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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

May, 2011

HOGG FOUNDATION

 

Interview with Vicky Coffee-Fletcher on Faith and Mental Health

Dr. Carol Show

May 5, 2011

 

Listen to a May 5 radio interview with Hogg Foundation for Mental Health Program Officer Vicky Coffee-Fletcher.

http://www.drcarolshow.com/DailyShows/Dr_Carol_Show_May_05_Hr_2.mp3

 

 

82nd LEGISLATIVE SESSION

 

The Democrats' Last Chance to Stop the Budget

Texas Observer

May 5, 2011

 

Don't let the headlines fool you. While the Senate and House have both passed versions of the budget, the debate is far from over. That's because both budgets rely on major cuts to public education, and those cuts are contingent on new bills getting passed. If a school finance bill doesn't pass, the budgets don't balance.

http://www.texasobserver.org/floor-play/school-finance-the-democrats-last-chance-to-stop-the-budget

 

 

Report: Texas prison health costs even higher than thought

Austin American-Statesman

May 5, 2011

 

The cost of providing health care to Texas' 154,000 imprisoned criminals during the next two years will likely exceed the amounts allocated in both the Senate- and House-approved versions of the state budget, a new financial analysis shows.

http://www.statesman.com/news/texas-politics/report-texas-prison-health-costs-even-higher-than-1457575.html

 

 

Bill Would Help Texas Schools for Troubled Students

Texas Tribune

May 6, 2011

 

... Recovery charter schools in Texas serve about 18,000 students who have performed poorly at traditional public schools, according to state data from the 2009-10 school year. Many have skipped too many classes or used too many drugs to graduate on time. Others have gotten pregnant or have emotional problems or learning disabilities. Recovery charters offer a second chance.

http://www.texastribune.org/texas-education/public-education/bill-would-help-texas-schools-for-troubled/

 

 

Juvenile Justice Merger Heads to Governor

Texas Tribune

May 5, 2011

 

A bill to merge Texas' two state juvenile justice agencies is headed to the governor for a signature.

http://www.texastribune.org/texas-legislature/82nd-legislative-session/juvenile-justice-merger-heads-to-governor/

 

 

Helping the homeless and digging for (figuratively) loose change

Houston Chronicle

May 5, 2011

 

Groups that help homeless people could qualify for a boost from the Texas Enterprise Fund overseen by Gov. Rick Perry, joining big-name corporations in competing for the state's largesse to help drive up employment, under a bill approved by the state Senate. ... Senate Finance Chairman Steve Ogden previously has cited San Antonio's Haven for Hope in promoting the idea, saying that such groups help people with medical treatment and train them for jobs.

http://blog.chron.com/texaspolitics/2011/05/helping-the-homeless-and-digging-for-figuratively-loose-change/

 

 

Cook voices support for Corsicana State Home's future operation

Corsicana Daily Sun

May 6, 2011

 

State Representative Byron Cook has sent a strong message of support for keeping the "State Home" open in Corsicana. ... The Texas Youth Commission announced earlier this year that due to budget constraints, it will close three of the state's youth treatment facilities. Corsicana is one of the facilities being considered for closure, given its age and the cost of maintenance of the property. Taking note that the Corsicana State Home provides specialized mental health treatment for its residents, Cook stressed the importance of the program to the TYC.

http://corsicanadailysun.com/news/x1113181406/Cook-voices-support-for-Corsicana-State-Home-s-future-operation

 

 

Real people, real jobs: State Home brings decades of experience in helping kids

Corsicana Daily Sun

May 6, 2011

 

With the future of its existence in the hands of the state's budget, staffers at the Corsicana Residential Treatment Center - also known as the Corsicana State Home - are looking ahead to Saturday's community meeting as a way to help save the facility that they have given much of their lives and careers to, and have given so much help to the troubled youths that have gone through the gates of the facility.

http://corsicanadailysun.com/news/x340277621/Real-people-real-jobs

 

 

State Budget: Local officials prepare for the worst; Care providers, schools look to cuts

San Angelo Standard-Times

May 5, 2011

 

... Mental Health and Mental Retardation Services for the Concho Valley would see a $1.4 million cut under the House proposal and about $223,000 cut under the Senate proposal. Wyatt said the larger the cut, the more people would lose services. MHMR's biggest concern, he said, is the funding cut to community-based services.

