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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health News
Hogg Foundation for Mental Health News

August, 2011

Today's Clips - August 19, 2011 


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.





Local woman gets Hogg scholarship: Ana Luisa Laws majors in pediatric oncology

Houston Chronicle

August 16, 2011


For Houston Graduate College of Social Work student Ana Luisa Laws, caring for others is something she has wanted to do ever since she moved from her native home of Guatemala to the United States in 1984. Now she'll be able to master the techniques and methods to care for patients without having pay a cent for her schooling, thanks to a bilingual scholarship fund established three years ago for people just like herself. Laws, 32, is one of only five students in Texas, named a recipient of the prestigious Hogg Foundation Scholarship, which pays for her final year of graduate school. 



Texas Appleseed Launches New Facebook Page on Texas Mental Health Code Policy Project

Texas Appleseed

August 2011


The Texas Mental Health Code (TMHC) Project is a policy initiative funded by the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. Texas Appleseed is the primary grantee, with Disability Rights Texas as a partner. Dr. Susan Stone is the contracted facilitator of the project. This is a two-year grant awarded in November of 2010. The end result will be a report that outlines issues and suggested changes to the TMHC to better reflect our current behavioral health system. 





HHS awards $40 Million in grants to sign up children for health coverage

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

August 18, 2011


WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced $40 million in grants for efforts to identify and enroll children eligible for Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Grants were awarded to 39 state agencies, community health centers, school-based organizations and non-profit groups in 23 states. The two-year grants are authorized under the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) of 2009. Texas recipients: Texas Association of Community Health Centers, Inc., $978,714; Community Council of Greater Dallas, $978,714; Texas Leadership Center, $1,000,000. 



Texans access to health care lacking; Current budget situation is likely to create even more stress as population continues to grow

San Antonio Express-News

August 18, 2011


... With 26 percent of its residents lacking health insurance, Texas ranks the worst in the nation for health care coverage. Premiums are well above the national average. The number of Texans who qualify for Medicaid has grown 80 percent since 2001. While Perry trumpets the state's balanced budget, he fails to mention that lawmakers this year cut $805 million from doctors serving Medicaid patients, and that they also postponed $4 billion in Medicaid costs for payment in the next budget cycle. 



Senator Nelson Receives Award for Foster Care Redesign

Texas Insider Report

August 18, 2011


AUSTIN, Texas - State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, today received the Public Policy Leadership Award from the Texas Network of Youth Services for passing legislation to improve the foster care system. ...Senator Nelson also passed SB 219 to enhance access to mental health care to help children in foster care overcome the trauma and break the cycle of abuse and neglect. 



City renews EMS contract with UT Health Science Center, overruling firefighters' complaints that the pact needs a better review

San Antonio Express-News

August 18, 2011


The City Council renewed a two-year contract Thursday with the University of Texas Health Science Center to operate the city's EMS division, despite continued complaints from the San Antonio Professional Firefighters' Association and an incomplete third-party review of the system. 



Dallas' Parkland Hospital to release patient safety report today

Dallas Morning News

August 18, 2011


A long-awaited and highly critical federal government report on patient safety at Parkland Memorial Hospital will be released Friday at a special meeting of the hospital's board of managers. 



UNT to establish pharmacy school in Fort Worth

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

August 18, 2011


FORT WORTH -- The University of North Texas System is on the "fast track" to launch the region's first pharmacy school, part of continuing efforts to position itself as a cutting edge medical training and research institution, Chancellor Lee Jackson said Thursday. 



University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing Faculty Member Selected to Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows Program

The University of Texas at Austin

August 19, 2011


Dr. Linda Yoder, associate professor and director of the nursing administration graduate concentration at The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing, has been named a 2011 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Executive Nurse Fellow. ... The RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows Program provides coaching, education and other support to strengthen nurses' ability to lead teams and organizations in improving health and health care. 



Herschel Walker visits students: Star talks about the effects of bullying

El Paso Times

August 19, 2011


... "I stand before you telling you I used to be bullied and I used to be beat up every day," Walker said, detailing instances of bullying he went through as a youth. "Sometimes you don't know how bad it hurts to beat on someone." 



Capital trial begins for Dollar General double murder

San Antonio Express News

August 18, 2011


... His trial got off to a rough start Thursday when state District Judge Juanita Vasquez-Gardner asked him how he wished to plead and he answered, "Insanity." Defense attorneys asked the judge to enter a "not guilty" plea on his behalf. ..."I feel I'm innocent because I have a mental illness," he said. "If I would have been on medication that day, I believe I would have walked away." At that point, defense attorneys asked the judge to order the defendant to stop talking so his rights could be protected, pointing out he didn't meet the requirements for an insanity defense. 





Quinn signs new laws affecting behavioral health

Chicago Tribune

August 18, 2011


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill.- Gov. Pat Quinn has signed new laws affecting treatment of behavioral health problems in Illinois. Quinn signed the legislation Thursday at Alexian Brothers Center for Mental Health in the Chicago suburb of Arlington Heights. One measure will require insurance companies to provide equal coverage for mental health and substance abuse disorders. Another creates a task force to develop a plan for state mental health and developmental disabilities services.,0,2353818.story 



The Nation: A Silent Struggle For Student Veterans

National Public Radio

August 19, 2011


Veterans in college are six times more likely to attempt suicide than the typical student and more than a fifth have planned to kill themselves, a new study presented at the American Psychological Association's annual meeting shows. Universities are largely unprepared to meet the educational and mental health needs of the more than one million veterans expected to enter institutions of higher education in the next decade according to the report. 



Are Military Pensions Too 'Generous'?

