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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

February, 2012

 

 

HOGG FOUNDATION

 

Save the Date! Free Two-Day Conference: Mental Health and Spirituality in the African American Community

Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

 

Save the date for the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health's conference on Mental Health and Spirituality in the African American Community! The free statewide conference will be held May 15-16 at the Riley Conference Center in Fort Worth, Texas. The conference is the 17th in a series of biennial seminars hosted by the Hogg Foundation in honor of its first executive director, Robert Lee Sutherland. More information and registration will be available by mid-March.

http://www.hogg.utexas.edu/detail/247/.html 

 

 

TEXAS NEWS

 

Fewer seriously ill Texas inmates being released on medical paroles

Dallas Morning News

February 19, 2012

 

AUSTIN - Despite calls to save taxpayer money by releasing seriously ill and aging inmates, Texas' parole board approves only a small portion of eligible prisoners - and so far the approval rate for this fiscal year is lower than usual. ... Prison officials and others couldn't say why the rate of release approvals has dipped this year. Prison inmates who are terminally or seriously ill, who need long-term care or who are elderly, physically handicapped, mentally ill or mentally disabled may be eligible for the parole, technically called "medically recommended intensive supervision."

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/state/headlines/20120219-fewer-seriously-ill-texas-inmates-being-released-on-medical-paroles.ece 

 

 

2 families with residents at Lufkin State Supported Living Center say they trust facility despite less-than-perfect report

The Lufkin News

February 19, 2012

 

... The third-round compliance review released this month claims Lufkin center residents remain at high risk for abuse and neglect due to "continued noncompliance on basic health and safety provisions." It went on to state the center backtracked since its last inspection six months earlier as it was found to be compliant in "only 26 of 171 areas." The review marks the halfway point of an initiative began in 2009 to bring the center into full compliance by 2013.

http://lufkindailynews.com/news/local/article_4bbd843a-5ab9-11e1-9580-001871e3ce6c.html 

 

 

Key points: What the monitors found about psychiatric care at Parkland

Dallas Morning News

February 18, 2012

 

Federally mandated monitors entered Parkland Memorial Hospital in November and emerged about three months later with a long list of safety violations. Here's some of what their 315-page report had to say about psychiatric care. Neglect at the hospital ... Dangerous discharges ...Restraint violations ...Medication issues ...Staff shortages ... Staff competence ... Lack of leadership ...Lack of treatment planning ...Overcrowding ...Mishandling property

http://www.dallasnews.com/investigations/patient-safety/headlines/20120218-key-points-what-the-monitors-found-about-psychiatric-care-at-parkland.ece?action=reregister

 

 

New Parkland psych failure: Doctor discharges suicidal man, nearly leading to his death

Dallas Morning News

February 18, 2012

 

... Mark and his wife, who hold white-collar jobs, said they hope publicity about their experience will foster change. They want others to realize that Parkland is not a hospital just for the indigent - that anyone can be sent there when emergency strikes. State regulators are reviewing his case and several other recent psych ER incidents, including a second one in early January - the actual suicide of a man hours after discharge. The regulators said the hospital promptly told them about some of the incidents, including Mark's case.

http://www.dallasnews.com/investigations/patient-safety/headlines/20120218-new-parkland-psych-failure-doctor-discharges-suicidal-man-nearly-leading-to-his-death.ece 

 

 

Video: Parkland interim CEO speaks to employees about safety report

Dallas Morning News

February 17, 2012

 

Dr. Thomas Royer stood before hundreds of people from the hospital on Feb. 15, 2012, in an attempt to blunt the impact of a sweeping report that exposed widespread threats to patient safety. Watch Dr. Thomas Royer's remarks to Parkland employees.

http://www.dallasnews.com/investigations/patient-safety/20120217-video-parkland-interim-ceo-speaks-to-employees-about-safety-report.ece 

 

 

TAMUCT counseling center offers affordable mental health services

Killeen Daily Herald

February 18, 2012

 

Faculty and advanced graduate students at the Texas A&M University-Central Texas now are offering low-cost counseling services to individuals, couples and families in the community through the school's newly opened counseling center.

http://www.kdhnews.com/news/story.aspx?s=64364 

 

 

Local officer earns recognition for county jail program

Rockwall Herald Banner

February 19, 2012

 

