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February, 2012

HOGG FOUNDATION

 

Dr. Lynda Frost: Promoting Long-Term Strategy in a Short-Term World

Grantmakers for Effective Organizations

February 23, 2012

 

Foundations can play a key role in improving public policy and driving systems change. But boards and staff may hesitate to focus on strategic long-term goals when philanthropic dollars are crucial to the day-to-day survival of nonprofits operating important programs. ... Join our interactive session at the GEO conference to explore the strategy of intertwining services funding with policy initiatives to achieve systems change.

http://www.geonationalconference.org/blog/115-promoting-long-term-strategy 

 

 

UTPA students receive scholarships from Hogg Foundation

University of Texas - Pan American

February 23, 2012

 

The University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA) graduate students Bianca Guajardo, Nancy Lopez, Estela Martinez, Elma Moreno and Anedia Pineda have been awarded scholarships by the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health to support bilingual mental health services in Texas.

http://www.utpa.edu/news/index.cfm?newsid=4554&utm_source=mainrssfeed&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=none 

 

 

TEXAS NEWS

 

Struggle over more cuts in next state budget already beginning

Dallas Morning News

February 23, 2012

 

AUSTIN - The budget that lawmakers will write come January is shaping up as an intense struggle over what the state's role in Texans' lives should be. Leaders already have broken with tradition by reducing what public schools receive in basic state aid and not paying for five months of a two-year Medicaid budget.

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/state/headlines/20120223-struggle-over-more-cuts-in-next-state-budget-already-beginning.ece 

 

 

Texas Medicaid policy gets tweaks

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

February 23, 2012

 

State health officials say they will exempt some providers from a new Medicaid policy that critics warned would disrupt cancer and mental-health treatments for the poorest and sickest Texans.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2012/02/23/3758950/texas-medicaid-policy-gets-tweaks.html#tvg 

 

 

Medicaid overhaul could be beneficial to Central Texas health care

Austin American-Statesman

February 26, 2012

 

Amid a statewide overhaul of Medicaid, Central Health sees the potential to double federal dollars that Travis County hospitals get for taking care of the poorest patients and possibly to invest some of those dollars in a proposed medical school for Austin.

http://www.statesman.com/news/local/medicaid-overhaul-could-be-beneficial-to-central-texas-2200098.html 

 

 

Druggists dreading switch in Medicaid

San Antonio Express-News

February 24, 2012

 

The location of Mario de los Santos' small pharmacy, across the street from Christus Santa Rosa Children's Hospital and close to the West Side, helps explain why almost two-thirds of his customers are covered by Medicaid. It also explains why he's dreading Thursday's switch of the Medicaid drug benefit from fee-for-service to managed care - which will bring an 80 percent cut in the dispensing fee he's paid for each prescription.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/article/Druggists-dreading-switch-in-Medicaid-3361868.php 

 

 

Our remedy or ruin? New law decried as overreach, praised as salvation for system

Denton Record-Chronicle

February 25, 2012

 

... Given that the law is pending in court, Gov. Rick Perry has no plans to implement a health care exchange, spokeswoman Lucy Nashed said. The Texas Department of Insurance spent just $96,100 of a $1 million federal grant to explore the process. The department gave the rest of the money back, according to spokesman John Greeley. The state insurance department also received a $2.7 million grant to help Texans understand their rights under the new law. Since the reform became law, Texans have filed 116 complaints about health insurance companies, 14 of which the department deemed justified, Greeley said.

http://www.dentonrc.com/local-news/local-news-headlines/20120225-our-remedy-or-ruin.ece 

 

 

Texas to Close Program on Federal Health Law

Texas Tribune

February 24, 2012

 

A program created to help insurance-seekers in Texas cut through the complexities of federal health care reforms is shutting down in April, just 15 months after it opened its call center and years before the law goes into full effect.

http://www.texastribune.org/texas-health-resources/health-reform-and-texas/texas-close-program-federal-health-law/ 

 

 

