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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

March, 2012

TEXAS NEWS

 

Private prison pitch slammed

Houston Chronicle

March 2, 2012

 

... Whitmire, who has championed prison alternatives like drug and alcohol treatment, said he didn't want to retreat on sentencing alternatives that are "leading the way" in the rest of the country. The alternative programs actually "lowered our recidivism rate" and need for new prison construction by placing inmates in alcohol and drug treatment, he said. Just this year, he pointed out, the state closed a facility in Sugar Land.

http://blog.chron.com/pattihart/2012/03/private-prison-pitch-slammed/  

 

 

Calling Attention To Strides In Treating County Inmates Mental Problems

KUHF - Houston

March 2, 2012

 

The Harris County Jail is the largest public provider of care for the mentally ill in Texas. It costs more to treat a mentally ill person in jail than it does in community clinic settings. But strides are being made to create public awareness of the problem.

http://app1.kuhf.org/articles/1330737992-Calling-Attention-To-Strides-In-Treating-County-Inmates-Mental-Problems.html 

 

 

Parkland again hires official to steer hospital into patient-safety compliance

Dallas Morning News

March 2, 2012

 

Parkland Memorial Hospital has moved swiftly - and for the second time - to fill a senior job that is crucial to steering the troubled hospital into compliance with government safety standards.

http://www.dallasnews.com/investigations/patient-safety/headlines/20120302-parkland-again-hires-official-to-steer-hospital-into-patient-safety-compliance.ece 

 

 

Austin health officials say shortage of prescription drugs worst ever

Austin American-Statesman

March 2, 2012

Central Texas hospital officials, emergency responders and doctors say a nationwide shortage of 250 common prescription drugs from painkillers to antibiotics to resuscitation medicines is the worst they've ever seen.

http://www.statesman.com/news/local/austin-health-officials-say-shortage-of-prescription-drugs-2213181.html 

 

 

Watson sees opportunity in Medicaid overhaul and possibilities for medical school

Austin American-Statesman

March 2, 2012

 

State Sen. Kirk Watson, promoting a medical school for Austin, called an overhaul of the state's Medicaid program "an opportunity we have not seen before" to improve medical care and boost academic training for doctors.

http://www.statesman.com/news/local/watson-sees-opportunity-in-medicaid-overhaul-and-possibilities-2213100.html 

 

 

Project to provide better care for sick kids could save money later

Houston Chronicle

March 4, 2012

 

... Jesus was enrolled in a clinic for chronically ill children, offering unlimited access to the doctors and nurse practitioners. It's part of a project to determine whether more comprehensive access to care can keep children healthier, reduce hospital and emergency room visits and, ultimately, save money. The study is ongoing, led by physicians from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston.

http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Project-to-provide-better-care-for-sick-kids-3381392.php 

 

 

Children's hospital agreement ended

San Antonio Express-News

March 2, 2012

 

Frustrated after more than a year of unsuccessful negotiations, the University Health System abruptly ended an agreement with Christus Santa Rosa Health System to build a new children's hospital together.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/article/Children-s-hospital-agreement-ended-3373755.php 

 

 

Acadia Healthcare completes $91M hospital purchase

San Antonio Express-News

March 5, 2012

 

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) - Acadia Healthcare Co., a provider of inpatient behavioral health care services, said Monday that it has completed its acquisition of three inpatient psychiatric hospitals from Haven Behavioral Healthcare for $91 million in cash. The hospitals are located in Tucson, Ariz.; Wichita Falls, Texas, and Ada, Okla. They contain a total of 166 acute inpatient psychiatric beds.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/business/article/Acadia-Healthcare-completes-91M-hospital-purchase-3382119.php 

 

 

Houston region is now the most diverse in the U.S.

