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March, 2011

82nd LEGISLATIVE SESSION

 

Nursing homes at risk: Official says closings will come if state cuts funds

San Antonio Express-News

March 7, 2011

 

AUSTIN - Under proposed cuts to meet a massive budget shortfall, some nursing homes in Texas would inevitably be forced to shutter - and the head of the agency that oversees them said Monday that he could offer no thoughts on where residents would turn for care.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/politics/texas_legislature/article/Nursing-homes-at-risk-1047126.php 

 

 

Perry seeks to slow move toward rainy day fund

Austin American-Statesman

March 7, 2011

 

Gov. Rick Perry, sensing that lawmakers are racing to take money out of the state's rainy day fund to ease the impact of sweeping spending cuts, said Monday that they should use that money only as a last resort.

http://www.statesman.com/news/texas-politics/perry-seeks-to-slow-move-toward-rainy-day-1305285.html 

 

 

Public safety officials express concern over state and federal budget cuts

Austin American-Statesman

March 7, 2011

 

Cuts to state and federal grants for the 2011-12 fiscal year could cause Austin fire, police and emergency services departments to scramble for funding to maintain programs and equipment and hold onto staff, officials said at a public safety commission meeting Monday. ... Austin Police Association president Wayne Vincent said the department will have to step up as the city tackles increased responsibilities in areas such as mental health services and education.

http://www.statesman.com/news/local/public-safety-officials-express-concern-over-state-and-1305399.html 

 

 

Property taxes could rise slightly: State funding decrease may cost county $700,000

Wichita Falls Times Record News

March 8, 2011

 

Noting potential cuts in funding coming from the state level, Wichita County might have to look at a 1.25-cent property tax rate increase just to keep things running the way they are now. ... That equation also doesn't take into account mental health issues, indigent care and Wichita County Jail backup, a situation that stems from the prison system not having space for inmates who are "paper-ready" to move from the jail to serve penitentiary time.

http://www.timesrecordnews.com/news/2011/mar/08/property-taxes-could-rise-slightly/ 

 

 

Proposed laws could bring guns to Tech classrooms

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

March 7, 2011

 

... University of Texas System Chancellor Dr. Francis Cigarroa, in a recent letter to Gov. Rick Perry and several other top state officials, outlined a medley of possible problems. School mental health officials fear the laws will open a Pandora's Box of student suicides, Cigarroa wrote.

http://lubbockonline.com/local-news/2011-03-07/proposed-laws-could-bring-guns-tech-classrooms 

 

 

TEXAS NEWS

 

Traveling veteran makes stop in Seguin

Seguin Gazette Enterprise

March 7, 2011

 

... During his journey, LoBue carries with him his "Omnibus Support Our Veterans Petition" that he plans to deliver to the nation's leaders in Washington, D.C. The petition lists 12 recommendations for improving how the United States treats its veterans who now number 26 million to 28 million and make up 8 to 10 percent of the population. One of the points in the petition calls for more certification of veterans as veteran peer support technicians, healthcare specialists and mental health specialists.

http://seguingazette.com/news/article_7592d4fc-4932-11e0-acd4-001cc4c03286.html 

 

 

Pain is part of life. So is getting help dealing with it.

Dallas Morning News

March 7, 2011

 

... Pain, at least to some degree, is part of life. At best, it tells us to take our hand away from a hot iron, or warns us that we've stepped on a thumbtack. At its worst, it confines us to bed, makes us depressed and anxious, takes away a normal life. An estimated 50 million Americans suffer from some form of chronic pain, a number expected to grow as the population ages.

http://www.dallasnews.com/health/family-health/headlines/20110307-pain-is-part-of-life.-so-is-getting-help-dealing-with-it..ece 

 

 

If you can't stop crying, click here

CBS 19, Tyler

March 7, 2011

 

(CNN) - One in 4 adults is diagnosed with a mental illness each year, ranging from anxiety disorders to depression to bipolar disorder. Recognizing the signs and symptoms and knowing where to go for help can lessen the burden.

http://www.cbs19.tv/Global/story.asp?S=14200690 

 

 

Suicide Threats Bring SWAT Team to Odessa Apt. Complex

CBS 7 News, Odessa

March 8, 2011

 

Residents of one apartment complex are still talking about the scene that broke out Monday evening as K9's, a robot and dozens of police officers converged to help a man who said he was going to kill himself. ... The man in question will not face any charges but he is undergoing a mental health evaluation with a deputy.

http://www.cbs7kosa.com/news/details.asp?ID=24184 

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

The Fiscal 2011 "Continuing Resolution"

National Alliance on Mental Illness

March 7, 2011

 

Despite that we are now five months into the current federal fiscal year, Congress has yet to pass operating budgets for nearly all federal discretionary programs.  An omnibus "continuing resolution" passed the House on February 19, 2011. It contains $62 billion in cuts to non-defense discretionary programs-including cuts to mental illness research, services and housing programs.

http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=Whats_New43&template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=117114 

 

 