http://www.gosanangelo.com/news/2011/may/05/local-officials-prepare-for-the-worst/

 

 

Texas budget passes without Demos

El Paso Times

May 5, 2011

 

AUSTIN -- After a week of wrangling, the Texas Senate passed a budget that would no longer tap the state's savings account to help close a budget gap of up to $27 billion. ... Mental Health Mental Retardation would get about $5.2 million less annually in the House plan, while the Senate version would cut about $1.1 million for the agency.

http://www.elpasotimes.com/ci_17996194?source=most_viewed

 

 

Therapy school facing changes; WFISD portion of program slashed

Wichita Falls Times Record-News

May 6, 2011

 

For the past 15 years, if your child was not succeeding in his Wichita Falls ISD classroom and urgently needed mental health therapy, Rose Street Day School offered a short-term therapy-plus-school option at its own facility. ... The WFISD portion of the program - with its two special education teachers and one mental health aide - was slashed in the recent budget cuts to save the $127,000 that paid the three salaries.

http://www.timesrecordnews.com/news/2011/may/06/therapy-school-facing-changes/

 

 

TEXAS NEWS

 

Drug shortages, skyrocketing prices anger pharmacists; Texas AG's office says it has no control over distributor markup of 6,200 percent

San Antonio Express-News

May 3, 2011

 

Like many hospital pharmacists, Mark A. Richerson has been struggling with an ever-expanding list of prescription drugs that are either in short supply or unavailable. The situation, he says, "is the worst I've seen in my 25 years as a pharmacist." Making the situation worse are distributors who are dramatically raising the prices of what are often life-saving drugs.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/life/health/article/Drug-shortages-skyrocketing-prices-anger-1362707.php

 

 

Is health program for needy Travis County residents growing too fast?

Austin American-Statesman

May 5, 2011

 

Five years ago, officials running a medical program for some of Travis County's neediest residents grappled with complaints that the phones were always busy, appointments were hard to come by and crowded clinics had too few doctors. Since then, the number of patients in the Medical Assistance Program, or MAP, has more than doubled from 10,555 in 2005-06 to 22,061 this week, with most of the growth in the past two years.

http://www.statesman.com/news/local/is-health-program-for-needy-travis-county-residents-1457246.html

 

 

Central Plains Center offers mental health first aid

Plainview Daily Herald

May 5, 2011

 

... Mental health first aid is a 12-hour course designed to teach key skills for helping someone with a mental health issue or experiencing a mental health crisis. Participants will learn to recognize the signs of mental illness and how to de-escalate a mental health crisis, such as risk of suicide, acute stress reactions and overdoses.

http://www.myplainview.com/news/article_fb199920-7737-11e0-9a04-001cc4c002e0.html

 

 

Arlington police find that UTA counselor was intended target of student

Dallas Morning News

May 5, 2011

 

Arlington police say a University of Texas at Arlington psychologist was the "intended target" of one of her former student clients who shot and killed her husband outside a day care center in late April.

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/crime/headlines/20110505-arlington-police-find-that-uta-counselor-was-intended-target-of-student.ece

 

 

UT Arlington shooter had hinted to friends about suicide

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

May 5, 2011

 

ARLINGTON -- ... Antonio Garcia, 22, a senior at UTA, had indicated to friends that he might be suicidal. He bought a pistol at an Arlington pawnshop a little more than a week before the shooting, police spokeswoman Tiara Richard said. ... Interviews with Garcia's friends also revealed that he had said he wouldn't see them after graduation -- as if he were planning to commit suicide.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/05/05/3054768/ut-arlington-shooter-had-hinted.html

 

 

Man in standoff was retired military

El Paso Times

May 5, 2011

 

... Police said Wood died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Wood's stepmother, Marcie McDowell of Michigan, said Wood was a veteran of the Iraq war and Operation Desert Storm. In December, he retired after 20 years in the Army. "He gave a lot to his country," McDowell said. "He was just a really, really sweet boy. He ended up with a lot of emotional scars from the things he had seen."

http://www.elpasotimes.com/news/ci_17995942

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Rules set to protect mentally ill immigrants: UH clinic's appeal in S. Texas case leads to panel's decision

