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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

March, 2011

HOGG FOUNDATION

 

Mental health funding cuts in Texas a big mistake, critics warn

San Antonio Business Journal

March 11, 2011

 

The number of people who call Texas home continues to grow, but the amount of money Texas lawmakers are proposing to spend in fiscal years 2012 and 2013 is projected to drop dramatically. The Texas Department of State Health Services says $961.5 million is budgeted for mental health services in fiscal year 2011. A spokeswoman for the department, Carrie Williams, says House Bill 1 proposes allocating $847.3 million in fiscal year 2012 and $865.6 million in fiscal year 2013. ... The Austin-based Hogg Foundation for Mental Health is among the stakeholders keeping a close watch on the funding situation. "This is something we are very concerned about," says Hogg spokeswoman Merrell Foote about the looming cuts. "There are huge ramifications," she warns.

http://www.bizjournals.com/sanantonio/print-edition/2011/03/11/mental-health-funding-cuts-in-texas-a.html 

 

 

Heman Sweatt Symposium Brings Expert on University's Integration to Campus

The University of Texas at Austin

March 10, 2011

 

The monthly speaker series of the 25th annual Heman Sweatt Symposium on Civil Rights at The University of Texas at Austin presents Louise Iscoe, author of "Overcoming: A History of Black Integration at the University of Texas at Austin," to discuss the obstacles to integration at the university and the events and progress that led to the university's integration. ... Iscoe is a freelance writer and researcher specializing in the areas of education and the social sciences. She has been a senior research associate for the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health and a writer and editor at The University of Texas at Austin.

http://www.utexas.edu/news/2011/03/10/sweatt_symposium_integration/ 

 

 

82nd LEGISLATIVE SESSION

 

Lawmakers challenge Perry claim they've overlooked possible cuts

Dallas Morning News

March 10, 2011

 

AUSTIN - House budget writers upbraided Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday for suggesting they haven't looked hard enough for cuts in the current budget before they spend part of the state's savings. In recent days, Perry and anti-tax groups have blasted House GOP leaders' plans to tap rainy-day funds to fix a $4.3 billion gap in the current $187 billion two-year budget. On Monday, Perry's office circulated to lawmakers an eight-point list with $1.5 billion of "additional ... cuts" that could be squeezed out of the current budget, which ends on Aug. 31.

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/texas-legislature/headlines/20110310-lawmakers-challenge-perry-claim-theyve-overlooked-possible-cuts.ece 

 

 

Some Good News in a Gloomy Session: Juvenile justice reforms yield impressive results

Texas Observer

March 10, 2011

 

... TYC facilities still have their share of problems, but these changes have lead to impressive results: The number of incarcerated kids has dropped-the TYC population has been cut in half. Meanwhile, the recidivism rate is down. And the state is witnessing a decline in juvenile crime.

http://www.texasobserver.org/floor-play/some-good-news-in-a-gloomy-session 

 

 

Faces Behind the Budget Cuts: Young and Homeless

Texas Observer

March 10, 2011

 

... Carr's mother, whom he says suffers from bipolar disorder, dragged him from New York to Texas, then back to New York and then back to Texas-all for men. He has no contact with his father. His mother home-schooled him.  Less than a year ago, on his 18th birthday, Carr's mother kicked him out and left him at an Austin psychiatric facility. He was there a week, until staffers could find alternative housing. In the tumult, he discovered his mother had un-enrolled him from high school. He hasn't seen her since; he says she's moved to New Hampshire.

http://www.texasobserver.org/cover-story/faces-behind-the-budget-cuts 

 

 

TEXAS NEWS

 

Texas to get $3.8 million from drug firm AstraZeneca for off-label marketing of Seroquel

Dallas Morning News

March 10, 2011

 

Texas is set to receive $3.8 million from drug company AstraZeneca as part of a multistate settlement over the drug developer's promotion of an anti-psychotic drug for unapproved uses. Under the settlement, AstraZeneca will pay a total of $68.5 million to 36 states and Washington, D.C.

