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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

April, 2010

Today’s Clips – April 1, 2010

 

This summary of recent news and research articles on mental health topics was prepared as a public service by the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. Stories from other media sources do not necessarily reflect the opinions or positions of the foundation and its staff.

 

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HOGG FOUNDATION

 

Sociology Doctoral Student Receives $20,000 Fellowship From the Hogg Foundation

Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

March 31, 2010

 

The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health has awarded the 2010 Harry E. and Bernice M. Moore Fellowship to Meredith Martin Rountree, a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at The University of Texas at Austin. The $20,000 fellowship will assist Rountree in her research of how physically and mentally stressful environments can affect a person's desire to hasten death. She is studying death row prisoners who waived their right to appeals and sought their own execution, and comparing them to those who did not.

http://www.hogg.utexas.edu/news_nr_MooreFellow2010.html

 

 

Two SFASU Students Receive Prestigious Hogg Foundation Scholarships

Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

March 30, 2010

 

AUSTIN, Texas – Two bilingual graduate social work students at Stephen F. Austin State University have received full-tuition scholarships from the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health in Austin. Jael Cornelio of Tyler and Laura Tellez of Houston began their graduate studies in the spring 2010 semester. Both are pursuing their degrees to make a positive impact on mental health in Texas.

http://www.hogg.utexas.edu/news_nr_BilingualSch2010spring.html

 

 

TEXAS NEWS

 

State senators hear about how to enact federal health care law; Many aspects remain unknown

Austin American-Statesman

March 31, 2010

 

Two top state officials whose agencies will be enacting the new federal health care law told legislators Wednesday that while much is still unknown, it is crucial that they understand the magnitude of the state's duties.

http://www.statesman.com/news/texas-politics/state-senators-hear-about-how-to-enact-federal-497546.html

 

 

The $27 Billion Question

Texas Tribune

April 1, 2010

 

The debate over how much federal health care reform will cost Texas put the state’s health and human services chief on the defensive on Wednesday, as he presented a budget estimate to lawmakers that is 20 times higher than federal projections and questioned the mathematics education of an influential U.S. House chairman. 

http://www.texastribune.org/stories/2010/apr/01/fuzzy-math/

 

 

Do home inspections invade privacy or protect vulnerable Texans? Lawmakers, families and advocates disagree on unannounced visits to check on people with disabilities who get state care

Austin American-Statesman

March 31, 2010

 

… Such surveys are part of a new state effort to increase oversight and safety at institutions, group homes and in home-based programs for people with disabilities. But in some cases, inspectors — who evaluate whether a residence is healthy, safe and comfortable — are visiting homes where Texans are caring for their own children. Now, the effort is triggering a dispute over privacy versus safety and whether a new state law even requires the inspections.

http://www.statesman.com/news/texas-politics/do-home-inspections-invade-privacy-or-protect-vulnerable-496979.html

 

 

State employee health care fund will need up to $700 million

Austin American-Statesman

March 31, 2010

 

The Employee Retirement System of Texas fired off an early warning to lawmakers on Wednesday that it will need an additional $400 million to $700 million in the next budget for its health care program.

http://www.statesman.com/news/state-employee-health-care-fund-will-need-up-494338.html

 

 

Temple getting children's hospital; Once renovated, King's Daughters likely to draw patients from counties, including Williamson, that currently use Dell Children's center

Austin American-Statesman

March 31, 2010

 

Dell Children's Medical Center is about to get a little competition. Scott & White Healthcare is renovating a Temple hospital it merged with a year ago and is turning it into a regional children's hospital.

http://www.statesman.com/news/local/temple-getting-childrens-hospital-497495.html

 

 

MEHOP expansion continues

Bay City Tribune

April 1, 2010

 

Matagorda Episcopal Health Outreach Program (MEHOP) staff, board members and supporters gathered Tuesday afternoon, March 23, to dedicate and give thanks over a new office building project.  … Harrison said with the expansion MEHOP will strive to meet the needs of mental health patients that are currently underserved.

http://baycitytribune.com/story.lasso?ewcd=54acaaec211d5424

 

 

Suicides open eyes to bullying

Dallas Morning News

April 1, 2010

 

…Students are turning to suicide, experts say, as an escape from taunts that now continue beyond the school day through cyberspace. Such drastic responses, they say, reveal how an action once considered a rite of passage has turned into a public health issue.