Houston Chronicle

May 5, 2011

 

Immigration judges will now have to follow specific guidelines designed to protect the rights of mentally ill immigrants in removal proceedings based on a decision issued this week by the Board of Immigration Appeals. ... The decision will have an immediate impact on hundreds if not thousands of cases nationwide involving immigrants with possible mental health issues, said Geoffrey Hoffman, director of the UH immigration law clinic.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7552677.html

 

 

Military Spouses Handle Challenges At Home

National Public Radio

May 5, 2011

 

Military spouses - most often wives - contend with frequent moves, long separations, and the stress of managing households and family alone. And when a soldier is injured while serving, many military spouses must become the primary breadwinners, and in many cases, caregivers, as well.

http://www.npr.org/2011/05/05/136025545/military-spouses-handle-challenges-at-home

 

 

HEALTHCARE REFORM

 

G.O.P. Rethinking Bid to Overhaul Medicare Rules

The New York Times

May 5, 2011

 

WASHINGTON - House Republicans signaled Thursday that they were backing away from the centerpiece of their budget plan - a proposal to overhaul Medicare - in a decision that underscored both the difficulties and political perils of addressing the nation's long-term fiscal problems.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/06/us/politics/06fiscal.html?_r=1&ref=health

 

 

Health care bill heads to Vt. governor's desk

Boston Globe

May 5, 2011

 

MONTPELIER, Vt.-The Vermont House has given final approval to an ambitious plan to move Vermont toward a universal, publicly funded health care system. The next stop for the legislation is the desk of Gov. Peter Shumlin, a strong supporter.

http://www.boston.com/news/local/vermont/articles/2011/05/05/health_care_bill_heads_to_vt_governors_desk/

 

 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

 

Japan quake: Mental health warning for survivors

British Broadcasting Corporation

May 6, 2011

 

Psychologists in Japan have said that they are concerned survivors of the earthquake and tsunami could develop long-term mental health problems if they do not talk about what happened. Many were quick to help each other and reluctant to complain, reflecting the Japanese custom of politeness and reserve, with the older generations particularly reluctant to discuss the trauma.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-13306350

 

 

OPINIONS

 

Schools' use of force policies should be shared with parent

San Antonio Express-News

May 6, 2011

 

... At the heart of the issue is parents' right to know what types of force could potentially be used by officers at school and to have an opportunity to shape that policy, which can vary widely among school districts. Some districts allow police officers to use Tasers, pepper spray, trained dogs, batons and certain types of restraints, and others prohibit some or all of these options.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/opinion/commentary/article/Schools-use-of-force-policies-should-be-shared-1367749.php

 

 

To cut the cost of health care, reduce errors and readmissions

Austin American-Statesman

May 5, 2011

 

Over the years, leaders in industry have learned that doing something right often costs less than doing it wrong. We came together in Austin this week to talk about how applying that same principle in health care can protect lives and save billions of dollars.

http://www.statesman.com/opinion/sebelius-barnett-to-cut-the-cost-of-health-1457503.html

 

 

Let's help vulnerable by regulating payday loans

Houston Chronicle

May 5, 2011

 

... This legislative session, state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, has filed Senate Bill 1862 and state Rep. Vicki Truitt, R-Southlake, has filed House Bills 2592, 2593 and 2594 which will, for the first time, license and regulate the payday and auto-title lending business. If passed, these bills will end the practice of payday lenders marketing loans outside state MHMR (Mental Health and Mental Retardation) facilities, a practice that preys on our most vulnerable citizens.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/editorial/outlook/7552519.html

 

 

Homeless veterans pay price

San Antonio Express-News

May 4, 2011

 

... Veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq have been contending for years now with four, five and six or more deployments. They've dealt with divorce and other family strife; the death of people close to them; alcohol and substance abuse; and record suicide rates in their ranks. When a soldier or Marine dies in combat, a high-ranking officer presents a flag to a family member, thanking them on behalf of a grateful nation. When he or she lives, the gratitude isn't so obvious.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/news_columnists/scott_stroud/article/Homeless-veterans-pay-price-1364363.php

 

 

Funding battle: Federal medical research dollars should be spared from harsh budget cuts.

