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

July, 2011



The language of therapy
San Antonio Express News

July 21, 2011


The best way to reach bilingual patients is for therapists to immerse themselves in the language. That immersion should start with their training, says one Our Lady of the Lake University professor who's spent years studying Spanish-language counseling. "You really want to work in the language of the client. ...Conversational fluency isn't enough (because) it's not just about the language. It's cultural and linguistic," says Ezequiel Peña, an assistant professor of psychology at OLLU who was recently awarded a $17,500 research grant from the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health.




Southwest General expands mental health program

San Antonio Express News

July 21, 2011


With the expansion of its Partial Hospital Program, Southwest General Hospital is offering more psychiatric help for people with mental health disorders around the South Side. Last week, hospital officials celebrated expanding its Partial Hospital Program facility - 7390 Barlite Blvd. - from approximately 1,600 square feet to 3,000 square feet.



Woman Who Drove Off Cliff Will Foot Bill

KTSM News Channel 9 - El Paso

July 20, 2011


EL PASO - Tonight, we're learning more about a woman who police say intentionally drove off Rim Road yesterday...But local health experts want to get the message out, that there is help available for those dealing with tough times...El Paso MHMR sees as many as 900 patients a month and about 4,000 calls on their crisis line a month.          



Fort Hood Suspect's Lead Attorney Steps Down

KVIA El Paso

July 20, 2011


FORT HOOD, Texas -- The lead attorney for the Army psychiatrist charged in the deadly 2009 rampage at Fort Hood unexpectedly stepped down from the case Wednesday, shortly before Maj. Nidal Hasan was scheduled to be arraigned on charges that include 13 counts of premeditated murder. Attorney Jim Galligan told the Associated Press it was his decision -- not Hasan's -- to take a temporary leave of absence. He declined to elaborate on why he was stepping down.



Texas A&M Study Finds Mental Resilience In Deployed Combat Troops

Texas A&M University News

July 20, 2011


COLLEGE STATION - Deployed soldiers in units that are facing high-risk combat situations show extraordinary tolerance for their stressful environment, found a Texas A&M University study published in the scholarly journal Psychological Assessment. Even more remarkable, adds psychology professor Leslie Morey, is the study reveals that deployed troops have nearly identical reports of potential emotional or psychological problems when compared to their civilian counterparts back in the U.S.





Violence At Calif. Mental Hospitals: 'This Is The Norm'

National Public Radio

July 21, 2011


Thousands of assaults occur each year at California's state psychiatric hospitals. Last October, a patient allegedly murdered a staffer at Napa State Hospital. Employees there demonstrated, demanding greater safety. Now, the protests have spread to Metropolitan State Hospital near Los Angeles, where about 100 workers recently spent a broiling hot lunch hour marching in front of the place where they work.



Parents press for ruling in mentally ill daughter's night of horror

Chicago Tribune

July 21, 2011


The case of a mentally ill California woman who was raped and permanently disabled after Chicago police released her in a high-crime area has languished in appeals court for a year and a half, so long that her family has taken the unusual step of prodding the court to hurry up. ...The details of Eilman's treatment by police in May 2006, and what happened to her after she was abruptly released in an unfamiliar and dangerous neighborhood, have haunted her parents and opened the Chicago Police Department to criticism about its handling of mentally ill people.,0,7938948.story



Survey: Psychiatric care hard to find in Mass.

Boston Globe

July 21, 2011


BOSTON-A new study says even Massachusetts residents with top-flight medical insurance sometimes find it difficult to get the mental health services they need. Researchers at Cambridge Health Alliance and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center called 64 mental health facilities within a 10-mile radius of downtown Boston. They posed as patients with Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance who were evaluated for depression at emergency departments and discharged with instructions to get a psychiatric appointment within two weeks.



Advocates Press For Federal Aid In Making Mental Health Records Electronic

Kaiser Health News

July 21, 2011


Joan Sivley believes that health information technology could have helped her son Dan from unnecessary suffering as he struggled for eight years to get an accurate diagnosis of schizo-affective disorder. During that time, he shuffled through various psychiatric hospitals and residential centers, paying as much as $30,000 a month out of pocket, only to receive conflicting diagnoses and a myriad of medications.





Health-Care Use Is Sluggish

The Wall Street Journal
July 20, 2011


The U.S. economy's still-fragile health continues to keep consumers out of hospitals and doctors' offices, affecting the earnings reports Tuesday from UnitedHealth Group Inc. and Johnson & Johnson in contrasting ways. For companies like UnitedHealth that help pay the bills, patients making fewer doctors' visits is boosting earnings. For product-making companies like J&J, however, the slowdown mutes sales. This has been going on for months and, like persistently high unemployment, doesn't seem poised to change quickly.



Health On The Hill: 'Gang Of Six' In The Health Care Spotlight

Kaiser Health News

July 20, 2011


NPR's Julie Rovner talks with Jackie Judd about the re-emergence of the "Gang of Six" senators in the debt-ceiling debate, what their plan means for the CLASS Act, and how missing details are likely to be filled in.





Suicide Rates Among Mental Health Patients Revealed

Medical News Today

July 20, 2011    


Suicide rates among people with mental illness in England and Wales have fallen over the last decade, latest figures show.



Hypersomnia may predict depressive symptoms in bipolar disorder patients

Med Wire News

July 21, 2011


Hypersomnia among bipolar disorder (BD) patients who are in an inter-episode period may predict future depressive symptoms, results from a US study suggest.



Symptom remission common in early course of schizophrenia

Med Wire News

July 21, 2011


A significant minority of schizophrenia patients achieve symptom remission in the early course of illness, but recovery is much less common, research shows.



New national report shows many differences in the types and levels of substance use and mental illness problems experienced among the states

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) News

July 21, 2011


A new report providing state-by-state analyses of a wide range of behavioral health issues reveals that despite some wide variations among the states in the types and levels of problems they confront -- every state must deal with these issues... The report developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides valuable insight to state public health authorities and service providers on the scope and nature of behavioral health issues affecting their states.


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