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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

June, 2011

HOGG FOUNDATION

 

13 Academic Researchers in Texas Receive Hogg Foundation Grants to Study Mental Health

Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

June 16, 2011

 

AUSTIN, Texas - Thirteen academic researchers exploring different aspects of mental health in Texas have been awarded $226,770 by the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. The one-year grants are capped at $17,500 each. The 13 research projects were selected from a pool of 48 proposals submitted by tenure-track assistant professors at 17 Texas schools. "These grant dollars will not only enhance the body of knowledge as it relates to mental health, but will also assist these young researchers in advancing their careers," said Dr. Octavio N. Martinez, Jr., executive director of the foundation.

http://www.hogg.utexas.edu/detail/205/research_grants_2011.html

 

 

82nd LEGISLATIVE SESSION

 

House advances bill that would put Texas in charge of Medicare, Medicaid

Dallas Morning News

June 15, 2011

 

AUSTIN - The House tentatively approved a controversial "health care compact" bill Wednesday that would try to turn Medicaid and Medicare into block grant programs run by the states. ... Democrats warned it would be folly to turn over the two huge health care programs to a state they say is hostile to government-provided coverage. But Republicans said concern over the national debt and state budget pressures are forcing cost-cutting and big changes in both the Medicare program for seniors and the state-federal Medicaid safety net for the poor.

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/texas-legislature/headlines/20110615-house-advances-bill-that-would-put-texas-in-charge-of-medicare-medicaid.ece

 

 

Social services situation in Texas still is grim; But as bad as budget cuts are, they could have been worse

San Antonio Express-News

June 16, 2011

 

While the recently passed state budget cut spending on social services by 17 percent, leaving about $54 billion, those who provide the safety net for vulnerable residents are breathing a sigh of relief. Most agree it could have been much worse. Mental health funding from general revenue was restored to current levels. Child Protective Services emerged largely unscathed.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/article/New-budget-has-bright-spots-as-well-as-downsides-1426466.php

 

 

TEXAS NEWS

 

UT Southwestern Medical Center stops paying students for ER duty

Dallas Morning News

June 14, 2011

 

UT Southwestern Medical Center said Tuesday that it has quit paying medical students to work in Parkland Memorial Hospital's psychiatric emergency room. The announcement came two days after The Dallas Morning News reported on the practice, citing a medical journal letter from four UTSW psychiatry faculty members that said their school has long engaged in the unusual practice of using students as low-cost "clinicians."

http://www.dallasnews.com/investigations/headlines/20110614-ut-southwestern-medical-center-stops-paying-students-for-er-duty.ece?action=reregister

 

 

Downtown donation stations approved to help homeless; HDRC panel OKs meters' use for Haven for Hope donations

San Antonio Express-News

June 16, 2011

 

Downtown workers and visitors soon will be able to put coins in a meter to help the homeless, under a plan approved Wednesday by the Historic and Design Review Commission. ...  "The idea is meant for the promotion of the fact that we have a beautiful facility called Haven for Hope" that assists homeless and transient families and individuals, said Paula Stallcup, downtown operations director. The 37-acre campus includes a $6.1 million detox and counseling center; a medical, vision and dental clinic; a day care center; and a $13 million work center for veterans.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/article/Downtown-donation-stations-approved-to-help-1426292.php

 

 

Alumni returning to head Wayland counseling center

Plainview Daily Herald

June 16, 2011

 

Michael Cox has always known he was called to help people, and he realized his passion for counseling several years ago. He also loves ministering to young people, which he's done since his early days as a youth pastor. So it seems his new role as Wayland Baptist University's coordinator of counseling, career and disability services is nearly tailor-made to Cox's interests and heart for his alma mater.

http://www.myplainview.com/news/article_82fc56d6-9770-11e0-8429-001cc4c002e0.html

 

 

Episcopal school accused of ignoring bullying of ex-student

San Antonio Express-News

June 14, 2011

 

A former boarding student at a private North Side Episcopal school says a bully threatened to sexually assault him with a lit blowtorch, one of a string of hazing incidents last fall, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday by the boy and his family in Bexar County District Court.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/article/TMI-The-Episcopal-School-of-Texas-named-in-former-1424422.php

 

 

River Oaks' Shank found not guilty by reason of insanity in mother's death

Houston Examiner

June 15, 2011

 

A young man with a history of psychiatric problems who was accused of killing his mother in their River Oaks home last December was found by a judge Wednesday to be not guilty by reason of insanity. ... Cogdell told The Examiner that shortly before the incident, John Shank had been diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic. He said there had been "precursors" indicating Shank was insane, but that he was "failed" by the medical community.

http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/river_oaks/news/article_29bfb34d-7330-58b7-b34e-e9e9b8bee647.html

 

 

Duff shot, killed friend when a teen

Weatherford Democrat

June 16, 2011

 

WEATHERFORD - The man on trial for shooting his wife twice after being served divorce papers in November has had ongoing issues with mental illness ever since he shot and killed a close friend when he was 14 years old, according to testimony presented to a Parker County jury Wednesday.

http://weatherforddemocrat.com/x947029395/Duff-shot-killed-friend-when-a-teen

 

