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

January, 2011

HOGG FOUNDATION

 

GIH Bulletin

Grantmakers In Health

January 17, 2011

 

Hogg Foundation for Mental Health (Austin, TX) announced that it is investing an additional $1.5 million

to support a three-year extension of a statewide strategy aiming to increase Spanish-language mental health services.

http://www.gih.org/usr_doc/GIH1-17-11.pdf

 

 

TEXAS NEWS

 

Texas agency says new health care law will help families get coverage

Dallas Morning News

January 17, 2011

 

AUSTIN - Even as Texas leaders rail against the national health care law and call for its repeal, the state Department of Insurance has issued a report that says the law will make it easier for many Texas families to get health coverage.

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/state/headlines/20110117-texas-agency-says-new-health-care-law-will-help-families-get-coverage.ece

 

 

Spartan budget plan calls for broad cuts: Public schools, universities, health care providers take major hits as Texas proposes to balance budget without raising taxes or using rainy day fund

Austin American-Statesman

January 18, 2011

 

A sobering reality settled over the Texas Capitol late Tuesday as the state's budget challenge emerged in black and white.

http://www.statesman.com/news/texas-politics/spartan-budget-plan-calls-for-broad-cuts-1194464.html

 

 

Public schools, college students, Medicaid hammered in Texas House budget plan

Dallas Morning News

January 18, 2011

 

AUSTIN - Texas would slash support for public schools, cut at least 60,000 college students from financial aid and decrease Medicaid fees by 10 percent to doctors, nursing homes and hospitals under a budget plan that House leaders unveiled late Tuesday.

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/state-politics/20110118-public-schools-college-students-medicaid-hammered-in-texas-house-budget-plan.ece

 

 

Social services dread the budget ax: Advocates are worried that critical programs will be lost

San Antonio Express News

January 19, 2011

 

... Residents who rely on state-funded social services and administrators of the programs are bracing for the worst as lawmakers in Austin begin to grapple with making cuts to a budget battered by the recession and other economic factors. Public education and health and human services, which draw the bulk of general revenue dollars, stand to take the biggest hit, experts said.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/article/Social-services-dread-the-budget-ax-959459.php

 

 

Widespread cuts proposed in effort to address shortfall

Houston Chronicle

January 18, 2011

 

AUSTIN - A Sugar Land prison unit would be closed, funding for Brazosport Community College would be eliminated and thousands of jobs would be cut under a base budget presented late Tuesday night to state lawmakers dealing with a massive shortfall and the prospect of no new revenue this session.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/7387236.html

 

 

Search, Track Texas Legislation in 82nd Session

Texas Tribune

January 19, 2011

 

With the 82nd Legislative Session in only its second week, Texas lawmakers have already filed more than 900 bills - potential laws addressing hundreds of subjects ranging from abortion and immigration to health care and wrongful imprisonment. Our latest data-driven application, released today, aims to help Texans make sense of the legislative process, tracking proposed pieces of legislation as they move through the Texas House and Senate during the next five months.

http://www.texastribune.org/texas-legislature/texas-legislature/search-track-texas-legislation-in-82nd-session/

 

 

Dallas City Hall could face another massive budget deficit for 2011-12

Dallas Morning News

January 18, 2011

 

The city of Dallas is only a few months into its current budget, but it already is looking ahead to what could be yet another bleak fiscal year on the horizon.

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/community-news/dallas/headlines/20110118-dallas-city-hall-could-face-another-massive-budget-deficit-for-2011-12.ece

 

 

MHMR CEO, Board Member Defend CEO's Lucrative Contract

ABC-7

January 18, 2011

 

EL PASO, Texas -- The vice chairman of the El Paso Mental Health and Mental Retardation Board of Trustees spoke out Monday about the controversial and lucrative contract awarded recently to the agency's CEO Gary Larcenaire. The contract calls for Larcenaire to be paid $170,000 a year base salary, $750 a month in car allowance, a $50,000 bonus if he stays with MHMR through 2014 and $255,000 in severance pay if he is terminated prior to that.

http://www.kvia.com/news/26527919/detail.html

 

