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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

April, 2011

82nd LEGISLATIVE SESSION

 

State budget battle has huge impact on Lubbock's economic pillars

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

April 26, 2011

 

... Another major employer watching the proceedings with interest is Lubbock Regional MHMR, the state designated mental health services facility for Lubbock, Cochran, Crosby, Hockley and Lynn counties. The agency is already trying to "slow down the system" by evaluating jobs as employees leave to determine whether that position needs to be re-filled, said Beth Lawson, associate chief executive officer.

http://lubbockonline.com/money/2011-04-26/state-budget-battle-has-huge-impact-lubbocks-economic-pillars

 

 

Has Texas Patient Privacy Bill Hit a Snag?

Texas Tribune

April 26, 2011

 

State Rep. Lois Kolkhorst's bill to further protect Texans' private medical information looks stuck; it's been three weeks since it passed out of committee, and it hasn't yet been set for a House vote. ... Kolkhorst's bill would ban the for-profit sale of personal health information without a patient's consent, and set up a process for notifying patients of the electronic transfer of their medical records.

http://www.texastribune.org/texas-state-agencies/health-and-human-services-commission/has-texas-patient-privacy-bill-hit-a-snag/

 

 

TEXAS NEWS

 

Lubbock County commissioners approve grant applications

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

April 26, 2011

 

Lubbock County Commissioners on Monday approved multiple grant applications totaling $4.36 million to aid in providing legal representation for defendants who cannot afford attorneys ... A $96,840 grant would continue funding for the mental health private defender program, which appoints private attorneys to provide representation the way the new countywide private defender program would operate, Slayton said.

http://lubbockonline.com/local-news/2011-04-26/lubbock-county-commissioners-approve-grant-applications

 

 

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn tours Victoria veterans clinic

Victoria Advocate

April 25, 2011

 

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, will tour the Victoria Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic to monitor its efforts to serve rural Texas veterans Tuesday. ... In addition to primary care, the clinic has mental health, nutrition, podiatry and social work services available to veterans.

http://www.victoriaadvocate.com/news/2011/apr/25/jp_cornyn_042611_137487/?news&local-news

 

 

Year later update on San Antonio homeless facility

Victoria Advocate

April 25, 2011

 

San Antonio (AP) ... Located west of downtown, Haven operates on a tiered basis: Most homeless clients start off in Prospects Courtyard, an expansive outdoor area where they sleep and receive a host of services. Special workers assess their needs. Along the way, those with mental illness and/or substance-abuse problems receive the care they need.

http://www.victoriaadvocate.com/news/2011/apr/26/bc-tx-exchange-san-antonio-homeless/?business&texas

 

 

Doctor from Paris, Texas, suspended by state after complaining of 'military satellites,' but can still practice in Florida

Texas Watchdog

April 25, 2011

 

A Texas doctor who said he was "being harassed by military satellites" can no longer practice here but remains in good standing in Florida. The Texas Medical Board sustained the suspension of Rick Alan Szumlas' medical license in a public hearing last week, after finding that he was suffering from mental illness and that his continuing to practice would threaten public welfare.

http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/04/doctor-from-paris-texas-suspended-by-state-can-still-practice-in-florida/1303747291.column

 

 

UTA psychologist told police student had followed her before he killed her husband

Dallas Morning News

April 26, 2011

 

A University of Texas at Arlington psychologist told police that one of her former student clients had been following her before he shot and killed her husband. ... Garcia had been Villarreal's client until several weeks ago, when she told him she could no longer be his therapist and referred him elsewhere.

