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Texas News

 

Legislature likely to cut deep to meet possible $25 billion budget gap

The Dallas Morning News

October 25, 2010

 

AUSTIN - Texas faces a budget crisis of truly daunting proportions, with lawmakers likely to cut sacrosanct programs such as education for the first time in memory and to lay off hundreds if not thousands of state workers and public university employees.

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/politics/state/stories/1024dntexbudgetmess.274b11d.html

 

 

UTPB receives $1M grant to help children with autism

Midland Reporter-Telegram

October 23, 2010

 

Special education students and teachers at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin got a big boost Friday with the announcement of a $1 million grant that will go toward training teachers to work with autistic children. The U.S. Department of Education grant is for $1,065,396 and will be used to help train teachers to become knowledgeable and skilled in early intervention/early childhood special education of autism spectrum disorders in infants and children.

http://www.mywesttexas.com/top_stories/article_5a1e8f08-de5d-11df-ae89-001cc4c002e0.html

 

 

Texas holds line on spending, taxes, but poor have suffered

Houston Chronicle

October 25, 2010

 

... When it comes to the state's poorest residents and addressing social ills, Texas is no better off than when Perry took office, and in some areas has grown worse. One out of five Texans lacked health insurance when Perry took office; one out of four does now - Texas ranks dead last in the percentage of its citizens who have health coverage.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/headline/metro/7262019.html

 

 

Texas agency accused of ignoring repeated abuse at foster home

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

October 22, 2010

 

ELKHART -- A frame house surrounded by connecting mobile homes served for years as a home for dozens of the most vulnerable children in Texas foster care. But instead of being a haven, it was a place where young girls were molested and the abuse was ignored. ... some foster care experts say the case calls into question how the state investigates abuse in its largely privatized network of foster homes.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2010/10/22/2569903/texas-agency-accused-of-ignoring.html#ixzz13TVZomHG

 

 

Cough up more for health benefits: In Houston, employees' health insurance will increase 12 percent in 2011

Houston Chronicle

October 25, 2010

 

Raises may be small and bonuses a distant memory of better times, but one workplace number isn't frozen: Employees can expect a double-digit percentage increase next year in the cost of health insurance they get through the office.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/business/7263673.html

 

 

Three decades after their playing days came to a halt, some members of Houston's Luv Ya Blue-era Oilers wrestle with aftereffects of repeated head shots

Houston Chronicle

October 25, 2010

 

... Until reams of research left no room for equivocation, the NFL was reluctant to acknowledge that repeated, brain-jarring collisions were having a cumulative effect on its most high-profile employees' mental health as the years passed.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/sports/fb/texansfront/7262066.html

 

 

HISD program gets held-back kids back on track

Houston Chronicle

October 26, 2010

 

... Those who have been retained are much more likely to drop out of school. They feel out of place with their younger classmates. They get discouraged. Some act out. Most give up. To help these overage students fit in and catch up, the Houston Independent School District has opened its third campus just for them. Called High School Ahead, it puts middle school students on the fast track, with most able to complete two years of courses in one.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7263765.html

 

 

Managing pain: Clinic to help ease specialist shortage

El Paso Times

October 26, 2010

 

Residents suffering from chronic headaches, spinal injuries or other painful ailments can now seek care at a new, full-service pain management clinic.  ...The new Texas Tech clinic offers several services, including a pharmacy, rehabilitation facilities and surgical capabilities. A psychologist on staff can help with mental health issues resulting from pain, the most common of which is depression, Badr said. The staff will include at least three doctors, a nurse practitioner and two nurses, he said.

http://www.elpasotimes.com/news/ci_16433490

 

 

VA clinic to reopen in Texas City

Houston Business Journal

October 25, 2010

 

Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center plans to reopen a VA outpatient clinic in Texas City next spring.  ...The clinic closed due to damages from Hurricane Ike in 2008.

http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2010/10/25/va-clinic-to-reopen-in-texas-city.html

 

 

2010 Public Officials of the Year: The Correctionists - John Whitmire and Jerry Madden

Governing

October 26, 2010

 

