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January, 2011

TEXAS NEWS

 

Mental health centers face big cuts in state budget; One Austin-area center could lose funding for 2,500 people

Austin American-Statesman

January 25, 2011

 

... The state's budget crisis has put Bluebonnet Trails, Austin Travis County Integral Care and 37 other public mental health centers in danger of serious funding cuts. Legislators have unveiled a 2012-13 budget that proposes a decrease of about 20 percent in funding to outpatient mental health services for children and adults.

http://www.statesman.com/news/texas-politics/mental-health-centers-face-big-cuts-in-state-1209770.html

 

 

Faith-Based Groups Brace for Brutal Budget Cuts

Texas Tribune

January 26, 2011

 

... Like many other Texas groups, faith organizations that lobby lawmakers are facing a brutal budgetary session. While the list of social issues each of the groups will take on this year may differ, they agree that the consequences of the budget crisis will affect them all. And it's not only a moral issue for the religious groups; it concerns their own bottom lines, too. Because when the government doesn't provide for the needy, the needy look to the church and other faith-based organizations.

http://www.texastribune.org/texas-taxes/2011-budget-shortfall/faith-based-groups-brace-for-brutal-budget-cuts/

 

 

LBB Reports on Performance of Criminal Justice System

Texas Tribune

January 25, 2011

 

Criminal justice in Texas got a four-fold performance review from the Legislative Budget Board today. From incarceration projections to the cost per bed for prisoners, the board broke down the state's public safety performance in cold, hard numbers. ... To keep correctional populations down, the LBB recommends investing in mental health resources. ... According to the report, "at risk youth" are 82 percent male. Half of these children have a substance abuse issue, half have a mental health issue, and a third have both.

http://www.texastribune.org/texas-state-agencies/department-of-public-safety/lbb-reports-performance-of-criminal-justice-system/

 

 

JPS warns of damaging effects of Texas' budget cuts

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

January 25, 2011

 

State budget proposals would cost Tarrant County's public hospital an estimated $8.5 million in annual Medicaid payments, while possibly steering more patients to the John Peter Smith Hospital emergency room and psychiatric ward, hospital officials say.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/01/25/2797190/jps-warns-of-damaging-effects.html#my-headlines-default#ixzz1C9V6zMqV

 

 

Harris County departments to detail possible cuts; DA's office, for one, warns further reductions will put the public at risk

Houston Chronicle

January 26, 2011

 

The protective net county government weaves under 4 million people - jailing crooks, inoculating residents against disease, investigating child abuse and treating the mentally ill - would fray noticeably under spending cut plans that get a hearing later this week. ... For example, cuts to mental health services, he has warned, generally result in higher costs to treat the mentally ill in jail or emergency rooms instead of clinics.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/headline/metro/7397575.html

 

 

State proposal would put mentally ill on the street

KTRK (Houston)

January 25, 2011

 

HOUSTON -- Massive cuts could be coming to mental health programs in Texas, and experts suggest will cost care but ironically could cost you money.  ...Right now, 9,000 adults are getting outpatient mental health care in Harris County alone. Treatments range from major depression to bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. The proposed cuts would force 1,500 to 1,800 of them from the clinics, but they wouldn't go away -- they'd likely end up in places where doctors tell us you'll pay more for them.

http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news/local&id=7918537

 

 

Texas Children: Canaries in the Coal Mine

Miller-McCune

January 25, 2011

 

A report by the nonpartisan Texans Care for Children finds that glaring social problems borne by Texas' children have resulted from its state government's policies.  ... According to officials at Austin-based Texans Care for Children, a multi-issue, nonpartisan policy organization, Texas children are falling behind the rest of the country in nearly every aspect of child well-being.

http://www.miller-mccune.com/health/texas-children-canaries-in-the-coal-mine-27640/

 

View report: http://texanscareforchildren.org/report

 

 

Hospital district prepares Pasadena Pediatric Clinic

Houston Chronicle

January 26, 2011

 

Renovations are under way on the building that will become the Pasadena Pediatric Clinic this June. ... In addition to providing general pediatric care, the clinic is expected to draw a number of pediatric specialists, Trenschel said, which could include pediatric gastroenterology, weight management, mental health services and pulmonary care.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/zones/7397205.html

