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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

March, 2011

HOGG FOUNDATION

 

Texas' Hogg Foundation: Philanthropic Model of Note

Wall Street Journal

March 24, 2011

 

Posted on Nonprofit Law Prof Blog: Maybe I'm being selfish: I live and work in Texas, so this story got me rather excited: Today's Nonprofit Quarterly touts the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health as a strong policy player in the mental health field in Texas. ... I highly recommend the article for reading, not only because it speaks well of a Texas foundation, but also because I find that the Hogg Foundation's activities provide an excellent example of what non-profit organizations should do: provide much-needed services that the government either will not or cannot provide.

http://onespot.wsj.com/taxes/2011/03/24/ec170/texas-hogg-foundation-philanthropic-mode

 

 

Philanthropy in the News

Council on Foundations

March 25, 2011

 

In Texas, more than 4.3 million residents, including 1.2 million children, live with some form of mental health disorder. And, according to the Texas Medical Association, Texas ranks 49th in the nation for the amount it spends per person on mental health care. Texas also has an estimated $27 billion deficit so the potential for harm in this legislative session is very high. In the midst of all this, the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health has established itself as a strong policy player in the mental health field in Texas.

http://www.cofinteract.org/news/index.php/2011/03/25/march-25-2011/

 

 

82nd LEGISLATIVE SESSION

 

Bills aim to close mental health coverage gap: Private insurance plans in Texas aren't required to cover all emotional disorders for children, and families pay the price

Houston Chronicle

March 28, 2011

 

... That's because private insurers in Texas aren't required to cover what's known as Serious Emotional Disturbance in children. SED is an umbrella term that encompasses any number of behavioral or mental health problems that severely impair a child's ability to function socially, academically and emotionally in school, home or the community.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7493870.html

 

 

Texas unlikely to use more medical parole for inmates despite budget pressures

Dallas Morning News

March 25, 2011

 

Texas legislators will nip, tuck and gut state spending to cover a $23 billion shortfall over the next two years, but authorities are unlikely to tap potentially millions of dollars by releasing more terminally ill or incapacitated prisoners. ... To be eligible for medical parole, inmates must be mentally ill, mentally retarded, elderly, physically disabled or terminally ill.

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/texas-legislature/headlines/20110325-texas-unlikely-to-use-more-medical-parole-for-inmates-despite-budget-pressures.ece?action=reregister

 

 

Schools brace for more budget pain: It's pink slips and cuts as principals balance budgets

Houston Chronicle

March 28, 2011

 

If the talk about state budget cuts has seemed nebulous and unreal, meet Gayle Kamen, a licensed school social worker and mother of two. Kamen, who runs a busy mental health program at Johnston and Pershing middle schools in the Houston ISD, is the shoulder for troubled students dealing with home evictions, the shooting death of a classmate or problems affecting their grades. Last week, Kamen, 58, learned she soon would be unemployed and without health insurance for her family. The schools no longer could afford her $48,650 annual salary.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7493912.html

 

 

Schools, Medicaid, county to be hit hard by fiscal cuts

San Angelo Standard-Times

March 25, 2011

 

SAN ANGELO, Texas - ... Tom Green County stands to lose $1.57 million in funding over the biennium, a figure less painful than other reductions being discussed but still significant, County Judge Mike Brown said. Various county programs would take a hit, including the esteemed mental health deputy program, which helps intercept and coordinate treatment for mentally ill people to keep them out of prisons, where it is drastically more expensive to treat them.

http://www.gosanangelo.com/news/2011/mar/25/schools-medicaid-county-be-hit-hard-fiscal-cuts/

 

 

Nueces County's probation department bracing for cuts; Could mean end of diversion programs

Corpus Christi Caller-Times

March 25, 2011

 

CORPUS CHRISTI - Proposed funding cuts by state legislators have Nueces County probation officials and others worried it could mean the end of diversion programs, leave judges fewer punishment options and burden probation officers with higher caseloads. ... The diversion programs run by district judges include courts for sex offenders, offenders with substance abuse problems, mental health and domestic violence issues.

http://www.caller.com/news/2011/mar/26/nueces-countys-probation-department-bracing-for/

 

 

State veterans commission facing 20% budget cut; Agency helps increasing numbers of vets get needed disability benefits

Austin American-Statesman

March 26, 2011

 

