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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

October, 2010

Today's Clips - October 11, 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. Media sites may require a one-time free registration and academic and science journal sites may require a paid subscription to access articles.

 

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Texas News

 

HHS announces a major new investment in community health centers

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

October 8, 2010

 

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced awards of $727 million to 143 community health centers across the country to address pressing construction and renovation needs and expand access to quality health care.  The funds are the first in a series of awards that will be made available to community health centers under the Affordable Care Act.

http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2010pres/10/20101008d.html

 

Texas recipients: http://www.hhs.gov/recovery/programs/hrsa/texas.html

 
 

Lawmakers trying to take on bullying again; Texas legislation aims for a greater awareness in state's schools

Houston Chronicle

October 11, 2010

 

Texas legislators vow to try again to toughen up Texas' anti-bullying laws, which have already been slapped with low marks from a national watchdog group. ... The nonprofit Bully Police gave Texas a grade of C-minus, in part because state law doesn't define bullying, assign counselors to victims or require schools to collect and publicly report data on incidents.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/facebook/7241083.html

 

 

Cy-Fair ISD will seek help on stopping bullying; Boy's suicide prompts district to call on experts

Houston Chronicle

October 8, 2010

 

Administrators from Cypress-Fairbanks ISD said Thursday that they will form a committee to study school safety issues and seek advice from bullying experts following the recent suicide of an eighth-grader whose family contends he repeatedly was harassed on campus.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/nb/cyfair/news/7237283.html

 

 

Richardson ISD program wards off bullying by strengthening bonds between students

Dallas Morning News

October 11, 2010

 

A deceptively simple program introduced in this country in Richardson ISD elementary schools has shown remarkable ability to cut down the kid-on-kid oppression that can lead to bullying and violence, school officials say. ... R time, created in England more than a decade ago, costs only about $60 per classroom to implement. But even its strongest supporters acknowledge that no program completely eliminates bullying. And making R time succeed requires a powerful schoolwide commitment.

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/localnews/stories/101110dnmetnobullies.281b5c1.html

 

 

Crisis looming for families, individuals: Low funds could cause 'ripple effect'

Times Record News

October 10, 2010

 

A pendulum is swinging in Austin, and where it lands could change the lives of thousands of Texans who rely on state-supported mental health services. Add their families and communities, and those numbers reach into the millions.  ...Depending on the size of the shortfall, estimated to be anywhere from $10 billion to $20 billion over the next two years, community-based mental health care providers like Helen Farabee Regional MHMR Centers and its more than 500 clients could be taking two giant steps back.

http://www.timesrecordnews.com/news/2010/oct/10/crisis-looming-for-families-individuals/

 

 

Mentally ill often face long delays in jail awaiting treatment

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

October 10, 2010

 

... While few cases drag on as long as Grace's, officials agree changes must be made to address the way mentally ill inmates are treated. With beds full at state mental health facilities and less-than-adequate funding at the local level, it will take a collaborative effort to ensure inmates like Grace can get the help they need and proceed through the criminal justice system

http://lubbockonline.com/local-news/2010-10-10/mentally-ill-often-face-long-delays-jail-awaiting-treatment

 

 

Despite Army Efforts, Soldier Suicides Continue

New York Times

October 10, 2010

 

FORT HOOD, Tex. - ...The spate of suicides in Texas reflects a chilling reality: nearly 20 months after the Army began strengthening its suicide prevention program and working to remove the stigma attached to seeking psychological counseling, the suicide rate among active service members remains high and shows little sign of improvement.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/11/us/11suicides.html?_r=1&ref=health

 

 

Parkland Memorial Hospital and its clinics could treat more patients, but lose existing funds

Dallas Morning News

October 7, 2010

 

AUSTIN - Parkland Memorial Hospital and its 11 neighborhood clinics could treat more patients but lose existing funds under the federal health care overhaul and several recent state proposals, the hospital's chief told a House panel Thursday.