 

Man, woman allegedly assault police during confrontation

Midland Reporter-Telegram

June 15, 2011

 

... Quiroz was arrested around 12:30 a.m. Monday on the 1200 block of East Pine Avenue after police responded to a mental health call. The caller advised dispatch that a male subject was being aggressive, hallucinating and had not slept in at least one day, according to Quiroz's arrest report.

http://www.mywesttexas.com/top_stories/article_6c74debc-275c-53f0-9fc3-6ed5282171b1.html

 

 

Musicians argument over religion leads to stabbing, Corpus Christi police say

Corpus Christi Caller-Times

June 15, 2011

 

CORPUS CHRISTI - Police responded to a stabbing about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday in the 4900 block of Willowbrook Drive, said spokeswoman Senior Officer Julie Garcia. ... "The man wielding the knife may have mental issues," Lara said. "We're going to see if he needs to be committed for help. If not, and they can patch him up, he may be charged with aggravated assault."

http://www.caller.com/news/2011/jun/15/musicians-argument-over-religion-leads-to-corpus/

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Bartenders can be combat veterans' first line of defense

Los Angeles Times

June 16, 2011

 

When it comes to dispensing healthcare, war veterans are a hard group to reach. But bartenders at VFW canteens, who develop family-like ties with patrons, are well-positioned to identify those in crisis and steer them toward professional help.

http://www.latimes.com/health/healthcare/la-na-vfw-canteen-20110616,0,1963870.story

 

 

Mo. opening children's center after Joplin tornado

San Antonio Express-News

June 15, 2011

 

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri is providing money to open a children's trauma center in Joplin to aid youths coping with behavioral and mental health issues following the city's devastating tornado strike.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/article/Mo-opening-children-s-center-after-Joplin-tornado-1425565.php

 

 

HEALTHCARE REFORM

 

Children on Medicaid Shown to Wait Longer for Care

The New York Times

June 15, 2011

 

Children with Medicaid are far more likely than those with private insurance to be turned away by medical specialists or be made to wait more than a month for an appointment, even for serious medical problems, a new study finds. Lower payments by Medicaid, delays in paying and red tape are largely to blame, researchers say. Nationwide, those patients are caught between states' threats to cut Medicaid payments and the Obama administration's plans to use the program to cover more and more people as part of its health care law.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/16/health/policy/16care.html?_r=1&ref=health

 

 

As Number of Medicaid Patients Goes Up, Their Benefits Are About to Drop

The New York Times

June 15, 2011

 

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration injected billions of dollars into Medicaid, the nation's low-income health program, as the recession deepened two years ago. The money runs out at the end of this month, and benefits are being cut for millions of people, even though unemployment has increased. From New Jersey to California, state officials are bracing for the end to more than $90 billion in federal largess specifically designated for Medicaid.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/16/health/policy/16medicaid.html?ref=health

 

 

Enthusiasm Rises Among Med Students For Primary Care-The KHN Interview

Kaiser Health News

June 15, 2011

 

As the shortage of primary care doctors worsens in the U.S., experts are carefully tracking the interest of today's medical students and residents in primary care, to see if a new generation of family doctors might be emerging. By 2020, the Association of American Medical Colleges predicts that the country will be short 45,000 primary care physicians. So far, the signs are encouraging.

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2011/June/16/bindman-q-and-a-medical-students-primary-care.aspx

 

 

Obama Administration releases National Prevention Strategy

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

June 16, 2011

 

... The National Prevention Strategy outlines four strategic directions that, together, are fundamental to improving the nation's health: building healthy and safe community environments, expanding quality preventive services in both clinical and community settings, empowering people to make healthy choices, and eliminating health disparities.

http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2011pres/06/20110616a.html

 

 

Video: Cornyn Demands Medicare Plan From Obama

Texas Tribune

June 15, 2011

 

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn demanded today that President Barack Obama take "concrete, constructive, meaningful steps" to address Medicare's funding crisis. By not doing so, Cornyn said, Obama is "abdicating his responsibilities" and "violating federal law." Cornyn and a group of GOP lawmakers followed up by sending a letter to the president's desk.

http://www.texastribune.org/texas-health-resources/health-reform-and-texas/video-cornyn-demands-medicare-plan-from-obama-/

 

 

Policy Brief: Medicare Advantage Plans and The Affordable Care Act

Health Affairs

June 15, 2011

 

Bethesda, MD -- A new Health Policy Brief from Health Affairs and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation describes the provision in the Affordable Care Act of 2010 that will gradually reduce federal payments to the Medicare Advantage program.

http://www.healthaffairs.org/healthpolicybriefs/brief.php?brief_id=48

 

 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

 

Medicare Cuts Penalise Mental Health Patients, Australia

Medical News Today

June 16, 2011

 

The recent Budget cuts to Medicare general practice mental health items under the Better Access Program mean that mental health patients will pay more for their care than people with other complex and chronic conditions. AMA President, Dr Steve Hambleton, said today that it is hard to comprehend why mental health patients are being penalised to help pay for the Government's mental health package.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/228686.php

 

 

RESEARCH

 

