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February, 2011

TEXAS NEWS

 

Medicaid diagnosis: We're billions short; Program needs $6 billion more, head of health and human services agency expected to tell senators

Austin American-Statesman

January 31 2011

 

The chief of the state's Health and Human Services Commission, Tom Suehs, will tell members of the Senate Finance Committee today that the Medicaid estimates they've been looking at are a little bit off by several billion dollars. The senators have been looking at a base budget that does not take into account the cost of adding 250,000 people who are expected to join the rolls of Medicaid.

http://www.statesman.com/news/texas-politics/medicaid-diagnosis-were-billions-short-1223240.html

 

 

Texas' budget challenges could persist beyond 2011; Some lawmakers, others advocate fixing 'structural deficit'

Austin American-Statesman

January 31 2011

 

Texas' budget problems will not go away when legislators eventually sign a balanced budget later this year, senators heard on Monday. A $10 billion budget shortfall will reappear in future legislative sessions again and again unless lawmakers better align how much money comes in and how much goes out, said John Heleman, chief revenue estimator for Comptroller Susan Combs.

http://www.statesman.com/news/texas-politics/texas-budget-challenges-could-persist-beyond-2011-1223479.html

 

 

Texas' proposed budget cuts frustrate senators in both parties

Dallas Morning News

January 31, 2011

 

AUSTIN - A grumbling group of Senate budget writers tackled Texas' towering budget shortfall on Monday. If their first day of work was a taste of things to come, look for a sour session. Republicans and Democrats alike protested at the Senate Finance Committee's first hearing on proposed budget cuts. They said reductions in programs for disabled children and the mentally ill would go too deep.

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/texas-legislature/headlines/20110131-texas-proposed-budget-cuts-frustrate-senators-in-both-parties.ece

 

 

Disabled kids to lose benefits in draft budget

Austin American-Statesman

January 31, 2011

 

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - ... The Senate's proposed budget would also cut community mental health services, reducing the number of patients from 124,000 to 109,000. Dr. David Lakey, commissioner of the Department of State Health Services, said the state's investment in the mental health system has prevented patients from filling jails, hospitals and emergency rooms.

http://www.statesman.com/news/texas/disabled-kids-to-lose-benefits-in-draft-budget-1221938.html?cxtype=rss_ece_frontpage

 

 

Hobby calls for new budget path; He leads effort to rally against cuts-only plans

Houston Chronicle

February 1, 2011

 

AUSTIN - Former Lt. Gov. Bill Hobby is helping lead an effort to rally Texas business leaders against what he calls a "catastrophic" cuts-only approach to balancing the state's budget in the face of a massive shortfall, estimated at $15 billion to $27 billion over the next two years.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7407222.html

 

 

Texas Nursing Homes Brace for Medicaid Cuts

Texas Tribune

February 1, 2011

 

The current state House and Senate budget proposals include a 10 percent cut in the rate that the state will pay Medicaid providers. Some health care lobbying groups say that when you add in the loss of the enhanced federal Medicaid match paid for by stimulus dollars that have now dried up, you get a 33 percent reduction overall. Now take those cuts and apply them to your average Texas nursing home, where a majority of residents are covered by Medicaid. 

http://www.texastribune.org/texas-taxes/2011-budget-shortfall/texas-nursing-homes-brace-for-medicaid-cuts/

 

 

Opponents say proposed cyberbullying bills may cross the line

Dallas Morning News

January 31, 2011

 

AUSTIN - State lawmakers want to take the fight out of school bullies. More than half a dozen proposals are being pushed in the new Legislature to combat abusive students, including giving officials power to discipline students for off-campus texting and other online activities.

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/texas-legislature/headlines/20110131-opponents-say-proposed-cyberbullying-bills-may-cross-the-line.ece

 

 

New mental health facility in Mexia helps more patients and cuts costs

KXXV News Channel 25

Posted: Jan 31, 2011 4:14 PM CST

 

MEXIA- It's no surprise that many social services are facing major budget cuts. But with the help of the Heart of Texas Region Mental Health and Mental Retardation Center, a new Peer Support Center opened its doors to the public Monday morning.

http://www.kxxv.com/Global/story.asp?S=13941893

 

 

Public outreach to homeless can be a hindrance, city team says

Dallas Morning News

January 31, 2011

 

Ron Cowart said he's never found a homeless encampment that wasn't supported by the surrounding community in some way - through church groups that drive up with food, neighbors who try to help individuals or businesses that give handouts. Cowart, supervisor of Dallas' Crisis Intervention Homeless Outreach Team, said that hampers his team's efforts to get people into needed services, including mental health care.