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/community-news/arlington/headlines/20110425-uta-psychologist-told-police-student-had-followed-her-before-he-killed-her-husband.ece

 

 

Schizophrenic gets life in jail

San Antonio Express-News

April 26, 2011

 

A paranoid schizophrenic who said he once believed he was Jesus Christ received a life sentence Monday for what authorities have described as one of the most gruesome blunt-force murders they have seen.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/default/article/Schizophrenic-gets-life-in-jail-1351962.php

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

CO lawmakers to vote on solitary confinement rules

San Antonio Express-News

April 26, 2011

 

DENVER (AP) - A bill to limit the number of mentally ill inmates who can be put in solitary confinement in Colorado prisons faces its first vote in the Legislature.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/default/article/CO-lawmakers-to-vote-on-solitary-confinement-rules-1352510.php

 

 

Mental health care coverage could get mandate

Illinois Statehouse News

April 25, 2011

 

SPRINGFIELD - Some Illinois lawmakers are trying to operate on what they say is a sick health insurance system in the state. The Illinois House of Representatives recently approved, a plan on a 70-39 vote that would mandate private health insurance plans providing mental health coverage include substance abuse and autism coverage in any new or renewed policies.

http://illinois.statehousenewsonline.com/5828/mental-health-care-coverage-could-get-mandate/

 

 

Bill would require drug testing for MaineCare

San Antonio Express-News

April 25, 2011

 

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Lawmakers are considering a bill to require random drug testing for MaineCare recipients. ... Saviello's bill is opposed by the American Association of Social Workers' Maine chapter. Its executive director, Susan Lamb, says people with serious mental illness have a high rate of substance abuse, and without treatment for their addictions, they will spiral downhill.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/default/article/Bill-would-require-drug-testing-for-MaineCare-1351313.php

 

 

Minn. high court narrows cameras-in-courts test

San Antonio Express-News

April 26, 2011

 

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Supreme Court has added a restriction to a two-year pilot program allowing camera coverage of some trial court proceedings. ... In an order released Monday, the Supreme Court added civil commitment proceedings to the list of exclusions. Civil commitments can include cases of people suffering from mental illness, as well as predatory sex offenders.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/default/article/Minn-high-court-narrows-cameras-in-courts-test-1351317.php

 

 

In Fighting Anorexia, Recovery Is Elusive

The New York Times

April 26, 2011

 

...Most medical experts agree that a third of people with the disorder will remain chronically ill, a third will die of their disorder, and a third will recover - with one significant caveat. There is surprisingly little agreement as to what "recovery" means for people with anorexia. Indeed, just a handful of studies on long-term recovery rates have been conducted over the last decade or so, and different parameters were used in each one.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/26/health/26anorexia.html?_r=1&ref=health

 

 

Helping the Mentally Ill to Quit Smoking

The Wall Street Journal

April 26, 2011

 

A pilot program in New York City is challenging a long-held belief about cigarette smoking-that people with mental-health problems aren't interested in quitting. The results so far are promising. Therapists say they are surprised that some patients with mental illness have been eager to join the anti-smoking program. And for some patients, giving up smoking has helped them feel more confident about other parts of their lives.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703856704576285131131372562.html

 

 

Mentally ill worry after Giffords shooting

San Antonio Express-News

April 25, 2011

 

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - For some Tucsonans touched by the tragedy of Jan. 8, sorrow was tinged with a sense of dread. Scores of locals being treated for mental illness cringed to think the public might paint them with the same brush as shooter Jared Lee Loughner, whose chilling grin and bizarre rants made headlines across the globe.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/default/article/Mentally-ill-worry-after-Giffords-shooting-1350847.php

 

 

HEALTHCARE REFORM

 

Health Law Won't Get High-Court Review Yet

The Wall Street Journal

April 26, 2011

 

WASHINGTON-The Supreme Court refused Monday to consider an early challenge to the federal health-care law, allowing appeals courts to hear arguments first over the constitutionality of the Obama administration's signature legislative achievement. The justices, without comment, rejected Virginia Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's bid for early Supreme Court review. The move wasn't a surprise because the court rarely agrees to hear cases directly after rulings by federal district courts.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704132204576284861020862834.html

 

 

Religious Exemption In Health Law Lets Some Skip Individual Coverage

National Public Radio

April 26, 2011

 