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/localnews/stories/100810dnmetparkland.169df4907.html

 

 

Guardians of the helpless: When there's no one else, Harris County program steps in

Houston Chronicle

October 11, 2010

 

... Harris County is one of only two counties in the state that has a guardianship program supported by taxpayer dollars. The program was created in 1992 as a last resort service for poor adults who are unable to care for their own physical needs or financial affairs because of physical or mental conditions. It's also designed for poor adults who have been exploited, neglected or abused, and have no family members or friends who are willing or able to care for them.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7241084.html

 

 

Grant helps center buy group homes; More houses for mentally disabled being located in county

Houston Chronicle

October 8, 2010

 

Using a federal grant, an organization serving those with developmental disabilities has acquired one home and is in the process of purchasing another for clients in Fort Bend County. ... Funded by state and federal grants, the nonprofit group serves mostly people with mental illness, behavioral problems or disabilities.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/nb/fortbend/news/7238029.html

 

 

Amegy Bank and FHLB Dallas Award AHP Grant to Assist With a New Special Needs Housing Property

Globe Newswire

October 8, 2010

 

HOUSTON -- The Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas) and Amegy Bank are pleased to announce that they have awarded a $44,000 Affordable Housing Program (AHP) grant to assist with the construction of Acres Homes Garden Apartments, a 15-unit permanent housing property for very low-income residents with chronic mental illness.

http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/news.html?d=203351

 

 

Free clinic helps patients, Texas Tech medical students

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

October 8, 2010

 

...Staffed by HSC medical students, doctors and nurses, the clinic served more than 700 patients in its first year, according to the HSC. Among them were the homeless, the unemployed and the working poor.

http://lubbockonline.com/health/2010-10-08/free-clinic-helps-patients-texas-tech-medical-students

 

 

Army to lay out case in Fort Hood massacre

Dallas Morning News

October 10, 2010

 

... Early this year, prosecutors pushed to have Hasan examined by a military mental health panel. Galligan got the evaluation postponed and has questioned whether anyone in the military could do a fair assessment. ... Some experts say Hasan's medical training and his desire to be seen as motivated by his faith could prompt him to resist being portrayed as mentally unstable.

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/texassouthwest/stories/DN-hasan_10ent.ART.State.Edition1.3370690.html

 

 

National News

 

SAMHSA awards $71.5 million in mental health care transformation grants

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

October 9, 2010

 

... SAMHSA announced as part of its strategic initiative on health reform 20 new mental health transformation grants totaling up to  $71.5 million over the next five years. The purpose of the program is to bring about needed changes in the organization, management and delivery of public mental health services.

http://www.samhsa.gov/newsroom/advisories/1010081619.aspx

 

 

SAMHSA awards $379 million for Access to Recovery grants

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

October 8, 2010

 

To help people access substance abuse treatment, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is awarding up to $379 million over the next four years for Access to Recovery grants. The program provides vouchers to people with drug and alcohol use problems to pay for needed treatment and recovery support services. 

http://www.samhsa.gov/newsroom/advisories/1010081330.aspx

 

 

Government Helps to Insure Children, Even Above the Poverty Line

New York Times

October 8, 2010

 

... Government health insurance for children is no longer available only for the poorest households. Now middle-class families like the McCreas, struggling through the recession, can benefit as well.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/09/health/09patient.html?_r=2

 

 

Finding Support For Children With Disabilities

National Public Radio

October 8, 2010

 

Parents of children with severe disabilities have many challenges and concerns. One big worry is who will care for their children after the parents are gone.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=130326842

 

 

Urgent care clinics carve out a key health care niche

USA Today

October 10, 2010

 

In a growing trend, consumers increasingly turning to walk-in clinics and urgent care centers for treatment of minor ailments and injuries instead of trying to squeeze in an appointment with a primary care provider or waiting at a crowded emergency room. These shifting habits and the rising prominence of clinics and centers are reshaping the health care model that for decades sent patients to their primary care doctors, and if necessary, the emergency room.

http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/health/2010-10-10-urgent-care-expansion_N.htm

 

 

Governor's veto ax falls heavily on welfare, child care and special education programs

Los Angeles Times

October 9, 2010

 

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday vetoed nearly $1 billion in spending on welfare, child care, special education and other programs before signing the budget bill that lawmakers had passed about eight hours earlier after a marathon overnight session. The governor slashed 23 line items from the $87.5-billion general fund budget, including $256 million from a program for school-age children of families moving off welfare, $133 million from mental health services for special education students and nearly $60 million from AIDS treatment and prevention programs.