Houston Chronicle

May 6, 2011

 

Outside NASA, there may be no more important federal budget battleground for the Houston area than the National Institutes of Health, the major clearinghouse for federal research funding. NIH funding flows to this region's major medical research institutions in prodigious amounts, and it is not immune from the impact of the budget axe being wielded in the capital.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/editorial/7552515.html

 

 

Debating Medicaid Block Grants

Kaiser Health News

May 5, 2011

 

Columnists Harold Pollack and Michael F. Cannon contribute very different opinions on the Republican proposal to fundamentally change Medicaid, the state-federal health program that covers 50 million poor and disabled.

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2011/May/05/Debating-Medicaid-Block-Grants.aspx

 

 

RESEARCH

 

Scientists Afflict Computers with Schizophrenia to Better Understand the Human Brain

The University of Texas at Austin

May 5, 2011

 

AUSTIN, Texas - Computer networks that can't forget fast enough can show symptoms of a kind of virtual schizophrenia, giving researchers further clues to the inner workings of schizophrenic brains, researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and Yale University have found.

http://www.utexas.edu/news/2011/05/05/schizophrenia_discern/

 

 

Diet Link To Bipolar Disorder

Medical News Today

May 6, 2011

 

New research reveals that there is a link between diet and bi-polar disorder, with sugar, caffeine and a poor diet having a negative effect and increasing the mood swings of sufferers. This comes at a time when there have been reports in the media of a strong increase in the number of people becoming affected by bipolar disorder.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/224447.php

 

 

Children at risk for BD have reduced levels of specific neurometabolites

Med Wire News

May 6, 2011

 

The children of parents with bipolar disorder (BD) have decreased concentrations of specific metabolites in the cerebellar vermis, suggesting decreased cellular metabolism, US researchers report.

http://www.medwire-news.md/47/92073/Psychiatry/Children_at_risk_for_BD_have_reduced_levels_of_specific_neurometabolites.html

 

 

Art Therapy Alleviates PTSD Symptoms in Veterans

Psych Central News

May 5, 2011

 

Art therapy is helpful in alleviating the psychological trauma experienced by soldiers returning from war zones in Afghanistan and Iraq.

http://psychcentral.com/news/2011/05/06/art-therapy-alleviates-ptsd-symptoms-in-veterans/25979.html

 

 

FEATURES & RESOURCES

 

SAMHSA is accepting applications for grants totaling $13.2 million to develop and expand behavioral health treatment court collaboratives

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

May 5, 2011

 

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2011 grants to develop and expand Behavioral Health Treatment Court Collaboratives. The purpose of this program is to allow state and local criminal and dependency courts serving adults more flexibility to collaborate with other authorities and service providers to better address the behavioral health needs of adults who are involved with the criminal court system.

http://www.samhsa.gov/newsroom/advisories/1105052618.aspx

 

 

How to know when a parent needs more help

Dallas Morning News

April 27, 2011

 

... Bear in mind that some problems may be caused by treatable or temporary conditions. "Depression is a big problem. When you're depressed, you can't make decisions and everything takes too much energy," Taff says.

http://www.dallasnews.com/health/family-health/headlines/20110427-how-to-know-when-a-parent-needs-more-help-.ece

 

 

Occupational therapy still a mystery for many

El Paso Times

May 2, 2011

 

... Occupational therapists are highly trained to meet these complex demands; they must complete a master's program, pass a national board examination and be licensed in their state. The academic classes are rigorous and include anatomy, developmental classes, kinesiology, activity analysis and a heavy concentration in psychology. Many are surprised to learn about the link to psychology; however, the birthplace of occupational therapy was in psychiatry and soldier rehabilitation

http://www.elpasotimes.com/living/ci_17970900

 

 

Movie Review: The Beaver (B+)

Dallas Morning News

May 6, 2011

 

... Mel Gibson, a celebrity spectacle now infamous for profane tirades and racial slurs, plays a man who loses his mind and communicates with the outside world through a cuddly beaver puppet. The jokes practically write themselves. With the morbid fascination comes a solid little drama about mental illness and unlikely paths to redemption.

http://www.dallasnews.com/entertainment/columnists/chris-vognar/20110505-the-beaver-b-.ece



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