ROCKWALL - Lt. Todd Calkins' efforts in helping to establish the Rockwall County Jail Behavioral Health Advisory Committee is earning local and national recognition. In November, Calkins was selected as the recipient of the National Alliance on Mental Illness-Dallas Chapter 2011 Crisis Intervention Training Excellence in Law Enforcement Award. And just recently, the jail lieutenant's accomplishments were documented and submitted to the National Sheriff's Association. During the NSA mid-winter conference in Washington, D.C., the awards committee selected Calkins to receive the first-ever Corrections/Jail Innovation of the Year Award.

http://rockwallheraldbanner.com/local/x638262675/Local-officer-earns-recognition-for-county-jail-program 

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Psychiatric Patients With No Place to Go but Jail

New York Times

February 18, 2012

 

The sounds of chaos bounce off the dim yellow walls. Everywhere there are prisoners wearing orange, red and khaki jumpsuits. An officer barks out orders as a thin woman tries to sleep on a hard bench in a holding cell. This is a harsh scene of daily life inside what has become the state's largest de facto mental institution: the Cook County Jail. About 11,000 prisoners, a mix of suspects awaiting trial and those convicted of minor crimes, are housed at the jail at any one time, which is like stuffing the population of Palos Heights into an eight-block area on Chicago's South Side.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/19/health/in-chicago-mental-health-patients-have-no-place-to-go.html 

 

 

Advocates fear disruption from Cedars psychiatric closures

Los Angeles Times

February 18, 2012

 

As Cedars-Sinai Medical Center prepares to shut down its inpatient and outpatient psychiatric programs, advocates and doctors said they fear that it will disrupt patients' mental health care and could lead to more people ending up homeless or in jail. The hospital "has literally been a lifeline for thousands of patients who have come to rely on the psychiatric treatment they've received here over the years," said Carole Lieberman, an attending psychiatrist at the hospital. "Where are they going to go now?"`

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-cedars-20120218,0,4764347.story 

 

 

Quinn: Medicaid must be cut back

Chicago Tribune

February 20, 2012

 

Gov. Pat Quinn plans to call for major Medicaid cuts during his annual budget address Wednesday and issue a warning that immediate changes must be made or the state's health care system for the poor could collapse.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-quinn-medicaid-reform-0220-20120220,0,7615873.story 

 

 

Jobless disability claims soar to record $200B as of January

New York Post

February 19, 2012

 

...With their unemployment-insurance checks running out, some of the country's long-term jobless are scrambling to fill the gap by filing claims for mental illness and other disabilities with Social Security - a surge that hobbles taxpayers and making the employment rate look healthier than it should as these people drop out of the job statistics.

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/business/pain_brings_gain_taZkGOAUhXALmhEEyMpmqJ#ixzz1mvzMNRQE 

 

 

More hospitals charge upfront fees for non-urgent care in emergency rooms

Washington Post

February 18, 2012

 

... Hospital officials say the upfront payments are a response to mounting bad debt caused by the surge in uninsured and underinsured patients, and to lower reimbursements by some private and government insurers for patients who use the ER for routine care.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/more-hospitals-charge-upfront-fees-for-non-urgent-care-in-emergency-rooms/2012/02/12/gIQAT2K5JR_story.html 

 

 

Mental health cases overburden RI ERs

KXAN - Austin

February 17, 2012

 

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A task force in Rhode Island says the state must find an alternative to emergency rooms for people struggling with acute mental illness and substance abuse. The Senate Commission on Emergency Department Diversion says mental health cases strain hospital resources, increase Medicaid costs for taxpayers and often leave patients without the care they need.

http://www.kxan.com/dpps/health/healthy_living/mental-health-cases-overburden-ri-ers_4075433 

 

 

Skid row hotel is renovated in downtown Los Angeles

Los Angeles Times

February 19, 2012

 

... A skid row hotel notorious for being one of the worst drug-trafficking locales in Los Angeles has been transformed through a $28-million makeover into housing for low-income residents. ... Hotel occupants include formerly homeless people suffering from mental illness and low-income residents. The renovation was funded by grants from the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency and tax credits, Joseph Corcoran of SRO Housing said.

http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-skid-row-hotel-20120217,0,597910.story 

 

 

Clinics use new tool to reach rural Okla. Clients

Houston Chronicle

February 20, 2012

 

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma City-based Variety Care group of family health clinics is expanding mental health care to rural areas well beyond the nonprofit's physical presence. ... Howlett said Variety Care's telepsychology services are secure and confidential, piggybacking on an encrypted network through the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse. The Variety Care system is the first community health program of its kind to be certified through the Oklahoma Health Care Authority.

