas for advice on cutting prison costs without appearing to be soft on crime. ... The Texas approach included putting low-risk, nonviolent offenders on probation or freeing them on parole and providing treatment to inmates suffering from drug and alcohol addiction or mental health problems.

http://www.statesman.com/news/texas/fla-lawmakers-look-to-texas-for-prison-advice-1206731.html?cxtype=rss_ece_frontpage

 

 

More college students seeking help for mental health issues

KVUE (Austin, TX)

January 24, 2011

 

When Colton Tooley brought a rifle to the University of Texas campus last September, many wondered if there were any signs he had been depressed or suffered some sort of breakdown.   Now a new survey shows more and more college kids are having mental health problems, but the good news is, they are seeking help.

http://www.kvue.com/news/More-college-students-seeking-help-for-mental-health-issues-114515454.html

 

 

El Paso County Commissioners dissolve MHMR board

El Paso Times

January 25, 2011

 

El Paso Mental Health Mental Retardation is likely to get a completely new board March 1. The county Commissioners Court voted Monday to dissolve the existing, nine-member board of the county's mental health authority and replace it with a seven-member board. The vote comes amid ongoing controversy over the way MHMR is governed.

http://www.elpasotimes.com/news/ci_17188063

 

 

Tyler middle school takes new approach to fight bullying

KYTX

January 24, 2011

 

TYLER -- Each day, 160,000 students miss school for fear of being bullied.  ...Hogg Middle School in Tyler is countering the classroom bully with technology. "It was fun being able to help to bullying and solve it and stopping it," 12 year old Chloe Trombley said. These students spent the last three weeks creating public service announcements on bullying.

http://www.cbs19.tv/Global/story.asp?S=13899127

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

RIDHS signs voluntary resolution agreement with HHS' Office of Civil Rights; Rhode Island's Department of Human Services to enhance how it provides for effective communication

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

January 21, 2011

 

The Rhode Island Department of Human Services (RIDHS) and HHS' Office for Civil Rights (OCR) signed a resolution agreement, in which RIDHS agreed to make changes in its policies and procedures to ensure its compliance with Civil Rights laws and existing agreements with OCR to improve language access services for clients with limited English proficiency (LEP).

http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2011pres/01/20110121d.html

 

 

Insurance termination notices are in the mail to Pennsylvania adultBasic subscribers

Philadelphia Inquirer

January 25, 2011

 

Insurance termination notices were in the mail Monday to adultBasic subscribers as the Corbett administration sought federal money and a rules change to expand another health-coverage option for low-income working Pennsylvanians.

http://www.philly.com/inquirer/health_science/daily/20110125_Insurance_termination_noticies_are_in_the_mail_to_Pennsylvania_adultBasic_subscribers.html#ixzz1C3hrXANY

 

 

Early Head Start dropped from governor's budget; Children's advocates hope it is a correctable misunderstanding

Kansas Health Institute

January 24, 2011

 

TOPEKA -  ... The Brownback budget plan also would eliminate the state's Family Centered System of Care grant program that community mental health centers use to pay for services for mentally ill children who are low-income, uninsured and not eligible for Medicaid.

http://www.khi.org/news/2011/jan/24/early-head-start-dropped-governors-budget/

 

 

Arizona hospitals now support tax on revenue

Arizona Republic

January 25, 2011

 

Arizona hospitals, faced with losing 280,000 Medicaid patients, have reversed themselves and now support taxing their revenue to help balance the state budget. But it remains to be seen if it's too little, too late.

http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2011/01/25/20110125arizona-budget-hospital-tax-revenue.html

 

 

Aurora Las Encinas Hospital again under scrutiny

Los Angeles Times

January 24, 2011

 

An Aurora Las Encinas Hospital employee has filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the owners of the Pasadena mental hospital, alleging that top company officials have defrauded the federal government by providing "minimal, substandard care" to patients.

http://www.latimes.com/health/la-me-las-encinas-20110124,0,1944028.story

 

 

Bloomberg and Relatives of Shooting Victims Push for Stricter Gun Control

New York Times

January 25, 2011

 

... The speakers were part of a procession of relatives and friends of victims of shootings whom Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg used at a City Hall news conference to urge Washington to strengthen federal gun laws to prevent firearms from falling into the hands of buyers with a history of violence or mental illness.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/25/nyregion/25bloomberg.html?_r=1&scp=2&sq=michael%20bloomberg&st=cse

 

 

Loughner pleads not guilty in Arizona shootings

Arizona Republic

January 25, 2011

 

... Loughner stood quietly as U.S. District Judge Larry Burns entered a not-guilty plea on his behalf Monday in federal court in Phoenix. The court did not address any questions of Loughner's mental competency.

