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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

July, 2011



Texas Mental Health Code is changing

Odessa American

July 12, 2011


An opportunity has come for the mentally ill, their loved ones and mental health professionals to make some statewide changes, a West Texas Centers news release stated. ... The code has not been altered for almost 25 years and needs to be updated, the release stated. People personally impacted by the Mental Health Code, legal experts and mental health professionals are being encouraged by Texas Appleseed to give their input during the process of changing the code, the release stated. And through a grant (from the Hogg Foundation), Texas Appleseed plans on traveling the state collecting that input for a policy report, the release stated.


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Helping families in churches cope with mental illness

Austin American-Statesman

July 12, 2011


... Religious leaders are often not trained to spot mental illness and as a result, don't often refer people who need care to mental health professionals. Still, studies have shown that religiosity can have potent and positive effects for the mentally ill, since religion is usually linked to indicators of well-being. "You're looking at a quarter of the church, so if 27 percent of the people in a church had the flu, people would do something. This is a silent epidemic and the church has a huge role and they've abdicated that role, but I hope that's starting to change."



Final portion of UNT mental health study presented to county

McKinney Courier Gazette

July 13, 2011


MCKINNEY - The final phase of the University of North Texas' (UNT) three part mental health study has been completed and while the county ranks better than most in terms of quality of life, the study showed the county's mental health services overall could use an upgrade.



Appraisal district error led to false budget picture for Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi Caller-Times

July 12, 2011

CORPUS CHRISTI -  ... Several council members already have ideas on how that money could be spent. Councilman John Marez said he'd like to see the city replenish funds for the local Mental Health and Mental Retardation Center and the Sister City program.



Parkland slapped with $50,000 fine related to 2008 patient death

Dallas Morning News

July 12, 2011


Federal health regulators have hit Parkland Memorial Hospital with a $50,000 fine - the maximum allowed - for failing to properly treat a patient who died of a heart attack after he languished for more than 15 hours in the emergency room. The sanction, stemming from the 2008 death of Mike Herrera, comes as federal inspectors are conducting a sweeping health-and-safety inspection of Parkland's operations triggered by the recent death of another patient.



Adolescent, pediatric health center now open in Pasadena

Ultimate Pasadena

July 12, 2011


... In addition to basic healthcare, the center will offer specialized care in the areas of pulmonary medicine, developmental/high risk patients, special needs patients, rheumatology, gastrointestinal medicine, psychiatry, behavioral health therapy and adolescent weight management with psychology.



New children's hospital in Temple to team up with famous Houston medical center

Austin American-Statesman

July 13, 2011


Scott & White Healthcare upped the ante in its competition with the Seton Healthcare Family, announcing a nationally known partner for its new children's hospital in Temple.



Diocese of Corpus Christi settles sex abuse lawsuit

Corpus Christi Caller-Times

July 12, 2011


CORPUS CHRISTI - A $1.2 million settlement was reached Tuesday between the Diocese of Corpus Christi and three men who say they were sexually assaulted by a priest while altar boys in the 1970s. ... The lawsuit, filed more than a year ago, alleges gross negligence by the diocese, claiming they knew Clarke had a history of psychosexual problems, including six months of psychiatric care in a mental hospital in the 1960s and treatment in Virginia in the 1980s.



Police investigate shots fired Sunday

New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung

July 12, 2011


A New Braunfels man who apparently suffers from mental issues caused a row in his neighborhood last weekend as he fired several shots from a handgun believing someone was tampering with his property, police said.



Community groups react to Brownsville man killing father

KGBT-TV, Harlingen

July 12, 2011


... Cerda said even a parent's love for their children should not cloud their judgment when a situation turns dangerous. "They don't want to hurt their children," Cerda said. "But if it has come to this point, where this person is being very aggressive or this person has mental issues, you need to make sure this person is taking their medication or if not that you're extra careful because this person is capable of those violent episodes."



Man accused of multiple attacks on women on SoCo arrested

KVUE Austin

July 12, 2011


Austin police have arrested a man they say attacked three women early Friday morning. Charles Grandville Wilson, 33,  is now charged with attempted sexual assault. ... Wilson remains in the Travis County Jail on a $200,000 bond. Officers noted in his court paperwork that he has mental health issues.





Markell to sign new gun bills into law

San Antonio Express-News

July 13, 2011


NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is poised to sign several gun control bills that his administration pushed during this year's legislative session. One bill to be signed by the governor on Wednesday authorizes Delaware to send mental health records on individuals to a federal gun purchase background check database.



