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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health News
Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, Austin

August, 2011


Today's Clips - August 22, 2011

 

This summary of recent news and research articles on mental health topics was prepared as a public service by the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. Stories from other media sources do not necessarily reflect the opinions or positions of the foundation and its staff. Media sites may require a one-time free registration and academic and science journal sites may require a paid subscription to access articles.

 

 

HOGG FOUNDATION

 

How Do YOU Define Recovery?

Hogg Blog

August 22, 2011

 

Recovery.  What does it mean to you? The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) wants your help defining recovery in mental health. ...Over the past year, SAMSHA has worked with the behavioral health field to develop this definition and now they want to hear from the public. ...Now is your chance to weigh in and tell SAMSHA what recovery means to you. You have until Friday, August 26 to provide your feedback!

http://blogs.utexas.edu/hogg/2011/08/22/how-do-you-define-recovery/ 

 

 

Mental Health in Texas ~ A Problem That's Likely to Get Worse

The World According to Opa

August 19, 2011

 

My wife and I attended our first NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) http://www.nami.org/ family-to-family meeting last night. ... The Hogg Foundation paper identifies seven steps that Texas could take now to start to reverse the shortage in mental health professionals. They include: Expanding graduate education programs, developing tele-health opportunities and requiring professional boards to collect data that will aid in identifying specific racial, ethnic, cultural and linguistic workforce shortages.

http://kgarry.wordpress.com/2011/08/19/mental-health-in-texas-a-problem-thats-likely-to-get-increasingly-worse/ 

 

 

Ima Hogg, philanthropist and patron of the arts, died in 1975

Houston Chronicle
August 19, 2011

 

... On Aug. 19, 1975, Ima Hogg, philanthropist and patron of the arts, died of complications from a traffic accident that occurred while she was vacationing in England. Her funeral was at Bayou Bend. She was buried on Aug. 23 in the Hogg family plot in Oakwood Cemetery in Austin. The major benefactor in her will was the Ima Hogg Foundation, a charitable nonprofit organization she established in 1964.

http://www.chron.com/profile/?newspaperUserId=bearfacts&plckPersonaPage=BlogViewPost&plckUserId=bearfacts&plckPostId=Blog%3AbearfactsPost%3Ab5e713c3-92b8-46da-8b4b-4af4af063df5&plckController=PersonaBlog&plckScript=personaScript&plckElementId=personaDest 

 

 

TEXAS NEWS

 

Perry wrestles with his own health care approach

Associated Press

August 22, 2011

 

WASHINGTON (AP) - Texas would be among the biggest beneficiaries of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, standing to gain coverage for nearly 4 million uninsured residents. But Gov. Rick Perry blocked moves to lay the groundwork for that expansion of coverage, and among the alternatives he's supported is an untested regional solution that could prove as controversial as Obama's remake.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5h3cA-SoUcc7hF7IBunDoOEOv8ZMw?docId=43079356515b4e7bb93c652a6e84bcc7 

 

 

More medical school help for prison health care examined by state

Austin American-Statesman

August 19, 2011

 

Facing a $130 million cut in funding and no fewer patients, officials who operate the network of medical care for state prisoners say they are considering a plan to expand providers to include five additional public medical schools to help those at the University of Texas Medical Branch and Texas Tech University.

http://www.statesman.com/news/texas/more-medical-school-help-for-prison-health-care-1765221.html 

 

 

Four JPS clinics closing by Oct. 1

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

August 20, 2011

 

... All the clinics that are closing are staffed by only one practitioner and have small patient volumes, said Chris Dougherty, senior vice president of community health. In most cases, other clinics with space to absorb the patients operate within a few miles. Officials say that they will still operate 36 clinics, including those at schools. Through the closures, JPS will save more than $500,000 annually, officials said.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/08/20/3303016/four-jps-clinics-closing-by-oct.html 

 

 

Austin housing authority spends thousands trying to kill bedbugs

Austin American-Statesman

August 19, 2011

 

