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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

April, 2011

HOGG FOUNDATION

 

The Secret to Finding Money for College: Treat the Scholarship Hunt Like a Job

H2Orange

April 7, 2011

 

... Super scholarship-seekers are still featured on news programs around the country. Now, how do you become one of them? There are two little-known resources for precisely that purpose right here in Austin. One such resource, believe it or not, is the University of Texas Hogg Foundation for Mental Health.

http://www.h2orange.com/orangeanthropy/the-secret-to-finding-money-for-collegetreat-the-scholarship-hunt-like-a-job 

 

 

82nd LEGISLATIVE SESSION

 

It's Senate vs. Austerity in Fight Over Budget

Texas Tribune

April 8, 2011

 

... House Bill 1 would reduce state and federal spending over the next two years by $23 billion by slashing financing for public education, reducing reimbursements for Medicaid, which could shutter nursing homes, and cutting off scholarships for incoming college students. Many Republican and Democratic senators have openly said that cuts of that magnitude are unacceptable.

http://www.texastribune.org/texas-legislature/82nd-legislative-session/its-senate-vs-austerity-in-fight-over-budget/ 

 

 

Senate considering broad array of revenue ideas: Closure, sale of Austin State Supported Living Center among possible ways to raise revenue

Austin American-Statesman

April 7, 2011

 

A list of ways to generate billions of dollars including the sale of the Austin State Supported Living Center surfaced Thursday as members of the Texas Senate continued to grapple with how to ease proposed budget cuts.

http://www.statesman.com/news/texas-politics/senate-considering-broad-array-of-revenue-ideas-1384426.html 

 

 

Some Cuts to Texas Budget Actually Cost Money

The Texas Tribune

April 7, 2011

 

... The House amended the two-year 2012-13 state budget in debates last Friday and Sunday before sending its $164.5 billion proposal to the Senate, which is expected to pass its version later this month. In a series of amendment forays, House conservatives raided the state's family planning programs and sent the money to other areas like autism programs, crisis pregnancy centers and mental health services for children. Most of the conversation was couched as a this-versus-that choice between family planning and another program, often a program attractive to Democrats.

http://www.texastribune.org/texas-taxes/budget/some-cuts-to-texas-budget-actually-cost-money/ 

 

 

Who's Afraid of a Tax Analysis?

Texas Observer

April 7, 2011

 

... The analysis shows how deductions and exemptions have allowed natural gas producers to get away with paying just a fraction of the state's 7.5 percent "severance" tax. For many companies, their tax liability is zero. In the report, the Legislative Budget Board (LBB) calculated the cost to the state at $1.2 billion a year - about the amount of money needed to avoid shuttering nursing homes.

http://www.texasobserver.org/forrestforthetrees/whos-afraid-of-a-tax-analysis 

 

 

Emmett wants 'meltdown' plan

Houston Chronicle

April 7, 2011

 

"Long-term I'm hopeful; this session I'm wary," Harris County Judge Ed Emmett was saying by phone yesterday. Emmett, who's made several trips to Austin during the legislative session so far, said he was particularly concerned about cuts to community mental health programs and what might happen if those suffering from mental illnesses can't get the treatment they need.

http://blogs.chron.com/texaspolitics/archives/2011/04/emmett_wants_em.html 

 

 

Next week's campus gun debate could include opt-out, insurance ideas

Houston Chronicle

April 7, 2011

 

The debate over allowing concealed handguns in college classrooms could be fierce in the Senate next week as some lawmakers seek changes to allay their fears and others offer amendments they hope will damage the measure. Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, said he already has agreed to some amendments to Senate Bill 354.

http://blogs.chron.com/texaspolitics/archives/2011/04/next_weeks_camp.html 

 

 

TEXAS NEWS

 

Combs Report Examines Soaring State Spending for Health Care

Texas Insider

April 07, 2011

 

AUSTIN, Texas - In fiscal 2009, Texas state government spent about $30.2 billion on health care, a 36.1 percent increase from fiscal 2005.  A new report by Texas Comptroller Susan Combs examines where health care dollars go and why costs are soaring, and analyzes various cost saving proposals the Legislature is considering to meet the state budget challenge. 

http://www.texasinsider.org/?p=45432 

 

The Health Care Spending in Texas report can be found on the Comptroller's website at http://www.window.state.tx.us/specialrpt/healthcare/.

