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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

May, 2013

Senate Backs Bill on Psychotropic Drugs for Foster Kids

Texas Tribune

May 15, 2013

 

Lawmakers in both chambers have now endorsed legislation that would require guardians of foster children to take greater caution before giving psychotropic drugs to the children.

http://www.texastribune.org/2013/05/15/house-oks-foster-advocates-informed-consent-bill/ 

 

 

Jail treatment possible for mentally ill suspects

Austin American-Statesman

May 15, 2013

 

...In a unanimous vote on Wednesday, the Texas House Committee on Corrections approved a jail-based pilot program for restoring a person's ability to strand trial. The proposal has already cleared the Senate.

http://www.statesman.com/ap/ap/legislative/jail-treatment-possible-for-mentally-ill-suspects/nXsGc/ 

 

 

Budget Deal May Not Come Until Thursday

Texas Tribune

May 15, 2013

 

...Some conservative House members are threatening to derail a 2014-15 budget deal and send lawmakers into a special session if negotiators do not remove a contentious rider that would set up a framework for Medicaid expansion in Texas. ... Although the tentative budget does not include financing to expand Medicaid eligibility in the upcoming biennium, the rider would create a framework for Medicaid expansion in a "what if" scenario.

http://www.texastribune.org/2013/05/15/medicaid-rider-could-derail-budget-deal/ 

 

 

Lakeway Associates leads off 30th year with $30K for mental health

Austin American-Statesman

May 15, 2013

 

...In Isaacson's address to the 32 gathered for lunch at The Hills Country Club, he remarked that the Shoal Creek psychiatric facility is seeing a larger number of patients each year, and the number of patients without means to pay is growing.

http://www.statesman.com/news/news/local/lakeway-associates-leads-off-30th-year-with-30k-fo/nXr4c/ 

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Shrinks, critics face off over psychiatric manual

Austin American-Statesman

May 15, 2013

 

CHICAGO - In the new psychiatric manual of mental disorders, grief soon after a loved one's death can be considered major depression. Extreme childhood temper tantrums get a fancy name. And certain "senior moments" are called "mild neurocognitive disorder." Those changes are just some of the reasons prominent critics say the American Psychiatric Association is out of control, turning common human problems into mental illnesses in a trend they say will just make the "pop-a-pill" culture worse.

http://www.statesman.com/ap/ap/health/shrinks-critics-face-off-over-psychiatric-manual/nXr2d/ 

 

 

Docs, Nurses Disagree Over Expanded Nurse Roles

Kaiser Health News

May 15, 2013

 

...The study found the two groups overwhelmingly agreed that nurse practitioners should be able to practice to the full extent of their schooling and training. But doctors were less likely to concur that advanced practice nurses should lead medical homes, which deliver team-based, coordinated care to patients.Only 17 percent of the 505 primary care physicians  surveyed agreed with that notion, compared to 82 percent of the 467 nurse practitioners surveyed.

http://capsules.kaiserhealthnews.org/index.php/2013/05/doctors-nurse-practitioners-disagree-about-expanded-roles-for-nurses/ 

 

 

Obama planning June 3 mental health conference

Austin American-Statesman

May 15, 013

 

...Presidential spokesman Jay Carney said Obama and Vice President Joe Biden plan to host the conference June 3 at the White House. Carney said attendees will include mental health advocates, health care providers, faith leaders, government officials, educators and people who have experienced mental health problems.

http://www.statesman.com/ap/ap/health/obama-planning-june-3-mental-health-conference/nXry9/ 

 

 

Baffling Rise in Suicides Plagues the U.S. Military

New York Times

May 16, 2013

 

...An emerging consensus among researchers is that, just as among civilians, a dauntingly complex web of factors usually underlie military suicide: mental illness, sexual or physical abuse, addictions, failed relationships, financial struggles. Indeed, the most recent Pentagon report of suicides found that half of the troops who killed themselves in 2011 had experienced the failure of an intimate relationship and about a quarter had received diagnoses of substance abuse.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/16/us/baffling-rise-in-suicides-plagues-us-military.html?hp&_r=1& 

 

 

Expansion of mental health services becoming law

San Antonio Express-News

May 16, 2013

 

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. (AP) - Colorado will increase mental health services with walk-in crisis centers and a 24-hour hotline under a bill being signed by the governor.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/article/Expansion-of-mental-health-services-becoming-law-4520824.php 

 

 

Analyzing The Language Of Suicide Notes To Help Save Lives

NPR

May 15, 2013

 

About a third of people who attempt suicide leave a note. John Pestian and others at Cincinnati Children's Hospital are merging psychology and computer analysis to see if such notes can help diagnose suicidal tendencies in the living.

http://www.npr.org/2013/05/15/184232472/analyzing-the-language-of-suicide-notes-to-help-save-lives 

 

