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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

March, 2011

HOGG FOUNDATION

 

Hogg Foundation Launches New Blog

Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

March 23, 2011

 

Aptly named the Hogg Blog, the official blog of the foundation will contain posts from program officers and executive-level staff on a range of topics relating to mental health in Texas. Examples of discussion topics include policy, grants and scholarships, consumer and family involvement, and news and current events. The blog also has a special section on the 82nd session of the Texas Legislature. Check out the most recent post on outpatient competency restoration by Program Officer Colleen Horton.

http://blogs.utexas.edu/hogg/ 

 

 

Texas Senate committee hears emotional testimony from parents of bullying suicide victims

Dallas Voice

March 22, 2011

 

Sen. Wendy Davis, who's worked for two years with Equality Texas to craft a comprehensive anti-bullying law, introduced the bill in the Senate Education Committee this morning. ... Four people lined up to testify during the morning session including representatives from the American Civil Liberties Union, Equality Texas, The Texas Classroom Teachers Association and the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health.

http://www.dallasvoice.com/antibullying-bills-hear-senate-education-committee-morning-1069849.html 

 

 

Anti-Bully Pulpit

KUT Austin

March 23, 2011

 

A Texas Senate committee looked at legislation that would change definitions and solutions for bullying and cyber bullying issues. Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) authored a bill that provides the removal of a bully to another classroom or campus at the request of the victim. Currently, the student-victim of the bullying is moved. Colleen Horton, with the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, told lawmakers that the bill's language could have unintended consequences for students with mental health issues and disabilities who are accused of bullying.

http://www.kutnews.org/post/anti-bully-pulpit 

 

 

82nd LEGISLATIVE SESSION

 

House budget now headed to the floor

Austin American-Statesman

March 23, 2011

 

House budget-writers were able to sprinkle some extra money into education and health care but otherwise did little to change the bare-bones proposal with which they started.

http://www.statesman.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/austin/politics/entries/2011/03/23/house_budget_now_headed_to_the.html 

 

 

Opponents of Medicaid cuts warn of devastating ripple effect

Austin American-Statesman

March 22, 2011

 

Proposed steep cuts to state Medicaid spending threaten to force medically fragile children and adults with disabilities away from home care and into nursing homes and other institutions, health care advocates said at Capitol rallies Tuesday.

http://www.statesman.com/news/texas-politics/opponents-of-medicaid-cuts-warn-of-devastating-ripple-1340795.html 

 

 

Foreman from Yates trial backs rewriting legal definition of "insanity"

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

March 22, 2011

 

... Current Texas law describes "insanity" as acts committed in which the defendant "as a result of severe mental disease or defect, did not know that his conduct was wrong." Coleman's bill changes the definition to one in which the defendant "as a result of a severe mental disease or defect, was unable to appreciate the nature and quality or the wrongfulness of his or her acts."

http://blogs.star-telegram.com/politex/2011/03/foreman-from-yates-trial-backs-rewriting-legal-definition-of-insanity.html 

 

 

Senators Take Up Bullying Bills

Texas Tribune

March 23, 2011

 

... Witnesses told the lawmakers that the advent of texting, emails, and social networking has left school officials without the means to properly protect students from bullying. Monty Exter, representing the Association of Texas Professional Educators, said his organization's members were "imploring" the Legislature to give them the tools to address the problem.

http://www.texastribune.org/texas-education/public-education/senators-take-up-bullying-bills/ 

 

 

Senate Approves Incentive for Out-of-State Doctors

Texas Tribune

March 22, 2011

 

The Senate passed a bill today that would streamline the process of obtaining a medical license in Texas for out-of-state doctors.

http://www.texastribune.org/texas-legislature/82nd-legislative-session/senate-approves-incentive-for-out-of-state-doctors/ 

 

 

Activists Rally for Home Health Care

Texas Tribune

March 22, 2011

 

Home health care providers gathered at the foot of the pink dome today, protesting proposed budget cuts they say would damage their ability to serve profoundly disabled kids at home. 

http://www.texastribune.org/texas-legislature/82nd-legislative-session/activists-rally-for-home-healthcare/ 

 

 

TEXAS NEWS

 

Sober up, receive help and avoid a jail record; Drunk tank is humane, cheaper aid for alcoholics, some in city say

Houston Chronicle

March 21, 2011

 