The Bible says that Christians should share each other's burdens, and for some that means sharing the burden of medical bills. They join together in health care sharing ministries, usually paying monthly "shares" of a few hundred dollars or more to cover other members' health care expenses. They then get their own expenses covered in turn. The ministries divvy up the money to cover that month's "needs," as they're called.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2011/04/26/135732459/religious-exemption-in-health-law-lets-some-skip-individual-coverage

 

 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

 

Challenges Loom Large, 25 Years After Chernobyl

National Public Radio

April 26, 2011

 

...What worries some health professionals more than radiation are the psychological effects of the accident. James Smith, a physicist at the University of Portsmouth who has studied Chernobyl for two decades, says several studies found high rates of suicide, depression and mental health problems in the region after Chernobyl.

http://www.npr.org/2011/04/26/135705270/challenges-loom-large-25-years-after-chernobyl?ps=rs

 

 

The future of mental health care in austerity Britain

Guardian (UK)

April 26, 2011

 

High-level supported-living housing is under threat as one London council calls a hostel 'surplus to requirements.'

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/apr/26/mental-health-care-supported-living-housing?INTCMP=SRCH

 

 

OPINIONS

 

Watching the health insurers

Los Angeles Times

April 26, 2011

 

Over the past year, two major health insurers in California have proposed eye-popping rate increases, only to settle for smaller hikes after a public outcry. Now lawmakers are considering a proposal to let state regulators block rate hikes they consider unreasonable, just as they can do for most other types of insurance.

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/opinionla/la-ed-insurance-20110426,0,4653156.story

 

 

RESEARCH

 

Psychologists Warn That Therapies Based On Positive Emotions May Not Work For Asians

Redorbit

April 25, 2011

 

Thinking happy thoughts, focusing on the good and downplaying the bad is believed to accelerate recovery from depression, bolster resilience during a crisis and improve overall mental health. But a new study by University of Washington psychologists reveals that pursuing happiness may not be beneficial across all cultures.

http://www.redorbit.com/news/science/2035342/psychologists_warn_that_therapies_based_on_positive_emotions_may_not/

 

 

Common Painkillers May Blunt Antidepressants

Health Day News

April 26, 2011

 

Common over-the-counter painkillers such as ibuprofen, aspirin and naproxen may reduce the effectiveness of antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, according to a mouse and human study from The Rockefeller University in New York City.

http://consumer.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=652258

 

 

FEATURES & RESOURCES

 

May is Mental Health Month: Mental Health Conditions Common, But Treatable; Individuals Go on to Live Productive Lives

Mental Health America

April 25, 2011

 

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- May is Mental Health Month, and Mental Health America is raising awareness about the 1 in 4 American adults who live with a diagnosable, treatable mental health condition and the fact that they can go on to live full and productive lives.

http://www.nmha.org/index.cfm?objectID=7E6E61CB-1372-4D20-C84CCF9F5D44CB14

 

 

Rethinking health care with help of mind-body techniques

San Antonio Express-News

April 25, 2011

 

... Gordon, author of Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven-Stage Journey Out of Depression (Penguin Press, $16), uses mind-body techniques to treat depression among his patients and among victims of trauma from Bosnia and Gaza to post-Katrina southern Louisiana and post-earthquake Haiti.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/life/health/article/Rethinking-health-care-with-help-of-mind-body-1351278.php

 

 

SPOTLIGHT: Sycamore vet raises suicide awareness

Chicago Tribune

April 26, 2011

 

... According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' National Center for PTSD, post-traumatic stress occurs in 11-20 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans. With the hope of preventing suicides, IAVA wants to lift the stigma associated with seeking counseling. That stigma remains strong within the military, Emmer said.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-il-spotlight-soldier,0,6801062.story

 

 

Stiller, Falco shine in 'The House of Blue Leaves'

San Antonio Express-News

April 26, 2011

 

NEW YORK (AP) - Only in John Guare's world would a crazy woman aptly named Bananas seem to be the only sane person in the bunch. ...  Through a haze of mental illness and drugs, Falco still manages to convey the only character with a toe in the real world.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/entertainment/article/Stiller-Falco-shine-in-The-House-of-Blue-Leaves-1352119.php



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