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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

March, 2012

Our Lady of the Lake Graduate Student Receives Scholarship from Hogg Foundation

YouTube

March 27, 2012

 

Graduate student Yesenia Almeda from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas was awarded a scholarship from the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, which is based in the Division of Diversity and the Community Engagement at University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Yolanda Rodriguez-Escobar who is the Director of the BSW Program at Our Lady of the Lake University spoke about the criteria for the scholarship.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5GSul1n2Kg 

 

 

TEXAS NEWS

 

Texans encouraged by justices' questions on health care law

Dallas Morning News

March 27, 2012

 

WASHINGTON - Texas Republican officials who attended the Supreme Court's oral arguments on the health care overhaul Tuesday were encouraged by the justices' questions about the law. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, representing one of 26 states challenging the Affordable Care Act, said he thought Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is often the court's swing vote, was more probing of the administration's lawyer than of his side.

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/washington/20120327-texans-encouraged-by-justices-questions-on-health-care-law.ece 

 

 

Day 3: Supreme Court Looks at Affordable Care Act Case

Texas Tribune

March 28, 2012

 

... Below, we've Storified local reaction to the second day's events from various Texas players, including U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Attorney General Greg Abbott.

http://www.texastribune.org/texas-health-resources/health-reform-and-texas/day-3-supreme-court-looks-affordable-care-act-case/ 

 

 

Video: Health Reform Could Add to Stress on Doctors

Texas Tribune

March 27, 2012

 

HOUSTON - While a ruling on the constitutionality of the new health care reforms is not expected until late June, Texas patients appear to already be experiencing longer wait times to visit their physicians. A UT Health Science Center study out Tuesday suggests Houston's safety net would have to grow 17 percent a year just to handle the expected increased need for doctors. The Texas Tribune has gathered data on Medicaid patients. In the statewide map, the darker the county, the more Medicaid patients.

http://www.texastribune.org/texas-health-resources/health-reform-and-texas/health-reform-could-mean-patients-being-turned-awa/ 

 

 

Interactive: Mapping Texas Medicaid Providers

Texas Tribune

March 27, 2012

 

Using the latest billing data available, this interactive map shows where some of the state's most active Medicaid providers are located in Texas - and how much they were reimbursed in fiscal year 2010.

http://www.texastribune.org/data/library/map-texas-medicaid-providers/ 

 

 

Interactive: Primary Care Workforce Shortages 2001-2011

Texas Tribune

March 27, 2012

 

...A 2010 survey shows that fewer physicians are taking new Medicaid patients because of low reimbursement rates. At the same time, the state must face the prospect of adding millions more Texans to Medicaid by 2014, when the Affordable Care Act mandates that nearly all residents sign up for insurance. ... But there is a trend developing statewide that isn't likely to be addressed or fixed anytime soon: Over the last 10 years, Texas' population has grown rapidly, but the state isn't producing enough doctors to treat Texans' health problems.

http://www.texastribune.org/library/data/primary-care-workforce-shortages/ 

 

 

Austin living center downsizing amid problems

Austin American-Statesman

March 27, 2012

 

... The Department of Aging and Disability Services hasn't settled on an ideal number of residents for the Austin State Supported Living Center, which currently houses 350 residents with disabilities such as Down syndrome and cerebral palsy. But ongoing problems at the 95-year-old campus have convinced the state that it can't continue to operate the center at its current size, department spokeswoman Allison Lowery said.

http://www.statesman.com/news/texas-politics/austin-living-center-downsizing-amid-problems-2265705.html 

 

 

Planned mental health facility to look elsewhere

Community Impact News- Roundrock, Plugerville, Hutto

March 27, 2012

 

...Springstone Incorporated-which operates four hospitals that treat "adults with mental health and addiction disorders as well as mental health issues arising from geriatric conditions," according to the company's website-has started looking for a different site, according to Joe Vining, who is facilitating the company's search for a location locally. ... The facility had been met with a largely negative reaction from area residents worried about the proximity to schools, a day care and neighborhoods where children play.

http://impactnews.com/articles/planned-mental-health-facility-to-look-elsewhere 

 

 

