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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health News Clips
Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, Austin

October, 2011

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Today's Clips - October 7, 2011

 

This summary of recent news and research articles on mental health topics was prepared as a public service by the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. Stories from other media sources do not necessarily reflect the opinions or positions of the foundation and its staff. Media sites may require a one-time free registration and academic and science journal sites may require a paid subscription to access articles.

 

HOGG FOUNDATION

 

Request for Proposals: Texas Mental Health Policy Projects

The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

October 7, 2011

 

The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health invites eligible organizations to submit proposals for the Texas Mental Health Policy Projects Initiative. This initiative seeks to fund projects that will improve mental health policy in Texas and lead to meaningful, systemic change.

http://www.hogg.utexas.edu/rfp/PolicyProjects.html 

 

 

Mental Health Foundation Discovers Benefits of Diversity: Hiring Those with Personal Experience of Mental Illness Has Provided Insights

Austin American-Statesman

October 2, 2011

 

In their work as program officers for the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health in Austin, Stephany Bryan and Tammy Heinz can speak eloquently and passionately about the reality of recovery and wellness after a struggle with mental illness, and about the need for consumers of mental health services to have a voice in their own care. They also speak from direct experience.

http://shopping.statesman.com/SS/Page.aspx?secid=109122&pagenum=8&sstarg=&facing=false& 

 

 

Not All Who Travel to Dallas are Cotton Bowl Bound

Hogg Blog

October 7, 2011

 

Program Officer Rick Ybarra and I are headed to Dallas this weekend!  However, unlike many other Austinites who will be traveling northbound on IH-35, we won't be attending the Texas-Oklahoma game or the state fair.  We will be gathering with social workers from all over the state for the 2011 annual conference of the Texas chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.

http://blogs.utexas.edu/hogg/2011/10/07/nasw-texas_bound/ 

 

 

Scholarship: Frances Fowler Wallace Memorial Award for Mental Health Dissertation Research

The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

October 7, 2011

 

The Frances Fowler Wallace Memorial Award provides partial support for doctoral students' dissertation research on "the cause and treatment, cure and prevention of mental disease, mental illness and mental disorders," as designated in her will. The award provides up to $1,500 for research-related expenses. Doctoral students at The University of Texas at Austin are eligible to apply for the award.

http://www.hogg.utexas.edu/rfp/wallace_award.html 

 

 

TEXAS NEWS

 

Half of Texas doctors may quit Medicare if cuts enacted, survey finds

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

October 6, 2011

 

Half of Texas physicians would consider withdrawing from the Medicare program if Congress allows a forthcoming deep cut in reimbursement payments, Texas Medical Association officials said Thursday.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/10/06/3426224/half-of-texas-doctors-may-quit.html 

 

 

Texas Doctors Experiment With Care, Payment Models

Texas Tribune

October 7, 2011

 

... As the United States grapples with spiraling health care costs and a system that rewards doctors and hospitals for how sick their patients get, not how healthy they become, Texas health care providers are increasingly experimenting with new payment and care delivery models - joining forces to emphasize efficiency and outcomes. These new models present a culture shift for the state's physicians, who haven't been as quick to shed a kind of "lone ranger" status as some doctors elsewhere in the nation. But it has provided an intriguing benefit for patients, drawn to the convenience and comfort of a system financially motivated to keep them as well as possible.

http://www.texastribune.org/texas-health-resources/health-reform-and-texas/costs-rise-tx-doctors-experiment-care-models/ 

 

 

Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center ready for wounded warriors and veterans

KENS 5 - San Antonio

October 5, 2011

 

SAN ANTONIO -- San Antonio's growing military medical community has a new addition. The Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center is a $66 million facility that's one of only five of its kind in the country. ...The wounded warriors and veterans who will be treated at the center are those who suffer multiple problems, from brain injuries to amputations to burns. ...Patients will get all kinds of specialized therapy, from physical, occupational and speech therapy to mental health help.

