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February, 2011

TEXAS NEWS

 

Lawmakers eyeing rainy-day dollars

Houston Chronicle

January 30, 2011

 

AUSTIN - Even among some Republicans, the rainy-day fund doesn't look quite as off-limits as GOP Gov. Rick Perry made it sound just a few weeks ago. The fund is expected to have $9.4 billion that can be spent with a super-majority vote of lawmakers - money that may look more attractive as the impact of the cuts becomes clearer.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7405269.html

 

 

Texas mental health budget could be slashed 40 percent

KHOU (Houston)

January 28, 2011

 

BRAZORIA COUNTY- Mental health services could see drastic cuts, if a similar version of the draft budget passes the Texas Legislature. Texas ranks 49th in the country in per capita spending on mental health programs. The proposed budget would cut spending by 40 percent.

http://www.khou.com/news/health/Local-health-care--114833819.html

 

 

Medicaid cuts could lead to higher taxes, insurance premiums

Austin American-Statesman

January 28, 2011

 

Even if you don't rely on Medicaid, Texas lawmakers' proposed cuts in the health care program could cost you money. Cutting Medicaid could have outcomes beyond fewer services for the poor, several local officials in the health care industry said. Notably, taxpayers in Central Texas could end up with increased local taxes and higher insurance premiums, according to several Central Texas health care professionals.

http://www.statesman.com/news/texas-politics/medicaid-cuts-could-lead-to-higher-taxes-insurance-1217224.html

 

 

Lean mental-health funds may get leaner

San Angelo Standard Times

January 29, 2011

 

SAN ANGELO, Texas - With a multibillion-dollar budget hole to fill in the state budget, the Tom Green County Mental Health Deputy Program is only one slice of the pie that may have not been re-cut when the Legislature is done writing the 2012-13 state budget in a few months.

http://www.gosanangelo.com/news/2011/jan/29/lean-mental-health-funds-to-get-leaner/

 

 

Threatened mental health budget more than pays for itself

San Angelo Standard Times

January 29, 2011

 

SAN ANGELO, Texas - A month after 32 people died in a student massacre at Virginia Tech University in 2007, a Tom Green County mental health deputy intercepted a schizophrenic 19-year-old man on his way to the Angelo State University campus.  ...Since it was established more than a decade ago, the program has helped thousands of mentally ill people in the San Angelo area get help before they end up in county jails, where it is more expensive - and, as some point out, inhumane - to treat them.

http://www.gosanangelo.com/news/2011/jan/29/threatened-mental-health-budget-more-than-pays/

 

 

As State Fights Reform, Some Seek to Implement It

Texas Tribune

January 31, 2011

 

One House Republican wants to create the state health insurance exchange required by the federal health care reform law for fear the feds will do it for Texas. Another has filed a bill that would make his colleague's efforts - really, those of anyone trying to implement "Obamacare" in Texas - illegal. Meanwhile, early versions of the Republican-written state budget include cost-saving pilot programs like medical payment reform, with little mention that they are key components of the much-maligned federal health care law.

http://www.texastribune.org/texas-health-resources/health-reform-and-texas/as-state-fights-reform-some-seek-to-implement-it/

 

 

Tarrant County College team seeks to help students in distress

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

January 29, 2011

 

FORT WORTH -- Even before a disturbed young gunman in Arizona turned the nation's attention to mental-health concerns, a team was forming to serve on the front lines of crisis prevention at the Tarrant County College Trinity River Campus. The CARE Team -- short for Consultation Assessment Resource Education -- went into action when classes resumed Jan. 18, seeking to help students with emotional or mental distress.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/01/29/2807380/tarrant-county-college-team-seeks.html#ixzz1CcxpoCKH

 

 

Most of Parkland hospital board being ousted; CEO Anderson's tenure near end

Dallas Morning news

January 28, 2011

 

A shake-up is coming at Parkland Memorial Hospital, with most of its board being ousted and the key remaining member saying that Dr. Ron Anderson's long tenure as chief executive is approaching an end.