The Housing Authority of the City of Austin has spent nearly $40,000 over the past year fighting bedbugs in 15 of its 19 facilities. ... Austin Travis Integral Care has spent $14,000 over the past year battling the bugs in seven of its 46 properties for people with mental illness.

http://www.statesman.com/news/local/austin-housing-authority-spends-thousands-trying-to-kill-1765223.html 

 

 

CEO of Dallas County's Parkland hospital acknowledges his job is on the line

Dallas Morning News

August 20, 2011

 

Dr. Ron Anderson was supposed to be taking a victory lap about now. ... The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services blasted Parkland's patient safety practices in a sweeping new analysis of hospital operations, which was released late Friday. By Sept. 2, Parkland must fix the problems or face the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars in health care funding. Inspectors described the problems as systemic, and some local officials wondered aloud whether they stemmed from problems with Parkland's overall leadership.

http://www.dallasnews.com/investigations/headlines/20110820-ceo-of-dallas-countys-parkland-hospital-acknowledges-his-job-is-on-the-line.ece?action=reregister 

 

 

Vet helps other veterans get off the street

Houston Chronicle

August 21, 2011

 

... Outside the soup kitchen, homeless men and women are filling the sidewalk. Undoubtedly, some have mental-health issues, some have addiction issues, and neighbors in nearby apartments and townhouses have made it clear they don't like watching the parade. Residents of the East Downtown neighborhood have petitioned the city for an extension of a "civility" ordinance, which would stop people from sleeping or sitting on sidewalks within their 220-acre area.

http://www.chron.com/life/article/Vet-helps-other-veterans-get-off-the-street-2114389.php 

 

 

A plan to keep mentally ill out of jail

Houston Chronicle

August 22, 2011

 

Three Harris County Sheriff's deputies will have new partners riding shotgun soon, if county officials approve a pilot program pairing them with mental health workers to deal with mentally disturbed suspects. Sheriff Adrian Garcia said he wants to treat the mentally ill, not jail them.

http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/A-plan-to-keep-mentally-ill-out-of-jail-2135041.php 

 

 

Teddy bear donations needed for suicide prevention week

Austin American-Statesman

August 19, 2011

 

Donations of new teddy bears are being accepted for a ceremony to symbolize the 39 people who committed suicide last year in Williamson County.

http://www.statesman.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/austin/williamson/entries/2011/08/19/teddy_bear_donations_needed_fo.html?cxntfid=blogs_willco_wired 

 

 

Arrest made in horse deaths

Weatherford Democrat

August 22, 2011

 

PARKER COUNTY - The owner of eight horses found dead and one later euthanized Aug. 12 was arrested Friday night on a charge of cruelty to livestock animals, accused of not providing hay or water to the horses. ...Fowler said Phais has not been arrested because she has been in a mental health facility.

http://weatherforddemocrat.com/local/x2080079083/Arrest-made-in-horse-deaths 

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Social Security disability program being pushed toward insolvency

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

August 22, 2011

 

WASHINGTON (AP) - Laid-off workers and aging baby boomers are flooding Social Security's disability program with benefit claims, pushing the financially strapped system toward the brink of insolvency. ...

http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/08/21/3304092/social-security-disability-program.html#tvg 

 

 

Experts push disclosure of failed foster adoptions

Houston Chronicle

August 22, 2011

 

MIAMI (AP) - ... When the Carlsons adopted the now teenage boys from foster care in 2007, they were handed a slim file with few details except that the two suffered from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. No one told the empty nesters the boys had severe mental health issues and had bounced between foster homes. Now teenagers, the boys are living in separate therapeutic group homes.

http://www.chron.com/default/article/Experts-push-disclosure-of-failed-foster-adoptions-2135307.php 

 

 

Delaware group eyes child mental health needs

San Antonio Express-News

August 22, 2011

 