It was a large funding request but not an unusual one, at least not for Texas.   ... Now the Texas Department of Criminal Justice wanted the state Legislature to provide $523 million in additional funding for three new prisons, which would allow the prison population to grow to more than 168,000 by 2012.  ...But instead of OK'ing the request, Whitmire and Madden did something unexpected. They teamed up to convince the Legislature, governor and lieutenant governor to spend $241 million on treatment, mental health and rehabilitation instead. Three years later, the state that once put the "t" in tough is widely seen as a model of corrections reform.

http://www.governing.com/poy/jerry-madden-john-whitmire.html

 

 

Congressman Al Green Receives Recognition From Veterans Group

FortBendNow.com

October 26, 2010

 

District 9 Congressman Al Green has received an A+ grade from the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. Green was awarded the organization's highest honor because of his voting record on veterans' issues in the 111th Congress.  ...As part of his focus on veterans' homelessness, Green is sponsoring the Homes for Heroes bill (H.R. 403), which passed the House in June of 2009. ...The bill creates a $200 million program that provides 20,000 HUD-VASH vouchers to house homeless veterans, counseling for substance abuse as well as mental health concerns, and a special assistant position within HUD to monitor the status of veterans' homelessness.

http://www.fortbendnow.com/2010/10/26/48585

 

 

2 officers suspended over missing-teen case; One of them also gets demoted after 13-year-old special-needs student is left on street corner

Houston Chronicle

October 23, 2010

 

Two Harris County deputy constables were suspended on Friday and one of them demoted for failing to maintain custody of a mentally impaired teen until a safe place had been found for him. ... Miller suffers from a bipolar disorder, his mother said, and also struggles with hyperactivity and attention deficit.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/headline/metro/7260188.html

 

 

National News

 

Primary care doctors carrying heavier mental health load

American Medical News

October 25, 2010

 

A report from the Center for American Progress, a public policy and advocacy organization, shows that more than a third of patients who receive treatment for mental health disorders rely solely on primary care physicians. ...Although treating psychiatric conditions in primary care is not new, the amount of cases physicians are seeing is increasing, said Thomas Wise, MD, medical director of behavioral health services at Inova Health System in Falls Church, Va.

http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2010/10/25/prl21025.htm

 

 

Immigrant vets face deportation despite service

Houston Chronicle

October 24, 2010

 

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - ... Next month, new U.S. Sentencing Commission rules will make it possible for federal judges to consider a criminal defendant's military service and mental and emotional condition to issue a lesser prison sentence. The rules, however, would not apply to immigration judges.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/nation/7261821.html

 

 

Audit finds violent events grew in last five years at mental health facility

Journal Sentinel

October 25, 2010

 

A county audit released Monday found that violent incidents by patients at the troubled Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex grew over the last five years, peaking last year. In the five years studied, more than 400 patients were involved in about 800 violent events, including assault, improper sexual contact and property damage, the report by Auditor Jerome Heer says.

http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/105741808.html

 

 

Mental Health Convicts Get Second Chance

The Brilliant Stories

October 25, 2010

 

According to a recent draft report issued by the Judicial Council's Task Force for Criminal Justice Collaboration, about a quarter of California's jail and prison inmates have been diagnosed with serious mental illness.   ...Thanks to San Francisco County's Behavioral Health court, a judge doles encouragement to prisoners who are in the comprehensive treatment on a weekly basis.

http://thebrilliantstories.com/mental-health-convicts-get-second-chance/452847/

 

 

Healthcare Reform

 

Meet Earl Pomeroy, the Moderate Democrat Touting His Health-Reform Vote

Newsweek

October 25, 2010

 

Few issues have been as confounding for Democrats this year as health-care reform. With anger at government spending running high, how does an incumbent deal with an unpopular law that, for many voters, sums up the arrogance and big-government philosophy of the Obama administration? Some struggling candidates have responded by lashing out at the law, calling for its repeal. Others have done the campaign equivalent of ducking and covering. But North Dakota Rep. Earl Pomeroy's strategy is different. A Democrat running in a reddish state, Pomeroy has been battered by attacks from his opponent for his pro-reform vote. But rather than try to change the subject, Pomeroy's campaign has embraced the issue.

http://www.newsweek.com/2010/10/25/meet-earl-pomeroy-the-moderate-democrat-touting-his-health-reform-vote.html

 

 

Health insurance law covers people with preexisting medical conditions

The Washington Post

October 25, 2010

 

