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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health News and Grants
Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

July, 2011

HOGG FOUNDATION

 

Radio Interview Today: Cultural Diversity and Mental Health

Dr. Carol Show

July 28, 2011

 

Hogg Foundation for Mental Health Program Officer Rick Ybarra will be interviewed live on the Dr. Carol Show, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 28.

http://www.drcarolshow.com/ 

 

 

Webinar Archive Now Online: Financing Integrated Health Care Nationally and in Texas

Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

July 28, 2011

 

A recording of the webinar held this week, "Financing Integrated Health Care Nationally and in Texas," is now available online. A financing worksheet discussed during the webinar is also available.

http://www.hogg.utexas.edu/resources/webinars.html 

 

 

TEXAS NEWS

 

Report questions effectiveness of school discipline; Majority in study expelled, suspended during secondary years

Austin American-Statesman

July 18, 2011

 

A majority of Texas students followed during a six-year study were suspended or expelled during their middle and high school years, with the discipline falling disproportionately on African Americans and those with educational disabilities. ... The report, the first of its kind for Texas students, examined in-school suspensions, out-of-school suspensions and placement of students in specialty programs called the Disciplinary Alternative Education Program and the Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program.

http://www.statesman.com/news/texas-politics/report-questions-effectiveness-of-school-discipline-1621964.html 

 

 

Online program helps meet demand for nurses

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

July 27, 2011

 

Students who can't find slots in nursing programs now have another alternative: an online university that combines Internet course work with on-the-ground hospital training. Western Governors University, a nonprofit online university, designed the nursing pre-licensure degree program with the help of the Texas Workforce Commission, the U.S. Labor Department and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to help meet the nation's growing need for registered nurses.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/07/27/3251442/online-program-helps-meet-demand.html 

 

 

Operation Lone Star Brings Free Medical Care to South Texas

Texas Department of State health Services

July 19, 2011

 

Operation Lone Star, the annual effort to provide free medical care to people in South Texas, returns for two weeks beginning July 25. People in need can take advantage of services including health screenings and treatments, immunizations, student physicals, hearing and vision exams, behavioral health evaluation and a limited pharmacy. ... Last year, more than 12,000 people received medical services during the operation, and about 100,000 people have been helped over its 12-year history.

http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/news/releases/20110719.shtm 

 

 

Agency gets 1 of 12 grants in U.S. to grade Travis County's health

Austin American-Statesman

July 27, 2011

 

With a $35,000 grant, Austin health officials plan to do a comprehensive assessment of the community's health as the first step toward seeking accreditation for the health department. The Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department was one of 12 health departments in the nation to receive a grant to help it launch the communitywide health exam to prepare for accreditation, according to the National Association of County and City Health Officials, which made the awards.

http://www.statesman.com/news/local/agency-gets-1-of-12-grants-in-u-1662491.html 

 

 

Denton facility for mentally disabled hasn't fixed deficiencies

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

July 28, 2011

 

The Denton State Supported Living Center, which serves people with mental disabilities, has failed to meet most of the requirements of a court settlement to protect the patients from abuse and neglect and ensure that they receive proper medical care, according to a report by court monitors.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/07/27/3251439/denton-facility-for-mentally-disabled.html 

 

 

State funding unlikely for downtown Dallas homeless project

Dallas Morning News

July 27, 2011

 

A controversial proposal to build apartments in downtown Dallas for the formerly homeless has little chance of receiving financing through state-issued tax credits at a meeting in Austin on Thursday. The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs governing board is scheduled to vote Thursday on how to distribute tax credits that help finance affordable housing.