 

 

Dallas not-for-profit hospitals offer more free care than required, but critics say it's not enough

Dallas Morning News

January 25, 2011

 

Local not-for-profit hospitals are giving beyond their required amount of free care, but critics say they should be doing more.

http://www.dallasnews.com/business/headlines/20110125-dallas-not-for-profit-hospitals-offer-more-free-care-than-required-but-critics-say-it%E2%80%99s-not-enough.ece?action=reregister

 

 

Defense: Exam won't stop Fort Hood suspect's trial

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

January 25, 2011

 

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - A military panel's mental evaluation of the Army psychiatrist charged in the deadly shooting rampage at Fort Hood will not prevent the military from pursuing a court-martial, his lead defense attorney said Tuesday.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/01/25/2796678/defense-exam-wont-stop-fort-hood.html

 

 

San Antonio archdiocese settles abuse suit for $1M

San Antonio Express News

January 25, 2011

 

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - The attorney for a Texas teenager who settled a molestation lawsuit against the Roman Catholic church for nearly $1 million said Tuesday the money will help pay for counseling, while the priest who allegedly tried hiring a hit man to kill the boy was set to appear in court this week.  ...Tahira Khan Merritt, the victim's attorney, said the settlement provided some closure for him. "But he's got a long way to go," Merritt said. "He's got some very serious mental issues about what happened to him."

http://www.mysanantonio.com/default/article/San-Antonio-archdiocese-settles-abuse-suit-for0in0inhp

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Federal investigation finds safety violations at The Acadia Hospital

Bangor Daily News

January 25, 2011

 

BANGOR, Maine - The report on a months-long federal investigation at The Acadia Hospital was released on Tuesday and cited the hospital for failing to provide a safe workplace for employees.  ...The report found that these injuries were the result, at least in part, of ineffective workplace safety standards that have failed to protect staff from violent patients.

http://new.bangordailynews.com/2011/01/25/news/bangor/federal-investigation-finds-safety-violations-at-the-acadia-hospital/

 

 

ACLU sues La. parish over treatment of inmate

San Antonio Express News

January 25, 2011

 

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A homeless paranoid schizophrenic man spent months in solitary confinement without psychiatric medicine or being treated for injuries inflicted by himself and other inmates, according to a lawsuit against Tangipahoa Parish.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/default/article/ACLU-sues-La-parish-over-treatment-of-inmate0inhp

 

 

Quinn signs Medicaid reform into Illinois law

San Antonio Express News

January 25, 2011

 

CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn signed major reforms to Medicaid into Illinois law on Tuesday, calling it a "landmark achievement" as he was flanked by a bipartisan group of state lawmakers who said the changes aim to reduce costs, pay bills sooner and target fraud.  ... Gina Guillemette with the Heartland Alliance in Chicago said she is particularly interested to see how the move to managed care affects populations that the group serves, including the homeless and mentally ill.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/default/article/Quinn-signs-Medicaid-reform-into-Illinois-law0inhp

 

 

HEALTHCARE REFORM

 

President Obama On Health Law: 'Let's Fix What Needs Fixing And Move Forward'

Kaiser Health News

January 26, 2011

 

President Barack Obama spent several minutes of his State of the Union address discussing health care and the new law. Here are those excerpts.

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Multimedia/2011/January/012611-Obama-SOTU-Health-Care.aspx

 

 

Americans oppose yanking healthcare law funds: poll

Reuters

January 25, 2011

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Most Americans do not want Congress to block funding for various new healthcare measures even as the nation remains split on the sweeping overhaul passed last year, a poll published on Tuesday found. More than half of those surveyed -- 62 percent -- said they did not approve of lawmakers cutting off funds needed to implement changes, which range from new rules for health insurance companies to tax credits for small businesses and state grants.

http://www.latimes.com/health/hk-americans-health-law-poll,0,289.story

 

 

Christie Says Medicaid Will Be Biggest Challenge in Next New Jersey Budget

Bloomberg News

January 26, 2011

 