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/localnews/stories/DN-bullying_01met.ART0.State.Edition2.4c68703.html

 

 

Yale student plunged from Empire State Building

Austin American-Statesman

March 31, 2010

 

NEW YORK (AP) — A Yale University junior left a suicide note in his dorm room before heading to New York, where he apparently plunged to his death by jumping from the Empire State Building, police said Wednesday. Cameron Dabaghi, 21, from Austin, Texas, jumped from the 86th floor observation deck Tuesday during evening rush hour.

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

States Hope New Funding From Health Law Will Bolster Unique Programs

Kaiser Health News

April 1, 2010

 

Starting today, states can choose to take the first steps toward the massive expansion of insurance coverage that is the health overhaul's chief goal. And for some states, that move could have the benefit of reviving funding for state-run programs that insure low-income adults.

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2010/April/01/States-Hope-New-Funding-From-Health-Law-Will-Bolster-Unique-Programs.aspx

 

 

True or False: Seven Concerns About The New Health Law

Kaiser Health News

April 1, 2010

 

The sweeping health care overhaul signed into law his month by President Barack Obama is more than 2,000 pages long and has been dissected by analysts, politicians and pundits. It’s no wonder that some consumers are confused – and perhaps frightened – about how the law might affect them. Some concerns were raised during the congressional debate or have been swirling around the Internet. KHN staff writers checked out some of the claims.

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2010/March/31/fears-health-reform-true-false.aspx

 

 

SAMHSA Recognizes Behavioral Health Facilities Leading the Way in Reducing the Use of Seclusion and Restraint Practices Against Patients

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

March 31, 2010

 

On March 31st, 2010, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will host a recognition ceremony at its headquarters in Rockville, MD to honor the efforts of a select group of behavioral health facilities that have made remarkable strides towards preventing the use of seclusion and restraint practices. As part of SAMHSA’s mission to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities, the agency has set forth a vision to reduce and ultimately eliminate the use of seclusion and restraint practices in behavioral health care settings. 

http://www.samhsa.gov/newsroom/advisories/1003312801.aspx

 

 

SAMHSA, Ad Council, and Inspire USA Foundation Launch National Suicide Prevention Campaign for Teens; Suicide is the Third Leading Cause of Death among 15-24 Year Olds

 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

March 31, 2010

 

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, working in collaboration with the Ad Council and the Inspire USA Foundation, announced today the launch of a national public service announcement campaign designed to reduce the incidence of suicide and suicide attempts among teens in the United States. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among 15-24 year-olds, following unintended injuries and homicide. While suicides account for approximately 1.4 percent of all deaths in the United States annually, they comprise 12 percent of deaths among this age group. In 2006, 4,189 people between ages 15 and 24 died by suicide. Furthermore, for every youth who died by suicide, it is estimated that 100-200 attempts are made.

http://www.samhsa.gov/newsroom/advisories/1003315551.aspx

 

 

Report Finds Gaps in Health Services for U.S. Veterans: Families and communities also need assistance, experts say

HealthDay News

March 31, 2010

 

U.S. government agencies need to do more to meet the physical and mental health needs of military personnel returning home from tours in Iraq or Afghanistan, contends a new report from the Institute of Medicine. And the added aid should extend to their families and communities as well, the report suggests.

http://www.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=637554

 

 

2 mentally disabled detainees freed in California

Austin American-Statesman

March 31, 2010

 

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Two immigrants were freed Wednesday from federal detention centers, years after judges put their cases on hold due to serious questions about their mental competence. Attorneys who filed petitions for the release of Guillermo Gomez Sanchez, 48, and Jose Antonio Franco Gonzalez, 29, said the cases exposed a "black hole" that allows authorities to hold mentally ill immigrants for years without having to explain themselves to a judge or anyone else.

http://www.statesman.com/news/nation/2-mentally-disabled-detainees-freed-in-calif-494333.html

 

 

Cleveland panel recommends missing persons unit

Austin American-Statesman

March 31, 2010

 

CLEVELAND (AP) — … A recommendation buried inside the report notes that Cleveland's "marginalized" populations — including people with addictions or mental illness and homeless people — are often underserved, partly because city police officers do not understand the obstacles facing those people. Officers and dispatchers must be trained in dealing with marginalized populations within a year, the report said.

http://www.statesman.com/news/nation/cleveland-panel-recommends-missing-persons-unit-494100.html

 

 

A dark trend that's difficult to combat

Minneapolis Star Tribune

March 31, 2010

 

