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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

March, 2012

OLLU student awarded Hogg Foundation Scholarship

Our Lady of the Lake University

February 29, 2012

 

... "The Hogg Scholarship program recognizes the need for social work professionals who are competent in multicultural environments, something the Worden School of Social Service emphasizes," said Dr. William Rainford, director of the Worden School of Social Service. "OLLU students have received this scholarship each year since its inception, and we are proud to be contributing to the cultural diversity of the Texas mental health workforce."

http://admissions.ollusa.edu/s/1190/ollu-form.aspx?sid=1190&gid=1&pgid=277&cid=9680&ecid=9680&crid=0&calpgid=408&calcid=6948 

 

 

TEXAS NEWS

 

College of Nursing awarded grant to produce diverse group of Ph.D. students, researchers

University of Texas at Arlington

February 16, 2012

 

The University of Texas at Arlington's College of Nursing will use a new $419,000 federal grant to bolster recruitment of minorities to its nursing Ph.D. program with hopes of addressing cultural disparities in health research and patient care.

http://www.uta.edu/news/releases/2012/02/conphd-grant.php 

 

 

Local Leader Selected for National Lifetime Achievement Award

Austin Travis County Integral Care

February 29, 2012

 

David Evans, chief executive officer for Austin Travis County Integral Care, was selected as the national recipient of the 2012 Saul Feldman Award for Lifetime Achievement. This award is presented by ACMHA: The College for Behavioral Health Leadership, and named after one of ACMHA's founders, whose contributions to the advancement of policy in mental health improved the lives of millions.

http://www.integralcare.org/ama/orig/Press_Releases/Evans_ACMHAaward.pdf 

 

 

Behavioral Hospital of Bellaire to expand

Ultimate Bellaire

February 29, 2012

 

The Behavioral Hospital of Bellaire began expanding programs and patient capacity this February. The expansion is due to a growing demand for mental health and substance abuse treatment in Harris County.Additions this month have included six new beds to the hospital's existing 70 beds and a new evening outpatient mental health and substance abuse program.

http://ultimatebellaire.com/stories/331425-behavioral-hospital-of-bellaire-to-expand 

 

 

'Thinspiration' Blogs Negatively Encourage Women With Eating Disorders

CW 33 - Dallas/Fort Worth

February 29, 2012

 

DALLAS - It is called 'thinspiration,' or 'thinspo' for short.   They are blogs written by people with anorexia or bulimia, where the writers discuss their experiences as they try to lose unhealthy amounts of weight. ... Harrell battled her eating disorder from fifth grade until her senior year of college, when her body could no longer take the physical toll of her mental illness. "I found myself in a treatment center for several months, just really trying to get to the core of what caused that," Harrell told CW 33 News.

http://www.the33tv.com/about/station/newsteam/kdaf-thinspiration-blogs-negatively-encourage-women-with-eating-disorders-20120229,0,3303196.story 

 

 

DFW healthcare scheme went unnoticed for years

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

February 29, 2012

 

DALLAS -- ...Authorities say Dr. Jacques Roy and six others indicted for healthcare fraud certified 11,000 Medicare beneficiaries through more than 500 home health providers in that time. Those numbers would have made Roy's Medicare practice the busiest in the country. But an investigation into Roy and his business practices didn't begin until about a year ago, officials said.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2012/02/29/3774144/dfw-healthcare-scheme-went-unnoticed.html 

 

 

EPPD officer placed on leave after home searched in health-care inquiry

El Paso Times

March 1, 2012

 

An El Paso police officer was placed on leave after federal agents searched his home Wednesday as part of an investigation into health-care fraud.

http://www.elpasotimes.com/news/ci_20076150 

 

 

Police: Man shot foster daughter

KTRK - Houston

February 29, 2012

 

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- A man shot his adult foster daughter in what police are calling an apparent case of self-defense. Investigators say the 23-year old woman was wielding a knife when her foster father shot her in the head. ...They say the woman may have some mental issues.

http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news/local&id=8563623 

 

 

Good Samaritans say man fired at them after crash

Houston Chronicle

March 1, 2012

 

... While investigators were at the scene of the crash, officers were dispatched to another section of the interstate at Southcross Boulevard about 8:30 a.m., where a 58-year-old man appeared ready to jump onto the busy freeway. ... Officers blocked several lanes along I-37 while officials with Bexar County's mental health unit spoke to the man and talked him out of jumping, said Bexar County sheriff's Detective Louis Antu.