DOVER, Del. (AP) - A study group established by the Delaware General Assembly to assess child mental health needs in Kent and Sussex counties is holding its first meeting.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/article/Delaware-group-eyes-child-mental-health-needs-2135262.php 

 

 

Quarter of Mich. prisoners need mental health care

Houston Chronicle

August 21, 2011

 

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - About a quarter of Michigan's 43,000 state prisoners are mentally ill, and new Michigan Corrections Director Dan Heyns says he wants to shift responsibility for their treatment from his department to other agencies.

http://www.chron.com/default/article/Quarter-of-Mich-prisoners-need-mental-health-care-2134737.php 

 

 

Kan. capital case to examine man's mental state

San Antonio Express-News

August 21, 2011

 

LYNDON, Kan. (AP) - ... Kansas is among a few states in which jurors aren't asked to consider whether defendants understood at the time that their alleged actions were criminal. Instead, Kansas jurors consider whether an accused murder's mental state kept him from forming the intent to kill specific victims and reflecting on actions he might take.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/article/Kan-capital-case-to-examine-man-s-mental-state-2134746.php 

 

 

Data breach illustrates risk of online medical records

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

August 22, 2011

 

SAN FRANCISCO -- Until recently, medical files belonging to nearly 300,000 Californians sat unsecured on the Internet for the entire world to see. There were insurance forms, Social Security numbers and doctors' notes. Among the files were summaries that spelled out, in painstaking detail, a trucker's crushed fingers, a maintenance worker's broken ribs and one man's bout with sexual dysfunction. At a time of mounting computer hacking threats, the incident offers an alarming glimpse of privacy risks as the nation moves steadily into an era when every American's sensitive medical information will be digitized.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/08/21/3304093/data-breach-illustrates-risk-of.html 

 

 

OPINIONS

 

Sustain Central Health's valued services

Austin American Statesman

August 19, 2011

 

... The lion's share of Central Health's budget goes to help people who meet income requirements see doctors, get primary care treatment in clinics, see specialists when necessary, and get regular exams, treatment for mental illness and dental services. Rather than directly providing health care services, Central Health contracts with a variety of providers to meet the health care needs of eligible residents. Why should we pay for this? Well, we could leave those people on the street, but then they end up in our emergency rooms running up higher bills - and taxes - for us to pay. That approach failed us in the past and it's why voters in 2004 approved a health district.

http://www.statesman.com/opinion/sustain-central-healths-valued-services-1765020.html 

 

 

Lower jail costs wise county goal; Reduced inmate population means fewer guards needed

San Antonio Express-News

August 21, 2011

 

Taxpayers may finally see some cost savings from some of the many programs aimed at reducing the Bexar County lockup's population. ... Reduced booking due to the opening of Haven for Hope, diversion of mental-health patients and the effectiveness of community policing are among the factors cited by Sheriff Amadeo Ortiz. A commitment to a strong work ethic among the county court-at-law judges who defeated many of the incumbents last election and the establishment of veterans and mental-health courts also contribute to the progress.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/article/Lower-jail-costswise-county-goal-2133026.php 

 

 

A depressing start to the school year

Houston Chronicle

August 21, 2011

 

... In addition, the Texans Care for Children organization notes that Texas ranks dead last among U.S. states in many indicators of child well-being - including food insecurity (children experiencing hunger), access to adequate housing and the proportion of children without health insurance. 

http://www.chron.com/opinion/outlook/article/A-depressing-start-to-the-school-year-2135061.php 

 

 

Mental health a concern for even the happiest students at Rice
The Rice Thresher

August 21, 2011

 

... We might think about seeking help and going to the doctor if we develop persistent symptoms of a cough, sniffle, or fever, but why on earth don't we think about seeking help when we develop persistent symptoms of exhaustion, irritability, loss of interest or motivation, trouble concentrating or functioning, changes in sleep or appetite, feelings of hopelessness, guilt, or worthlessness - the most common and characteristic indicators of clinical depression? Just as a small cough or headache might develop into something a lot more serious, these small changes in thoughts and behavior can develop into more serious and debilitating mental disorders.