http://www.chron.com/default/article/Clinics-use-new-tool-to-reach-rural-Okla-clients-3342787.php 

 

 

HEALTHCARE REFORM

 

President's Budget Requests Include Cuts to SAMHSA, Medicaid; National Council Issues Budget Analysis

National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare

February 17, 2012

 

It is important to note when interpreting this year's budget requests that many apparent cuts are the result of funding being shifted among categories and will not affect existing program activities. In some cases, what appears to be a program cut may actually represent level funding or even support for new program activities. For this reason, the National Council strongly encourages you to read our 2013 budget analysis in order to understand the impact of this year's budget numbers on your particular programs of interest.

http://www.thenationalcouncil.org/galleries/policy-file/Making%20Sense%20of%20the%20Presidents%202013%20Budget%202-16-11.pdf 

 

 

A Guide to the Supreme Court's Review of the 2010 Health Care Reform Law

Kaiser Family Foundation

January 2012

 

After the enactment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in March, 2010, numerous lawsuits challenging various provisions of the landmark health care reform law were filed in the federal courts. Many of those cases were dismissed, but some federal appellate courts issued decisions on the merits of the law. In November 2011, the United States Supreme Court agreed to consider several issues related to the constitutionality of the ACA arising out of two cases in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. This policy brief explains the issues raised by the cases pending before the Supreme Court, answers some key questions about the parties' legal arguments, and considers potential effects of the Court's decisions.

http://www.kff.org/healthreform/upload/8270-2.pdf 

 

 

OPINIONS

 

Remaking Medicaid's complicated, and important

Houston Chronicle

February 18, 2012

 

In the days we've spent trying to understand changes to the way that Texas hospitals and other health care organizations are paid for work they do for the poor, we've heard the super-complicated Medicaid system described as both "three-dimensional chess" and "a shell game." It's also a game with incredibly high stakes: As regional groups across the state begin to rewrite the rules, under something called a "Medicaid 1115 Waiver," billions of dollars and the health care of 4 million Texans are on the table. The upside, potentially, is very high. In 2014, a health care reform measure kicks in that will allow far more uninsured Texans to join Medicaid. More efficiency now means big savings then. With that in mind, the federal government is offering Texas a big, fat incentive to get more health care bang for taxpayer bucks.

http://www.chron.com/default/article/Remaking-Medicaid-s-complicated-and-important-3340321.php 

 

 

Healthy family unit helps in chronic disease management

Midland Reporter-Telegram

February 17, 2012

 

...As a provider of chronic care to children, I've been impressed with the positive role a patient's home environment and family functioning plays in his or her health outcomes. A healthy family unit is an asset in combating a chronic health threat. Good things would result immediately from greater attention to the seemingly more mundane needs of our chronically ill children, than from creating more expensive and complex new therapies. ...The implications of a poor childhood are long-lasting and include both mental and physical health risks. Adults abused as children have been shown to suffer greater rates of diabetes, cancer, heart disease, depression, substance abuse and early death.

http://www.mywesttexas.com/life/article_ef9c5587-fe0e-5171-a29d-3bd48671e4ab.html 

 

 

My Turn: Body dysmorphic disorder takes quiet toll

Los Angeles Times

February 20, 2012

 

... I am the woman who has body dysmorphic disorder. I was in my mid-20s when I intuited that I had a major body image problem, one that was undermining my life. Although I led an active social life, I tended to avoid serious relationships. I didn't have the courage to discuss this with any of my friends, for fear they wouldn't believe me.

http://www.latimes.com/health/la-he-myturn-body-dysmorphic-disorder-20120220,0,6631941.story 

 

 

Reliving the Crash

New York Times

February 18, 2012

 

... Both depression and anxiety disorders, for example, are repeatedly described in the media as "chemical imbalances in the brain," as if spontaneous neural events with no relation to anything outside a person's brain cause depression and anxiety. No doubt, people find the idea of "a chemical imbalance" comforting: It's not all in my head, there's something really wrong with me physically - a brain problem. Just balance out those neurochemicals, and I'll be fine.

