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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

April, 2011

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Video: 100 Best Communities for Youth - Safe Zones in-school program provides save haven for LGBT teens in Houston

America's Promise Alliance

April 2011

 

In November, Montrose Counseling Center's Safe Zones Project was listed as the first reason Houston and Harris County were selected as one of the 100 Best Communities for Youth by America's Promise Alliance. Safe Zones Project is an in-school counseling program for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth and their family members. The counseling is provided by a licensed therapist from MCC, thanks to a generous grant from the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3laJ61s9jhM 

 

 

82nd LEGISLATIVE SESSION

 

House could add up to $5 billion in spending, Pitts says

Dallas Morning News

April 5, 2011

 

AUSTIN - The House's chief budget writer said Tuesday that representatives may be open to adding $5 billion of spending to the budget they just passed. Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, said Texans "are waking up" to the magnitude of proposed cuts to public schools, nursing homes and other programs. He said unidentified freshman Republicans, who entered the session saying "we came here to cut," have privately told him this week that they'd like to undo or ease certain spending reductions.

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/texas-legislature/headlines/20110405-house-could-add-up-to-5-billion-in-spending-pitts-says.ece 

 

 

Senate Finance chief: Real budget woe ignored; Ogden complains state business tax revenue annually falls $2 billion short of projections

San Antonio Express-News

April 6, 2011

 

AUSTIN - Senate Finance Chairman Steve Ogden said Tuesday lawmakers aren't carrying out their duty to Texans because they aren't addressing the "structural deficit" caused by a chronically underperforming business tax.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/politics/texas_legislature/article/Senate-Finance-chief-Real-budget-woe-ignored-1324552.php 

 

 

Organizers say thousands will march against cuts today

Austin American-Statesman

April 6, 2011

 

It's a big day for public demonstrations. The biggest may be what's being called the Save Our State march and rally, where organizers expect more than 5,000 people and more than 40 buses with those people coming into town. The groups coordinating include the Center for Public Policy Priorities, the Children's Defense Fund, the Texas State Employees Union, the AFL-CIO and Texas Impact.

http://www.statesman.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/austin/firstreading/entries/2011/04/06/_abby_rapoport_of.html?cxntfid=blogs_first_reading 

 

 

Options running out on prison health funding

Austin American-Statesman

April 5, 2011

 

A plan by top aides to Gov. Rick Perry to privatize parts of Texas' prisoner health care network to curb spiraling costs has drawn little support in the Legislature so far. But legislative leaders say they have yet to come up with a solution, either. But they agree the options are becoming limited, with just 55 days left in the biannual legislative session.

http://www.statesman.com/news/texas-politics/options-running-out-on-prison-health-funding-1378514.html 

 

 

State, Local Government Look to Curb Unfunded Mandates

Texas Tribune

April 6, 2011

 

Lawmakers are looking for ways to ease the effects of budget cuts on local governments - community colleges, school districts, cities and counties - by easing the unfunded mandates the state imposes on them. ... Christopher said that if the state pulls back its funding of community health services, larger numbers of the mentally ill will end up in jail. Not only is it not the best facility for them, but it costs up to $137 a day to care for them there.

http://www.texastribune.org/texas-legislature/82nd-legislative-session/state-local-government-to-curb-unfunded-mandates/ 

 

 

TEXAS NEWS

 

Dallas, Houston gain most child population of U.S. metro areas

Dallas Morning News

April 5, 2011

 

The "new minorities" - Hispanics, Asians and groups other than whites, blacks and Native Americans - accounted for all of the growth among children in the United States from 2000 to 2010, according to a report released Wednesday by the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution. ... In Texas, 95 percent of child population growth occurred among Hispanics, 931,000 of the 979,000 increase. The state's child population growth accounted for about half of the overall national increase in children.

