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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

February, 2012

TEXAS NEWS

 

Leaders warn of more budget problems in Texas; Education, health care officials say appropriations must be increased

Houston Chronicle

February 2, 2012

 

AUSTIN - Two key leaders of Gov. Rick Perry's team highlighted growing budget problems this week, with one projecting at least a $15 billion hole in the Medicaid program and another warning that the ban on social promotions will end unless lawmakers find money to help struggling students.

http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Leaders-warn-of-more-budget-problems-in-Texas-2972833.php 

 

 

Prisons consider switch to local hospitals for convict care

Austin American-Statesman

February 4, 2012

 

State prison officials are poised for the first time in 18 years to contract directly with someone other than a state university to provide medical care for Texas convicts. Officials confirmed to the American-Statesman on Friday that an agreement has been reached for Huntsville Memorial Hospital to provide nine emergency-care beds on the second floor of its hospital, and that negotiations are under way for the hospital to operate an emergency room and specialty care clinic inside the Estelle Unit east of town.

http://www.statesman.com/news/texas-politics/prisons-consider-switch-to-local-hospitals-for-convict-2149653.html 

 

 

State reviews health insurance hikes, lacks authority to halt them

Austin American-Statesman

February 5, 2012

 

Under the 2010 federal health care reform law, Texas is reviewing medical insurance companies' rate increases of at least 10 percent to determine whether they are justified, but even if reviewers find a problem, they have no way of heading it off or even letting the public know about it.

http://www.statesman.com/news/texas-politics/state-reviews-health-insurance-hikes-lacks-authority-to-2152412.html 

 

 

Interactive: Enrollment in Texas' Health Care Programs Increasing

Texas Tribune

February 1, 2012

 

Increasing enrollment in Texas' health care programs is no secret, and neither is the multibillion-dollar Medicaid bill awaiting lawmakers next legislative session, because they didn't budget for enrollment growth. Experts on both sides of the political aisle believe the state will have to make an emergency expenditure next legislative session to cover the costs of the programs.

http://www.texastribune.org/library/data/state-health-program-enrollment-medicaid-chip/ 

 

 

After claims that state doctors all had 'good work histories,' state records show otherwise

Austin American-Statesman

February 4, 2012

 

... Dr. Gary Paul Kula, a psychiatrist at Rusk State Hospital in East Texas, received three days of unpaid suspension in January 2011 for demeaning an aggressive patient - which escalated the confrontation, led to the patient's restraint and contributed to the injury of three staffers - according to documents provided to the Austin American-Statesman by the Department of State Health Services, which oversees state psychiatric hospitals.

http://www.statesman.com/news/local/after-claims-that-state-doctors-all-had-good-2147468.html 

 

 

Parkland board debating whether to release safety monitors' report

Dallas Morning News

February 6, 2012

 

Parkland Memorial Hospital's board will meet in a few minutes in a closed session to discuss whether to delay the release of an important report by outside safety monitors. Originally the hospital had indicated it would release the report at a meeting at 11 a.m., but now may withhold the report.

http://watchdogblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2012/02/parkland-may-or-may-not-releas.html 

 

 

Funding cuts threaten services at Oak Cliff center for formerly homeless

Dallas Morning News

February 6, 2012

 

Hundreds of formerly homeless residents in Dallas, including those living at the controversial Cliff Manor high-rise in Oak Cliff, are at risk of losing critical support services that help them remain on their medications, cope with addiction and stay off the streets. Backers of one of the city's largest permanent supportive housing programs are scrambling to find $180,000 lost to state budget cuts. ...Mike Faenza, chief executive of the Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance, guaranteed he will find the money that was lost when the Legislature slashed funds for mental health care.

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/community-news/dallas/headlines/20120205-funding-cuts-threaten-services-at-oak-cliff-center-for-formerly-homeless.ece 

 

 

Houston To Open A Sobering Center For Drunk Arrests

KUFHM

February 6, 2012

 

Thousands of people are processed through the City of Houston jail system every year for public intoxication. But the city is taking steps to divert those people away from jail cells to a sobering center where they could receive social services. ... Many of them had mental health problems and some had other substance abuse issues.

http://app1.kuhf.org/articles/1328504476-Houston-To-Open-A-Sobering-Center-For-Drunk-Arrests.html 

 

 

One Drug Abstinence Method Earns a Second Look

Houston Chronicle

February 3, 2012

 