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/community-news/dallas/headlines/20110131-public-outreach-to-homeless-can-be-a-hindrance-city-team-says.ece

 

 

NJ to run counseling program at Fort Hood

Houston Chronicle

February 1, 2011

 

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A successful veteran-to-veteran counseling program in New Jersey will be used at an Army base in Texas which saw a record number of suicides last year.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/tx/7407242.html

 

 

MHMR clarifies CEO Gary Larcenaire's firing clause

El Paso Times

February 1, 2011

 

The county's mental health authority has released a letter of clarification saying it will not pay CEO Gary Larcenaire if he is fired after being convicted of a felony.

http://www.elpasotimes.com/news/ci_17255003

 

 

Harris County jail death has family seeking answers

Houston Chronicle

January 31, 2011

 

The family of an elderly Houston man who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia and died in the Harris County Sheriff's Office's custody is demanding answers after he sustained serious head injuries during what they said was an altercation with a deputy at the Harris County Jail.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7406369.html

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Few Americans Aware of Law Broadening Access to Mental Health Treatment

American Psychological Association

January 24, 2011

 

WASHINGTON - An overwhelming majority of Americans remain unaware of a law mandating equal coverage of mental health benefits by insurance companies, a cause for concern by psychologists at a time when one-quarter of Americans are reported to have a mental health disorder and only a minority are receiving treatment.

http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2011/01/law-mental-health.aspx

 

 

Mental health settlement trustees award $2.1M

San Antonio Express News

January 31, 2011

 

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A Montana Mental Health Settlement trustee says eight projects have been awarded more than $2.1 million.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/default/article/Mental-health-settlement-trustees-award0in0inhp

 

 

SC health, welfare cuts about to go into effect

San Antonio Express News

January 31, 2011

 

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's poor are getting tough news on welfare and health benefits as February begins and as agencies grapple with deficits by cutting benefits and programs.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/default/article/SC-health-welfare-cuts-about-to-go-into-effect0inhp

 

 

'Cuckoo's Nest' hospital seeks takers for remains

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

February 1, 2011

 

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - ... Whetsell is one of 120 people to claim the remains of loved ones who had been left behind at Oregon's state mental hospital, some of them in corroding copper canisters that had fused together. Hospital officials are hoping a new online list will help them reunite living relatives with the forgotten patients and prison inmates who died at Oregon State Hospital between 1914 and the 1970s.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/01/31/2810753/ore-mental-hospital-matching-remains.html

 

 

Ft. Riley therapist charged with stalking soldier

Austin American-Statesman

January 31, 2011

 

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A therapist who was treating a Fort Riley soldier for post-traumatic stress was accused of stalking her patient in a case that culminated in a high-speed chase after she breeched the gates of the military installation. ... Four hours later, she was transported to Osawatomie State Mental Hospital for treatment. A physician there stated Santiago had a "psychotic break" due to heavy doses of a steroidal medicine she was taking for a breathing and bronchial disorder.

http://www.statesman.com/news/nation/ft-riley-therapist-charged-with-stalking-soldier-1223196.html?cxtype=rss_ece_frontpage

 

 

HEALTHCARE REFORM

 

Federal Judge Rules That Health Law Violates Constitution

New York Times

January 31, 2011

 

A second federal judge ruled on Monday that it was unconstitutional for Congress to enact a health care law that required Americans to obtain commercial insurance, evening the score at 2 to 2 in the lower courts as conflicting opinions begin their path to the Supreme Court. But unlike a Virginia judge in December, Judge Roger Vinson of Federal District Court in Pensacola, Fla., concluded that the insurance requirement was so "inextricably bound" to other provisions of the Affordable Care Act that its unconstitutionality required the invalidation of the entire law.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/01/us/01ruling.html?_r=2&emc=tnt&tntemail0=y

 

 

Contentious Clause at Heart of Health-Law Challenges

Wall Street Journal

February 1, 2011

 

The Commerce Clause, which has been at the heart of court challenges to the health-care overhaul's individual mandate, is among the most contentious components of the U.S. Constitution.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704254304576116653636334920.html?mod=WSJ_hp_MIDDLENexttoWhatsNewsForth

 

 

Analysis: What Does Judge Vinson's Health Law Decision Mean?

Kaiser Health News

February 1, 2011

 

Jackie Judd talks with legal analyst Stuart Taylor about the legal blow today to the new health care reform law. Federal Judge Roger Vinson, in Florida, declared the entire law void.

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2011/January/31/florida-ruling-health-law-stuart-taylor.aspx

 

 

Fla. judge in Obama health suit has own med story

The Washington Post

February 1, 2011

 

PENSACOLA, Fla. -- The judge who ruled the Obama administration's health care overhaul unconstitutional questioned whether the government was reaching beyond its power by requiring citizens to buy health insurance because everyone needs medical care. Under that logic, U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson said, the government could force Americans to buy clothes or food. Vinson, who sided with 26 states fighting the much-maligned measure, revealed his own health care story during arguments several weeks ago, an example that helped shed light on his ruling Monday.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/01/AR2011020100321.html

 

 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

 

Cuba hands out sentences in mental hospital deaths

Austin American-Statesman

January 31, 2011

 

HAVANA - More than a dozen employees and officials of Cuba's largest mental health hospital have been convicted of negligence and other charges in the deaths of 26 patients during a cold spell last year.

