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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

March, 2011



Book Signing with Dr. Virginia Bernhard

Varner Hogg Plantation State Historic Site

March 2011


Please join us in welcoming author Dr. Virginia Bernhard to the plantation to discuss her book, Ima Hogg: The Governor's Daughter. Bernhard is author of the award-winning biography, Ima Hogg: The Governor's Daughter, and is currently at work on an edition of the Hogg family letters. April 30, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Free with general admission. 





Senate budget gets dose of health care funds; Some spending restored, but cuts to several programs stir dissent

Austin American-Statesman

March 24, 2011


A key Senate panel Thursday recommended adding $4.5 billion in health spending to the 2012-13 state budget but left several high-priority programs short, including HIV medication for low-income Texans. The biggest winners - with all or most of their funding requests met by the Medicaid Subcommittee in a 5-2 vote - included mental health patients, foster parents, Child Protective Services caseworkers and physicians who serve Medicaid patients. 



Nelson's panel urges $4.5 billion of eased cuts in social services

Dallas Morning News

March 24, 2011


Mental health services would be restored. Child Protective Services would actually gain, not lose, front-line staff. Current rates would be kept, not cut, for paying foster care providers. And Medicaid fees would be cut only by 1 percent for doctors and 3 percent for hospitals, "over where reimbursement rates are today," said Sen. Jane Nelson, describing a list of recommendations her subpanel of Senate Finance approved Thursday. 



Job-loss projections shake up budget debate

Austin American-Statesman

March 25, 2011


A report from the Legislative Budget Board set off a small firestorm Thursday when it projected that proposed House budget would leave the state with 335,000 fewer jobs in the public and private sectors than if state expenditures stayed the same over the next two years. 





MHMR: New board takes over troubled agency

El Paso Times

March 25, 2011


Faced with growing challenges and a controversial leader, the local mental health authority got a new board of directors on Thursday. More than three weeks after the old El Paso Mental Health Mental Retardation board was dissolved, the new board held its first meeting. 





A more diverse, urban nation: Census Bureau reports Hispanic population grew 43% in a decade

Houston Chronicle

March 24, 2011


The rest of the nation is looking more like Texas these days, as the Hispanic population in the United States climbed to 50.5 million people. 



In major cuts, Gov. Jerry Brown slashes services for poor, sick and elderly

Los Angeles Times

March 25, 2011


Reporting from Sacramento- Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law billions of dollars in budget cuts Thursday that will mean fewer government services, particularly for the old, the poor and the sick. ... Already, roughly $2 billion will be shifted away from voter-approved mental health and early childhood programs to reduce the deficit.,0,942756.story 



Depression Hits Athletes in Wide Spectrum of Sports

The New York Times

March 25, 2011


MUMBAI (Reuters) - Athletes who practise their trades in public are no more immune to stress and crippling anxiety than the fans who flock to watch them perform. Although the threat of physical injuries is the major concern, mental problems are not uncommon and this week England all-rounder Michael Yardy was forced to fly home early from the World Cup because of depression. 



Appeals court won't halt Missouri mental exam for suspect in Tucson massacre

The Washington Post

March 24, 2011


PHOENIX - A federal appeals court on Thursday rejected a request to halt a mental competency exam for the suspect in the Tucson shooting rampage and return him to Arizona from the federal medical facility in Missouri where he is undergoing the test. But the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals temporarily put on hold a lower court's order requiring that video recordings of Jared Lee Loughner's exam be given to lawyers on both sides. The exam will still be video-recorded but will be set aside as lawyers litigate that issue. 





Why are mental health issues so taboo?

Victoria Advocate

March 22, 2011


... We don't want to step into what is generally regarded as a private issue. People often won't talk about suicide even to their friends and family, let alone to a reporter. Nonetheless, every advocate in the room had horror stories to share about what they considered to be inappropriate coverage of suicide. 



Does Texas share blame in tragic fire?

Houston Chronicle

March 23, 2011


Does the state of Texas have blood on its hands in the day care fire? A lawsuit filed Wednesday suggests that it does. ... Agency officials themselves have acknowledged some of the problems, going so far as to say that some standards may be unsafe. But recent attempts to improve child-to-staff ratios were shouted down by the industry and by politicians like Sen. Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands. The agency's own recommendation to add training hours was set aside over economic concerns. 



Editorial: Tape raises questions that Rep. Caraway should answer

Dallas Morning News

March 24, 2011


The long-awaited tapes detailing a domestic disturbance at Dallas Mayor Dwaine Caraway's house tell a much different story than many anticipated. ... While this episode has spurred concerns about Barbara Mallory Caraway's mental health and stability, her husband's credibility also has taken a significant hit. 



Survey says ... One year later, health care reform is still puzzling

Chicago Tribune

March 24, 2011


One year after the health insurance overhaul bill became law, you'd think public opinion would be easy to read. You'd be wrong. 