Lufkin ISD's SHAC focuses on all aspects of students' health

The Lufkin News

March 28, 2012

 

With a rise in childhood anxiety and mental disorders, the Lufkin ISD School Health Advisory Council is making sure to focus on improving and monitoring the mental health of district students, along with battling childhood obesity and promoting nutritional wellness.

http://lufkindailynews.com/news/local/article_d21f00f0-7880-11e1-9008-0019bb2963f4.html

 

 

Andrea Yates seeks weekly release from mental hospital to go to church

Houston Chronicle

March 27, 2012

 

Ten years after Andrea Yates was first convicted of murdering her five children, the Clear Lake mother might soon be allowed outside the confines of a state psychiatric hospital to go to church, her attorney told the Houston Chronicle on Tuesday. ... Yates' attorney believes she has been ready for years to rejoin society, including getting a job and living on her own.

http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Andrea-Yates-seeks-weekly-release-from-mental-3439312.php 

 

 

JetBlue captain: 'They're going to take us down'

Chicago Tribune

March 28, 2012

 

LAS VEGAS- ... The captain of JetBlue Airways Flight 191 from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport was taken to a hospital after suffering a "medical situation" on board that forced the co-pilot to take over the plane and land it in Amarillo, Texas, the airline said. ... John Cox, an aviation safety consultant and former airline pilot, said incidents in which pilots become mentally incapacitated during a flight are "pretty rare."

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/flight-disrupted-captain,0,1121216.story 

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Post-Traumatic Stress's Surprisingly Positive Flip Side

New York Times

March 22, 2012

 

... The name for Beltran's change is post-traumatic growth. And the classes he takes are part of a $125 million Army-wide program called Comprehensive Soldier Fitness, which is intended to help soldiers become more resilient and to help them recognize how the trauma of combat can change them for the better. For years, Beltran carried photos of the explosion to remind himself of what he overcame. Now, he says, he carries those pictures to show to others.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/25/magazine/post-traumatic-stresss-surprisingly-positive-flip-side.html 

 

 

Vt. mental health bill goes to governor

San Antonio Express-News

March 27, 2012

 

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A bill calling for a major reorganization of Vermont's mental health system is headed to the desk of Gov. Peter Shumlin.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/article/Vt-mental-health-bill-goes-to-governor-3438777.php 

 

 

Justice Dept.: NH violates disabilities act

San Antonio Express-News

March 27, 2012

 

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - ...The department filed a motion Tuesday to intervene in the case that alleges the state fails to provide community-based services for disabled people with mental illness. Instead, the suit claims, residents who could benefit from crisis counseling, housing support, and other services, have to resort to costly services at state institutions or local hospital emergency rooms.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/article/Justice-Dept-NH-violates-disabilities-act-3439642.php 

 

 

Drug testing for welfare recipients passes Senate

Houston Chronicle

March 27, 2012

 

ATLANTA (AP) - ... Exemptions for mandatory drug testing will be made for individuals who are considered by the Department of Human Services to be significantly impaired due to a physical, mental or developmental disability. In addition, persons enrolled in a Medicaid enhanced primary care case management program will also be exempt from this requirement.

http://www.chron.com/default/article/Drug-testing-for-welfare-recipients-passes-Senate-3439058.php 

 

 

LSU officials: Jindal budget means hospital cuts

San Antonio Express-News

March 27, 2012

 

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - ... University hospital officials told the House Appropriations Committee that the 10 hospitals and their outpatient facilities that serve the poor and uninsured face an estimated $43 million in cuts in the fiscal year that begins July 1.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/article/LSU-officials-Jindal-budget-means-hospital-cuts-3438531.php 

 

 

Trial begins in Arkansas over antipsychotic drug

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

March 27, 2012

 

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A lawyer for the state of Arkansas told jurors Tuesday that a subsidiary of pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson improperly marketed an antipsychotic drug and lied to doctors for years about the risk of side effects. Arkansas wants Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. fined for each of the 250,000 Risperdal prescriptions issued to the state's Medicaid patients from November 2002 through June 2006, an award that could range from $1.25 billion to $2.5 billion and would go toward the state's Medicaid fund.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2012/03/27/3838884/trial-begins-in-arkansas-over.html 

 

 

Skid row street population surges back in Los Angeles

Los Angeles Times

March 28, 2012

 

...the number of people on neighborhood streets had swelled to 1,693, even as homeless figures fell across the county as a whole. ..."A lot of people suffer from mental illness and they hoard stuff they don't need," said Officer Deon Joseph, who serves as the LAPD's community liaison on skid row.

