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June, 2011

82nd LEGISLATIVE SESSION

 

How the Budget Got Cut: The story of Texas' leanest budget in 19 short acts

Texas Observer

June 15, 2011

 

The 82nd Texas Legislature passed perhaps the leanest and cruelest budget in state history. That's really saying something. The Legislature isn't exactly known for generosity; Texas spends less per resident than any state in the country. But the two-year spending plan that lawmakers approved on Memorial Day weekend is especially cold-blooded.

http://www.texasobserver.org/cover-story/how-the-budget-got-cut

 

 

TEXAS NEWS

 

Mental health rollback : Community program one of few options for many

San Antonio Current

June 15, 2011

 

The lines between staff and members at Our House, a local nonprofit for those with a history of mental illness, often blur. Inside the welcoming two-story house, program staff and community members - not patients - work side-by-side answering phones, cleaning, and cooking meals. Our House isn't a treatment center but is designed to give those recovering from mental illness a dose of normalcy and community, said Mark Stoeltje, the program's executive director.

http://sacurrent.com/news/mental-health-rollback-community-program-one-of-few-options-for-many-1.1162029

 

 

Police cleared in shooting of San Antonio man

San Antonio Express-News

June 14, 2011


BOERNE - Police who shot at Tavan Cullum in December were justified in using deadly force against the troubled San Antonian, who had brandished a handgun, a Kendall County grand jury has concluded. ... "No officer looks forward to having to use deadly force," he said Tuesday. "Apparently this young man had mental health issues that were totally unknown to us at the time."

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/article/Police-cleared-in-shooting-of-San-Antonio-man-1424112.php

 

 

A decade ago, we gasped in horror at the news

Pasadena Citizen

June 14, 2011

 

This coming Monday, June 20¸ is a day most Bay Area residents would like to forget - the 10th anniversary of the day Andrea Yates drown her five children in the family bathtub in Clear Lake.

http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/pasadena/news/article_a88f490c-763d-53f0-8656-752cdae0359d.html

 

 

Husband shot woman's legs as she fled; threatened to kill her if she left him

Weatherford Democrat

June 15, 2011

 

... The district attorney's office asked the jury to give Duff life in prison, while Duff's defense attorney's requested a sentence closer to probation, arguing that Duff's diabetes and other mental and physical health issues and the stressful day led him to go crazy.

http://weatherforddemocrat.com/local/x357067070/Husband-shot-woman-s-legs-as-she-fled-threatened-to-kill-her-if-she-left-him

 

 

Teacher gets probation in fire at ex's Sugar Land house

 

Houston Chronicle

June 14, 2011

 

A woman who admitted to breaking into her ex-husband's home in Sugar Land and setting a fire while he was away getting remarried has received two years' probation. Lynne Ellen Field, 48, of Waller, also must serve 60 days in jail to be completed on weekends, complete 250 hours of community service, undergo weekly mental-health counseling and pay a $1,000 fine and $5,593 in restitution.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7610198.html

 

 

Sheriff convicted of retaliating against nurses

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

June 14, 2011

 

MIDLAND -- A West Texas sheriff lost his job and must serve 100 days in the jail he used to run after jurors convicted him Tuesday of retaliating against two nurses who complained to state medical regulators about a physician friend of his.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/06/14/3152589/sheriff-convicted-of-retaliating.html

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

HUD: Rural Americans increasingly turn to shelters

San Antonio Express-News

June 14, 2011

 

WASHINGTON (AP) - As the recession gripped America, thousands more people in rural and suburban areas turned to homeless shelters for help. ... The report said research has shown that families are more likely to become homeless for economic reasons while individuals are more likely to become homeless because of substance abuse and mental illness.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/article/HUD-Rural-Americans-increasingly-turn-to-shelters-1423807.php

 

 

Receiver: Inmate medical needs unchanged in Calif.

