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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

December, 2011

Health care district's healthy salaries: Pay at unique public agency can be generous but comparisons hard to make

Austin American-Statesman

December 10, 2011

 

The annual pay of several top executives for Central Health has risen substantially in recent years, an American-Statesman analysis shows, as officials in charge of the health district have struggled to set fair and competitive wages for a young organization considered unique in Texas. ...One thing is clear: Central Health is living its mission of providing care to those who need it most, board members said. It has expanded access to mental health services and has added thousands more low-income patients to its Medical Access Program.

http://www.statesman.com/news/statesman-investigates/health-care-districts-healthy-salaries-pay-at-unique-2024926.html?page=2 

 

 

Veterans to press on for VA hospital

The Brownsville Herald

December 11, 2011

 

HARLINGEN - Despite another attempt at upgrading Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities here being shot down in the Senate, supporters say they will continue pushing for a full VA hospital. ...Adding an emergency room, beds for inpatient care and full staffing so veterans won't have to travel to Audie Murphy Memorial DVA Hospital in San Antonio is something the government can and should do, Cantu said.

http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/news/hospital-134773-press-veterans.html 

 

 

Tracing a Mother's Vagabond Path to Murder and Suicide in Texas

New York Times

December 10, 2011

 

LAREDO, Tex. - ... Carlos R. Maldonado, Laredo's police chief, said that the denial of benefits was only one of a series of issues that had been troubling Ms. Grimmer, but that investigators had more questions than answers about her motive. The police were not certain if she was being treated for mental health problems and did not know why she moved several months ago to Laredo, a border city of 236,000, where she had no family.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/10/us/laredo-tex-food-stamp-standoff-ends-in-killings-and-suicide.html 

 

 

New HHPD program deserves accolades for proactive approach

Killeen Daily Herald

December 10, 2011

 

The Harker Heights Police Department and Chief Mike Gentry are to be commended for putting this approach into action with the department's new Healthy Homes Project, which will get rolling early next year. The program's focus is to identify families who are caught in unhealthy home situations, such as those dealing with child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, drug or alcohol abuse, mental illness, unemployment or unsanitary conditions, among others.   

http://www.kdhnews.com/news/story.aspx?s=62893 

 

 

Reyes calls for investigation of Aliviane, other "Chilo" Madrid dealings

El Paso Times

December 9, 2011

 

U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes has called on several government agencies - including the FBI - to investigate Aliviane and other organizations associated with Cirilo "Chilo" Madrid, Aliviane's CEO. The call comes after revelations that Madrid in 2006 and 2007 made $100,000 from a federal grant intended to help emotionally disturbed children.

http://www.elpasotimes.com/ci_19507251?source=most_viewed 

 

 

North in custody at Wichita Falls maximum-security state prison

Abilene Reporter News

December 9, 2011

 

Convicted killer James Christopher North has completed the state prison intake process and will likely serve out his sentence at the Allred Unit, a maximum-security state prison in Witchia Falls, officials said. ...He also was interviewed to gather information about his criminal and social behavior, drug and alcohol use, education and employment history, among other things. Medical and mental health tests were performed. The tests and interviews help determine where an inmate is assigned and with what level of security, Clark said.

http://www.reporternews.com/news/2011/dec/09/north-in-custody-at-witchia-falls-maximum-state/ 

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

The State Of The Long-Term Unemployed

NPR

December 12, 2011

 

Millions of Americans wake up each morning without a job, even though they desperately want to work. It's one of the depressing legacies of the financial crisis and great recession. NPR and the Kaiser Family Foundation conducted a poll of people who had been unemployed or with an insufficient level of work for more than a year. The results document the financial, emotional and physical effects of long-term unemployment and under-employment. ... One goal of the poll was to focus on personal and emotional health effects. About one-third said their mental and physical health is worse.

http://www.npr.org/2011/12/12/143451165/the-state-of-the-long-term-unemployed 

 

 

In Florida, Using Military Discipline to Help Veterans in Prison

New York Times

December 12, 2011

 

BUSHNELL, Fla. - ... Florida is one of a handful of states that are rethinking their treatment of incarcerated veterans in the hopes of easing their transition back to society and then keeping them out of prison for good. By housing the men together, the state has an easier time in providing services, a major concern among veterans' advocates who say most veterans released from prison know little or nothing about the benefits available to them.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/12/us/veterans-in-prison-get-help-in-florida-program.html 

 

 

New center to house homeless vets in Fort Wayne

Chicago Tribune

December 11, 2011

 