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/census/20110405-dallas-houston-gain-most-child-population-of-u.s.-metro-areas.ece 

 

 

Seton, UT launch ER residency program

Austin Business Journal

April 5, 2011

 

Seton Family of Hospitals received a $2 million gift to help launch a new health care residency program, according to an announcement on Tuesday. Emergency Service Partners provided funding for the collaborative program that also includes the University of Texas System and UT Southwestern Medical School. The emergency room clinical training program will kick off in 2012, according to the release.

http://www.bizjournals.com/austin/news/2011/04/05/seton-launches-er-residency-program.html 

 

 

Dallas-area universities, Baylor Health Care awarded $1 million to create video games for nurses

Dallas Morning News

April 5, 2011

 

Local nurses soon could be playing video games paid for with a $1 million federal grant to improve how they communicate with physicians under stressful situations. Video game training could save time nurses often waste trying to get critical, lifesaving patient information across to doctors. The U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality awarded a three-year grant valued at $969,604 to the University of Texas at Arlington's College of Nursing, Baylor Health Care System and the University of Texas at Dallas to explore how video-game-like simulations could improve patient care.

http://www.dallasnews.com/business/health-care/20110405-dallas-area-universities-baylor-health-care-awarded-1-million-to-create-video-games-for-nurses.ece?action=reregister 

 

 

Dallas County officials alarmed by amount of criminal fines waived by judges

Dallas Morning News

April 6, 2011

 

Dallas County's felony court judges are on track to set a record for the amount of fines they waive for offenders convicted of serious crimes, county officials said Tuesday.

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/community-news/dallas/headlines/20110406-dallas-county-officials-alarmed-by-amount-of-criminal-fines-waived-by-judges.ece 

 

 

Counselors offer hope to community in wake of Lake Dallas student deaths

Dallas Morning News

April 5, 2011

 

The deaths ripped the tiny school community like a knife through skin. In a six-week span this year, two students in Lake Dallas ISD took their lives. Then Thursday another student attempted suicide at Lake Dallas Middle School.

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/community-news/denton-county/20110405-counselors-offer-hope-to-community-in-wake-of-lake-dallas-student-deaths.ece 

 

 

Reading unique differences: Harris County Hospital District now has a sure-fire way to verify a patient's identity

Houston Chronicle

April 6, 2011

 

Don't be surprised if you're asked to "give me five" - but in a more official manner, of course - on your next Harris County Hospital District appointment. On Tuesday, the district unveiled new palm scanners, which identify patients using the unique constellation of veins inside their hands, at the Martin Luther King Jr. Health Center on Houston's south side.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7508629.html 

 

 

Hospitals And Insurers Face Growing Antitrust Scrutiny

Kaiser Health News

April 5, 2011

 

... In the first case of its kind since 1999, the department sued United Regional Health System in Wichita Falls for allegedly giving health insurers strong incentives not to do business with rival hospitals. That practice allowed United Regional to keep its monopoly, according to the lawsuit, while it also became one of the most expensive hospitals in the state.

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2011/April/05/Hospitals-And-Insurers-Face-Growing-Antitrust-Scrutiny.aspx 

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

States Fear Local Effects if Shutdown Cuts Off Cash

New York Times

April 5, 2011

 

Already straining to make ends meet as the longest downturn since the Great Depression grinds on, state and local governments are now facing a new, unwelcome question: What would a shutdown of the federal government mean for their struggles to balance their budgets?

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/06/us/06states.html?_r=1&hp 

 

 

PTSD Interventions After Mass Catastrophes Often Unnecessary

Internal Medicine News

April 4, 2011

 

TUCSON, ARIZ. - One of the most important things physicians and mental health professionals can do for people struggling in the acute aftermath of a mass catastrophe is to emphasize explicitly that most individuals recover spontaneously.

http://www.internalmedicinenews.com/news/more-top-news/single-view/ptsd-interventions-after-mass-catastrophes-often-unnecessary/ae686abab3.html 

 

 

Montgomery's Latino Advocates Plot Roadmap for Reforms

Potomac Patch (Maryland)

April 5, 2011

 

A broad coalition of Montgomery County's elected leaders, advocates and high-ranking officials are charting out a course for sweeping changes to the way the Latino community and county government interact-from classrooms to voting booths to street encounters with county police.

http://potomac.patch.com/articles/montgomerys-latino-advocates-plot-roadmap-for-reforms 

 

 

Britain to press US over concern about treatment of WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning

