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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

May, 2011



Institutions for Disabled Unlikely to See Major Cuts

Texas Tribune

May 4, 2011


Advocates for shuttering Texas' 13 institutions for the disabled thought they had the numbers on their side: a budget crisis so severe that lawmakers would have no choice but to close some state-supported living centers. 



Anti-Bullying Bill Tentatively Passes House

Texas Tribune

May 3, 2011


On Tuesday night, House Bill 1942 by state Rep. Diane Patrick, R-Arlington, which seeks to reduce bullying in schools by providing what the bill analysis calls "a minimal framework" for how to address incidents of bullying, was tentatively approved by the House. The vote was 102-34. 



House Gives Early OK to Rural Hospitals Hiring Docs

Texas Tribune

May 3, 2011


The House has tentatively voted to let rural, critical-access hospitals in counties with populations of 50,000 or less hire doctors - partially lifting a long-standing ban on hospitals directly employing physicians. 



House Gives Early Endorsement to Patient Privacy Bill

Texas Tribune

May 3, 2011


House lawmakers have given an early endorsement to Rep. Lois Kolkhorst's bill to protect Texans' private medical information. Kolkhorst's bill - one of the Public Health Committee chairwoman's top priorities this session - 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. 





Low-rent housing planned for Zilker neighborhood; Condo developers say they will give nonprofit $500,000 to build affordable rental units

Austin American-Statesman

May 3, 2011


Condo developers plan to donate $500,000 to a local nonprofit group to help it build 40 low-cost rental units in the Zilker neighborhood just a few miles from downtown. ... For nearly five decades, Mary Lee has provided low-rent housing and other services to people with disabilities. 



Carousel Pediatrics expanded services to meet patient and employee needs

Austin American-Statesman

May 2, 2011


... Dr. Glenn Wood, a pediatrician and Carousel's founder, had been practicing in a West Austin neighborhood for several years when he realized there were few nearby physicians taking new Medicaid patients. That's when he decided to open Carousel Pediatrics. "Lower income kids are substantially sicker across the board - medical, dental, speech, mental health," Wood said. "We started in 2002 as a medical office but we realized there were needs in these other areas and so we try to coordinate those things, too." 



Corazon Awards honor five as role models

Austin American-Statesman

May 3, 2011


An Austin-based college preparatory program for Hispanic female students and their mothers has recognized five women for their work in the community. Con Mi MADRE (Spanish for "with my mother") presented the awards at its annual Corazon Awards Mother's Day brunch and ceremony on Sunday. This year's honorees include Rosie Mendoza for her advocacy of mental health and disability issues. 



Update: Truvia indicted for first-degree murder in Smith County


May 4, 2011


TYLER (KYTX) -- Byron Truvia has been indicted on a first-degree murder charge for the death of his teacher at John Tyler High School in September 2009.  ...Truvia's attorney, Jim Hugglar, told CBS 19 that while there is an indictment, he expects Truvia to be sent back to Vernon State Hospital, where he'll remain for a very long time. 





VA allows caregivers of wounded vets to apply for benefits

Houston Chronicle

May 3, 2011


After a much-criticized delay, the Department of Veterans Affairs on Tuesday announced that caregivers of severely wounded Iraq and Afghanistan veterans will be able to apply for expanded benefits starting next week. 



A drug used for maintenance treatment of bipolar disorder lacks evidence, scientists contend

Los Angeles Times

May 3, 2011


Abilify, the brand name of the drug aripiprazole, is an antipsychotic medication used to treat the acute phase of bipolar disorder as well as the maintenance phase -- the period of time after a patient has improved and the focus turns toward preventing a relapse. This second use of Abilify is the target of a biting review published Tuesday by Dr. Alexander Tsai of Harvard University and Dr. Nicholas Rosenlicht of UC San Francisco. The scientists set out to review data that justify the use of Abilify for the maintenance phase of bipolar disorder -- and found very little.,0,3025129.story 



Iowa's mental health reform needs more review, lawmakers say

Des Moines Register (Iowa)

May 3, 2011


An attempt to reform Iowa's $1.3 billion mental health service programs would be delayed to go through an intense study period in the next seven months under a proposal unveiled today by the Iowa House. 



Try generics first, senators say

The State (Columbia, SC)

May 4, 2011


State senators voted Tuesday to require the state's poorest residents to first try generic drugs to treat cancer, HIV/AIDS and mental illness if a generic is available. ... State spending on drugs for Medicaid recipients has been a hot topic this legislative session, particularly spending on atypical antipsychotic drugs that are used to treat a wide range of mental illnesses, including bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. 



Doctor shortage predicted: Demand likely to outstrip physician supply

Wichita Eagle (Kansas)

May 1, 2011


K.U Med Center resident doctors Linh Nguyen, left, and Karim Masri, foreground, work with Dr. Susan Hull Wednesday, Apr. 27, 2011. Despite a surge in the expansion of and building new medical schools, two national reports say the country is heading for a physician shortage. 



Family physicians tied to lower readmissions

Boston Globe

May 2, 2011


If you have been mulling over the state list of readmission rates we posted this morning, this may catch your interest. A one-page report published yesterday by the American Family Physician journal says one way to reduce those rates is to increase the number of doctors who choose family medicine. 