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - Homeless veterans in the Fort Wayne area will soon have a new place to stay and get help with substance abuse, mental illness or stress disorders as they work toward becoming self-sufficient. ... The $1.1 million facility is sponsored by Volunteers of America and was funded in part with grants from the Department of Veterans Affairs, which must approve those accepted into it.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-in-homelessveterans-,0,3515054.story 

 

 

NYC rules targeting homeless singles spark outcry

Wall Street Journal

December 9, 2011

 

... Caught between an unusual legal mandate to provide homeless shelters and a desire to preserve tightening resources despite increasing demand, the city's Department of Homeless Services plans to interview single shelter applicants to make sure they haven't exhausted other means of help. It's a shift that critics worry could leave the city's most vulnerable individuals - many of them struggling with substance abuse and mental illness - out on the street.

http://online.wsj.com/article/APefc84f282860488ab4a32e8fd57e4097.html?KEYWORDS=mental 

 

 

Unraveling an epidemic: Series on Autism

Los Angeles Times

December 11, 2011

 

... Today, autism comes in many manifestations, collectively known as "autism spectrum disorder," and encompasses a huge range of children - mostly boys - from the mute child who bangs his head on the wall to the preternaturally bright youngster who can't stop talking about the intricacies of the subway. Growth is occurring at both ends of the spectrum. On the severe end are children who in the past might have been considered mentally retarded, schizophrenic or even psychotic.

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/autism/la-me-autism-day-one-html,0,1218038.htmlstory 

 

 

Road Rage: A Symptom Of Much More Than Bad Traffic?

NPR

December 12, 2011

 

... Clearly, ramming into someone else on purpose is an extreme version of road rage. But this type of outburst is exactly what might signal a deeper underlying problem, says psychiatrist Emil Coccaro at the University of Chicago. It's called Intermittent Explosive Disorder, and it can affect as much as 6 percent of the population, says Coccaro. It doesn't just happen on the road but at home, on the job, even when out with friends.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2011/12/12/143457950/road-rage-a-symptom-of-much-more-than-bad-traffic 

 

 

Hinckley: 'Flawed' but improving, or a danger?

Washington Post

December 10, 2011

 

Would-be assassin John W. Hinckley Jr. invited two dates to the same party. He had a relationship with a woman deemed "floridly psychotic." He raved to treatment providers about movies he hadn't seen. And he looked up photographs of his female dentist on the Internet, then feigned a toothache to see her again. Are those the harmless misjudgments of an arthritic, gray-haired 56-year-old who has spent three decades in a psychiatric hospital? Or are they warning signs that the presidential assailant may still be dangerous?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/hinckley-flawed-but-improving-or-a-danger/2011/12/09/gIQA0qdQlO_story.html 

 

 

HEALTHCARE REFORM

 

Price Tag Hindering Congress in Struggle to Pass Year-End Legislation

New York Times

December 12, 2011

 

WASHINGTON - ... In addition, Congress is facing a deadline for action on Medicare. Unless lawmakers step in, doctors treating Medicare patients will see a 27 percent cut in reimbursements in January. Medicare payments to doctors have a direct impact on beneficiaries. AARP and other advocates for older Americans say they fear that some beneficiaries would lose access to their doctors and that fewer doctors would see Medicare patients if payments were reduced.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/12/us/politics/congress-hindered-by-cost-in-effort-to-pass-year-end-legislation.html 

 

 

The Future of U.S. Health Care: What Is a Hospital? An Insurer? Even a Doctor? All the Lines in the Industry Are Starting to Blur

Wall Street Journal

December 12, 2011

 

Call it the united state of health care. Amid enormous pressure to cut costs, improve care and prepare for changes tied to the federal health-care overhaul, major players in the industry are staking out new ground, often blurring the lines between businesses that have traditionally been separate.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204319004577084553869990554.html 

 

 

Veteran Health-Care Executives Say It Has All Been Tried Before, With Mixed Results

Wall Street Journal

December 12, 2011

 

As hospitals, doctors and health insurers pursue integration strategies to squeeze costs and strengthen their positions, veteran health-care executives warn that nearly all the strategies were attempted decades ago, with decidedly mixed results.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204319004577086330087780146.html 

 

 

Agency head seeks $47 million mental health plan

Chicago Tribune

December 9, 2011

 

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -Department of Human Services head Chuck Palmer is recommending the state spend $47 million to help pay for a redesigned system of mental health care.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-ia-iowamentalhealth,0,5982.story 

 

 

Florida Puts Squeeze on Medicaid Outlays

Kaiser Health News

December 9, 2011

 

Like other states, Florida is feeling squeezed by the soaring cost of Medicaid. But its response is drawing fire from hospitals, and the Obama administration may be pushing back. Republican Gov. Rick Scott this week proposed to slash Florida's spending in the joint state-federal health insurance program for the poor by $2 billion, in part to add $1 billion to education in the next fiscal year.

