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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

March, 2012

TEXAS NEWS

 

Mental health issues common among youth prisoners

Austin American-Statesman

March 7, 2012

 

More than half of the people in Texas' youth prisons have a moderate or high need for mental health care, and officials should improve their early intervention efforts to help those young people before they end up behind bars, the head of a new state agency told lawmakers Tuesday.

http://www.statesman.com/news/texas-politics/mental-health-issues-common-among-youth-prisoners-2221490.html 

 

 

Think tank slams city plan to regulate homeless food service

Houston Chronicle

March 6, 2012

 

Marc Levin, criminal justice policy expert for the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Tuesday called a proposal before the Houston City Council that would impose regulations on food service to the homeless as "criminalization" of charity.

http://blog.chron.com/pattihart/2012/03/think-tank-slams-city-plan-to-regulate-homeless-food-service/ 

 

 

Suicide Prevention is a Top Priority for MISD

KOSA - West Texas

March 6, 2012

 

Midland, TX - After a series of suicides cast a shadow over school hallways and the entire community, school officials jumped into action. MISD says this issue has quickly become a top priority for the district and now they are getting a plan into writing.

http://www.cbs7kosa.com/news/details.asp?ID=33035 

 

 

Baylor hospital project to be outpatient center

Houston Chronicle

March 5, 2012

 

Baylor College of Medicine will not finish its once highly anticipated hospital but instead will use the building as an outpatient care center, its president said. Dr. Paul Klotman said Baylor doctors should move out of its main leased clinics and offices and into the building near the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center starting in 2013 and ending in 2015, eight years after breaking ground on the expensive hospital project.

http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Baylor-hospital-project-to-be-outpatient-center-3383881.php 

 

 

Elderly woman missing since January found safe

WFAA - Dallas/Fort Worth

March 6, 2012

 

Leatha Major, 72, has been at the Terrell State Hospital since January 11. That's the same day she walked away from a South Dallas boarding house. It turns out Dallas police picked her up, but Major - who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia - gave an alias name, making it difficult to connect her with family members until Tuesday.

http://www.wfaa.com/news/local/Missing-Segoville-woman-found-safely--141613423.html 

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

D.C. Council passes bill expanding school mental health services

Washington Post

March 6, 2012

 

The D.C. Council agreed Tuesday to increase behavioral health services and testing for city youths to try to keep students in schools and out of jail, but officials caution that the District still has to find money to pay for some key provisions of the bill. After two years of work, the council tentatively approved a broad series of reforms in response to a March 30, 2010, shooting spree that killed four youths and injured six others in Southeast Washington.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dc-politics/dc-council-passes-bill-expanding-school-mental-health-services/2012/03/06/gIQArgNgvR_story.html 

 

 

Justice Department hails Minnesota school settlement

New York Times

March 6, 2012

 

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A settlement with Minnesota's largest school district over the harassment and bullying of students who are gay, or perceived to be gay, should serve as a model for other schools in the U.S., federal officials said Tuesday.  

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2012/03/06/us/AP-US-School-Bullying-Minnesota.html 

 

 

Arizona inmates denied adequate medical care, lawsuit says

Arizona Republic

March 7, 2012

 

Arizona's Department of Corrections was accused in a lawsuit filed Tuesday of unconstitutionally denying adequate medical and mental-health care to inmates in state prisons and of routinely keeping mentally ill inmates in solitary confinement under brutal conditions. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Phoenix by a coalition of human-rights groups, lists myriad shocking allegations of prisoners suffering serious, preventable injuries, disfigurements and death, and it seeks to force the state to improve prison health care.

http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/news/articles/2012/03/06/20120306arizona-inmates-denied-adequate-medical-care-lawsuit-says.html 

 

 

State analysts brief Maryland lawmakers on 'doomsday' budget plan

Washington Post

March 6, 2012

 

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Maryland analysts outlined nearly $800 million in potential budget cuts on Tuesday that would have considerable consequences for education, health and aid to local governments in a so-called doomsday alternative plan to Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposed budget. ... Another $101 million could come from reductions in Medicaid.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/state-analysts-brief-maryland-lawmakers-on-doomsday-budget-plan/2012/03/06/gIQAZUzovR_story.html 

 

 

HEALTHCARE REFORM

 

Health Centers At Schools Get A Funding Boost

NPR

March 6, 2012

 

Under the federal health care law, money is going out around the country to help school campuses boost health services for their students. ... The law set aside $200 million for these centers around the country. So far the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services says 43 states have received funding to treat more than half a million new patients.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/03/06/148066270/la-school-health-centers 

 

 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

 

Teens choosing death in Russia

Washington Post

March 7, 2012

 

LOBNYA, Russia - ... Russia has the third-highest teenage suicide rate in the world, just behind its neighbors Belarus and Kazakhstan and more than three times that of the United States. On an average day, about five Russians under age 20 take their own lives. In the Soviet era, suicide was considered an affront to the state, the failure of a citizen to fulfill his responsibility. Psychiatry was more often associated with punishment than with therapy, and that left a stigma and mistrust of mental health care that persists.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/teens-choosing-death-in-russia/2012/03/01/gIQADrhPwR_story.html 

 

 

Norway Unveils Terror Indictment for Anders Behring Breivik

New York Times

March 7, 2012

 

OSLO, Norway (AP) - Anders Behring Breivik was indicted Wednesday on terror and murder charges for slaying 77 people in a bomb and shooting rampage, but prosecutors said the confessed killer likely won't go to prison for Norway's worst peacetime massacre. Prosecutors said they consider the 33-year-old right-wing extremist psychotic and will seek a sentence of involuntary commitment to psychiatric care instead of imprisonment, unless new information about his mental health emerges during the trial set to start in April.