Houston Chronicle

March 5, 2012

 

The Houston metropolitan area is now the most ethnically diverse large metropolitan area in the country, with two suburbs - Pearland and Missouri City - leading the region in diversity.

http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Houston-region-is-now-the-most-diverse-in-the-U-S-3382354.php 

 

 

Houston-area deputy accused of molesting girl, 9

Houston Chronicle

March 4, 2012

 

HOUSTON (AP) - A Harris County sheriff's deputy assigned to the county jail's mental health unit has been arrested and charged with sexually molesting a young girl.

http://www.chron.com/news/article/Houston-area-deputy-accused-of-molesting-girl-9-3381234.php 

 

 

Second Teen Murder Suspect to Undergo Further Testing

KZTC 10 - Corpus Christi

March 2, 2012

 

CORPUS CHRISTI - ... Attorney Adam Rodrigue claims the original mental examination of his client was not sufficient and did not take into account his full medical history. Rodrigue argued that his client has been in and out of Padre Behavioral Hospital and was the subject of a prior abuse investigation.

http://www.kztv10.com/news/second-teen-murder-suspect-to-undergo-further-testing/ 

 

 

Man invades home, caught

The Madisonville Meteor

March 2, 2012

 

A manhunt was underway Thursday evening after a reportedly armed man invaded a home Thursday night before being caught on Friday. ..."At one point he stuck the pistol to his head talked about taking his own life so apparently there's either very extreme distraught or very intoxicated or some sort of mental condition," Neeley told KBTX-TV.

http://www.madisonvillemeteor.com/article_ca05911a-6497-11e1-85e7-0019bb2963f4.html 

 

 

Woman totals car, charged with DWI

The Eagle - Bryan-College Station

March 4, 2012

 

...A state trooper determined the driver and passenger of the car both seemed to be under the influence of an intoxicant. When the trooper asked if the driver had been drinking, she replied that she took "Xanex for a mental condition."

http://www.theeagle.com/police/Woman-totals-car--arrested-for-DWI--7010590 

 

 

5 escape northeast Houston house fire; Arson investigating

KHOU - Houston

March 2, 2012

 

HOUSTON-Houston firefighters are trying to determine if a fire that broke out a northeast Houston home was intentionally set. .. HFD said the other adult, who has mental issues, was seen walking away from the house immediately after the fire started.

http://www.khou.com/news/local/5-escape-northeast-Houston-house-fire-Arson-investigating--141173573.html 

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Vet groups, VA split over mental health expansion

Wall Street Journal

March 3, 2012

 

WASHINGTON - ... This time the dispute is over two mental health measures: one to establish a network of peer counselors so that Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have someone to consult with who shares their war experience, the other to give the families of National Guard and reserve members temporary access to mental health services at VA facilities.

http://online.wsj.com/article/APef824e16befa4a9aa248e17fc8ef2869.html 

 

 

Bills proposed to stem violence at state mental hospitals

Los Angeles Times

March 2, 2012   

A state lawmaker Thursday announced two bills that aim to stem the violence at California's state mental hospitals -- one that would keep drug users with temporary psychosis out of the facilities and another that would make it a felony for certain patients to assault the staff.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/03/bills-proposed-to-stem-violence-at-state-mental-hospitals.html 

 

 

Two state mental hospitals fined for allegedly failing to protect staff

Los Angeles Times

March 2, 2012   

California workplace safety officials have issued nearly $100,000 in fines against San Bernardino's Patton State Hospital and the Central Coast's Atascadero State Hospital, alleging in part that the state psychiatric facilities have failed to protect staff from patient assaults and have deficient employee alarm systems.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/03/safety-officials-fine-two-state-mental-hospitals-for-allegedly-failing-to-protect-staff.html 

 

 

India's Dr. Reddy's get U.S. nod for schizophrenia capsules

Chicago Tribune

March 3, 2012

 

MUMBAI (Reuters) - India's Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Ltd. said on Saturday it has received a U.S. drug regulator approval for the generic version of Geodon capsules, that are used to treat schizophrenia.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/health/sns-rt-us-india-reddys-geodontre8220b9-20120303,0,7484842.story 

 

 

Montgomery County grapples with chronic homelessness

Washington Post

March 4, 2012

 

On the streets of Bethesda, the hard-core homeless live mostly in the shadows. Many of them steer clear of the main thoroughfares. Few venture into shelters. But amid a downturn that has cut social-services spending and forced officials to make the most of government funds, Montgomery County says it is focusing more of its homelessness efforts on the people with some of the most complicated needs.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/md-politics/montgomery-county-grapples-with-chronic-homelessness/2012/01/03/gIQAxrLSrR_story.html 

 

 

Does Couples Therapy Work?