Study discovers lack of hospital in the community

Laredo Sun

February 25, 2012

 

LAREDO, TX. - A study of three health agencies proved that Laredo and Webb have a great need for services and a regional public hospital. More than 35% of the population does not have health coverage of any kind.

http://www.laredosun.us/notas.asp?id=20404 

 

 

Parkland hospital board overturns CEO's key hiring decision

Dallas Morning News

February 26, 2012

 

Parkland Memorial Hospital's governing board overturned chief executive Dr. Thomas Royer's hiring of a new senior leader charged with implementing patient-safety reforms after the CEO took action without approval of the board or federal safety monitors.

http://www.dallasnews.com/investigations/patient-safety/headlines/20120226-parkland-hospital-board-overturns-ceos-key-hiring-decision.ece 

 

 

Warren shares MISD plan for suicide outcries

Midland Reporter-Telegram

February 25, 2012

 

... Since December, more than 70 students have made outcries for help, Warren said, noting every student says one of three things: that they're thinking about hurting themselves, that they have hurt themselves or that they have issues they need to deal with. Warren talked with attendees for 45 minutes and discussed how MISD is trying to react to past suicides and is working to be proactive to keep any others from happening.

http://www.mywesttexas.com/top_stories/article_b2e883c3-6cd9-5897-8d6d-08c105ddd9e1.html 

 

 

Lawmakers probe Prime Healthcare Services' billing practices

Los Angeles Times

February 25, 2012

 

Controversial medical and billing practices by hospital chain Prime Healthcare Services came under scrutiny at a hearing before California lawmakers one day after the company's chief executive abruptly resigned. ... Prime Healthcare owns 14 hospitals in California, Texas and Pennsylvania as well as a related nonprofit foundation that owns three more California hospitals. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-0225-prime-ceo-20120225,0,4895453.story 

 

 

W.Va. gov seeks outside study of inmate crowding

Houston Chronicle

February 24, 2012

 

... Texas' experience helped prompt Ohio and North Carolina to pursue the center's help. Both states enacted legislation based on the findings of their reviews last year. But the Justice Reinvestment Project requires bipartisan support across the three branches of a state's government. Tomblin administration and state Supreme Court officials have taken the lead in developing that needed level of cooperation.

http://www.chron.com/default/article/W-Va-gov-seeks-outside-study-of-inmate-crowding-3357878.php 

 

 

Mental Relief for County Inmates

FOX 26 Houston

February 24, 2012

 

HOUSTON - Harris County Jail inmates, ruled mentally incompetent to stand trial, will soon have a new facility in which to recuperate. The Restoration of Mental Competency is a partnership program with the UT Harris County Psychiatric Center and the Mental Health and Mental Retardation Authority

http://www.myfoxhouston.com/dpp/news/local/120224-mental-relief-for-county-inmates 

 

 

Policy, discretion dictate when local authorities can use weapons with non-deadly force

McAllen Monitor

February 27, 2012

 

EDINBURG - A 20-year-old man in Mission wanted to die earlier this month. Had it not been for Hidalgo County Sheriff's deputies shooting him twice, the young man might have accomplished his goal. According to the incident report, the man was suicidal. Instead, he's alive today.

http://www.themonitor.com/articles/edinburg-59034-weapons-force.html 

 

 

Leon County Jail inmate's hanging sparks investigation

Bryan College Station Eagle

February 23, 2012

 

The Texas Rangers are investigating the death of a 37-year-old inmate whose body was discovered in his cell in the Leon County Jail early Wednesday morning. ... Sheriff Jerry Wakefield said French was not under a suicide watch, although the inmate had reportedly threatened suicide in a conversation with his grandmother.

http://www.theeagle.com/local/Inmate-s-hanging-sparks-probe--6987258 

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Peers give hope to mental health patients

Des Moines Register

February 25, 2012

 

... State leaders hope to expand the idea across Iowa to help prevent people with mental health crises from being locked needlessly in psychiatric wards. The peer supporters work alongside physicians and professional counselors to help calm patients and see whether they could cope outside the hospital if they had extra support.

