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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health News and Grants
Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

November, 2010

Today's Clips - November 16, 2010

 

This summary of recent news and research articles on mental health topics was prepared as a public service by the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. Stories from other media sources do not necessarily reflect the opinions or positions of the foundation and its staff. Media sites may require a one-time free registration and academic and science journal sites may require a paid subscription to access articles.

 

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HOGG FOUNDATION

 

Study to help abuse victims

North Texas Daily

November 16, 2010

 

About 8 percent of the population millions of people worldwide suffers from the debilitating effects of a mental condition called post traumatic stress disorder, said Adriel Boals of the psychology faculty. Boals and his colleague Amy Murrell received a $15,000 grant from the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health to pursue research that could change the way patients with the disorder are treated.

http://www.ntdaily.com/?p=13800

 

 

TEXAS NEWS

 

Texas leaders asking for more spending cuts

Houston Chronicle

November 16, 2010

 

AUSTIN - State agencies already ordered to slash $1.2 billion this budget period will have to go back and find more cuts, Texas leaders said Monday as they sought to make a dent in a massive projected shortfall. ... Leaders announced the new round of cuts during a Legislative Budget Board meeting in which GOP House Speaker Joe Straus said state revenues could be $4 billion short of projections for the current two-year budget period.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7296209.html

 

 

State leaders call for Texas agencies to make more trims

Dallas Morning News

November 16, 2010

 

AUSTIN - Legislative leaders want state agencies to further trim spending over the next 10 months, roughly doubling the budget cuts ordered last spring, they said Monday. ... On Monday, Dewhurst said the deficit for the next two years could be $16 billion. He dismissed as exaggerated recent calculations by senior legislative staff members and others that placed the shortfall at $24 billion or higher.

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/texassouthwest/stories/DN-txbudget_16tex.ART.State.Edition2.4b5a072.html

 

 

More budget cuts coming for state agencies; Some may not be exempt from latest cuts of up to 3 percent

Austin American-Statesman

November 16, 2010

 

State agencies will be told to cut up to 3 percent more from their current budgets, legislative leaders said Monday. And some of the areas that got a partial reprieve from 5 percent budget cuts earlier this year, such as criminal justice, might not be so lucky this time around.

http://www.statesman.com/news/texas-politics/more-budget-cuts-coming-for-state-agencies-1050352.html

 

 

New, much bigger VA clinic in Fort Worth pleases patients

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

November 15, 2010

 

... The new clinic -- at 239,000 square feet it's almost five times larger than the old one -- opened Monday and will provide more resources, access and services to the more than 150,000 veterans in Tarrant, Johnson, Hood, Wise and Parker counties.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2010/11/15/2634136/new-much-bigger-va-clinic-in-fort.html#ixzz15SOsHqVm

 

 

'Neglect' cited in death of Fort Worth patient, 23

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

November 15, 2010

 

... The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services said DFW Nursing's "neglect" of Fleming and the home's policies and procedures -- seven nurses lacked current CPR certification -- posed an immediate jeopardy to Fleming and potentially dozens more, according to an investigation report obtained by the Star-Telegram.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2010/11/15/2634100/neglect-cited-in-death-of-patient.html#ixzz15SPY9P3A

 

 

National suicide effort offers help for those left behind

Dallas Morning News

November 16, 2010

 

The death of a loved one is tough enough for those left behind. Add suicide to the equation, and grief is magnified. Two troubling questions compound the pain: "Why?" and "What could I have done?"

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/fea/healthyliving2/stories/DN-nh_suicide_1116gd.ART0.State.Edition1.4b4da77.html

 

 

No defense witnesses in hearing on Fort Hood shootings; Hasan awaits decision on court-martial

Austin American-Statesman

November 16, 2010

 

FORT HOOD - ... It's unclear when Pohl will issue his recommendations to Fort Hood commanders, but it could be after a military sanity board evaluates Hasan's mental state. Defense attorneys have challenged the makeup and the timing of the sanity board, and they blocked its initial attempt to interview Hasan inside the Bell County Jail before the Article 32 hearing began last month.

http://www.statesman.com/news/Fort_Hood_shootings__One_year_l/no-defense-witnesses-in-hearing-on-fort-hood-1050328.html

 

 

Exams loom, but dogs soothe stress

Baylor University The Lariat Online

November 16, 2010

 

Furry visitors from the Humane Society of Central Texas joined students on Baylor campus Monday for an event hosted by Active Minds, a new student organization that aims to create awareness about common mental health issues such as depression, addiction and anxiety.

http://www.baylor.edu/lariat/news.php?action=story&story=84189

 

 

Mom of home intruder has few answers: Son suffered from mental health problems

KXAN

November 15, 2010

 

AUSTIN - The mother of a 19-year-old boy shot four times and killed during a home invasion the past weekend does not know what he was doing there.  ...Cuevas said her son was dealing with multiple mental problems, including bi-polar disorder and mild schizophrenia, for which he was taking medication and making clinical visits.