... Veteran groups say losing state counselors will result in long delays for veterans filing claims for everything from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury to Agent Orange exposure and Gulf War illness. Officials say the need for counselors is growing sharply.

http://www.statesman.com/news/local/state-veterans-commission-facing-20-budget-cut-1350967.html

 

 

Lively budget state debate expected; Rainy Day Fund to be addressed 1st

San Angelo Standard-Times

March 25, 2011

 

... The Senate Finance subcommittee charged with examining the health and human services portion of the budget, which was pegged for a $16.1 billion funding reduction, decided to avoid recommending cuts to the full committee entirely. Instead, it will recommend where to add in $4.5 billion. This would mean lesser Medicaid provider rate cuts to hospitals, a 2 percent - rather than 10 percent - funding reduction to nursing homes, and the restoration of funding to mental health services. Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, who chaired the subcommittee, said it was the best the panel could do.

http://www.gosanangelo.com/news/2011/mar/25/lively-budget-state-debate-expected/

 

 

Hundreds rally against cuts for disabled; They say plan could uproot them from homes

Houston Chronicle

March 27, 2011

 

Several hundred people with developmental disabilities, their families and care providers rallied Saturday at Houston's Discovery Green against proposed cuts to the state budget that they say would take them away from their homes, friends and communities.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7492971.html

 

 

TEXAS NEWS

 

Maps Visualize U.S. Population Growth by County

Texas Tribune

March 25, 2011

 

The U.S. Census Bureau released its final batch of state-by-state redistricting data this week, making it possible to visualize population growth by race and Hispanic origin across the country. Texas received its data several weeks ago, and we displayed these trends by counties and legislative districts in two interactive maps.

http://www.texastribune.org/texas-counties-and-demographics/census/maps-visualize-us-population-growth-by-county/

 

 

Crossroads feels effects of mental health unit closing

Victoria Advocate

March 27, 2011

 

Since the inpatient psychiatric unit closed at Citizens Medical Center's One South last April, the state of care has gone somewhat, well, south. The unit closed in April after its three independent psychiatrists requested leave of absence and now, almost a year later, the county and residents are beginning to pay the price in some way, law enforcement officials say.

http://www.victoriaadvocate.com/news/2011/mar/27/jo_one_south_032811_129125/?business&local-business

 

 

Conference Aims To End Bullying

KFOX News, El Paso

March 25, 2011

 

EL PASO, Texas -- Bullying takes many forms. That's what local educators and mental health specialists were learning today as they gathered at El Paso Independent School District headquarters for a conference on how bullying affects our children. One local psychologist said bullying goes beyond physical attacks and intimidation. It can be emotional, and often the bully isn't even aware of his or her actions.

http://www.kfoxtv.com/news/27327896/detail.html

 

 

'Snoezelen' rooms soothe patients at Texas retirement facility

KENS 5, San Antonio

March 25, 2011

 

MESQUITE - Bill Eldridge often walks his wife of 51 years to their favorite place. That place is on the same floor of her nursing home and is a room that has become a refuge. It's called a Snoezelen room, which is pronounced "snooze-uh-len" and is a Dutch word that means "to explore and relax." The rooms were developed in the Netherlands in the 1970s to help people with mental disabilities. Research on Snoezelen rooms is scarce, though the concept is now prevalent in Europe.

http://www.kens5.com/news/Snoezelen-rooms-soothe-patients-at-Texas-retirement-facility-118687524.html

 

 

Interactive: What Texas Hospitals Charge

Texas Tribune

March 27, 2011

 

How much common medical procedures cost Texas Medicaid varies widely from hospital to hospital and region to region, according to a Texas Tribune analysis.

http://www.texastribune.org/library/data/medicaid-hospital-procedure-costs/

 

 

Man shot, killed by police officer had arrest record, history of mental illness

El Paso Times

March 26, 2011

 

The man shot and killed by an El Paso police officer early Friday had a criminal history, including arrests for assaulting law enforcement officials, and a history of mental illness.

http://www.elpasotimes.com/ci_17694913?IADID=Search-www.elpasotimes.com-www.elpasotimes.com

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Mentally ill, their advocates struggle for housing