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20120226/NEWS/302260102/1094/SPORTS0206/?odyssey=nav%7Chead 

 

 

Health promoters help bridge language, service gap

Chicago Tribune

February 25, 2012

 

COLUMBUS, Ind.- ... The hospital uses a three-pronged outreach effort: CRH offers a clinic for Spanish-speaking people at Volunteers in Medicine on Monday evenings. Two promotoras provide help -- one at VIM, the other at St. Bartholomew. And volunteers are trained to lead a self-care mental health program because depression and anxiety are big problems in the Hispanic community, said Laura Hurt, the hospital's director of diversity.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-in-exchange-healthpr,0,2437705.story 

 

 

Black Doctors Call On Black Students To Enter Medicine

Mississippi Public Broadcasting

February 24, 2012

 

The number of black doctors in Mississippi is vastly disproportionately low, and some say that is harming public health in the state. MPB's Jeffrey Hess reports that black doctors from around the country and trying to persuade more black students to enter the medical field.

http://mpbonline.org/News/article/black_doctors_call_on_black_students_to_enter_medicine 

 

 

Branding a Soldier With 'Personality Disorder'

New York Times

February 24, 2012

 

... Veterans' advocates say Captain Carlson stumbled upon evidence of something they had long suspected but had struggled to prove: that military commanders pressure clinicians to issue unwarranted psychiatric diagnoses to get rid of troops. Since 2001, the military has discharged at least 31,000 service members because of personality disorder, a family of disorders broadly characterized by inflexible "maladaptive" behavior that can impair performance and relationships.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/25/us/a-military-diagnosis-personality-disorder-is-challenged.html 

 

 

SC House approves suicide prevention bill

Houston Chronicle

February 24, 2012

 

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A bill requiring middle and high school teachers in South Carolina to get suicide prevention training has cleared the House.

http://www.chron.com/default/article/SC-House-approves-suicide-prevention-bill-3359136.php 

 

 

Advocates applaud Quinn's plan to close Illinois juvenile centers

Chicago Tribune

February 27, 2012

 

... Gov. Pat Quinn's proposal to close that Murphysboro detention center and another in Joliet is winning the praise of judicial reform advocates, who say the move will not only save the state money but allow young offenders to stay home and receive treatment. Research, they say, shows that would be more effective at reducing recidivism without compromising public safety.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-pat-quinn-illinois-juvenile-centers-closing,0,2153746.story 

 

 

Quinn proposes closing controversial Tamms supermax prison

Belleville News-Democrat

February 23, 2012

 

Gov. Pat Quinn has proposed closing the state's only supermax prison -- the Tamms Correctional Center in Southern Illinois, the Associated Press reported Tuesday. The approximately 200 inmates held at Tamms live in nearly continuous solitary confinement, the Belleville News-Democrat reported. The prison was built in 1998.

http://www.bnd.com/2012/02/21/2068094/quinn-proposes-closure-of-supermax.html 

 

 

New prison medical facilities unnecessary, analyst says

Los Angeles Times

February 23, 2012

 

... Construction is one of the final sticking points before the state can end six years of federal oversight of inmate medical care. The judge has ordered preparations for returning control to the state, but said the lack of new medical facilities is an ongoing problem. The state is already building a new facility to provide long-term medical and mental health care in Stockton. But the receiver, J. Clark Kelso, wants to use three former juvenile correctional facilities to provide medical and mental health care to adult inmates.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/california-politics/2012/02/california-budget-prison-medical.html 

 

 

Clark County sets up court in mental hospitals

Houston Chronicle

February 24, 2012

 

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Clark County courts have launched a new program to bring the courtroom into mental hospitals. ... Officials say mental health cases are well-suited for remote hearings because transporting psychiatric patients to court can be costly and potentially dangerous.

http://www.chron.com/default/article/Clark-County-sets-up-court-in-mental-hospitals-3358211.php 