Prosecutors in Colo. theater shootings: Death penalty, insanity laws are clear, constitutional

Washington Post

May 15, 2013

 

CENTENNIAL, Colo. - Prosecutors in the Colorado theater shootings say laws on insanity and the death penalty are constitutional and don't need any of the explanations requested by the defense.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/prosecutors-in-colo-theater-shootings-death-penalty-insanity-laws-are-clear-constitutional/2013/05/15/a56d6fc4-bd9e-11e2-b537-ab47f0325f7c_story.html 

 

 

HEALTHCARE REFORM

 

Senate confirms Tavenner to run health insurance programs with bigger budget than Pentagon

Washington Post

May 15, 2013

 

... Together, the programs under the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services cover more than 100 million Americans, ranging from newborns in low-income families, to people with severe physical and mental disabilities, to patients under hospice care in their last days of life. Part of the Health and Human Services Department, the agency has a budget of about $850 billion that easily eclipses spending on national defense.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/senate-confirms-tavenner-to-run-health-insurance-programs-with-bigger-budget-than-pentagon/2013/05/15/b2a463c0-bda6-11e2-b537-ab47f0325f7c_story.html 

 

 

AP Exclusive: Health Reforms Penalize Some Indians

NPR

May 15, 2013

 

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - ...They will have to buy their own health insurance policies or pay a $695 fine from the Internal Revenue Service unless they can prove that they are "Indian enough" to claim one of the few exemptions allowed under the Affordable Care Act's mandate that all Americans carry insurance.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=184210385 

 

 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

 

Commission: Jamaica police need training in how to properly deal with mentally ill suspects

Washington Post

May 15, 2013

 

KINGSTON, Jamaica - An independent agency that investigates abuse allegations against Jamaica's security forces says the island's police need training in how to deal with mentally ill citizens.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/commission-jamaica-police-need-training-in-how-to-properly-deal-with-mentally-ill-suspects/2013/05/15/5e7eeda6-bdb0-11e2-b537-ab47f0325f7c_story.html 

 

 

OPINIONS

 

Discussing mental illness

ESPN

May 15, 2013

 

... And yet, this has become a hugely controversial issue, for one reason: Somehow, mental illness remains a great unexamined and unacknowledged aspect of society in general and sports in particular. It cuts across social, racial and economic boundaries, but it is misunderstood to such an incredible degree that a portion of the population questions not only its impact on an individual but its very existence.

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/9279525/meaningful-discussion-athletes-mental-illness 

 

 

Lost in Medication

The Atlantic

May 10, 2013

 

...In reality the process of getting better is much more complicated. Medications can play a large role, but other factors are enormously important -- environment, sense of purpose and meaning, the person's perception of their illness, and their relationship with the people who treat them. Studies have shown that patients taking placebo who have a good relationship with their psychiatrist have better outcomes than patients taking the active drug who do not have that strong personal connection.

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/05/lost-in-medication/275612/ 

 

 

Legislative progress report

Dallas Morning News

May 15, 2013

 

... Another major need that strikes particularly hard on southern Dallas is options for those with limited resources who suffer with severe mental illnesses. Organizations like the Well in Oak Cliff long have helped those who suffer from bipolar disorder and other challenges. HB 2887 by Rep. John Davis, R-Houston, would help these nonprofits expand their work by investing state dollars in them.

http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/editorials/20130515-editorial-legislative-progress-report.ece    

 

RESEARCH

 

Young Women Less Healthy Than Men Before Heart Attack: Study

HealthDay

May 15, 2013

 

...The researchers, from the Yale School of Medicine, said young women also tend to have worse mental health with more physical limitations prior to their heart attacks.

http://consumer.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=676333 

 

 

Targeting Frequent Health Care Users With Severe Addictions

Medical News Today

May 16, 2013

 

A program co-led by St. Michael's Hospital could be the next widely used model to treat patients who are frequent users of the health care system and have severe addictions, often complicated by homelessness and mental health problems.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/260548.php 

 

 

Sleep deprivation a possible endophenotype in bipolar disorder

MedWire News

May 16, 2013

 

Sleep deprivation appears to play a pivotal role in mood outcomes among the first-degree relatives of patients with bipolar disorder, say researchers who suggest it may represent an endophenotype of the condition.

http://www.medwirenews.com/47/104420/Psychiatry/Sleep_deprivation_a_possible_endophenotype_in_bipolar_disorder.html 

 

 

Joint crisis plans fall short in reducing compulsory admissions

MedWire News

May 16, 2013

 

Joint crisis plans (JCPs) do not appear to significantly reduce compulsory admissions among patients with psychosis, but they may have a positive effect on therapeutic relationships between patients and their clinicians, say researchers.

http://www.medwirenews.com/47/104421/Psychiatry/Joint_crisis_plans_fall_short_in_reducing_compulsory_admissions.html



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