 

 

Federal government shutdown would reach Austin

Austin American-Statesman

April 8, 2011

 

...A shutdown would not affect people who receive food stamps or Medicaid benefits, nor would it affect new applicants, said Stephanie Goodman with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. Both programs are exempt in a shutdown, she said. Under the current two-year budget cycle, Texas' five health and human services agencies get $33.8 billion in federal money. The agencies' total budget is $60 billion.

http://www.statesman.com/news/local/federal-government-shutdown-would-reach-austin-1384483.html 

 

 

States urged to rethink prison spending plans

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

April 7, 2011

 

WASHINGTON -- An unusual coalition of conservative and liberal factions wants to slash state spending on prisons and channel the savings into money-starved school budgets. ... Jealous praised Texas, famous for its high execution rate, as "ground zero" for rethinking the cost-effectiveness of prisons and trying new approaches. The NAACP is putting up billboards in Los Angeles and Houston that say, "Welcome to America, home to 5 percent of the world's population and 25 percent of the world's prisoners."

http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/04/07/2984133/states-urged-to-rethink-prison.html 

 

 

Groundbreaking For Youth Services Center Next Week

KTSM News Channel 9

April 7, 2011

 

EL PASO - There will be a groundbreaking ceremony next week for a center that will serve emotionally disturbed children.

http://www.ktsm.com/news/groundbreaking-for-youth-services-center-next-week 

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

NAACP joins with Gingrich in urging prison reform

San Antonio Express News

April 7, 2011

 

The NAACP is joining Newt Gingrich in calling for a reduction in the number of state and federal prisoners and spending the savings on education.  ...The report's recommendations include: a commission to study and recommend reforms; eliminating sentencing disparities between powder and crack cocaine; freeing prisoners earlier if they participate in educational, vocational, drug and mental health programs;

http://www.mysanantonio.com/default/article/NAACP-joins-with-Gingrich-in-urging-prison-reform-1327450.php 

 

NAACP report: http://naacp.3cdn.net/01d6f368edbe135234_bq0m68x5h.pdf 

 

 

Durbin co-introduces youth suicide prevention bill

San Antonio Express News

April 8, 2011

 

WASHINGTON (AP) - Suicide prevention programs targeting at-risk young people would get more money under legislation Sen. Dick Durbin has helped introduce. College mental health programs are among those that would benefit.   ...The measure would authorize the federal government to award up to $45 million annually to help states and institutions prevent youth suicide.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/default/article/Durbin-co-introduces-youth-suicide-prevention-bill-1328264.php 

 

 

The Military's Secret Shame: When men in the military rape other men in the ranks, no one wants to talk about it

Newsweek

April 8, 2011

 

... Harding, meanwhile, struggles with an array of mental-health issues he says stem from his attacks. "Many men and women will experience symptoms like PTSD or depression after experiencing sexual assault. But the experience seems even more detrimental for men's mental health," says Amy Street, a psychologist with the Boston VA hospital who has worked with both male and female survivors.

http://www.newsweek.com/2011/04/03/the-military-s-secret-shame.html 

 

 

Violence Surges At Hospital For Mentally Ill Criminals

National Public Radio

April 8, 2011

 

Atascadero State Hospital, on California's central coast, was built from the ground up to treat mentally ill criminal offenders. Violence is on the rise at the hospital, and according to state and federal documents, it's gotten worse since 2006 - the same year the state signed an agreement with the federal government to put in a detailed new treatment plan.

http://www.npr.org/2011/04/08/134961895/violence-surges-at-hospital-for-mentally-ill-criminals 

 

 

The $2 Million Patients: New York Faces Review for Medicaid Rates Charged in Care of Mentally Disabled

Wall Street Journal

April 8, 2011

 

New York's state-run institutions for the mentally disabled are billing the Medicaid program nearly $2 million per patient a year-a rate that goes far beyond the cost of caring for the patients and is attracting the scrutiny of federal regulators. The state spends $700 million a year to house about 1,400 disabled people in the facilities. But it bills Medicaid more than three times that amount.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704013604576247300936116610.html?KEYWORDS=medicaid 