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2011/December/09/florida-medicaid-budget-cuts.aspx 

 

 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

 

Poor mental health harming productivity, says OECD

Chicago Tribune

December 12, 2011

 

LONDON (Reuters) - One in five workers suffer from a mental illness such as depression or anxiety and these conditions increasingly affect productivity in the workplace as many struggle to cope, a report by the OECD said on Monday. ... Policymakers need to find new ways to tackle the social and economic problem of mental illness, the report said, as trigger factors, such as stress at work, are likely to increase.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/health/sns-rt-us-mental-worktre7bb0mk-20111212,0,6154672.story 

 

 

OPINIONS

 

When you recognize the homeless

Chicago Tribune

December 11, 2011

 

... Street people. I really don't like that designation. It too easily marginalizes fellow human beings who find themselves down on their luck - addled maybe with drug and alcohol addictions, mental illnesses or more. But since thousands upon thousands of us can walk past them every day, they are marginalized, so I suppose, the label applies. Besides, the name gives them some legitimacy, which gives a little peace of mind to the rest of us.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/ct-oped-1211-homeless-20111211,0,1400378.story 

 

 

Volunteer chaplains reach out to inmates

Cypress Creek Mirror

December 9, 2011

 

More and more, inmates at the Harris County Jail are saying, "Get me to the church on time." Two years ago, average monthly voluntary attendance at religious services for inmates inside the jail was 7,000. Now it's 15,000, even while the overall population of the jail continues to fall. ...We'd find some efficient use of government grant money for the hiring of counselors who can place ready-for-release inmates in public programs that will make them less likely to re-offend by addressing substance abuse, mental illness, poverty, homelessness and other challenges.

http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/cypresscreek/safecommunities/volunteer-chaplains-reach-out-to-inmates/article_3785f31b-71fb-565c-a170-e8427e058a6a.html 

 

 

RESEARCH

 

USC study: Jailed women face mental health issues

San Antonio Express-News

December 9, 2011

 

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A new study has found the majority of women in jail are facing mental health issues. University of South Carolina researcher Dana DeHart says her study shows women in jails show rates of posttraumatic stress disorder and substance dependence are at least five times higher than women in the general population.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/article/USC-study-Jailed-women-face-mental-health-issues-2393832.php 

 

 

Understanding hearing loss

KXAN - Austin

December 9, 2011

 

Many people suffer from hearing loss. In fact, the latest available statistics show that over 10% of the U.S. population report difficulty hearing! ...In addition, studies have linked untreated hearing loss to emotional, physical, mental, psychological and even economic disadvantages!

http://www.kxan.com/dpp/wildcard_2/wildcard_21/austin-hearing-services-usnderstanding-hearing-loss 

 

 

FEATURES & RESOURCES

 

These horses offer help and comfort

San Antonio Express-News

December 9, 2011

 

The employees and volunteers at Triple H Equitherapy Center have seen how horses can help make miracles happen.... Located in Pipe Creek, about 20 miles north of Helotes, the center offers six equine therapy programs for children and adults with a range of disabilities and needs, including classes for wounded veterans who are dealing with physical and mental trauma, and services for those in wheelchairs.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/grace_of_giving/article/Children-adults-ride-to-recovery-through-horse-2393745.php 

 

 

Kids celebrate Christmas as their parents try to get back on their feet

San Antonio Express-News

December 11, 2011

 

More than 100 children who have parents recovering from substance abuse or mental health problems celebrated Christmas early on Saturday. The families of those enrolled in Crosspoint Inc.'s Transitional Drug Abuse Treatment (TDAT) program and outpatient mental health services were treated to a free holiday lunch, book reading, caroling and gifts from Santa.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/article/Kids-celebrate-Christmas-as-their-parents-try-to-2394666.php 

 

 

PHILANTHROPY

 

William T. Grant Foundation Awards $2.5 Million for Youth Health, Social Research

Chronicle of Philanthropy News

December 12, 2011

 

The New York City-based William T. Grant Foundation has announced six grants totaling more than $2.5 million to support researchers and organizations working to understand and improve the environments in which at-risk youth spend time.

http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/news/story.jhtml;jsessionid=2NLTIYLRSW0TFLAQBQ4CGW15AAAACI2F?id=363600002 



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