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

March, 2011

HOGG FOUNDATION Martinez, Breithaupt Receive Associate Vice President Appointments The University of Texas at Austin March 11, 2011 AUSTIN, Texas - Dr. Octavio N. Martinez Jr., executive director of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health and clinical professor in the School of Social Work, and Dr. Charles Breithaupt, executive director of the University Interscholastic League (UIL), have been appointed associate vice presidents for diversity and community engagement at The University of Texas at Austin. http://www.utexas.edu/news/2011/03/11/martinez_breithaupt/ The Consumer Voice in Behavioral Health: A Powerful Tool GIH Mental Health Audioconference Series March 2011 Dr. Daniel Fisher, National Empowerment Center and Hogg Foundation for Mental Health's National Advisory Council, and Tammy Heinz, Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. Do you include consumers when planning behavioral health grants, special projects, publications, and convenings? Do you use consumers as consultants or hire consumers as employees? The speakers on this webinar will each discuss their own recovery perspective, how this experience benefits their current work, and share strategies to incorporate consumer voice into your foundation's activities. Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. central time. Please note that audioconferences are open only to GIH Funding Partners. http://www.gih.org/calendar_url2665/calendar_url_show.htm?day=29&month=3&year=2011 Amid high demand, states cut mental health care Evansville Courier & Press March 12, 2011 ...Texas ranks near the bottom in per-capita mental health spending, one of nine states that spend $66 or less per person, and officials there have proposed cutting an additional $134 million in mental health services in the 2012 and 2013 fiscal years. ..."Mental health is right down there at the bottom of the priority list, it seems," said Colleen Horton, policy program director for the Hogg Foundation at the University of Texas-Austin, which advocates for mental health services in that state. http://www.courierpress.com/news/2011/mar/12/amid-high-demand-states-cut-mental-health-care/ 82nd LEGISLATIVE SESSION Report: Texas' budget woes among the worst in nation Fort Worth Star-Telegram March 9, 2011 ... An updated report by the Washington-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities offers a tally of budget shortfalls in all 50 states. The report looks at the states (nearly all of them) with projected shortfalls for Fiscal Year 2012 and the handful of states that are working through a shortfall for the current fiscal year. In both cases, Texas' budget gap ranks among the most severe when measured against each state's current budget, according to the report. http://blogs.star-telegram.com/politex/2011/03/report-texas-budget-woes-among-the-worst-in-nation.html Tx fund cuts force police to care for mentally ill Austin American-Statesman March 13, 2011 AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - In a state that offers meager funding for mental health, law enforcement officers across Texas have performed the duties of psychologists and social workers - roles they have neither the training nor the manpower to bear. http://www.statesman.com/news/texas/tx-fund-cuts-force-police-to-care-for-1318494.html?cxtype=rss_ece_frontpage Budget Cuts Would Undo Prison Re-Entry Reforms Texas Tribune March 13, 2011 ... Texas legislators, looking for ways to plug an estimated $15 billion to $27 billion budget hole, are considering proposals that would cut as much as $162 million from rehabilitation and treatment programs meant to help criminals avoid going back to prison. Financing for substance abuse and mental health treatment programs would drop dramatically. http://www.texastribune.org/texas-dept-criminal-justice/texas-department-of-criminal-justice/budget-cuts-would-undo-prison-re-entry-reforms/ Legislation would charge prisoners more for health care Austin American-Statesman March 11, 2011 Like law-abiding Texans, convicted criminals in state prisons will soon face paying more for their medical care $100 a year in a new annual fee under a bill filed Friday that is touted as a way to help fill a multibillion-dollar shortfall for prisoner health care. Currently, Texas convicts are charged $3 for each visit to a prison doctor or clinic - a charge that raises less than $1 million a year from Texas' 154,000 imprisoned criminals. http://www.statesman.com/news/texas-politics/legislation-would-charge-prisoners-more-for-health-care-1315254.html Democrats look to flex muscle on rainy day fund Houston Chronicle March 13, 2011 AUSTIN - House Democrats see a chance for some leverage as budget-writers consider tapping the rainy day fund to cover its current bills. http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7470730.html Inside Intelligence: A Special Session Is... Texas Tribune March 14, 2011 Most of our insiders think the Legislature is headed for a special session after this regular session ends on Memorial Day. It's not even close: 76 percent think this 82nd festival of parliamentary joy will go into overtime. That's not the bad news, either. http://www.texastribune.org/texas-polling/inside-intelligence/inside-intelligence-a-special-session-is/ TEXAS NEWS Bluebonnet Trails and Pick With Austin, Inc., Launch Suicide Prevention