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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

December, 2010

HOGG FOUNDATION

 

Hogg Foundation Awards Bilingual Scholarships to Baylor Social Work Grad Students

Baylor University

December 17, 2010

 

Baylor University graduate students Xiomara O'Neill, Beatriz Ramos, Andrew Trujillo and Emilie Ventura have been awarded scholarships from the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health to support bilingual mental health services in Texas. All are students in the Baylor School of Social Work.

http://www.baylor.edu/pr/news.php?action=story&story=85850

 

 

TEXAS NEWS

 

Lawsuit: Disabled Wrongfully Housed in Nursing Homes

The Texas Tribune

December 20, 2010

 

Thousands of Texans with severe mental and physical disabilities, many of them young adults, are confined in nursing homes with no access to rehabilitative care, according to a lawsuit being filed in U.S. district court today.

http://www.texastribune.org/texas-state-agencies/aging-and-disability-services/lawsuit-disabled-wrongfully-housed-nursing-homes/

 

 

University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing Receives $349,099 St. David's Foundation Grant for its Wellness Centers

University of Texas at Austin

December 17, 2010

 

AUSTIN, Texas - The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing has received a $349,099 grant from the St. David's Foundation to support the school's two wellness centers, which provide medical care for low-income, uninsured residents of Central Texas.

http://www.utexas.edu/news/2010/12/17/foundation_grant/

 

 

New court seeks to help veterans avoid jail

Austin American Statesmen

December 17, 2010

 

...Last month, Travis joined a handful of other Texas counties in setting up a special court docket for veterans who have served in combat zones. Officials say the veterans court is a way to funnel former service members away from a downward spiral of substance abuse and criminality and into the court's specially tailored program of treatment and counseling for mental and emotional disorders related to their military service.

http://www.statesman.com/news/local/new-court-seeks-to-help-veterans-avoid-jail-1129528.html

 

 

More Texans are dying from pill abuse

Houston Chronicle

December 20, 2010

 

Houston remains at the dark heart of the Lone Star State's growing prescription drug abuse problem - accounting for a quarter of complaints about doctors' suspect prescriptions and one-sixth of the state's 1,900 annual accidental fatal overdoses, according to a review by the Houston Chronicle.  ... Jane Maxwell, a nationally known addiction expert based at the University of Texas School of Social Work, is among those calling for state legislators to fund a real-time prescription drug tracking system and to create a comprehensive monitoring system of overdose deaths to improve statewide response.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/health/7336201.html

 

 

Transporting mentally distressed costing lawmen across Texas

KXXV News Channel 25

December 17, 2010

 

WACO - It's a little known issue that's causing a huge headache for local law enforcement across the state. Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson serves on the Legislative Committee for the Sheriff's Association of Texas, and says transporting mentally ill patients is a major problem statewide, costing lawmen valuable time, money and resources.

http://www.kxxv.com/Global/story.asp?S=13706192

 

 

Stress of separation takes its toll on military families

The Dallas Morning News

December 19, 2010

 

...Two wars and multiple deployments have caused enormous strains within the ranks, contributing to a rising military divorce rate that is outpacing the civilian divorce rate, as well as a sharp increase in mental health problems.

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/texassouthwest/stories/DN-private_battles_19ent.ART0.State.Edition1.4377af5.html

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Mental Health Needs Seen Growing at Colleges

The New York Times

December 19, 2010

 

...Stony Brook is typical of American colleges and universities these days, where national surveys show that nearly half of the students who visit counseling centers are coping with serious mental illness, more than double the rate a decade ago. More students take psychiatric medication, and there are more emergencies requiring immediate action. ...The need to help this troubled population has forced campus mental health centers - whose staffs, on average, have not grown in proportion to student enrollment in 15 years - to take extraordinary measures to make do.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/20/health/20campus.html?_r=1&hp

 

 

Arkansas AFB working on suicide prevention efforts

San Antonio Express News

December 19, 2010

 

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Little Rock Air Force Base officials say they're working on boosting prevention efforts after five of the base's 5,000 airmen committed suicide during the past 18 months.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/default/article/Arkansas-AFB-working-on-suicide-prevention-efforts-909496.php

 

 

Utah agencies review 159 client deaths

San Antonio Express News

December 19, 2010

 

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Suicides and accidental deaths among clients of Utah's social services agencies reached a five-year high in fiscal year 2010, according to government records obtained by a newspaper.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/default/article/Utah-agencies-review-159-client-deaths-909324.php

 

 