...The reason for long-term drug and alcohol rehabilitation's higher success rate can be attributed to custom approach to each person in treatment, with sensitivity to type of addiction, history, cultural background, gender and other personal factors. Also, at a long-term facility such as Burning Tree, addiction specialists can assess if a client is experiencing co-occurring disorders involving substance abuse and mental illness.

http://www.chron.com/business/press-releases/article/One-Drug-Abstinence-Method-Earns-a-Second-Look-2993580.php 

 

 

MISD looks at suicide-prevention programs

Midland Reporter-Telegram

February 4, 2012

 

Midland ISD administration members have discussed the future implementation of suicide-prevention or anti-bullying programs in response to recent suicides and numerous cries for help. ... Warren said a program that teaches kids, teachers and parents how to spot the warning signs of suicide is needed.

http://www.mywesttexas.com/top_stories/article_71b916be-4fb4-11e1-9d79-001871e3ce6c.html 

 

 

Mobile Loaves & Fishes strives to give food, and dignity, to the homeless

Culture Map Austin

February 5, 2012


...Graham is also well-known personally as a tireless advocate for the homeless, and the many misconceptions about them. ...Other reasons people become homeless include inadequate education and learning disabilities, adolescent rebellion, mental illness, the inherent problems with limited and substandard affordable housing, not enough jobs and, of course, addiction.

http://austin.culturemap.com/newsdetail/02-05-12-15-34-mobile-loaves-fishes-strives-to-give-food-and-dignity-to-the-homeless/ 

 

 

UTEP professor had key role in $600K contract

El Paso Times

February 5, 2012

 

The director of UTEP's Criminal Justice program, S. Fernando Rodriguez, played a central role in a contract that is at the heart of the most recent public-corruption case in El Paso, documents obtained using state and federal open-records laws show. The evaluation contract between LKG Enterprises Inc. and the Border Children's Mental Health Collaborative led to the guilty plea last month of former County Judge Dolores Briones and the indictments of Cirilo "Chilo" Madrid, the former CEO of a behavioral agency, Ruben "Sonny" Garcia and Garcia's company, LKG Enterprises Inc.

http://www.elpasotimes.com/news/ci_19896618?source=most_viewed 

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Health-Care Sector Added 30,900 Jobs Last Month

Wall Street Journal

February 3, 2012

 

The overall economy added 243,000 jobs last month - with the health-care sector continuing to show strength - while the unemployment rate fell to 8.3%.

http://blogs.wsj.com/health/2012/02/03/health-care-sector-added-30900-jobs-last-month/?mod=WSJBlog&mod=WSJ_health 

 

 

L.A. hospital accused of patient-dumping

Los Angeles Times

February 4, 2012

 

While Jesse Bravo was being treated for schizophrenia at White Memorial Medical Center last year, his wife, Laura, called the hospital daily and visited him several times. But when hospital officials decided to discharge him, Laura Bravo said, they didn't notify her and instead left him outside a rehabilitation center in South Los Angeles. She said her husband, who is not homeless, never went inside and spent days on the streets before being found.

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-whitememorial-20120204,0,7547025.story 

 

 

Mayor Landrieu urges state leaders to reconsider mental health cuts

New Orleans Times-Picayune

February 4, 2012

 

A day after state officials announced sharp cuts in local facilities for treating mental health patients, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu on Saturday released a letter he sent earlier to Gov. Bobby Jindal and LSU System President Dr. John Lombardi. In it, he urged them to work together to stave off just such cuts. Improving access to mental and behavioral health services is an important part of the city's plans to reduce violent crime, so cuts to these services at this time are especially "nonsensical," Landrieu said.

http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2012/02/mayor_landrieu_urges_state_lea.html 

 

 

Mental health chief named interim Okla. DHS head

News Channel 10 - Amarillo

February 3, 2012

 

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma's commissioner of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services has been named the interim director of the state's Department of Human Services. The Oklahoma Commission for Human Services voted Friday to name Terri White the interim DHS director until a permanent director is hired.

http://www.newschannel10.com/story/16674384/mental-health-chief-named-interim-okla-dhs-head 

 

 

County mental health system has many traveling for care: Reorganizing mental health services into regions would boost efficiency, backers say

Des Moines Register

February 6, 2012

 

DUBUQUE, IA. - ... Iowa legislators want to change the system, which holds residents' home counties responsible for their mental health care. The system, one of the last of its kind in the country, is rooted in 19th century times, when many people with mental illness or disability lived at county homes.