… Statistics show that the highest suicide rate in Minnesota since 1990 is for white men over 75. Among all Minnesotans who attempt suicide, people over 60 are nearly six times more likely than the rest of the population to succeed in killing themselves. In 2008, that translated into 111 senior suicides in 264 attempts. Experts disagree about why the American public pays so little attention to suicide among its oldest citizens. But most of those who deal with the issue agree on one thing: If nothing changes, the number of seniors taking their own lives will grow large as baby boomers swell the ranks of the elderly to record levels.

http://www.startribune.com/local/89331297.html

 

 

SPLC Sues Mississippi Over Mental Health System for Children on Medicaid

Southern Poverty Law Center

March 10, 2010

 

The SPLC Mississippi Youth Justice Project and other civil rights and mental health advocates have sued the state of Mississippi in an effort to improve the state's mental health system for children, which fails to invest in community-based services and instead pumps the bulk of its resources into ineffective, expensive institutions.

http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/news/splc-sues-mississippi-over-mental-health-system-for-children-on-medicaid

 

 

OPINIONS

 

ICE Out of Control: Time to Rein in Rogue Agency and Pass Immigration Reform

Huffington Post

March 30, 2010

 

… To make matters worse, just today the New York Times  outlined the findings of a chilling new report by Texas Appleseed on the treatment of immigration detainees.  The report chronicles how mentally ill immigration detainees from northern cities like New York, “have often been moved to Texas without medication or medical records, far from relatives and mental health workers who know their histories.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/frank-sharry/ice-out-of-control-time-t_b_519201.html

 

 

ACADEMIC & MEDICAL RESEARCH

 

Help for Depressed Latinos Often Hampered by Stigma

Businessweek

March 31, 2010

 

Low-income Latinos who have depression but stigmatize mental illness are less likely to take medications, keep scheduled appointments and control their illness, a U.S. study has found.

http://www.businessweek.com/lifestyle/content/healthday/637534.html

 

 

The 'Blues' Can Surprise Even Adoptive Parents

ScienceDaily

April 1, 2010

 

 The unmet or unrealistic expectations adoptive parents often have is a recurring theme in postadoption depression, according to research from Purdue University.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/03/100331141013.htm

 

 

Impaired Brain Connections Traced to Schizophrenia Mutation; Like Patients, Engineered Mice Falter at Working Memory Tasks

National Institute of Mental Health

March 31, 2010

 

The strongest known recurrent genetic cause of schizophrenia impairs communications between the brain's decision-making and memory hubs, resulting in working memory deficits, according to a study in mice.

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/science-news/2010/impaired-brain-connections-traced-to-schizophrenia-mutation.shtml

 

 

Late-onset schizophrenia should be distinct subtype

MedWire News (Acta Psychiatr Scand)

April 1, 2010

 

Late-onset schizophrenia (LOS), occurring over the age of 40 years, should be considered a distinct subtype of schizophrenia, say researchers.

http://www.medwire-news.md/47/87052/Psychiatry/Late-onset_schizophrenia_should_be_distinct_subtype.html

 

 

Obesity is possible marker of bipolar disorder severity

MedWire News (Acta Neuropsychiatr)

April 1, 2010

 

Obesity appears to be associated with a history of suicide attempts in patients with bipolar disorder, study findings show. The researchers point out that this association remained significant even after taking into account well-established risk factors for suicide attempt such as lifetime comorbid anxiety, alcohol use disorders, and depressive symptoms.

http://www.medwire-news.md/47/87051/Psychiatry/Obesity_is_possible_marker_of_bipolar_disorder_severity.html

 

 

Is Narcissism a Leadership Trait?

Psych Central News
April 1, 2010

 

Everyone knows someone who has a narcissistic personality. Athletes, actors, politicians and other high-profile, typically wealthy individuals, often fit the bill. Some aspects of narcissism help individuals gain success. A new study reviews business executives with narcissistic personalities: In the long run, do they do more harm than good for an organization?

http://psychcentral.com/news/2010/04/01/is-narcissism-a-leadership-trait/12521.html

 

 

FEATURES & RESOURCES

 

National Child Abuse Prevention Month: Strengthening Communities and Families

Child Welfare Information Gateway

April 1, 2010

 

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to raise awareness about child abuse and neglect and encourage individuals and communities to support children and families. Learn more about the history of the month, see examples of Presidential and State proclamations, and find strategies for engaging communities and supporting families.

http://www.childwelfare.gov/preventing/

 

 

Alaska Northern Lights Offers Bright Light Therapy To Combat Common Health Problems

Medical News Today

April 1, 2010

 

Alaska Northern Lights manufactures a bright light therapy box that aids in treating chronic health problems such as seasonal affective disorder (SAD), depression, bipolar disorder and sleep problems.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/184111.php



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