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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

November, 2011

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Today's Clips - November 3, 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.


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Suicide Rates: Bringing the Numbers to Life

Hogg Blog

November 3, 2011


... Recently, I was eyeballing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website and ran across some very disturbing statistics. As an advocate and having lived experience with mental illness, I am aware of these statistics and the effects of being unwell; however, on this day the statistic and the context of suicide hit me hard, really hard. The latest statistics state that in 2008, 36,035 individuals committed suicide in the United States alone. That is an average of 3,002 people per month. Then I began putting these numbers to faces. 



Hogg Foundation Funds New Initiative to Provide Safer, More Effective Alternatives to Seclusion and Restraint

Crisis Prevention Institute

November 2011


The Hogg Foundation at the University of Texas at Austin is funding a new statewide initiative to help residential treatment centers adopt safer, more effective tools to reduce or eliminate seclusion and restraint practices. 



School Daze: UHCL given $509,000 grant

Bay Area Citizen

November 2, 2011


UH-Clear Lake's Office of Counseling Services is one of three sites chosen for a $1.6 million initiative to create doctoral psychology student internships to help alleviate mental health workforce shortages in Texas. The university received a five-year $509,082 grant from the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health at The University of Texas at Austin to fund a new internship program. 





Burke Center gets national recognition

KTRE Lufkin

November 2, 2011


LUFKIN, Texas - It's essentially an emergency room for those in a mental health crisis. Three years ago the Burke Center established a mental health emergency center in Lufkin. Now, the American Psychiatric Association is recognizing the center for their innovative solution to getting psychiatric care to those that need it most. 



Abuses in assisted-living facilities come under Senate panel's spotlight

McClatchy Newspapers

November 2, 2011


WASHINGTON - ... They include a 75-year-old Alzheimer's patient in Clearwater torn apart by an alligator after he wandered away from his assisted-living facility for the fourth time; a 71-year-old mentally ill Hialeah man who died from burns after he was left in a bathtub filled with scalding water; and a 74-year-old Kendall woman who was restrained for six hours until the bindings cut into her skin and killed her. ... But disclosure isn't the only solution, Nelson said, and problems aren't limited to Florida. California requires inspections only every five years, he noted. In Texas, there is no schedule - only when inspections are deemed necessary. 



City social services contracts poorly monitored, auditor says

Austin American-Statesman

November 2, 2011


Millions of dollars in Austin social service contracts and grants dispensed over the past three years were poorly monitored by the city, with staffers regularly failing to check how nonprofit groups spend taxpayer money and whether they were providing the services for which they were paid, according to a report by the city auditor. ... Between fiscal years 2009 and 2011, the city handed out $54 million in contracts to local agencies that provide services for mental health care, workforce development, substance abuse rehabilitation and other needs. Those contracts, mostly held by local nonprofits, are monitored by the health and human services department. 



Lee College Veterans Center opens Thursday, Nov. 10

The Vindicator

November 2, 2011


Baytown, TX - ...Beginning Thurs., Nov. 10, local veterans and service members pursuing higher education and employment opportunities through Lee College will have a new home away from home on campus. ...This facility is one of 39 Texas community centers dedicated to providing support programs and services to individuals with disabilities, mental illness and substance abuse problems. 



Shooting range death ruled suicide

San Antonio Express-News

November 3, 2011


Officials said there was no obvious warning that a 29-year-old man who fatally shot himself at a far West Side shooting range last week was suicidal. The Bexar County medical examiner's office ruled the Oct. 25 shooting death of Jared Chandler King a suicide, caused by a contact gunshot wound to the head. 





Kids' mental health programs still lag in Georgia

Georgia Health News

November 2, 2011


... Last year's settlement agreement between Georgia and federal officials over improving the care of people with mental illnesses and developmental disabilities has won widespread praise from consumer advocacy groups, both here and nationally. But the pact with the U.S. Justice Department has one major gap: It doesn't address children's services. Georgia children with mental illness are still stuck in government and educational systems that are not coordinated and often don't meet the young patients' needs, consumer advocacy groups say. 



State hospital faces major patient influx; Concerns raised that Osawatomie State can't handle the expected wave

Kansas Health Institute

November 2, 2011


WICHITA - Wichita's leading mental health center has informed state officials that it expects to refer an additional 1,250 people to Osawatomie State Hospital next year, which would mean a large influx of patients at a facility that already is frequently overcrowded. COMCARE officials said they must begin diverting more patients to Osawatomie because recurring state budget cuts have left the center no longer able to afford the costs of providing inpatient care in Wichita. 



Lawsuit settlement to provide $8.3 million for clinics for poor and underinsured

New Orleans Times-Picayune

November 2, 2011


The New Orleans-area system of primary care clinics for the poor and underinsured will receive an $8.3 million infusion as part of the settlement in a long-running class-action liability suit against health-care and pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson. ... The remaining $7.3 million will be transferred to the nonprofit Louisiana Public Health Institute, which will determine how the money is distributed among primary care clinics that concentrate their efforts on patients without private insurance. 



US military veterans heed Occupy rallying cry

Wall Street Journal 

November 3, 2011


... Veteran unemployment is projected to worsen after 10,000 servicemen and servicewomen return from Afghanistan and 46,000 come home from Iraq by year's end - many wounded or suffering from mental trauma. Bordeleau, who served in the military police, said his diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder has made it impossible to pursue a career in civilian law enforcement, and that he's had a hard time finding jobs that pay more than $10 an hour. 



