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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

June, 2011

82nd LEGISLATIVE SESSION

 

House OKs Bill to Seek Federal Medicaid Waiver

Texas Tribune

June 10, 2011

 

The Texas House passed a bill today to take control of Texas health care reform. Representatives tentatively passed HB 13, a special session bill that will allow Texas to petition the Obama administration for a block grant to operate the Medicaid program, which insures poor children, the disabled and impoverished adults.

http://www.texastribune.org/texas-legislature/82nd-legislative-session/house-oks-bill-to-seek-federal-medicaid-waiver/ 

 

 

Lawmakers undo late amendment that would have given Perry control of prison health board

Austin American-Statesman

June 10, 2011

 

An amendment quietly added to a bill about fiscal matters in the Texas House late Thursday would have given control of the state's prison health care board to Gov. Rick Perry at a time when top Perry aides have been pressing for the panel to privatize some or all the medical services provided to convicts. By Friday, after questions were raised about the change by the American-Statesman and some legislative and prison officials, it was gone.

http://www.statesman.com/news/texas-politics/lawmakers-undo-late-amendment-that-would-have-given-1532807.html 

 

 

Smaller budget cuts seen as a relief; State Senate offered kinder, gentler version

San Angelo Standard-Times

June 11, 2011

 

SAN ANGELO, Texas - ... MHMR Executive Director Lynn Rutland said state funding for the organization has never been fully restored since it was cut by 14 percent, or more than half a million dollars, in 2003, when the state faced a similar revenue shortfall. Its $8 million annual budget, consisting of 76 payer sources, has remained largely stagnant since then. The cut MHMR is facing this time around - almost 2 percent, or $150,000 - is far less drastic.

http://www.gosanangelo.com/news/2011/jun/11/smaller-budget-cuts-seen-as-a-relief/ 

 

 

TEXAS NEWS

 

UT Southwestern's use of paid med students in Parkland psych ER raises questions

Dallas Morning News

June 13, 2011

 

UT Southwestern Medical Center professors say their school has long pursued a highly unusual cost-saving practice that has prompted ethical questions among outsiders: paying medical students to help care for Parkland Memorial Hospital patients. "For students it is an opportunity to earn money through clinical work and to gain experience as clinicians," four professors wrote in a medical journal letter. "For the hospital, it is an economical way to run a busy service" - Parkland's psychiatric emergency room.

http://www.dallasnews.com/investigations/headlines/20110611-ut-southwesterns-use-of-paid-med-students-in-parkland-psych-er-raises-questions.ece 

 

 

In Texas, moving from home to home becomes a way of life for many in foster care

Dallas Morning News

June 11, 2011

 

... In Texas, children stay an average of 31/2 years in a permanent managing conservatorship, or long-term foster care. And children in Texas' foster care system experience more placements than children in other states. In Texas, 80 percent of children in foster care a minimum of two years were moved at least three times, according to a 2008 federal audit. Nationally, that number is 66 percent.

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/community-news/dallas/headlines/20110611-in-texas-moving-from-home-to-home-becomes-a-way-of-life-for-many-in-foster-care.ece 

 

 

A family, together again: Local woman finds long-lost sister

Wichita Falls Times Record News

June 12, 2011

 

... Keep's mother was single, suffered from a mental illness and couldn't care for five children on her own. So she placed them in the children's home - all of them younger than 6 at the time.

http://www.timesrecordnews.com/news/2011/jun/12/a-family-together-again-siblings-reunite-nlocal/ 

 

 

New voice for the abused: As a victim herself, CASA volunteer knows well the topic she'll address

San Antonio Express-News

June 11, 2011

 

... In a state where caseworkers are overworked and underfunded, CASA volunteers often are the only constant adult presence in a child's life during a time of turmoil, said Janet Ketcham, president of the agency. Volunteers spend more time with the child than any doctor, lawyer, counselor or caseworker, and judges almost always follow their recommendations, officials said.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/article/New-voice-for-the-abused-1419679.php 

 

 

Bounty of beds bad news for area hospitals: Use rate declines even as population increases