http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2011/01/24/20110124giffords-shooting-loughner-pleads-not-guilty.html#ixzz1C3gVbe9h

 

 

Gabrielle Giffords shooting raises awareness of mental illness

Arizona Republic

January 23, 2011

 

... As speculation has grown about the mental state of 22-year-old Jared Loughner, who is accused of shooting 19 people in Tucson two weekends ago, mental-health organizations in Arizona have been flooded with calls for help. Many of them are coming from parents concerned about the emotional stability of their teenagers and young-adult children.

http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2011/01/23/20110123gabrielle-giffords-jared-loughner-mental-health.html#ixzz1C3hB2MBb

 

 

Report highlights Neb. behavioral health issues

San Antonio Express News

January 25, 2011

 

 

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska has tried to fill in some of the gaps in the state's child-welfare system that prompted dozens of parents to give up custody of their children under a safe-haven law, but more work remains and budget cuts could jeopardize the advances, according to a report released Tuesday by a children's advocacy group.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/default/article/Report-highlights-Neb-behavioral-health-issues0inhp

 

 

Medicaid pays more, kids get less, audits show

The News Leader

January 24, 2011

 

STAUNTON, Va. (AP) - Turning in-home and in-school treatment of some of Virginia's most troubled kids over to private providers has resulted in ballooning Medicaid costs, overbilling and treatment by unqualified staff.  ...Many children were not properly assessed. Providers didn't prepare formal treatment plans and didn't keep progress notes.

http://www.newsleader.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2011101230338

 

 

Colleges Re-Examine Safety After Rampage

Wall Street Journal

January 25, 2011

 

Community colleges are examining their safety programs as they see more mental illness in their student populations, an issue highlighted by the Arizona-shooting suspect, whose behavior on campus had alarmed school officials.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704279704576102083947571462.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_MIDDLTopStories

 

 

HEALTHCARE REFORM

 

GOP Vows To Attack Health Law Tree, Branch By Branch

Kaiser Health News

January 23, 2011

 

The Republican effort to repeal the health care law is sure to founder in the Democratic-controlled Senate, but that doesn't mean that the GOP is ending its assault on the law. House Republicans are already beginning work in committees to lop off and possibly replace some of the law's individual provisions.

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2011/January/24/health-law-tree-provisions-house-committee.aspx

 

 

Negative View Of Health Overhaul Rises, But Opposition To Repeal Remains

National Public Radio

January 25, 2011

 

F. Scott Fitzgerald once wrote, "The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function." He wasn't writing about health overhaul, but he could have been. That's pretty much the central finding from the latest poll by folks at the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health. Opposition to the federal law keeps building, but so does opposition to most efforts to repeal or change it.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2011/01/25/133207721/negative-view-of-health-overhaul-rises-but-opposition-to-repeal-remains

 

 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

 

Cuba seeks 6-14 years in mental hospital deaths

Austin American-Statesman

January 24, 2011

 

HAVANA - Cuban prosecutors are seeking six- to 14-year prison terms for workers at the island's largest hospital for the mentally ill, where 26 patients died during a cold snap.

http://www.statesman.com/news/nation/cuba-seeks-6-14-years-in-mental-hospital-1206293.html?cxtype=rss_ece_frontpage

 

 

Debt 'causing' rise in depression

British Broadcasting Corporation

January 25, 2011

 

Debt is being blamed for the growing number of people suffering from mental illness in the South West. The Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) said redundancy, mortgage or rent arrears, credit card debt and other money worries were making people desperate. One in six calls being received by the mental health charity Mind in Plymouth is now related to financial stress.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-12273684

 

 

Bristol team pioneers depression surgery technique

British Broadcasting Corporation

January 24, 2011

 

A medical team at Frenchay Hospital in Bristol is pioneering a new form of surgery to treat long term depression. The technique is called deep brain stimulation and involves the use of electrodes which are implanted into the brain through holes drilled in the skull. The electrodes are then inserted into a battery pack which delivers small amounts of electricity to stimulate or inhibit specific areas in the brain.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/9370184.stm

 

 

OPINIONS

 

Lessons From Tucson

Texas Observer

January 24, 2011

 

... Severely mentally ill people who don't receive treatment can become violent, and Texas has seen its share of horrific examples. That includes Otty Sanchez-the schizophrenic San Antonio mother who decapitated her infant in 2009. We may soon see more tragedies like the Sanchez case. They won't be as high-profile as the Loughner shooting. But reductions in mental health care will surely lead to loss of life.

http://www.texasobserver.org/oped/lessons-from-tucson

 

 

What Comes After No?