Cuomo signs NY autism treatment insurance bill

Wall Street Journal 

November 1, 2011


ALBANY, N.Y. - New York soon will require insurers to cover screening, diagnosis and treatment for autism spectrum disorders, which will increase premiums for all individuals and businesses. Supporters say the new law will include routine toddler screenings, behavioral health treatments, speech therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy. 



Glaxo Agrees to Pay $3 Billion to Settle U.S. Probe Into Sales, Marketing


November 3, 2011


... Drugmakers are required to give rebates to Medicaid, the government health insurance program for the poor. The investigation examined how Glaxo reported prices charged to other payers, which are used in calculating the Medicaid rebates. 





Grading Docs With Electronic Medical Records


November 2, 2011


... So, electronic records may not be a great investment for a hospital, if you are just looking at the bottom line. But they are good for whoever is paying the bill. That's a lesson the Obama administration has taken to heart in its overhaul of the health care system. So now, it's giving clinics and hospitals millions to give them an incentive to use electronic medical records. 



Rising Health Costs Lead Companies To Drop Part-Time Benefits


November 2, 2011


Wal-Mat's recent decision to cut benefits for new, part-time employees may be part of a trend, as companies grapple with higher health costs. 





Crisis Intervention Response Team a real bargain for the public

Cypress Creek Mirror

November 2, 2011


...When our dispatchers get a 911 call about a low-level crime that involves an individual's behavior that may be rooted in mental illness, we can send a specially trained patrol officer and a psychological clinician to the scene....But, depending on the situation, we may instead take them directly to an institution where they will receive treatment for a mental health disease. Even if the public has to pay for the treatment because the patient has no money, it costs much less than providing those services in the jail environment, where we have a legal obligation to provide for the medical needs of inmates. 





New study says Chantix raises suicide risks

Chicago Tribune

November 2, 2011


CHICAGO (Reuters) - Pfizer's smoking cessation drug Chantix carries too many risks and should only be tried when other treatments fail, researchers said on Wednesday. Chantix was eight times more likely to be linked with a reported case of suicidal behavior or depression than other nicotine replacement products, such as the nicotine patch, they said.,0,698965.story 



Memory-Enhancing Drug May Improve Exposure Therapy for PTSD Patients, Study Shows

The University of Texas at Austin

November 2, 2011


AUSTIN, Texas - A memory-enhancing drug may improve the speed and effectiveness of prolonged exposure therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) patients, according to a new pilot study by psychologists at The University of Texas at Austin, the University of Washington and the University of Pennsylvania. 



U-Va. researchers track causes of student deaths

Washington Post

November 2, 2011


... At the schools he surveyed, Turner said that for every 100,000 students there were just over six suicides and fewer than five alcohol-related deaths. While alcohol abuse is still a critical issue on most campuses, Turner said student depression and other mental health issues need just as much attention. And there is a dire need for standardized methodology for tracking and reporting student deaths. 



More Years to Life and Life to Years Through Increased Motivation for an Active Life


November 3, 2011


Regular physical activity is associated with a lower risk of suffering depression in old age. This is shown by one of the largest studies on elderly Europeans to have been carried out, by researchers at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, among others. 



Depression Linked to Breast Cancer Outcomes


November 3, 2011


This year, more than 230,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and nearly 40,000 women will not survive their battle with cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. New research from the University of Missouri shows that certain factors, including marital status, having children in the home, income level and age, affect the likelihood of depression in breast cancer survivors. Further, depressed patients are less likely to adhere to medication regimens, potentially complicating the progress of their treatment. 



Auditory verbal hallucinations linked to reduced executive function in general population

MedWire News

November 3, 2011


Auditory verbal hallucinations are associated with reduced levels of executive functioning and language performance in the general population, Dutch research suggests. Kirstin Daalman (University Medical Center Utrecht) and colleagues observe that "AVHs are a characteristic symptom in schizophrenia, and also occur in the general, non-clinical population." 



Fraud Case Seen as a Red Flag for Psychology Research

New York Times

November 2, 2011


A well-known psychologist in the Netherlands whose work has been published widely in professional journals falsified data and made up entire experiments, an investigating committee has found. Experts say the case exposes deep flaws in the way science is done in a field, psychology, that has only recently earned a fragile respectability. 





Asylum Suitcases, Found And Photographed


November 2, 2011


Photographer Jon Crispin has a fascination with things that are left behind. ... Crispin's latest fascination is with old suitcases - discovered by the New York State Museum in an attic of the Willard Psychiatric Center in Willard, N.Y. "The cases were put into storage when their owners were admitted to Willard sometime between 1910 and the 1960s," Crispin explains on a Kickstarter page, where he is raising funds to continue photographing. "And since the facility was set up to help people with chronic mental illness, these folks never left." You can follow the suitcase documentary project on his blog, where he muses in real time with each photograph. 



Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

November 2, 2011



Actress Glenn Close and the team help build a home for the family of a soldier who is dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder. 



Carrie Fisher Says Electric Shock Therapy Saved Her Life, Opens Up About Famous Pop

MyFox - Houston

November 3, 2011


...FOX411: Describe what it's like getting electric shock treatment. Fisher: It's unmemorable. It's been effective for me in a way that medicine and other treatments have not. If you look at the last three or four years I have been having it, I've been more productive than I have in my life. ...I've had to struggle far less with my urges that are not commendable. FOX411: Why did you seek electric shock treatment? Fisher: Nothing else had worked. I was in a really, really severe depression. I was as close to being suicidal as you can be without being suicidal.


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