Houston Chronicle

June 10, 2011

 

... The publicly funded Harris County Hospital District has no plans to add beds and is focused on building outpatient clinics, ambulatory surgery centers and specialty clinics, Lopez said. The district has been forced to focus on lowering costs and hospital admissions anyway, he noted, because of the high number of uninsured patients its serves.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/business/7605781.html 

 

 

Inmate advocates work to close lapse in HIV treatment after discharge

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

June 11, 2011

 

... Studies show that HIV-positive prison inmates still regularly experience dangerous lapses in treatment after discharge. Since the state made changes, the agency has had more success in getting ex-offenders to continue medical regimens, officials said. Case managers, mental health counselors and nutritionists help clients set up medical appointments and live healthy lifestyles.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/06/11/3145524/inmate-advocates-work-to-close.html 

 

 

Postpartum Tragedy Causes a Nation to Change

Mental Health American of Greater Houston

June 13, 2011

 

... The deaths of five young children Noah, John, Paul, Luke and Mary Yates, all drowned by their mother, Andrea, who suffered from severe postpartum mental illness, brought worldwide attention, controversy and interest to maternal mental health. While this devastating act forever changed the lives of a family, it also changed our culture and the way society cares for the health of mothers with babies and young children.

http://www.mhahouston.org/mha_houston.cfm?a=cms,c,202,11,0 

 

 

MHMR Services of Texoma to change its name to "Texoma Community Center"

North Texas E-News

June 13, 2011

 

On April 27, 2011, Trustees of what has been named Mental Health/Mental Retardation Services of Texoma (or MHMR Services of Texoma) determined that the Center will change its name to "Texoma Community Center."

http://www.ntxe-news.com/artman/publish/article_70150.shtml 

 

 

74-year-old woman on life support after struggle at elderly living facility

KHOU Houston

June 12, 2011

 

HOUSTON - An elderly woman was on life support after hitting her head during a struggle in northeast Houston on Sunday. ... The woman, who police say suffers from a mental illness, was transported to the hospital, where she remained in critical condition Sunday afternoon.

http://www.khou.com/news/local/74-year-old-woman-on-life-support-after-struggle-at-elderly-living-facility-123714154.html 

 

 

Teacher's murderer gets life in prison

Galveston Daily News

June 12, 2011

 

GALVESTON - The district attorney's office decided against seeking the death penalty again for an inmate who spent 16 years on death row for slaying a Galveston College teacher in 1993. ... Linda Alford, Walbey's mother, told The Daily News in 1993 that her son had a long history of mental illness and was a diagnosed schizophrenic who had been in and out of psychiatric institutions.

http://galvestondailynews.com/story/237774 

 

 

Jurors deliberate on whether to send man who killed Dallas officer to jail for life

Dallas Morning News

June 11, 2011

 

A Dallas County jury weighing the fate of a man found guilty of murdering a Dallas police officer deliberated his sentence for an hour Saturday before adjourning. Deliberations will continue Monday. ...Jobe said that, like his son, he is under the care of a doctor for mental illness. Both father and son have heard voices and are on medication.

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/community-news/dallas/headlines/20110611-jurors-deliberate-on-whether-to-send-man-who-killed-dallas-officer-to-jail-for-life.ece 

 

 

Tyler County man uses pocket knife to fight medieval re-enactors

Beaumont Enterprise

June 10, 2011

 

A Tyler County man with prior convictions was sentenced Thursday to 30 of a possible 99 years in prison after he was found guilty of aggravated assault. ... When they started a mock jousting match using foam-padded replicas of medieval weaponry in front of Dana's trailer, Gertz said Dana - who often has delusions that people are out to get him - believed the group was after him.

http://www.beaumontenterprise.com/news/crime/article/Tyler-County-man-uses-pocket-knife-to-fight-1418728.php 

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

For veterans in rural areas, health care can be a battle

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

June 12, 2011

 