New York Times

January 24, 2011

 

The Republicans have vowed to "repeal and replace" President Obama's historic health care reform law. Now that House Republicans have muscled through a symbolic repeal bill, they will have to deliver their own alternative plan. Don't expect much.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/25/opinion/25tue1.html?_r=1&emc=tnt&tntemail0=y

 

 

The 'Healthstat' seduction

Los Angeles Times

January 25, 2011

 

...A surgeon and professor, Gawande also writes beautifully for the New Yorker about healthcare. His latest article, "The Hot Spotters," focuses on what Gawande claims is a revolutionary approach to healthcare. ...Still, Gawande's enthusiasm is infectious, and so is the passion of professionals like Brenner. Where Gawande falls short is in explaining how all of this justifies "Obamacare" (apparently he hasn't gotten the memo about not using that term).

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-goldberg-healthcare-20110125,0,4658838.column

 

 

Violence and the mentally ill

San Angelo Standard Times

January 24, 2011

 

SAN ANGELO, Texas - The recent shooting incident in Tucson, Ariz., among other issues brings up the question of whether or not the mentally ill are more prone than others to commit violent acts. The Tucson shooter probably suffers from schizophrenia, based on information furnished by the media. Frequently schizophrenia does not manifest until young adulthood, when a somewhat predisposed person suffers a psychotic break brought on by newly experienced stressors such as going away to college or joining the military.

http://www.gosanangelo.com/news/2011/jan/24/evi-shaw-violence-and-the-mentally-ill/

 

 

RESEARCH

 

Stress of War Spurs Changes in Brain Activity, Study Finds

Health Day News

January 25, 2011

 

Scans show that regions that control fear, vigilance, emotion affected by deployment. Continual exposure to stress prompts neural activity changes in those parts of the brain that control fear, vigilance and emotion, a new study suggests. The finding stems from an analysis of brain scans taken among troops recently deployed to Afghanistan, and is reported in the Jan. 18 issue of the journal Molecular Psychiatry.

http://consumer.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=649109

 

 

Similar gray matter deficits in bipolar and schizophrenia

Med Wire News

January 25, 2011

 

Patients with psychotic bipolar mania and those with paranoid schizophrenia have similar clusters of gray matter deficits in certain brain areas, researchers have found.

http://www.medwire-news.md/47/90879/Psychiatry/Similar_gray_matter_deficits_in_bipolar_and_schizophrenia.html

 

 

Testosterone reduced in boys with prodromal psychosis symptoms

Med Wire News

January 25, 2011

 

Results from a Dutch study suggest that boys with prodromal symptoms of psychosis have reduced levels of testosterone." The peak in age of onset of psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia during puberty and early adulthood suggests a relationship between the expression of psychopathology and the changes in the brain and body that take place during this dynamic maturational period...

http://www.medwire-news.md/47/90880/Psychiatry/Testosterone_reduced_in_boys_with_prodromal_psychosis_symptoms.html

 

 

Pioneering Treatment Could Help People With Severe Depression

Medical News Today

January 25, 2011

 

Pioneering neurosurgical treatment, a world first in Bristol, which very accurately targets brain networks involved in depression, could help people who suffer with severe and intractable depression.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/214650.php

 

 

Clinical Data gets FDA OK for depression drug

Business Week

January 24, 2011

 

Biotechnology company Clinical Data Inc. said Monday the Food and Drug Administration approved the major depressive disorder treatment Viibryd. Clinical Data shares surged more than 40 percent in pre-market trading. The Newton, Mass, company said the drug should be available in U.S. pharmacies in the second quarter. Clinical Data holds exclusive worldwide rights to the drug from Germany-based Merck KGaA.

http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9KUNJB01.htm

 

 

Acne Linked to Suicidal Ideation in New Study

Internal Medicine News

January 21, 2011

 

Suicidal ideation is almost twice as common in adolescents aged 18-19 years with substantial acne, compared with those who have little or no acne, according to a large cross-sectional, questionnaire-based study.

http://www.internalmedicinenews.com/news/mental-health/single-article/acne-linked-to-suicidal-ideation-in-new-study/55cb470769.html

 

 

FEATURES & RESOURCES

 

NAMI to offer free 12-week course on dealing with mental illness

Ultimate West U

January 24, 2011

 

The National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) will be offering a free 12-week course for families coping with mental illness. The Family-to-Family Education program is for people who have a close family member with a serious mental illness. Sponsored by NAMI, the program is facilitated by a team of trained family members who know what it's like to have a loved one who is afflicted.

http://ultimatewestu.com/stories/229196-nami-to-offer-free-12-week-course-on-

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