Washington Post

April 5, 2011

 

LONDON (AP) - British diplomats will press the United States anew over concerns about the military's treatment of a U.S. Army private suspected of supplying thousands of sensitive files to WikiLeaks. ... Manning is being held in military detention in solitary confinement for all but an hour every day, and is stripped naked each night and given a suicide-proof smock to wear to bed. His lawyer has complained that Manning's treatment is degrading and punitive, a charge the U.S. military has denied.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/britain-to-press-us-over-concern-about-treatment-of-wikileaks-suspect-bradley-manning/2011/04/05/AFOPNniC_story.html 

 

 

Supreme Court reinstates death penalty for man convicted in LA double murder

Washington Post

April 4, 2011

 

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Monday reinstated the death penalty for a man convicted in a double murder despite complaints that his lawyers did not offer evidence of his psychological condition at his penalty trial.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/supreme-court-reinstates-death-penalty-for-man-convicted-in-la-double-murder/2011/04/04/AFxPFnbC_story.html 

 

 

HEALTHCARE REFORM

 

Study: Health Reform's Effects On Texas

Texas Tribune

April 5, 2011

 

If federal health care reform stays on the books, it will help 5 million Texans get health insurance and increase state health care spending by roughly 10 percent in the next five years, according to a new study by the RAND Corporation, a policy think tank.

http://www.texastribune.org/texas-health-resources/health-reform-and-texas/study-health-reforms-effects-on-texas/ 

 

 

Could the federal health law survive without the individual mandate?

Stateline

April 6, 2011

 

Of all the complaints that have been made about the new federal health care law, the angriest have been against the law's "individual mandate," which requires everyone who can afford health insurance to purchase it or pay a fine. ... The mandate is a target not only of public resentment and political rancor but of myriad lawsuits and state legislation aimed at disabling it.

http://www.stateline.org/live/details/story?contentId=565068 

 

 

GOP Unveils Plan To Remake Medicare And Medicaid

National Public Radio

April 5, 2011

 

The GOP's health care cat is now fully out of the bag. And it's a big one. All told the Republicans say their stingier federal budget would save $6.2 trillion over the one President Obama wants. The GOP roadmap, as expected, proposes big changes for Medicare and Medicaid. ...It would switch people under 55 to a system of private Medicare insurance that would be subsidized by the federal government. Individuals would pick a government-approved plan rather than a program run by the government.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2011/04/05/135148359/gop-unveils-plan-to-remake-medicare-and-medicaid 

 

 

OPINIONS

 

Who's hurt by Paul Ryan's budget proposal

Washington Post

April 5, 2011

 

Repeal the 20th century. Republicans have never particularly warmed to the American social contract that governed most of the past hundred years. Its central elements, enacted during the presidencies of Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson, assumed a level of collective national responsibility for the well-being of the elderly and children, the two groups who could not benefit directly from employment, through such programs as Social Security, Medicare, funding for schools and for college grants and loans.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/whos-hurt-by-paul-ryans-budget-proposal/2011/04/05/AFfP7PlC_story.html 

 

 

State budget should uphold our values

San Antonio Express News

April 6, 2011

 

...The programs affected by the proposed cuts include mental health services, health services for children, including children with special health care needs, the elderly and the disabled. Moreover, provider reimbursement rates under Medicaid will be further reduced, resulting in a decrease in an already limited pool of health care providers.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/default/article/State-budget-should-uphold-our-values-1323930.php 

 

 

We'll all feel pain of budget cuts

Austin American-Statesman

April 5, 2011

 

The Texas House passed a budget true to the "no new taxes" theme on which so many of the Republican majority successfully campaigned. Now, the Texas Senate will start deliberating its version of a budget, and among the few things the two bills will have in common is that they're going to hurt.

http://www.statesman.com/opinion/well-all-feel-pain-of-budget-cuts-1378153.html 

 

 

Vet who caused TWU campus lockdown deserves help

Fort worth Star-Telegram

April 6, 2011

 