WASHINGTON - ... Long distances and restrictive rules have become obstacles to health care for many of the more than 3 million rural veterans enrolled in the VA health system. They account for 41 percent of enrollees. But the agency's effort to aid rural veterans has other problems as well. VA officials are trying to manage a generation of combat veterans who have come home bearing not only the deep physical scars of battle but invisible psychological wounds as well that will require years - if not a lifetime, in many cases - of care.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/06/12/3145797/for-veterans-in-rural-areas-health.html 

 

 

VA says transgender vets are eligible for hormones

Houston Chronicle

June 11, 2011

 

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Veterans Health Administration has informed its hospitals and clinics that transgender veterans are eligible for hormones, care before and after gender change surgery, and mental health counseling as part of their regular benefits.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/health/7605385.html 

 

 

New center to address mental health and justice

Beaumont Enterprise

June 11, 2011

 

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) - A new center to be housed in Rockford at the University of Illinois College of Medicine will help counties across Illinois set up jail diversion programs and special courts for drug offenders, military veterans and people with mental illnesses.

http://www.beaumontenterprise.com/news/article/New-center-to-address-mental-health-and-justice-1419774.php 

 

 

Violence up as NY closes, downsizes youth prisons

San Antonio Express-News

June 12, 2011

 

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - When a 17-year-old in state detention at Tryon girls school was told last week she had to wait to make a phone call, State Police said she stabbed a male staffer in the face with a pencil. It was part of what law enforcement officials describe as escalating teen violence against staff even as New York continues closing juvenile prisons and sending more troubled youths to community-based programs.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/article/Violence-up-as-NY-closes-downsizes-youth-prisons-1420804.php 

 

 

Mich. program working to keep families together

San Antonio Express-News

June 11, 2011

 

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) - Michigan nonprofit social services agencies say they are making progress with a pilot program designed to keep children in their homes and out of a strained state child-welfare system. ... The three-month program includes home visits, where caseworkers develop a treatment plan with families affected by mental illness, substance abuse or poverty.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/article/Mich-program-working-to-keep-families-together-1419819.php 

 

 

Public testimony about budget cuts

Beaumont Enterprise

June 12, 2011

 

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - ... Haley Elise Ridgel, Miss St. Tammany Heritage of 2011, asked legislators to restore mental health services. Severe depression during her early college years left her institutionalized and contemplating suicide before she found help and the proper medicines, she said.

http://www.beaumontenterprise.com/news/article/Public-testimony-about-budget-cuts-1420866.php 

 

 

RI's first integrated health clinic marks opening

Beaumont Enterprise

June 10, 2011

 

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The first clinic in Rhode Island to integrate behavioral and primary health care has celebrated its grand opening in Providence.

http://www.beaumontenterprise.com/news/article/RI-s-first-integrated-health-clinic-marks-opening-1419019.php 

 

 

Skid Row featured in Emmy-nominated soap opera

Austin American-Statesman

June 12, 2011

 

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Most storylines in "The Bold and the Beautiful" revolve around a plush Beverly Hills mansion where characters who look like magazine models manipulate and machinate for love and money. But the soap opera's formula took an unusual detour recently, trading make-believe luxury for the true-life streets of Skid Row in shows that not only portrayed stories of fictional homeless people but also told the unscripted stories of real ones.

http://www.statesman.com/news/nation/skid-row-featured-in-emmy-nominated-soap-opera-1534850.html 

 

 

HEALTHCARE REFORM

 

Nurses Union Keeps Pressure On Health Care Overhaul

Kaiser Health News

June 13, 2011

 

Nurses converged on Washington in their fight against Wall Street this week. Hundreds of nurses from across the country rallied to support broader access to health care and to call for higher taxes on corporations and the wealthy.

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Slide-Shows/2011/National-Nurses-United-Washington.aspx 

 

 

Consumers May Be Unaware Of Their Right To A Review Of Health Plan Decisions

Kaiser Health News

June 10, 2011

 

Millions of Americans gained the right this year to appeal decisions made by health plans to an outside, independent decision-maker. But many of these consumers might not know they have the new option -- and when they find out, it might be too late.