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20120206/NEWS10/302060022/County-mental-health-system-has-many-traveling-for-care 

 

 

For mentally ill inmates, health care behind bars is often out of reach

MSNBC

February 3, 2012

 

A man who was declared suicidal by a New Mexico jail and alleges he was then left to rot in solitary confinement for nearly two years is just one of many former inmates who say they were denied essential mental health services while incarcerated at that detention center, which like others across the country has struggled with how to treat the mentally ill.

http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/02/03/10309751-for-mentally-ill-inmates-health-care-behind-bars-is-often-out-of-reach 

 

 

Woman awarded $975,000 over a decade after being left alone to give birth in Seattle jail

Washington Post

February 3, 2012

 

SEATTLE (AP) - A woman has won $975,000 in a federal jury trial, 14 years after giving birth in a jail cell in Washington state. ... Pope says jail nurses and corrections officers violated her civil rights in 1997 by dismissing her claims that she was pregnant. She had been arrested for sleeping on a bench at a Metro bus stop. In the lawsuit she filed in 2007, Pope said jail health officials locked her in a cell and ignored her for six days. She got help after a guard heard a baby crying. Her mental illness has delayed the case.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/woman-awarded-975000-over-a-decade-after-being-left-alone-to-give-birth-in-seattle-jail/2012/02/03/gIQA3UY0nQ_story.html 

 

 

Mental health care on campus: Need up, services down

St. Louis Beacon

February 5, 2012

 

More college students are arriving on campus reporting serious mental health problems and more students are threatening suicide than in the past. But some college counseling services, such as those at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, are so understaffed that many students have to wait weeks before getting help.

http://www.stlbeacon.org/issues-politics/95-Education/115859-mental-health-care-on-campus-need-up-services-down 

 

 

Killers' Families Left to Confront Fear and Shame

New York Times

February 4, 2012

 

PUEBLO, Colo. - ... Ever since Aug. 18, 2005, Robert Hyde has been leery about what perils may lie outside, beyond his home near the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. That was the day his older brother, John, long plagued by mental illness, embarked on a homicidal spree that spanned about 18 hours and left five people dead in scattered parts of the city, with two police officers among the victims.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/05/us/killers-families-left-to-confront-fear-and-shame.html 

 

 

OPINIONS

 

UTSA's new Ph.D. program should help military mental health

KENS 5 San Antonio

February 2, 2012

 

UTSA's newest doctoral program will train Ph.D. level psychologists. The university says the graduates will have the skills to become leaders in the area of military health care, as well as broader areas of mental health. There is only one other doctoral program in the country that emphasizes research skills uniquely tailored to investigate issues related to military health.

http://www.kens5.com/community/blogs/featured-blogs/WENDY-RIGBY--138599489.html 

 

 

Forensic waiting list suit will have local impact

Plainview Daily Herald

February 4, 2012

 

... Over the past several years, lawmakers have taken steps to address the problems that stem from a long history of inadequately funding community-based mental health treatment. The investments in community-based treatment alternatives have demonstrated that when psychiatric services are available at the right time and place, costly hospitalizations and unnecessary incarceration in local jails and state prisons can be avoided.

http://www.myplainview.com/opinion/columns/article_b2ae61ba-4f91-11e1-8739-001871e3ce6c.html 

 

 

Mentally ill get punishment instead of treatment

Detroit Free Press

February 5, 2012

 

...Too often, the Department of Corrections punishes instead of treats mental illness. Michigan's 32 prisons hold thousands of mentally ill inmates, including as many as 200 isolated in segregation cells, where they are locked up for 23 hours a day, or longer, unable to participate in treatment programs, and sometimes cut off from the medications prescribed to help manage their illnesses. ...It's an insidious cycle: Mentally ill inmates act out and exhibit unstable or destructive behavior. Prison officials respond by further restricting their movements and their opportunities to get treatment.

http://www.freep.com/article/20120205/OPINION02/202050442/PUNISHMENT-INSTEAD-OF-TREATMENT-Hundreds-of-Michigan-s-mentally-ill-inmates-languish-in-solitary-confinement-lost-in-a-prison-system-ill-equipped-to-treat-them 

 

 

Time to shatter the black suicide myth

Chicago Tribune

February 5, 2012

 

... That tragedy has special meaning in the African-American community, which has long nourished a dangerous myth that black people don't commit suicide. We can only wish that were true. Although whites and Native Americans have the highest suicide rates, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the black suicide rate has been high enough in recent years to claim one African-American every 4.5 hours.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/ct-oped-0205-page-20120205,0,7820557.column 

 

 