This summer, new health insurance programs aimed at people with preexisting medical conditions began accepting applications across the country. The plans target one of the key promises of the health-care overhaul: Everyone, even people with checkered medical histories that may make them uninsurable under the current system, can get coverage.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/25/AR2010102503521.html

 

 

Push for better ways to share e-health records

Associated Press

October 25, 2010

 

WASHINGTON -- Think you entered the digital health age when your doctor switched from paper charts to computerized medical records? Think again: An e-chart stored in one doctor's computer too often can't be read by another's across town.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Push-for-better-ways-to-share-apf-4060426692.html?x=0&.v=1

 

 

Conflict over health benefits brochure

Politico

October 26, 2010

 

A requirement that insurers summarize their health plans in a short brochure has led to a drawn-out clash between industry and consumer advocates over how to best define health insurance benefits.

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1010/44146.html#ixzz13TM6QP3H

 

 

Opinions

 

Veterans need mental health help

Houston Chronicle

October 24, 2010

 

Month in and month out, thousands of soldiers pass through Fort Hood on their way to Iraq, Afghanistan and other hot spots around the globe, and thousands more return before ending their service to our nation. We owe these returning veterans our thanks and heartfelt admiration for their dedicated service. ...To that end, during the last session of the Texas Legislature, my colleagues and I appropriated some $1.2 million to expand mental health treatment services for veterans and their families.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/editorial/outlook/7262270.html

 

 

New NAMI Blog: Major League Baseball Leads the Way in Mental Health Support for Athletes; Cy Young Champ, Others Inspire Fans

NAMI

October 25, 2010

 

In the latest NAMI blog entry, Mike Fitzpatrick, NAMI executive director, shares some encouraging developments in Major League Baseball's (MLB) changing attitudes about mental illness.

http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=Whats_New43&template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=109767

 

 

Let's spare funding for child health care

Houston Chronicle

October 23, 2010

 

... Even at current funding levels, Texas children are at a disadvantage on many fronts. For the last ten years, Texas has had the highest rate of uninsured children in the nation. Twenty percent of Texas children are uninsured compared to the national average of 11 percent. Only 46 percent of Texas children have health insurance through their parents' employer. More than 2.8 million children in Texas are enrolled in Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP); however, 500,000 of Texas children who are eligible for Medicaid/CHIP are not enrolled. The recession has made a bad situation even worse, and more families need help for their children.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/editorial/outlook/7261033.html

 

 

Abbott: Critics were wrong about states' health reform case

Houston Chronicle

October 22, 2010

 

Earlier this year, a bipartisan, 20-state coalition - including Texas - filed a lawsuit challenging the new health care mandate passed by Congress. The lawsuit challenges the unprecedented requirement that every American purchase health insurance. We believe the U.S. Constitution does not give Congress the authority to impose that mandate.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/editorial/outlook/7260273.html

 

 

Research

 

Intervention helps cancer patients' moms

UPI

October 23, 2010

           

HOUSTON -- Researchers in Texas and California say an intervention can help mothers cope with their child's cancer.  ...The multi-institutional randomized trial, conducted through the Psychosocial Adaptation to Childhood Cancer Research Consortium, found three months after their child's initial diagnosis, the stress levels of mothers who received the intervention had decreased twice as much as mothers who had no intervention.

http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2010/10/23/Intervention-helps-cancer-patients-moms/UPI-31141287813971/

 

 

Factors linked to homicide by schizophrenia patients revealed

Med Wire News

October 26, 2010

 

Substance misuse and treatment non-compliance are potentially modifiable risk factors associated with the perpetration of homicide among patients with schizophrenia and other psychoses, research shows.

http://www.medwire-news.md/47/89783/Psychiatry/Factors_linked_to_homicide_by_schizophrenia_patients_revealed.html

 

 

Gender differences in outcome after acute mania

Med Wire News

October 26, 2010

 

Results from a Spanish study suggest that there are small but significant differences in short- and long-term outcomes between men and women who have suffered an acute episode of pure mania.

http://www.medwire-news.md/47/89782/Psychiatry/Gender_differences_in_outcome_after_acute_mania.html

 

 

Compelling New Report Shows Why Mental Health 'Must Be At The Heart Of Public Health'