San Antonio Express-News

March 28, 2011

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - ... The housing picture is complex, in part because mental illness encompasses such a wide range of conditions. About one in every four people has a mental illness in any given year, according to the Mental Health Foundation. They are part of the fabric of every neighborhood and every community, and most don't need help securing a place to live. But for those whose illness interferes with their ability to maintain jobs or relationships, or who encounter discrimination because of it, finding safe, affordable housing is no easy task. Yet it is crucial to recovery, experts say.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/default/article/Mentally-ill-their-advocates-struggle-for-housing-1310462.php

 

 

Health Care Expands For Ex-Offenders In California

Kaiser Health News

March 28, 2011

 

OAKLAND, Calif. - ... Expanded indigent-care is expected to help many of the 130,000 former inmates discharged every year in the state, as well as the mainly impoverished communities where they move upon release. The newly freed arrive home in neighborhoods in Oakland and Hayward, Richmond and Antioch, bringing high rates of chronic and communicable disease and serious mental illness.

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2011/March/28/Schmitt-Ex-Offenders-Health-Care-Program-Expansions.aspx

 

 

Shrinking Medicaid funds pummel states

CNNMoney

March 28, 2011

 

NEW YORK -- Strapped states are scrambling to address Medicaid's ballooning costs before the federal government cuts back a critical source of funding this week. Medicaid is one of state's costliest burdens. And the weak economy swelled the rolls to record numbers. Nearly 49 million people -- or almost one in six Americans -- were covered by the safety net at the end of 2009, the latest figures available.

http://money.cnn.com/2011/03/28/news/economy/medicaid_states/index.htm

 

 

Mental health centers protest cuts

San Antonio Express-News

March 28, 2011

 

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A group representing New Hampshire's 10 mental health centers has compiled profiles of the 100 people who would be most hurt by a state budget proposal that would scale back eligibility for mental health treatment.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/default/article/Mental-health-centers-protest-cuts-1310236.php

 

 

Housing Bust Hurts County Health Efforts

Kaiser Health News

March 28, 2011

 

... In cities and counties across the nation, the housing bust has hit health care. In Genesee County, where housing prices have plunged and foreclosures have been widespread, property tax revenues have declined by 15 percent over the last two years.

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2011/March/28/counties.aspx

 

 

N.Y. Budget Deal Cuts Aid to Schools and Health Care

New York Times

March 27, 2011

 

Capping weeks of secretive negotiations and intense political jockeying, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and leaders of the Legislature on Sunday announced a $132.5 billion budget agreement that would cut overall spending, impose no major new taxes and begin a long-term overhaul of New York State's bloated Medicaid programs.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/28/nyregion/28budget.html?_r=2&emc=tnt&tntemail0=y

 

 

Panel proposes overhaul to Ore. health care system

San Antonio Express-News

March 25, 2011

 

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - A panel of health experts is recommending an overhaul of the Oregon Health Plan aimed at rewarding doctors for keeping patients healthy and out of the hospital. ... About 20 percent of patients account for 80 percent of health care costs, Goldberg said. So a proactive focus on keeping those patients out of the hospital can save a lot of money while also leaving them healthier. That comes, for example, by carefully managing diabetes and ensuring patients with mental health conditions get diagnosed and treated.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/default/article/Panel-proposes-overhaul-to-Ore-health-care-system-1307007.php

 

 

Court affirms ruling on Mich. prison mental health

San Antonio Express-News

March 28, 2011

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - A federal appeals court won't upset a ruling that says Michigan has followed requirements for improving mental-health care in prisons

http://www.mysanantonio.com/default/article/Court-affirms-ruling-on-Mich-prison-mental-health-1310197.php

 

 

Partial stay granted on Tucson suspect tapes

San Antonio Express-News

March 27, 2011

 

PHOENIX (AP) - A federal appeals court has imposed a partial stay on a lower-court judge's order to distribute to prosecutors the videotaped psychological evaluations of the suspect in the Tucson shooting rampage.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/default/article/Partial-stay-granted-on-Tucson-suspect-tapes-1308298.php

 

 

HEALTHCARE REFORM

 

Hospital Groups Assess Health Care Law

New York Times

March 25, 2011

 

The year-old federal health care law offers a tempting promise for the country's hospitals: a potential pool of 32 million newly insured customers. That could produce a huge reduction in the tens of billions of dollars worth of services for patients who cannot be refused, but who often cannot pay.

http://prescriptions.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/25/hospital-groups-assess-health-care-law/

 

 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

 

Psychiatric Patients Risking Lives For A Cigarette

Fox 4 Dallas-Fort Worth

March 27, 2011

 

PERTH, Australia -- Australia's involuntary mental health patients are so desperate to defy smoking bans they are poking electricity sockets with paper clips to get a spark and light up, The (Perth) Sunday Times reported. The revelation based on a new report is being used by Western Australia's mental health watchdog, the Council of Official Visitors, to bolster its call for designated smoking areas for involuntary patients.

http://www.myfoxdfw.com/dpps/news/unusual/psychiatric-patients-risking-lives-for-a-cigarette-dpgonc-km-20110327_12505687

 

 

Why are sports stars prone to depression?

