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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

April, 2011

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American Medical News: Texas sees shortage of mental health professionals

American Medical Association

April 25, 2011

 

An aging work force coupled with Texas' growing and increasingly diverse population are contributing to a shortage of mental health professionals in the state, said an April 11 policy brief from the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health and Methodist Healthcare Ministries.

http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2011/04/25/prbf0425.htm 

 

 

82nd LEGISLATIVE SESSION

 

Jails brace for influx of mentally ill: Health experts - along with already burdened sheriffs - decry lack of programs due to budget cuts

Houston Chronicle

April 25, 2011

 

... In a state that already ranks near the bottom in per capita spending for mental health care, House members have proposed a cut of 20 percent in services provided by the Texas Department of State Health Services. Targets of the cut are caseworkers, crisis hotlines, clinics and community health centers, where severely mentally ill adults and children receive medications and outpatient treatment. The community-based centers get funding from the federal government, private foundations and individuals, although most of it comes from the state.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7535337.html 

 

 

Senate panel OKs budget plan: It would allow extra dip into the rainy day fund.

San Antonio Express News

April 22, 2011

 

AUSTIN - Cutbacks to education and human services would be eased but not eliminated under a $176.5 billion budget proposal backed Thursday by the Senate Finance Committee, which endorsed the possibility of an extra dip into the rainy day fund to pay for it.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/politics/texas_legislature/article/Senate-proposal-would-cut-less-than-House-plan-1347756.php 

 

 

TribLive: Podolsky On Medical Ed, Health Care Cuts

Texas Tribune

April 22, 2011

 

At a TribLive conversation on April 14, Evan Smith interviewed Dr. Daniel Podolsky the president of UT Southwestern Medical Center, about the state of medical education, the cost of health care cuts and the value of academic research.

http://www.texastribune.org/texas-news-media/triblive/triblive-podolsky-on-medical-ed-health-care-cuts/ 

 

 

TEXAS NEWS

 

Williamson County commissioners exploring idea of a health clinic for county employees

Austin American-Statesman

April 24, 2011

 

Williamson County commissioners are considering whether it's time for the county to offer its own health clinic to its employees, retirees and their families.

http://www.statesman.com/news/local/williamson-county-commissioners-exploring-idea-of-a-health-1430225.html 

 

 

Treatment in patients' 'backyard': West Houston is experiencing a boom of hospitals, and other areas soon may share in the medical bounty

Houston Chronicle

April 25, 2011

 

... The latest boom is in west Houston, where Texas Children's is Houston's first pediatric community hospital. Methodist Hospital in December opened a six-story, 478,500-square-foot facility next door, and St. Luke's has property a few miles away where it plans to put a hospital. Closer in, Memorial Hermann last year expanded its Memorial City hospital.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7535341.html 

 

 

Homeless man gets off the streets, wants to help others

Austin American-Statesman

April 23, 2011

 

... Getting off the streets is extremely difficult, said Alan Graham, founder of Mobile Loaves and Fishes, which brings food to homeless people across the city. Criminal records and drug use often bars them from low-income housing. Mental illness keeps those who might qualify from seeking the services they need. Meanwhile, there's a lot of anger, Plunkett said. People feel so rejected and disappointed most of the time that they get stuck.

http://www.statesman.com/news/local/homeless-man-gets-off-the-streets-wants-to-1428482.html 

 

 

Arlington police say gunman had received counseling from victim's wife

Dallas Morning News

April 24, 2011

 

A former client of a University of Texas at Arlington psychologist tracked down her husband, fatally gunning him down Friday in front of a school in Arlington before killing himself, Arlington police said Saturday.

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/community-news/arlington/headlines/20110423-arlington-police-say-gunman-had-received-counseling-from-victims-wife.ece 

 

 

School Trashed Bullying Evidence After Son's Suicide, Mother Says

Courthouse News Service

April 22, 2011

 

...The complaint states: "Representatives of the school district staff have destroyed and withheld evidence including but not limited to incident reports filed by Asher and other students about bullying and harassment ... as well as documentation of telephone and email communications from Amy and David Truong to and from school officials."

http://www.courthousenews.com/2011/04/22/36023.htm 

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Mental Health Court turns around lives of chronic criminals

9NEWS.com (Denver, CO)

April 24, 2011

 

