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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

December, 2011

$20,000 Fellowship Available for Doctoral Students at the University of Texas at Austin

Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

December 8, 2011

 

The Hogg Foundation invites University of Texas at Austin doctoral students to submit applications for theHarry E. and Bernice M. Moore Fellowship. The fellowship awards $20,000 to a doctoral student completing a dissertation on the human experience in crises caused by natural or other major disasters or, in a broader sense, stress and adversity. View fellowship details, including eligibility criteria, deadlines and submission information online. Deadline: January 31, 2012.

http://www.hogg.utexas.edu/rfp/moore_fellowship.html

 

 

Corrected Link: Interview with Dr. Octavio Martinez on mental health in a troubled economy

Dr. Carol Show

December 7, 2011

 

Listen to Wednesday's radio interview with Hogg Foundation Executive Director Dr. Octavio N. Martinez, Jr. on the effects of economic hardship and unemployment on people's mental health, warning signs of conditions such as depression and anxiety, and ways to cope.

http://www.drcarolshow.com/DailyShows/Dr_Carol_Show_Dec_07_Hr_2.mp3 

 

 

TEXAS NEWS

 

Texas resists insurers' provision in federal health care law

Austin American-Statesman

December 8, 2011

 

The state Insurance Department is pushing back against a provision of the new federal health care law that the agency says could lead to insurers leaving the Texas market. Texas Insurance Commissioner Eleanor Kitzman picked up a fight started by former Commissioner Mike Geeslin, who applied to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for a waiver from a provision in the law that requires insurers to spend no more than 20 percent of customers' premiums on administrative costs and profits.

http://www.statesman.com/news/texas-politics/texas-resists-insurers-provision-in-federal-health-care-2021623.html 

 

 

St. David's Foundation Supports Health Care for the Underserved at the School of Nursing at The University of Texas at Austin

The University of Texas at Austin

December 8, 2011

 

AUSTIN, Texas - The School of Nursing at The University of Texas at Austin will use a $3 million gift to permanently endow the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research in Underserved Populations (CHPR). ... Center researchers have investigated substance abuse prevention among homeless youth; depression among older adults; high-risk behaviors among school-aged youth; and other topics related to health promotion and disease prevention.

http://www.utexas.edu/news/2011/12/08/st_davids_underserved/ 

 

 

Another high-level Parkland Memorial Hospital official quits; four of six senior executives have now announced resignations or been forced to retire

Dallas Morning News

December 8, 2011

 

The latest boss to say she's leaving the troubled public hospital is chief nursing officer Miriam Sibley (right). ... After 25 years at Parkland and the long hours she's spent at the hospital in recent months due to its regulatory problems, Sibley said leaving seemed inevitable.

http://watchdogblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2011/12/another-high-level-parkland-me-1.html 

 

 

Second child shot by mother in Texas welfare office dies, her 10-year-old son

Washington Post

December 8, 2011

 

... Shepherd said her former daughter-in-law had a history of mental illness and Dale Grimmer tried three times to have the children removed from her custody while they were living in Anaconda, Mont., and Ohio with no results. "Many, many times he tried to tell people what was happening and nobody would listen," Shepherd said. The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services could not immediately verify her claims on Thursday.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/second-child-shot-by-mother-in-texas-welfare-office-her-10-year-old-son-dies/2011/12/08/gIQAhOYngO_story.html 

 

 

Grand jury doesn't indict Fort Worth officer who fatally shot woman

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

December 8, 2011

 

FORT WORTH -- A Tarrant County grand jury declined Thursday to indict a Fort Worth police officer who fatally shot a woman after she came at him with scissors. ...The fatal shooting was condemned by Burris' family, who said the woman had mental health and other problems and needed to be hospitalized.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/12/08/3582071/grand-jury-doesnt-indict-fort.html 

 

 

Two Central Texas Deputies Shot; Gunman Dead

KWTX

December 8, 2011

 

HILL COUNTY--Two Hill County sheriff's deputies were recovering at home Thursday after they both were shot Wednesday during a domestic disturbance near Whitney. ... The suspect in the shooting, Jason McIntyre, 27, died after deputies shot him during an exchange of gunfire. Lyon said McIntyre had been a patient at Austin State Hospital but was released in October to an MHMR facility in Waco, but was kept there for only seven days. His family had him admitted to a private mental health facility in Waco but he stayed there only a short time, according to Lyon. As soon as McIntyre was released, he got a ride to the address near Whitney where the Wednesday shooting happened.

http://www.kwtx.com/home/headlines/135204313.html 

 

 

Jury begins deliberating on former police officer accused of sexual assault

El Paso Times

December 8, 2011

 

Jurors will begin deliberating this afternoon in the trial of a former police officer accused of sexual assault. ... Assistant District Attorney Beto Acosta argued Rivera targeted the woman because she is mentally unstable, and knew no one would believe her sexual assault claim. Acosta said the woman admitted she was intoxicated during the July call to 911, and is now taking Prozac.