 

Austin Ventures invests $30 million in emergency room chain

Austin American-Statesman

January 18, 2011

 

Austin Ventures is investing $30 million in Emerus Hospital Partners, which operates free-standing emergency rooms. ... Free-standing emergency rooms are a growing trend in medical care, bringing services closer to where people live and work. A number of new players are jumping into the market in Texas, Lack said.

http://www.statesman.com/business/austin-ventures-invests-30-million-in-emergency-room-1194161.html

 

 

Therapy sessions in the saddle; Nonprofit group offers horses to help with healing

Houston Chronicle

January 18, 2011

 

... The therapeutic riding program sees approximately 60 clients a week with a wide range of physical, emotional and mental needs. Clients in the equine-assisted therapy program do not ride, Darnall said, but the presence of a horse has a tremendous impact on the interaction between client and therapist as they address such issues as abuse, eating disorders, depress, self-esteem issues and loss.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/zones/7386839.html

 

 

Parolee, 42, dies after collapsing in jail

Houston Chronicle

January 18, 2011

 

... Cathey was taken to Harris County's NeuroPsychiatric Center for a medical evaluation after his arrest Saturday because he was disoriented and shouting suicidal threats, police said. Because the NeuroPsychiatric Center is prohibited by law from admitting inmates facing felony charges and does not have facilities to accommodate someone in police custody, doctors there can only stabilize inmates before sending them to jail. As a result, doctors there did not admit Cathey and advised the arresting police officers to take him directly to the Harris County Jail, which has its own medical and mental health facilities.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/headline/metro/7386228.html

 

 

Warning signs missed before teen brings gun to school

McAllen Monitor

January 15, 2011

 

McAllen - Shock and relief spread among students and parents Friday morning outside Fossum Middle School, where a troubled teenager brandished a handgun before class in a public attempt to take his life.  ... The boy already attempted suicide with a drug overdose this school year - apparently from antidepressants he had bought from another student - and tried to set himself ablaze at school, said one woman, whose son knows the teen and witnessed Friday's incident.

http://www.themonitor.com/news/gun-46254-signs-jared.html

 

 

Billings found guilty on all four charges

Odessa American

January 19, 2011

 

... Dr. John R. Howlett, who evaluated Billings' competency in 2008, took the stand to testify that Billings was insane. But Howlett's report was not admitted into evidence because of a statute that does not allow for competency and sanity evaluations to be conducted in the same report.

http://www.oaoa.com/articles/guilty-58853-jury-billings.html

 

 

Corpus Christi murder suspect to be evaluated: Psychiatrist will determine competency

Corpus Christi Caller Times

January 19, 2011

 

CORPUS CHRISTI - A Corpus Christi man accused of killing a woman last year must undergo a mental evaluation before he can stand trial. During a Tuesday hearing, 347th District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos appointed a doctor who specializes in psychiatry to determine if 47-year-old Pedro Bustinza is competent.

http://www.caller.com/news/2011/jan/19/murder-suspect-to-be-evaluated/

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

U.S. Supreme Court to decide if California can cut payments to Medi-Cal providers

Los Angeles Times

January 19, 2011

 

Reporting from Washington and Sacramento - The U.S. Supreme Court announced Tuesday that it will decide whether to give California and other cash-strapped states more freedom to cut the amounts they pay doctors, hospitals and other providers of medical care for the poor.

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-court-medicaid-20110119,0,405868.story

 

 

Medicare's policy on therapy comes under attack; Lawsuit charges government with illegally denying care to thousands of chronically ill recipients

Chicago Tribune

January 18, 2011

 

The federal government is illegally denying thousands of chronically ill Americans needed therapies and medical services, five national organizations charged Tuesday in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Vermont.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/health/ct-met-medicare-lawsuit-20110118,0,7699963.story

 

 

Pa. part of firearms sales mental health loophole

San Antonio Express News

January 18, 2011

 