... The public defender and the counselor teamed up a little over a year ago to launch the experimental court. Chief Judge William Sylvester appointed Magistrate Laura Findorff to preside. The $500,000 cost has been paid with grants and donations, and includes housing and transportation for participants. In just its first year, the court has saved taxpayers $600,000, based on the average cost of $125 per day to house a mentally ill person in a state prison and $83 per day in the county jail. http://www.9news.com/news/article/195080/188/Mental-Health-Court-turns-around-lives-of-chronic-criminals- 

 

 

Bill gives state hospital say in patients' release

San Antonio Express News

April 24, 2011

 

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - The Oregon State Hospital would say when a patient is fit for release from the state psychiatric facility, rather than a state review board, under a measure making its way through the Legislature.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/default/article/Bill-gives-state-hospital-say-in-patients-release-1350563.php 

 

 

NC may remove kids from Va centers amid allegation

San Antonio Express News

April 21, 2011

 

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - North Carolina officials are considering withdrawing more than 100 youth from treatment centers for troubled kids in Virginia after the company that owns them failed to report a boy's sexual abuse claim.  ...The Pines serves youth with mental, emotional and behavioral problems.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/default/article/NC-may-remove-kids-from-Va-centers-amid-allegation-1347096.php 

 

 

Mental-health advocates denounce mug shot contest

San Antonio Express News

April 23, 2011

 

PHOENIX (AP) - Mental-health advocates are complaining about a new online contest launched by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office that asks people to choose the most popular jail booking photos posted on its website. The Arizona Republic reports that more than 25 percent of Maricopa County's inmates admit to having been diagnosed with a mental illness at some point in their lives, and at least 20 percent of inmates are prescribed psychiatric medicine in jail.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/default/article/Mental-health-advocates-denounce-mug-shot-contest-1349857.php 

 

 

Tucson suspect's college releases administrators' emails; many heavily or completely redacted

The Washington Post

April 22, 2011

 

PHOENIX - The community college that the Tucson mass shooting suspect attended released hundreds of emails Friday but withheld dozens of others, leaving gaps about what was going on inside the school's administration during the hours and days after the shooting.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/many-emails-released-by-tucson-suspects-college-heavily-or-completely-redacted/2011/04/22/AF9jihRE_story.html 

 

 

 

HEALTHCARE REFORM

 

No fast-track hearing on Obama health care, high court says

Houston Chronicle

April 25, 2011

 

Bloomberg News -- The U.S. Supreme Court declined an opportunity to review President Barack Obama's health-care overhaul, rejecting Virginia's bid to have its challenge to the law considered on an unusual fast-track basis.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/health/7535978.html 

 

 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

 

Japan fears post-quake rise in suicides

Los Angeles Times

April 24, 2011

 

As Japan rebuilds from the March 11 disaster, public health officials worry that a lingering sense of hopelessness among those affected might lead to a surge in suicides in a nation already coping with one of the developed world's highest rates of self-inflicted deaths. They have created suicide hotlines, pumped more money into therapy programs and sent more suicide counselors into the field as they wait and worry.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-japan-suicides-20110424,0,3717274.story 

 

 

OPINIONS

 

California mental health system a dangerous relic

San Francisco Chronicle

April 25, 2011

 

... Instead of a system that protects and treats the frail and unstable, another picture has emerged. After years of gradual change, the system has become a de facto arm of the prison system, filled with violent patients and managed by poorly protected personnel. Nearly all the patients now come from the criminal court system, sent by judges who consider the individuals too insane to stand trial or in need of treatment before facing charges. At the same time, the Napa facility, built in 1872 and encircled by only a wire fence, hasn't been upgraded with safety features that reflect the changed patient population.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/04/24/EDEI1H59GS.DTL 

 

 

Lawmakers, doctors holding nurses back

Austin American-Statesman

April 21, 2011

 

Here's an idea that wouldn't cost Texas a dime but would save millions of dollars every year: Remove all barriers restraining nurses from practicing to the full extent of their education and training. ... If every nurse practitioner and family doctor were deployed, we still couldn't meet the need. Texans are desperate for health care.

http://www.statesman.com/opinion/inglis-lawmakers-doctors-holding-nurses-back-1424270.html 

 

 

Texas must not execute the mentally retarded

Austin American-Statesman

April 22, 2011

 

... Based on my personal experience and decades of service and policy participation in the behavioral health care field advocating on behalf of people with intellectual disabilities and mental health issues, I am hard-pressed to imagine a more disturbing and regressive action than executing a person who is mentally retarded under Atkins. In the eyes of the law, to do so would be unconstitutional. In our hearts, it would be inhumane and immoral.

http://www.statesman.com/opinion/hearon-texas-must-not-execute-the-mentally-retarded-1426875.html 