http://www.kxan.com/dpp/news/crime/mom-of-home-intruder-has-few-answers

 

 

Truvia sent to Vernon State Hospital

KLTV

November 16, 2010

 

TYLER, TX - Another detention hearing was held for Byron Truvia, Monday. He remains in custody at the Smith County Juvenile Attention Center, charged with stabbing a John Tyler teacher to death, more than a year ago. Truvia's attorney filed a motion to have the teenager sent to Vernon State Hospital for mental treatment.

http://www.kltv.com/Global/story.asp?S=13510221

 

 

HEALTHCARE REFORM

 

2014 Question Looms: Could Medicaid Recipients Buy Insurance On Exchanges?

Kaiser Health News

November 15, 2010

 

As budget-weary state officials contemplate dropping out of the state-federal Medicaid program, a potentially game-changing question has arisen in Washington: Would poor people who lose Medicaid be eligible for subsidies to buy private coverage in an insurance exchange beginning in 2014?

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2010/November/15/medicaid.aspx

 

 

Repeal and Replace?

Newsweek

November 5, 2010

 

Not so fast. An insurance-company defector explains why the most controversial provision of the health-care law will survive.

http://www.newsweek.com/2010/11/05/why-healthcare-reform-will-survive.html

 

 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

 

Expert calls for 'war' on mental health in Wales

British Broadcasting Corporation

November 16, 2010

 

A leading neuroscience expert from Cardiff University says more needs to be invested in mental health research. Professor Mike Owen will also tell AMs that more needs to be done to change attitudes and stigmas surrounging mental illness and disability. He says just 5% of medical research is in the field of mental health despite it affecting 16.7m people in the UK.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-11760110

 

 

OPINIONS

 

Feeling depressed? Say something. Worried about a friend? Say something.

The Washington Post

November 15, 2010

 

...The second most common cause of death for college students: Suicide. On college campuses of all sizes and demographics, thousands of students are coping with mental health issues. The stress of college -- things such as relationships, friendships, academics, finances and transitioning away from home -- can intensify those issues and make some students feel like they just can't escape from their problems.

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/campus-overload/2010/11/feeling_depressed_say_somethin.html

 

 

Commentary: Give up Medicaid? Not easily

Houston Chronicle

November 15, 2010

 

... Reinventing the wheel in indigent health care could take years. We're less than two months away from the next legislative session, and no one's laid out a feasible alternative for caring for more than 3 million of the state's poorest families, children, pregnant women, elderly and disabled. Some conservatives, the Texas Tribune reported, believe that many of the people dropped from Medicaid could get federal subsides through the new health care law to buy insurance. But several experts say the new law explicitly disqualifies the poorest from the new exchanges. The fact is, going without Medicaid is impossible in a civilized society and inventing a decent alternative can't be done overnight.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/falkenberg/7296559.html

 

 

Can Texas afford to drop out of Medicaid?

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

November 15, 2010

 

Texas is reportedly facing a $20 billion or more budget shortfall. Coincidentally, this amount closely matches Texas' portion of costs for participating in the Medicaid program. ... What are some issues that our lawmakers should consider as they weigh this option?

http://www.star-telegram.com/2010/11/15/2633754/cole-can-texas-afford-to-drop.html#ixzz15SPkx6Jh

 

 

They walk among us, but they are invisible

Austin American-Statesman

November 13, 2010

 

What would you do if you were suddenly invisible? That is a question being raised by Austin City Manager Marc Ott, who in 24 hours went from being a highly recognized figure in Austin to a homeless person whom folks ignored and avoided as Ott passed them on city streets.

http://www.statesman.com/opinion/they-walk-among-us-but-they-are-invisible-1043628.html

 

 

Day on the streets gives Ott striking view of the city

Austin American-Statesman

November 13, 2010

 

Seven months after the experience, Austin City Manager Marc Ott finally is ready to talk about it. After not shaving for a week, Ott put on old clothes, stuffed some stuff in a duffel bag, and spent an April day and night doing his best to understand what it is like to be homeless in downtown Austin. ... Ott opted for simulated homelessness because he was uncomfortable talking about the issue without knowing more about it

http://www.statesman.com/opinion/day-on-the-streets-gives-ott-striking-view-1043659.html

 

 

Who are the homeless?

Austin American-Statesman

November 15, 2010

 

Most people don't need any reminders that Austin has homeless people. Anyone who has been downtown or at a busy intersection has seen them begging for money. Who are these people? We don't know their stories. We don't always want to know. In honor of Homeless Awareness Week, social service agencies across Austin are hosting a series of events designed to educate people about homelessness and poverty.

http://www.statesman.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/austin/charity/entries/2010/11/15/homeless_awareness_week.html?cxntfid=blogs_charity_chat

 

 

Pat Faubion: United Way's new strategy to bolster donors

Dallas Morning News

November 16, 2010

 

Despite pouring billions of dollars into charitable causes, which has helped to create the world's largest nonprofit sector, philanthropists have fallen far short of solving America's most pressing problems. A recent article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review points out that the U.S. has the highest level of charitable giving in the world and that giving has gone up annually for the last 30 years. Yet we don't seem to be making headway against a massive tide of societal problems.