http://www.elpasotimes.com/newupdated/ci_19498086 

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

US plan: Companies set goals for hiring disabled

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

December 8, 2011

 

WASHINGTON - Disabled Americans, facing even higher hurdles than others finding jobs, would get a boost under an Obama administration plan to set new hiring procedures for government contractors. The Labor Department proposed a rule Thursday that would require most companies with federal contracts to set goals of having disabled workers make up 7 percent of their workforce. ...The ADA defines a disability as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/12/08/3580194/plan-to-boost-employment-for-disabled.html 

 

 

Okla. court dismisses death row inmate's appeal

San Antonio Express-News

December 8, 2011

 

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A condemned Oklahoma inmate who insists he is insane lost a legal challenge Thursday when an appeals court determined there is no procedure under state law to contest a jury's finding that he is sane enough to be executed.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/article/Okla-court-dismisses-death-row-inmate-s-appeal-2390227.php 

 

 

Leaks of probe involving ill son troubles Brewer

San Antonio Express-News

December 8, 2011

 

PHOENIX (AP) - Gov. Jan Brewer says she's troubled that an adult son's mental illness is again in the news, with a newspaper reporting that federal authorities investigated whether Ronald Brewer improperly received Social Security disability benefits while his mother had a role in his receiving the benefits.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/article/Leaks-of-probe-involving-ill-son-troubles-Brewer-2389892.php 

 

 

HEALTHCARE REFORM

 

States Cut Community Health Center Funding

Kaiser Health News

December 8, 2011

 

Just as demand for services at community health centers has been projected to increase - both because of the recession and the health law's expansions in access to medical care - state funding for these centers has reached a seven-year low for fiscal year 2012, according to a new report. A survey by the National Association of Community Health Centers found 35 states will provide centers with direct funding, which excludes Medicaid and federal funding, this year.

http://capsules.kaiserhealthnews.org/index.php/2011/12/states-cut-community-health-center-funding/ 

 

 

Health care law will help rebuild aging clinics

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

December 8, 2011

 

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, more than $14 million was awarded today to 45 school-based health centers across the country allowing the number of children served to increase by nearly 50 percent, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has announced.

http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2011pres/12/20111208a.html 

 

 

California releases plan for overhaul of mental health programs

Los Angeles Times

December 8, 2011

 

The proposal would create the Department of State Hospitals, replacing the Department of Mental Health. The new agency would improve treatment, save money and reduce patient violence, officials say.

http://www.latimes.com/health/la-me-mental-health-department-20111208,0,1628124.story 

 

 

DCF wants some to pay for their child's mental health benefits

Connecticut Mirror

December 7, 2011

 

Officials at the Department of Children and Families suspect the state is unjustifiably picking up the tab to provide mental and developmental health services for hundreds of children that should be covered by their health insurance or their higher-income parents.

http://www.ctmirror.org/story/14728/dcf-wants-charge-childrens-mental-health-benefits 

 

 

Colorado's mental-health care system better but far from good

Denver Post

December 8, 2011

 

Colorado's notoriously underfunded and fragmented mental-health care system still has far to go, but it has improved substantially over the past decade, a year-long assessment found.

http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_19493643 

 

 

Saving the mentally ill, saving taxpayers

Health Policy Solutions

December 7, 2011

 

FORT COLLINS - ... A new report, The Status of Behavioral Health Care in Colorado, has found that small groups of "high utilizers" throughout the state are costing Medicaid millions of dollars in part because our substance use, physical and mental health systems are so fractured. Data from Colorado's Behavioral Health Transformation Council found that 140 people cost Colorado Medicaid programs $4.2 million in a year. These most challenging patients accessed care in multiple disparate systems from mental health and treatment programs to primary care, hospitals, corrections, juvenile justice, child welfare and special education programs. A lack of coordination among these systems means many clients get expensive, redundant care while failing to improve.

http://www.healthpolicysolutions.org/2011/12/07/saving-mentally-ill-saving-taxpayers/ 

 

 

OPINIONS

 

Knowing the stats, finding help: Despite the perception, suicide rate is usually down during the holidays, but the statistics are still alarming

Dallas Voice

December 8, 2011

 

One of the biggest myths about suicide apparently is that people are more likely to kill themselves during the Christmas holidays. That's what I had always thought. But now I know I was misinformed about that and much more related to suicide. ... Indeed, most of the statistics about suicidal behavior and suicide seem to create more questions than they facilitate understanding, but researchers have identified certain constants.

http://www.dallasvoice.com/knowing-stats-finding-1096342.html 

 

 

To Fix Health, Help the Poor

New York Times

December 8, 2011

 