Partnership; Target Young Central Texans Through Music PR.com March 12, 2011 Round Rock, TX, -- Round Rock, Texas, based charity, Pick With Austin, Inc., and Bluebonnet Trails Community Services are partnering to increase suicide prevention efforts targeted at youth in Central Texas. ...The goal of this new partnership is to identify those who will benefit from services provided by Pick With Austin, Inc. and positively impact families, teens and youth in crisis. http://www.pr.com/press-release/305013 Nonprofit helps the challenged overcome barriers to employment Houston Chronicle March 13, 2011 ... Each year WorkFaith assists about 300 men and women who have barriers to employment. They're ex-offenders, abused mothers, welfare recipients, recovering alcoholics and former drug abusers who want to enter the workforce and gain stability. WorkFaith gives them the skills and guidance to build new lives through work and faith. http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7470922.html Hot health topics at 2011 SXSW Independent March 12, 2011 South by Southwest is launching its first official series of health seminars at the annual Austin, Texas, mega-fest, which began on March 11. As part of SXSW Interactive, health organizations and industry pros will converge for a series of talks on how social media and the internet are transforming health care. ... Topics on the table for discussion include health apps and new technologies, social media and health care, video games and mental health, and privacy issues. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/hot-health-topics-at-2011-sxsw-2239987.html Dad convicted in stomping death of infant son Houston Chronicle March 12, 2011 GALVESTON - Few were surprised when a Galveston County jury took only an hour on Friday to convict Travis James Mullis of capital murder for stomping his 3-month-old son to death more than two years ago. ... Mullis, who has a history of mental illness, began shouting to himself and woke his son. His son began crying and was dead within minutes. http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7467876.html NATIONAL NEWS At State-Run Homes, Abuse and Impunity The New York Times March 12, 2011 Nearly 40 years after New York emptied its scandal-ridden warehouses for the developmentally disabled, the far-flung network of small group homes that replaced them operates with scant oversight and few consequences for employees who abuse the vulnerable population. A New York Times investigation over the past year has found widespread problems in the more than 2,000 state-run homes. In hundreds of cases reviewed by The Times, employees who sexually abused, beat or taunted residents were rarely fired, even after repeated offenses, and in many cases, were simply transferred to other group homes run by the state. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/13/nyregion/13homes.html?_r=1&scp=9&sq=mental&st=nyt Ga. Senate OKs bill to expand mental health courts San Antonio Express News March 14, 2011 ATLANTA (AP) - The Senate has unanimously approved a bill that would expand the state's mental health court system. Sen. Johnny Grant, R-Milledgeville, says jails and prisons have become the new psychiatric hospitals, and that patients should be treated when their major issue is mental illness, rather than crime. http://www.mysanantonio.com/default/article/Ga-Senate-OKs-bill-to-expand-mental-health-courts-1124038.php Colorado bill seeks to limit solitary confinement San Antonio Express News March 13, 2011 DENVER (AP) - The percentage of Colorado inmates with mental health problems who were placed in solitary confinement more than doubled between 1999 and 2008, and many were released from prison without having a chance to readjust to human interaction. http://www.mysanantonio.com/default/article/Colorado-bill-seeks-to-limit-solitary-confinement-1107812.php Ind. Medicaid mental health drug list worries some San Antonio Express News March 14, 2011 INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A plan to cut Indiana Medicaid costs by limiting access to certain antidepressants and other mental health drugs has advocates worried that some patients could be denied needed the treatments they need. http://www.mysanantonio.com/default/article/Ind-Medicaid-mental-health-drug-list-worries-some-1124030.php Some question UConn's mental health deal San Antonio Express News March 14, 2011 HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Some lawmakers and others are questioning the lucrative, no-bid contract the UConn Health Center has to provide mental health and medical services to the state prison system. http://www.mysanantonio.com/default/article/Some-question-UConn-s-mental-health-deal-1121381.php Boston conference to explore military suicides Boston Herald March 12, 2011 BOSTON - More than 1,000 service members, veterans and caregivers are expected in Boston for a conference on preventing military suicides. The conference will focus on the role of community programs to help active-duty military, National Guard and Reserve members and veterans who are struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts. http://news.bostonherald.com/news/regional/view/20110312boston_conference_to_explore_military_suicides/ Fox Cities Mental Health Summit works to improve access to mental health care Appleton Post Crescent March 11, 2011 Karen Schiller has lived with bipolar disorder for 13 years. She knows the pitfalls of trying to access and find her way through the maze of local mental health services. ... "When people call a provider of mental health services, they are often told the next available appointment is in 3 to 6 months," Schiller said Thursday at the first-ever Fox Cities Mental Health Summit, adding that people with mental health issues usually delay that call until they are in crisis. http://www.postcrescent.com/article/20110311/APC0101/103110513/Mental-health-summit-works-improve-care-access?