Opening a sobering center - a drunk tank where the 19,000 people picked up for public intoxication in the city every year could be taken in lieu of jail - could save Houston money and help connect chronic alcoholics with the assistance they need, according to police, mental health advocates and a City Council member.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7485094.html 

 

 

Taylor County Commissioner earns spot on jail standards board

Abilene Reporter-News

March 22, 2011

 

...The jail standards commission is one of the many regulatory state agencies that operate under appointed boards whose members are not employees, but meet only a few times a year to exercise their policy and oversight functions.  ... In recent years, the jail standards panel has been tasked with mental health oversight responsibilities. Standards now include a checklist with mental health questions for suspects as they're booked into jail, and requirements for the jail staff to look into the mental health history of inmates.

http://www.reporternews.com/news/2011/mar/22/commissioner-earns-spot-on-jail-standards-board/ 

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Counties weigh sales tax hike for mental health

Seattle Post Intelligencer

March 22, 2011

 

KENNWICK, Wash. -- Benton and Franklin commissioners are weighing whether to increase local sales tax to pay for mental health services. Human Services Administrator Ed Thornbrugh told commissioners Monday that increasing sales tax by $1 for every $1000 spent would raise $3.7 million a year. He says it could help pay for a new crisis center and a mental health court that diverts people into treatment rather than jail.

http://www.seattlepi.com/local/6420ap_wa_mental_health_sales_tax.html 

 

 

Tucson Suspect to Transfer for a Competency Exam

The New York Times

March 22, 2011

 

The first federal prison dedicated to providing treatment for physically and mentally ill federal inmates - originally known as the United States Hospital for Defective Delinquents - has brought a number of infamous visitors to Springfield, Mo., over the years. ...Now, Jared L. Loughner, who is charged with carrying out the shooting rampage in Arizona that killed 6 people and wounded 13, is being sent to the facility - which today carries a more generic name, the United States Medical Center for Federal Prisoners - to undergo court-ordered tests to determine whether he is competent to stand trial.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/23/us/23loughner.html?_r=1&scp=3&sq=mental&st=nyt 

 

 

HEALTHCARE REFORM

 

As Health Law Turns 1, Debate Far From Settled

National Public Radio

March 23, 2011

 

Wednesday marks a year since President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law. But in those ensuing 12 months, the debate has barely missed a beat. On Capitol Hill, Democrats have continued to sing the measure's praises. "With this landmark law, we made health insurance and health care a right, not a privilege, for all Americans," said House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, "by extending coverage to 32 million more Americans." Meanwhile, Republicans, like Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, have been considerably more downbeat.

http://www.npr.org/2011/03/23/134772403/as-health-law-turns-1-debate-far-from-settled 

 

 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

 

New NICE Guidance To Help Manage Psychosis With Co-Existing Substance Misuse

Medical News Today

March 23, 2011

 

NICE has today published a new clinical guideline that aims to help ensure people diagnosed with a form of psychosis, who also misuse substances, can be identified and treated effectively. Around 40% of people who have been diagnosed with psychosis have also misused a substance at some point in their lifetime. This is at least double the rate seen in the general population.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/219913.php 

 

 

OPINIONS

 

Texas needs to establish its own health exchange; Reform bill provides for state-specific solution

Houston Chronicle

March 23, 2011

 

... Texas should be in charge of setting up its own exchange for its own people instead of having the federal government come in and set one up. Exchanges are not a liberal or conservative idea. Utah, a traditionally conservative state, and Massachusetts, a traditionally liberal state, each created their own exchanges before the health care law passed. Each state arrived at the same common-sense conclusion - the best way to offer health care to the public is to let the market work.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/editorial/outlook/7486700.html 

 

 

The ripple effect of budget cuts: Reduction in health care funds will hurt business climate

San Antonio Express-News

March 23, 2011

 

Texas is tops in attracting business to the state, winning Site Selection's latest Governor's Cup award for the number of new or expanded corporate facilities.  ... But our success could be our downfall if we don't make smart investments in essential services. Unless we adequately fund our hospitals, schools and transportation infrastructure, the effects will be detrimental to our long-term prosperity; every Texan will feel the results - especially in health care.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/default/article/The-ripple-effect-of-budget-cuts-1258035.php 

 

 