APA Backs Order for Major Prisoner Release

Psychiatric News

December 17, 2010

 

Two decades of legal fights over California's treatment of prisoners with mental illness reached the Supreme Court this year when the Court agreed to review the central issue of prison overcrowding. The case has drawn amicus briefs from APA and other mental health organizations and advocacy groups, which view overcrowded prison populations nationwide as one of the biggest barriers to the provision of quality mental health care for prisoners with mental illness.

http://pn.psychiatryonline.org/content/45/24/20.full

 

 

Feds, Ore. governor may discuss hospital review

San Antonio Express News

December 18, 2010

 

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Gov.-elect John Kitzhaber could meet with federal officials early next year to discuss their expanded, four-year investigation of the Oregon State Hospital in Salem. The Justice Department's inquiry is focused on whether the state is violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by failing to provide mentally ill Oregonians with adequate community-based services.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/default/article/Feds-Ore-governor-may-discuss-hospital-review-908098.php

 

 

Some question Va's costly civil commitment program

San Antonio Express News

December 18, 2010

 

...Virginia is one of 20 states that have a civil commitment program. An offender is eligible if he has committed certain sex crimes and a psychiatrist determines he has a mental abnormality - like being anti-social - that makes him likely to offend again. A judge or jury makes the final determination. As of Dec. 1, 239 offenders were housed at the Virginia Center for Behavioral Rehabilitation under Virginia's civil commitment program. The 300-bed facility, which opened in 2008, is expected to be full by next year.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/default/article/Some-question-Va-s-costly-civil-commitment-program-908135.php

 

 

HEALTHCARE REFORM

 

The Health Law And Legal Challenges: What The Future Holds

Kaiser Health News

December 20, 2010

 

News outlets continue their efforts to handicap the health law's chances as it progresses through the judicial system toward the Supreme Court. Meanwhile, The New York Times reports on a proposal - inspired by such repeal efforts - for a Constitutional amendment that would allow states to overturn federal laws passed by Congress.

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Daily-Reports/2010/December/20/health-law-court-challenges.aspx

 

 

GOP Lobbyists To Take Key Health Spots On Hill

National Public Radio

December 17, 2010

 

The revolving door is turning to the right. Howard Cohen, president of the health care lobbying firm HC Associates, is the latest from K Street who plans to return to Capitol Hill, according to several health care industry sources. Cohen is a former chief counsel to the House Energy and Commerce Committee when Republicans were in charge of the House and he will be returning to the committee to work on health care policy now that the GOP is back in power.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2010/12/17/132145106/gop-lobbyists-to-take-key-health-spots-on-capitol-hill

 

 

When It Comes To Government Fraud, Health Care Now Tops Defense

National Public Radio

December 17, 2010

 

Drug companies are now No. 1 when it comes to defrauding the government, leaving defense contractors in the dust. A report from the consumer group Public Citizen says financial penalties against drug companies under the federal False Claims Act far outstripped defense contractors between 2007 and 2010.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2010/12/17/132134328/when-it-comes-to-government-fraud-health-care-now-tops-defense

 

 

The Supreme Court and Obama's Health Care Law

The New York Times

December 18, 2010

 

When it comes to the future of the Obama administration's health care plan, the judicial math can seem simple. So far in three lawsuits against the plan, two federal judges appointed by Democrats have upheld the law; one Republican-appointed judge has declared an important part of it unconstitutional. Use party as your measure, send the cases up the appeals ladder, and you quickly get to a 5-4 decision at the Supreme Court: the justices appointed by Republican presidents will vote to strike down the law. Game over, thanks for playing.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/19/weekinreview/19schwartz.html?ref=health

 

 

Judge Leery of Health Mandate

The Wall Street Journal

December 17, 2010

 

PENSACOLA, Fla.-A federal judge in a 20-state lawsuit against the Obama administration's health overhaul signaled Thursday he is sympathetic to the plaintiffs' argument that requiring Americans to carry health insurance violates the Constitution. But Judge Roger Vinson seemed skeptical of the second plank of the states' suit: that the law forces states into a costly expansion of their Medicaid insurance programs for the poor.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703395204576023733405954012.html

 

 

OPINIONS

 

Fate of Juvenile Offenders in the Spotlight

Texas Observer

December 17, 2010

 

The wrangling over what the state of Texas should do with its juvenile offenders continued Thursday in a packed room at the Capitol. The Sunset Advisory Commission, which typically reviews agencies every 12 years, heard testimony from staff of the Texas Youth Commission and the Texas Juvenile Probation Commission. Last session, the state delayed its scheduled review of the Texas Youth Commission to allow time for the troubled agency to implement expansive reforms mandated after a sex-abuse scandal in 2007.