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said Medicaid costs will be the largest challenge in the state's next budget, which he will propose in less than a month.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-01-25/christie-says-medicaid-will-be-biggest-challenge-in-next-new-jersey-budget.html

 

 

For a Medicaid Cost-Cutter From Wisconsin, a More Complicated Job in New York

New York Times

January 26, 2011

 

ALBANY - Two years ago, Gov. James E. Doyle of Wisconsin knew that he needed to cut hundreds of millions in Medicaid spending in his state. ... he instructed his Medicaid director, Jason A. Helgerson, to gather Wisconsin's hospital executives, labor leaders and others with an interest in the outcome and figure out where the savings would come from. Wisconsin is not New York, where Mr. Helgerson, 39, now has the task of reining in the state's troubled Medicaid program.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/26/nyregion/26medicaid.html?_r=1&emc=tnt&tntemail0=y

 

 

Health Industry And Lawmakers Move Against Medicare Spending Board

Kaiser Health News

January 26, 2011

 

Lobbyists for doctors, hospitals and drug companies are urging lawmakers to derail a planned government panel that health industry officials fear will sharply curb Medicare spending -- a critical revenue source for them.

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2011/January/26/health-industry-lawmakers-medicare-spending-board-IPAB.aspx

 

 

Setting up health insurance exchanges, states face big decisions

Stateline

January 26, 2011

 

Governors have deep differences over national health care reform, but when it comes to so-called insurance exchanges - a centerpiece of the sprawling new federal law - nearly every state is moving ahead with implementation. 

http://www.stateline.org/live/details/story?contentId=544913

 

 

FAQ: Selling Health Insurance Across State Lines

Kaiser Health News

January 25, 2011

 

A day after voting to repeal the federal health law, a group of more than 60 House Republicans introduced a bill reviving an idea long popular with conservatives: allowing consumers to buy health insurance across state lines so that residents of a state with expensive health plans could find cheaper options.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

 

Dutch teen tethered to wall as part of mental health treatment

KLTV

January 25, 2011

 

ERMELO, NETHERLANDS (CNN) - A Dutch documentary about an 18-year-old man's treatment in a mental hospital where he is tethered to his room's wall is generating outrage around the world.

http://www.kltv.com/Global/story.asp?S=13907781

 

 

OPINIONS

 

Wearing glasses that are too rosy?

Houston Chronicle

January 24, 2011

 

... About 1.4 million Americans enter the ER each year with traumatic brain injuries, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Tens of thousands face up to a decade of extensive rehabilitation that can cost millions. Many must confront not only long-term physical problems such as seizures and memory loss but emotional tolls such as social isolation.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/falkenberg/7396031.html

 

 

NIMH Needs Stronger Prevention Focus

Internal Medicine News

January 25, 2011

 

My life's work has been about not only treating mental illness but preventing it. That's why on Friday, Jan. 14, the day before the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I resigned from the prestigious National Institute on Mental Health's Mental Health Advisory Council. My reasoning? The NIMH spends a measly 5% of its budget on its fourth objective, which is "Strengthening the Public Health Impact of NIMH-Supported Research."

http://www.internalmedicinenews.com/news/mental-health/single-article/nimh-needs-stronger-prevention-focus/58ca99cd4f.html

 

 

Tucson Close to Home: The lack of mental health services is a time bomb everywhere.

Fort Worth Weekly

January 25, 2011

 

When I heard the news of the Tucson shootings on Jan. 8, I thought immediately about how close Fort Worth had come to similar unhinged violence only two days earlier, though few besides me and some frightened neighbors knew about it.

http://www.fwweekly.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4516:tucson-close-to-home&catid=3:second-thought&Itemid=374

 

 

RESEARCH

 

Personality traits linked to depressive morbidity in BD I patients

Med Wire News

January 26, 2011

 

Certain personality traits are associated with depressive morbidity in patients with bipolar I disorder (BD I) researchers have found. The findings may help identify BD I patients who are more vulnerable to depression than mania, they say.

http://www.medwire-news.md/47/90889/Psychiatry/Personality_traits_linked_to_depressive_morbidity_in_BD_I_patients.html

 

 

Being Overweight Tied to Anxiety, Depression

Psych Central news

January 26, 2011

 