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - When a Pennsylvanian is committed to a mental institution against his will - "302'd" in medical parlance - his name is automatically entered into a state database listing those who are prohibited from owning firearms. If someone on the list tries to buy a firearm - handgun or rifle - his name appears on the Pennsylvania Instant Check System, or PICS, that gun-store owners use when selling weapons. But Pennsylvania is one of 13 states that don't share mental health records with the federal government.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/default/article/Pa-part-of-firearms-sales-mental-health-loophole-963762.php

 

 

Getting Someone to Psychiatric Treatment Can Be Difficult and Inconclusive

The New York Times

January 18, 2011

 

...Millions of Americans have wondered about a troubled loved one, friend or co-worker, fearing not so much an act of violence, but - far more likely - self-inflicted harm, landing in the streets, in jail or on suicide watch. But those in a position to help often struggle with how to distinguish ominous behavior from the merely odd, the red flags from the red herrings.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/19/us/19mental.html?_r=1&ref=health

 

 

The Link Between Financial Trouble and Mental Illness

CNBC

January 18, 2011

 

...A recent government report found that 20 percent of Americans had some form of mental illness in 2009. Let's read that again: 1 in 5 Americans suffers from mental illness, including depression and anxiety. Undetected, these conditions lead to alarming rates of suicide or other violence.

http://www.cnbc.com/id/41135823

 

 

Portland Police Team Aims To Help Mentally Ill: Officer Injured In Shoot-Out Joins Team

KPTV (Oregon)

January 18, 2011

 

Portland, Ore -- A new, proactive approach to stem violence during police encounters with mental health patients is under way.  ...The initiative comes after the bureau faced intense criticism in reaction to mentally ill people being shot and killed by Portland police or while in the bureau's custody.

http://www.kptv.com/news/26534409/detail.html

 

 

HEALTHCARE REFORM

 

New report: 129 million Americans with a pre-existing condition could be denied coverage without new health reform law

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

January 18, 2011

 

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today released a new analysis showing that, without the Affordable Care Act, up to 129 million non-elderly Americans who have some type of pre-existing health condition, like heart disease, high blood pressure, arthritis or cancer, would be at risk of losing health insurance when they need it most, or be denied coverage altogether.

http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2011pres/01/20110118a.html

 

 

Florida: Six More States Sue Over Health Care Law

The New York Times

January 18, 2011

 

Six more states joined a lawsuit in Florida against President Obama's health care overhaul on Tuesday, meaning more than half of the country is challenging the law. The six - Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Ohio, Wisconsin and Wyoming - all with Republican attorneys general, joined Florida and 19 others in the legal action, Attorney General Pam Bondi of Florida said. The states claim the health care law is unconstitutional and violates people's rights by forcing them to buy health insurance by 2014 or face penalties.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/19/health/policy/19brfs-SIXMORESTATE_BRF.html?ref=health

 

 

House to vote on repealing Obama's health care law

The Washington Post

January 19, 2011

 

WASHINGTON -- The new Republican-led House is poised to deliver an emphatic thumbs-down to President Barack Obama's landmark health care overhaul, with no ready substitute of its own. The House vote Wednesday could turn out to be the high-water mark for repeal, a goal that energized conservative voters in the midterm elections and helped Republicans return to power in Congress.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/19/AR2011011900529.html

 

 

Debunking common myths about health-care reform

The Washington Post

January 18, 2011

 

House Republicans plan to press forward Wednesday with their effort to repeal the health-care law enacted last year. They have the votes, so the bill's passage is not in doubt. But the Democrats who control the Senate have no interest in following suit, and President Obama pledged a veto. So this is mostly a symbolic act. But it does provide an opportunity to look back at some of the persistent myths about the legislation.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/18/AR2011011805379.html

 

 

Behind the arguments for health care repeal

Los Angeles Times

January 19, 2011

 

In their campaign to repeal the healthcare overhaul President Obama signed last year, Republicans have leveled two sweeping critiques of the new law: its impact on the job market and on the federal budget deficit. Here is a run-down of how some of the rhetoric matches up with reality.

http://www.latimes.com/health/la-na-health-qa-20110119,0,5451.story

 

 

Many of the doctor-legislators in House oppose health-care law

Washington Post

January 18, 2011

 