 

 

Two paths to cut health care spending, and one makes much more sense

Austin American-Statesman

April 24, 2011

 

With the recent announcement of the Republicans' long-term budget plan, we the American public now have two broad blueprints available. Each tells us a way to cut future health care costs and ultimately make good care affordable to more people. By making care more affordable, the blueprints point a way to reducing federal and state expenditures for the Medicare and Medicaid programs that are now fiscally out of control.

http://www.statesman.com/opinion/brody-two-paths-to-cut-health-care-spending-1430071.html 

 

 

Love of Medicare chills tea party fever

Chicago Tribune

April 24, 2011

 

Surprise, surprise! Faced with the prospect of Medicare cuts, even tea party folks find griping about "big government" to be a lot more fun than actually shrinking it. Seventy percent of those who identified themselves as supporters of the fiscally conservative movement in a new McClatchy-Marist poll oppose cuts to Medicaid and Medicare to solve the country's deficit woes. Almost as many, 68 percent, of those who simply call themselves "conservatives" also oppose the cuts. A much larger portion, 88 percent of moderates and 91 percent of liberals, oppose laying a finger on the two health care programs.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/ct-oped-0424-page-20110424,0,3425049.column 

 

 

Hope for Youth With Mental Illness at School

NAMI blog

April 21, 2011

 

...Instead of receiving help, far too many of these youth are landing in the juvenile justice system. This happens because there is a lack of crisis intervention services in schools and communities. All too often, the opportunity to intervene with these youth is lost-resulting in poor outcomes.

http://blog.nami.org/2011/04/hope-for-youth-with-mental-illness-at.html 

 

 

RESEARCH

 

Understanding the Impact of Nature and Nurture on ADHD Behavior

Psych Central News

April 25, 2011

 

Understanding the Impact of Nature and Nurture on ADHD Behavior An informative new study looks at the role of heredity and the environment in regard to reading ability, mathematics ability, and the behavior associated attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.

http://psychcentral.com/news/2011/04/25/understanding-the-impact-of-nature-and-nurture-on-adhd-behavior/25612.html 

 

 

Mental Disorders Linked to Drug, Alcohol Abuse in U.S. Vets

Health Day News

April 22, 2011

 

U.S. veterans with mental health disorders have high rates of substance abuse, new research shows.

In the study, researchers analyzed U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs data to determine the rates of substance-use disorders among veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan who were diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder or other mental health disorders, including bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

http://consumer.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=652100 

 

 

Treat Depression to Boost Diabetes Self-Care: Study

Health Day News

April 22, 2011

 

Treating diabetes patients' depression boosts their overall health, according to a new study.

It included 145 people with type 2 diabetes and depression who received a year-long depression intervention that included 12 weeks of cognitive behavioral therapy over the phone, followed by nine monthly booster sessions. They also took part in a walking program.

http://consumer.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=652100 

 

 

Climate Change Psychology: Coping and Creating Solutions

APA News

April 18, 2011

 

Psychologists are offering new insight and solutions to help counter climate change, while helping people cope with the environmental, economic and health impacts already taking a toll on people's lives, according to a special issue of American Psychologist , the American Psychological Association's flagship journal.

http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2011/04/climate-change.aspx 

 

 

Move Over Prozac: New Drug Offers Hope for Depression

Science Daily News

April 24, 2011

 

The brain chemistry that underlies depression is incompletely understood, but research suggests that aberrant signaling by a chemical called Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor through its receptor TrkB, may contribute to anxiety and depression.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/04/110418122314.htm 

 

 

Study: Some happy states have high suicide rates

San Antonio Express News

April 25, 2011

 

WASHINGTON (AP) - Does misery really love company? An intriguing new study suggests that may be the case. Researchers who study how people's sense of well-being varies from place to place decided to compare their findings with suicide rates.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/default/article/Study-Some-happy-states-have-high-suicide-rates-1350893.php 

 

 

FEATURES & RESOURCES

 

S. African book draws from lives of abused kids

San Antonio Express News

April 21, 2011

 

..."The journey of Mouse" and two dozen other stories written and collected by Rademeyer, social worker Edith Kriel and Kriel's mother Else Rohrs, a retired school teacher, have been compiled into a new book, "Voices of Hope." In an interview in the sunny, high-ceilinged room filled with toys where she works, Rademeyer said the book is a tool for those who care for traumatized children.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/default/article/S-African-book-draws-from-lives-of-abused-kids-1347079.php



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