http://www.texasobserver.org/oped/fate-of-juvenile-offenders-in-the-spotlight

 

 

Helping homeless addicts can take a whole team

Los Angeles Times

December 19, 2010

 

Studies have shown that housing the homeless cuts death rates by up to 500%, and that assertive community treatment for people with mental illness, which includes housing, results in people being 62% less symptomatic. These things often take, as was the case with Daniel, a team of professionals all pulling in the same direction. That kind of intervention and care are expensive. But in many cases, they are far less expensive than the alternative: a cycle of arrests, hospitalizations and emergency medical treatments.

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-partovi-homeless-20101219,0,5686859.story

 

 

A debate on the issue of suicide among gay youth

The Star-Ledger

December 19, 2010

 

Whenever Cornell psychologist Ritch Savin-Williams speaks to gay high school students, he asks what they know about contemporary gay youth.  ...But Savin-Williams says the perception that to be gay is to risk being suicidal is a myth - and a dangerous myth at that

http://blog.nj.com/njv_guest_blog/2010/12/a_debate_on_the_issue_of_suici.html

 

 

RESEARCH

 

Diagnostic Criteria for PTSD Fall Short

Psych Central News

December 20, 2010

 

The ongoing debate about posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) tackles a number of different aspects of the illness, and defining it is first and foremost. In that vein, a new study suggests the current diagnostic procedures for PTSD are insufficient.

http://psychcentral.com/news/2010/12/20/diagnostic-criteria-for-ptsd-fall-short/21971.html

 

 

Repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Will Lift Heavy Psychological Burden, APA Says

American Psychological Association

December 18, 2010

 

The American Psychological Association hailed the Senate's vote Saturday to repeal "don't ask, don't tell.""This long-awaited action is an important step toward allowing gays, lesbians, and bisexuals to serve openly and honorably in the armed forces," said APA President Carol D. Goodheart, EdD. "Repeal of the 'don't ask, don't tell' policy will lift a heavy psychological burden of secrecy from gay, lesbian and bisexual military personnel."

http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2010/12/lift-ban.aspx

 

 

When The Brain Knows No Fear

Medical News Today

December 20, 2010


A new study, published online in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, offers new insight into the emotional life of a unique individual who completely lacks the function of an almond-shaped structure in the brain known as the amygdala.   ... Feinstein says the new findings suggest that methods designed to safely and non-invasively turn off the amygdala might hold promise for those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/211909.php

 

 

Study IDs Brain's Fear Region, May Improve Treatment for Anxiety

Psych Central News

December 20, 2010

 

Scientists have confirmed the precise area of the brain that causes people to experience fear. Experts believe the discovery could improve treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other anxiety conditions.

http://psychcentral.com/news/2010/12/20/study-ids-brains-fear-region-may-improve-treatment-for-anxiety/21930.html

 

 

FEATURES & RESOURCES

 

Review: 'Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So,' a memoir by Mark Vonnegut

Austin American Statesmen

December 20, 2010

 

ark Vonnegut tells a strange and funny story in a strong, tensile style at their frequent best, his sentences are like shards of colored glass: beautiful, but liable to cause damage.

http://www.statesman.com/life/books/review-just-like-someone-without-mental-illness-only-1134647.html

 

 

Student's legacy to homeless lives on

San Antonio Express News

December 20, 2010

 

When Trinity University student Kayla Mire grew concerned about the city's homeless, she took it further than most would dare: She joined them on the streets.  ...That was 2008. The experience opened Mire's heart to the troubled and lost. But her own life soon unraveled and then abruptly ended. Stricken with schizophrenia, the 24-year-old was pulling herself from the depths of the disease when she died in a single-car crash on Interstate 37 in October.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/article/Student-s-legacy-to-homeless-lives-on-910096.php

 

 

On KKZZ, Author Calls Mentally Ill Sister "Heart and Soul" of Family Memoir

PRLog

December 18, 2010

 

In a wide-ranging conversation with radio host Bill Frank, known as "Billy the Brain" on KKZZ AM 1400 in Ventura, California, author John Paul Godges credited his sister Geri, who has struggled with paranoid schizophrenia for more than four decades, as being "the single most important reason why we have remained united and indivisible as a family."

http://www.prlog.org/11161258-on-kkzz-author-calls-mentally-ill-sister-heart-and-soul-of-family-memoir.html



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