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-budget-vetoes-20101009,0,6605339.story

 

 

Some youths have lived their whole lives with HIV

Austin American-Statesman

October 11, 2010

 

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - ... All these burdens add up. "They're dealing with depression, mental illness, and obviously the physical challenges," Krall said. Doctors and social workers speak of the trauma their patients have experienced, like losing friends over their status and being bullied.

http://www.statesman.com/news/nation/some-youths-have-lived-their-whole-lives-with-965000.html?cxtype=rss_ece_frontpage

 

 

NYC therapist slay spotlights risks as trial nears

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

October 10, 2010

 

NEW YORK - Psychologist Kathryn Faughey had never treated the schizophrenic man accused of murdering her with a meat cleaver in her office. He would later tell police he was targeting her office mate in a bizarre robbery plot he imagined would help him get his mother out of a nursing home. ... The case has highlighted the rare but sometimes grave dangers of a profession dedicated to helping unstable people. It also reflects the difficulties of assessing and treating serious mental illness, and the legal challenges of mounting an insanity defense.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2010/10/10/2535245/nyc-therapist-slay-spotlights.html#ixzz123gYPsJS

 

 

Healthcare Reform

 

Millions of young adults will gain coverage under reform law, study says

Modern Healthcare

October 10, 2010

 

When the healthcare reform law's provisions kick in more fully in 2014, up to 81% of the 14.9 million adults ages 19 to 29 who were uninsured in 2009 could be expected to have gained coverage, according to a new report from the Commonwealth Fund.

http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20101010/NEWS/310109989/#

 

 

 

Health Care Interests Push To Make ACOs Pay Off For Them

Kaiser Health News

October 10, 2010

 

A new model of care encouraged by the health law - accountable care organizations - has set off a feeding frenzy among industry groups intent on getting a slice of the action, or protecting their own financial interests.

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2010/October/11/health-care-interests-ACOS.aspx

 

 

Opinions

 

Scared to death: Teenage suicides turn the spotlight on bullying in schools

Houston Chronicle

October 8, 2010

 

The recent spate of teenage suicides has provided a heartbreaking glimpse into the lives of young people, both in Houston and nationally, who just couldn't bear, for whatever reason, to keep on living. Equally disturbing have been the disclosures that bullying may have played a significant part in several of them.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/editorial/7238995.html

 

 

We must protect kids from bullying

Houston Chronicle

October 9, 2010

 

... We cannot continue to stand by while our children are subjected to this physical and emotional violence. Protecting young people from bullying is just as essential to their healthy development as making sure they have good teachers and access to health care.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/editorial/outlook/7239697.html

 

 

Central Health: Building a community health care infrastructure to meet tomorrow's needs

Austin American-Statesman

October 10, 2010

 

... Central Health, CommUnityCare, the Seton Family of Hospitals, St. David's HealthCare, Austin Travis County Integral Care, Lone Star Circle of Care and many others have been working together in the Integrated Care Collaboration (ICC) to connect the silos in which health care is currently delivered. The ICC is a nonprofit group of 26 public and private health care providers founded 12 years ago to provide more coordinated, accessible, cost-efficient and high-quality health care services to underserved and uninsured people across seven Central Texas counties.

http://www.statesman.com/opinion/insight/central-health-building-a-community-health-care-infrastructure-963392.html

 

 

Criminalizing homelessness no answer

Austin American-Statesman

October 10, 2010

 

... While many cities focused on punitive, high-cost solutions to crime, poverty and homelessness, Austin prioritized community-based services that divert people with mental impairments and disabilities away from the criminal justice system, solutions that have the added benefit of eliminating costs related to recidivism and incarceration. It was a surprise, then, to find Austin's City Council reluctant to consider amendments to its "no sit/no lie" ordinance, which makes sitting or lying on a public sidewalk a Class C misdemeanor that carries a $500 fine.

http://www.statesman.com/opinion/umani-criminalizing-homelessness-no-answer-964702.html

 

 

The facts support law on 'campus carry'

Houston Chronicle

October 9, 2010

 

... Obtaining a Texas concealed handgun license is an involved process. Both the state police and the FBI run fingerprint and background checks on every applicant, ensuring that licenses are not issued to persons with felony convictions, family violence convictions, recent misdemeanor convictions, or documented histories of substance abuse or serious mental illness.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/editorial/outlook/7239700.html

 

 

In marijuana debate, don't overlook health facts

Dallas Morning News

October 8, 2010

 

... The long-term effects of marijuana are not often recognized because they are subtle, but they can have a cumulative impact over time. In people with pre-existing vulnerabilities, marijuana use can unmask psychiatric problems such as schizophrenia. Many people with anxiety and depression use marijuana to soothe their symptoms; however, there is evidence that over time it may actually make these problems worse.

