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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

April, 2012

State Balks at Judge's Order on Treating Prisoners with Mental Illness

Texas Observer

March 29, 2012

 

The state is pushing back against a court order that would force it to move more than 150 inmates into psychiatric hospitals by June 1, reports the Austin-American Statesman. Dateline Houston applauded the January decision that demanded the Department of State Health Services move forensic inmates-prisoners deemed incompetent to stand trial-into a state mental hospital within 21 days of a judge's order. It's a problem that gets written about periodically, but was never a priority until state District Judge Orlinda Naranjo's order. Now, state officials have responded with a resounding, "We can't."

http://www.texasobserver.org/datelinehouston/state-balks-at-judges-order-on-treating-prisoners-with-mental-illness 

 


City of Tyler Annexes UT Health Science Center

Tyler Morning Telegraph

March 29, 2012

 

Tyler grew a little larger on Wednesday - The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler is officially part of the city. The Tyler City Council agreed Wednesday to annex the hospital's 593.11-acre campus and bring the facility into the city limits.

http://www.tylerpaper.com/article/20120329/NEWS08/120329778 

 

 

Justice Department explores possible civil rights investigation of Parkland

Dallas Morning News

March 29, 2012

 

...U.S. Justice Department officials in Washington are weighing whether to investigate potential civil rights violations of psychiatric patients at Parkland Memorial Hospital.

http://www.dallasnews.com/investigations/headlines/20120329-justice-department-explores-possible-civil-rights-investigation-of-parkland.ece?action=reregister 

 

 

Parkland hospital officials worry the public facility in Dallas may lose money this year

Dallas Morning News

March 29, 2012

 

Parkland Memorial Hospital officials are worried the public facility could lose money this fiscal year - for the first time in almost a decade. ...Still, Parkland officials have been nervously watching the hospital's bottom line as expenses have mounted for patient-safety improvements needed throughout the hospital. The nearly $16.5 million in improvements and other expenses, outlined this week, included hiring 190 new hospital staffers, mainly nurses, as well as making more than a dozen capital improvements and consulting fees.

http://www.dallasnews.com/investigations/patient-safety/headlines/20120329-parkland-hospital-officials-worry-the-public-facility-in-dallas-may-lose-money-this-year.ece

 

 

Man, child safe after suicide threat

Odessa American

March 29, 2012

 

...Carruth said they would not release the man's name because he would not be criminally charged, and was being handed over to sheriff's office mental health officers.

http://www.oaoa.com/news/officers-84888-suicide-inside.html 

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

As more autism reported, doctors say check early

Austin American-Statesman

March 29, 2012

 

...According to new government statistics, the rate is about 1 in 88. That means autism is nearly twice as common as the government reported just five years ago. ... Proposed revisions in the manual that doctors use to diagnose mental illness would streamline autism criteria. Critics contend the suggested changes would be too narrow and exclude children who need educational and behavioral services.

http://www.statesman.com/life/health-medical/as-more-autism-reported-doctors-say-check-early-2271094.html?cxtype=rss_ece_frontpage 

 

 

US judge approves deal in Miss. youth prison suit

San Antonio Express-News

March 29, 2012

 

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A federal judge has approved an agreement that would move juvenile offenders out of a privately run prison that has been hounded by allegations of physical and sexual abuse. The settlement was reached between civil rights advocates and the state of Mississippi in a 2010 lawsuit.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/article/US-judge-approves-deal-in-Miss-youth-prison-suit-3444554.php 

 

 

AstraZeneca Wins Patent Protection on Seroquel: Hot Trends

Dallas Morning News

March 29, 2012

 

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Popular searches on the Internet Friday include AstraZeneca(AZN) after the company won a U.S. court ruling protecting its patent on the extended release version of Seroquel, its successful drug for the treatment of bipolar disorder.

http://business-news.thestreet.com/dallas-morning-news/story/astrazeneca-wins-patent-protection-on-seroquel-hot-trends/11476578 

 

 

HEALTHCARE REFORM

 

The Supreme Court will decide on the health-care law soon. It will tell you later.

Washington Post

March 29, 2012

 

If the usual process occurs, the justices of the Supreme Court will gather around a large rectangular table Friday morning and, one by one, cast their votes on the constitutionality of President Obama's health-care law. They will let the rest of us know the outcome in due time.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/the-supreme-court-will-decide-on-the-health-care-law-soon-it-will-tell-you-later/2012/03/29/gIQAB0TujS_story.html 

 

 

Health Care Reform, the Supreme Court and Implications for People Living with Mental Illness

NAMI blog

March 28, 2012

 

...the expansion of Medicaid in 2014 to cover all individuals at or below 133 percent of the FPL will impact millions of Americans with mental illnesses who currently do not qualify for Medicaid for a variety of reasons, including pending SSI applications, lack of a fixed address, or those with part time employment whose income may exceed current Medicaid eligibility levels.

http://blog.nami.org/2012/03/health-care-reform-supreme-court-and.html 

 

 

Supreme Court has a wide range of options in ruling on Obama's health care overhaul law

Chicago Tribune

March 30, 2012

 

WASHINGTON (AP) - The arguments are done and the case has been submitted, as Chief Justice John Roberts says at the end of every Supreme Court argument. Now the justices will wrestle with what to do with President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. They have a range of options, from upholding the law to striking it down in its entirety. The court also could avoid deciding the law's constitutionality at all, although that prospect seems remote after this week's arguments.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/sns-bc-us--supremecourt-healthcare-possibleoutcomes,0,5024793.story 

 

 

Thinking The Unthinkable: What If The Whole Affordable Care Act Goes Down?