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/community-news/dallas/headlines/20110727-state-funding-unlikely-for-downtown-dallas-homeless-project.ece?action=reregister 

 

 

School Bullies

Fort Worth Weekly

July 27, 2011

 

Last month, Fort Worth schools trustees voted to broaden the district's antidiscrimination policy to include "gender identity and expression" for students. ... And in Fort Worth, according to dozens of employees, from maintenance workers to teachers and some administrators, bullying and intimidation for reasons other than sexual preference are so rampant and deeply ingrained that some workers have retired in order to escape it, while others have seen their careers stunted, their personal safety put at risk, or their mental health affected.

http://www.fwweekly.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4913:school-bullies&catid=30:cover-story&Itemid=375 

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Cost of Treating Veterans Will Rise Long Past Wars

The New York Times

July 28, 2011

 

WASHINGTON - Though the withdrawal of American military forces from Iraq and Afghanistan will save the nation billions of dollars a year, another cost of war is projected to continue rising for decades to come: caring for the veterans. ...Moreover, nearly one in five service members returning from deployment are thought to have symptoms of post-traumatic stress or major depression, according to a study by the RAND Corporation.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/28/us/28veterans.html?_r=1&ref=health 

 

 

Senators try to tackle long-term costs of war

Fort Worth Star-Telgram

July 27, 2011

 

WASHINGTON - ...So far, 1.3 million of the 2.3 million active-duty military personnel and reservists who have been deployed to combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan have become eligible for the VA's health care services, said Heidi Golding, principal analyst for military and veterans' compensation with the Congressional Budget Office. The most common medical conditions diagnosed were musculoskeletal disorders and mental health problems.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/07/27/3250686/senators-try-to-tackle-long-term.html 

 

 

Grim choice for families of children refusing psychiatric treatment

The Philadelphia Inquirer

July 28, 2011

 

Under Pennsylvania law, involuntary commitment to a mental-health facility is an option only if patients have demonstrated within the last month that they are a danger to themselves or others. Even then, forced treatment can last no more than five days without a court order, and, once released, the patient is under no obligation to continue treatment or medication to control the illness. ... In many cases, those tight restrictions - while protecting patient rights - leave families on edge, waiting for the worst to happen.

http://www.philly.com/philly/health_and_science/20110728_Grim_choice_for_families_of_children_refusing_psychiatric_treatment.html 

 

 

Plaintiffs alleged youth center limited visits

San Antonio Express-News

July 27, 2011

 

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Hinds County cannot limit the access of youth advocacy groups to juveniles held in the local detention center, a federal judge has ruled. ... The groups sued the center in June alleging the juveniles were subjected to abuse. The two groups monitor conditions at juvenile detention centers statewide. DRM is a nonprofit agency with a federal mandate to protect the rights of people with disabilities.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/article/Plaintiffs-alleged-youth-center-limited-visits-1610833.php 

 

 

Feds seek dismissal of Loughner's video request

Austin American-Statesman

July 28, 2011

 

PHOENIX (AP) - Prosecutors asked a judge to dismiss a request by the lawyers for the Tucson shooting rampage suspect to have all psychiatric assessments of their client videotaped while he's at a prison medical facility in Missouri.

http://www.statesman.com/news/nation/feds-seek-dismissal-of-loughners-video-request-1660935.html?cxtype=rss_ece_frontpage 

 

 

HEALTHCARE REFORM

 

Overhaul Law To Boost Health Spending, Barely

National Public Radio

July 28, 2011

 

A fresh analysis of the nation's health spending suggests that over the next 10 years, the Democrats' Affordable Care Act will boost the number of people with health insurance by about 30 million, while health costs overall will rise by only one-tenth of a percentage point more than they would have if the law hadn't passed.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2011/07/28/138780902/overhaul-law-to-boost-health-spending-barely 

 

 

Nation's Health Care Bill To Nearly Double By 2020

Kaiser Health News

July 28, 2011

 

The federal health law, which will expand coverage to 30 million currently uninsured Americans, will have little effect on the nation's rising health spending in the next decade, a government report said today.

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2011/July/28/health-care-spending-to-double.aspx 

 

 

Poll Finds Americans Gloomy On Some Promises In Health Law

Kaiser Health News

July 28, 2011

 

Americans are pessimistic that the new health care law will improve the quality of medicine, do a better job protecting consumers or lower costs, a new poll shows.