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/state/headlines/20110310-texas-to-get-3.8-million-from-drug-firm-astrazeneca-for-off-label-marketing-of-seroquel.ece 

 

 

Forest Hill mayor to seek another mental-health warrant against councilman

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

March 10, 2011

 

Forest Hill Mayor James Gosey said he plans to seek another mental-health warrant for his City Council foe, Damian Dalcour, after the two got into a brawl inside City Hall on Wednesday.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/03/10/2913094/forest-hill-mayor-to-seek-another.html 

 

 

New command expected for Fort Hood's leader

Austin American-Statesman

March 10, 2011

 

KILLEEN - Lt. Gen. Robert Cone, who assumed command of Fort Hood shortly before the Nov. 5, 2009 shootings that stunned one of the nation's largest Army posts, is headed for a promotion and command of an Army training center in Virginia. Cone, who recently returned from a yearlong deployment in Iraq where he directed day-to-day operations, has been lauded for focusing on the psychological needs of soldiers after the shootings and reaching out to community members to marshal mental health resources.

http://www.statesman.com/news/local/new-command-expected-for-fort-hoods-leader-1312707.html?cxtype=rss_ece_frontpage 

 

 

Drug shortage putting Houston patients at risk

Houston Chronicle

March 11, 2011

 

Houston hospitals are struggling to cope with an unprecedented national shortage of drugs that industry officials concede is putting public health - and lives - at risk.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7466933.html 

 

 

Caretakers Finding Success Dealing With ADHD

KTXS

March 10, 2011

 

ABILENE, Texas -- More than 5 million children across the U.S. deal with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. A brain therapy treatment called neurofeedback is giving some Big Country families hope.  ...Neurofeedback therapy helps a child use brain waves they don't usually use it increases blood flow to specific parts of the brain. Combined with behavior therapies that teach classroom and homework skills, kids can become less dependent on stimulants like Ritalin.

http://www.ktxs.com/news/27147702/detail.html 

 

 

Find Psych Central, Psychologists at SXSW This Weekend

PsychCentral.com (blog)

March 10, 2011

 

...Despite the Interactive portion being mainly about web development and technology, SXSW has always recognized the importance that technology plays in our health and mental health. And it's this recognition and interesting discussions that keep people like me coming back year after year.

http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2011/03/10/find-psych-central-psychologists-at-sxsw-this-weekend/ 

 

 

Suspect in Arlington pastor's slaying had received plea deal

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

March 10, 2011

 

ARLINGTON -- Steven Lawayne Nelson, accused of suffocating an Arlington minister, was sentenced to an in-prison anger management program last year after being charged with aggravated assault shortly after his release from state prison in Huntsville.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/03/10/2913250/suspect-in-arlington-pastors-slaying.html 

 

 

Man found guilty of gruesome beating death

San Antonio Express News

March 10, 2011

 

A San Antonio man diagnosed 25 years ago with paranoid schizophrenia was found guilty Thursday of killing his girlfriend by beating her so severely that it took two days to conduct her autopsy.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/article/Man-found-guilty-of-gruesome-beating-death-1065993.php 

 

 

Murder Suspect Deemed Incompetent

KZTV Action 10 News

March 10, 2011

 

CORPUS CHRISTI - An Aransas Pass man accused of shooting five people at a mobile home park last year has been declared incompetent to stand trial. In a pre-trial hearing this morning for Jose Francisco Guillen, the judge ordered he be sent to a state mental health facility in Vernon, Texas.

http://www.kztv10.com/news/murder-suspect-deemed-incompetent/ 

 

 

Isle jury shown video of accused baby-killer; Father's statement recorded by police in Philadelphia

Houston Chronicle

March 11, 2011

 

... Defense attorney Gerald Bourque, in his cross-examination of Hesser, questioned the way Mullis was treated by Philadelphia police. Bourque asked why Hesser didn't seek a mental health evaluation when Mullis said he had a history of bipolar disease and depression.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7465876.html 

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Iraq, Afghanistan Veterans Struggle to Find Jobs

The New York Times

March 11, 2011

 

WASHINGTON (AP) - ... Concerns that Guard and Reserve troops will be gone for long stretches and that veterans might have mental health issues or lack civilian work skills appear to be factors keeping many Iraq and Afghanistan veterans out of work. http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2011/03/11/us/politics/AP-US-Unemployed-Veterans.html?_r=1&scp=2&sq=mental&st=nyt 

 

 

Obama To Bullying Victims: I Know What It's Like

National Public Radio

March 11, 2011

 

President Barack Obama smiled when he said his large ears and funny name once made him a target of school-yard harassment. But he was all seriousness Thursday when he told a White House conference on bullying that torment and intimidation must not be tolerated. Some 13 million students, about a third of all those attending school, are bullied every year, the White House said. Experts say that puts them at greater risk of falling behind in their studies, abusing drugs or alcohol, or suffering mental or other health problems.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=134388439 

 

 

2 NJ lawmakers reintroduce anti-bullying measure

San Antonio Express News

March 10, 2011

 