http://www.statesman.com/life/health-medical/cuba-hands-out-sentences-in-mental-hospital-deaths-1222412.html?cxtype=rss_ece_frontpage

 

 

OPINIONS

 

ObamaCare and the Two Kennedys

The Wall Street Journal
February 1, 2011

 

When it comes to his health-care initiative, Barack Obama has not been shy about the debt he owes the late Teddy Kennedy. Now it appears that President Obama's health-care bill may again need the Kennedy imprimatur. This time, however, the Kennedy is Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. As with so many contentious issues in American life, destiny appears to have appointed him the ultimate arbiter of the constitutionality of the linchpin of this new law: the individual mandate.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703439504576116532472780712.html

 

 

RESEARCH

 

Nerve Cell Molecule Has Antidepressant Effect; Animal Study May Lead to More Effective Treatments for Depression

Science Daily News

February 1, 2011

 

Mice that lack a molecule involved in regulating nerve cell signaling are more active and resilient to stressful situations, a new study shows.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/11/101116101947.htm

 

 

Brain Pacemakers: A Long-Lasting Solution in the Fight Against Depression?

Science Daily News

January 31, 2011

 

Nearly ten percent of all cases of depression are so severe that the patients do not respond to any established treatment method. Targeted stimulation of areas in the brain using a type of "brain pacemaker" has recently raised hopes: According to initial studies, half of patients with the most severe depression treated in this manner see a significant improvement in mood.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/01/110131133311.htm

 

 

Researchers Uncover Genetic Clues To Compulsive, Self-Injurious Behavior In Rare Childhood Disorder

Medical News Today

January 31, 2011

 

Research from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine provides new clues for the compulsive behavior and cognitive defects associated with a rare childhood neurological disease called Lesch-Nyhan Disease (LND). Two pathways found to be defective in LND are known to be associated with other neurodegenerative disease, such as Alzheimer's and Parknson's diseases, suggesting common causes of cognitive and behavioral defects in these neurological disorders.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/215170.php

 

 

Actively paranoid schizophrenia patients over-attribute anger

Med Wire News

February 1, 2011

 

Schizophrenia patients who are actively paranoid (AP) are more likely to attribute anger to neutral facial expressions than those with the mental health disorder who are not actively paranoid (NAP), researchers report.

http://www.medwire-news.md/47/90959/Psychiatry/Actively_paranoid_schizophrenia_patients_over-attribute_anger_.html

 

 

FEATURES & RESOURCES

 

Free Webinar: DLA-20 Functional Assessment for Persons with Serious Mental Illness

National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare

January 2011

 

The popular DLA-20 (Daily Living Activities) assessment tool quickly determines how persons with serious mental illness and disability are functioning in their community and supports the development of person-centered treatment plans.  In this free interactive webinar, Willa Presmanes, developer of the DLA-20, walks you through a case-based functional assessment and answers your questions about administering and using the tool. Tuesday, February 8, 2010, 1 p.m. - 2:30 pm central time. Advance registration required.

https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/173887210

 

 

Priority Focus in Cancer Control and Prevention Research Program: Health Disparities Research

American Cancer Society

January 2011

 

Despite the steady overall decline in cancer incidence and mortality rates in the United States, disparities in cancer burdens continue to exist among certain population groups. The American Cancer Society is committed to reducing cancer health disparities and has created strategic priorities for eliminating such disparities through research, education, advocacy and service. Towards this goal, the Extramural Research and Training Grants Department seeks applications in psychosocial and behavioral research and in health policy and health services research that address cancer health disparities.

http://www.cancer.org/Research/ResearchProgramsFunding/FundingOpportunities/IndexofGrants/NewInitiatives/priority-focus-in-cancer-control-and-prevention-research-program-health-disparities-research

 

 

Ritalin tore my son and our family apart: From a best-selling children's author, a damning indictment of the ADHD drug

Daily Mail

February 1, 2011

 

Few children look ­forward to homework. But when my son Haley was five, he'd hide under the ­dining table ­crying when it came to study time.  ...His school arranged for tests and told us Haley had dyslexia - ­problems with ­reading and writing skills - and a mild form of ­attention deficit ­hyperactivity ­disorder (ADHD), a syndrome which causes ­hyperactivity, restlessness and inattention.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1352338/Ritalin-How-ADHD-drug-tore-best-selling-children-authors-family-apart.html

 

 

Jury deadlocked over Hamlet's mock murder trial

The Washington Post

February 1, 2011

 

LOS ANGELES -- A notorious criminal case that waited 400 years to go before a jury resulted in no definite answer to the question of whether the defendant - Hamlet Prince of Denmark - was sane when he committed murder. ...It gave noted Los Angeles attorneys an opportunity to argue for and against the proposition that Hamlet was suffering from a mental disease when he stabbed Polonius, the adviser to the king in the classic Shakespeare play.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/01/AR2011020100970.html



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