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/community-news/dallas/headlines/20110128-most-of-parkland-hospital-board-being-ousted-ceo-andersons-tenure-near-end.ece

 

 

US Responds To Lawsuit Blaming Army For Student Death

KFOX News

January 30, 2011

 

EL PASO, Texas -- U.S. attorneys responded to a lawsuit filed by the family of a Chapin High School student who was killed, allegedly by a Fort Bliss soldier.  ...Smith's family has filed a lawsuit against the United States, claiming the Army failed to properly diagnose and treat Polanco for psychiatric disorders, namely PTSD. The family is seeking $8.75 million.

http://www.kfoxtv.com/news/26671004/detail.html

 

 

Teacher ties student to chair, Mother outraged

KLTV

January 31, 2011

 

CHAPEL HILL, TX - An East Texas mother is hoping a substitute teacher will never be allowed in another school. Melissa Baker says her 11-year-old son, Dakota has never been in any trouble before. He has been diagnosed with ADHD, but Melissa says he's a good student and he makes good grades.

http://www.kltv.com/Global/story.asp?S=13929905

 

 

Galveston dad wants 'bath salts' banned after son's death

KHOU 11 News

January 30, 2011

 

GALVESTON COUNTY, Texas-A Galveston man hopes to get a legal cocaine substitute banned after it reportedly led to his son's suicide.

http://www.khou.com/news/texas-news/Texas-could-consider-banning-Bath-Salts-114880629.html

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Advocacy group: States ignore mental health database

New Mexico Business Weekly

January 28, 2011

 

New Mexico is one of more than 30 states that have "failed to enact laws requiring mental health records to be submitted to the National Gun Background Check Database," says the Mayors Against Illegal Guns advocacy group. Seventeen states have submitted more than 1,000 mental health records to the database, but more than 1.5 million records are estimated to be missing, says the group, which represents more than 550 mayors across the U.S.

http://www.bizjournals.com/albuquerque/news/2011/01/28/advocacy-group-states-ignore-mental.html

 

 

State Hospital workers rake in overtime pay

San Antonio Express-News

January 30, 2011

 

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi's Department of Mental Health has paid out almost $66 million in overtime over the past 5½ years, nearly half of it to employees at the Mississippi State Hospital.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/default/article/State-Hospital-workers-rake-in-overtime-pay0inhp

 

 

For post-traumatic stress victims, Pentagon video game may help healing

The Washington Post

January 31, 2011

 

TACOMA, WASH. - Virtual soldiers for years have experienced adrenaline-pumping combat scenes in "Call of Duty" and other video games. Real veterans might want to check out a new Pentagon video game whose main challenge is comfortably navigating a visit to a shopping mall. The Defense Department this month unveiled the T2 Virtual PTSD Experience, a project developed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord that lets users explore the causes and symptoms of combat trauma.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/31/AR2011013101528.html

 

 

Woman feared calling Portland police when her teenage son grabbed a knife and put it to his throat

The Oregonian

January 29, 2011

 

... Memphis' CIT model, one that Portland police built their crisis intervention training program after in 1994, has been hailed as a success. The Tennessee program is voluntary, with a specialized group of officers selected for training in crisis intervention and then scattered throughout the police precincts on all three shifts, ready to be called to an emergency involving someone suffering from mental illness. Yet Portland's program veered from the model. Police and mental health advocates who built Portland's first Crisis Intervention Team and mental health consumers are now questioning the effectiveness of today's incarnation.

http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2011/01/woman_feared_calling_portland.html

 

 

HEALTHCARE REFORM

 

Administration Says Health Law Will Lower Premiums, But Critics Disagree

National Public Radio

January 28, 2011

 

