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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

July, 2012

TEXAS NEWS

 

Report: States' financial woes undermine services

Austin American-Statesman

July 17, 2012

 

Texas is one of the few states that has set money aside for a rainy day, drawing praise in a national report aimed at highlighting the long-term budget challenges facing states. But Texas will have a hard time paying for education, health care, law enforcement and other basic services in the future because of rising costs and an outdated tax structure that does not fully capture the state's economic activity, according to the report released Tuesday by the State Budget Crisis Task Force.

http://www.statesman.com/news/texas-politics/report-states-financial-woes-undermine-services-2418006.html 

 

 

Texas Counties Fear Residents Will Pay the Price of Perry's Medicaid Rebuff

The New York Times

July 17, 2012

 

HOUSTON - Gov. Rick Perry's decision on July 9 to refuse two key provisions of the federal health care law - the expansion of Medicaid and the creation of a state insurance exchange - is already being fiercely debated by lawmakers in Austin. But the real impact of the move will be felt far from the Texas Capitol, in the chambers of the commissioners who oversee the state's counties.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/18/us/texas-counties-fear-cost-of-medicaid-rebuff.html?_r=1&ref=health

 

 

1.3 million Texans won't get Medicaid benefit

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

July 17, 2012

 

WASHINGTON -- For Gov. Rick Perry, saying "no" to the federal healthcare law could also mean turning away up to 1.3 million Texans, nearly half the uninsured people who could be newly eligible for coverage in his state.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2012/07/17/4106646/13-million-texans-wont-get-medicaid.html 

 

 

Businesses Will Push Perry to Rethink Medicaid Expansion

Kaiser Health News

July 18, 2012

 

Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he rejects the "Obamacare power grab" and will block measures expanding health insurance to millions in his state. The country's second-biggest health insurer is betting he won't succeed.

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2012/July/18/Texas-Medicaid-expansion-business.aspx 

 

 

Capitol Protesters Target Perry's Medicaid Announcement

The Texas Tribune

July 17, 2012

 

Texans from across the state descended on the Capitol on Tuesday to protest Gov. Rick Perry's announcement that Texas wouldn't implement key elements of health care reform. ... They expressed concerns that Perry's decision last week prevents millions of Texans from attaining health care.

http://www.texastribune.org/texas-health-resources/medicaid/texans-protest-perrys-refusal-expand-healthcare/ 

 

 

Program aims to improve indigent defense system

Houston Chronicle

July 17, 2012

 

Montgomery County residents have begun to receive assistance from a new program aimed at helping the mentally ill who are swept into the criminal justice system.

http://www.chron.com/neighborhood/woodlands-news/article/Program-aims-to-improve-indigent-defense-system-3713784.php

 

 

School of Social work to offer military mental health training course

The Shorthorn

July 17, 2012

 

The School of Social Work will offer new coursework in the fall for military social work. "There is a short staff on social workers trained on mental health, military culture and an understanding of military families," said Alexa Smith-Osborne, social work dean and principle investigator of the Student and Veteran Project.

http://www.theshorthorn.com/index.php/news/university/30614-school-of-social-work-to-offer-military-mental-health-training-course-

 

 

Harris County Hospital District named 'most wired'

Ultimate Bellaire

July 17, 2012

 

For the second year in a row, Harris County Hospital District has been recognized for its advances in patient and health care technology. The hospital has been placed on the "Hospitals and Health Networks" Most Wired list.

http://ultimatebellaire.com/stories/398990-harris-county-hospital-district-named-most-wired

 

 

Texas Mental Health Specialists Launch Intensive Outpatient Program

Houston Chronicle

July 17, 2012

 

The Meehl Foundation, which created a highly successful transitional residential group home known as the Meehl House, is expanding its reach in the mental health community by offering an intensive outpatient program. The goal is to provide a strong resource for clients in the surrounding area who have been unable to achieve long-term mental wellness elsewhere.

http://www.chron.com/default/article/Texas-Mental-Health-Specialists-Launch-Intensive-3713191.php 

 

 

Child sex trafficking a huge problem in Texas and the nation

San Antonio Express-News

July 17, 2012

 

... Those rescued from the sex trade often struggle with mental and emotional issues such as post-traumatic-stress disorder from their abuse, she said. http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/article/Child-sex-trafficking-a-huge-problem-in-Texas-and-3714153.php

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Physicians using electronic health record technology, express positive views

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

July 17, 2012

 

A national survey of office-based physicians reports that most of those who have adopted electronic health record (EHR) systems are satisfied with their system and say it has improved patient care, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today.

http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2012pres/07/20120717a.html 

 

 

Loretto Hospital stabbing draws threat from feds

Chicago Tribune

July 17, 2012

 

A major Chicago community hospital is working to tighten safety procedures after one psychiatric patient repeatedly stabbed another and authorities threatened to revoke the facility's Medicare and Medicaid funding, records and interviews show.

