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July, 2011

TEXAS NEWS

 

Conditions, Health Risks Sicken Colonias Residents

Texas Tribune

July 10, 2011

 

Part two of a two-part series.

PHARR - ... And then there are the cultural barriers, like the husbands who refuse to let their wives get hysterectomies, even when they are dying from advanced cervical cancer, or the taboo of confessing to a mental health ailment. Shirley Arnolde, head of nursing for Proyecto Desarrollo Humano, a community empowerment group, said she often has to schedule secret appointments with women while their husbands are at work.

http://www.texastribune.org/texas-mexico-border-news/texas-mexico-border/conditions-health-risks-sicken-colonias-residents/ 

 

 

With closing of agency, worries about services for rural Texans

Austin American-Statesman

July 9, 2011

 

The Texas Department of Rural Affairs, the office that helps keep rural Texas communities afloat, is scheduled to close in October, and the lawmaker who wrote the legislation in 2001 to create the department said he's worried about the consequences. ... Howard Baldwin, the interim executive director of the Department of Rural Affairs, said the department's main functions - administering community development block grant programs in about 230 counties, building rural health programs and providing disaster recovery efforts in rural counties - will all continue when the merger is complete.

http://www.statesman.com/news/local/with-closing-of-agency-worries-about-services-for-1595557.html 

 

 

Austin-area care providers brace for state cuts

Austin American-Statesman

July 10, 2011

 

... Although health officials said they feared far more drastic cuts in health and human services, that part of the budget still sustained the biggest losses in the state's $172 billion two-year budget that kicks in Sept. 1 - $11.3 billion of the $15 billion in reduced spending. State-funded mental health programs will see a 3 percent across-the-board cut in Medicaid payments, along with reductions in Medicaid rates for specific programs, according to Austin Travis County Integral Care.

http://www.statesman.com/news/local/austin-area-care-providers-brace-for-state-cuts-1597832.html 

 

 

Budget leaves many wanting more funds

Midland Reporter-Telegram

July 9, 2011

 

... Funding for mental health deputies, who work through Midland County and help divert patients from jail to treatment when needed, was cut. However, Midland County Commissioners agreed earlier this year to fund the program. Sheriff Gary Painter had worried steep mental health funding cuts would mean an immediate surge in the jail population but said that shouldn't be the case.

http://www.mywesttexas.com/top_stories/article_a135a3fe-513e-5e44-9b61-ed63271e4a98.html 

 

 

Landtroop pleased with legislative session

Plainview Herald

July 10, 2011

 

... Landtroop pointed out that $250 million in the budget was earmarked for a Formula 1 race track in Austin, with other taxpayer money being used "to film commercials for Fortune 500 companies. "When you have that kind of stuff while we're telling schools to cut, mental health (and other areas) to cut, I just think that's irresponsible."

http://www.myplainview.com/news/article_ce518bea-aaaa-11e0-9e85-001cc4c03286.html 

 

 

Teacher healthcare fund heading toward deficit

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

July 11, 2011

 

... Most recent forecasts show the fund could be in the red in two years. As medical costs soar, the expectation is that retirees over the next several years could be hit with additional co-payments, premium increases and other expenses, teacher-retiree advocates say.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/07/10/3212148/teacher-healthcare-fund-heading.html 

 

 

Soldiers Learn To Be "Mentally Tough": Comprehensive Soldier Training Program On Fort Bliss

KFOX, El Paso

July 10, 2011

 

EL PASO, Texas -- Local soldiers are learning how to be "mentally tough" through a comprehensive soldier training program on Fort Bliss. Sgt. First Class David Parish of Fort Bliss said soldiers learn how to be more optimistic, how to be more self aware, how to build mental toughness.

http://www.kfoxtv.com/news/28503670/detail.html 

 

 

UTPB on track with new nursing program

Midland Reporter-Telegram

July 10, 2011

 

To help combat Texas' nursing shortage, the University of Texas of the Permian Basin is on track to start a bachelor of science in nursing program in fall 2012. The Texas Center for Nursing Workforce Studies estimates the state will be short 71,000 registered nurses by 2020 if more students do not receive degrees.

http://www.mywesttexas.com/top_stories/article_47cb7f2a-1b84-5a11-a7bd-55f5edb7abe8.html 

 

 

Mike Moncrief's four decades in public office come to an end this week

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

July 9, 2011

 

FORT WORTH -- ... Moncrief said he is proud of many accomplishments during his tenure, including how the city has addressed homelessness with a 10-year plan known as Directions Home. Through this initiative, which provides housing assistance and services such as job training and mental-health counseling, hundreds of people moved into apartments or temporary housing, shrinking the number living on the streets by 30 percent the past two years.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/07/09/3211041/mike-moncriefs-four-decades-in.html 