 

 

HEALTHCARE REFORM

 

Secretary Sebelius announces next stage for providers adopting electronic health records

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

February 24, 2012

 

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced the next steps for providers who are using electronic health record (EHR) technology and receiving incentive payments from Medicare and Medicaid.

http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2012pres/02/20120224a.html 

 

 

Vt Senate to take up mental health bill

Houston Chronicle

February 26, 2012

 

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Senate is set this week for a final vote on a sweeping overhaul of the state's mental health system, in the wake of the closing of the Vermont State Hospital due to flooding from Tropical Storm Irene.

http://www.chron.com/default/article/Vt-Senate-to-take-up-mental-health-bill-3362167.php 

 

 

Medicaid Cuts Rile Doctors; Hospitals Also Fight Washington State's Drive to Trim Emergency-Room Visits

Wall Street Journal

February 25, 2012

 

A plan by Washington state's Medicaid agency to stop paying for certain emergency-room visits is prompting pushback from hospitals and doctors, who say they will be stuck with bills for vital care they often are legally required to provide.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204778604577241830930006856.html 

 

 

Brown gets no promise of federal help for Medi-Cal

Los Angeles Times

February 26, 2012

 

Reporting from Washington-Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Sunday threw cold water on Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to ask California's poor to contribute to their federally subsidized healthcare - payments the governor has proposed to save the state more than $500 million a year.

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-jerry-brown-20120227,0,7849328.story 

 

 

Nonprofit co-operative to offer health insurance in Iowa

Des Moines Register

February 25, 2012

 

... The new venture will be a nonprofit insurance co-op, owned by its members and led by a board they elect. It will target individual consumers and small businesses buying policies via a new health insurance exchange, an electronic marketplace designed to allow people to compare and purchase insurance starting in 2014.

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20120225/NEWS/302250030/0/SPORTS03/?odyssey=nav%7Chead 

 

 

Poll: Sharp split on health care repeal

Politico

February 27, 2012

 

Americans are deeply divided over whether a Republican president should repeal President Barack Obama's health care law if elected this November, a new poll Monday shows, although the vast majority of those surveyed believe the individual mandate is unconstitutional. Gallup found that 47 percent of Americans want a GOP president to repeal the law, while 44 percent oppose that.

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0212/73315.html 

 

 

Many States Take a Wait-and-See Approach on New Insurance Exchanges

New York Times

February 27, 2012

 

WASHINGTON - States are lagging in the creation of health insurance exchanges, the supermarkets where millions of consumers are supposed to buy subsidized private coverage under President Obama's health care overhaul.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/27/health/policy/a-wait-and-see-approach-for-states-on-insurance-exchanges.html 

 

 

Healthcare history: How the patchwork coverage came to be

Los Angeles Times

February 27, 2012

 

... Most of us get health insurance through our jobs, a system puzzling to the rest of the industrial world, where the government levies taxes and offers health coverage to all as a basic right of modern society. But for many Americans, their way feels alien - the heavy hand of government reaching into our business as some bureaucrat tells doctors and patients what to do.

http://www.latimes.com/health/la-he-health-insurance-history-20120227,0,6590489.story 

 

 

OPINIONS

 

Here's crazy: Reducing money to treat mental illness in Florida

Miami Herald

February 22, 2012

 

Thank God for Texas. Else we'd rank as the most barbaric backwater in the nation. Even infamously unenlightened states like Mississippi, Alabama and South Carolina spend more per capita on mental health than Florida.

http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/02/22/2655540/heres-crazy-reducing-money-to.html 

 

 

Editorial: Menninger's high hopes for mental health care

Houston Chronicle

February 24, 2012

 

... The opening this spring of the Menninger Clinic Mental Health Epicenter just eight miles from the Medical Center signals a new level of commitment to mental health treatment here. Scheduled to open May 1, the Arts and Crafts-style center will have 120 beds and facilities for treatment of outpatients. The internationally recognized mental health treatment group that joined with Baylor College of Medicine and Methodist Hospital here in 2003 is aiming high: Menninger leadership ambitiously aims to become the M.D. Anderson of mental health treatment.