Killing health reform will hurt kids

San Antonio Express-News

March 24, 2011


... As the future of the nation, our children have the most to gain from the many benefits afforded by this legislation. Such benefits will particularly impact Texas' children, as we lead the nation in poor-child-health-outcome indicators. Texas has the highest percentage of children without health insurance, ranks in the bottom three states in per capita supply of pediatricians and has 20 percent of its kids in poverty. 





Cognitive complaints may signal depression in bipolar disorder

Med Wire News

March 25, 2011


The severity of depressive symptoms does not account for the recognized discrepancy between self-reported and objective measures of cognition in patients with bipolar disorder, study results show. However, there was a significantly increased likelihood of patients with depressive symptoms also reporting cognitive complaints. 



Studies ID Key Predictors of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Psych Central News

March 25, 2011


Advances in predicting who may be at risk for developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are at the heart of two new studies, one that identifies a specific genetic risk factor, and another that describes a new tool for assessing PTSD potential after a traumatic event. 



Animal 'Hoarding' Often Tied to Mental Illness

HealthDay News

March 25, 2011


Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of cases of animal hoarding are believed to occur each year throughout the nation. While hoarders tend to be women, the compulsion to possess large numbers of animals beyond the ability to properly care for them crosses all age, gender, professional and financial boundaries. Some of these hoarders suffer from significant mental health issues, and the phenomenon is as much a people problem as a pet problem. 



Culture, Diversity And Psychiatry At The APA Annual Meeting In Honolulu

Medical News Today

March 25, 2011


Live videoconferencing, or telepsychiatry, may be an option for evaluating and treating indigenous populations in remote areas of Hawaii and other U.S states and territories, according to presenters who will explore the idea in a workshop at the 2011 APA Annual Meeting in Honolulu. 



Pharmacy Educators Validate Tool to Assess Students' Cultural Competence in Award-Winning Paper

American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

March 24, 2011


ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- ... The paper examines the self-administered Clinical Cultural Competency Questionnaire, which assesses the perceived level of cultural competence of students in the College of Pharmacy to guide curriculum development within the 4-year academic program. 





Free Webinar: Peer Support Wellness Respite Centers

SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions and the National Empowerment Center Technical Assistance Center

March 2011


Eight states currently fund Peer Support Wellness Respite Centers promoting mind-body wellness, whole health, and resiliency. Join us for this free webinar that will address how these innovative Centers are supporting wellness and demonstrating outcomes that include reduced hospitalization for people in recovery from addiction and mental illness. This webinar will help Health Centers understand what Peer Support Centers are and how they support meeting the behavioral health care needs of their patients/consumers. Peer Support Centers also offer collaborative care for patients with behavioral health concerns and the resources and links to help primary care providers learn more about these Centers. , Wednesday, March 30, 2011, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. eastern time. 



Free Webinar: Parity -- Navigating the Appeals Process for Providers and Consumers

National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare and the National Alliance on Mental Illness

March 2011


Parity is law, but what happens when it is denied? Mental health and addictions treatment providers and consumers need to have an understanding of the appeals process to ensure that insurance companies are held accountable for complying with parity. This webinar offers valuable information on when you should appeal a denial, walks you through the appeals process, explains the information you are entitled to receive from the insurance company, and provides resources to help file a successful appeal. Join us to learn what you can do to improve implementation of parity in your state. Tuesday, March 29, 2011, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. eastern time. 



Free Publication: Leading Change -- A Plan for SAMHSA's Roles and Actions 2011-2014

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration

March 2011


Introduces eight new Strategic Initiatives that will guide SAMHSA's work from 2011 through 2014 to help people with mental and substance use disorders and their families to build strong communities, prevent behavioral health problems, and promote better health for all Americans. 



Pat Quinn's Story

National Alliance on Mental Illness

March 24, 2011


... Sometimes NAMI will ask its members to share stories about their lives and how they handle living with mental illness. Pat Quinn, who has lived with schizophrenia for more than 20 years, tells a story a story of hope and recovery and how he was able to gain control of his illness and of his life. 



How to Choose Your Therapist

Hyphen Magazine

March 24, 2011


Not to say that therapy is the only way to sort through distress or depression -- and it would be a mistake to think of it as a cure. It's work you commit to doing, like going to the gym, and you can do it alone or by various other means, but it can make a big difference to have a trainer. First thing to remember is that one therapist is not just as good for you as another. And that, as with trainers, you have the power to choose. 



Film: Documentary, Collage and Music

Houston Press

March 23, 2011


Contemporary photographer Joseph Mills utilizes a combination of documentary and collage techniques to realize his surreal street-level images. A handful of photographs recently on display at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston include images from his "Inner City" project presenting documentation and visually poetic interpretation of street life and street people in Washington D.C. circa the late 1980s. At that time, like many of the subjects of these photos, Mills was struggling with mental illness. 





Kellogg Foundation Awards $4 Million for School-Based Health Centers in New Orleans

Philanthropy News Digest

March 25, 2011


The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has announced a $4 million grant to School Health Connection, an affiliate of the Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI), to help increase access to physical and behavioral health services for New Orleans children and their families through school-based health centers.;jsessionid=OBJLCWD2T3GI3LAQBQ4CGXD5AAAACI2F?id=332700007 



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