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/18/reliving-the-crash/?scp=6&sq=mental&st=nyt 

 

 

An escape

Houston Chronicle

February 20, 2012

 

This week has been rough.  I had a bit of a mini-breakdown for no reason other than my brain hates me and depression is an asshole.  I'm not sure if I can say "asshole" on the Houston Chronicle but I think that if there was ever a time when it's journalistically appropriate to say "asshole" it's when describing the lying bastard that is mental illness. ...This time, however, I decided to go back to my pre-Hailey days and pour all that messed up angst into creating irredeemable but blissfully mind-numbing art.

http://blog.chron.com/goodmombadmom/2012/02/an-escape/ 

 

 

RESEARCH

 

Study questions antidepressant-suicide link

Chicago Tribune

February 17, 2012

 

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The Food and Drug Administration has a blanket warning on antidepressant medications stating they increase the risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors among kids and young adults, but a new review of clinical data finds no link between suicide and at least two of the medications.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/health/sns-rt-us-antidepressant-suicidetre81g23i-20120217,0,1676282.story 

 

 

Following Deployment National Guardsmen Face A High Risk Of Developing Alcohol Abuse Problems: Risk Linked To PTSD And Depression

Medical News Today

February 20, 2012

 

...Researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and colleagues at three other institutions found that the soldiers at greatest risk of developing alcohol-related problems also experienced depression and/or PTSD during or after deployment.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/241850.php 

 

 

Gender Identity Issues Can Harm Kids' Mental Health: Study

HealthDay

February 20, 2012

 

New studies show that children struggling with their gender identity also face higher risks for abuse and mental health problems, including post-traumatic stress disorder.

http://consumer.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=661896 

 

 

Kids With Crohn's Disease, Colitis Often Struggle at School: Study

HealthDay

February 17, 2012

 

Children with inflammatory bowel disease may have difficulty in school due to frequent absences that are largely the result of mental struggles such as depression rather than the disease itself, a new study finds.

http://consumer.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=661784 

 

 

Mutated Regulatory Molecule Linked To Schizophrenia Identified

Medical News Today

February 17, 2012

 

According to a study published February 6 in the online edition of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA (PNAS), a "master" regulatory molecule in the brain that is mutated in individuals with schizophrenia, has been identified by a team of researchers led by Claes Wahlestedt, M.D., Ph.D., of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine's associate dean for therapeutic innovation.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/241839.php 

 

 

FEATURES & RESOURCES

 

Funding Opportunity: Humanities Institute Community Sabbatical Research Leave Program

The University of Texas at Austin

 

This program provides paid flexible leave time for staff members of Central Texas 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organizations to research an issue or question significant to their work. It has been in operation since 2005 and has recently benefitted applicants from A Legacy of Giving, Urban Roots, Migrant Clinicians Network and Safe Place. Successful applicants will receive a stipend of $5,000 and full access to university libraries and research databases. They will also be matched with a university faculty member who will provide assistance and consultation on the proposed project. Applications are due to the Humanities Institute by March 20, 2012.

http://www.humanitiesinstitute.utexas.edu/programs/sabbatical 

 

 

Save the Date: National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day 2012

Children's Mental Health Network

February 17, 2012

 

National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day is a key strategy of the Caring for Every Child's Mental Health Campaign, which is part of the Public Awareness and Support Strategic Initiative by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. The effort seeks to raise awareness about the importance of children's mental health and that positive mental health is essential to a child's healthy development from birth. Save the date for Awareness Day 2012 - Wednesday, May 9, 2012!

http://www.cmhnetwork.org/news/national-childrens-mental-health-awareness-day-2012 

 

 

Tired of Feeling Bad? The New Science of Feelings Can Help

Newsweek

February 20, 2012

 

Is your emotional style getting you down? Research finds the neural basis of your responses to life-and how you can change them.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2012/02/19/tired-of-feeling-bad-the-new-science-of-feelings-can-help.html 

 

 

Dr. Zinnia T. San Juan: Thyroid problems can explain many symptoms

El Paso Times

February 20, 2012

 

Thyroid problems, when undiagnosed and untreated, can cause a variety of uncomfortable symptoms, including weight gain or inability to lose weight, depression, anxiety, fatigue and infertility. Because symptoms can sometimes be broad, thyroid disease is often misdiagnosed as a mental-health issue, and symptoms can be seen as attributed to other factors such as lifestyle, lack of sleep, overeating or stress.

http://www.elpasotimes.com/health/ci_20000782 

 

 

PHILANTHROPY

 

Bond-themed gala brings support from all over Houston

Ultimate West U

February 17, 2012

 

More than 200 community members spent the evening Jan. 26 at Hotel ZaZa with James Bond during the third annual gala to support and raise funds for Devereux Texas, a treatment facility that treats children suffering from severe forms of abuse and emotional disturbances.

http://ultimatewestu.com/stories/326366-bond-themed-gala-brings-support-from-all-over-houston 

 


 

 



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