Women warriors show resilience similar to men

San Antonio Express-News

June 16, 2011

 

Women service members who experience combat are apparently as resilient as the men they serve alongside, according to a study published by the American Psychological Association.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/article/Women-warriors-show-resilience-similar-to-men-1425524.php

 

 

Bariatric surgery may help depression; Weight loss shown to improve depression, anxiety

KXAN Austin

June 15, 2011

 

(CNN) - Depression and anxiety are common among morbidly obese patients who get bariatric surgery. What contributes to the other can be a chicken-and-egg argument. But studies have shown that with weight loss, there are improvements in depression.

http://www.kxan.com/dpps/health/healthy_living/bariatric-surgery-may-help-depression_3849451

 

 

Depressed, Pregnant Women Receive Inconsistent Treatment, Have Longer Hospital Stays

Medical News Today

June 16, 2011

 

Pregnant women who screen positive for depression are unlikely to receive consistent treatment, researchers say. That may translate to women spending more time in the hospital before babies are even born.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/228717.php

 

 

Early Interventions For Schizophrenia Might Help, But Evidence Inconclusive

Medical News Today

June 15, 2011

 

Schizophrenia is a chronic illness that most often comes on in late adolescence or young adulthood and can devastate patients' lives. Many physicians and researchers believe that early intervention can increase the chances for recovery, reduce recurrences and even prevent the warning signs of psychosis from progressing to the actual disease.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/228521.php

 

 

EBV infection linked to subclinical psychosis symptoms

Med Wire News

June 16, 2011

 

Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) is associated with subclinical psychotic symptoms in adolescents, Dutch and US clinicians have found. The team notes that these symptoms are unlike those seen with Herpes viruses and Toxoplasma gondii infections, which have been linked to schizophrenia in adults.

http://www.medwire-news.md/47/92805/Psychiatry/EBV_infection_linked_to_subclinical_psychosis_symptoms.html

 

 

Alkermes Initiates Clinical Study Of ALKS 5461 For Treatment-Resistant Depression

Medical News Today

June 16, 2011   

 

Alkermes, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALKS) today announced the initiation of a phase 1/2 study of ALKS 5461 for treatment-resistant depression (TRD).

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/228742.php

 

 

Neurocognition may predict clinical recovery in schizophrenia

Med Wire News

June 16, 2011

 

Neurocognition is associated with clinical recovery in patients with first-episode psychosis, although it is likely that other factors will need to be taken into account in order to accurately predict recovery, researchers from The Netherlands conclude.

http://www.medwire-news.md/47/92806/Psychiatry/Neurocognition_may_predict_clinical_recovery_in_schizophrenia.html

 

 

Can Sexting Be an Illness? Experts Are Split

Fox 4, Dallas - Fort Worth

June 15, 2011

 

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (AP) - ... Doctors say the line between legitimate clinical disorder and plain old lousy behavior isn't well-understood. Sexual addiction is not recognized as a mental illness in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, an encyclopedic bible for psychologists. Exhibitionism, though, does make the cut. There has also been talk about including a passage in the next edition on hypersexual disorders, involving an overheated sex drive.

http://www.myfoxdfw.com/dpps/news/can-sexting-be-an-illness%3F-experts-are-split-dpgapx-20110615-to-_13697843

 

 

FEATURES & RESOURCES

 

Webinar: Highlights of a Systematic Review of Literature on Peer-Delivered Services

Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Mental Health America

June 2011

 

Peer delivered services have proliferated greatly in the past decade to the point where they are now an accepted component of mental health services and programs in many states. In 2010 the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University completed a comprehensive review of research that included all articles on this topic published since 1989 that evaluated the effectiveness of peer delivered services. Thursday, June 30th, 2011 from 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. eastern time. Register online.

https://www120.livemeeting.com/lrs/8002073444/Registration.aspx?pageName=qzsw7tr8tcmh5v03

 

 

PHILANTHROPY

 

Grant Watch Blog: What Are Foundations and Others Doing to Help Veterans, Service Members, and Their Families?

Health Affairs

June 13, 2011

 

News coverage around the recent Memorial Day holiday reminded us of the sacrifices veterans have made. Here is just a sampling of what foundations are doing to help them, our military, and their families.

http://healthaffairs.org/blog/2011/06/13/what-are-foundations-and-others-doing-to-help-veterans-service-members-and-their-families/?cat=grantwatch

 

 

To Be Good Citizens, Report Says, Companies Should Just Focus on Bottom Line

New York Times

June 14, 2011

 

A new paper by an advisory firm that works with major corporations argues that companies would achieve more social good by simply focusing on the bottom line rather than social responsibility programs, double- and triple-bottom-line accounting and hybrid structures that have nonprofit and for-profit arms.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/15/business/15charity.html?_r=2

 

 

More than 1,300 area nonprofits lose tax status

Austin American-Statesman

June 15, 2011

 

The Internal Revenue Service has yanked the tax-exempt status of more than 1,300 Austin-area nonprofit groups because the government says they failed to file three years of annual returns before the October 2010 deadline.

http://www.statesman.com/news/local/more-than-1-300-area-nonprofits-lose-tax-1542429.html



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