...A new report attempts to quantify exactly how much individuals and businesses might save once the law is phased in starting in 2014. According to the report, premiums are expected to be lower than they otherwise would be without the law.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2011/01/28/133308716/administration-says-health-law-will-lower-premiums-but-critics-disagree

 

 

Obama open to 'tweak' of health care, not repeal

The Washington Post

January 28, 2011

 

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama ridiculed lingering opposition to his 10-month-old health care law Friday and vowed to oppose efforts to repeal it, underscoring his commitment to his signature legislative achievement despite the new reality of a divided Congress.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/28/AR2011012802987.html

 

 

States May Face Showdown With Feds Over Cutting Medicaid Rolls

Kaiser Health News

January 30, 2011

 

Financially strapped governors, Congress and the Obama administration could be headed for a showdown over the Medicaid health care program that covers 48 million poor, disabled and elderly people nationwide.

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2011/January/28/medicaid-maintenance-of-effort.aspx

 

 

Medicaid panel off to rocky start

Politico

January 29, 2011

 

Trying to squeeze better data out of the morass of Medicaid information crunched by 50 different states has taken a toll on a new advisory panel.

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0111/48392.html

 

 

Pre-existing conditions may not be a big obstacle to getting health insurance

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

January 28, 2011

 

WASHINGTON (AP) -- ... Most of those people are covered by health insurance at work and don't face any immediate risk of being denied care for their pre-existing problems. And as a rule, those who take a new job and sign up in their employer's health plan are already protected by a 1990s law.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/01/28/2806010/pre-existing-conditions-may-not.htmlixzz1Ccz4vt9W

 

 

Health care reform may save state money

Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal-Sentinel

January 30, 2011

 

Wisconsin could save more than $500 million from 2014 to 2019 from health care reform as the federal government picks up a larger share of the cost of insuring people with limited incomes.

http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/114911114.html

 

 

Inmate health care is a budget buster

Minneapolis St. Paul Star-Tribune

January 31, 2011

 

... County officials don't argue the need to provide medical care; they question whether the right pot of money is being used to pay for it. Their common question: If a person was getting federal or state medical assistance before, why shouldn't money from those programs cover costs while incarcerated? Well, because federal rule 435.1008 says so.

http://www.startribune.com/local/114910569.html?elr=KArksLckD8EQDUoaEyqyP4O:DW3ckUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aUycaEacyUs

 

 

Community health centers face cash crunch; Influx of patients to come as stimulus funds dry up

The Tennessean

January 30, 2011

 

... Originally created to care for destitute urban dwellers or dirt-poor sharecroppers, health centers today serve a much wider segment of America. A prolonged recession and a shortage of primary-care physicians have expanded their patient base. Going forward, they are expected to meet the needs of millions more Americans. But getting there could be a challenge. Federal stimulus money is about to run out, and a state funding source also could be lost.

http://www.tennessean.com/article/20110130/NEWS07/101300336/Community-health-centers-face-cash-crunch?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s

 

 

Policy Brief: Enrolling More Kids in Medicaid and CHIP

Health Affairs

January 27, 2011

 

Bethesda, MD -- A new Health Policy Brief from Health Affairs and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation describes recent efforts by the US Department of Health and Human Services to identify and enroll approximately 5 million uninsured children in the United States who are eligible for Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). This process also serves to road test many enrollment efforts for the planned expansion of Medicaid in 2014.

http://www.healthaffairs.org/healthpolicybriefs/brief.php?brief_id=39

 

 

OPINIONS

 

As a society, we must work to change how America treats the mentally ill

Austin American-Statesman

January 30, 2011

 

Happy birthday to four young men who've made it into their 30s: two the children of longtime friends, one from my extended family and one my own child. Their improved mental health endures. One was found by campus police collapsed on a sidewalk outside his dorm near death from a drug overdose. One was misdiagnosed as a pre-teen embarking on a lifetime of schizophrenia. One was found on the edge of the Grand Canyon convinced he was there to battle the devil. One began to threaten others with bodily harm, property damage or death.