Texas needs more than just debate on the rainy day fund

Austin American-Statesman

March 22, 2011

 

... Many assume the national economic downturn is the reason we now have a budgetary flat tire. Virtually the entire public debate thus far is whether or not to "use the Rainy Day Fund," hoping that dipping into the state's savings account can minimize harm to schools and seniors. But according to state budget analysts, the economic downturn is only a temporary piece of the current $27 billion shortfall. In reality, there is another huge nail in our tire. It's called the 2006 Tax Swap, and it is costing us about $10 billion dollars in the current budget.

http://www.statesman.com/opinion/dunnam-texas-needs-more-than-just-debate-on-1341045.html 

 

 

RESEARCH

 

Culture And Stigma Affect Mental Health Care For Latinos

Medical News Today

March 23, 2011

 

A study appearing in the March-April issue of General Hospital Psychiatry  confirms that the stigma of mental illness, poor communication with physicians and the underuse of antidepressants all play a major part in delaying the recovery of Latinos from depression.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/219888.php 

 

 

Army STARRS Preliminary Data Reveal Some Potential Predictive Factors for Suicide

National Institute of Mental Health

March 22, 2011

 

Early examination of data from the U.S. Army's Total Army Injury and Health Outcomes Database has revealed potential predictors of risk for suicide among soldiers. Preliminary results were provided by researchers leading Army STARRS, a partnership between NIMH and the U.S. Army that is the largest study of mental health risk and resilience ever conducted among military personnel.

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/science-news/2011/army-starrs-preliminary-data-reveal-some-potential-predictive-factors-for-suicide.shtml 

 

 

Illness insight in schizophrenia patients and their caregivers linked

Med Wire News

March 23, 2011

 

Schizophrenia patient's insight into their illness is closely correlated with the insight of their caregivers, study results have shown.

http://www.medwire-news.md/47/91562/Psychiatry/Illness_insight_in_schizophrenia_patients_and_their_caregivers_linked.html 

 

 

Depression May Boost Arthritis Pain

Health Day News

March 22, 2011

 

Depression can worsen the pain of knee arthritis, a new study finds. South Korean researchers used X-rays to assess the severity of knee osteoarthritis in 660 men and women, aged 65 and older. The patients were also evaluated for the severity of their symptoms and for depression.

http://consumer.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=650977 

 

 

Problem-Solving Therapy Eases Depression in Elderly

Internal Medicine News

March 22, 2011

 

SAN ANTONIO - Teaching older adults how to solve some of the challenging problems in their lives can help ease or lift the burden of late-life depression, Patricia A. Areán, Ph.D., reported at the annual meeting of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry.

http://www.internalmedicinenews.com/news/more-top-news/single-view/problem-solving-therapy-eases-depression-in-elderly/06cafea7f5.html 

 

 

Metabolic Effects Drive Antipsychotic Drug Choice

Internal Medicine News

March 22, 2011

 

NEW YORK - When prescribing second-generation antipsychotic medications, physicians should start with the agents in this class least likely to cause metabolic adverse effects and only move to prescribing psychotropics with more frequent metabolic effects when necessary, Dr. David C. Henderson said at the meeting sponsored by the American Diabetes Association.

http://www.internalmedicinenews.com/news/more-top-news/single-view/metabolic-effects-drive-antipsychotic-drug-choice/b880a39c30.html 

 

 

Body Dysmorphic Disorder Criteria May Expand in DSM-5

Internal Medicine News

March 22, 2011

 

SAN FRANCISCO - Three criteria for diagnosing body dysmorphic disorder could increase to four under a proposal aimed at requiring that the patient demonstrate repetitive behaviors or mental acts in response to appearance concerns at some point during the course of the disorder.

http://www.internalmedicinenews.com/news/more-top-news/single-view/body-dysmorphic-disorder-criteria-may-expand-in-dsm-5/b1e3e26a96.html 

 

 

Affective temperamental profiles influence suicide risk in mood disorders

Med Wire News

March 23, 2011

 

The temperament profiles of patients with major affective disorders have a profound influence on both hopelessness and suicidal behavior, in a relationship that is mediated by white matter hyperintensities (WMHs), study results show.

http://www.medwire-news.md/47/91561/Psychiatry/Affective_temperamental_profiles_influence_suicide_risk_in_mood_disorders.html 



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