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

October, 2011

Today's Clips - October 10, 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.



State cuts to guardian program leave disabled, elderly vulnerable

Dallas Morning News

October 10, 2011


... he Legislature cut $1.2 million that went to the Arc and 10 other nonprofits statewide over the biennium. Two Dallas-area nonprofits had previously received funds: the Arc, which serves the intellectually disabled, and the Senior Source. Each received about $60,000 a year. State Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, said Texas continues to fund a separate, state-run guardianship program at the same level as the previous year. Nelson serves as chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee and serves on the Senate Finance Committee.



Push for medical school in Austin gains momentum

Austin American-Statesman

October 8, 2011


 ... A medical school is just one element, albeit the centerpiece, of a 10-point wish list that the organizing committee will pursue. The goals include building a teaching hospital, creating a comprehensive cancer treatment center, expanding mental health services, bolstering the Travis County medical examiner's office and modernizing community health clinics - all to be accomplished in 10 years. 



New shelter provides ray of hope for women

Kilgore News Herald

October 8, 2011


Tucked into a corner of New London, a former nursing home will soon be a shelter for women in search of a safe place and a fresh start in life. Son Shine Light House plans to open its doors in January to begin accepting women (ages 18 and older) and their children (ages 0 to 10), who have come from a background involving criminal behavior, drug abuse, family violence, mental health issues and those who lack job skills necessary to function independently. 





L.A. County expands no-cost healthcare

Los Angeles Times

October 9, 2011


In one of the largest expansions of health coverage to the uninsured, Los Angeles County is enrolling hundreds of thousands of residents in a publicly funded treatment program and setting the stage for the national healthcare overhaul. The county hopes to register as many as 550,000 patients and is assigning them to medical clinics for services at no cost to them. At the same time, the county is transforming its healthcare system to be less focused on acute care and more on primary care. The changes are expected to reduce costs, streamline care and attract patients.,0,4242519.story 



Agreement in Katie A. would provide mental health services to California children in, or at risk of entering, nation's largest child welfare system

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

September 27, 2011


Los Angeles -- Advocates are celebrating an agreement that will provide intensive home- and community-based mental health services for California children in foster care or at risk of removal from their families. The agreement in the class-action suit Katie A. v. Bonta comes nine years after the case was first filed. Under the ground-breaking settlement, California will make two types of mental health services, "Intensive Home-Based Services" and "Intensive Care Coordination," available to certain children under Medicaid. The state will also determine what parts of "Therapeutic Foster Care" services are covered under Medicaid and provide that service to certain class members. 



Child mental disorders: New diagnosis or another dilemma?

Los Angeles Times

October 10, 2011


... Adding disruptive mood dysregulation disorder to the list of ailments doctors may consider would reduce the number of children misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder and treated with powerful psychiatric medications, proponents say. And, they add, improving treatment for children who have problems with mood and temper would reduce the number of children at risk of falling through the cracks in school and society. But critics counter there is no scientific evidence to warrant recognition of a new mental disorder.,0,3234089.story 



Portland police using new 'step back' training to deal with people in mental health crisis

The Oregonian

October 8, 2011


... Earlier this year, the bureau trained sergeants to consider not engaging people with mental health problems if they're not an obvious threat to others, even if they're suicidal and armed. The training, begun under Chief Mike Reese but the result of discussions former Chief Rosie Sizer initiated, may be expanded to officers. 



Mental First Aid: How To Help In An Emotional Crisis


October 10, 2011


... The National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare said thousands of people like Perez now have the skills to help those experiencing a mental health crisis. But the group emphasized that this is first-aid training and should be used to keep someone safe and stabilized until the professional help arrives, just like if you're responding to someone having a heart attack. 





Mental illness not a crime

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

October 7, 2011


... Frequent incarceration of the mentally ill conveniently removes them from public view. What it does not do - despite good intentions by jailers - is effectively address the illnesses that drew law enforcement attention in the first place. That's a tragedy for the mentally fragile among us and also for the taxpayers whose dollars would be more effectively spent on community-based treatment, not haphazard detention. 



Education can remove stigma

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

October 7, 2011


When is an illness a crime? Would you be sent to jail if you had a seizure, a diabetic coma, or a heart attack? Would you expect someone suffering from one of these illnesses to be transferred for help in an ambulance, or the back of a police car? If these questions seem silly or unrealistic, ask a person with a mental disorder how they are treated by the police. 



Initiatives make recovery possible

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

October 7, 2011


... Medical advances over the last 50 years have led to effective medications and to an understanding of the active role of the individual in treatment. Recovery, long thought rare to impossible, is a growing expectation even for those with severe mental illness. But it is not as simple as "staying on your medication." 



Health care: a new civil-rights movement?

Seattle Times

October 7, 2011


... Maybe it's time to look at our most fundamental premises in health care by following the money. The U.S. spends twice as much for half the quality care of other industrialized countries and has poorer outcomes. Hundreds of millions of dollars were squandered lobbying for sacred cows in the 2010 federal health-care-reform law to protect vested interests (our health insurers cost us 20 cents on the dollar versus 3 cents in other countries). 





Health Affairs Explores Factors Driving Health and Health Care Disparities and Measures That Can Help To Close The Gaps

Health Affairs

October 7, 2011


Bethesda, MD -- In terms of both health and health care, America is an unequal nation. There are well-documented differences in health between whites and racial and ethnic minorities--for example, in life expectancy. There are also demonstrable differences in health care provided to people of different races and ethnicities--for example, in screening rates for cancers. Despite these gaps, awareness of racial and ethnic health disparities remains low among the general public, including racial and ethnic minorities. "Agenda For Fighting Disparities" examines the state of health and health care disparities in the nation and steps that show promise in closing the gaps. 



Study: Eating disorders more common than diabetes among young children

Washington Post

October 10, 2011


Parents may regard kids who regularly reject food simply as "picky eaters." But new research suggests that young children who intentionally restrict their eating may actually have eating disorders that can cause serious health consequences. 



Smoking Cannabis Increases Risk of Depression in the Case of Genetic Vulnerability, Study Finds


October 10, 2011


Young people who are genetically vulnerable to depression should be extra careful about using cannabis: smoking cannabis leads to an increased risk of developing depressive symptoms. 





Happy World Mental Health Day! 5 Crazy Songs

Houston Press

October 10, 2011


Rocks Off is a big fan of celebrating the more obscure holidays, and today we made a wreath out of thorazine and our own hair to commemorate World Mental Health Day. Begun in 1992, the goal of the day is to bring some awareness and advocacy to various mental health problems across the globe. More than 150 countries worldwide participate, and some actually turn it into a whole Mental Health Week. 



Are You Depressed?

KUHF - Houston

October 10, 2011


The first thing doctors want you to know when it comes to depression, is the difference between depression and sadness. Normal everyday events can bring about sadness, but clinical depression is a biological sickness.


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