 

 

DA: Nanny Cam Shows Elder Abuse at Pa. Facility

The New York Times

April 7, 2011

 

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Aides at an assisted living facility assaulted and mocked a half-naked dementia patient as the elderly woman struggled to flee her room and escape the torment, according to video evidence captured by a hidden camera in the room. The woman's family had left a clock containing the hidden camera in the woman's room after officials at the Quadrangle Assisted Living Facility in suburban Philadelphia dismissed their complaints, instead pointing to the victim's dementia, authorities said Thursday.

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2011/04/07/us/AP-US-Elder-Abuse-Hidden-Camera.html?_r=1&scp=3&sq=mental&st=nyt 

 

 

Loughner's Lawyers Want Exclusive Access to Videos

The New York Times

April 7, 2011

 

PHOENIX (AP) - Attorneys for the suspect in the Tucson shooting rampage have asked an appeals court for exclusive access to video recordings of their client's mental competency exam. Jared Lee Loughner's lawyers told the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that their request Thursday is intended to protect his rights and ensure that his examiner gets an accurate appreciation of his mental impairments.

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2011/04/07/us/AP-US-Congresswoman-Shot-Mental-Exam.html?scp=8&sq=mental&st=nyt 

 

 

HEALTHCARE REFORM

 

Govt announces plan to reduce health disparities

Associated Press

April 8, 2011

 

WASHINGTON (AP) - From cradle to grave, minority populations tend to suffer poorer health and get poorer health care than white Americans. In a first-of-its-kind report, the government is recommending steps to reduce those disparities. The plan being released Friday runs the gamut from improving dental care for poor children to tapping "promotoras," savvy community health workers who can help guide their Spanish-speaking neighbors in seeking treatment.

http://hosted2.ap.org/APDEFAULT/3d281c11a96b4ad082fe88aa0db04305/Article_2011-04-08-US-MED-Health-Disparities/id-be5448fa7a4c48eca61f0390d9bca88d 

 

 

Mental Health America Urges Rejection Of FY 2012 House Budget Plan

Medical News Today

April 8, 2011

 

Mental Health America today urged the House of Representatives to reject a Fiscal Year 2012 Budget Resolution proposal from House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), calling cuts to Medicaid  included in the plan a dangerous approach that would likely lead to an increase in the number of Americans unable to receive essential care.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/221765.php 

 

 

Policy Riders And Spending Debate Fueling Govt. Shutdown Fears

Kaiser Health News

April 7, 2011

 

Facing a 12:01 a.m. Saturday deadline, congressional leaders and President Barack Obama are seeking to bridge partisan differences and reach an agreement on a final 2011 spending bill. ... As examples of what issues may now be in play, here is a list of some health-related policy measures that were included in H.R. 1, the 2011 budget bill passed by the House on Feb. 19.

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2011/April/07/policy-riders.aspx 

 

 

Senators Push to Open Database on Medicare

The Wall Street Journal

April 8, 2011

 

Two senators have introduced legislation to overturn a 1979 court injunction that bars the government from revealing what individual physicians earn from Medicare. That information is stored in the Medicare-claims database, widely considered one of the best tools for finding fraud and abuse in the $500 billion federal health-insurance program for the elderly and disabled.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704013604576249090982504246.html 

 

 

Most Americans can't get Giffords' therapy; Shot congresswoman's staff urges HHS secretary to push accessibility

Houston Chronicle

April 8, 2011

 

... About 80 percent of the recovery from a severe brain injury generally takes place within the first six months after the injury, and is more rapid early in the process, said Dr. Guy Clifton, a clinical professor of neurosurgery for the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston and author of a book on health care costs. Patients who have limited or no coverage are often forced to return home and end up recovering more slowly. Many wind up in nursing homes, said Jane Boutte, president of the Brain Injury Association of Texas.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7512258.html 

 

 

Health Insurance From Both Sides: KHN Interview Of Aetna CEO Bertolini

Kaiser Health News

April 8, 2011

 

To a greater degree than most insurance company CEOs, Mark Bertolini has had his own first-hand experiences with the health system.

