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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

December, 2011

HOGG FOUNDATION

 

Mental Wellness: Beating the Holiday Blues

Hogg Blog

December 1, 2011

 

As Andy Williams sang in his 1963 hit, December can be "the most wonderful time of the year!" But for some, it feels like anything but wonderful. This phenomenon, called the "holiday blues," is more common than many of us realize. Here are some interesting facts and tips that may help you and your family and friends during this celebratory yet sometimes emotionally challenging season.

http://blogs.utexas.edu/hogg/2011/12/01/mental-wellness-and-holiday-blues/ 

 

 

TEXAS NEWS

 

National investigation into lethal restraint practices uncovers breakdowns similar to those surrounding Parkland patient's death last February

Dallas Morning News

December 1, 2011

 

For the first time in many years, the public now has another glimpse into a largely hidden national problem: deaths resulting from physical restraint inside hospitals and other care facilities. ...The group wants systemic changes such as enhanced federal oversight and sanctions against facilities and has called for reporting all such fatalities to a central database which would allow better analysis of care breakdowns and the pervasiveness of the problem.

http://watchdogblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2011/12/investigation-into-lethal-rest.html 

 

 

Report: Psychiatric Drug Use Higher Among Foster Kids

Texas Tribune

December 2, 2011

 

Children in foster care are several times more likely to be prescribed psychotropic drugs, according to a new Government Accountability Office report on five states. As Matt Largey of KUT News reports, investigators found high rates of potentially risky practices in Texas.

http://www.texastribune.org/texas-state-agencies/dept-of-family-and-protective-services/report-psychiatric-drug-higher-foster-kids/ 

 

 

Abuse Reports in Texas Increase as Economy Falters

Texas Tribune

December 2, 2011

 

... To keep children in foster programs connected with their families or communities, the Department of Family and Protective Services is working on a foster growth redesign program, which will award a contract in 2012. The plan will restructure the way the state pays for foster care so that children can stay close to home and quickly move out of the system into permanent homes.

http://www.texastribune.org/texas-state-agencies/dept-of-family-and-protective-services/texas-sees-increase-child-abuse-neglect-cases/ 

 

 

Hoping to Reform Justice System, Groups Eye Sunset Review

Texas Tribune

December 2, 2011

 

With the Texas Legislature set to begin the state review process for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and the Board of Pardons and Paroles in January, advocacy groups have already begun lobbying the Sunset Advisory Commission, which will conduct the review. ... The group has already sent a letter to the Sunset Advisory Commission noting what it considers inadequate health care for prisoners.

http://www.texastribune.org/texas-dept-criminal-justice/texas-department-of-criminal-justice/prison-healthcare-under-sunset-review/ 

 

 

UTMB reaches tentative deal with TDCJ

Houston Chrornicle

December 1, 2011

 

The Texas prison system and the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston have reached a tentative agreement on a $430 million contract calling for UTMB to continue providing health care for prisoners through August 2012.

http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/UTMB-reaches-tentative-deal-with-TDCJ-2338648.php 

 

 

Magic Johnson to announce Fort Worth AIDS clinic

Fort Worth Star-Telegram  

December 1, 2011

 

.... The outreach center already offers a food bank, mental health services and counseling.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/12/01/3563520/magic-johnson-to-announce-fort.html 

 

 

Galveston County judge's courtroom ability raises concern

Houston Chronicle

December 1, 2011

 

GALVESTON - Galveston County Judge Mark Henry regularly presides over judicial proceedings even though he isn't a lawyer, a practice that worries some attorneys and judges. .. Henry can preside over civil cases with controversies between $200 and $10,000, juvenile cases involving serious misdemeanors and felonies, guardianships, commitments to mental institutions and misdemeanor criminal cases where the maximum fine is less than $500.

http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Galveston-County-judge-s-courtroom-ability-doubted-2339313.php 

 

 

Craigslist suspect was wanted as Texas parolee

Austin American-Statesman

December 2, 2011

 

...Beasley, in a four-page handwritten letter to the Akron Beacon Journal, said he has been miscast as a con man when he had helped feed, house and counsel scores of needy families, drunks, drug addicts, the mentally ill and crime suspects for years.