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2011/July/28/kff-poll-americans-gloomy-health-law-promises.aspx 

 

 

Health care use trend may temper premium hikes

San Antonio Express-News

July 27, 2011

 

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Consumers may catch a little break when their health insurance policies renew. Lower-than-expected use of health care has helped push insurer earnings higher and that may temper how much they increase premiums.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/business/article/Health-care-use-trend-may-temper-premium-hikes-1616593.php 

 

 

Health On The Hill: Medicare, Medicaid Taken Off Table In Budget Talks

Kaiser Health News

July 27, 2011

 

Neither the Boehner nor the Reid plans include cuts to Medicare or Medicaid.  KHN's Mary Agnes Carey talks with Jackie Judd about why that happened and what could bring these entitlements back into the deficit-reduction conversation.

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2011/July/27/health-on-the-hill-medicare-medicaid-budget-talks.aspx 

 

 

OPINIONS

 

Modern prescription for mental illness: go directly to jail

Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)

July 28, 2011

 

Prison is a concentrate of mental disorder. These illnesses run at three to four times the rate in the prison population that they do in the unimprisoned community. About 54 per cent of women and 47 per cent of men in prison are reported as having been assessed or treated for a mental health problem. This includes anxiety, depression, psychosis and bipolar disorders. The really deeply disturbed inmates have to find room at the limited facilities of prison forensic hospitals. Ninety per cent of women in the reception centres have experienced a mental disorder within 12 months of imprisonment

http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/modern-prescription-for-mental-illness-go-directly-to-jail-20110728-1i20q.html 

 

 

A $200 million insult: Army seeks 'shrinks' to meet behavioral health crisis; Why the U.S. military's mental health crisis won't be solved anytime soon

Behavioral Healthcare

July 2011

 

More than four years after initial news accounts about a "mental health crisis" in the Army, a crisis well known to many in the behavioral health field but not discussed publicly until the November 2009 shootings at Fort Hood, Texas, I was astonished yesterday to see a news release, issued on behalf of the U.S. Army, saying that the Army was "In Search of Shrinks" to help it deal with the problem. My jaw dropped and it's been there since.  Seriously?

http://behavioral.net/ME2/dirmod.asp?sid=&nm=&type=Publishing&mod=Publications::Article&mid=64D490AC6A7D4FE1AEB453627F1A4A32&tier=4&id=CD0DE995E8C449778FF637857651E998&WA_MAILINGLEVEL_CODE 

 

 

Discipline study a real eye opener

San Antonio Express-News

July 28, 2011

 

... The startling findings in Breaking Schools' Rules: A statewide study of how school discipline relates to students' success and juvenile justice involvement, conducted by the Council of State Governments Justice Centers in partnership with the Public Policy Research Institute at Texas A&M University, should be cause for concern for all parents. The findings are almost incredible.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/article/Discipline-studya-real-eye-opener-1615798.php 

 

 

Lois Kolkhorst: Health Care Compact overrides 'one size fits all' approach

Dallas Morning News

July 27, 2011

 

... This compact gets the federal government out of the health care regulation business and moves the decision-making authority back home to Texas. ... It's not a radical idea, but that doesn't stop some on the radical left from misrepresenting our intentions. The Health Care Compact does not speak directly to any particular health care policy or theory. It's not a path to destroy anyone's safety net. In fact, a compact gives our states a way to experiment, exchange ideas and protect and provide for health care obligations far into the 21st century.

http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/latest-columns/20110727-lois-kolkhorst-health-care-compact-overrides-one-size-fits-all-approach.ece 

 

 

Is a spider bite like a rickety staircase or botched surgery?