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Two federal lawmakers from New Jersey reintroduced legislation Thursday that would require colleges to adopt a code of conduct that prohibits bullying and harassment.  ...It would require schools to distribute upgraded anti-bullying policies to students and notify them of counseling, mental health and other options.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/default/article/2-NJ-lawmakers-reintroduce-anti-bullying-measure-1064411.php 

 

 

Miss. AG hopes settlement will fund mental health

San Antonio Express News

March 10, 2011

 

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood said Thursday he hopes that lawmakers will use $20.2 million that the state received from settling its lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies to fund mental health programs next year.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/default/article/Miss-AG-hopes-settlement-will-fund-mental-health-1064999.php 

 

 

Budget cuts force jail time for mentally ill

San Antonio Express News

March 11, 2011

 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Myrna Trickey saw an increasing number of inmates with mental illnesses during her years working in the Missouri prison system. It is criminalization of the mentally ill - and it's a huge problem, she said. At the same time, state funding has been cut to mental health, and the corrections system budget has grown.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/default/article/Budget-cuts-force-jail-time-for-mentally-ill-1075501.php#page-1 

 

 

NH lawmaker suggests sending disabled 'to Siberia'

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

March 10, 2011

 

CONCORD, N.H. - A 91-year-old freshman Republican state lawmaker suggested New Hampshire's mentally disabled should be shipped to Siberia and said he is unapologetic about the comment. State Rep. Martin Harty of Barrington said he was kidding around with an unidentified woman caller who supported funding for the homeless when he raised the issue of eugenics and the world's population growth. "I was kidding with her and it kind of got away from me," he said of the conversation. "It was a girl that wanted money for the crazy people, the people ... a good percentage of the homeless people are mentally disturbed."

http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/03/10/2912534/nh-lawmaker-suggests-sending-disabled.html 

 

 

Defense opposes mental exam of Tucson suspect

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

March 10, 2011

 

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The decision to have the suspect in the Tucson, Ariz., shooting rampage undergo a psychological examination seemed obvious given the man's bizarre behavior both before and after the deadly attack. So why would Jared Loughner's lawyer try to stop something that seemingly could help his defense?

http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/03/10/2912367/defense-opposes-mental-exam-of.html 

 

 

HEALTHCARE REFORM

 

Ryan says GOP ready to take on health programs

Associated Press

March 11, 2011

 

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans in charge of the House are facing two unappealing options on the budget. One is to lead with their chins and offer politically toxic cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and, perhaps, Social Security. Or, they could play it safe -- but then endorse trillion-dollar deficits that would enrage their tea party backers. Rep. Paul Ryan, the party's point man on the budget, is gearing up for a fight on the former, betting that American voters won't rebel this spring when he offers up controversial cost curbs on those popular benefit programs.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Ryan-says-GOP-ready-to-take-apf-853456044.html?x=0&.v=2&.pf=retirement&mod=pf-retirement 

 

 

Obama Administration takes new steps to support innovation, empower states

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

March 10, 2011

 

Building on President Obama's commitment to ensure states have the power and flexibility to innovate and implement the health care solutions that work best for them, the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Treasury today proposed new rules outlining the steps states may pursue in order to receive a State Innovation Waiver under the Affordable Care Act.

http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2011pres/03/20110310a.html 

 

 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

 

Troops' mental health helpline launched

British Broadcasting Corporation

March 10, 2011

 

A 24-hour phone helpline for armed forces personnel with mental health problems is due to be launched by the government. It is intended to help serving personnel, veterans and their families. The helpline will be run by mental health charity Rethink - with the help of veterans' group Combat Stress, which will guide and train staff.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-12698948 

 

 

Coalition pledges to boost mental health

Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)

March 11, 2011

 

BARRY O'FARRELL has committed to spending $30 million on establishing a Mental Health Commission and has promised to quarantine funding for mental health from the overall health budget.

