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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

January, 2012




Employment Opportunity: Public Affairs Specialist I

Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

January 24, 2012


The Hogg Foundation is accepting applications for the position of Public Affairs Specialist I. View the posting and submit applications through The University of Texas at Austin website.


How to apply: 



GIH Bulletin Grantmaker Focus: Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

Grantmakers In Health

January 23, 2012


... The Hogg Foundation has five strategic grantmaking areas: enhancing services to improve the availability, delivery, and effectiveness of mental health services for consumers, youth, and family; developing the workforce to address a widening gap between demand for and availability of highly trained, culturally diverse, and consumer-oriented mental health workers; improving public policy; educating and informing stakeholders; and supporting research on mental health at Texas universities. 



Announcing the Recovery Institute's 2012 Participants!

Via Hope

January 11, 2012


Via Hope, a training and technical assistance partnership between Texas Department of State Health Services, Mental Health America of Texas, and NAMI Texas, is launching the Recovery Institute and has announced which organizations will participate in this inaugural year's initiatives. The Recovery Institute will further Via Hope's transformational work by helping state hospitals and local mental health centers develop culture and practices that support and expect recovery, and promoting consumer, youth, and family voice in the transformation process and the future, transformed mental health system. ... The Institute is funded through DSHS and the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health and evaluated by The University of Texas at Austin Center for Social Work Research. 





Suit filed by mother of Parkland patient who died while in psychiatric care

Dallas Morning News

January 23, 2012


The mother of a psychiatric patient who died at Parkland Memorial Hospital last year has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the hospital and its academic partner, UT Southwestern Medical Center, alleging that negligent care caused his death. The Dallas County suit cites a report from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services that concluded last May that George Cornell's rights were violated when he was illegally restrained by psychiatric technicians without a doctor's order or close supervision of a nurse. 



Mother angered by son's repeated escapes from CPS custody

Dallas Morning News

January 23, 2012


Michelle Weaver was upset when Child Protective Services took custody of her autistic, diabetic 14-year-old boy over allegations that she was a neglectful mother. But she was livid when she learned that the state had lost track of him three times over the weekend. He ended up roaming the streets of Fort Worth before a group of strangers and the police got him back to the Catholic Charities residential center where CPS had sent him. ... Weaver said she lost custody of her son after she left him at home with a 22-year-old sibling while she checked herself into a mental health hospital this month. ... State rules say staffers at residential facilities may restrain teens only in emergency situations, or when the child faces "imminent probable death or substantial bodily harm" or is going to harm someone else. 



El Paso County Commisioners OK name change for mental health collaborative

El Paso Times

January 24, 2012


The Border Children's Mental Health Collaborative has a new name. The collaborative is now the El Paso County Department of Mental Health Support Services. El Paso County Commissioners Court on Monday approved the name change, which officials said better describes the services the department offers and removes implied restrictions that it only serves children. 



MHMR to change name to comply with new law

El Paso Times

January 24, 2012


Beginning Friday, El Paso Mental Health and Mental Retardation will go by the name Emergence Health Network, eliminating the stigma associated with the term "mental retardation." 



Amarillo VA providers receive Spirit of Planetree Award

Amarillo Globe-News

January 23, 2012


Dr. Ben Chavez and Dr. Dave Whittaker received the 2011 Spirit of Planetree Award for their work with veteran patients at the Amarillo VA Health Care System. The Spirit of Planetree Award is given to health care providers who practice a patient centered approach to healthcare including partnering with patients and their family members to identify and satisfy the full range of patient needs and preferences. ... Dr. Whittaker, Ph.D., Mental Health Outpatient program manager, has modeled his practice around the needs of the patients and their families. 



Sheriff Says It's Time For New Jail; Commissioners Say No

Pro 8 News - Laredo

January 23, 2012


Webb County Sheriff's officials are once again bringing a request for a new jail before county commissioners. A new jail the Sheriff says is needed as soon as possible. ...With only one room for those with mental illness the sheriff says it can also be dangerous.



Trial surrounding jail inmate's death begins

Austin American-Statesman

January 23, 2012


The warning that comes with Mellaril, an antipsychotic drug, advises that its use can cause a patient's heart to beat out of rhythm, which could cause sudden death. ...When Dr. John S. Ford, a psychiatrist, prescribed the drug to Rachel Jackson at a Travis County Jail in 2008, he did not order either of the recommended tests, according to court testimony. Three days later, Jackson, a 21-year-old woman with mental illness, was found dead in the Del Valle correctional facility. 



Gunman at Occupy Houston site incompetent for trial

Houston Chronicle

January 24, 2012


A 21-year-old Houston man who was shot by police after firing into the air near an Occupy Houston protest in November was ruled mentally incompetent to stand trial Monday. Joshua Twohig will be sent to a state mental hospital until his competency is restored, state District Judge Maria Jackson decreed. 



NW Harris County man charged with assault and child endangerment

Cypress Creek Mirror

January 23, 2012


A Klein man accused of stalking a woman and assaulting an officer has now also been charged with child endangerment. ...According to court documents, Wolski has a history of mental problems and substance abuse. Diagnosed with bipolar disorder, Wolski attempted suicide last August. The court then ordered a psychiatric evaluation of Wolski, but found he was competent enough to go to trial. 