2 Fla. firms guilty in $200M Medicare fraud

San Antonio Express News

May 3, 2011


MIAMI (AP) - Two South Florida corporations have joined their owners in pleading guilty to a $200 million Medicare fraud scheme.   ...Among other things, they admitted falsifying patient files for mentally ill people to make them appear to qualify for Medicare sleep studies. 





Health Insurers Opening Their Own Clinics To Trim Costs

Kaiser Health News

May 4, 2011


Some private plans serving people in Medicare and Medicaid have set up health care centers to help make sure patients get needed treatments and avoid hospitalizations. 



Remaking Medicare: Saving Money Or Shifting Costs?

National Public Radio

May 4, 2011


There's no debating that the budget blueprint passed by the U.S. House of Representatives last month would make major changes to the Medicare program for the elderly and disabled. What Republicans and Democrats don't agree on, however, is whether those changes would actually save money or just shift costs now paid by the government to Medicare patients. 





Ecstasy Associated With Chronic Change in Brain Function

Science Daily News

May 4, 2011


- Ecstasy -- the illegal "rave" drug that produces feelings of euphoria and emotional warmth -- has been in the news recently as a potential therapeutic. Clinical trials are testing Ecstasy in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. 



Possible Brain Biomarkers for Bipolar Disorder

Psych Central News

May 4, 2011


Certain brain abnormalities may be possible neurobiological markers for bipolar disorder, according to researchers who conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of published neuroimaging studies.

"Bipolar disorder is often misdiagnosed or tardily detected, leading to inadequate treatment and devastating consequences," said the research team, including Michèle Wessa, Ph.D., of the Central Institute of Mental Health in Germany. 



Gray matter reductions evident in patients at high risk for psychosis

Med Wire News

May 4, 2011


Individuals at ultra-high risk (UHR) for psychosis have specific gray matter volume reductions, with those who go on to develop full-blown psychosis showing greater specific regional reductions than those who do not, research shows..."People experiencing possible prodromal symptoms of psychosis have a very high risk of developing the disorder, but it is not possible to predict, on the basis of their presenting clinical features, which individuals will subsequently become psychotic.".. 



Internet addiction in teens and young adults: Is it actually a problem?

Los Angeles Times

May 3, 2011


Are America's teens and young adults addicted to the Internet? There's no good way to tell, according to a paper published online Monday in the journal Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.  ...Studies have drawn possible links between Internet addiction and depression, excessive alcohol use and even injury. Figuring out how much presence it has in teens' and young adults' lives, then, would be the first way to address it.,0,4418662.story 



Postpartum Depression Highest in Fall, Winter

The Wall Street Journal

May 3, 2011


Women who give birth during the fall and winter are twice as likely to suffer from postpartum depression than if they deliver in the spring, according to a study in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. Seasonal variations in mental disorders are well documented, but few studies have examined seasonal births and postpartum depression. 






May 5 Brooks Conference to attract area leaders to Lamar

Lamar University

April 29, 2011


The 2011 Brooks Conference will attract about 130 Southeast Texas nonprofit, civic and government leaders - including more than 30 prominent speakers - to Lamar University Thursday, May 5, for a day-long series of programs on topics ranging from the role of nonprofits in society to substance abuse.  ...This year's conference, therefore, will provide a forum to highlight the activities of nonprofit organizations across Southeast Texas that provide crucial services to individuals and families in financial, physical and emotional need. 



Living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

British Broadcasting Corporation

May 3, 2011


Life is rarely a completely smooth journey and most of us will experience unpleasant or frightening events at some point. Although distressing at the time, the intensity of the feelings usually fades quickly and we are able to continue with our lives as before. If we are subject to or witness an exceptionally traumatic, the effects are likely to be longer lasting. This is a normal response and can interfere with daily life. 



'Shrink Rap' Gets Psychiatry Up Off The Couch

National Public Radio

May 3, 2011


For a profession devoted to dialogue and understanding, psychiatry is awfully misunderstood. You know the familiar stereotype: the long couch, the dim lighting and the soothing voice asking, "And how did that make you feel?" But the reality is much more complicated, and in their new book Shrink Rap, Drs. Dinah Miller, Annette Hanson and Steven Roy Daviss describe what psychiatrists really do every day. 



Davis Cup champion to talk of hope, recovery effort

Albany Times Union

May 4, 2011


ALBANY -- Cliff Richey won two Davis Cup championships but, his toughest opponent was depression. The tennis star, now 64, is the keynote speaker at Thursday's spring fundraiser for the Mental Health Association of New York State.  ...Richey wrote "Acing Depression: A Tennis Champion's Toughest Match" to inspire people who have clinical depression. 



Jamie Lee Curtis celebrates youth who have demonstrated resilience and overcome trauma at annual National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day observance

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

May 4, 2011


Golden Globe award-winning actress and New York Times bestselling children's book author Jamie Lee Curtis joined the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and more than 100 public and private collaborating organizations in celebrating the sixth annual National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day.  ...More than 1,000 community-based mental health service and support providers, community programs, schools, and collaborating organization affiliates from across the country are estimated to have also celebrated this annual observance. 



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