http://www.chron.com/news/local_news/article/After-rollover-man-allegedly-shoots-at-good-3370260.php 

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

States consider drug testing welfare recipients

USA Today

February 29, 2012

 

Getting welfare and food stamps may become tougher as 23 states around the USA seek to adopt stricter laws that would require public aid recipients to take drug tests.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2012-02-17/welfare-food-stamps-drug-testing-laws/53306804/1?loc=interstitialskip 

 

 

House passes overhaul of Ga. juvenile justice law

San Antonio Express-News

February 29, 2012

 

ATLANTA (AP) - Juvenile courts would have to conduct an assessment of children's mental health needs before committing them into state custody as part of an overhaul of the juvenile justice code passed Wednesday by House lawmakers.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/article/House-passes-overhaul-of-Ga-juvenile-justice-law-3371349.php 

 

 

Pickiness: The Secret Eating Disorder Nobody's Talking About

Newsweek

March 1, 2012

 

Many children don't like eating their fruits and veggies, but for thousands of adults, picky eating isn't something they can outgrow. It can even be life-crippling, though it's not yet officially recognized as an eating disorder.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/03/01/pickiness-the-secret-eating-disorder-nobody-s-talking-about.html 

 

 

Father of drowned girls: 'It's inexplicable'

Los Angeles Times

March 1, 2012

 

... Taque said he doesn't blame his wife and doesn't want her behind bars. He just wants her to get psychiatric help, he said. Valle was suffering from anxiety and on antidepressants, he said. She also had burning pain in her back and her stomach. "She felt like she was going to die," he said. "Nobody listened to her." Valle sought help at both clinics and hospitals, Taque said, but never got the mental health treatment she needed. One day, Taque said, Valle went to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center complaining of anxiety and headaches. She waited eight hours but never saw a mental health worker, he said.

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-drowned-girls-dad-20120226,0,3284894.story 

 

 

HEALTHCARE REFORM

 

First Senate vote looms on Obama birth control policy

My Fox DFW

March 1, 2012

 

...They claim the bill is "a wolf in sheep's clothing," and may allow employers to exclude coverage for any conditions they find religiously or morally objectionable. They say this could become a slippery slope, resulting in the exclusion of coverage for HIV & AIDS, mental health, hemophilia, STD's and more.

http://www.myfoxdfw.com/dpp/news/national/foxnews/First-Senate-vote-looms-on-Obama-birth-control-policy_05566543 

 

 

OPINIONS

 

Parkland's board chairman was part of the Dallas County hospital's 'transparency' problem

Dallas Morning News

February 29, 2012

 

Dr. Lauren McDonald might be leaving her long-held post at the head of Parkland Memorial Hospital's governing board for the greater good, or perhaps her political account has finally run dry. Maybe she's just tired.

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/columnists/jacquielynn-floyd/20120229-parklands-board-chairman-was-part-of-the-dallas-county-hospitals-transparency-problem.ece 

 

 

Born to Not Get Bullied

New York Times

February 29, 2012

 

... Searching for ways to ease the trauma of adolescence for other kids, Lady Gaga came to Harvard University on Wednesday for the formal unveiling of her Born This Way Foundation, meant to empower kids and nurture a more congenial environment in and out of schools. Lady Gaga is on to something important here. Experts from scholars to Education Secretary Arne Duncan are calling for more focus on bullying not only because it is linked to high rates of teen suicide, but also because it is an impediment to education.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/01/opinion/kristof-born-to-not-get-bullied.html 

 

 

Challenging the Policy of Disdain for Chronically Homeless People

Health Affairs

February 24, 2012

 

... We still have far too many homeless children in America, but the problem of chronic homelessness isn't usually about kids. And it isn't quite so easy to get funding to help chronically homeless adults. Many in this population have drug addictions or psychoses that have prevented them from finishing school and working. Some have served in the military and have returned from battlefields with physical and psychological scars. Most have at some point appeared on our street corners and highway exit ramps, sometimes begging for food and money. We neither sympathize nor empathize with them.

http://healthaffairs.org/blog/2012/02/24/challenging-the-policy-of-disdain-for-chronically-homeless-people/?cat=grantwatch 

 

 

Skid row: Hoarding trash on sidewalks isn't a right

Los Angeles Times

February 28, 2012

 

... Severe mental illness and addiction dramatically alter a person's judgment; not surprisingly, unsanitary hoarding is quite a common problem among skid row's homeless. And though it isn't pleasant to discuss the condition of those belongings, simply imagine what your possessions would be like if you stored them outside for weeks, months or even years. Imagine what your clothes would smell like if you lived in them for weeks without bathing while sleeping on contaminated sidewalks that reek from excrement. Imagine what your food might be like sitting on that same sidewalk. Imagine what your mattress might incubate.