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-07-17/news/ct-met-loretto-20120717_1_safety-breaches-loretto-hospital-state-inspection

 

 

Prosecutors seek psychologist's notes on Loughner

Austin American-Statesman

July 17, 2012

 

... In a motion filed Tuesday, prosecutors asked a federal judge for Bureau of Prisons psychologist Dr. Christina Pietz's personal notes from her latest competency evaluations of Loughner from Feb. 8 to June 7.

http://www.statesman.com/news/nation/prosecutors-seek-psychologists-notes-on-loughner-2418064.html?cxtype=rss_ece_frontpage 

 

 

HEALTHCARE REFORM

 

Once Focus of Health Law, Some In Poverty May Be Left Out

Kaiser Health News

July 18, 2012

 

... That's because the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states can decide to forgo without penalty a key plank of the law that expanded the federal-state Medicaid program to include all legal residents living in or near poverty.

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2012/July/18/mississippi-medicaid.aspx 

 

 

Could The Health Law End Up Back In Court? Opponents Think So

NPR

July 18, 2012

 

If you thought last month's Supreme Court ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act was the final word on the legality of the health law, think again. Some conservative scholars believe they may have discovered a flaw that could send the law back to court, or at least cause some big problems for its implementation.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/07/18/156936766/could-the-health-law-end-up-back-in-court-opponents-think-so 

 

 

Health spending accounts could be at risk under reaffirmed Affordable Care Act

San Antonio Express-News

July 17, 2012

 

... Under the Affordable Care Act, HSA contributions will not be counted in that calculation, and for many people, he explained, that will mean they will have to purchase more expensive plans with lower deductibles to cover costs. In fact, McKechnie said, people are already being overcharged for traditional health plans by paying for known non-risk events.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/life/health/article/Health-spending-accounts-could-be-at-risk-under-3713437.php 

 

 

OPINIONS

 

Fighting Depression, One Village at a Time

The New York Times

July 18, 2012

 

... According to the World Health Organization, three-quarters of the world's neuropsychiatric disorders are in low-income or low-middle income countries. In troubled places, depression's impact is more severe.

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/07/18/fighting-depression-one-village-at-a-time/?scp=1&sq=mental&st=Search

 

 

RESEARCH

 

2 Biological Risk Factors For Schizophrenia Linked

Medical News Today

July 18, 2012

 

Johns Hopkins researchers say they have discovered a cause-and-effect relationship between two well-established biological risk factors for schizophrenia previously believed to be independent of one another.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/247916.php 

 

 

Schizophrenia patients, psychiatrists differ in remission definitions

MedWire News

July 18, 2012

 

Schizophrenia patients, their families, and psychiatrists differ significantly in their perception of remission, study results show.

http://www.medwire-news.md/47/100676/Psychiatry/Schizophrenia_patients,_psychiatrists_differ_in_remission_definitions.html 

 

 

Genetic Link to Rapid Weight Gain from Antipsychotics Discovered

ScienceDaily

July 17, 2012

 

Scientists have discovered two genetic variants associated with the substantial, rapid weight gain occurring in nearly half the patients treated with antipsychotic medications, according to two studies involving the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/07/120717122444.htm 

 

 

FEATURES & RESOURCES

 

Mental health care offers easy target for budget ax

Chicago Tribune

July 18, 2012

 

Q: What does the Affordable Care Act mean for Americans with psychiatric disorders? A: It may be the most important piece of legislation affecting people with mental illness in decades because it provides insurance for millions who are uninsured due to prior existing conditions. 

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-x-0718-expert-heyrman-20120718,0,2427150.story

 

An artist's struggle

Chicago Tribune

July 17, 2012

 

... All the while that Gabe was making such steady progress, gaining increased mastery and recognition as a filmmaker, he was accompanied by the dark forces of his illness, which often burst out in episodes of anger and frustration. We knew that right alongside his rebirth as an incredibly charming young man ... he was still fighting with (and protecting his parents from) the dark world of auditory hallucination ... .

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-07-17/features/ct-prj-0715-gabriel-mitchell-20120717_1_mental-illness-homeless-man-gabe



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