Officials oppose extended federal oversight of 2 mental hospitals

Los Angeles Times

January 24, 2012


In the wake of a scathing U.S. Justice Department report, California officials argue that new leaders have taken measures to improve patient care and safety at Napa State Hospital and Metropolitan State Hospital in Norwalk.,0,1317688.story 





Survey: Uninsured rose in 2011


January 24, 2012


The percentage of Americans lacking health insurance coverage rose for the fourth straight year in 2011 to 17.1 percent, a new survey showed Tuesday. The climb has been steady since Gallup began tracking whether adults have health insurance in 2008. Four years ago, only 14.8 percent of adults lacked health insurance. 



States waiting on SCOTUS could hamper exchanges


January 23, 2012


Uncertainty over the fate of health reform, centered on the Supreme Court case and the presidential election, has led some states to adopt a wait-and-see approach that may make it impossible for them to meet Health and Human Service's timeline for building their own insurance exchanges. 





-... It has come to my attention that often people are not aware that mental health providers can effectively help patients cope with their pain issues. If medical treatment does not provide the help needed, it might be time for a dual diagnosis assessment to inquire about the physical pain, comorbid psychopathology and substance abuse that might have existed before the pain problem. Behavioral health problems can undermine the success of medical treatment of pain problems. 



Depression, Memory and Adaptation

Huffington Post

January 23, 2012


Could it be that depression, even of a psychotic and/or manic variety, functions as an evolutionary adaptation? Yes, I believe that this can be true, though a recent New York Times piece by Dr. Richard A. Friedman casts doubt on this theory. 



What We Give Up for Health Care

New York Times

January 21, 2012


... There is an inevitable trade-off between rising health care costs and things liberals really care about, like access to college and good wages for working Americans. We cannot have it all. The health care reform act will help us save - mainly by changing how physicians and hospitals are paid and delivering better care to our most expensive patients. But more can be done: for starters, we could speed up the implementation of payment reform, stop Medicare payments for tests and treatments that provide no benefit and endorse competitive bidding for medical goods and services.





"Magic mushroom" trips point to new depression drugs

Chicago Tribune

January 23, 2012


LONDON (Reuters) - The brains of people tripping on magic mushrooms have given the best picture yet of how psychedelic drugs work and British scientists say the findings suggest such drugs could be used to treat depression.,0,3342334.story 



Positive psychology has limited health benefits: research

Chicago Tribune

January 23, 2012


NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A psychology technique that encourages patients to think positively and gain confidence helped some with high blood pressure and heart disease stick to medication and exercise goals, according to new research. But the strategy -- known as positive affect and self-affirmation, or just positive affirmation -- didn't always lead to obvious health benefits. And it's unclear whether any improvements in lifestyle would have continued after the extra encouragement stopped.,0,3743703.story 



Study Shows How Stress Triggers Immune System


January 23, 2012


Shedding some light on why stress might be bad for you, a new study finds that parts of your immune system ramp up when you get into personal conflicts with others. 





Webinar: Building the Foundation for a Successful Peer-Run Respite: Creating Connections with the Local Community

National Empowerment Center


Peer-run respites/hospital diversion programs are increasing in numbers and having positive results across the country. Peer-run respites offer an alternative to traditional mental health hospitalization, are operated by peers, and are cost-effective. The presenters will discuss their first-hand experience with building connections with the community while opening and running a peer-run respite, including how to lay the groundwork, educate the community, and establish relationships; address common community misconceptions and avoid the "Not in My Backyard (NIMBY)" phenomenon; and maintain positive connections in the local community while operating a peer-run respite. Wednesday, January 25, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. eastern time. Registration deadline is today. 




National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery

January - February 2012


In this issue:

  • From the Director: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial
  • OpEd: Forced Treatment Doesn't Work
  • SAMHSA Releases New Definition of Recovery
  • Hearing Voices Network featured on Major Provider Website
  • New Episode of Madness Radio: Healing Veterans with Paula Caplan
  • New "Mental Health Matters" TV Episode!
  • New Video: Youth Leaders Unite
  • Directory of Peer-Run Warmlines and Other Resources Available
  • TSA Launches New Toll Free Number for Air Travelers with Disabilities
  • Advocacy Award Winner 2011
  • You Are Invited to a Monthly National Networking Teleconference!
  • Boycott Normal! Occupy the American Psychiatric Industry 



Art show to benefit Austin psychiatric hospital

Austin American-Statesman

January 23, 2012


Two years ago, Tuesday Marler was struggling with bipolar disorder when she turned to art for relief. The 41-year-old Austin woman was looking for a creative outlet, something she could use to focus when faced with the mania or depression that her illness brings. So she started painting. She's been painting ever since. ... Now Marler teaches art to patients at Austin State Hospital, many of whom will show their work at the facility's annual Insights Art Show. 





Issue focus: Forging Stronger Relationships with State Title V Agencies

Grantmakers In Health

January 23, 2012


Although philanthropy has a long history of working with state government to advance health goals, partnerships with Title V agencies appear to be relatively uncommon. These untapped relationships may stem, in part, from an incomplete understanding of the role and contributions of state Title V programs. Unlike state Medicaid and state children's health insurance programs, which are prominent fixtures in state health policy debates, Title V programs typically play a more interstitial, gap-filling role that can be difficult to clearly define and characterize. 



Views From the Field: Healthy Places NC: Better Results through Place-Based Philanthropy

Grantmakers In Health

January 23, 2012


... At The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust (KBR), we have been evolving how we fund projects in order to have more effective and relevant impact on the communities we serve. Our new focus, called Healthy Places NC, centers on strategically concentrated investments in specific communities rather than following the more traditional approach of responding to broad and often unconnected agency-initiated proposals. By tending to specific areas of need with deliberate and intensive efforts, we believe we can do more good by doing it more precisely. 





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