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-skid-row-homeless-20120328,0,3088327.story

 

 

HEALTHCARE REFORM

 

On final day of health care hearings, 26 states tell justices they can't afford more Medicaid

Washington Post

March 28, 2:09 AM

 

WASHINGTON (AP) - States are complaining that the U.S. government made them a health care offer they can't refuse - but they'd sure like to. And on a doubly busy Wednesday ending three days of hearings, the Supreme Court has another issue to consider: If justices throw out a key piece of the health care law, should they keep the rest of it?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/on-final-day-of-health-care-hearings-26-states-tell-justices-they-cant-afford-more-medicaid/2012/03/28/gIQA7DdifS_story.html 

 

 

In Court, Sharp Questions on Health Care Law's Mandate

New York Times

March 28, 2012

 

WASHINGTON - With the fate of President Obama's health care law hanging in the balance, a lawyer for the administration faced a barrage of skeptical questions on Tuesday from four of the Supreme Court's more conservative justices, suggesting that a 5-to-4 decision to strike down the law was a live possibility.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/28/us/hard-questions-from-conservative-justices-over-insurance-mandate.html 

 

 

Could the health-care law work without the individual mandate?

Washington Post

March 27, 2012

 

If the Supreme Court were to invalidate the 2010 health-care law's requirement that virtually all Americans obtain insurance, would the rest of the law become unworkable? Even among supporters of the statute, opinions vary widely about the practical impact of a decision to strike down the mandate but leave everything else intact - one of several options available to the court.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/could-the-health-care-law-work-without-the-individual-mandate/2012/03/27/gIQAFqp9eS_story.html 

 

 

Supreme Court's Medicaid Decision Could Reach Far Beyond Health Care

NPR

March 28, 2012

 

... But it's the second argument the court will hear about the Affordable Care Act that could potentially have the most far-reaching consequences. At issue is whether the health law's expansion of the Medicaid program for the poor unfairly forces the states to participate. If the justices find the federal government is coercing the states, that decision could reach far beyond health care.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/03/28/149485784/supreme-courts-medicaid-decision-could-reach-far-beyond-health-care 

 

 

Five Takeaways From Tuesday's High Court Health-Care Showdown

Wall Street Journal

March 28, 2012

 

Don't have time to read through the day's transcripts, main article or live blog? Here are five key takeaways from Tuesday morning's health-care arguments. 1) Justice Kennedy, Justice Kennedy, Justice Kennedy. ... 2) The four liberals back the law, as expected. ....3) Justices Scalia and Alito don't back the Obama law. ... 4) It's a tough day for Solicitor General Donald Verrilli. ... 5) The basic question: Are you in or out?

http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2012/03/27/five-takeaways-from-tuesdays-high-court-health-care-showdown/ 

 

 

TRANSCRIPT & AUDIO: Supreme Court: The Health Care Law And The Individual Mandate

NPR

March 27, 2012

 

The Supreme Court on Tuesday heard the second of three days of oral arguments on the fate of President Obama's health care law. A transcript of Tuesday's arguments, as prepared by the court, follows.

http://www.npr.org/2012/03/27/149465820/transcript-supreme-court-the-health-care-law-and-the-individual-mandate

 

 

OPINIONS

 

Should the Government Force You to Buy Health Care?

Texas Observer

March 27, 2012

 

... There seem to be two camps. Some look at the prospect of providing health care to 30 million currently uninsured Americans, including millions in Texas, and at the success the system has had in Massachusetts, and conclude the mandate is worth it. Others see government overreach-an unprecedented intrusion on individual liberties that can't be justified no matter how many more people gain health insurance as a result. No matter what you think of it, the mandate does set a dangerous precedent.

http://www.texasobserver.org/contrarian/should-the-government-force-you-to-buy-health-care 

 

 

Medicaid: Who pays, and how?