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2011/April/08/bertolini-aetna-q-and-a.aspx 

 

 

OPINIONS

 

Don't expand Medicaid - cut it

Austin American-Statesman

April 6, 2011

 

... Medicaid is an excellent example of a failed government program. Even a cursory look at Medicaid should convince any rational person that government has no business being involved with health care.

http://www.statesman.com/opinion/amerling-dont-expand-medicaid-cut-it-1380530.html 

 

 

Texas budget cuts won't be as deep as the House says

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

April 7, 2011

 

It's time to get real in Austin. Cutting $23 billion from the state budget is not going to happen. That figure itself is not valid. The budget approved by the House last Sunday calls for spending $23 billion less during the next two fiscal years than what's in the current budget, but that's not a real-world number.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/04/07/2983707/texas-budget-cuts-wont-be-as-deep.html 

 

 

RESEARCH

 

Post-Stroke Depression Treatment Improves Chances of Functional Recovery

Internal Medicine News

April 7, 2011

 

SAN ANTONIO - Preventing or treating depression after a stroke can help patients with varying degrees of disability and adaptive skills recover functional ability.

http://www.internalmedicinenews.com/news/more-top-news/single-view/post-stroke-depression-treatment-improves-chances-of-functional-recovery/d781aef630.html 

 

 

Mexican American Men Diagnosed, Treated Less for Depression

Internal Medicine News

April 7, 2011

 

SAN ANTONIO - Older Mexican American men are significantly less likely than older white non-Hispanic men to be diagnosed or treated for depression, investigators found in an analysis of preliminary data from the Men's Health and Aging Study.

http://www.internalmedicinenews.com/news/more-top-news/single-view/mexican-american-men-diagnosed-treated-less-for-depression/3646bf9832.html 

 

 

Treatment for Depression Is a Long-Term Solution, Study Suggests

Science Daily News

April 7, 2011

 

Ian Colman, an epidemiologist in the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta, recently completed a study that suggests that treatment of depression may have long-term benefits. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/04/110407132614.htm 

 

 

Male Victims of 'Intimate Terrorism' Can Experience Damaging Psychological Effects

Science Daily News

April 7, 2011

 

Men who are abused by their female partners can suffer significant psychological trauma, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and suicidal thoughts, according to two new papers published by the American Psychological Association.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/04/110407101656.htm 

 

 

Children with ADHD at increased risk for bipolar disorder

Med Wire News

April 8, 2011

 

Children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are at increased risk for developing bipolar disorder, suggest results from an Italian study. "A major feature of juvenile bipolar disorder is its frequent 'atypicality,, compared with adult 'standards,' in terms of presentation, course, and pattern of comorbidity," write Gabriele Masi (Scientific Institute of Child Neurology and Psychiatry, Calambrone, Pisa) and team in the journal Psychiatry Research.

http://www.medwire-news.md/47/91792/Psychiatry/Children_with_ADHD_at_increased_risk_for_bipolar_disorder.html 

 

 

Cancer risk reduced in schizophrenia patients

Med Wire News

April 8, 2011

 

Results from a Taiwanese study suggest that patients with schizophrenia are less likely to develop most types of cancer than individuals without the mental health disorder. However, schizophrenia patients who develop cancer have higher mortality rates than cancer patients without the condition, observe the researchers.

http://www.medwire-news.md/47/91793/Psychiatry/Cancer_risk_reduced_in_schizophrenia_patients.html 

 

 

FEATURES & RESOURCES

 

Webinar: Using Data to Inform and Guide Services to Persons with Co-Occurring Disorders

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

April 2011

 

This webinar will provide concrete suggestions on how to create "dashboard indicators" and use data to assess the quality of services to persons with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. Three levels of data-based information will be described. The webinar will address the most current issues facing states, organizations and providers including: electronic health records, the effect of health reform on data collection and mandated data collection. April 12, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. eastern time.

https://www.mymeetings.com/emeet/rsvp/index.jsp?customHeader=mymeetings&Conference_ID=1823309&passcode=5820599



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