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February, 2012

TEXAS NEWS

 

Texas remains $4.1 billion short on its budget

Houston Chronicle

February 21, 2012

 

AUSTIN - The Texas economy is coming back, but the state budget is still in trouble. The chairman of the Legislative Budget Board John O'Brien told lawmakers Tuesday that they did not appropriate enough to cover state expenses for Medicaid and other programs. The state is short more than $4.1 billion in the current budget.

http://www.chron.com/news/article/Texas-remains-4-1-billion-short-on-its-budget-3346676.php   

 

   

Dallas County to begin charging jail inmates for medical care

Dallas Morning News

February 21, 2012

 

Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez said Tuesday that she will soon begin charging certain jail inmates for their basic medical expenses, a practice common in some other states and a few Texas counties. ... Collin County charges $10 for a sick call visit, $3 for each medication prescription, and $15 for a doctor visit as well as a dental visit, officials there said. Mental health services are free as are chronic care services for such things as blood pressure conditions and diabetes.

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/community-news/dallas/headlines/20120221-dallas-county-to-begin-charging-jail-inmates-for-medical-care.ece?action=reregister 

 

 

Controversial Central Health clinic has grand opening

Austin American-Statesman

February 21, 2012

 

...Central Health built the $17 million North Central Health Center with a $12 million federal grant and local certificates of obligation backed by Travis County taxpayers. ...CommUnityCare, the clinic network that Central Health oversees, operates North Central, which also provides women's health services, pediatric care, chronic disease management, diagnostics, dental services and behavioral health counseling.

http://www.statesman.com/news/local/controversial-central-health-clinic-has-grand-opening-2191171.html 

 

 

Experts see painful cutting addiction spreading to urban girls

KHOU - Houston

February 22, 2012

 

HOUSTON-The addiction known as "cutting" is becoming so popular that some health experts are calling it the new anorexia. ...Experts say, up until recently, almost all cutters fit into one category. "It was traditionally the white female -- middle class white female," said Dr. Janice Beal, a psychotherapist. But therapists are now seeing minority girls from the inner city among the cutters. ... Experts say this development among minority girls has reminded them of an important lesson. "Mental health issues cross all ethnic and racial backgrounds," Beal said.

http://www.khou.com/news/Experts-see-painful-cutting-addiction-spreading-to-urban-girls-139940923.html 

 

 

Mom of former special education student sues Leander school district over bullying

Austin American-Statesman

February 21, 2012

 

Taylor Patrick still has tremors, flashbacks and nightmares. ...In a lawsuit filed last week in district court against the Leander school district, Patrick said he was bullied for years in middle and high school. The 20-year-old has Asperger's syndrome, a developmental disorder that affects his ability to socialize or communicate effectively. Because of his disability, he was frequently teased, said his mother, Leah Patrick. The Patricks are suing the district for not protecting Taylor Patrick for what they said was years of bullying, beginning in middle school.

http://www.statesman.com/news/education/mom-of-former-special-education-student-sues-leander-2191340.html 

 

 

Aldawsari found competent to stand trial

KCBD 11 - Lubbock

February 21, 2012

 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari was found competent to stand trial during a hearing in Lubbock on Tuesday. His trial is set to begin on April 30 at the U.S. Federal Building in Lubbock.

http://www.kcbd.com/story/16982186/aldawsari-found-competent-to-stand-trial 

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Quinn to unveil bad-news budget

Chicago Tribune

February 22, 2012

 

SPRINGFIELD - Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn will deliver a bad-news budget Wednesday, suggesting that Illinois close numerous prisons, mental health centers and social service offices, cut health care for the poor and shut down popular tourist sites for two days a week at times during the year.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-quinn-budget-20120222,0,2396117.story 

 

 

Minn. says easing some restraints for mentally ill

San Antonio Express-News

February 21, 2012

 

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - State officials say they're phasing out the use of metal handcuffs and seclusion at a secure hospital for the mentally ill in the wake of fines for maltreatment of patients. ...Deputy Commissioner Anne Barry said the hospital will be stopping use of metal handcuffs and "spit cloths"_mesh fabric placed over the head to prevent spitting. Instead, there will be a new focus on trying to defuse dangerous situations and only using soft Velcro and fabric handcuffs in very serious situations, she said.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/article/Minn-says-easing-some-restraints-for-mentally-ill-3347321.php 

 

 

New Mexico proposes to overhaul Medicaid program

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

February 21, 2012

 

SANTA FE, N.M. - Gov. Susana Martinez's administration is proposing to overhaul a program that provides health care to a fourth of the state's population, and the changes could require some needy New Mexicans to dig into their pockets to pay a fee if they go to an emergency room for medical care that's not considered an emergency.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2012/02/21/3751119/new-mexico-proposes-to-overhaul.html 

 

 

Text of NJ gov's 2013 budget address

KFOX - El Paso

February 21, 2012

 