San Antonio Express-News

June 14, 2011

 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The federal court-appointed receiver who oversees medical care in California's prison system said in a report Tuesday that the state still needs thousands of new prison hospital beds even as Gov. Jerry Brown proposes transferring responsibility for tens of thousands of convicts to local governments. ... Poor treatment of physically and mentally ill inmates led the U.S. Supreme Court last month to uphold a federal court decision ordering California to reduce its prison population by about 33,000 inmates over the next two years.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/article/Receiver-Inmate-medical-needs-unchanged-in-Calif-1423995.php

 

 

Missoula opens legal program for veterans

Beaumont Enterprise

June 14, 2011

 

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - ... Veterans who run into problems with the law through their behavior or through drug or alcohol abuse can now go through the program, which helps them find counseling and treatment instead of merely seeking punishment. It is the only such program in Montana, and is modeled after a veterans court established in Buffalo, N.Y., in 2008.

http://www.beaumontenterprise.com/news/article/Missoula-opens-legal-program-for-veterans-1423865.php

 

 

Senator told to apologize for offending tweet

San Antonio Express-News

June 14, 2011

 

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The ethics committee of the state Senate says Sen. Gretchen Hoffman will be absolved of ethics charges if she apologizes for a tweet about a colleague. ... During a May floor debate, Hoffman tweeted that Goodwin called people with mental illnesses "idiots and imbeciles" when Goodwin actually used the words to illustrate discredited terms of a bygone era.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/article/Senator-told-to-apologize-for-offending-tweet-1423191.php

 

 

Groups urge McDonnell to invest in children's mental health

The Washington Post

June 14, 2011

 

Children's health advocacy groups are urging Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) to make major new investments in mental health treatment for children in the two-year budget he is now working to prepare and will submit for consideration to the General Assembly in December. "The children's mental health system in Virginia needs your leadership now more than ever," write leaders of the Campaign for Children's Mental Health and Voice's for Virginia's Children in a letter delivered Tuesday.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/virginia-politics/post/groups-urge-mcdonnell-to-invest-in-childrens-mental-health/2011/06/14/AG2w8dUH_blog.html

 

 

HEALTHCARE REFORM

 

Accountable Care Organizations

National Alliance on Mental Illness

June 14, 2011

 

The Affordable Care Act establishes Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) as a new type of provider within the Medicare program. Read comments submitted by NAMI and proposed federal ACO rules.

http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=Whats_New43&template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=122445

 

 

Doctors Balk At Proposal To Cut Medicare's Use Of Imaging

Kaiser Health News

June 14, 2011

 

Even before its official release, a new proposal to curb the overuse of costly MRIs and other advanced imaging in Medicare is sparking a furor among physician and patient groups. The battle shows how hard it is to make even small changes in the sprawling program for the elderly - much less overhaul it. The recommendation, expected from a congressional advisory group Wednesday, would require some physicians and their patients to get pre-approval from Medicare for advanced imaging services, such as MRIs, CT scans and nuclear medicine. The proposal would apply to doctors deemed to have high rates of inappropriate use of such imaging.

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2011/June/15/Medicare-imaging.aspx

 

 

OPINIONS

 

Commentary: U.S. health insurance situation is insane

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

June 15, 2011

 

... If Obama's healthcare plan is struck down in court, lots of politicians will celebrate it as a victory over big government. The dubious reward for taxpayers will be to continue footing the medical bills for 50 million uninsured Americans, and watching the dangerous deficit swell.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/06/15/3148307/commentary-us-health-insurance.html

 

 

In this case, justice was served

Galveston Daily News

June 15, 2011

 

Thank you, Jack Roady, for the right call. Gaylon George Walbey Jr. committed a horrible, senseless crime in murdering Marionette Beyah, who had once been his foster mother, in 1993. But the Galveston County District Attorney's Office has better things to do than to seek the death penalty against someone with a history of mental illness. After 16 years on death row, Walbey, now 36, will serve a life sentence in prison.

http://galvestondailynews.com/story/238334

 

 

In Rehab Nation, sin becomes addiction

The Washington Post

June 14, 2011

 

The arc of modern scandal is depressingly familiar. Transgression followed by exposure, perhaps accompanied by a fleeting detour into denial. Then tearful confession and, finally, the inevitable journey to rehab. Didn't you know, from the moment the story broke, that New York Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner would end up checking himself in somewhere? I don't begrudge Weiner the therapy - he could no doubt use "professional treatment to focus on becoming a better husband and healthier person," as his spokeswoman said in announcing that he would seek a leave of absence. But whether or not Weiner manages to hang on, the episode underscores how rehab has become an all-purpose laundromat for irresponsible behavior, an infuriatingly easy substitute for accepting blame and living with consequences.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/in-rehab-nation-sin-becomes-addiction/2011/06/14/AG0ggAVH_story.html

 

 

RESEARCH

 

African-American Students Screened For School-Based Mental Health Services

Medical News Today

June 15, 2011

 

Mental health screening has been demonstrated to successfully connect African-American middle school students from a predominantly low-income area with school-based mental health services, according to results of a new study led by the TeenScreen National Center for Mental Health Checkups at Columbia University. The study was published in a recent online early edition of the Community Mental Health Journal.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/228563.php