... In a time when anti-American and anti-government sentiment can manifest itself in senseless violence, it is understandable that some may have been concerned by Gillette's behavior on that day. However, based on what I've learned about this man and his actions, campus officials overreacted and Denton County authorities are being overly punitive of a troubled person who has been begging for help. Gillette, like many disturbed veterans, needs to be in a hospital maybe, but not in a county jail.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/04/05/2977371/vet-who-caused-twu-campus-lockdown.html 

 

 

RESEARCH

 

Secondhand smoke isn't just bad for kids' bodies, it's bad for their brains

Los Angeles Times

April 5, 2011

 

Children and teens exposed to secondhand smoke are more likely to develop symptoms for a variety of mental health problems, including major depressive disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and others, according to a study published in Tuesday's edition of the journal Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

http://www.latimes.com/health/boostershots/la-heb-second-hand-smoke-mental-health-20110405,0,1370293.story 

 

 

What Comes First: Depression In Teens Or Emo Music?

National Public Radio

April 6, 2011

 

Teenagers are more likely to be depressed if they spend a lot of time listening to music, while teens who read a lot are less depressed, according to new research. ... The researchers didn't try to nail down cause and effect. But the fact that depression is a major health problem for teenagers, affecting 1 in 12 of them, makes it's easy to see why the researchers thought it was worth looking into.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2011/04/06/135151133/what-comes-first-depression-in-teens-or-emo-music 

 

 

Link Between Chronic Depression and Accelerated Immune Cell Aging

Science Daily News

April 6, 2011

 

Certain cases of major depression are associated with premature aging of immune cells, which may make people more susceptible to other serious illness, according to findings from a new UCSF-led study.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/04/110405151223.htm 

 

 

New Study Of The Mental Health Needs Of Post-Combat Military Service Members Shows Only Half Are Getting The Treatment They Need

Medical News Today

April 6, 2011

 

Approximately 50 percent of military service members returning from combat duty report experiencing a mental health issue, but only half of them have sought treatment. That is according to a recently released study titled Joining Forces America, a comprehensive survey of more than 1,000 military service members, family members of service members, and mental health professionals.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/221491.php 

 

 

One Step Closer to a Diagnostic Test for Schizophrenia

Science Daily News

April 6, 2011

 

Scientists in Finland have revealed metabolic abnormalities that are associated with schizophrenia. This may be an important step towards development of a clinical test of the disease.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/04/110405084302.htm 

 

 

Antipsychotics Increase Mortality Risk in Older Adults With Bipolar Disorder

Internal Medicine News

April 4, 2011

 

SAN ANTONIO - Older adults with bipolar disorder who receive antipsychotic agents are at increased risk for death, compared with those who received the mood stabilizer valproate, investigators reported at the annual meeting of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry.

http://www.internalmedicinenews.com/news/more-top-news/single-view/antipsychotics-increase-mortality-risk-in-older-adults-with-bipolar-disorder/f082cd78e5.html 

 

 

FEATURES & RESOURCES

 

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

National Parent Helpline

April 2011

 

Being a parent is a critically important job, 24 hours a day. It's not always easy. Call the National Parent Helpline® to get emotional support from a trained Advocate and become empowered and a stronger parent. 1-855-4A PARENT (1-855-427-2736).

http://www.nationalparenthelpline.org/ 

 

 

Alternatives 2011 to Feature Youth Plenary Panel

National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse

March 30, 2011

 

The Alternatives 2011 Advisory Committee is planning a "Voices of Youth" plenary panel at the national conference, to be held at the Caribe Royale in Orlando, Fla., Oct. 26-30, 2011. The National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse is organizing and hosting this year's Alternatives conference, whose theme is "Coming Home: Creating Our Own Communities of Wellness and Recovery." More information, including details about SAMHSA scholarships and the Call for Papers, will be provided as it becomes available.

http://www.alternatives2011.org 

 

 

Movie Review -- 'Limitless': Addiction, Depression and Manic Flight

PsychCentral.com

April 5, 2011

 

Although Limitless (2011) ultimately winds up as a cautionary tale about drug addiction, it begins with a revealing portrayal of the shame and self-loathing to be found in depression, as well as the manic flight into omnipotence of thought that characterizes bipolar disorder.

http://blogs.psychcentral.com/movies/2011/04/limitless/



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