IT'S common knowledge that the United States spends more than any other country on health care but still ranks in the bottom half of industrialized countries in outcomes like life expectancy and infant mortality. Why are these other countries beating us if we spend so much more? The truth is that we may not be spending more - it all depends on what you count. ... We studied 10 years' worth of data and found that if you counted the combined investment in health care and social services, the United States no longer spent the most money - far from it.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/09/opinion/to-fix-health-care-help-the-poor.html 

 

 

Haven for Hope is proving its worth

San Antonio Express-News

December 9, 2011

 

...But to still call Haven for Hope an "experiment" would be to undervalue what is happening there. Next April, it will be two years since Haven opened. It works. ...The only tool missing in the Haven belt was a way to treat the homeless who are mentally ill. But even that was remedied earlier this week with the opening of an 80-bed dormitory. Fifteen clients moved in on Monday, diagnosed both with mental illness and substance abuse problems.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/news_columnists/o_ricardo_pimentel/article/Haven-for-Hope-is-proving-its-worth-2391197.php

 

 

RESEARCH

 

Some depressed people do worse on medications

Chicago Tribune

December 9, 2011

 

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - According to a new look at past antidepressant trials, up to a fifth of patients on Cymbalta and similar medications may actually do worse than those given drug-free placebo pills.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/health/sns-rt-us-depressed-worsetre7b72jm-20111208,0,1175109.story 

 

 

Depression, Disability Can Follow ICU Care

HealthDay

December 9, 2011

 

Depression and new physical problems are common among patients released from the intensive care unit after treatment for a potentially deadly condition called acute lung injury, a new study finds.

http://consumer.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=659640 

 

 

Some PMS symptoms improve with antidepressant

Chicago Tribune

December 8, 2011

 

(Reuters) - Antidepressants are sometimes used to treat premenstrual syndrome (PMS), but how much help a woman might get depends on her specific symptoms, a U.S. study said. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania found that of 447 women in clinical trials testing sertraline (Zoloft) for PMS, those with "mixed" symptoms -- multiple physical and psychological symptoms -- were the most likely to see an improvement.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/health/sns-rt-us-pms-symptomstre7b80c4-20111208,0,3855126.story 

 

 

Dating violence common among teens in the ER

Chicago Tribune

December 8, 2011

 

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - More than half of teens and young adults treated at an inner-city emergency room said they had experienced dating violence, either as a victim or a perpetrator, in a new study. ... Carroll and her colleagues conducted their study at an ER that sees mostly poor, African American kids and teens with government-funded insurance. They knew that many adolescents came in because of substance abuse, mental health problems or unplanned pregnancy -- all of which may be linked to partner violence.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/health/sns-rt-us-dating-violencetre7b724p-20111208,0,4970388.story 

 

 

Analysis Says No Mental Health Risk With Abortion

New York Times

December 8, 2011

 

LONDON (AP) - Abortion does not increase a woman's chance of developing mental health problems, according to a British health agency's review of dozens of studies worldwide over 20 years.

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2011/12/08/health/AP-EU-MED-Abortion-and-Mental-Health.html 

 

 

Paternal age effect in psychosis mediated by mother's genetic risk

MedWire News

December 9, 2011

 

The link between advanced paternal age and risk for non-affective psychosis in offspring appears to be explained by genetic load in the mother, show results of a large Finnish cohort study.

http://www.medwire-news.md/47/96277/Psychiatry/Paternal_age_effect_in_psychosis_mediated_by_mother's_genetic_risk.html 

 

 

Bipolar disorder-BDNF genetic link bolstered

MedWire News

December 9, 2011

 

A genetic study has found that six polymorphisms in the brain-derived neurotrophic factor gene are associated with bipolar disorder.

http://www.medwire-news.md/47/96278/Psychiatry/Bipolar_disorder-BDNF_genetic_link_bolstered_.html 

 

 

FEATURES & RESOURCES

 

Get inside Beautiful Minds tomorrow at BAL

Beaumont Enterprise

December 9, 2011

 

One of the Beaumont Art League's most fascinating annual shows is this weekend and we never miss it. A Beautiful Mind features more than 90 works from Southeast Texans suffering from mental illness.

http://blog.beaumontenterprise.com/cat5/2011/12/09/hot-pick-a-beautiul-mind/ 

 

 

To Keep Marriage Healthy When Baby Comes, Share Housework

KUHF

December 8, 2011

 

...Sleepless nights, seemingly endless diaper changes and the avalanche of new chores that come with a newborn leave little time for the intimacies of marriage. It's a situation ripe for mental stress and marital discord. In fact, the strain is so well documented that, as the Wall Street Journal reported earlier this year, a growing number of mental-health professionals now advise pre-emptive relationship counseling for expectant parents. But in a survey of 2,870 married couples, the National Marriage Project of the University of Virginia found that more than a third of them buck the trend, managing to stay happy through the emotional, physical and financial strains of new parenthood.

http://app1.kuhf.org/articles/npr1323386279-To-Keep-Marriage-Healthy-When-Baby-Comes,-Share-Housework.html



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