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/state-election-2011/coalition-pledges-to-boost-mental-health-20110310-1bpso.html 

 

 

OPINIONS

 

Whitmire: Ticketing students at school teaches the wrong lesson

Austin American-Statesman

March 11, 2011

 

... If ticketing is not outlawed altogether in Texas schools, at a very minimum the Texas Penal Code should be amended this Session to eliminate Disruption of Class and Disruption of Transportation as Class C misdemeanors. What should replace ticketing? Schools, law enforcement and the courts need to be part of finding the solution, whether it be encouraging campuses to use positive behavioral support programs (shown to reduce disciplinary problems), training school police officers in de-escalation techniques and child behavior, or moving toward peer mediation and school-based alternatives.

http://www.statesman.com/opinion/whitmire-ticketing-students-at-school-teaches-the-wrong-1312626.html 

 

 

Mental health community needs resiliency to weather upcoming storm

Victoria Advocate

March 10, 2011

 

These are interesting times for community mental health centers in Texas. As health care reform unfolds, there is more we don't know than we do know. One thing for sure, however, is that the number of people eligible for and seeking services will significantly increase.

http://www.victoriaadvocate.com/news/2011/mar/10/jo_yl_health_column_031311_128679/?business&local-business 

 

 

RESEARCH

 

First Risk Index for Suicide Prevention

Medical News Today

March 11, 2011

 

Although thousands of people commit suicide worldwide each year, researchers and doctors do not have any method for evaluating a person's likelihood of thinking about or trying to commit suicide. An international group of scientists, in which the Hospital del Mar Research Institute (IMIM) has participated, has devised the first risk index in order to prevent suicides.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/218792.php 

 

 

Major depression and bipolar disorder; New treatments are on the horizon for serious depression

New York Daily News

March 10, 2011

 

As director of the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program and associate professor of psychiatry and neuroscience at Mount Sinai Hospital, Dr. Dan V. Iosifescu is a psychiatrist who specializes in treatment-resistant depression and bipolar disorder. His research looks for novel treatments and understanding the brain mechanisms of these severe conditions.

http://www.nydailynews.com/lifestyle/health/2011/03/10/2011-03-10_major_depression_and_bipolar_disorder_new_treatments_are_on_the_horizon_for_seri.html 

 

 

Depression May Increase the Risk of Kidney Failure

ScienceDaily

March 10, 2011

 

Depression is associated with an increased risk of developing kidney failure in the future, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society Nephrology. Approximately 10% of the US population will suffer from depression at some point during their lifetime.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/03/110310173202.htm 

 

 

Link between serious mental illness and violence supported

MedWire News

March 11, 2011

 

Results from a US study support a significant, but modest, association between severe mental illness (SMI) and violent behaviour.

http://www.medwire-news.md/47/91426/Psychiatry/Link_between_serious_mental_illness_and_violence_supported.html 

 

 

SAD and symptom seasonality common in BAD patients

MedWire News

March 11, 2011

 

Patients with bipolar affective disorder (BAD) are significantly more likely to have seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and display symptom seasonality than other patients in primary care, research shows.

http://www.medwire-news.md/47/91425/Psychiatry/SAD_and_symptom_seasonality_common_in_BAD_patients.html 

 

 

FEATURES & RESOURCES

 

Applications Accepted: Integrating Principles of Science, Practice and Policy in Health Disparities Research Summer 2011 Course

National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities

March 2011

 

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities is hosting a translational health disparities research course. The course, Integrating Principles of Science, Practice and Policy in Health Disparities Research, will take place on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland from June 20, 2011 to July 1, 2011. Application deadline: Friday, April 15, 2011.

http://bit.ly/gE3oAo 

 

 

Board game aids understanding of bipolar disorder

British Broadcasting Corporation

March 11, 2011

 

A board game has been developed to promote better understanding of bipolar disorder and how it affects sufferers. Jocelyn Duncan, from Caerphilly, lived with the illness, characterised by severe mood swings, for decades before being diagnosed. She runs a self-help group and created the game as an education and communication tool.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-12701325 

 

 

Playwright, 2 others get Ind. mental health grants

Chicago Tribune

March 11, 2011

 

INDIANAPOLIS Indiana's Division of Mental Health and Addiction has awarded $50,000 grants to an Indianapolis playwright, a southwestern Indiana provider and a central Indiana group to improve mental health consumers' access to care in their respective communities. 

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-in-mentalhealthgrant,0,3131070.story 

 

 

PHILANTHROPY

 

Norwegian Cruise Line Pledges $5 Million for New Homeless Center

Philanthropy News Digest

March 11, 2011

 

Camillus House, a large provider of services for the homeless in Miami, has announced a $5 million pledge from Norwegian Cruise Line to support ongoing construction of its new three-acre campus. When completed in 2012, the campus will feature seven buildings surrounding two open courtyards and will serve more than three thousand people a year with a variety of employment, social service, and clinical treatment programs, as well as emergency housing and a residential treatment program for women and Spanish-speaking individuals.

http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/news/story.jhtml;jsessionid=FAJ2VUMN1YM53LAQBQ4CGXD5AAAACI2F?id=330600008



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