Move to boost Hispanics' awareness of Alzheimer's

Houston Chronicle

March 7, 2011

 

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) - ... Experts say some Hispanics are reluctant to make medical appointments, which can create long delays from when symptoms are first noticed until a neurologist is seen. When they do decide to see a doctor, it can be a challenge finding one fluent in Spanish. Add to that the stigma often attached to mental illness - the Spanish word for dementia is "demencia," which roughly translates as "crazy" - and Hispanics face daunting barriers to frank discussion about such diseases.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/nation/7461035.html 

 

 

State rise in pediatric mental health screenings

Boston Globe

March 7, 2011

 

There's good news and bad news in terms of compliance with a state law requiring doctors to offer routine mental health screening to all children on MassHealth, the state's Medicaid program. The good news is that since the law was implemented in 2008, screening increased from about 17 percent for all MassHealth well-child visits to about 54 percent during the first quarter of 2009, according to a study published online today in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. The bad news is, nearly half of all doctors still weren't complying with the law -- at least in 2009.

http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/health/blog/dailydose/2011/03/state_rise_in_p.html 

 

 

Female GIs struggle with higher rate of divorce

Austin American-Statesman

March 8, 2011

 

WASHINGTON (AP) - ... Separations. Injuries. Mental health issues. All are added weights to the normal strains of marriage. For women in the military, there's a cold, hard reality: Their marriages are more than twice as likely to end in divorce as those of their male comrades - and up to three times as likely for enlisted women. And military women get divorced at higher rates than their peers outside the military, while military men divorce at lower rates than their civilian peers.

http://www.statesman.com/news/nation/female-gis-struggle-with-higher-rate-of-divorce-1305617.html?cxtype=rss_ece_frontpage 

 

 

Mont. judge orders hysterectomy, patient appeals

El Paso Times

March 7, 2011

 

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) -The Montana Supreme Court has delayed an order that a cancer patient undergo a hysterectomy to give her time to appeal a finding that she is not mentally competent to make such a decision. ... During a status hearing on March 1, a psychiatrist from the Montana State Hospital testified that the woman was having religious delusions that God had cured her and that those delusions prevented her from making fully informed decisions about her medical care.

http://www.elpasotimes.com/health/ci_17555693 

 

 

Wu reaches out to district after health reports

San Antonio Express-News

March 7, 2011

 

HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) - U.S. Rep. David Wu tried Monday to reassure constituents following reports about his odd behavior on the campaign trail and concerns over his mental health.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/default/article/Wu-reaches-out-to-district-after-health-reports-1046585.php 

 

 

Washington prison officials knew Scherf was threat

San Antonio Express-News

March 7, 2011

 

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - ... Corrections Secretary Eldon Vail last week said he's ordered a review across the prison system to see if there are other inmates with violent histories similar to Scherf's who have found their way into positions of trust. The state's prisons house 16,000 offenders. Roughly 1 in 4 are serving sentences of at least 20 years.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/default/article/Washington-prison-officials-knew-Scherf-was-threat-1045877.php#page-1 

 

 

Prosecutors Seek Mental Exam For Tucson Suspect

National Public Radio

March 7, 2011

 

Prosecutors on Monday asked a judge to commit the suspect in the shooting rampage that wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords to a federal facility where he can be evaluated by psychologists to determine whether he suffers from a mental defect that makes him incompetent to stand trial.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=132765200 

 

 

HEALTHCARE REFORM

 

Younger, Disabled Medicare Beneficiaries Have Trouble Getting Supplementary Insurance

Kaiser Health News

March 7, 2011

 

... Federal Medigap rules generally prohibit insurers from rejecting applicants or charging them higher premiums because of pre-existing conditions, as long as they apply within six months of turning 65 and getting Medicare coverage for doctor visits and other outpatient services, says Peter Ashkenaz, a spokesman for the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. However, when Congress created this protection in 1992, he says, it exempted disabled Medicare beneficiaries under 65, a group that now totals 8 million people.

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2011/March/08/Jaffe-Disabled-Medicare-Trouble-Finding-Supplemental-Insurance.aspx 

 

 

What other states are doing about Medicaid

KHI News Service

March 7, 2011

 

TOPEKA - Governors across the U.S. are grappling with the problem of Medicaid costs. But the aims of Gov. Sam Brownback's administration are among the most ambitious in the nation relative to the size of the state's Medicaid budget.

http://www.khi.org/news/2011/mar/07/what-other-states-are-doing-about-medicaid/ 

 

 

To Cap Medicaid, Florida Looks To Managed Care

National Public Radio

March 7, 2011

 

... Ten years ago in Florida, Medicaid cost $9 billion. By last year, it had risen to more than $22 billion. More than half of that cost is picked up by the federal government. Even so, Florida's share still amounts to nearly one-third of the state's budget. To bring down that cost, Florida's Legislature is planning to dramatically revamp the way the state delivers health care to those on Medicaid. State Sen. Joe Negron has put together a plan that changes the state's relationship with Medicaid recipients and Medicaid health care providers.