Medical News Today

October 26, 2010

 

Psychiatrists are today calling on the government to put mental health at the heart of their new public health strategy, which is due to be unveiled later this year. The Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych) has published a compelling bank of evidence showing why public health strategies cannot afford to ignore mental health.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/205802.php

 

 

Managing Maternal Depression Before And After Birth

Medical News Today

October 26, 2010

Maternal postpartum depression can have serious adverse effects on the mother and child relationship, resulting in an environment that can disrupt the infant's development. Infants who live in a neglectful or depressed setting are likely to show delays in development and impaired social interaction.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/205712.php

 

 

Heavy smokers 'at increased risk of dementia'

British Broadcasting Corporation

October 25, 2010

 

Heavy smokers with a 40-a-day habit face a much higher risk of two common forms of dementia, a large study shows. The risk of Alzheimer's is more than doubled in people smoking at least two packs of cigarettes a day in their mid-life. The risk of vascular dementia, linked to problems in blood vessels supplying the brain, also rose significantly. The US study, looking at over 21,000 people's records, is published in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-11622484


 

Features & Resources

 

Parenting Part II: Know when your teen is sending signs of depression

USA Today

October 25, 2010

 

...But parents of teens and young adults need to know this: While bullying may push a despairing youth over the edge, and while gay youths may be especially vulnerable, most who kill themselves have something else in common. They are depressed or have another mental illness. And while some act with youthful impulsivity, many have been flashing warning signs for months or years.

http://www.usatoday.com/yourlife/parenting-family/teen-ya/2010-10-26-parent26_ST_N.htm

 

 

Free Webinar: Engaging Consumers in Health Integration and Wellness Promotion

Mental Health America

October 25, 2010

 

There is a perception that if we place primary care services and wellness promotion activities into community behavioral health settings, consumers will flock to the services. Integrating primary care and wellness requires a different approach to engaging consumers across all points of contact with behavioral health services. Charles Willis from the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network will discuss the role of peer support specialists in peer wellness and Kathy Bianco from Care Plus NJ, a SAMHSA primary and behavioral health care integration grantee, will share strategies for engaging consumers in health integration and wellness promotion. Monday, November 1, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 pm eastern time.

https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/918002083

 

 

Medicaid Webinar: Understanding Medicaid's Role in Mental Health Funding

NAMI

October 22, 2010

 

View the presentation on Understanding Medicaid's Role in Mental Health Funding, October 21, 2010, from Judith Solomon of the Center on Budget & Policy Priorities. (PDF)

http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=Whats_New43&template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=109707

 

 

Kind of funny, kind of sweet

Wilson County News

October 26, 2010

 

What's so funny about schizophrenia, suicidal depression and pathological delusion? The new coming-of-age comedy "It's Kind of a Funny Story," about a teenager's weeklong stay in a psych ward, gently finds the humor---and the heart.  ...There's nothing inherently funny about mental illness. But the movie navigates this tricky terrain nimbly, never lampooning the situation in which Craig finds himself, and never using his wing-mates for cheap laughs. There's a tenderness to the tone that elevates it above what usually passes for slash-and-burn movie comedy.

http://www.wilsoncountynews.com/article.php?id=31267&n=movie-reviews-kind-of-funny-kind-of-sweet

 

 

A Day In The Life Of Family Practice Residents At Tyler's Health Science Center

Tyler Morning Telegraph

October 25, 2010

 

On a not-so-typical day, third-year family medicine resident Dr. Andrea Ellis, 28, saw six patients.  ...Each day is different for residents at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, but it usually consists of doing exactly what a vetted doctor does, plus, they are actively learning, being advised and applying their very recent medical school knowledge to real life.

http://www.tylerpaper.com/article/20101025/NEWS08/10250312

 

 

Philanthropy

 

New Tools Not Replacing Traditional Fundraising Channels, Survey Finds

Philanthropy News Digest

October 26, 2010

 

Although they are increasing their use of new interactive channels, most nonprofit organizations continue to leverage traditional fundraising and communication channels, a new survey by fundraising software provider Blackbaud finds.

http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/news/story.jhtml;jsessionid=RHJ3TILHANS1VLAQBQ4CGW15AAAACI2F?id=311900006



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