 

 

In Fort Worth, MedStar's Community Health Program cutting costs, improving patients' well-being

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

July 9, 2011

 

... The Community Health Program was started in 2008 after MedStar officials discovered that 21 patients were using a big chunk of ambulance and emergency department resources. Those patients triggered more than 800 ambulance calls and cost the system more than $962,000 in charges, most of which were never collected because the patients lacked health insurance.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/07/09/3209806/in-fort-worth-medstars-community.html 

 

 

Judge kicks off strict probation program in Tarrant County

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

July 9, 2011

 

FORT WORTH -- ... So, whether they liked it or not, the group was told, they were being placed in Supervision With Intensive enForcemenT, or SWIFT -- a new program Westfall is piloting that uses swift and certain punishment to motivate noncompliant probationers to follow the rules. The concept is simple: Every time they mess up, they go to the county jail for a short stay. Lie or hide and their stay will be longer.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/07/09/3211044/judge-kicks-off-strict-probation.html 

 

 

3 homes for elderly ordered shut down

San Antonio Express-News

July 9, 2011

 

A judge shut down three unlicensed assisted living centers Friday and ordered residents of those facilities moved out.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/article/3-homes-for-elderlyordered-shut-down-1458691.php 

 

 

Assault report leads to standoff

Beaumont Enterprise

July 9, 2011

 

A report of a man assaulting a woman Saturday resulted in an hours-long standoff with police at a residence in Beaumont. ... Police tried to use a non-lethal beanbag gun to stun the man, but as of 9 p.m., police remained at the scene with the man still inside. A family member advised police that the man possibly had a mental disorder.

http://www.beaumontenterprise.com/news/article/Assault-report-leads-to-standoff-1459494.php 

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Betty Ford: An Advocate And An Inspiration

National Public Radio

July 8, 2011

 

Former first lady Betty Ford has died at the age of 93. During her life she helped change the way Americans think and talk about breast cancer, women's rights and substance abuse. But, before she became a first lady, an advocate for women's rights and an inspiration to people struggling with addiction, Betty Ford was a dancer.

http://www.npr.org/2011/07/08/137717154/former-first-lady-betty-ford-dies-at-93 

 

 

Carters praise late Betty Ford for candor, work

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

July 8, 2011

 

ATLANTA - Former President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn have praised the late former first lady Betty Ford as "a remarkable political spouse" who improved mental health and substance abuse care and spoke her mind.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/07/08/3209609/carters-praise-late-betty-ford.html 

 

 

Rethinking Addiction's Roots, and Its Treatment

The New York Times

July 10, 2011

 

There is an age-old debate over alcoholism: is the problem in the sufferer's head - something that can be overcome through willpower, spirituality or talk therapy, perhaps - or is it a physical disease, one that needs continuing medical treatment in much the same way as, say, diabetes or epilepsy? Increasingly, the medical establishment is putting its weight behind the physical diagnosis.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/11/health/11addictions.html?_r=1&ref=health 

 

 

The Therapist Will See You Now, via the Web

The New York Times

July 9, 2011

 

See a therapist without leaving your home? In an article in the American Journal of Psychiatry, Dr. Thomas F. Dwyer, a Massachusetts psychiatrist, says he has practiced "telepsychiatry," via video teleconferencing, for five years. Its "adoption by psychiatrists and patients," he predicts, "will proceed quickly if the organizers cope with the irrational responses of some users." But wait: That article appeared almost 40 years ago.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/10/technology/bringing-therapists-to-patients-via-the-web.html?ref=health 

 

 

Success of disability claims may depend on the judge

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

July 10, 2011

 

... A national, court-by-court analysis reported wide disparities in the percentage of claims granted by administrative law judges, with some judges within the same hearing office approving 90 percent of claims and others approving less than 15 percent, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/07/10/3212143/analysis-finds-disparities-in.html 

 

 

VA begins health care outreach to women

Wichita Falls Times Record News

July 11, 2011

 

In an effort to improve health care for women who have served their country, the Department of Veterans Affairs recently initiated a telephone dialogue, calling female veterans to seek their input on how to improve services. Through this process, women are now being referred by the VA's Health Resource Center to a new call center where specialists direct them to services specific to a woman's health.

http://www.timesrecordnews.com/news/2011/jul/11/va-begins-health-care-outreach-to-women/ 

 

 

Alabama suicide rate reaches a 51-year high

San Antonio Express-News

July 10, 2011

 