British Broadcasting Corporation

March 25, 2011

 

When Michael Yardy flew home from the Cricket World Cup this week suffering from depression, he joined a long list of elite sportsmen who have made the difficult decision to seek help for a mental illness.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-12860916

 

 

OPINIONS

 

Commentary: Sick kid? Suck it up

Houston Chronicle

March 28, 2011

 

... School budgets would be severely cut, costing the jobs of thousands of teachers and support staff. At least 8,000 state workers would lose their jobs. Cuts in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program would mean that many elderly people would be turned out of nursing homes and many children of low-income families would lose access to pediatricians.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/headline/metro/7493755.html

 

 

Children's well-being is most important

San Angelo Standard-Times

March 25, 2011

 

... Right-wing Republicans and Tea Party members are not concerned about the devastation. They believe our state government is spending too much on education, health care, mental health and the elderly. They want to trim the fat, despite the fact that Texas already ranks at or near the bottom of all 50 states in these areas so vital to human existence.

http://www.gosanangelo.com/news/2011/mar/25/linda-shoemaker-childrens-well-being-is-most/

 

 

Allowing guns on campus won't make schools safer; There are better ways to deter violence

Houston Chronicle

March 25, 2011

 

... The members of the panel became experts on the tragedy and made more than 70 recommendations for preventing a repeat. Two of these recommendations involved requiring background checks at gun shows and reporting mental health information to the background check system. Last session, more than 50 Texas representatives - most of them sponsors of this legislation - voted against keeping guns (and concealed handgun licenses) out of the hands of the mentally ill.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/editorial/outlook/7492007.html

 

 

Move cautiously on campus guns

Austin American-Statesman

March 27, 2011

 

... Despite what some advocates say, Patterson reminds us that "this is really not about the kid carrying a gun to class so he can defend himself against a mass Virginia Tech murder," he said, referring to the 2007 incident in which 32 people were killed by a gunman at that Blacksburg, Va., state university.

http://www.statesman.com/opinion/move-cautiously-on-campus-guns-1353477.html

 

 

WHITE: Voter ID bill guards against voting fraud by requiring photo identification

Lufkin Daily News

March 27, 2011

 

... With our state's budget being in the condition it is, there just is no way I can support a project that would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars while the Legislature is working so diligently to find savings in other areas that could be used for critical things like education and mental health services.

http://lufkindailynews.com/opinion/columns/article_952c107e-5749-11e0-ad35-001cc4c03286.html

 

 

My sister's short life

Chicago Tribune

March 27, 2011

 

...Studies have shown that people who are suicidal are usually so for short periods of time and that intervention is essential. This is encouraging because with early prevention, awareness and detection, teenage and young adult suicides do not have to happen.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/ct-perspec-0327-suicide-20110327,0,4094203.story

 

 

RESEARCH

 

Facebook's bruises linked to teen depression, doctors say

Austin American-Statesman

March 28, 2011

 

CHICAGO (AP) -Add "Facebook depression" to potential harms linked with social media, an influential doctors' group warns, referring to a condition it says may affect troubled teens who obsess over the online site. Researchers disagree on whether it's simply an extension of depression some kids feel in other circumstances, or a distinct condition linked with using the online site.

http://www.statesman.com/news/nation/facebooks-bruises-linked-to-teen-depression-doctors-say-1353764.html

 

 

Higher Prevalence of Psychiatric Symptoms Found in Children With Epilepsy

Science Daily News

March 25, 2011

 

A newly published report reveals that children with epilepsy are more likely to have psychiatric symptoms, with gender a determining factor in their development. Findings showed that girls had more emotional problems, while boys had more hyperactivity/inattention problems and issues regarding peer relationships.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/03/110325024527.htm

 

 

