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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

May, 2012

Use of electrical device on state hospital patients draws scrutiny

Austin American-Statesman

May 19, 2012

 

The Department of State Health Services has prohibited the use of a controversial treatment at its public psychiatric hospitals after officials say they learned that a doctor performed unauthorized research on aggressive patients with serious mental disabilities. ...In general, failing to get review board approval for human studies can have serious implications, said Lynda Frost, director of planning and programs for the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health at the University of Texas. ..."One small problem with this can put all your federal research funding at risk," she said. "It's federal law. This is stuff that you have to follow. It's not optional."

http://www.statesman.com/news/texas-politics/use-of-electrical-device-on-state-hospital-patients-2365439.html 

 

 

TEXAS NEWS

 

TDI Won't Seek Federal Funds to Prolong Health Program

The Texas Tribune

May 18, 2012

 

The Texas Department of Insurance will not reapply for a federal grant to prolong a program designed to help Texans navigate the health insurance market, agency spokesman John Greeley confirmed on Friday. ... While a small sum by comparison, Texas' decision not to apply for the HHS grant is the latest example of the state turning down federal dollars.

http://www.texastribune.org/texas-health-resources/health-reform-and-texas/texas-declines-funds-health-coverage-education/ 

 

 

Advocacy group criticizes Texas Department of Insurance for not taking federal dollars

Austin American-Statesman

May 19, 2012

 

The Texas Department of Insurance drew criticism Friday for not applying for federal money that would have extended a program the agency originally touted as one that "helps people without health coverage at a time when they need it most." The Consumer Health Assistance Program was intended to help people navigate complex and changing health insurance markets. Staff members' goals were to assist Texans in learning about their rights under federal and state law; enrolling in health plans; appealing denials of a treatment; and resolving complaints.

http://www.statesman.com/news/texas-politics/advocacy-group-criticizes-texas-department-of-insurance-for-2364162.html 

 

 

More Men Enter Fields Dominated by Women

The New York Times

May 20, 2012

 

HOUSTON - ... But in Texas, for example, the number of men who are registered nurses nearly doubled in that time period, rising from just over 9 percent of nurses to almost 12 percent

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/21/business/increasingly-men-seek-success-in-jobs-dominated-by-women.html 

 

 

Round Rock medical school expands, keeps eye on UT

Austin American-Statesman

May 19, 2012

 

ROUND ROCK - ... Officials of the Texas A&M University System hope to add another education building, a research building and maybe a center for taking care of military veterans to fill out the Health Science Center's 50-acre campus off North A.W. Grimes Boulevard. They also plan to expand enrollment to 160 medical students across all four years - 80 third- and fourth-year students are at the campus now - and build up a cadre of newly minted doctors, called residents, getting further training.

http://www.statesman.com/news/education/round-rock-medical-school-expands-keeps-eye-on-2365484.html 

 

 

Board of Health report identifies Lubbock's top public health challenges

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

May 18, 2012

 

Lubbock's Board of Health on Friday approved plans to educate the City Council on what could be the 10 top public health challenges in the city. ... 9. Mental illness

http://lubbockonline.com/health/2012-05-18/board-health-report-identifies-lubbocks-top-public-health-challenges#.T7pVgEXy9uo

 

 

Champions for mentally ill honored

San Angelo Standard-Times

May 16, 2012

 

SAN ANGELO, Texas - Bexar County Associate Probate Judge Oscar Kazen said that in a state that ranks 49th in committing resources for mental health, "It's a miracle San Angelo exists." ... At a luncheon hosted by the National Alliance on Mental Illness Concho Valley, members of the Mental Health Unit and the MHMR Mobile Crisis Outreach Team were recognized with plaques.

http://www.gosanangelo.com/news/2012/may/16/champions-for-mentally-ill-honored/

 

 

Legacy Complex offers unique approach to therapy

Abilene Reporter-News

May 20, 2012

 