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/opinion/viewpoints/stories/DN-faubion_16edi.State.Edition1.298faea.html

 

 

RESEARCH

 

Binge Drinkers May Risk Mood Disorders as Adults

Psych Central News

November 16, 2010

 

A new study on rats suggests binge-drinking teenagers may be putting themselves at higher risk in adulthood for common mental disorders such as anxiety and depression.

http://psychcentral.com/news/2010/11/16/binge-drinkers-may-risk-mood-disorders-as-adults/20948.html

 

 

Brain Scan Can Predict Therapy Response for Anxious Kids

Psych Central News

November 15, 2010

 

Experts say a brain scan can predict which kids with anxiety disorders will respond to one form of psychotherapy. As a consequence, Georgetown University neuroscientists say the use of psychiatric medication is not necessary for certain children.

http://psychcentral.com/news/2010/11/15/brain-scan-can-predict-therapy-response-for-anxious-kids/20907.html

 

 

Tasty Foods May Reduce Stress

Psych Central News

November 16, 2010

 

For emotional eaters, a new finding that pleasurable foods both provide "pleasure" and relieve stress in rats may not come as a surprise.

http://psychcentral.com/news/2010/11/15/tasty-foods-may-reduce-stress/20913.html

 

 

FEATURES & RESOURCES

 

Winter's limited light darkens many moods

The Washington Post

November 15, 2010

 

... About 20 percent of Americans start to feel down as the days get noticeably shorter, Rosenthal said. Some people start feeling their mood change as early as July, when daylight begins to grow shorter after the summer solstice on June 21. Most, however, first notice the change after they move their clocks back into standard time, which this year occurred on Nov. 7.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/15/AR2010111504518.html

 

 

Depression: How to know if you have it, what to do

Dallas Morning News

November 16, 2010

 

In 2005-06, about 80 percent of people with depression said it "interfered with their ability to work, maintain a home and be socially active," according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you're wondering whether you're depressed, take WebMD's 10-question quiz to find out. The site also has information on triggers, risks and symptoms; a quiz on myths and facts; tips on how to lower your stress and what to eat; and exercises to help you feel better. LEARN MORE: www.webmd.com, click on "Take the Quiz."

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/fea/healthyliving2/stories/DN-nh_healthalerts_1116gd.ART.State.Edition1.4b4b50d.html

 

 

YOU DID IT! Voting Rights Amendment Passes!

protectvotingrights.com

November 3, 2010

 

For 36 years, the Kansas Constitution has given the Legislature the authority to prevent people with mental illness from voting. Tonight, a majority of Kansas voters took that authority away by casting their ballots for Amendment No. 2. This result sends a strong message that discrimination against people with mental illness will not be tolerated.

http://protectvotingrights.com/

 

 

State Voting Laws Regarding Mental Illness

National Alliance on Mental Illness

 

In most states, persons undergoing court-ordered evaluation or receiving mental health treatment in a facility may not be denied the right to vote solely due to status as a patient.

http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=Elections1&Template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=104206

 

 

PHILANTHROPY

 

Giving Voice: The Power of Grassroots Advocacy in Shaping Public Policy

Grantmakers in Health

November 15, 2010

 

... One of the most effective and often underused strategies available to nonprofits is grassroots advocacy. Generally defined as "the basic source of support from the ground up," grassroots advocacy includes organizing, mobilizing, and engaging the public to advocate for themselves. The value of this form of advocacy is that it is driven by the people. It is grounded in the belief that people matter and that their collective voices are powerful in influencing elected officials and in shaping policies at all levels of government.

http://www.gih.org/usr_doc/Grassroots_Advocacy_Sunflower_Foundation_November_2010.pdf

 

 

Home Visiting: Giving Parents and Children an Early Boost

Grantmakers in Health

November 15, 2010

 

Thousands of children are born each year to parents who struggle to adequately care for them or who lack traditional support networks of family and friends. As a result, many of these children are at risk for abuse, neglect, or other negative outcomes. Home visiting programs, which began in the late 19th century, provide an opportunity to offer new and expectant parents skills and resources to become more confident and effective, thereby increasing the odds of better outcomes for themselves and their children. These programs have gained increasing popularity in recent years as interventions attempt to reach families considered at risk before negative influences affect them and their children.

http://www.gih.org/usr_doc/Issue_Focus_Home_Visiting_11-15-10.pdf

 

 

GIH Bulletin

Grantmakers in Health

November 15, 2010

 

Summary of news and information about healthcare philanthropy.

http://www.gih.org/usr_doc/GIH11-15-10.pdf



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