http://www.statesman.com/news/nation/craigslist-suspect-was-wanted-as-texas-parolee-2006346.html 

 

 

Capital murder indictment over Texas deputy death

Austin American-Statesman

December 2, 2011

 

NEW BOSTON, Texas - A man accused in the April shooting death of a northeast Texas sheriff's deputy has been indicted on a capital murder charge. ...Bowie (BOO'-ee) County sheriff's Deputy Sherri Jones was shot in the head while escorting Strickland from a mental health court hearing.

http://www.statesman.com/news/texas/capital-murder-indictment-over-texas-deputy-death-2008257.html 

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Eight percent of Californians need mental-health care

Los Angeles Times

December 1, 2011

 

Just under 2 million Californians have mental-health problems or illnesses that require treatment, but only a fraction of them receive care, according to a report released Wednesday by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

http://www.latimes.com/health/boostershots/la-heb-mental-illness-20111201,0,2899811.story 

 

 

For Mentally Ill, Home Is Where the Health Home Pilot Is

California Healthline

December 1, 2011

 

Little Rhode Island's health department is getting a lot of attention this week. While 13 states shared in $220 million in CMS grants on Tuesday, the Ocean State was alone in receiving a Stage 2 award -- worth nearly $58 million over two years -- for its health insurance exchange efforts. But a smaller, path-breaking reward escaped many health wonks' notice: $12.7 million in federal matching funds for Rhode Island to become the nation's second state to establish a "health home."

http://www.californiahealthline.org/road-to-reform/2011/for-mentally-ill-home-is-where-the-health-home-pilot-is.aspx 

 

 

Lawmaker praises effort on mental health reform; Simplification is the key, Schulte says

Des Moines Register

November 30, 2011

 

Past attempts to reform Iowa's mental-health system have stalled, but the current effort stands a strong chance of success, a leading lawmaker said Wednesday. ... Schulte is a mental-health counselor by trade, and she said one of her main goals as a legislator is to simplify the system for patients and their families.

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20111201/NEWS/312010035/-1/gallery_array/Lawmaker-praises-effort-mental-health-reform 

 

 

Anti-Wall Street Camps Lure U.S. Homeless

New York Times

December 2, 2011

 

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - ... Such practical considerations of safer shelter, food and other amenities have drawn hundreds of homeless people to the anti-Wall Street encampments around the country. The presence of the homeless in the camps has highlighted the very economic disparities in American society that the Occupy movement is protesting against. But with them has come the squalor, drug abuse and mental illness often associated with life on the street.

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2011/12/02/us/international-us-usa-protests-homeless.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=mental&st=nyt 

 

 

A gun show "sting" finds firearms sellers willing to sell to illegal buyers

Houston Chronicle

December 1, 2011

 

...Federal law denies gun ownership to people with felony or domestic violence convictions, those who have been in mental institutions, drug addicts, illegal aliens, stalkers, and those who have been dishonorably discharged from the military.

http://blog.chron.com/txpotomac/2011/12/a-gun-show-sting-finds-firearms-sellers-willing-to-sell-to-illegal-buyers/ 

 

 

RI youth who committed suicide gave warning signs

San Antonio Express-News

December 1, 2011

 

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Eighty percent of young people who committed suicide in Rhode Island told someone they were thinking about killing themselves or made a previous attempt, according to new data released Thursday by the state. The Rhode Island Child Death Review Team said 77 people from ages 13 to 24 committed suicide in the state from 2005 through 2010 - a rate of 3.2 per 100,000. The national rate is 4.3 per 100,000.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/article/RI-youth-who-committed-suicide-gave-warning-signs-2337839.php 

 

 

Department of Justice investigating W. Pa. prisons

Houston Chronicle

December 1, 2011

 

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday it has begun civil investigations of two state correctional institutions in western Pennsylvania. ...The department also is investigating allegations that the Cresson corrections facility provided inadequate care to prisoners who have mental illness, failed to adequately protect such prisoners from harm, and subjected them to excessive periods of isolation, the federal agency said.

http://www.chron.com/default/article/Department-of-Justice-investigating-W-Pa-prisons-2338224.php 

 

 

HEALTHCARE REFORM

 

Months after shutdown fight, Minnesota projects an $876 million surplus

Washington Post

December 1, 2011

 

... Minnesota officials, however, say their budget surplus is the result of factors unique to the state. It has also taken unusual steps to reduce its Medicaid spending. The state is one of four to expand its Medicaid program before the health reform law requires it to do so in 2014. That expansion has seen lower-than-expected enrollment, leading to lower costs.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/months-after-shutdown-fight-minnesota-projects-an-876-million-surplus/2011/12/01/gIQA4L2OIO_story.html 

 

 

OPINIONS

 

It's nuts to spend so much time and money on John W. Hinckley Jr.