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/opinion/viewpoints/stories/DN-danovitch_11edi.State.Edition1.1106f43.html

 

 

Research

 

Hope and inheritance conflict in families with bipolar disorder

Los Angeles Times

October 11, 2010

 

... Researchers are getting closer to identifying the genes that cause bipolar disorder. They're using brain imaging to track the illness in a person's neural pathways. And they're zeroing in on triggers that might cause it to flare up. These developments, some experts say, suggest that children born today with a predisposition toward bipolar disorder will have easier lives than their parents had. The illness could be detected earlier, managed with more effective medications and perhaps even prevented altogether with therapy and lifestyle changes.

http://www.latimes.com/health/la-he-bipolar-family-20101011,0,89588.story

 

 

Too much screen time 'risks children's mental health'

British Broadcasting Corporation

October 11, 2010

 

Children who spend longer than two hours a day in front of a computer or TV are more likely to suffer psychological difficulties than other youngsters, a UK study suggests.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-11500084

 

 

Is Your Neighborhood Making You Depressed?

Psych Central News

October 9, 2010

 

When a person feels unsafe and socially disconnected in his own neighborhood, it may lead to depression, say researchers from Iowa State University. 

http://psychcentral.com/news/2010/10/09/is-your-neighborhood-making-you-depressed/19314.html

 

 

Combining Medication and Psychosocial Treatments May Benefit Patients With Early-Stage Schizophrenia

Science Daily News

October 11, 2010

 

Patients with early-stage schizophrenia who receive a combination of medication and a psychosocial intervention appear less likely to discontinue treatment or relapse -- and may have improved insight, quality of life and social functioning -- than those taking medication alone, according to a report in the September issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/09/100906203038.htm

 

 

Features & Resources

 

SAMHSA and Ad Council Announce Winners of National Contest on Behalf of Campaign for Mental Health Recovery

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

October 8, 2010

 

... The contest was conducted to encourage, educate and inspire young adults (18-25 years old) to step up and support friends and family they know are experiencing a mental health problem and is an extension of the SAMHSA and Ad Council public service advertising (PSA) Campaign for Mental Health Recovery called "What a Difference a Friend Makes." Check out the winning submissions. www.whatadifference.samhsa.gov/contest

 

 

Blue October touring with mental health focus

Traverse City Record Eagle

October 8, 2010

 

TRAVERSE CITY --- To many, their first introduction to Blue October came with a chilling answering machine message from lead singer Justin Furstenfeld's mother to him about taking his medication  ...The Leelanau Sands show is the second-to-last appearance on the Pick Up The Phone Tour, which the band is using to raise awareness and reducing the stigma associated with mental health, depression and suicide.

http://record-eagle.com/features/x1699976942/Blue-October-touring-with-mental-health-focus

 

 

Philanthropy

 

Nonprofits' collective power getting them heard; One Voice collaboration playing major role in community decisions affecting the poor

Austin American-Statesman

October 8, 2010

 

Austin nonprofits are wielding more influence these days in major policy decisions across the city. Since its creation two years ago, One Voice - a collaboration of 40 Central Texas nonprofits that provide health and human services programs - has been vocal about issues that affect low-income people.

http://www.statesman.com/news/local/nonprofits-collective-power-getting-them-heard-962080.html

 

 

McCormick Foundation Awards $800,000 for Housing, Homelessness Prevention Programs

Philanthropy News Digest

October 11, 2010

 

The Chicago-based McCormick Foundation has announced grants totaling $800,000 through its Chicago Tribune Charities fund to thirty-two organizations working to provide a broad range of housing and homelessness prevention services in the metro Chicago region.

http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/news/story.jhtml;jsessionid=BRTMVHVOJ41PJLAQBQ4CGXD5AAAACI2F?id=309900012



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