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2011/June/10/external-appeals.aspx 

 

 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

 

China moving to update mental health law

UPI news

June 12, 2011

 

China is considering a law that would ban compulsory mental health checkups, officials say. Under the draft law published Friday on the Legislative Affairs Office of the State Council's Web site, mental health examinations would only be done at the voluntary discretion of the patient or their guardian, the state news agency Xinhua reported. The draft law also would require civil affairs authorities to send homeless people suspected of having mental disorders to mental health institutions.

http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2011/06/11/China-moving-to-update-mental-health-law/UPI-14721307834444/#ixzz1PABlLU4I 

 

 

Innovative £1.9 Million Partnership To End Mental Health Discrimination In Wales

Medical News Today

June 13, 2011

 

Three leading mental health charities in Wales are granted nearly £2 million for collaboration and joining forces today to challenge the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health problems with the launch of a new national program.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/228292.php 

 

 

OPINIONS

 

Take lessons from past in juvenile justice reform

Austin American-Statesman

June 12, 2011

 

... As Gov. Rick Perry and the Legislature prepare to organize the new agency, they would do well to avoid the mistakes of a previous generation of juvenile justice reformers. They too sought to end horrific abuses in "youth prisons," and, despite great promise, they failed badly.

http://www.statesman.com/opinion/bush-take-lessons-from-past-in-juvenile-justice-1535532.html 

 

 

Youth might have answers about explosions of irrational irritability

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

June 11, 2011

 

... unless mental illness is the root of the problem, children have the ability to choose behaviors and many do rise above poor examples set by parents or older siblings. People choose bad behaviors as a way of getting what they want, excusing themselves by playing the blame game. If we haven't encountered bullying behavior at home, we will certainly be exposed to it at school.

http://lubbockonline.com/life-columnists/2011-06-10/youth-might-have-answers-about-explosions-irrational-irritability 

 

 

Medicare Saves Money

The New York Times

June 12, 2011

 

Every once in a while a politician comes up with an idea that's so bad, so wrongheaded, that you're almost grateful. For really bad ideas can help illustrate the extent to which policy discourse has gone off the rails. And so it was with Senator Joseph Lieberman's proposal, released last week, to raise the age for Medicare eligibility from 65 to 67.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/13/opinion/13krugman.html?_r=1&ref=opinion 

 

 

RESEARCH

 

'1-stop' Clinic Ups Mental Health, Social Work Visits For Veterans

Medical News Today

June 12, 2011

 

Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who visited a VA integrated care clinic were much more likely to undergo initial mental health and social work evaluations than veterans who visited a standard VA primary care clinic, according to a study led by a San Francisco VA Medical Center researcher. The increase was especially significant for women veterans, younger veterans, veterans with mental health diagnoses, and veterans who screened positive for traumatic brain injury.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/228250.php 

 

 

Psychotherapists With Tidy Offices Seen as More Competent

HealthDay News

June 10, 2011

 

People seem to base their opinion of a psychotherapist's abilities on the appearance of their office, research suggests.

http://health.usnews.com/health-news/family-health/brain-and-behavior/articles/2011/06/10/psychotherapists-with-tidy-offices-seen-as-more-competent 

 

 

FEATURES & RESOURCES

 

Book Review: Serial killers, corporate giants and other psychopaths' Author investigates who fits the definition

San Antonio Express-News

June 12, 2011

 

In "The Psychopath Test," Jon Ronson, the admittedly neurotic British journalist who penned "The Men Who Stare at Goats," ponders what is ordinary and what is insane in a gonzo-style analysis of mental illness.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/entertainment/books/article/Seria-killers-corporate-giants-and-other-1417681.php 

 

 

The Top 10 Movies about Mental Illness

National Alliance on mental Illness

June 10, 2011

 

There will always be disagreements and discrepancies among Top 10 lists, no matter what the topic. Everybody has an opinion. When we asked our NAMI Facebook page fans what movies made the biggest impact on them when it came to films that put mental illness in the spotlight, we received a wide array of answers.

http://blog.nami.org/2011/06/top-10-movies-about-mental-illness.html



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