http://opinion.latimes.com/opinionla/2012/02/skid-row-trash-sidewalks-blowback.html 

 

 

RESEARCH

 

Dad's Depression May Rub Off on Child's Behavior

HealthDay

February 29, 2012

 

Children with a depressed father are more likely to have emotional or behavioral problems, new research finds.

http://consumer.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=662155 

 

 

Predictors of QoL identified in Japanese inpatients with schizophrenia

MedWire News

March 1, 2012

 

Results from a Japanese study show that increased negative symptoms, psychological discomfort, and resistance (uncooperativeness) are significantly associated with reduced quality of life (QoL) among inpatients with schizophrenia.

http://www.medwire-news.md/47/97880/Psychiatry/Predictors_of_QoL_identified_in_Japanese_inpatients_with_schizophrenia.html 

 

 

Cannabis use tied to psychosis recovery trouble

Chicago Tribune

March 1, 2012

 

(Reuters) - People who suffer an episode of psychotic symptoms may want to steer clear of marijuana afterwards, according to a study from the Netherlands. Researchers, whose findings appeared in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, found that people who kept smoking cannabis after a psychotic break tended to have certain problems in recovery.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/health/sns-rt-us-health-cannabis-psychosistre820113-20120301,0,4275748.story 

 

 

Deep brain stimulation effective for bipolar and unipolar depression

MedWire News

March 1, 2012

 

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is an effective intervention for treatment-resistant depression in patients with either bipolar II disorder or major depressive disorder, say US researchers.

http://www.medwire-news.md/47/97879/Psychiatry/Deep_brain_stimulation_effective_for_bipolar_and_unipolar_depression.html 

 

 

FEATURES & RESOURCES

 

Workshop: Update on Forensic Evaluations for Juveniles and Adults

Capacity for Justice

 

Participants will learn about key steps in the criminal adjudicatory process; recent developments and possible changes in Texas mental health law and criminal procedure; various roles of the forensic child & adolescent psychiatrist/ psychologist in juvenile justice assessment and the history and procedure of juvenile court; how to conduct evaluations in a juvenile justice setting; ethical issues and the main elements of the specialty guidelines for forensic psychologists and psychiatrists; how to apply specialty guidelines and ethical issues to practical situations; and how to work with an attorney on mental health evaluations for competence/sanity. 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. March 30, 2012, in Austin.

http://texaspsych.org/associations/246/files/C4J%20Workshop%20Brochure%20Final.pdf 

 

 

PHILANTHROPY

 

Public Policy Engagement During an Election Year

Grantmakers In Health

February 20, 2012

 

Political elections create both challenges and opportunities for foundations seeking to inform and influence the public policy process. Philanthropic organizations have broad latitude to conduct or sponsor a variety of policyrelated activities, and this flexibility includes the ability to promote civic engagement and encourage informed participation in democratic elections.

http://gih.org/files/FileDownloads/Issue%5FFocus%5FPolicy%2DEngagement%5F2%2D20%2D12.pdf 

 

 

GIH Bulletin

Grantmakers In Health

February 20, 2012

 

Newsletter on philanthropic activities related to health care.

http://gih.org/files/FileDownloads/GIH2-20-12.pdf 

 

 

University Hospitals Receives $50 Million Gift, Launches Effort to Accelerate Drug Development

Philanthropy News Digest

March 1, 2012

 

University Hospitals in Cleveland has announced a $250 million initiative to dramatically change how drugs advance from discovery to commercialization and boost patient access to advanced treatments and cures. A $50 million gift from the Harrington family, well known entrepreneurs and philanthropists in Cleveland, will help launch the effort.

http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/news/story.jhtml;jsessionid=MYBDGAIGGNTBBLAQBQ4CGW15AAAACI2F?id=372600011 

 

 

Altering Clothes, and Lives, With Design

New York Times

February 29, 2012

 

... Having graduated this past December, Ms. Scott has now founded the Empowerment Plan, a nonprofit company, where she is training and paying recently homeless women to produce the coats for those living on the streets. Already they have made 275 coats - 100 of which have been given to homeless people in Detroit and two of which Ms. Scott gave to Occupy Wall Street supporters she met while visiting New York this winter.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/01/fashion/young-designers-focus-efforts-on-homeless-population-in-detroit.html



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