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|APC-News|s HEALTHCARE REFORM Haley Barbour Draws Fire For Medicaid Changes In Mississippi Kaiser Health News March 13, 2011 Mississippi Gov. Barbour's ways to control the rising costs of Medicaid are sometimes controversial, but he maintains that states need more freedom to run the program. http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2011/March/11/barbour-medicaid.aspx GOP Wants States To Lead On Health Coverage National Public Radio March 11, 2011 If Republicans are successful in repealing last year's health law, they want to replace it with legislation that would give states far more discretion about how to cover people, according to a top Senate Republican. ...In a speech to the conservative Hudson Institute, Hatch said the GOP ideal for health overhaul would look more like the welfare overhaul of the mid-1990s. That law "took ideas from the states - not just Washington - and gave them considerable flexibility to operate their own programs," he said. http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2011/03/11/134466762/gop-wants-states-to-lead-on-health-coverage OPINIONS Lee: GOP's proposed budget cuts would be irresponsible Austin American-Statesman March 13, 2011 At a time when our economy is in the fragile state of recovery, I think it is terribly irresponsible for the GOP to purposefully go forward with a continuing resolution that will not only cost hundreds of thousands of American jobs, but will also make economic recovery more difficult. ... these cuts would terminate the VA programs that provide assistance to the mentally ill, homeless veterans that protected our Nation and way of life. http://www.statesman.com/opinion/lee-gops-proposed-budget-cuts-would-be-irresponsible-1315257.html?cxtype=rss_ece_frontpage RESEARCH Spanking 1-year-olds is common in depressed dads Austin American-Statesman March 13, 2011 CHICAGO (AP) - Just like new moms, new fathers can be depressed, and a study found a surprising number of sad dads spanked their 1-year-olds. http://www.statesman.com/life/health-medical/spanking-1-year-olds-is-common-in-depressed-1319401.html?cxtype=rss_ece_frontpage 'Pre-Baby Blues' Due to Lack of Support from Partner, Study Find Science Daily News March 14, 2011 Pregnancy is meant to be a joyous time however some women experience overwhelming 'baby blues' before the birth of their child. Anxiety and depression during pregnancy can result in premature birth, or low birth weight, and impact the child's health even into early school years. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/03/110313191824.htm A Creative Upside to ADHD? Psych Central News March 14, 2011 A diagnosis of attention deficit disorder (ADHD) usually indicates a number of challenges, but a new study suggests there may be benefits as well. As reported in the Journal of Personality and Individual Differences, psychologists discovered adults with ADHD enjoyed more creative achievement than those who didn't have the disorder. http://psychcentral.com/news/2011/03/14/a-creative-upside-to-adhd/24374.html Depression Needs A Second Opinion Medical News Today March 14, 2011 As he struggled for decades with a depression that often left him despondent, Eric Wilson never thought to get a second opinion."This might be true of many of us," he said. "We feel we have more ownership of what we see as our body and physical health so, if a doctor gives me a diagnosis I don't like, I'm likely to get a second opinion. It just wasn't the same for mental health." http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/218993.php Text Messages May Help Smokers Kick the Addiction, Small Study Finds Health Day News March 14, 2011 Text messages may help smokers kick the addiction, particularly if they are tailored to the individual, according to researchers who conducted two studies on 27 heavy smokers.In one study, functional MRI was used to pinpoint the brain regions most active in controlling urges to smoke, which researchers described as "a war that consists of a series of momentary self-control skirmishes. http://consumer.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=650705 A Closer Look: Diet's role in treating ADHD debated Los Angeles Times March 14, 2011 Kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, are normally treated with behavioral therapy and stimulant medications. A new study suggests that a highly restricted diet can be just as effective at reducing symptoms in a majority of children with ADHD. Diet is not a routine consideration in diagnosing and treating ADHD in the U.S. or in Europe, where the study was done. Many doctors are open to the idea that certain foods might trigger ADHD symptoms in some kids, though they believe it's a relatively minor factor in most cases. http://www.latimes.com/health/la-he-diet-adhd-20110314,0,477984.story

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