http://www.chron.com/opinion/editorials/article/Editorial-Menninger-s-high-hopes-for-mental-3360001.php 

 

 

RESEARCH

 

Young Blacks Less Likely to Seek Mental Health Care: Study

HealthDay

February 24, 2012

 

Young adult black Americans, especially those with higher levels of education, are much less likely than their white counterparts to seek mental health services, a new study finds. Reasons for this reluctance may include shame and a lack of knowledge and trust among patients, and a lack of cultural understanding among caregivers, according to the study in the February issue of the journal Psychological Services.

http://consumer.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=662078 

 

 

Study: Older Antipsychotics Shouldn't Be Used For Elderly

NPR

February 24, 2012

 

For patients in nursing homes, treatment with antipsychotic medicines is pretty much routine. Though the drugs were developed to treat schizophrenia, they're also used to manage the dementia-related behavior of elderly patients. Up to a third of patients in nursing homes get the drugs, despite their risks.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/02/24/147338945/study-older-antipsychotics-shouldnt-be-used-for-elderly 

 

 

Researchers issue definition -- and name change -- for PANDAS

Los Angeles Times

February 24, 2012

 

A mental illness that strikes young children suddenly may be caused by a range of factors, including infections, according to a new report. The paper, published in the journal Pediatrics & Therapeutics, reflects a consensus statement on a condition called Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal infections -- or PANDAS.

http://www.latimes.com/health/boostershots/la-heb-pandas-ocd-20120224,0,19588.story 

 

 

Trying to Find a Cry of Desperation Amid the Facebook Drama

New York Times

February 23, 2012

 

... Last year, researchers examined Facebook profiles of 200 students at the University of Washington and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Some 30 percent posted updates that met the American Psychiatric Association's criteria for a symptom of depression, reporting feelings of worthlessness or hopelessness, insomnia or sleeping too much, and difficulty concentrating. Their findings echo research that suggests depression is increasingly common among college students.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/24/us/facebook-posts-can-offer-clues-of-depression.html 

 

 

FEATURES & RESOURCES

 

Bullying, Islam & Everything In Between

Muslim Matters

February 24, 2012

 

Bullying was once viewed as a necessary rite of passage of childhood, something children simply must endure. However, bullying is not simply something children will mature out of; rather, bullying can result in serious harm and long-term consequences.

http://muslimmatters.org/2012/02/24/bullying-islam-everything-in-between/ 

 

 

Military sexual trauma survivor helps others overcome abuse

Killeen Daily Herald

February 25, 2012

 

... A recent study published by the Jacob's Institute of Women's Health at George Washington University found that 31 percent of female veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan suffering from PTSD had experienced military sexual trauma. Among those with PTSD, veterans with MST had more comorbid mental health diagnoses than those without MST, including depression, anxiety and eating disorders.

http://www.kdhnews.com/news/story.aspx?s=64534 

 

 

NAMI FaithNet Newsletter

National Alliance on Mental Illness

February 2012

 

Featured In This Issue:

 

  • Hope's Nest
  • Reverend and Church Take on Mental Illness

http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=Whats_New43&template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=135650 

 

 

PHILANTHROPY

 

Foundation gives SMU $5 million to upgrade its health center

Dallas Morning News

February 23, 2012

 

The Dr. Bob and Jean Smith Foundation has given $5 million to Southern Methodist University to pay for a major upgrade of the university's 52-year-old Memorial Health Center. The center on Bishop Boulevard will be renamed in honor of Dr. Smith. ... The center provides medical services, counseling and psychiatric services. It is staffed by full-time physicians, mental health counselors, registered nurses, pharmacists, and laboratory and X-ray technologists.

http://www.dallasnews.com/business/columnists/robert-miller/20120223-foundation-gives-smu-5-million-to-upgrade-its-health-center.ece



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