New York Times

March 2, 2012

 

... The fact that couples therapy stresses out therapists has long been an open secret. The field, however, seems to have decided that now would be an appropriate time for its practitioners to address their feelings and vent. It started with the November/December issue of the trade magazine The Psychotherapy Networker and its cover package, "Who's Afraid of Couples Therapy?

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/04/fashion/couples-therapists-confront-the-stresses-of-their-field.html 

 

 

HEALTHCARE REFORM

 

Health reform law ends lifetime limits for 105 million Americans

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

March 2, 2012

 

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius released a new report today on how the health reform law has eliminated lifetime limits on coverage for more than 105 million Americans. Before health reform, many Americans with serious illnesses such as cancer risked hitting the lifetime limit on the dollar amount their insurance companies would cover for their health care benefits.

http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2012pres/03/20120305a.html 

 

 

Cost estimate for insurance aid jumps $111B; administration cites technical budget issues

Washington Post

March 2, 2012

 

WASHINGTON - Cost estimates for a key portion of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law have ballooned by $111 billion from last year's budget, and a senior Republican lawmaker on Friday demanded an explanation.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/cost-estimate-for-insurance-aid-jumps-111b-white-house-cites-technical-budget-changes/2012/03/02/gIQAfGNhmR_story.html 

 

 

Oregon Gov. Kitzhaber signs health care overhaul bill; promises to improve care, reduce costs

Washington Post

March 2, 2012

 

SALEM, Ore. - If Oregon's Democratic governor is right, the bill he signed Friday will improve health care and reduce costs so significantly that it could help fix the federal budget.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/oregon-gov-kitzhaber-signs-health-care-overhaul-bill-promises-to-improve-care-reduce-costs/2012/03/02/gIQAXMCHnR_story.html 

 

 

To stay fiscally healthy, state's hospitals want fewer patients

Los Angeles Times

March 4, 2012

 

To survive the unprecedented challenges coming with federal healthcare reform, California hospitals are upending their bedrock financial model: They are trying to keep some patients out of their beds.

http://www.latimes.com/health/la-me-hospital-changes-20120305,0,5184223.story 

 

 

Paid or unpaid medical bills can ruin credit scores

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

March 4, 2012

 

CHICAGO -- ... The Commonwealth Fund, a private foundation that sponsors healthcare research, estimates that 22 million Americans were contacted by collection agencies for unpaid medical bills in 2005. That increased to 30 million Americans in 2010.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2012/03/04/3783085/paid-or-unpaid-medical-bills-can.html 

 

 

OPINIONS

 

Commentary: Rules needed to protect homeless, property owners

Houston Chronicle

March 2, 2012

 

There are many reasons for homelessness. For some, life on the street is a temporary phenomenon of a struggling economy; for others, it is due to drug abuse or untreated mental illness. Whatever the reason for being there, all homeless people are likely without the means to provide meals for themselves.

http://www.chron.com/opinion/outlook/article/Rules-needed-to-protect-homeless-property-owners-3378112.php 

 

 

Moving city ahead with Plan El Paso

El Paso Times

March 4, 2012

 

... Other policy recommendations include increasing our tax base through traditional neighborhood design, preservation of our open space while planning for future infrastructure needs, increasing our transportation options in an era of increased oil demand and price, improving recreational amenities, developing walkable schools, and continuing our successful relationship with Fort Bliss. The link between our built-environment and our physical and mental health is also clearly stated in the plan.

http://www.elpasotimes.com/opinion/ci_20096067?IADID=Search-www.elpasotimes.com-www.elpasotimes.com 

 

 

Improving Lives, Improving America

National Alliance on Mental Illness

March 2, 2012

 

Mental illnesses are bipartisan, pervasive and have profound consequences for people's lives. In the course of a year, about one in four people has a diagnosable mental illness every year. Almost everyone's life has been touched in some way by mental illness. The face of mental illness is not the face of some stranger. It is the face of our neighbors and coworkers, our friends and family and sometimes us.

http://blog.nami.org/2012/03/improving-lives-improving-america.html 

 

 

Jerry Brown's Medicaid Blues: Why a Democratic governor can't get an Obama waiver

Wall Street Journal

March 2, 2012

 

Democratic Governor Jerry Brown of California may finally understand how frustrated Republicans feel when they try to negotiate in good faith with President Obama.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203753704577257742818538850.html 

 

 

Wrong Rx for the FDA

Los Angeles Times

March 5, 2012

 

The congressional legislators who oversee the Food and Drug Administration and control the nation's coffers have shown again that they neither understand drug development nor the regulatory problems that plague it.