NPR

March 29, 2012

 

...There seemed to be enough skepticism from the conservative justices that people are now talking about a very real possibility that the court could throw out the entire law, all 2,700 pages, later this summer...But what about the parts of the law that are already in operation? Health lawyers mostly aren't sure, but their opinions generally range from "God only knows" to "bedlam" to "chaos."

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/03/29/149647740/thinking-the-unthinkable-what-if-the-whole-affordable-care-act-goes-down 

 

 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

 

Like The U.S., Europe Wrestles With Health Care

NPR

March 29, 2012

 

The U.S. has been absorbed by the Supreme Court case this week on the future of health care. But Americans are not alone. Several European nations, where universal health care has been the norm for decades, have been waging their own intense debates as they also deal with aging populations and rising costs.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/03/28/149564583/like-the-u-s-europe-wrestles-with-health-care 

 

 

OPINIONS

 

Longoria: UTMB not 'shirking' its charity care responsibilities

Houston Chronicle

March 28, 2012

 

... UTMB provided more than $230 million in uncompensated care in fiscal years 2010-2011, while receiving only $7 million from the Legislature for such costs in that same period. Having shouldered the difference, UTMB cannot reasonably be perceived to be "shirking" charity care. Taxpayer support to the institution covers only about 21 percent of its budget, and most of that support is to supplement costs unrelated to charity care.

http://www.chron.com/opinion/outlook/article/UTMB-not-shirking-its-charity-care-3442127.php 

 

 

Trying keeping state's commitment to quality care

Austin American-Statesman

March 29, 2012

 

...Aside from the obvious need to correct the care problems the federal inspectors found, legislators also will have to seek ways to care for those who need care in the future. Opponents of institutionalized care point to the ongoing problems at the living centers and argue for smaller, more community-based living arrangements. Others, however, prefer to keep their loved ones in the living centers. While those differences won't be easy to reconcile, the department is looking at the community-based alternative as a way to depopulate the living centers. Residents who want to stay at the centers will be allowed to do that.

http://www.statesman.com/opinion/trying-keeping-states-commitment-to-quality-care-2270644.html

 

 

A stronger prescription for what ails health care                             

Washington Post

March 29, 2012

 

...Eventually, however, our health-care system will be restructured. It has to be. The current fee-for-service paradigm, with doctors and hospitals being paid through for-profit insurance companies, is needlessly inefficient and ruinously expensive.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/supreme-court-could-open-door-for-single-payer-health-care/2012/03/29/gIQAyNJtjS_story.html?hpid=z2

 

 

ObamaCare Will Punish State Budgets

Wall Street Journal

March 29, 2012

 

... It is now clear that the law will impose heavy burdens on state and family budgets and increasingly possible that its mandate that all Americans purchase health insurance or face penalties will be ruled unconstitutional. As lawmakers, we need to repeal the law and do what we should have done in the first place: go step by step to reduce costs so that more people can afford insurance.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303404704577305973982016492.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEFTTopOpinion

 

 

Is healthcare a privilege or a right?

Los Angeles Times

March 30, 2012

 

One of the most striking take-aways from this week's U.S. Supreme Court hearings on the healthcare reform law was the steadfast insistence on the part of Republicans to deny affordable and accessible medical treatment to as many people as possible. The party is determined to maintain the status quo of healthcare being a privilege and not a right - putting us at odds with just about every other developed nation on the planet and, not coincidentally, resulting in about 50 million people being uninsured.

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-lazarus-20120330,0,1491023.column

 

 

RESEARCH

 

Depression Often Follows Stroke, But Treatment Lacking

HealthDay

March 29, 2012

 

While depression is common among people who've survived a stroke, it too often goes undiagnosed and untreated, research shows.

http://consumer.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=663157 

 

 

Stigma, Shame Can Worsen Depression in Lung Cancer Patients

HealthDay

March 29, 2012

 

Feelings of shame, social isolation and rejection can heighten depression in lung cancer patients, a new study finds.

http://consumer.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=663133 

 

 

Schizophrenia linked to increased autoimmune disease risk

MedWire-News

March 30, 2012

 

Patients with schizophrenia are more likely to develop autoimmune diseases than the general population, research suggests.

http://www.medwire-news.md/47/98540/Psychiatry/Schizophrenia_linked_to_increased_autoimmune_disease_risk.html 

 

 

Sleep problems common in children with bipolar disorder

MedWire-News

March 30, 2012

 

Most children with bipolar disorder experience sleep problems during mood episodes, US study results show.

http://www.medwire-news.md/47/98539/Psychiatry/Sleep_problems_common_in_children_with_bipolar_disorder.html 

 

 

Greater Traumatic Stress Linked With Elevated Inflammation in Heart Patients

ScienceDaily

March 29, 2012

 

Greater lifetime exposure to the stress of traumatic events was linked to higher levels of inflammation in a study of almost 1,000 patients with cardiovascular disease led by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and the University of California, San Francisco.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/03/120329171601.htm 

 

 

Mind-Pops More Likely With Schizophrenia

ScienceDaily

March 29, 2012

 

...In the paper to be published in Psychiatry Research, findings suggest that mind-pop experiences are related to hallucinations in those people suffering from schizophrenia.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/03/120329124523.htm 



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