... Altogether, the 112th Congress has 20 doctors, including five surgeons, five gynecologists, two ophthalmologists and a psychiatrist, according to the AMA. It also has two dentists. Only two of the doctors are Democrats. Some of the newly elected doctors won their seats with help from the tea party, which is pressing for smaller government, tax cuts and a repeal of the health law. The doctor-lawmakers offer GOP leaders a valuable asset in hammering the health law and its Democratic supporters, especially President Barack Obama.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/18/AR2011011806926.html

 

 

Request for Proposals: GIH State Grant Writing Assistance Fund

Grantmakers In Health

January 2011

 

Grantmakers In Health, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, announces the availability of the GIH State Grant Writing Assistance Fund. The fund will provide up to $15,000 in matching funds per state to grantmakers interested in offering grant writing support to state government agencies. Apply by February 1, 2011.

http://www.gih.org/newsletter2679/newsletter_show.htm?doc_id=1435169

 

 

Promoting Family-Centered Care for Children with Special Health Care Needs

Grantmakers In Health

January 17, 2011

 

There are approximately 10.2 million children in the United States with special health care needs, which translates into one out of every five households. Like other children and youth, those with special health care needs deserve a happy, healthy childhood and youth - attending school, enjoying community events, living with their families - as well as the opportunity to become productive adults. However, unlike other children and youth, children with special health care needs also have challenging health conditions - physical, mental, or emotional - that can make their lives and their families' lives more complicated.

http://www.gih.org/usr_doc/Family-Centered_Care_Kids_Special_Needs_FamilyVoices_January_2011.pdf

 

 

OPINIONS

 

Cliff Richey: Don't cut funding for mental health

San Angelo Standard Times

January 18, 2011

 

SAN ANGELO, Texas - The Tucson shootings are an unspeakable tragedy. Lives have been shattered. We mourn the ones who died.  ...But our society needs to address the issue of mental illness. We are beginning to talk about it a little more.

http://www.gosanangelo.com/news/2011/jan/18/no-headline---ed2richey/

 

 

Arizona Tragedy - A Look At Mental Illness

GOPUSA

January 17, 2011

 

... Texas has funded treatment for only about half of its estimated citizens with mental health disorders. It has often been scorned for its weak funding of mental health treatment. Though figures constantly change the Lone Star State invests about $39 per capita in mental health programs. That totals out to about $860 million dollars a year. Arizona invests much more at $126 per capita, but due to a much smaller population that totals out to about $702 million dollars a year. It too lags in treating all who need help.

http://www.gopusa.com/commentary/2011/01/17/segel-arizona-tragedy-a-look-at-mental-illness/

 

 

MHMR deal: Contract is questioned

El Paso Times

January 19, 2011

 

Is there something missing from CEO Gary Larcenaire's "insane" contract with El Paso Mental Health Mental Retardation? As in how many tens of thousands of dollars he gets for his "sky is falling" sobs regarding underfunding of the agency -- while he's getting rich?

http://www.elpasotimes.com/opinion/ci_17129321

 

 

Healthcare for all, somehow

Los Angeles Times

January 19, 2011

 

The requirement in the healthcare law that everyone buy coverage is part of the formula to insure the many Americans with preexisting conditions. Republicans reject it, but they need a viable alternative.

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/editorials/la-ed-health-20110119,0,7697652.story

 

 

Should The Obama Health Care Law Be Repealed?

National Public Radio

January 18, 2011

 

...Supporters of the law argue that it will extend coverage to millions of people who are now uninsured and will save the government money in the long run. They also point to popular provisions in the law, like not allowing insurers to deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions. Opponents counter that the law will increase costs for employers and drive up premiums for everyone. And, they say, the law impinges on personal freedom and puts too many decisions in the government's hands.

http://www.npr.org/2011/01/18/132861572/should-the-obama-health-care-law-be-repealed

 

 

Repeal And Replace -- But Replace With What?

Kaiser Health News

January 18, 2011

 

The Republicans insist they want not just to repeal the Affordable Care Act but also to replace it. But replace it with what, exactly? It's not an easy question to answer.

