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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health News Clips
Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, Austin

September, 2011

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Today's Clips - September 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.

 

TEXAS NEWS

 

Fire victims face tough emotions

Austin American-Statesman

September 19, 2011

 

- In the parking lot at the Home Depot, over coffee and pancakes in the Whataburger, at the Shell convenience store, the recovery of Bastrop County has begun. ... Mental health problems are typical after disasters, experts said. Witnessing a traumatic event can leave people with anxiety, sleeplessness or depression. Some people have flashbacks or nightmares. Some abuse alcohol or drugs to cope. Physical effects can include headaches, stomachaches, sweating and chills.

http://www.statesman.com/news/local/fire-victims-face-tough-emotions-1865798.html

 

 

In Spicewood, community pitching in to help fire victims

Austin American-Statesman

September 17, 2011

 

...But here and other places, perhaps more important than the physical help is the mental assistance, Berkebile said. "When somebody needs to talk," he said, "sit down and listen." The community mobilization in Spicewood has been quick and effective, said volunteer and retired Austin firefighter Wayne Holly.

http://www.statesman.com/news/local/in-spicewood-community-pitching-in-to-help-fire-1864375.html

 

 

Ike social services grants expiring, but need persists

Houston Chronicle

September 19, 2011

 

... The social services disaster money runs out on Sept. 30, but the need for assistance by storm victims persists, officials said. ... Storm-related mental health issues continue to surface. Counselors at the Family Service Center in Galveston had 19 new patients in August, said social worker Holly McManus.

http://www.chron.com/default/article/Ike-social-services-grants-expiring-but-need-2177113.php

 

 

Suicide Prevention Week addresses warning signs for college students

Daily Texan

September 16, 2011

 

The purpose of this year's upcoming suicide prevention week is clear: to inform and educate students about the measures they can take if they think someone they know is at risk of suicide, said Counseling and Mental Health Center officials.

http://www.dailytexanonline.com/news/2011/09/16/suicide-prevention-week-addresses-warning-signs-college-students

 

 

School of Social Work cites programs as reason for more students

The Shorthorn - The University of Texas at Arlington

September 18, 2011

 

Distance learning classes and a new master's program have contributed to growth in the School of Social Work this fall. ...Santee said the higher demand for social workers is not only because of the economy but also because of the fallout from warfare. She said more schools, hospitals and the mental health sector are in need of social workers.

http://www.theshorthorn.com/index.php/news/university/27841-school-of-social-work-cites-programs-as-reason-for-more-students

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Doctors Avoid Penalties in Suits Against Medical Firms

ProPublica

September 16, 2011

 

Two years ago, drugmaker Eli Lilly pleaded guilty to illegally marketing its blockbuster antipsychotic Zyprexa for elderly patients. Lilly paid $1.4 billion in criminal penalties and settlements in four civil lawsuits. But a doctor named as a co-defendant in one suit - for allegedly taking kickbacks to prescribe the drug extensively at nursing homes - never was pursued. ... Rules governing doctors are less strict than those for drug companies. Doctors are permitted to talk about unapproved uses of drugs or prescribe them when they believe a patient will benefit.

http://www.propublica.org/article/doctors-avoid-penalties-in-suits-against-medical-firms 

 

 

Justice Department boosts activity to police the police

Washington Post

September 17, 2011

 

The Obama administration is ramping up civil rights enforcement against local police nationwide, opening a number of investigations to determine whether officers are guilty of brutality or discrimination against Hispanics and other minorities. In recent months, the Justice Department has begun inquiries into major city police departments such as Portland, Ore., where officers shot several people who had mental health issues, and Seattle, where police were accused of gunning down a homeless Native American woodcarver.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/justice-department-boosts-activity-to-police-the-police/2011/09/14/gIQA1JrQaK_story.html 

 

 

Miami man jailed 50 years for $205 million health fraud

KDAF - Dallas/Fort Worth

September 16, 2011

 

MIAMI (Reuters) - A Miami businessman was sentenced to 50 years in prison on Friday for masterminding a healthcare fraud scheme that sought to bilk the U.S. government out of more than $200 million. American Therapeutic was one of the nation's largest chains of community mental health centers licensed by Medicare.

http://www.the33tv.com/business/sns-rt-us-usa-healthcare-fraudtre78f4jm-20110916,0,7452760.story 

 

 

Caps and gowns behind locked gates

Los Angeles Times

September 17, 2011

 

... Except for those who commit the most serious and violent crimes, youthful offenders are now housed in county facilities, closer to their families, which experts say aids their rehabilitation. Besides a regular high school curriculum, the youths receive counseling and mental health services. California is one of the few states to retain oversight of juvenile offenders until the age of 25.