Lifting up the fatherless

Washington Post

Febuary 3, 2012

 

The worst day of Sugar Bear's 55 years was one of the days - there have been many of them - when he got out of prison. In the early 1990s, in a prison where people whose sentences have ended and are being released see those whose sentences are just beginning, he saw one of his sons coming in. ... Born to an unmarried, mentally ill prostitute, he acquired his interest in driving from his grandfather, who would drive around the block with Sugar Bear in his lap.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/george-f-will-in-los-angeles-lifting-up-the-fatherless/2012/02/02/gIQApluznQ_story.html 

 

 

RESEARCH

 

Anxiety therapy doesn't work as well in elderly: study

Chicago Tribune

February 3, 2012

 

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A form of talk therapy called cognitive behavioral therapy appears to help older adults battle anxiety disorders slightly better than other approaches, but not as well as in younger adults, according to a new study.'

http://www.chicagotribune.com/health/sns-rt-us-anxiety-therapytre8121w5-20120203,0,2321342.story 

 

 

Child abuse experts calls for U.S. campaign

Chicago Tribune

February 6, 2012

 

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Nearly 4,600 U.S. children were hospitalized with broken bones, traumatic brain injury and other serious damage caused by physical abuse in 2006, according to a new report. ... The rate of abuse was highest among children under one, particularly if they were covered by Medicaid, the government's health insurance for the poor. "Medicaid is just a marker of poverty, and poverty leads to stress," said Leventhal, who is the medical director of the Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital Child Abuse Program.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/health/sns-rt-us-child-abusetre8150hh-20120206,0,6513291.story 

 

 

FEATURES & RESOURCES

 

For Wounded Vet, Love Pierces the Fog of War

Wall Street Journal

February 4, 2012

 

DALLAS-The night Katie Brickman met Ian Welch at the bar, she knew right away the Iraq war veteran was the man she wanted to marry. That made it all the more jarring when he asked a favor as they said goodbye in the parking lot: "When you see me again, just say, 'Hi, Ian, you remember me,' so I'll know that we've met before." So began the wartime love triangle of Ms. Brickman, Mr. Welch and his post-traumatic stress disorder.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203721704577159262907723048.html 

 

 

Olympian Clara Hughes describes her 'spiral of darkness' in mental illness campaign

Vancouver Sun

February 4, 2012

 

OTTAWA - Clara Hughes flashes her poster-perfect smile as she points to the purple D.I.F.D. band on her left wrist. Do It For Daron. It's a reminder of the Olympic athlete's own "spiral of darkness" - sleeping 18 hours a day and spending her waking hours in tears. ...The subject might be taboo, but Hughes wants to talk about it - and she wants others to, as well.

http://www.canada.com/sports/Olympian+Clara+Hughes+describes+spiral+darkness+mental+illness+campaign/6103875/story.html 

 

 

Wonder Dog

New York Times

February 6, 2012

 

... Iyal Winokur was intellectually impaired and at high risk for a range of secondary disabilities, including poor judgment, impulsive behavior, social isolation, limited academic achievement, unemployment, drug and alcohol abuse, imprisonment, mental-health problems including suicidal ideation, inability to live independently and inappropriate sexual behavior. Few medications or therapies could be recommended as truly effective. As Donnie found her footing in the parallel universe of special-needs families, she discovered that a nonprofit service-dog agency in rural Ohio placed autism assistance dogs with children. Could a service dog help Iyal?

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/05/magazine/wonder-dog.html 

 

 

PHILANTHROPY

 

Telemarketers turn charity into profits

Austin American-Statesman

February 4, 2012

 

... Driven almost entirely by telephone solicitations generally outsourced to professional fundraising companies, charitable giving to organizations representing or claiming to represent law enforcement officers is a multimillion dollar operation in Texas. In 2009 alone - the most recent year with complete data - three of the largest among more than 20 law enforcement organizations using telephone solicitations in the state reported annual proceeds of nearly $7 million total, much of it from phone donations.

http://www.statesman.com/news/texas/telemarketers-turn-charity-into-profits-2149574.html 

 

 

Foundations supporting Texas public universities vary widely in compensation, other practices

Austin American-Statesman

February 4, 2012

 

... These and other findings have emerged from an American-Statesman review of Internal Revenue Service filings by foundations that contribute money, land, buildings and art to the state's public institutions of higher learning. Although some of the practices seem startling at first blush, all appear to be legal.

http://www.statesman.com/news/education/foundations-supporting-texas-public-universities-vary-widely-in-2149718.html



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