Amidst the concern over medical complications associated with weight gain and obesity, new research suggests carrying extra weight is also linked to anxiety and depression. A new Australian study has found middle-aged Australians carrying excess weight are more likely to be anxious and depressed than their healthy weight counterparts.

http://psychcentral.com/news/2011/01/26/being-overweight-tied-to-anxiety-depression/22889.html

 

 

Viibryd Approved to Treat Depression in Adults

Psych Central News

January 26, 2011

 

Viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Monday to treat major depression - also known as clinical depression - in adults.

http://psychcentral.com/news/2011/01/25/viibryd-approved-to-treat-depression-in-adults/22920.html

 

 

UK's NICE Recommends Aripiprazole For Schizophrenia In Young People

Medical News Today

January 26, 2011

 

In final guidance published today, 26 January, the United Kingdom's National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has recommended aripiprazole (Abilify, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Otsuka Pharmaceuticals) as an option for the treatment of schizophrenia  in people aged 15 to 17 years who are intolerant of risperidone, or for whom risperidone is contraindicated, or whose schizophrenia has not been adequately controlled with risperidone.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/214788.php

 

Link to guidance website: http://guidance.nice.org.uk/TA213

 

 

FEATURES & RESOURCES

 

From Combat to the Community: Meeting the Behavioral Health Needs of Returning Veterans & Their Families

Menninger Clinic

January 2011

 

Virtually all returning veterans have some history of trauma. While there is a growing body of literature about trauma-informed services nationally, it has not been substantially implemented in Texas. As many veterans will at some point receive behavioral health services in a non-military setting, it is important that

community healthcare providers be educated regarding experiences of these veterans, related mental health issues and the impact of these issues on family members. The conference will provide community-based healthcare providers with an update on the best practices for identifying and managing mental health issues for returning veterans. Friday, February 18, at the University of St. Thomas in Houston.

http://www.themenningerclinic.camp9.org/Default.aspx?pageId=724561&eventId=265530&EventViewMode=EventDetails

 

 

War wounded family: Father, son help each other after suffering brain injuries from blasts

Chicago Tribune

January 25, 2011

 

The father is David R. Franco; the son is David W. Aside from the name, they share so much: proud service in Iraq, and a haunting, painful aftermath. Both survived blasts by improvised explosive devices, and both have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder. They fight pain daily. They are jittery in crowds at the mall. They have memory lapses. The father has struggled to spell "the" or "to," while his son searches for words in a conversation.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/sns-bc-us--warwoundedfamily,0,5083587.story

 

 

An Unwanted Inheritance

Newsweek

January 26, 2011

 

It's a scenario that's all too familiar to children of hoarders, who are burdened with far more than funeral arrangements, probate, and grief. They must also deal with the overwhelming piles of stuff that a hoarding parent accumulated over the years-in apartments, in houses, in storage facilities, and garages. ...Hoarding is an extremely complicated mental disorder that generally involves the acquisition of too many items, difficulty getting rid of items, and problems with organization and prioritization. Few statistics exist related to hoarding, because hoarders rarely seek or accept treatment.

http://www.newsweek.com/2011/01/26/an-unwanted-inheritance.html

 

 

Mental health important for children

Galveston Daily News

January 26, 2011

 

Hissy fits. Temper tantrums. The blues. Like adults, children also suffer from these conditions from time to time. But what if it has become an insurmountable problem for your child? When should you seek help for your child? A frank discussion with your pediatrician is a good place to begin understanding the seriousness of your child's problem.

http://galvestondailynews.com/story/206922

 

 

PHILANTHROPY

 

Mental Health Care: What Have Foundations Been Funding in This Area?

Health Affairs

January 13, 2011

 

Mental illness has been on the minds of many people this week, after the shootings in Tucson, Arizona, on Saturday. A University of Virginia forensic clinical psychologist and professor says in a CNN.com opinion piece this week, "The rampage shooting in Arizona is another anguishing reminder that mental health is the weakest link in our ailing health care system." See some examples of what foundations around the country have funded in the area of mental health.

http://healthaffairs.org/blog/2011/01/13/mental-health-care-what-have-foundations-been-funding-in-this-area/?cat=grantwatch



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