http://www.ricethresher.org/mobile/opinion/mental-health-a-concern-for-even-the-happiest-students-at-rice-1.2550205 

 

 

Healthcare reform rulings aren't as simple as a sound bite

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

August 22, 2011

 

... When the justices get to it, the heart of the matter won't be whether this extensive overhaul of health insurance was the best way to bring order to a chaotic system, whether the politics of getting it passed were palatable or even whether the changes will ultimately have the intended effect. It will come down, in large part, to whether the court should set a new limit on Congress' constitutional power to address national problems. And an increasingly expensive healthcare system in which 50 million people are uninsured and $43 billion in costs are shifted to other people surely is a national problem.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/08/21/3303937/healthcare-reform-rulings-arent.html 

 

 

Did health law's added burdens bring about economic doldrums?

Austin American-Statesman

August 21, 2011

 

... In a recent poll one-third of small business owners identified the health care bill as one of their top two obstacles to hiring. The data suggest these business owners' complaints are not idle. Job growth slowed almost as soon as Congress passed the bill. If Congress wants to lift the brakes on hiring, then rolling back the Affordable Care Act would be a good place to start.

http://www.statesman.com/opinion/did-health-laws-added-burdens-bring-about-economic-1771141.html 

 

 

INTERNATIONAL

 

Elderly Australian Being Prescribed Psychotropic Drugs Too Often

Medical News Today

August 21, 2011

 

Serious safety and cost concerns resulted after a report indicated that older Australians are being over prescribed psychotropic drugs; investigators from the University of Queensland have called for urgent action.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/233102.php 

 

 

RESEARCH

 

After trauma, teaching hope

CNN

August 19, 2011

 

... Under the Penn Resiliency Program, replicated in more than 20 diverse school settings, teachers were trained to become more optimistic and resilient in their own lives, as well as to teach those skills to their students. Over the next few years, both teachers and students had lower rates of depression and anxiety. The program, first utilized with adolescents and divorced couples, was successfully adapted to other groups and contexts.

http://www.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/08/17/resilience.after.trauma/ 

 

 

Trying to Be 'Supermom' Can Raise Risk for Depression

Health Day News

August 20, 2011

 

Working moms are less likely to show symptoms of depression than stay-at-home moms, a new study finds. However, working moms who don't cut themselves any slack and have unrealistic expectations about how easy it will be to balance work and family have higher levels of depression than their more laid-back counterparts.

http://consumer.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=656099 

 

 

In Mental Illness Men More Likely To Develop Substance Abuse, Antisocial Problems; Women More Likely To Develop Anxiety, Depression

Medical News Today

August 22, 2011

 

When it comes to mental illness, the sexes are different: Women are more likely to be diagnosed with anxiety or depression, while men tend toward substance abuse or antisocial disorders, according to a new study published by the American Psychological Association.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/233035.php 

 

 

Successful Prevention Program For Postpartum OCD Developed By UM Researcher

Medical News Today

August 22, 2011

 

The birth of a baby can elicit many emotions, from joy and excitement to fear and uncertainty. But it can also trigger unexpected difficulties with anxiety, in particular with postpartum Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Psychologist Kiara Timpano from the University of Miami (UM) and her collaborators developed an effective program for the prevention of postpartum obsessive compulsive symptoms.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/233058.php 

 

 

FEATURES & RESOURCES

 

CENTERS' PIECE: How do parents help children deal with fears?

Odessa American

August 21, 2011

 

Although research has shown that anxiety may be heritable, there are many ways that worry and fear can be acquired. ...An anxious child with worries or fears often complains of physical or mental distress. ... It is unlikely that a parent "gave" an anxiety disorder to their child. There are ways parents interact with their children that may increase anxiety in the child. ...In treating anxious children it is important to be patient and understanding as ridiculing or being angry at the child only makes it worse.

http://www.oaoa.com/articles/anxious-70680-child-fears.html 



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