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Columns/2011/January/011911cohn.aspx

 

 

What Repeal Is Not About

Kaiser Health News

January 18, 2011

 

With the House of Representatives poised to vote on the repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, there has been a flurry of commentary regarding what is at stake. ...  So, in the interest of dispassionate evaluation, let us step back for one moment and review the situation.

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Columns/2011/January/011911holtzeakin.aspx

 

 

Debunking urban myths about homelessness before the Big Game

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

January 18, 2011

 

... So why do people live on the streets? There are as many reasons as there are individuals. ... Some are afraid of the close quarters, suffering from severe mental illness and paranoia.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/01/18/2778123/crain-debunking-urban-myths-about.html#ixzz1BUlKjsBI

 

 

The phony debate about political assassinations

Dallas Morning News

January 14, 2011

 

... Whether medically composed or deranged, whether legally sane or insane, assassins train their consuming energies and hatreds on politicians not for purely arbitrary reasons but because politics matters to them - usually far out of proportion to the actual power of their victims.

http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/sunday-commentary/20110114-david-greenberg-the-phony-debate-about-political-assassinations.ece

 

 

RESEARCH

 

Progression to Psychosis Increasingly Seen as Preventable

Internal Medicine News

January 18, 2011

 

PITTSBURGH - Emerging evidence is leading to optimism that early interventions could prevent the onset of schizophrenia or reduce its impact on cognitive function. Among psychiatric disorders, schizophrenia tends to manifest later in life than most, typically not until late adolescence or early adulthood.

http://www.internalmedicinenews.com/news/mental-health/single-article/progression-to-psychosis-increasingly-seen-as-preventable/8c72a6764a.html

 

 

Military Study Finds Benefits in Mental Health Screening

The New York Times

January 18, 2011

 

Soldiers who were screened for mental health problems before deploying to Iraq were less likely to report suicidal thoughts, be evacuated for mental health reasons or require care for combat stress, a study published on Tuesday has found.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/19/us/19military.html?scp=6&sq=mental&st=nyt

 

 

Grown-Up Problems Start at Bedtime

The Wall Street Journal

January 18, 2011

 

Every parent knows that a tired kid is a cranky kid. Now, scientists are discovering that children with chronic sleep problems are at increased risk for developing a mental illness later in life. Recent studies show that children who have persistent sleep problems, such as difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, or not getting enough night-time shut-eye, are more likely later to suffer from depression and anxiety disorders and to abuse alcohol and drugs than kids without sleep problems.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704029704576087943126802036.html

 

 

Can Weight Be Related To Recurrent Depression And Its Treatment With Antidepressants Drugs?

Medical News today

January 19, 2011

 

This study demonstrates that patients using antidepressants continuously, mostly serotonin-selective reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), show significantly more overweight and obesity than those using them intermittently or not at all. Compared with SSRIs, other types of ADs used did not have a significant impact on the anthropometric measures.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/214051.php

 

 

Postmortem Research Highlighted In Biological Psychiatry

Medical News Today

January 19, 2011

 

Biological Psychiatry is proud to announce this week's publication of a special issue focusing on postmortem studies of psychosis. This special issue showcases the use of human brains postmortem to study psychiatric disorders, focusing on schizophrenia. The review articles highlight the benefits, achievements, problems, and perhaps most importantly, the future of postmortem research.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/214029.php

 

 

Gender differences in schizophrenia risk develop in later adolescence

Med Wire News

January 19, 2011

 

There are no significant gender differences in the risk for schizophrenia before the age of 17 years, but men are significantly more likely than women to develop the mental health condition after this age, research shows.

http://www.medwire-news.md/47/90812/Psychiatry/Gender_differences_in_schizophrenia_risk_develop_in_later_adolescence_.html

 

 

PHILANTHROPY

 

M.D. Anderson receives $150 million gift

Houston Chronicle

January 18, 2011

 

The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center is receiving $150 million from the president of the United Arab Emirates, the largest donation ever given to an institution in the Texas Medical Center.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/headline/metro/7386826.html



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