The New York Times

August 19, 2011


WASHINGTON (AP) - It sounds like a pretty good deal: Retire at age 38 after 20 years of work and get a monthly pension of half your salary for the rest of your life. All you have to do is join the military. ... Many opposed to any change cite the profound sacrifices troops and their families have made over the past decade, with repeated tours of duty, a crisis of ballooning military suicides and hundreds of thousands of cases of mental health problems, just to mention a few effects of war.



Department of Mental Health lays off 582 statewide

Montgomery Advertiser (Montgomery, Alabama)

August 19, 2011


The Department of Mental Health is laying off 582 employees statewide -- a quarter of their workforce -- including employees at Greil Memorial Psychiatric Hospital in Montgomery. In a statement, commissioner Zelia Baugh said the loss of feder­al stimulus money had created a $14 million deficit that the depart­ment could only address through job cuts. 



Theme park drops criticized Halloween names offensive to mental health advocates


August 18, 2011


Mental health advocates were not amused by an Ohio amusement park's Halloween-themed attractions, prompting the park to announce a name change almost a year after the original offense was made. Dr. D. Mented's Asylum for the Criminally Insane, a haunted house, and a music show dubbed The Edge of Madness: Still Crazy, at Cedar Point in Sandusky drew the ire of the National Alliance on Mental Illness when they debuted as part of the park's HalloWeekends last September. 



In Lancaster, plans for a court for veterans

San Antonio Express News

August 19, 2011


LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) - More than 250 local veterans sit in the steel-and-concrete cells of Lancaster County Prison. Many of them are accused of crimes that occurred as they tried to readjust to "civilian lives," as one veteran put it. A county judge believes some of those crimes deserve special attention and treatment. So Judge Jeffery Wright will soon begin hearing those cases in a specialty court for veterans. 



Calif. mayor not resigning after homeless death

Austin American-Statesman

August 17, 2011


FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) - The mayor of a California city where residents are outraged over the death of a mentally ill homeless man following a police confrontation said Wednesday he won't step down. 





TA soldiers at greater risk of mental health problems and alcohol abuse on their return to the UK

Daily Mail

August 19, 2011


British Army reserves returning from Afghanistan are more likely to suffer mental health problems than full-time troops because they struggle more to readjust to civilian life.

Many Territorial Army soldiers found the transition from military life to be 'challenging' - putting them at greater risk of developing serious psychological problems linked to the battlefield. 





California's prisoner shuffle

Los  Angeles Times

August 19, 2011


The reality that tens of thousands of California state prisoners may soon be sent to local lockups is beginning to hit home. Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich likens the impending prisoner influx to a "bar scene - a violent bar scene that you saw in 'Star Wars.'" That may be overstating the case. But the fact is that the U.S. Supreme Court decision ordering California to reduce its prison population by 30,000 - to be achieved in part by having more low-level offenders serve their time in county jails - is going to have serious repercussions.,0,1026597.story 



A population left behind

The Arizona Republic

August 19, 2011


Mental-health services in Arizona have been slashed four fiscal years in a row. Elected officials say the pain is necessary and unavoidable. That is not true. Here's why: The cuts were shortsighted, counterproductive and fiscally irresponsible. 





Study: Only 1 in 5 medical malpractice cases pay

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

August 17, 2011


ATLANTA (AP) -- Only 1 in 5 malpractice claims against doctors leads to a settlement or other payout, according to the most comprehensive study of these claims in two decades. But while doctors and their insurers may be winning most of these challenges, that's still a lot of fighting. Each year about 1 in 14 doctors is the target of a claim, and most physicians and virtually every surgeon will face at least one in their careers, the study found. 



Your co-workers could be dangerous to your health

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

August 19, 2011


A new study by Israeli researchers suggests that your coworkers could be killing you. In the May issue of the journal Health Psychology, researchers at Tel Aviv University report that in the workplace, "the risk of mortality was significantly lower for those reporting high levels of peer social support." ... The subjects' health was monitored, allowing the researchers to control for bad habits like smoking and medical conditions like high blood pressure and depression. 



Childhood ADHD Prevalence Rises By 28% In Ten Years In USA

Medical News Today

August 19, 2011


Over a ten-year period, the prevalence of children diagnosed with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) rose from 7% to 9% of all children, an increase of 28%, according to a report issued by the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the CDC. 



Sex Differences in Mental Illness: Men More Likely to Develop Substance Abuse, Antisocial Problems; Women More Likely to Develop Anxiety, Depression

Science Daily News

August 19, 2011


When it comes to mental illness, the sexes are different: Women are more likely to be diagnosed with anxiety or depression, while men tend toward substance abuse or antisocial disorders, according to a new study published by the American Psychological Association. 



Deficit schizophrenia linked to increased risk for tardive dyskinesia

Med Wire News

August 19, 2011


Patients with the deficit subtype of schizophrenia are more likely to experience tardive dyskinesia (TD) than those with nondeficit schizophrenia, research shows. 



SUD a key cause of premature death in mood disorder patients

Med Wire News

August 19, 2011


Results from a US study show that comorbid substance use disorders (SUDs) are a significant cause of premature death in patients with mood disorders. 





SAMHSA awards $1.5 million to support the appropriate use of opioid medications


August 17, 2011


Medical professionals will gain access to free clinical support in the use of opioid medications through a new grant announced by SAMHSA today. SAMHSA awarded $1.5 million to the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry to develop a Prescriber's Clinical Support System. 



Mental hygiene: Dealing with back to school stress

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

August 19, 2011


High school may offer new freedom and opportunities, but it also raises concerns about the overwhelming pressures to succeed and the need to find balance between schoolwork and social life. Adolescent years are already filled with emotions, changes and added responsibilities. Add your parents, teachers and friends' expectations to the mix, and you have yourself a potential soap opera. Let The Mash give you some tips on overcoming some of your top worries: schoolwork, extracurriculars, social problems, peer pressure and self-image.


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