Los Angeles Times

March 28, 2012

 

The vast expansion of Medicaid in the 2010 healthcare reform law put Washington on a collision course with cash-strapped state governments, which have been scrambling to reduce the cost of the joint federal-state insurance programfor the poor and disabled...Meanwhile, the House is considering a Republican budget proposal that would cap Medicaid spending and hand over control to the states. Neither approach, however, would solve the program's budget problems, which mirror those faced by the entire healthcare system.

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/opinionla/la-ed-medicaid-obamacare-court-block-grant-20120328,0,2739469.story

 

 

The Supreme Court's Momentous Test

New York Times

March 27, 2012

 

In ruling on the constitutionality of requiring most Americans to obtain health insurance, the Supreme Court faces a central test: whether it will recognize limits on its own authority to overturn well-founded acts of Congress. ... Congress has indisputable authority to regulate national markets and provide for the general welfare through its broad power to tax. Nothing about the mandate falls outside those clearly delineated powers.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/28/opinion/the-supreme-courts-momentous-test.html 

 

 

How can we let medical research funds wither?

Chicago Tribune

March 28, 2012

 

... The funding pipeline for scientists is shrinking, and there is no injured-reserve list to bring them back if we do not intervene soon. We need a protective financial fence put around the National Institutes of Health to ensure we have a healthy future. As Holly Smith, a former dean at the University of California at San Francisco once remarked, one of the most important health care problems of our time is not the cost but the continued existence of diseases for which we have no answers. Let's find a way to cure this.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/ct-perspec-0328-research-20120328,0,6719115.story 

 

 

Doctors Have Feelings, Too

New York Times

March 27, 2012

 

... By now, even the most hard-core, old-school doctors recognize that emotions are present in medicine at every level, but the consideration of them rarely makes it into medical school curriculums, let alone professional charters. Typically, feelings are lumped into the catch-all of stress or fatigue, with the unspoken assumption that with enough gumption these irritants can be corralled. The emotional layers in medicine, however, are far more pervasive.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/28/opinion/doctors-have-feelings-too.html 

 

 

RESEARCH

 

GM reductions in psychotic BD patients 'nonsignificant'

MedWire News

March 28, 2012

 

Gray matter (GM) volume reductions in bipolar disorder (BD) patients with psychosis are not as pronounced as those in patients with schizophrenia, results from a US study suggest.

http://www.medwire-news.md/47/98462/Psychiatry/GM_reductions_in_psychotic_BD_patients_'nonsignificant'.html 

 

 

Hippocampal volume linked to verbal memory performance in BD patients

MedWire News

March 28, 2012

 

Results from a US study show that reduced hippocampal volume is associated with increased verbal memory impairment in patients with bipolar disorder (BD).

http://www.medwire-news.md/47/98461/Psychiatry/Hippocampal_volume_linked_to_verbal_memory_performance_in_BD_patients.html 

 

 

FEATURES & RESOURCES

 

Two Grant Training Opportunities Coming To Arlington, TX

North Central Texas Council of Governments

 

North Central Texas Council of Governments, Grant Writing USA and Grant Management USA present two grants classes in Arlington:

  • May 7-8, 2012  Grant Writing Class

http://grantwritingusa.com/grants-training/grant-writing-workshops/arlington-texas-may07-2012.html  

  • May 17-18, 2012  Grant Management Class

http://grantwritingusa.com/grants-training/grant-management-workshops/arlington-texas-may17-2012.html

 

 

PHILANTHROPY

 

California Community Foundation Announces Nearly $1.6 Million in Grants

Philanthropy News Digest

March 28, 2012

 

The California Community Foundation has announced sixteen grants totaling more than $1.5 million to nonprofit organizations working to address a wide range of issues affecting Los Angeles County residents. The two-year grants will be used, among other things, to improve transitional housing for foster youth, support affordable housing policy and advocacy, provide health care and coverage for uninsured residents, increase parental engagement in public education, and smooth immigrants' integration into public housing.

http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/news/story.jhtml;jsessionid=JASGKQEO4HCFPLAQBQ4CGW15AAAACI2F?id=375300018 



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