Feds rap Ga. VA clinics for excessive wait times

San Antonio Express-News

July 12, 2011


ATLANTA (AP) - Several mental health clinics serving Georgia veterans had significantly high patient wait times over the last fiscal year and were slow to respond to the problem, according to a federal report issued Tuesday.



Some obese kids should be placed in foster homes, doctor says

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

July 12, 2011


CHICAGO -- Should parents of extremely obese children lose custody for not controlling their kids' weight? A provocative commentary in one of the nation's most distinguished medical journals argues yes, and its authors are joining a quiet chorus of advocates who say the government should be allowed to intervene in extreme cases.



Arkansas judge fines 2 State Hospital workers

San Antonio Express-News

July 12, 2011


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Department of Human Services has paid the fines of two State Hospital officials who were found in contempt of court because of a delay in providing mental-health treatment for a man accused of fatally beating his mother.



Jared Lee Loughner can refuse anti-psychotic drugs, court rules

Los Angeles Times
July 13, 2011


Tucson shooting suspect Jared Lee Loughner can refuse anti-psychotic medication until his appeal of the treatment prescribed by prison doctors is decided, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. Loughner, who has been deemed mentally ill and incompetent to stand trial in the Jan. 8 shooting rampage that killed six and injured 13, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, is in custody at a federal prison medical center in Missouri.,0,1952150.story



College Releases AZ Suspect's Suspension Records

National Public Radio

July 12, 2011


The community college that the Tucson shooting rampage suspect had attended released records Tuesday detailing a meeting over his suspension from the school just three months before the attack.





What a debt ceiling deal could mean for Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security

The Washington Post

July 12, 2011


No matter what the outlines are for a final agreement to lift the debt ceiling, the deal will include cuts to some of the nation's major entitlement programs: Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. President Obama signaled as much in his remarks Monday, when he said he was willing to accept reductions in programs Democrats have long protected and millions have come to depend on.



Cuts Would Only Shift Health-Care Costs

The Wall Street Journal

July 13, 2011


The $350 billion or so in potential cuts to Medicare and Medicaid over 10 years that were identified in budget negotiations would shift the cost of medicine to public hospitals, the states and individuals, but wouldn't do much to tackle rising health-care costs themselves.



PhRMA Chief Says Support For Health Law 'Was Right Decision'-The KHN Interview

Kaiser Health News

July 13, 2011


One year after John Castellani took control of PhRMA, the former manufacturing executive has steered the drugmakers' lobbying group to be ready for battle with the White House. ... Now PhRMA has signaled that it will fight any attempt by congressional Democrats or the White House in the current deficit reduction talks to save money by cutting drug spending in government programs.





Op-Ed: White House Suicide Policy Falls Short

National Public Radio
July 12, 2011


The White House announced President Obama will begin sending condolence letters to the families of armed service men and women who kill themselves in combat zones. Forbes blogger Susannah Breslin argues the policy falls short, overlooking suicides committed by service members outside combat zones.



Guarding Privacy May Not Always Protect Patients

The New York Times

July 11, 2011


Juggling parental concern with an adolescent patient's legal and ethical right to privacy opens up some tricky questions. The law varies state by state, but many, including New York, allow minors to consent by themselves to medical care involving such sensitive needs as contraception, pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases and mental health. ... But the more problematic cases arise when mental health issues are involved, especially eating disorders. With drug and alcohol use, colleges have worried that the specter of parental notification can be so terrifying that college students won't call for help if they think it may lead to parents finding out about the circumstances.





Psychosis risk substantially increased by childhood sexual abuse

Med Wire News

July 13, 2011


Children who suffer sexual abuse before the age of 16 have an increased risk for developing psychosis, say UK researchers who note that their findings highlight opportunities for the targeted prevention of mental illness.



Education program improves bipolar management in primary care

Med Wire News

July 13, 2011


Primary care physicians who are trained in the diagnosis and management of bipolar disorder are more likely than untrained physicians correctly to identify bipolar subtypes in their patients, say French researchers.



People at Risk for Panic Buffered from Stressor by High Levels of Physical Activity

Science Daily News

July 12, 2011


People with an intense fear of the nausea, racing heart, dizziness, stomachaches and shortness of breath that accompany panic -- known as "high anxiety sensitivity" -- reacted with less anxiety to a panic-inducing stressor if they had been engaging in high levels of physical activity, said researchers at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and the University of Vermont in Burlington.



Following Traumatic Brain Injury, Risk Factors Predictive Of Psychiatric Symptoms

Medical News Today

July 13, 2011


A history of psychiatric illness such as depression or anxiety before a traumatic brain injury (TBI), together with other risk factors, are strongly predictive of post-TBI psychiatric disorders, according to an article published in Journal of Neurotrauma, a peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. The article is available free online here.


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