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-juvenile-school-20110917,0,2104115.story 

 

 

No decision yet on Vt. evacuated hospital patients

Houston Chronicle

September 16, 2011

 

WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) - State officials say no decision has been made about either the short- or long-term future of the Vermont State Hospital. The Department of Mental Health has been trying to find long-term accommodations for patients who were evacuated from the hospital in Waterbury during the Tropical Storm Irene flooding.

http://www.chron.com/news/article/No-decision-yet-on-Vt-evacuated-hospital-patients-2174163.php 

 

 

Fort Bragg manhunt raises mental health questions

Los Angeles Times

September 19, 2011

 

... Now, as nervous locals await an end to the manhunt, family members and mental health advocates are using Bassler's story to push for court-ordered mental health treatment - saying the approach might have helped the troubled 35-year-old before events turned tragic.

http://www.latimes.com/health/la-me-aaron-bassler-20110918,0,6874271.story 

 

 

Lawyers for Tucson shooting rampage suspect want court to deny more mental health treatment

Washington Post

September 16, 2011

 

TUCSON, Ariz. - Prosecutors claim the suspect in the deadly Tucson shooting rampage needs another eight months of mental health treatment at a federal prison facility in Missouri, but lawyers for Jared Lee Loughner asked a federal court Friday to deny any extension.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/lawyers-for-tucson-shooting-rampage-suspect-want-court-to-deny-more-mental-health-treatment/2011/09/16/gIQA6FDeYK_story.html 

 

 

No Death Penalty in '09 Iraq Deaths

New York Times

 September 19, 2011

 

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - An Army sergeant accused of killing four fellow soldiers and a Navy officer at a mental health clinic on a military base in Iraq two years ago should be tried for murder but should not face the possibility of execution because he suffers from serious mental illness, a military judge recommended.

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2011/09/19/us/AP-US-Iraq-Shooting-Hearing.html?scp=1&sq=mental&st=nyt 

 

 

HEALTHCARE REFORM

 

Mental Health Cuts: The "Super Committee" Debate

National Alliance on Mental Illness

September 19, 2011

 

A Congressional "super committee" currently is deliberating over how to reduce the federal budget deficit-to cut an additional $1.5 trillion over the next 10 years. Its recommendations are due Nov. 23, with a vote in Congress required by Dec. 23. The Kaiser Family Foundation and others recently held a special briefing by 11 leading experts to discuss Inside Deficit Reduction: What It Means for Mental Health Care. Individual video presentations can be viewed on line.

http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=Whats_New43&template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=127222 

 

 

Officials opposed to U.S. health-care law seeking interstate compact

Washington Post

September 17, 2011

 

... Signing on has drawbacks for states. The compact cannot be amended unless all participating states agree to the amendment and resubmit the bill to their legislatures. For elected officials who want to put their stamp on their state's laws, this can be a hard pill to swallow. Also, if states were underfunded in 2010 at the federal level, they would be stuck there under the compact. "We have 3 million people in Medicare and another 4 million on Medicaid and CHIP (the Children's Health Insurance Program)," said Anne Dunkelberg, associate director of the Austin-based Center for Public Policy Priorities, a think tank focusing on low- and moderate-income Texans. "Just now [in Texas] we're $600 below the national average per person for Medicaid."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/officials-opposed-to-us-health-care-law-seeking-interstate-compact/2011/09/16/gIQAVE0QaK_story.html 

 

 

Obama's debt-reduction plan: $3 trillion in savings, half from new tax revenue

Washington Post

September 18, 2011

 

... But the president won't call for any changes in Social Security, officials say, and is seeking less-aggressive changes to Medicare and Medicaid than previously considered. He will propose $320 billion in health-care savings but will not include raising the Medicare eligibility age from 65 to 67, officials said.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/obamas-new-debt-reduction-plan-to-draw-contrasts-with-republican-vision/2011/09/18/gIQAI9XddK_story.html?hpid=z1 

