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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

April, 2013

TEXAS NEWS

 

 

Regional Health Equity Council for Region 6 - Celebrates Minority Health Awareness Month with Transforming Healthcare through Cultural Competence

Regional Health Equity Council for Region 6

April 5, 2013

 

Please join Regional Health Equity Council for Region 6 on April 29, 2013 in Austin, TX to commemorate National Mental Health Month. The goal of the workshop is to increase awareness of the importance of culturally and linguistically proficient care in mental health. This conference will reach approximately 100 behavioral and mental health providers including Promotores and Community Health Workers to increase their practical knowledge of promising practices for the delivery of care among racial and ethnic minority populations. We believe that input on the agenda and speakers will contributed significantly to advancing research and practice on behavioral health issues - help us promote health equity in our communities at-risk.

http://www.diadelamujerlatina.org/pdf/4.29_conference_participant_registration.pdf 

 

 

Texas experts split on mental illness, gun checks

The Times Record News 

April 9, 2013

 

Long before mass shootings ignited a national conversation on keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous, mentally ill people, the crisis calls were rolling in across Texas.

http://www.timesrecordnews.com/news/2013/apr/09/texas-experts-split-on-mental-illness-gun-checks/ 

 

 

The Medicaid Expansion Merry-Go-Round

Texas Tribune

April 8, 2013

 

Republicans who want to draw down billions in federal dollars to reform Medicaid and shore up the state's budget have been running in circles trying to find common ground between Gov. Rick Perry and the Obama administration and craft a "Texas solution."

http://www.texastribune.org/2013/04/08/the-medicaid-expansion-runaround/ 

 

 

Child abuse reports hit epidemic levels in Tarrant County

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

April 8, 2013

 

Child advocates say they hope the bold visual display will prompt community conversations about protecting children from the emotional or physical harm of abuse.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2013/04/08/4759206/child-abuse-reports-hit-epidemic.html 

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

 

Exclusive: Obama budget includes $235 million in new mental health spending

Washington Post

April 9, 2013

 

President Obama's budget proposal will include $235 million in funding for new mental health programs, focused initiatives to help schools detect early warning signs and train thousands of new mental health professionals.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/04/09/exclusive-obama-budget-includes-235-million-in-new-mental-health-spending/ 

 

 

Private Development Feared in City-Owned Complex

New York Times

April 8, 2013

 

...programming comes through the Union Settlement Association: after-school, summer, tutoring, arts, college prep, job readiness, fatherhood, re-entry, teen night, mental health and life skills...lately there has been fear in the neighborhood, inspired by a plan of the New York City Housing Authority to raze the building housing the center for private residential development.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/09/nyregion/east-harlem-residents-fear-private-development-in-city-owned-complex.html?pagewanted=all 

 

 

Jurors Hint at Deadlock Over Killing of Therapist

New York Times

April 8, 2013

 

The jury considering murder charges against David Tarloff, a schizophrenic man accused of killing a psychologist in her Upper East Side office five years ago, sent a note to the judge Monday afternoon suggesting they might not be able to reach a verdict.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/09/nyregion/jurors-hint-at-deadlock-in-tarloff-murder-case.html?_r=0 

 

 

HEALTHCARE REFORM

 

The 'Hard To Change' Legacy Of Medicare Payments

NPR

April 9, 2013

 

The budget President Obama will send to Congress Wednesday is expected to include some $400 billion in reductions to Medicare and other health programs. And if the word around Washington is correct, it may also include a proposal aimed at winning some bipartisan backing - by changing the way Medicare patients pay for their care.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/04/09/176561016/changing-medicare-s-cost-sharing-is-easier-proposed-than-done 

 

 

In Obamacare, online insurance brokers see potential windfall

Washington Post

April 8, 2013

 

Online insurance brokers see a potential windfall when the federal government doles out billions in subsidies to buy help Americans buy health insurance. And they are asking state governments to help them score it.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/04/08/in-obamacare-online-insurance-brokers-see-potential-windfall/ 

 

 

What is the 'Obamacare' Bronze Plan?