When taking pills can be better than talking

British Broadcasting Corporation
March 24, 2011

 

Talking therapies are often cited as the best way of helping people with mental health problems. But Richard Gray, a professor of nursing research, says sometimes pills are the answer.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-12716742

 

 

Psychiatric Drug Errors Reduced Through Computerized System

Psych Central News

March 27, 2011

 

Medication mistakes are a major reason for treatment problems in psychiatric hospitals.  These problems can be reduced through the use of an electronic prescription drug ordering system along with a computerized method for reporting such problems, according to a new study.

http://psychcentral.com/news/2011/03/27/psychiatric-drug-errors-reduced-through-computerized-system/24726.html

 

 

Study Highlights How Moms' Depression, Anger Stresses Kids

Health Day News

March 25, 2011

 

Even very young children can get stressed by depressed parents who display negative emotions toward them, researchers confirm.

http://consumer.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=650921

 

 

FEATURES & RESOURCES

 

Father Moves Past A Once-Unforgiving Diagnosis

National Public Radio

March 25, 2011

 

In 1965, when he was 22, Jon Brock's behavior began to change. His family worried that he might be mentally ill and took him to Bryce Hospital, Alabama's oldest and largest psychiatric facility, where he was treated for schizophrenia. ... Jon Brock went on to get a master's of public administration, and today he works as a peer bridger, someone who helps current and former mental health patients with their recovery.

http://www.npr.org/2011/03/25/134828647/father-moves-past-a-once-unforgiving-diagnosis

 

 

Gray divorce brings blues: Seeking a job, maybe a new mate, present a new set of issues

Abilene Reporter-News

March 26, 2011

 

VENTURA, Calif. - ... Whereas younger divorcing couples tend to worry about issues surrounding their young children, concerns of divorcing couples in their 50s, 60s or even 70s center more on financial security, health issues, inheritances, business revenue and the reactions of their adult children, according to therapists and attorneys who deal with late-life divorce.

http://www.reporternews.com/news/2011/mar/26/gray-divorce-brings-blues/

 

 

'Saving CeeCee' is an endearing mix of experiences

Galveston Daily News

March 27, 2011

 

... In the first 12 years of life, CeeCee has heard, witnessed and endured more of life's worst experiences than most people do in their lifetimes. Her father long ago evaded his responsibilities and sought solace from another woman and in alcohol. Her mother, once crowned Vidalia Onion Queen in 1951, relives that experience again and again. Bouts of mental illness worsen for her until her whole life is lived in a reality far from this world. The 12-year-old child and mother's roles switch as she becomes total caregiver for her mother.

http://galvestondailynews.com/story/220674

 

 

PHILANTHROPY

 

Nonprofit's financial, management struggles have taken a toll; American Youthworks says it's working to pull itself back to financial stability

Austin American-Statesman

March 27, 2011

 

A 35-year-old Austin nonprofit that operates education and job training programs for youths is struggling with severe money problems that have led to layoffs, sporadic employee paychecks, bad debt and trouble with the Texas Education Agency. ... In 1996, the nonprofit started one of the first open-enrollment charter schools in Texas. Its students were the kinds of kids who often abandon traditional education: homeless, pregnant, struggling with learning disabilities or saddled with criminal histories.

http://www.statesman.com/news/local/nonprofits-financial-management-struggles-have-taken-a-toll-1353474.html

 

 

Two nonprofits get $2 million each; Morgan's Wonderland, Boysville aided

San Antonio Express-News

March 26, 2011

 

Two checks for $2 million each in less than 12 hours. That's what local philanthropists George and Kymberly Rapier donated to a pair of area nonprofits during separate events Thursday evening and Friday morning.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/article/Two-nonprofits-get-2-million-each-1306982.php

 

 

Grant to help United Way focus on mental health issues

Austin American-Statesman

March 26, 2011

 

... For more than four years, United Way Capital Area's Success By Six program has worked with nonprofits, day cares and schools to help children deal with mental health and social problems. The nonprofit group recently got a four-year, $800,000 matching grant from the Austin-based Buena Vista Foundation. The foundation also pledged to the United Way $200,000 that does not require matching money. The grants will be used to continue providing services such as support groups, mental health assessments, training for child care teachers, and parent education programs.

http://www.statesman.com/news/local/grant-to-help-united-way-focus-on-mental-1350858.html



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