... But as we do these things, we have to ensure that this growth benefits all of our citizens, including those with mental illness, with disabilities and with the most challenging economic and social circumstances. ... In the area of mental illness, my administration has been committed to making sure that those afflicted have access to appropriate placements and services. I believe we should place the emphasis on providing care in the community and not in an institution. This is not only the most cost effective approach to care, but independent research shows it is the one that will result in the best outcomes.

http://www.kfoxtv.com/news/ap/defense/text-of-nj-govs-2013-budget-address/nJQdP/ 

 

 

Illinois agency OK'd $1.7M payment despite Medicaid fraud conviction, inspector general says

Chicago Tribune

February 21, 2012

 

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A transportation business received $1.7 million worth of state work over two years even after a federal conviction for hundreds of thousands of dollars in state Medicaid fraud, according to an investigation released Tuesday.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/sns-bc-il--humanservices-investigation,0,3800464.story 

 

 

Army avoiding PTSD claims? Madigan chief suspended amid inquiry

Los Angeles Times

February 21, 2012

 

Reporting from Seattle-The head of the Army's Madigan Healthcare System, one of the largest military hospitals on the West Coast, has been temporarily relieved of command amid an investigation over whether the Army has avoided diagnosing returning combat soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder to save money.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-ptsd-army-madigan-20120221,0,3281389.story 

 

 

Older Arlingtonians with disabilities find a home

Washington Post

February 22, 2012

 

... Twenty-five people with intellectual disabilities or mental illnesses are now living in the 52-unit center in the Fort Myer area of Arlington County. All are 55 or older, and that makes this new center unique in the nation. The opening of the center comes as the state closes four of its five large institutions for people with intellectual disabilities in favor of smaller, community-based residences, a nationwide trend as society rethinks its once-default attitude that the disabled should be confined and hidden from the public.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/older-arlingtonians-with-disabilities-find-a-home/2012/02/15/gIQAz4a1RR_story.html 

 

 

Fullerton police didn't intend to deceive public in Kelly Thomas' death, report finds

Los Angeles Times

February 22, 2012

 

There is no evidence that Fullerton police deliberately released false or negative information and an unflattering photograph of a mentally ill homeless man who died last year after being beaten by police officers, a police watchdog attorney hired by the city said Tuesday. The report comes after community leaders and activists accused the beleaguered Police Department of going out of its way to portray Kelly Thomas as a violent street person with a history of run-ins with police before the deadly July 5 confrontation.

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0222-fullerton-beating-20120222,0,1874057.story 

 

 

HEALTHCARE REFORM

 

Obama administration loans $638M in startup money for health insurance co-ops in 8 states

Washington Post

February 21, 2012

 

HELENA, Mont. - Health care cooperatives that are being launched in eight states announced Tuesday they will receive a total of $638 million in loans from the Obama administration under the federal health insurance law.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/obama-administration-loans-638m-in-startup-money-for-health-insurance-co-ops-in-8-states/2012/02/21/gIQA92ipRR_story.html 

 

 

Health plans get mixed reviews in annual California report card

Los Angeles Times

February 21, 2012

 

California's annual report card on many of the state's HMOs and other health insurance plans gave most of those rated high marks for customer satisfaction but said they need to improve treatment for lung disease, attention-deficit disorder and throat infections in children.

http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-insurance-report-card-20120221,0,2591648.story 

 

 

Even When Employed, Health Care A Challenge

NPR

February 21, 2012

 

... Of the six people in our series, only one has had health insurance the entire time, and that's because his wife works as a teacher and he was able to get coverage through her plan. Everyone else has gone extended stretches without coverage. Even now, with everyone at least partially employed, half don't have insurance.

http://www.npr.org/2012/02/21/147191623/even-when-employed-health-care-a-challenge 

 

 

OPINIONS

 

Healthcare reform's missing link -- nurse practitioners

Los Angeles Times

February 22, 2012

 

Within the next two years, if federal healthcare reforms proceed as expected, roughly 30 million of the estimated 50 million uninsured people in the United States - 6.9 million in California - will be trying to find new healthcare providers. It won't be easy. Primary care providers are already in short supply, both in California and nationwide. That's because doctors are increasingly leaving primary care for other types of practices, including higher paid specialties. As the demand increases, the squeeze on providers will worsen, leading to potentially lower standards of care in general and longer wait times for appointments for many of the rest of us. Nurse practitioners can help fill this gap.

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-dennehy-nurse-practitioners-20120222,0,7158283.story 

 

 

L.A.'s skid row property rights

Los Angeles Times

February 22, 2012

 

... The homeless often carry the things they own with them but sometimes must leave them briefly unattended while eating, bathing or meeting with social workers. That shouldn't give the police license, however, to seize and destroy those belongings, which could include identification, medication and other important personal effects. ... Los Angeles has long held the dubious distinction of being the nation's homeless capital. Many suffer from mental and physical disabilities.