 

 

MPAs linked to increased psychosis vulnerability in high-risk youth

Med Wire News

June 15, 2011

 

Writing in the journal Schizophrenia Research, Vijay Mittal and Elaine Walker, from the University of Colorado at Boulder, explain that "because both the brain and craniofacial/limb features originate from the same germinal layer during early gestation, the postnatal presence of MPAs involving these physical features may be indicative of defects in prenatal neural migration and consequent brain abnormalities among individuals with psychosis."

http://www.medwire-news.md/47/92782/Psychiatry/MPAs_linked_to_increased_psychosis_vulnerability_in_high-risk_youth.html

 

 

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy For Insomnia Can Reduce Suicidal Ideation

Red Orbit

June 14, 2011

 

Study is the first to show that suicidal thoughts can be reduced by a therapeutic intervention that targets sleep problems Treating sleep problems with cognitive-behavioral therapy for insomnia can reduce suicidal ideation, suggests a research abstract that will be presented Tuesday,

http://www.redorbit.com/news/health/2064080/cognitivebehavioral_therapy_for_insomnia_can_reduce_suicidal_ideation/

 

 

Atypical antipsychotics linked to OSA in depressed patients

Med Wire News

June 15, 2011

 

The use of atypical antipsychotics (AAs) is associated with an increased risk for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in patients with depression, but not in those with bipolar disorder or other mental health conditions, research suggests.

http://www.medwire-news.md/47/92781/Psychiatry/Atypical_antipsychotics_linked_to_OSA_in_depressed_patients.html

 

 

Migration Interception Practices Are A Major Threat To Health

Medical News Today

June 15, 2011

 

... Some strategies like immigration detention, the authors argue, pose a serious threat to health and mental health, while others like visa restrictions have a potentially large impact on migrants' health and welfare by forcing people to remain in settings where they face the chance of persecution.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/228594.php

 

 

FEATURES & RESOURCES

 

New Online Resource To Help People Return To Work After Mental Illness

Medical News Today

June 15, 2011

 

The Royal College of Psychiatrists has launched a new online resource offering information and guidance about returning to work after a period of mental ill-health. The Work and Mental Health website is divided into four main parts, and is aimed at workers, carers, employers and clinicians. Each section signposts relevant information and provides useful links to resources from other organisations.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/228543.php

 

 

Six things young adults should know about managing their health care

Texas Tech Daily Toreador

June 15, 2011

 

... Establish a relationship with a family physician who will know you and your health history. Family physicians provide comprehensive care to people of all ages - ranging from preventive services to the diagnosis and treatment of acute illness and chronic conditions. They also treat depression and other mental health conditions.

http://www.dailytoreador.com/online_features/hot_topics/article_ae09db5d-1683-5534-a64e-0c22999db711.html

 

 

Elledanceworks gives North Texas choreographers a chance to shine

Dallas Morning News

June 15, 2011

 

... One of the longest running of these groups is Elledanceworks, which closes its 14th season this week with three shows at the Bath House Cultural Center. Eddings offers Unravel, a look at dancer Vaslav Nijinsky's mental illness.

http://www.dallasnews.com/entertainment/headlines/20110614-elledanceworks-gives-north-texas-choreographers-a-chance-to-shine.ece?action=reregister

 

 

Experts: Weiner's Behavior Similar To Addicts'

National Public Radio

June 15, 2011

 

...If he has opted for an inpatient treatment facility, experts say there are just a handful of places where he could be, including a Mississippi clinic where Tiger Woods reportedly sought help for his litany of marital indiscretions. Or perhaps he is getting outpatient advice on sexual addiction. Parsons noted that sexual addiction is not officially recognized as a mental illness in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. There has been talk about including a passage on the topic in the next edition, describing it clinically as a hypersexual disorder, he said.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=137191022

 

 

Postpartum Depression: Finding Affordable Help

U.S. News & World Report

June 14, 2011

 

Postpartum depression affects as many as one in eight new moms, and it becomes most serious when it's left untreated. "It's rare, but the symptoms are very severe. You start losing touch with what's real and imagined, you can have delusions and unpredictable actions," says Catherine Carlton, an advocate for awareness about postpartum depression through her work with the Junior League of Palo Alto-Mid Peninsula. In the most extreme cases, she adds, women can kill themselves or their babies.

http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/alpha-consumer/2011/06/14/postpartum-depression-finding-affordable-help



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