http://www.kens5.com/home/Polytrauma-Rehabilitation-Center-ready-for-wounded-warriors-and-veterans-131165318.html  

 

 

Locations for Katy, Tomball VA clinics announced

Katy Times

October 6, 2011

 

Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX) announced today that Klein's Supermarket, a Tomball landmark for 89 years, which closed its doors in April, will be the new home for Tomball's VA community-based outpatient clinic (CBOC). The Veterans' Administration entered into a 20-year lease agreement for that property, as well as a similar agreement for a CBOC in Katy, at 750 Westgreen Boulevard. ...Each will provide comprehensive primary care and mental health services.

http://katytimes.com/news/article_485a4fb6-f039-11e0-88b9-001cc4c002e0.html 

 

 

Insult to Injury: Texas Workers' Comp System Denies, Delays Medical Help

ABA Journal

October 2011

 

... While 22 other states have considered changes tightening their workers' compensation programs in recent legislative sessions, it would be hard to find one that keeps legal fees as low, denials as high, and efforts of doctors and others to scam the system as plentiful as in Texas.

http://www.abajournal.com/magazine/article/insult_to_injury_texas_workers_comp_system_denies_delays_medical_help/ 

 

 

UT medical school should be 'world-class,' Powers says

Austin American-Statesman

October 6, 2011

 

... Powers said the medical school should be on the quality level of such top schools as the UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas and UCLA's medical school. He said a number of important elements are already in place at the Austin flagship, including programs in biomedical engineering, chemistry, nursing, pharmacy and social work.

http://www.statesman.com/news/local/ut-medical-school-should-be-world-class-powers-1900216.html 

 

 

Family searches for Sachse man, 70, after his release from Dallas County jail

Dallas Morning News

October 6, 2011

 

...The family of a 70-year-old mentally ill man released from the Dallas County Jail was searching for him Thursday because they have not heard from him.  

http://thescoopblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2011/10/family-searches-for-sachse-man.html 

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

L.A. County deputy says he was forced to beat mentally ill inmate

Los Angeles Times

October 7, 2011

 

A Los Angeles County sheriff's rookie who graduated at the top of his recruit class resigned after only a few weeks on the job, alleging that a supervisor made him beat up a mentally ill jail inmate, according to interviews and law enforcement records.

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-honor-recruit-20111007,0,2856002.story 

 

 

Local program cuts youth drinking, violence: study

Chicago Tribune

October 6, 2011

 

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A program that helps communities identify and target health risks in young people led to fewer teens drinking, smoking and being delinquent, according to a new report. ... In the version of the program Hawkins' team studied, local community leaders analyzed surveys completed by youth in their town, meant to identify specific things about families or communities that put those kids at risk for health and behavior problems. Then, those leaders -- including parents, teachers and health workers -- chose from a "menu" of ways to address the most serious risks.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/health/sns-rt-us-youth-drinkingtre79575s-20111006,0,6474251.story 

 

 

Loughner lawyer pleads for him to stay at Arizona prison

Los Angeles Times

October 6, 2011

 

A lawyer for Tucson shooting suspect Jared Lee Loughner urged a federal appellate panel Thursday to allow him to remain at a federal lockup near his family in Arizona rather than return him to a prison hospital in Missouri, where he has been treated against his will with anti-psychotic drugs. Loughner's rights to refuse unwanted commitment and medication were being violated at the Missouri facility, defense attorney Ellis M. Johnston III said.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-jared-loughner-20111007,0,2115673.story 

 

 

HEALTHCARE REFORM

 

Feds to Design Health Insurance for the Masses

New York Times

October 7, 2011

 

WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal government is taking on a crucial new role in the nation's health care, designing a basic benefits package for millions of privately insured Americans. A framework for the Obama administration was released Thursday. ... The advisers recommended that the package be built on mid-tier health plans currently offered by small employers, expanded to include certain services such as mental health, and squeezed into a real-world budget.