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/opinionla/la-ed-homeless-20120222,0,2500796.story 

 

 

A Real 'Doc Fix'

New York Times

February 21, 2012

 

... Congress now needs to devise a real fix that would be fair to doctors and make a serious effort to slow the rise of Medicare spending. Congress should also use this moment to wean doctors away from fee-for-service billing, a root cause of escalating costs, into better and cheaper forms of care.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/22/opinion/a-real-doc-fix.html 

 

 

S.A. expert: Monitor patients' pain meds

San Antonio Express-News

February 21, 2012

 

With Whitney Houston's recent death, rumors continue to spread about prescription drug abuse, and San Antonio-based medical consultant Robert Saenz says this is a good time to bring the issue to the forefront of both patients' and doctors' attention. Saenz formed VIP Consulting 10 years ago after he observed people injured or affected by 9/11 being prescribed drugs for pain and anxiety with no questions asked. ... Saenz said doctors' top defense is that, while they only prescribe the drugs, it is the patients who abuse them. He explained that, while that is a true fact, doctors also have to do their due diligence when it comes to evaluating patients.
http://www.mysanantonio.com/life/health/article/S-A-expert-Monitor-patients-pain-meds-3346945.php

 

 

Twitter jokes about abuse are never funny

The Baylor Lariat

February 22, 2012

 

Domestic violence is a terrible thing. Nobody should ever be subject to such physical and emotional trauma. ... Apart from the physical abuse is the emotional distress victims suffer from their ordeals. Domestic violence can affect a woman's psyche long term. According to the National Coalition against Domestic Violence, intimate partner violence results in more than 18.5 million mental health care visits each year.

http://baylorlariat.com/2012/02/22/editorial-twitter-jokes-about-abuse-are-never-funny/ 

 

 

RESEARCH

 

Anxiety linked to increased impulsivity in mood disorder patients

MedWire News

February 22, 2012

 

The presence of anxiety is associated with increased impulsivity in patients with bipolar disorder (BD) or major depressive disorder (MDD), research shows.

http://www.medwire-news.md/47/97690/Psychiatry/Anxiety_linked_to_increased_impulsivity_in_mood_disorder_patients.html 

 

 

Hypertensive pregnancies linked to mental health disorder risk in offspring

MedWire News

February 22, 2012

 

Individuals born to women who experienced hypertension without proteinuria during pregnancy are at increased risk for mental health disorders, results from a Finnish study suggest.

http://www.medwire-news.md/47/97705/Psychiatry/Hypertensive_pregnancies_linked_to_mental_health_disorder_risk_in_offspring.html 

 

 

Does Depression Contribute to the Aging Process?

ScienceDaily

February 21, 2012

 

Stress has numerous detrimental effects on the human body. Many of these effects are acutely felt by the sufferer, but many more go 'unseen', one of which is shortening of telomere length.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/02/120221124825.htm 

 

 

Broken Hearts Really Hurt

Association for Psychological Science

February 21, 2012

 

"Broken-hearted" isn't just a metaphor-social pain and physical pain have a lot in common, according to Naomi Eisenberger of the University of Califiornia-Los Angeles, the author of a new paper published in Current Directions in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. In the paper, she surveys recent research on the overlap between physical and social pain.

http://www.psychologicalscience.org/index.php/news/releases/broken-hearts-really-hurt.html  

 

 

Being satisfied with your doctor may not be a good thing, study reports

Dallas Morning News

February 20, 2012

 

A new study has found higher death rates, health care and prescription drug costs among participants who were most satisfied with their doctor. ... One theory is that because doctors receive financial incentives based on satisfaction surveys, they may order patient-requested tests or treatments that are medically unnecessary and may avoid discussing issues such as smoking, mental health or drug and alcohol abuse.

http://www.dallasnews.com/health/diseases-cures/headlines/20120220-being-satisfied-with-your-doctor-may-not-be-a-good-thing-study-reports.ece  

 

 

FEATURES & RESOURCES

 

When the bully belongs to you; The first step for parents: Recognize the problem

Chicago Tribune

February 21, 2012

 

Parents shouldn't be too quick to dismiss teachers who tell them their teen or tween is tormenting his peers. Indeed, failing to acknowledge that your kid might be a bully can worsen the situation, said Michele Borba, educational psychologist and author of "The Big Book of Parenting Solutions: 101 Answers to Your Everyday Challenges and Wildest Worries" (Jossey-Bass).

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-02-21/features/sc-fam-0221-bully-20120221_1_parents-educational-psychologist-and-author-kids 

 

 

PHILANTHROPY

 

Public Welfare Foundation Awards $5.7 Million in Grants

Philanthropy News Digest

February 22, 2012

 

The Public Welfare Foundation in Washington, D.C., has announced twenty grants totaling more than $5.7 million to social justice organizations around the country. Awarded through the foundation's workers' rights and criminal and juvenile justice programs, the grants will be used to help organizations provide and expand their services.

http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/news/story.jhtml;jsessionid=HBQN3NY3Q2KM5LAQBQ4CGW15AAAACI2F?id=371500034 

 

 



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