Houston Chronicle

April 8, 2013

 

The open enrollment period begins for the new health plans created by the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) on Oct. 1, yet most Americans couldn't name one of the new health plans let alone describe all the services they cover.

http://www.chron.com/default/article/What-is-the-Obamacare-Bronze-Plan-4418553.php 

 

 

OPINIONS

 

Rolling out the Affordable Care Act in the field

Washington Post

April 8, 2013

 

As the new features of the Affordable Care Act roll out between now and 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are developing new programs and tools to help healthcare providers deliver better care to the American public - and much of the work takes place outside the Beltway. Tom Fox spoke with a leader in the field about leading from the field.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-leadership/rolling-out-the-affordable-care-act-in-the-field/2013/04/08/98375a10-a078-11e2-82bc-511538ae90a4_story.html 

 

 

Don't punish people who really need painkillers

LA Times

April 9, 2013

 

...They're trying to solve a serious problem: Prescription drug abuse has eclipsed illegal narcotics as this country's deadliest overdose menace...What the research doesn't tell us, though, is how many people feel their lives are better because they take the drugs.

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-banks-prescription-drugs-20130409,0,7597716.column 

 

 

Federal grant funding is key to Medicaid reform in Texas

Houston Chronicle

April 6, 2013

 

For all the debate over whether Texas should expand Medicaid as Obamacare envisions, there has been little debate over a more important question: How should Texas reform its current Medicaid program?

http://www.chron.com/opinion/outlook/article/Capretta-Wohlgemuth-Federal-grant-funding-is-4414841.php 

 

 

Television commercials can lead to unnecessary health care spending

Austin American-Statesman

April 8, 2013

 

...TV ads showing smiling seniors on a motorized scooter at the Grand Canyon, fishing on a pier and with their grandchildren or at a baseball game drive the nearly $1 billion U.S. market for power wheelchairs and scooters. But doctors and lawmakers say the ads create the false impression that scooters are a convenient means of transportation rather than a medical necessity.

http://www.statesman.com/news/news/opinion/inglis-television-commercials-can-lead-to-unnecess/nXGJK/ 

 

 

RESEARCH

 

Suicide Risk, Gun Ownership, Political Conservatism And Church Membership

Medical News Today

April 9, 2013

 

Residents of states with the highest rates of gun ownership and political conservatism are at greater risk of suicide than those in states with less gun ownership and less politically conservative leanings, according to a study by University of California, Riverside sociology professor Augustine J. Kposowa.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/258712.php 

 

 

Soldiers Fighting In Unpopular Wars May Have Higher Risk Of Developing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder When They Come Home

Medical News Today

April 9, 2013

 

...positing that the level of public support for a war could influence the level of mental distress combatants feel when they arrive home, potentially leading to a heightened risk for developing post-traumatic stress disorder. Webber says the results send a message that policy-makers should choose their battles wisely.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/258714.php 

 

 

Google Search Trends Suggest Mental Woes Vary by Seasons

HealthDay

April 9, 2013

 

Internet searches for information about mental illnesses follow seasonal patterns, which suggests that there may be a stronger association between mental disorders and changing seasons than previously believed, a new study reports.

http://consumer.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=675239 

 

 

Incidence rates of bipolar disorder in general population confirmed

MedWire News

April 9, 2013

 

Researchers have estimated the incidence ratio (IR) of bipolar disorder in the general population of the Netherlands to be 0.7/10,000 person-years. Their results also suggest that there is a peak in incidence in early adulthood, at ages 15-24 years, and a larger peak at ages 45-54 years.

http://www.medwirenews.com/47/104120/Psychiatry/Incidence_rates_of_bipolar_disorder_in_general_population_confirmed.html 

 

 

Would Angry Teens Chill Out If They Saw More Happy Faces?

NPR

April 8, 2013

 

...You see aggression everywhere and respond aggressively, which causes the people around you to actually be aggressive, even if they didn't begin that way...There they set up an intervention that attempted to retrain the way those kids interpreted faces. To begin, the kids were placed at computers and asked to identify the emotions in a series of faces that flashed on the screen.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/04/08/176575825/retrain-the-way-those-kids-interpreted-faces 

 

 

PHILANTHROPY

 

Weill Cornell Medical College Announces Feil Family Brain and Mind Research Institute

Philanthropy News Digest

April 9, 2013

 

...The Feil Family Brain and Mind Research Institute will work to develop novel therapeutics for neurological diseases and conduct investigations designed to enhance current treatments and bridge the existing gap in translational medicine.

http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/news/story.jhtml?id=417500009 

 

 

Newtown Sends Out The Last Post-Shooting Donations

NPR

April 9, 2013

 

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Thousands of the toys and other gifts that poured into Newtown following the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School ended up going to children's hospitals, mental health programs, victims of Superstorm Sandy; some are even destined even for homeless children in India.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=176637825 

 



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