http://www.npr.org/2011/03/08/134332422/to-cap-medicaid-florida-looks-to-managed-care 

 

 

OPINIONS

 

Michigan should keep open access to mental health medications

Detroit Free Press

March 7, 2011

 

... The federal government has documented that 87% of adults with serious mental illness are prescribed medications. In fact, 35% receive only medications as their treatment. This is an area tremendously dependent on medication therapy. More than any factor, medication advances enabled society to dramatically reduce psychiatric hospital beds and treat people with mental illness in the community.

http://www.freep.com/article/20110308/OPINION05/110307045/Michigan-should-keep-open-access-mental-health-medications?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Opinion 

 

 

RESEARCH

 

Eating disorders hit more than half million teens

Chicago Tribune

March 7, 2011

 

CHICAGO More than half a million U.S. teens have had an eating disorder but few have sought treatment for the problem, government research shows. The study is billed as the largest and most comprehensive analysis of eating disorders. It involved nationally representative data on more than 10,000 teens aged 13 to 18.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-ap-us-med-eatingdisorde,0,6082604.story 

 

 

Early treatment helps youth mental illness

ABC News

March 7, 2011

 

The author of a study into mental illness among young Australians says a new approach to the issue is needed. The study shows anxiety and depression are the leading cause of disability in young people, affecting 27 per cent of women aged 20 to 24 and 17 per cent of men in the same age range.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/03/07/3157422.htm 

 

 

Predicting ADHD Risk From Birth

The Wall Street Journal

March 8, 2011

 

abies born with low scores on the Apgar test of newborn vitality are at higher risk to develop attention deficit hyperactivity disorder than infants with near-perfect scores, according to a study in The Journal of Pediatrics. Developed in 1952 and used around the world, Apgar is a 10-point scale that measures respiration, reflexes, skin color, pulse and heart rate in the first minutes of life. A study of 980,902 babies born in Denmark from 1988 to 2001 found that newborns with Apgar scores between one and four had a 75% higher risk of developing ADHD than babies with scores of nine to 10.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703883504576186454182049440.html 

 

 

Increased, Mandatory Screenings Help Identify More Kids With Emotional/Behavioral Problems

RedOrbit

March 8, 2011

 

A study published in the March 2011 Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine shows that Massachusetts' new court-ordered mental health screening and intervention program led to more children being identified as behaviorally and emotionally at risk. The program is called the Children's Behavioral Health Initiative (CBHI).

http://www.redorbit.com/news/health/2008394/increased_mandatory_screenings_help_identify_more_kids_with_emotionalbehavioral_problems/ 

 

 

Study Examines Prevalence And Severity Of Bipolar Disorder Worldwide

RedOrbit

March 8, 2011

 

Despite international variation in prevalence rates of bipolar spectrum disorder, the severity and associated disorders are similar and treatment needs are often unmet, especially in low-income countries, according to a report in the March issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

http://www.redorbit.com/news/health/2008392/study_examines_prevalence_and_severity_of_bipolar_disorder_worldwide/ 

 

 

Popular Drugs For Common Male Health Problems Can Affect Their Sexual Health

RedOrbit

March 7, 2011

 

A new study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine reveals that, for the first time, 5a-reductase inhibitors commonly used to treat urinary problems in patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and found in popular medications to treat hair loss, can produce, persistent erectile dysfunction (ED), depression and loss of libido, even after the medication has been discontinued.

http://www.redorbit.com/news/health/2008367/popular_drugs_for_common_male_health_problems_can_affect_their/ 

 

 

FEATURES & RESOURCES

 

Bi-Polar Jockey Finds Salvation In Racing

National Public Radio

March 7, 2011

 

Sylvia Harris made a name for herself as only the second female African-American jockey to win a major horse race. But what is less known, is that she was drawn into horse racing through her battle with bi-polar disorder. In her memoir Long Shot: My Bipolar Life and the Horses Who Saved Me , Harris describes her love for racing and how the horses helped heal her troubled past.

http://www.npr.org/2011/03/07/134332439/Bi-Polar-Jockey-Finds-Salvation-In-Racing 

 

 

PHILANTHROPY

 

Foundations Spend Millions to Address 'Social Factors' That Affect Health

Philanthropy News Digest

March 8, 2011

 

Over the past decade, large foundations have spent millions of dollars on programs to address factors beyond the healthcare system that affect the health and well-being of people in poor neighborhoods, the San Jose Mercury News reports.

http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/news/story.jhtml;jsessionid=4W0WOGK1YJQDLLAQBQ4CGW15AAAACI2F?id=329900026 

 

 

Philanthropy's Role in Supporting Young Adults

Philanthropy News Digest

March 5, 2011

 

Private philanthropy has long addressed gaps in our nation's social safety net, funding new work that later shapes changes in how public dollars are spent. Perhaps no aspect of these efforts is more consequential than support to help young adults transition to independent adulthood.

http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/commentary/co_item.jhtml?id=329400012 



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