A new nonprofit therapy center in Abilene aims to impact all walks of life through unique forms of counseling. The Legacy Complex offers multiple types of equine-assisted therapy, as well as traditional therapy options.

http://www.reporternews.com/news/2012/may/20/legacy-complex-offers-unique-approach-to-therapy/ 

 

 

Sinton man missing, police seek public's help

Corpus Christi Caller

May 21, 2012

 

SINTON - ... The 5-foot-6-inch man with black hair and brown eyes suffers from mental health-related issues and requires medication, police said.

http://www.caller.com/news/2012/may/21/sinton-man-missing-police-seek-publics-help/ 

 

 

Jurors to return Monday to decide Dallas killer's sentence

Dallas Morning News

May 20, 2012

 

... Defense attorneys urged jurors to consider that Harris grew up in a home where violence was common, that he was abandoned by his father and neglected by his mother and subjected to daily marijuana use when his mother was pregnant. Mental illness also runs in his family.

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/community-news/dallas/headlines/20120518-jurors-to-return-monday-to-decide-dallas-killers-sentence.ece  

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Mental problems top illness for GIs

San Antonio Express-News

May 19, 2012

 

More active-duty troops were hospitalized for mental illnesses last year than any other major malady, a new military report says. The Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center said 21,735 troops from the services were admitted to hospitals because of mental problems, up dramatically from previous years.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/military/article/Mental-problems-top-illness-for-GIs-3570289.php

 

 

Poll: What It's Like To Be Sick In America

NPR

May 21, 2012

 

... 3 of 4 people who were sick said cost is a very serious problem, and half said quality is a veryserious problem. Nearly half of those with recent serious illness say they felt burdened by what they had to pay out of their own pocket for care.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/05/21/153019327/poll-what-its-like-to-be-sick-in-america

 

 

O'Malley discusses medical innovation jobs

San Antonio Express-News

May 18, 2012

 

BALTIMORE (AP) - ... The report found that biopharmaceutical research companies in Maryland are conducting or have conducted nearly 3,500 clinical trials of new medicines since 1999. Of those, 1,775 target the nation's six most debilitating chronic diseases: asthma, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, mental illnesses and stroke.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/article/O-Malley-discusses-medical-innovation-jobs-3569628.php 

 

L.A. Unified a rare haven for health teachers

Los Angeles Times

May 20, 2012

 

The school district still has dedicated health classes while many others have ended theirs, largely for fiscal reasons. ... Schools also are supposed to teach such topics as nutrition, safety, mental health awareness and about drug, alcohol and tobacco abuse. But generally there's no penalty for skipping these topics, and experts believe many have long done so. 

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-lausd-health-20120521,0,1017480.story

 

 

HEALTHCARE REFORM

 

Data trove may shed light on health-care uncertainties

The Washington Post

May 20, 2012

 

How much do hospitals and doctors actually charge insurers for their services? How much and which of those services are privately-insured patients using? And, most significantly, what drives changes in health-care use, costs, and total spending? They are among the most vexing questions in American health care. And a recently amassed trove of data from insurance companies could soon shed new light on them. Compiled by the non-profit, non-partisan Health Care Cost Institute, the database will allow researchers to slice and dice more than 3 billion medical claims for more than 33 million individuals in search of answers.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/data-trove-may-shed-light-on-health-care-uncertainties/2012/05/21/gIQAG4YOeU_story.html?wpisrc=nl_headlines 

 

 

Medicare quality ratings for private plans questioned by critics

The Washington Post

May 19, 2012

 

As the federal government pumps billions of bonus dollars into private Medicare health plans to encourage better care, the quality rating system used to award the bonuses is coming under increasing fire. Critics, including the Government Accountability Office and the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, question whether the $8 billion-plus program is mostly rewarding mediocre patient quality.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/medicare-quality-ratings-for-private-plans-questioned-by-critics/2012/05/19/gIQAM5J6bU_story.html?wpisrc=nl_hdlns_wknds