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2011/10/07/business/AP-US-Mandated-Health-Benefits.html?scp=2&sq=mental&st=nyt 

 

 

Panel Says U.S. Should Weigh Cost in Deciding 'Essential Health Benefits'

New York Times

October 6, 2011

 

WASHINGTON - The National Academy of Sciences said Thursday that the federal government should explicitly consider cost as a factor in deciding what health benefits must be provided by insurance plans under President Obama's health care overhaul, and it said the cost of any new benefits should be "offset by savings" elsewhere in the health care system.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/07/us/politics/panel-says-us-should-weigh-cost-in-health-coverage.html?_r=2&emc=tnt&tntemail0=y 

 

 

Disparities Cloud Health Improvements In Past Decade, Report Finds

Kaiser Health News

October 6, 2011

 

Minority and low-income groups continue to be less likely to have a regular source of health care when compared to the general population, despite efforts over the past decade to remedy the situation. This and other health disparities persist across race, ethnicity, income level and education, according to the final review of Healthy People 2010, which was released Thursday.

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2011/October/06/health-people.aspx 

 

 

Researchers Press For More Action On Health Disparities

Kaiser Health News

October 6, 2011

 

As Susan Dentzer, the editor in chief of the journal Health Affairs, was opening a public briefing today on a special issue dedicated to the state of health care disparities in the country, she warned the audience members they "might need a strong dose of Valium" to handle some of the bleak assessments of the racial gap in care. But panelists, researchers and health care experts say there is light at the end of the tunnel, especially as coverage is expanded under the 2010 health overhaul law.

http://capsules.kaiserhealthnews.org/index.php/2011/10/researchers-press-for-more-action-on-health-disparities/ 

 

 

More people using free preventive benefits provided by Affordable Care Act

HHS News

October 6, 2011

 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reported today that nearly 20.5 million people with Medicare reviewed their health status at a free Annual Wellness Visit or received other preventive services with no deductible or cost sharing this year.  In addition, nearly 1.8 million people with Medicare have received discounts on brand-name drugs in the Medicare Part D coverage gap, also known as the "donut hole," between January and August of this year. 

http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2011pres/10/20111006b.html 

 

 

OPINIONS

 

For Children at Risk, Mentors Who Stay

New York Times

October 6, 2011

 

... But in the world of mentoring, Friends of the Children stands out because of the children it targets and the commitment it makes. Most mentoring programs engage a wide range of young people, but Friends works with public schools in high poverty areas to select only the children who are experiencing the most severe behavioral and emotional problems. They go to classrooms and look for children who are not just acting out aggressively like Samuel, but who are withdrawn, depressed or display a marked absence of emotion.

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/06/for-children-at-risk-mentors-who-stay/?ref=opinion 

 

 

To Keep Required Insurance Affordable, Start With Price

NPR

October 7, 2011

 

....It says federal officials should start with a budget target to guide the creation of a minimum benefits package. The group chose the national average premium that would be paid by small employers in 2014 in the absence of the law. ...That's particularly true because of the 10 categories of care the law requires the essential benefits package to include, several aren't typically offered by small employers. Those include habilitative services (which help people, usually with disabilities, acquire skills they currently lack), and mental health and substance-abuse treatment.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2011/10/06/141135036/to-keep-required-insurance-affordable-start-with-price 

 

 

Open L.A. County's jails - to scrutiny

Los Angeles Times

October 7, 2011

 

... Managing a large network of custodial facilities like L.A. County's jail system is a gargantuan task, and it is complicated by the fact that many inmates have not only committed crimes but also have serious drug, alcohol and/or mental health issues. But county residents expect - rightly - those who work in jail facilities to be well-trained professionals, committed to keeping the peace even when confronted with inflammatory situations.