http://www.statesman.com/opinion/weicker-as-a-society-we-must-work-to-1220672.html?cxtype=rss_ece_frontpage

 

 

Cuts could mean higher costs later: Mental health care patients will end up in jail or in the ER

San Antonio Express-News

January 31, 2011

 

When you are near the bottom there's not much room left to fall, but it looks as if mental health spending in Texas may soon hit the floor. The state's funding for mental health, already ranked 49th in the nation, appears headed for further reduction as lawmakers look at ways to address a shortfall as great as $27 billion.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/default/article/Cuts-could-mean-higher-costs-later0inhp

 

 

Suicides are another measure of war's toll

San Antonio Express-News

January 30, 2011

 

A record number of soldiers took their own lives last year. According to Army figures, 301 active-duty, National Guard and Army Reserve personnel committed suicide in 2010, 59 more than the previous year.  ...What's causing the suicide epidemic? Many factors influence mental health.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/default/article/Suicides-are-another-measure-of-war-s-toll0inhp

 

 

Yes, voters despise taxes - and soon budget cuts

Houston Chronicle

January 30, 2011

 

... Governing in prose means talking not about the size of government, but about the actual things government does: schools, prisons, roads, health care, the justice system. Texas does not have a great deal of fat in any of these areas, and cuts in any will have adverse effects.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/headline/metro/7405112.html

 

 

Editorial: A way to start curbing medical costs

Dallas Morning News

January 28, 2011

 

... Rep. Mac Thornberry, an Amarillo Republican, has a good way to start getting the two parties together on this problem. He introduced HR 314 this month to help states set up special health care courts. A tribunal of judges with expertise in health care would oversee the state courts.

http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/editorials/20110128-editorial-a-way-to-start-curbing-medical-costs.ece

 

 

State PTA leader says education is an investment, not an expense

Dallas Morning News

January 28, 2011

 

... My biggest concerns are cuts in services to the folks who need them the most (the elderly, impoverished children, the mentally ill) and cuts in public schools.

http://www.dallasnews.com/lifestyles/columnists/tyra-damm/20110128-state-pta-leader-says-education-is-an-investment-not-an-expense.ece

 

 

Achieving Real Justice: Funding Criminal Justice Reform

Philanthropy News Digest

January 2011

 

... There are myriad examples of innovative strategies from states and localities across the country that have taken up criminal justice reform, addressing both front-end alternatives to incarceration as well as successful reentry for those returning to their communities from prison and jail. We in philanthropy have the opportunity to lead the way in establishing these strategies as successes that can be replicated and built upon so that they become lasting solutions. It is the only way to achieve real justice and safety for our communities.

http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/commentary/co_item.jhtml?id=322300020

 

 

RESEARCH

 

The Female Student Psych Crisis

Newsweek

January 29, 2011

 

As they arrive on campus for orientation, more and more women are struggling to hold it together psychologically. The emotional health of incoming college freshmen is down across the board, according to "The American Freshman: National Norms Fall 2010" survey. ... But even more glaring than the overall drop is the gender gap within it-only 45.9 percent of the women said they had strong levels of emotional health, compared to 59.1 percent of the men.

http://education.newsweek.com/2011/01/29/mental-health-on-campus-why-women-are-struggling.html

 

 

Tuition tension? More than half of those stressed-out freshmen have loans for college, survey says

Los Angeles Times

January 28, 2011

 

Here's a postscript to the UCLA survey in which college freshmen gave themselves low grades for their emotional health. The big stressors for the students might be the same big stressors parents face: how to pay for college.

http://www.latimes.com/health/boostershots/la-heb-freshmen-stress-study-20110128,0,6097239.story

 

 

Depression in Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients Linked to Social Status

Health Day News

January 31, 2011

 

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients with low socioeconomic status are at increased risk for depression, a new study finds.

http://consumer.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=649303

 

 