 

 

OPINIONS

 

As the Guide to Mental Ills Is Revised

The New York Times

May 20, 2012

 

It is an unsubstantiated claim that the proposed changes to substance abuse and dependence disorders in the new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders will lead to millions of people being labeled "addicts." In fact, the D.S.M.-5 Work Group's analyses of data from 200,000 people indicate that the minor changes proposed to D.S.M.-5 criteria will not increase the prevalence of substance use disorders.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/21/opinion/as-the-guide-to-mental-ills-is-revised.html?ref=opinion

 

 

Waiting for Health Care

The New York Times

May 20, 2012

 

... "The Waiting Room" developed from stories my wife, a speech pathologist at Highland Hospital, told me about the struggles and resilience of her patient population. And a few years ago, as the contentious vote for health care reform got louder, it occurred to me that the people who were not participating in the debate were the very people we were fighting over: those stuck in waiting rooms at underfunded public hospitals all over the country. 

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/21/opinion/for-the-uninsured-the-wait-for-health-care.html?_r=1&ref=health

 

 

RESEARCH

 

50 Years of Data Confirms Benefit of Antipsychotics

National Alliance on Mental Illness

May 18, 2012

 

While the names and types of antipsychotics have changed in the past 50 years, there appears to be a constant: they help. Examining old and new varieties of antipsychotic drugs, a meta-analysis of studies conducted around the world showed that the risk of relapse for individuals living with schizophrenia taking antipsychotic drugs decreased. Relapse, the worsening of symptoms after a period of improvement, is a common occurrence in individuals with schizophrenia.

http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=Whats_New43&template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=139331 

 

 

Acid in the Brain: New Way to Look at Brain Function

ScienceDaily

May 19, 2012

 

University of Iowa neuroscientist John Wemmie, M.D., Ph.D., is interested in the effect of acid in the brain. His studies suggest that increased acidity or low pH, in the brain is linked to panic disorders, anxiety, and depression. But his work also suggests that changes in acidity are important for normal brain activity too.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/05/120519213239.htm 

 

 

Facebook and Smartphones: New Tools for Psychological Science Research

ScienceDaily

May 18, 2012

 

Whether you're an iPerson who can't live without a Mac, a Facebook addict, or a gamer, you know that social media and technology say things about your personality and thought processes. And psychological scientists know it too -- they've started researching how new media and devices both reveal and change our mental states.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/05/120518132551.htm 

 

 

FEATURES & RESOURCES

 

SAMHSA is accepting applications for a Minority Fellowship Program grant offering up to $825,000 in funding

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

May 11, 2012

 

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for a Minority Fellowship Program grant offering up to $825,000 in total funding over the course of two years. This grant aims at reducing health disparities and improving health care outcomes among racially and ethnically diverse populations by increasing the number of culturally competent mental health counselors available to serve these populations through either public or private not-profit settings.

http://www.samhsa.gov/newsroom/advisories/1205113214.aspx

 

 

SAMHSA is accepting applications for up to $35 million in Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration grants

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

May 4, 2012

 

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for up to $35.78 million in Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration (PBHCI) grants over the next four years. The purpose of this program is providing for the provision of coordinated and integrated services by co-locating primary and specialty care medical services in community-based mental and behavioral health settings.

http://www.samhsa.gov/newsroom/advisories/1205045653.aspx

 

 

PHILANTHROPY

 

Marin Community Foundation Awards $2 Million From Sutter Health Fund

Philanthropy News Digest

May 21, 2012

 

... The third round of grants awarded through the Sutter Health Access to Care Fund, which was established by Sutter Health in 2010, will be used to improve access to a range of services, including dental care, behavioral health care, vaccinations, adult day health center care, medical and mental health services for teens, and breast cancer screening and case management.

http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/news/story.jhtml?id=379900002 



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