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-vandekamp-jail-beatings-investigation-20111007,0,6150719.story 

 

 

Healthcare reform law: What's the big deal?

Los Angeles Times

October 7, 2011

 

There really is no such thing as an individual health insurance mandate. Let's stop suggesting otherwise, and start referring to the individual health insurance incentive.

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-leach-health-care-indvidual-mandate-20111007,0,6657830.story 

 

 

Justice for Cory Maples

Los Angeles Times

October 7, 2011

 

When even conservative Supreme Court justices express sympathy for a death row inmate, it's a good bet that a miscarriage of justice has occurred. That's the case with Cory Maples, a convicted murderer from Alabama, who missed a deadline for an appeal because a notice sent to his two lawyers was sent back marked "return to sender." ... Maples had been convicted of shooting two friends to death after a night of drinking. After his conviction, he unsuccessfully filed a petition for relief, claiming that his trial lawyer had failed to investigate or offer evidence about his mental health history, his intoxication at the time of his crime and his alcohol and drug history.

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/opinionla/la-ed-death-20111007,0,1287805.story 

 

 

RESEARCH

 

Researchers Assess What Works Best to Prevent PTSD

HealthDay

October 6, 2011

 

New research suggests certain long-term psychotherapies may do a better job than an antidepressant in preventing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following a traumatic event.

http://consumer.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=657501 

 

 

New Data-Mining Effort Launched To Study Mental Disorders

Medical News Today

October 7, 2011

 

Chicago will be home to a new $13.75 million project that will apply data mining methods to better understand the genetic and environmental factors behind neuropsychiatric disorders.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/235617.php 

 

 

Life goals group therapy program benefits BD patients

MedWire News

October 7, 2011

 

A life goals group therapy program for patients with bipolar disorder (BD) helps reduce hospitalization rates, increase mood stability, and prevent relapses, study results suggest.

http://www.medwire-news.md/47/95044/Psychiatry/Life_goals_group_therapy_program_benefits_BD_patients.html 

 

 

Medication nonadherence increases rehospitalisation risk in schizophrenia patients

MedWire News

October 7, 2011

 

A short duration of initial hospitalization and early nonadherence to antipsychotic medication after discharge are significant and modifiable risk factors for rehospitalisation in patients with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder, research shows.

http://www.medwire-news.md/47/95050/Psychiatry/Medication_nonadherence_increases_rehospitalisation_risk_in_schizophrenia_patients_.html 

 

 

Brain Chemical Linked to Joylessness Provides Insight Into Teen Depression

National Institute of Mental Health

October 6, 2011

 

Depressed teens with anhedonia, or the inability to experience pleasure, have lower levels of the neurotransmitter GABA in a key mood-regulating region of the brain, according to an NIMH-funded study published online October 3, in the Archives of General Psychiatry. The researchers note that focusing on specific symptoms and using different types of measures may offer new clues to the pathways and processes underlying depression and other mental disorders.

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/science-news/2011/brain-chemical-linked-to-joylessness-provides-insight-into-teen-depression.shtml 

 

 

FEATURES & RESOURCES

 

About the First Episodes of Psychosis

NAMI News

October 7, 2011

 

Early identification and evaluation of the onset of psychosis is an important health concern. Early detection and intervention improve outcomes. Psychosis may be transient, intermittent, short-term or part of a longer-term psychiatric condition. It is important to understand the range of possibilities, both in terms of possible diagnosis associated with psychosis and the prospects for recovery.

http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=first_episode 

 

 

Circa Survive front man battles mental health to create CD
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

October 7, 2011

 

... Green's problems continued to worsen, and eventually he realized he needed help to get out of his tailspin. With his bandmates' full support, he checked himself into a mental institution. During his stay at the institution, which lasted about three weeks, Green was able to put his situation into a new perspective.

http://lubbockonline.com/go/2011-10-07/circa-survive-front-man-battles-mental-health-create-cd 

 



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