Molecular Mechanism Links Stress With Predisposition For Depression

Medical News Today

January 28, 2011

 

A new study provides insight into how stress impacts the brain and may help to explain why some individuals are predisposed to depression when they experience chronic stress.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/214939.php

 

 

Patients Need Continuing Access To Life-Saving Treatment

Medical News Today

January 31, 2011

 

The American Psychiatric Association is pleased that patients will continue to have access to life-saving Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) following an FDA advisory panel's two-day discussion about a possible reclassification of ECT devices.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/215181.php

 

 

Same Behavior, Different Brain in Adolescent and Adult Rats

National Institute of Mental Health

January 28, 2011

 

A study that measured the activity of single cells in the brains of rats found striking differences between adolescents and adults even when both behaved identically on a task motivated by a reward. The finding offers clues to the neurological underpinnings of adolescent behavior and this age group's vulnerability to mental illness.

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/science-news/2011/same-behavior-different-brain-in-adolescent-and-adult-rats.shtml

 

 

FEATURES & RESOURCES

 

Upcoming Events

I Am Here Coalition for Teen/Young Adult Mental Health

January 2011

 

  • Film Screening: "Race to Nowhere"
  • Teen Suicide Prevention Symposium
  • NFL Community Huddle: Taking a Goal Line Stand for Your Mind & Body
  • Talk to Me: 2011 Teen CONTACT Conference
  • Teen Scene Theater Festival: Building a Road to Resilience
  • Trichotillomania: Understanding Various Components to Hair Pulling and Skin Picking

http://www.iamherecoalition.org/upcomingevents12811.html#symposium

 

 

UTD's Center for Children and Families schedules free forum Thursday

Dallas Morning News

January 31, 2011

 

... The center is holding its second annual public forum Thursday at the UT Dallas Richardson campus. The free all-day forum starts at 9 a.m. and will spotlight a range of family issues related to resiliency and how children and care-givers cope with adversity. Dr. Suniya Luthar of Columbia University's Teachers College is the forum's keynote speaker. Luthar is well known for her research on vulnerability and resilience among various populations, including youth living in poverty and children from families affected by mental illness.

http://www.dallasnews.com/business/columnists/robert-miller/20110129-utds-center-for-children-and-families-schedules-free-forum-thursday.ece?action=reregister

 

 

Mending Relationships

BP Magazine

Winter 2011 Issue

 

If only life came with a reset button. One push and voilà: Relationships unraveled by the behaviors of bipolar disorder would knit themselves back together. Of course, it's not that easy to mend what's broken-but it's not impossible, either. What bipolar symptoms put asunder, effort and understanding may repair.

http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=bp_Magazine&Template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=114238

 

 

Elyn R. Saks: Mind matters

Los Angeles Times

January 29, 2011

 

Her book about life as a schizophrenic, "The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness," is as ferocious and droll as Saks herself. Her expertise has been earned quite literally from the inside out. And she has insights to share about the still-unfolding events in Tucson.

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-morrison-saks-112911,0,1604142.column

 

 

In search of lasting happiness

Los Angeles Times

January 31, 2011

 

... In fact, until quite recently, many mental health professionals viewed the pursuit of happiness as pure folly. Most concentrated their energy and attention on individuals suffering from diseases like depression and anxiety, on relieving despair rather than promoting well-being. That's all beginning to change.

http://www.latimes.com/health/la-he-the-md-happiness-20110131,0,721992.story

 

 

They're not hoarders, they're just messy

Los Angeles Times

January 29, 2011

 

If mental health problems come in and out of fashion, we must be in the midst of a hoarding heyday. With not one but two TV series and at least 10 books on the topic published in the last two years, hoarding has spawned a cottage industry cluttered with all manner of experts, fully credentialed and entirely self-appointed. For parents, however, one question has remained largely unaddressed: Is my kid a hoarder?

http://www.latimes.com/features/home/la-hm-kid-hoard-20110129,0,1785505.story



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