Washington Post

December 1, 2011

 

... If one-one-hundredth of the time that went into Hinckley's care and medication was dedicated to the dozen or so mentally ill people sleeping on grates outside the courthouse or in court for various crimes, or in the emergency room on a Friday night, we'd see a whole new world of functioning people. And think about the hundreds of thousands of dollars we'd save in court costs, housing fees, police services and ER bills. Looks like you've got to try to kill a president (and belong to a wealthy family that will fund your court fight) to get that kind of mental health care these days.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/its-nuts-to-spend-so-much-time-and-money-on-john-w-hinckley-jr/2011/12/01/gIQATS2hIO_story.html 

 

 

Health Care for a Changing Work Force

New York Times

December 1, 2011

 

... Today, the Freelancers Insurance Company (F.I.C.), which is wholly owned by the Freelancers Union (a nonprofit), has revenues of roughly $100 million and covers 25,000 independent workers and their family members in New York State, offering them premiums that the company calculates are more than a third below the open market rate. Close to 60 percent of its clients were previously uninsured or on COBRA (a temporary extension of their previous insurance). The renewal rate last year was 97 percent.

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/12/01/health-care-for-a-changing-work-force/?ref=opinion 

 

 

RESEARCH

 

Depression May Slow Exercise Recovery

New York Times

December 1, 2011

 

... A new study suggests that clinical depression may hamper the body's ability to recover from physical activity, prolonging the amount of time it takes for a depressed person's heart rate to slow down and return to normal after a workout. Although it may sound minor, some research suggests that a difference of even just a few beats a minute during post-exercise recovery is associated with a shorter life span.

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/12/01/depression-may-slow-exercise-recovery/?ref=health 

 

 

Dogs and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

New York Times

December 1, 2011

 

It's well known that post-traumatic stress is one of the major problems facing many veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. But now researchers are finding that a large number of military dogs may be grappling with the condition as well.

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/12/01/dogs-and-post-traumatic-stress-disorder/?ref=health 

 

 

Mortality Risk In Patients With Chest Pains Increased By Prior Hospitalization For Mental Illness

Medical News Today

December 2, 2011

 

New research from Scotland has shown that the rate of death in men and women hospitalised for chest pain unrelated to heart disease is higher in those with a history of psychiatric illness than without.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/238513.php 

 

 

Ruminative response increased in BD patients

MedWire News

December 2, 2011

 

Patients with bipolar disorder (BD) have heightened ruminative response, which may indicate ineffective thought control, say Korean researchers. But they add that "few studies have directly examined the ruminative response in the diagnosis of disorders other than major depression, such as anxiety disorders and bipolar disorders."

http://www.medwire-news.md/47/96165/Psychiatry/Ruminative_response_increased_in_BD_patients.html 

 

 

Non-adherence common in schizophrenia patients

MedWire News

December 2, 2011

 

Results from an electronic monitoring study suggest that over 40% of patients with schizophrenia do not take their medication as prescribed, with non-adherence significantly associated with disease severity and attitudes toward medication.

http://www.medwire-news.md/47/96166/Psychiatry/Non-adherence_common_in_schizophrenia_patients.html 

 

 

FEATURES & RESOURCES

 

Register for WRAP Training Classes in Texas in December

Hope Concept and The HOPE Project

December 2011

 

Register today to attend one of four three-day Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) trainings in December. Trainings will be led by Lena Caballero, advanced facilitator trainer from The Hope Concept Wellness Center. Visit the website for more information, the December 2011 class schedule and registration form.

http://thehopeconceptwellnesscenter.vpweb.com/Welcome.html



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