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - An analysis by The Birmingham News shows that after five years of steady growth, Alabama's suicide rate is at its highest point since 1960 and outpaces the national average.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/article/Alabama-suicide-rate-reaches-a-51-year-high-1460187.php 

 

 

Hypnotist Principal Faces Questions After Suicides

National Public Radio

July 10, 2011

 

High school principal George Kenney acknowledged using hypnosis to help people: students who needed to relax before tests, a basketball player having trouble making free throws and even school secretaries who wanted to quit smoking. But now the popular 51-year-old principal's future at North Port High School is in question since it came to light that he had hypnotized two students before their separate suicides this spring.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=137744215 

 

 

Hasan's defense team has few options for court-martial strategy

Killeen Daily Herald

July 10, 2011

 

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -  ... Galligan initially said he was considering an insanity defense, but then backed off after a mental evaluation of Hasan last year by a three-member military mental health panel. Galligan has refused to disclose the panel's finding, but indications are that the evaluation would not support a contention that Hasan suffered from a severe mental illness that prevented him from knowing, during the rampage, that his alleged actions were wrong - the legal definition of insanity.

http://www.kdhnews.com/news/story.aspx?s=58077 

 

 

HEALTHCARE REFORM

 

Obama administration offers states new ways to improve care, lower costs for Medicaid

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

July 8, 2011

 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced three new initiatives to help states improve the quality and lower the cost of care for the approximately nine million Americans who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid (Medicare-Medicaid enrollees).

http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2011pres/07/20110708a.html 

 

 

Health 411: Medicare guidance is here

Los Angeles Times

July 11, 2011

 

You're not alone when it comes to having difficulty finding a doctor who will accept Medicare, the government health insurance program for seniors. People have long complained that doctors have either dropped out of the program or are no longer accepting new Medicare patients into their practice.

http://www.latimes.com/health/la-he-health-411-20110711,0,128379.story 

 

 

OPINIONS

Dangerous Omissions

The New York Times

July 10, 2011

 

... As of April, six states - Alaska, Delaware, Idaho, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island - had not submitted a single mental health record to the gun check system, according to a new report by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a group led by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Nineteen more states and the District of Columbia had submitted fewer than 100 mental health records apiece. Many federal agencies also lag in submitting relevant records to the system.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/11/opinion/11mon2.html?scp=3&sq=mental&st=nyt 

 

 

In Defense of Antidepressants

The New York Times

July 9, 2011

 

In terms of perception, these are hard times for antidepressants. A number of articles have suggested that the drugs are no more effective than placebos. Last month brought an especially high-profile debunking. In an essay in The New York Review of Books, Marcia Angell, former editor in chief of The New England Journal of Medicine, favorably entertained the premise that "psychoactive drugs are useless."

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/10/opinion/sunday/10antidepressants.html?scp=13&sq=mental&st=nyt 

 

 

Missing name on monument a mistake; it can be righted

Austin American-Statesman

July 9, 2011

 

FORT HOOD - The obits and news stories noting the death of Pfc. David L. Potter of Johnson City, Tenn., told us a little about his 22-year life. ... Nothing can be done to erase the mistakes that kept Potter on a path to suicide. But something can be done to undo the mistake that furthers the stigma that steers military personnel away from mental health care. Chiarelli is correct. Potter's name should have been on that monument when it was erected. It still can be.

http://www.statesman.com/opinion/missing-name-on-monument-a-mistake-it-can-1595423.html 

 

 

Going after 'bums' in parks is tricky business

Dallas Morning News

July 8, 2011

 

... For sure, the occasional aggressive panhandler or disoriented mentally ill person can be frightening. But there's a danger in declaring open season on the subset Hunt identifies, because the law does not permit discriminatory enforcement based on a person's dress or personal grooming. One of Hunt's colleagues, council member Dwaine Caraway, took offense several years ago to boys who deliberately wear saggy pants. Offensive though the style might be, it's not necessarily illegal.

http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/editorials/20110708-editorial-going-after-bums-in-parks-is-tricky-business.ece 

 

 

Aaron Ashford: Fair and equal treatment for all families

Abilene Reporter News

July 9, 2011

 

... Helping in identifying and addressing disparities in services to families in Texas, the Texas State Senate recently passed Senate Bill 501, an important bill addressing disproportionality. SB 501 creates a council to study disparities in treatment and outcomes for groups of children, and to make recommendations to move the state toward equitable results. For the first time, efforts already in place to address disproportionality within the juvenile justice system, child welfare, and mental health systems will be together under one umbrella. More crucial is that mental health and particular educational services will come under the guidance of the new council.

http://www.reporternews.com/news/2011/jul/09/fair-and-equal-treatment-for-all-families/ 