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

July 27, 2011

 

... But if everything that happens in nursing homes can be considered related to healthcare, then the homes always can hide behind high hurdles of the law, even if they're serving tainted meat, using cleaning solvents with poisonous fumes or leaving staircases dangerously in disrepair. That's increasingly relevant as the population ages.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/07/27/3251137/is-a-spider-bite-like-a-rickety.html 

 

 

The Medicare "Wellness" Farce

The Cypress Times

July 27, 2011

 

... Medicare payment for the first annual wellness visit is $161.05, and for a follow-up is $107.37, and there's no deductible or copay. Most of the "no touch" visit can be done by a nurse and other team members, such as a health educator. ... You'll be screened for risk factors for depression and for mental health or cognitive problems. You'll be checked for risk of falling down. A list will be created of your medications and all your regular providers and suppliers.

http://www.thecypresstimes.com/article/News/Opinion_Editorial/THE_MEDICARE_WELLNESS_FARCE/48487 

 

 

RESEARCH

 

Some Nose-Job Patients May Have Mental Illness

The New York Times

July 27, 2011

 

Many people who complain about the size or shape of their noses show signs of mental illness, a new study suggests. About one in three people seeking rhinoplasty - commonly called a nose job - have signs of body dysmorphic disorder, a mental health condition in which a person has an unnatural preoccupation with slight or imagined defects in appearance.

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/07/27/some-nose-job-patients-may-have-mental-illness/ 

 

 

Heart rate variability linked to psychosis severity in schizophrenia

Med Wire News

July 28, 2011

 

Heart rate variability (HRV) in patients with schizophrenia is significantly associated with the severity of their psychosis symptoms, researchers report.

http://www.medwire-news.md/47/93632/Psychiatry/Heart_rate_variability_linked_to_psychosis_severity_in_schizophrenia.html 

 

 

Creativity levels increased during bipolar mania

Med Wire News

July 28, 2011

 

Bipolar disorder patients who are experiencing an episode of mania, or a mixed episode, score significantly higher on measures of creativity than those who are experiencing a depressive episode, research shows.

http://www.medwire-news.md/47/93631/Psychiatry/Creativity_levels_increased_during_bipolar_mania.html 

 

 

FEATURES & RESOURCES

 

Webinar: Developing a Compliance Workplan

National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare

 

The Affordable Care Act requires, for the first time, all Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP providers to have a compliance program. A compliance workplan, a framework for establishing and developing a compliance program, can assist provider organizations in prioritizing tasks to ensure that their  compliance programs address compliance risk areas and promote high-quality and reimbursable services. Join this webinar to learn the essential elements of a strong compliance workplan and how to integrate it into your organization's practices. Thursday, July 28, 2011, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. eastern time.

https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/498869987 

 

 

Affordable Care Act Interactive Community Forum

Austin Travis County Integral Care

 

Austin Travis County Integral Care is hosting its first interactive townhall to discuss the Affordable Care Act (Healthcare Reform) and how it will impact our community. Texas Council of Community Centers Health Care Policy Director Melissa Rowan will provide an overview of the Affordable Care Act including the various stages of implementation and how the proposed provisions will impact people with behavioral health and intellectual and developmental disabilities in our community. Tuesday, August 23, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. in Austin.

https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?llr=6rbxs7dab&oeidk=a07e4g9gv92bd7d5b08&oseq=

 

 

Healthy Communities: The Intersection of Community Development and Health

Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

 

Amid the reforms of the American health care system, a movement to improve health on the community level has been gaining traction. This movement promotes not only access to health care but access to healthier environments and nutritious food. Discover how the community development and health sectors are working together to reduce persistent health inequalities and create healthier communities for all. Sept. 28, 2011 in Houston.

http://dallasfed.org/cd/events/2011/healthy.cfm 

 

 

When Life Hands You Teenagers

Grant Halliburton Foundation

 

What do you do when that sweet, innocent child you once knew turns into a moody, rebellious, unpredictable teenager? Get answers and guidance from the experts at this enlightening conference for parents, counselors, educators and others who work with teens. Wednesday, September 21, 2011

8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Dallas. CEUs available.

http://www.granthalliburton.org/wlhyt.html



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