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2012/03/07/world/europe/AP-EU-Norway-Massacre.html 

 

 

OPINIONS

 

Proposed rules: safer food or criminalizing charity?

Houston Chronicle

March 6, 2012

 

Proposed regulations on feeding the homeless headed to City Council today come freighted with a polarized debate over whether the government is trying to get safer food to more people or just criminalizing charity. Mayor Annise Parker is asking the council to adopt rules that would require organizations and people who feed the homeless to register with the city, take a food safety class, prepare the food in certified kitchens, serve only at three public parks, and leave those parks as clean as when they entered them.

http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Proposed-rules-safer-food-or-criminalizing-3387193.php 

 

 

Clay Boatright: The good ol' days for the disabled weren't

Dallas Morning News

March 6, 2012

 

... With disabilities such as autism growing at an accelerated rate, severe behavior issues are becoming more common. Physically and financially unable to care for their loved ones, aging parents are forced to find help. Often requiring one-on-one attention from caregivers, the price of service can quickly exceed a typical family's ability to pay. That brings us back to Medicaid. What is needed is a redesigned support model, involving families, the faith-based community, commercial enterprise and, yes, the government, truly geared to the needs of people in the 21st century.

http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/latest-columns/20120306-clay-boatright-the-good-ol-days-for-the-disabled-werent.ece 

 

 

The Main Point: Suicide prevention program right move for university

The University Star

March 6, 2012

 

Depression tends to appear more frequently in college students, and the university is taking admirable steps to provide a closer look at warning signs associated with it and suicide.

http://star.txstate.edu/node/5389 

 

 

The Great Depression: Getting back to normal

Chicago Tribune

March 6, 2012

 

We've got a problem. Sky-high unemployment is having a crushing effect on Americans financially and psychologically. Millions of Americans are suffering from a Great Depression -- economically, for sure, but also mentally. It is this generation's Great Depression, and it's a vicious cycle -- the deeper you sink into depression, the less likely you'll be able to look for or get a job.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/tribu/sns-201203061830--tms--pagliarictnrp-a20120306mar06,0,5443745.column  

 

 

An unsung victory in healthcare

Reuters

March 6, 2012

 

... As of December 2011, the use of EHR among office-based physicians has nearly doubled to 34 percent with e-prescribing exceeding 40 percent. Over 41,000 physicians have received more than $575 million in incentive payments. Going electronic will allow physicians to more closely track patients, especially the chronically ill, enabling the seamless exchange of data across multiple physicians, hospitals and other providers.

http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2012/03/06/an-unsung-victory-in-healthcare/ 

 

 

RESEARCH

 

Preventive Care Guidelines Needed For Young Adults

Medical News Today

March 7, 2012

 

With no specific clinical preventive care guidelines targeting young adults, health care providers are missing key opportunities to improve the health of this population through preventive screening and intervention. Yet a new study from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) shows that when the ages of 18-26 years are carved out of existing professional guidelines across specialty groups, there are a broad number of evidence-based recommendations that can inform the care of young adults.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/242566.php 

 

 

Vets with mental health problems more likely to abuse painkillers

Los Angeles Times

March 6, 2012

 

Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have an increased risk of mental health disorders, such as post-traumatic stress disorder. Now a new study finds these individuals are also more likely to receive opioid pain prescriptions and to misuse those drugs.

http://www.latimes.com/health/boostershots/la-heb-veterans-opioids-20120306,0,2763024.story 

 

 

Study Linking Abortion and Mental Health Problems Is Called False

New York Times

March 5, 2012

 

The Journal of Psychiatric Research, which in 2009 published a research article purporting to show a a link between abortions and long-term mental health problems, this month offered a critique of the research, saying that the authors' analysis "does not support their assertions that abortions led to psychopathology."

http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/05/study-linking-abortion-and-mental-health-problems-is-called-false/ 

 

 

Mixed picture for mom, baby with antidepressants

Chicago Tribune

March 6, 2012

 

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Babies born to mothers who took antidepressants while they were pregnant had slightly slower head growth and were more likely to be born early, in a new study from the Netherlands. Still, that doesn't prove that the drugs, called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), caused changes in the babies' development -- or that those differences would end up having long-term effects.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/health/sns-rt-us-antidepressantstre8251rf-20120306,0,7771250.story 

 

 

Apathy common in psychosis patients

MedWire News

March 7, 2012

 

Clinically significant apathy affects around a third of patients with psychosis 10 years after illness onset, and is associated with reduced functioning and quality of life, research suggests.

http://www.medwire-news.md/47/98008/Psychiatry/Apathy_common_in_psychosis_patients.html 

 

 

Blood Pressure Drug Effective for Treating PTSD-Related Nightmares, Study Suggests

ScienceDaily

March 6, 2012

 

Mayo Clinic researchers have found the use of the blood pressure drug prazosin as an effective treatment to curb post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)-related nightmares.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/03/120306073013.htm



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