 

 

Decades-long smoker hits the patch, ready to quit

Austin American-Statesman

July 9, 2011

 

... Gibson is the housing administrator for Austin Travis County Integral Care, an agency that helps people with mental illness and developmental disabilities. One of his duties is to help implement the agency's recently adopted smoke-free policy for all of its campuses, including its emergency facilities and apartments for people with mental illness. And he smokes at least a pack of Marlboro Reds 100s a day?

http://www.statesman.com/news/local/decades-long-smoker-hits-the-patch-ready-to-1595349.html 

 

 

RESEARCH

 

Secondhand Smoke Tied To Mental Health Problems In Kids: Study

The Huffington Post

July 11, 2011

 

Estimates suggest that anywhere between 4.8 and 5.5 million children in the U.S. live in households where they are exposed to secondhand smoke, putting them at greater risk for multiple health problems. Now, new research suggests that secondhand smoke exposure can increase the odds of developing certain mental and behavioral disorders by 50 percent.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/11/secondhand-smoke-mental-health_n_894185.html 

 

 

Anxiety, Depression in Pregnancy May Raise Kids' Asthma Risk

Health Day News

July 8, 2011

 

Children of women who experience anxiety and depression during pregnancy may be at greater risk for asthma, according to new research. The study of 279 inner-city black and Hispanic women adds weight to research previously conducted among white families that found children are particularly susceptible to asthma-related risks during the prenatal period.

http://consumer.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=654621 

 

 

New Genetic Clues for Schizophrenia; De Novo Mutations More Frequent, Study Finds

Science Daily News

July 10, 2011

 

De novo mutations -- genetic errors that are present in patients but not in their parents -- are more frequent in schizophrenic patients than in normal individuals, according to an international group of scientists led by Dr. Guy A. Rouleau of the University of Montreal and CHU Sainte-Justine Hospital.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/07/110710132810.htm 

 

 

FEATURES & RESOURCES

 

Free Webinar: Crisis Chat: Providing Emotional Support in an Online Environment  

Austin Travis County Integral Care

July 2011

 

Learn about Crisis Chat, an online tool that uses popular technology to provide emotional support to individuals who may be uncomfortable accessing traditional face-to-face or telephone hotline services. This is the first national pilot built specifically to help Individuals going through a difficult time or dealing with depression, relationship problems, or thoughts of hurting themselves can chat with a licensed specialist online and receive compassionate, non-judgmental listening and referrals to local resources. Wednesday, July 13 from 3-4 p.m. central time. Online registration required.

https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/390583734 

 

 

How to talk to your kids about a dad's death

Dallas Morning News

July 11, 2011

 

How do you talk to a kid about a dad's death? Dr. Peter L. Stavinoha, a clinical neuropsychologist at Children's Medical Center Dallas and associate professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center, was faced with this question when his son Joe, 16, asked if he'd heard about the fan who died from a fall at the Texas Rangers game Thursday night.

http://www.dallasnews.com/health/headlines/20110708-how-to-talk-to-your-kids-about-a-dads-death.ece?action=reregister 

 

 

Hoarding Can Put the Elderly in Harm's Way

San Antonio Express-News

July 8, 2011

 

...   So, how can you recognize the signs associated with hoarding before it becomes a danger, and help someone who is already suffering? Ask the Geriatrician recorded a free webinar at mmLearn.org, a program of Morningside Ministries. Geriatric psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Weiss will provide an overview of hoarding and its treatment.

http://blog.mysanantonio.com/caregivers-on-demand/2011/07/hoarding-can-put-the-elderly-in-harm%E2%80%99s-way/ 

 

 

Book Review: Review: 'Eyes Wide Open' is intense, compelling

Beaumont Enterprise (AP)

July 11, 2011

 

A man's promise to always be there for his nephew opens up a forgotten past with horrible consequences in "Eyes Wide Open" by Andrew Gross. ... The issues of what family truly means, the struggles of mental illness that affect both the victims and those surrounding them, and the bad decisions of the past that come back with a vengeance are all displayed like an open wound.

http://www.beaumontenterprise.com/entertainment/article/Review-Eyes-Wide-Open-is-intense-compelling-1460719.php#ixzz1Rnpodp5G 

 

 

TV Review: 'Necessary Roughness' plays fast and loose with therapy

The Los Angeles Times

July 11, 2011

 

It would help if the therapist aiding athletes in the new USA Network series actually had training in sports psychology. Unfortunately, that situation is often the case in real life.

http://www.latimes.com/health/la-he-unreal-necessary-roughness-20110711,0,3209098.column



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