 

 

HHS Pushes Federal-State Partnerships For Insurance Exchanges

Kaiser Health News

September 19, 2011

 

Worried that the federal government could end up running new insurance marketplaces for dozens of states, the Obama administration is making a new pitch for cooperation to 46 states and the District of Columbia today. ... The exchanges, which open in 2014, are a key component of the health law, allowing individuals and small businesses to shop for coverage from a range of insurers, see if they qualify for low-income subsidies to help them buy policies - or enroll in Medicaid if they meet income requirements. The federal government will run exchanges for states that can't - or won't - do it themselves.

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2011/September/19/Exchange-Partnerships-States-Feds.aspx 

 

 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

 

Chronic disease to cost $47 trillion by 2030: WEF

Chicago Tribune

September 18, 2011

 

LONDON (Reuters) - The global economic impact of the five leading chronic diseases -- cancer, diabetes, mental illness, heart disease, and respiratory disease -- could reach $47 trillion over the next 20 years, according to a study by the World Economic Forum (WEF). ... Mental health, which is typically left off lists of leading NCDs, will account for $16 trillion -- a third of the overall $47 trillion anticipated costs.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/health/sns-rt-us-disease-chronic-coststre78h2iy-20110918,0,83915.story 

 

 

OPINIONS

 

Should homeless people work for their keep?

Austin American-Statesman

September 17, 2011

 

Should Austin's homeless people be put to work at the city-financed shelter? It's a question that Front Steps has struggled with for years ... many of the shelter's clients have mental health, drug or medical problems that would prevent them from doing chores, Gibbs said. There are, however, others who can and do help out around the building.

http://www.statesman.com/news/local/should-homeless-people-work-for-their-keep-1864631.html

 

 

Security and stigma after 9/11

Chicago Tribune

September 18, 2011

 

In this post-9/11 world, the need for security has become our addiction. It gives; it takes. It builds us up; it tears us down. It embraces us, but it is never enough. ... Case in point: A recent report by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. revealed that there have been several cases of Canadian citizens being blocked from entering the United States. The people were not terrorists, or criminals, or even mistakenly on any of the various watch lists. They were guilty of something apparently just as bad. They had experienced a mental illness.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/ct-perspec-0918-immigration-20110918,0,1632678.story 

 

 

RESEARCH

 

Molecular Evidence of Brain Changes in Depressed Females

ScienceDaily

September 16, 2011

 

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have discovered molecular-level changes in the brains of women with major depressive disorder that link two hypotheses of the biological mechanisms that lead to the illness.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/09/110916121150.htm 

 

 

Lack of Protein FKBP51 in Old Mice Improves Resilience to Depressive Behavior

ScienceDaily

September 15, 2011

 

Decreasing expression of a protein associated with susceptibility to depression made old mice resistant to depressive-like behavior while improving their hormonal response to stress, a study led by researchers at the University of South Florida found.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/09/110916092946.htm 

 

 

FEATURES & RESOURCES

 

Separated in Foster Care, Siblings Reunite in Camp

New York Times

September 16, 2011

 

... Camp to Belong, a nonprofit organization that reunites siblings separated in foster care, recently opened its first camp in New York. The organization was founded in 1995 in Las Vegas by Lynn Price, a former foster child who was separated from her sister growing up. It seeks to create healthy sibling relationships for foster children, who often have difficult family lives.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/17/nyregion/separated-in-foster-care-siblings-reunite-in-camp.html?scp=15&sq=mental&st=nyt 

 

 

Bullies bad for bottom line

Chicago Tribune

September 19, 2011

 

... In the most severe cases, a manager tries to sabotage an employee by taking credit for work or writing a negative performance review. More routinely, a co-worker or manager picks away at an employee, making cracks about them in front of other people, demeaning them even in subtle ways. This behavior may seem routine in a world of snarkiness, but when it happens day in and day out, and when the targeted person feels unable to fix the situation, it can lead to serious physical and mental health problems. Consider how difficult it might be, particularly in this job market, for a victim to protest the way a manager is treating them.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/tribu/ct-biz-0919-work-advice-huppke-20110918,0,840477.column 

 

 


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