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Mental Health Daily
Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

July, 2016

 

 
 
 
 
It feels hyperbolic, hysterical even, to suggest that murders like the murder of Alton Sterling also kill a part of us each time it happens. But what’s happening here to me — what’s behind my reaction to this, I suspect — is a slow and subtle and steady loss of humanity.
 
 
 
 
​​DAILY SPECIAL
 
Houston Chronicle
July 6, 2016
 
We have a mental health workforce shortage in Texas. Just look at the numbers. Last year, 185 Texas counties out of 254 did not have a single psychiatrist, which left more than 3 million Texans without access to a psychiatrist.
 
 
Columbia Journalism Review
July 6, 2016
 
As the ongoing refugee crisis in the Middle East and Europe stretches into its second year, it is nearly impossible to cover the story without talking to sources who are under enormous stress. That often means diagnosing someone’s fitness to speak safely, a role for which most reporters aren’t trained.
 
 
Atlantic
July 6, 2016
 
Universities themselves may be contributing to burnout.
 
 
HOGG FOUNDATION
 
Hogg Blog
July 6, 201g
 
Our health care system stands at a crossroads as it struggles with how to appropriately finance health care.
 
 
TEXAS
 
 
Waco Tribune
July 6, 2016
 
Residents are more likely than three years ago to have health insurance, a new survey shows, but many continue to struggle with poor diets, untreated mental illness and financial barriers to health care.
 
 
Kaiser Health News
July 7, 2016
 
Noah, now 3 years old, qualifies for Medicaid coverage because he had been approved for Social Security’s Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program, and his neurologist sent paperwork to get the state to cover the therapy. But Medicaid officials rejected the request. Braulio De La Cruz appealed the decision, but that effort hit a major roadblock last fall when the state sudde
 
 
NATIONAL
 
Wall Street Journal
July 6, 2016
 
The House passed legislation Wednesday to overhaul the nation’s mental health system, the first effort by lawmakers to specifically tackle federal policies on serious mental illness.
 
 
U.S. Health and Human Services
July 6, 2016
 
U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell today announced several new actions the department is taking to combat the nation’s opioid epidemic.
 
 
Associated Press
July 7, 2016
 
On average, 20 veterans a day committed suicide in 2014, a slight decrease from the previous government estimate, but federal health officials are cautious about concluding the suicide problem is getting better.
 
 
HEALTHCARE REFORM
 
State of Reform
July 6, 2016
 
Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed updated payment rates and policy changes in the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System. Several of the proposed policy changes would improve the quality of care Medicare patients receive by better supporting their physicians and other health care providers.
 
 
INTERNATIONAL
 
Guardian
July 6, 2016
 
Report cites assemblies on mental health and peer mentors as initiatives schools and centres could use to tackle anxiety and depression.
 
 
RESEARCH
 
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
July 7, 2016
 
A new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides state-by-state results on adolescents (ages 12-17) who experienced at least one major depressive episode in the past year.
 
 
Health Affairs
July 6, 2016
 
Closing the gap between evidence-based clinical practice standards and their inclusion in routine practice continues to be a major goal of health policy reforms. This gap is especially large for the care of children with psychiatric disorders—especially those from low-income families, many of whom are insured through Medicaid.
 
 
The Huffington Post
July 6, 2016
 
The nation’s supply of psychiatrists is dwindling just as the demand for their services is growing, according to a new study out Wednesday.
 
 
OPINION
 
Kaiser Health News
July 7, 2016
 
Politics are more polarized and acrimonious than ever. But one public health concern — the nation’s epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse — is uniting some unexpected bedfellows.
 
 
Chicago Sun-Times
July 6, 2016
 
As can be expected, most of what is in the file is troubling and depicts a young man struggling to overcome mental illness and substance abuse.
 
 
Austin American-Statesman
July 7, 2016
 
We can do better. We must support students’ health so that an untreated mental illness, addiction, or unplanned pregnancy does not prevent them from achieving their goals.
 
 
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
July 7, 2016
 
The Legislature has recognized as much by passing a change to the state Human Services Code that would suspend, rather than terminate, Medicaid benefits while a person is incarcerated for up to two years. The change would make it easier to restart benefits when an offender is released. That translates into quicker access to psychiatric medications and other health care services that can help lower recidivism.
 
 
FEATURES
 
Medscape
July 6, 2016
 
Medscape spoke with Mercedes Perez-Rodriguez, MD, assistant professor of psychiatry at Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, New York, about the idea of "social cognition" and how one therapy shows promise in treating the impaired social processing that comes with certain mental illnesses.
 
 
Hyperallergic
July 6, 2016
 
“Those are white people problems” is often the response to mental illness in black communities across the globe. The conditions of many are often misunderstood and mistreated, due to fear and a lack of understanding about how to discuss and treat these issues. South African photographer Tsoku Maela hopes to change that.
 
 
SCPR
July 6, 2016
 
A battalion of paratroopers at Ft. Bragg is embracing mindfulness techniques that might seem more appropriate in a yoga studio or psychology lab, or even on the sidelines of an NFL game. And what scientists are learning from those 800 soldiers in the 82nd Airborne Division might change the future of the Army.
 
 
Stanford Medicine News Center
July 6, 2016
 
High school students from around the country learned about topics ranging from the neuropsychiatry of HIV to molecular genetics, forensic psychiatry, eating disorders, hoarding and virtual-reality therapeutics.
 
 
Mirror
July 7, 2016
 
Sad Kaavan, a 32-year-old elephant, was the subject of a petition signed by 400,000 people to free him after it emerged he had been chained by keepers at Islamabad Zoo in Pakistan.
 
 
The Daily Beast
July 4, 2016
 
It’s not just movies and social media—in the coming years, virtual reality will be about recording personal moments. But what’s to stop people from living fully inside those memories?


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