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-miller-drugs-20120305,0,3015936.story 

 

 

The battle over 'Bully'

Los Angeles Times

March 5, 2012

 

... By many accounts, "Bully" is a well-wrought documentary about the terrible harshness with which some students treat others, occasionally with tragic results. Joan Graves, the head of the MPAA's rating panel, says simply, "It's a great film," one that she feels might be even more important for adults to see than children because some parents, teachers and school officials in the movie were clueless about and dismissive of the treatment that victims of bullying suffer every day. The second of two MPAA panels that considered "Bully" rejected Weinstein's request for a PG-13 rating by only one vote.

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/opinionla/la-ed-bully-20120302,0,3436722.story 

 

 

Things to Fear and Loathe

New York Times

March 3, 2012

 

... Of all the manifestations of anxiety, specific phobias are by far the most idiosyncratic. About 6 percent of Americans have an acute fear of animals like rats and birds. But after that, the sources of terror are myriad.

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/03/things-to-fear-and-loathe/?ref=opinion 

 

 

Keeping your balance in an unbalanced world

Kilgore News Herald

March 3, 2012

 

Finances, spouse, career, kids, family, health, friendships, church, and civic clubs are just some of the responsibilities competing for your time and making it hard to stay mentally and emotionally healthy. Finding time to invest in your own well-being often takes a backseat even though you know how important it is to take care of yourself.

http://www.kilgorenewsherald.com/news/2012-03-03/Advice_%28and%29_Entertainment/MIND_MATTERS.html 

 

 

RESEARCH

 

Bullying May Raise Risk of Suicidal Thoughts: Study

HealthDay

March 2, 2012

 

Children involved in bullying are more likely than their peers to consider suicide by the time they are 11, a new study indicates.

http://consumer.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=662297 

 

 

Many Mental Illness Cases Linked To Recent Violence

Medical News Today

March 1, 2012

 

A study published Online First in The Lancet, reveals that disabled adults are at significantly higher risk of violence, compared to those without disabilities. According to the researchers, adults with mental illness are almost four times more likely to experience violence, compared with adults without a disability, with an estimated 1 in 4 having been the victim of violence in the past year.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/242380.php 

 

 

To Prioritize Action On Global Mental Health, A New Mental Health Framework Is Needed

Medical News Today

February 29, 2012

 

For mental health to gain significant attention, and funding from policymakers globally, it is not enough to convince people that it has a high disease burden but also that there are deliverable and cost-effective interventions - according to South African researchers writing in this week's PLoS Medicine.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/242273.php 

 

 

Pet Therapy: How Animals And Humans Heal Each Other

NPR

March 5, 2012

 

Those of us who own pets know they make us happy. But a growing body of scientific research is showing that our pets can also make us healthy, or healthier. That helps explain the increasing use of animals - dogs and cats mostly, but also birds, fish, and even horses - in settings ranging from hospitals and nursing homes to schools, jails and mental institutions.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/03/05/146583986/pet-therapy-how-animals-and-humans-heal-each-other 

 


PHILANTHROPY

 

Nonprofit announces $1 million fundraising goal

Austin American-Statesman

March 5, 2012

 

Austin-based charity I Live Here I Give Here is launching a new program in an effort to raise more than $1 million for Central Texas nonprofits. Amplify Austin is an initiative to increase philanthropy in Central Texas through online giving. Its goal is to raise $1 million in a 24-hour period in March 2013 for hundreds of Central Texas nonprofits, said Patsy Woods Martin, I Live Here I Give Here's executive director.

http://www.statesman.com/news/local/nonprofit-announces-1-million-fundraising-goal-2216608.html 

 

 

Greater New Orleans Foundation Announces Final Round of Coastal Communities Fund Grants

Philanthropy News Digest

March 5, 2012

 

The Greater New Orleans Foundation has announced grants totaling $2.2 million to nine nonprofit organizations working to assist residents of the region still struggling in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/news/story.jhtml;jsessionid=X1FNTAAJ340BDLAQBQ4CGW15AAAACI2F?id=373000020



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