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April, 2013

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Today's Clips - April 26, 2013 


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.


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Janek Awaits Direction From Lege on Medicaid Expansion


Texas Tribune


April 26, 2013




Texas Executive Health Commissioner Kyle Janek clarified on Thursday why negotiations between the federal government and the Health and Human Services Commission on whether to expand Medicaid are at a standstill: He's waiting on the Legislature. 





Mental health needs, cartels top issues for region sheriffs

Midland Reporter-Telegram

April 25, 2013


As someone who speaks about sheriff issues across the state, Lubbock County Sheriff Kelly Rowe said mental health is one of the top issues that jail administrators and staff talk about. 



Civil rights group questions fatal officer-involved shooting

Austin American-Statesman

April 25, 2013


...In a letter, the Texas Civil Rights Project asked the council to appoint an independent consultant on handling police mental health calls to investigate the death of Herbert Babelay, who was shot and killed Tuesday night after officials say he pointed a shotgun at officers. 



Federal judge tosses lawsuit against Dallas County over Iraq veteran's jail death in 2010

Dallas Morning News

April 25, 2013


...Solis wrote in his order that while in the jail, Kitchen began showing signs of mental problems, such as bothering other inmates and digging through other inmates' property. Kitchen admitted having suicidal thoughts. 








Victims in Boston Face a Difficult Path to Recovery


New York Times


April 26, 2013




...Joan Smith, the manager of social work services at Tufts Medical Center, said that virtually all of the 14 victims who came through the hospital were experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder that may continue indefinitely. "I also personally did a lot of work with family members who were trying to be strong for their children but at the same time were falling apart behind closed doors," said Ms. Smith, who made sure all the patients and their families had a list of mental health specialists to contact if they felt the need. 






First Responders Seek Out Counseling as Attitudes Shift


Wall Street Journal


April 26, 2013




BOSTON-First responders to the Boston Marathon bombing are openly seeking mental-health counseling, in a sign of how attitudes have changed toward the treatment of psychological trauma after Sept. 11, 2001, and the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. 






Newtown foundation nearly doubles amount of initial charity disbursement to families to $7.7M


Washington Post


April 25, 2013




...The foundation had originally planned to form committees to meet, hold hearings and decide how to spend the $11 million. The group planned to discuss ideas ranging from a permanent memorial to the victims, to a mental health fund for first responders, to scholarships for children at the school. 






Autism, Dental, Mental Health Focus of Transition Concerns


California Healthline


April 25, 2013




...Under the first phase of the transition, 600,000 Healthy Families children were moved into Medi-Cal managed care plans. In the next transition phase, set to begin May 1, the remaining 260,000 children will be moved into managed care plans by the end of the year, according to the state's timeline. 






State Senate OKS measure on recordings of police interrogations


Chicago Tribune


April 25, 2013




...The action came on a day in which the Senate also approved a measure that would allow psychologists to prescribe drugs to patients; the bill was passed over the protests of lawmakers and the psychiatrists who have maintained they are better trained to determine when drugs are needed... He said he changed his mind because there is a shortage of psychiatrists in the state and his legislation would tighten the prescription process and add safety measures... 










Survey Finds Rate For Young Adult Coverage Improves While Others Decline


Kaiser Health News


April 26, 2013




While the number of medically uninsured young adults dropped over the past two years, coverage of the overall working age population failed to improve, according to the findings of the Commonwealth Fund's 2012 biennial health insurance survey released Friday. 






Democratic Senators Tell White House of Concerns About Health Care Law Rollout


New York Times


April 26, 2013




WASHINGTON - Democratic senators, at a caucus meeting with White House officials, expressed concerns on Thursday about how the Obama administration was carrying out the health care law they adopted three years ago.\ 






'The outlook for Medicaid expansion looks bleak'


Wasington Post


April 26, 2013




...Twenty states and the District of Columbia have agreed to expand their Medicaid programs, to cover everyone under 133 percent of the federal poverty line. That leaves 30 states that haven't, although Avalere categorizes four states as leaning in that direction (Tennessee, Kentucky, Florida and New York). 




GOP delays its healthcare bill

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

April 24, 2013


WASHINGTON (AP) - An effort by House Republicans to highlight problems with President Barack Obama's healthcare law by bailing out a program for people with pre-existing conditions appeared to backfire Wednesday. 








38 people die after fire quickly sweeps through psychiatric hospital outside Moscow


Washington Post


April 26, 2013




MOSCOW - A fire swept quickly through a psychiatric hospital outside Moscow early Friday, killing 38 people, some of them sedated and in their beds, officials said. 









Health Chaos Ahead


New York Times


April 26, 2013




...By now, everybody involved seems to be in a state of anxiety. Insurance companies are trying to put out new products, but they don't know what federal parameters they have to meet. Small businesses are angry because the provisions that benefited them have been put on the back burner. Health care systems are highly frustrated. They can't plan without a road map.






Isolation, mental illness, and a call for legislative oversight of Texas ad seg


Grits for Breakfast


April 26, 2013




Check out a pair of op eds in the Houston Chronicle published today about solitary confinement from a former Texas Department of Justice general counsel Steve Martin and exoneree Anthony Graves, who spent nearly two decades on death row in "administrative segregation," as Texas euphemistically calls it: 










Examine social factors to explain rise in diagnoses of mental disorders, researchers say


Medical Xpress


April 26, 2013




...In their analysis and commentary, the authors argue that the forthcoming DSM-5, which is used by all psychiatrists, psychologists, and mental health workers in the U.S., has missed crucial population-level and social determinants of mental health disorders and their diagnosis. As a result, the DSM may be mischaracterizing the rates of certain afflictions. 






Bipolar Disorder Drugs May 'Tweak' Genes Affecting Brain




April 25, 2013




Medications taken by people with bipolar disorder may actually be nudging hundreds of genes that direct the brain to behave more normally, according to new research. The study suggests that antipsychotic drugs activate a wide range of genes, changing their function, said lead author Dr. Melvin McInnis. 






Mental illness linked to substance use disorder transition


MedWire News


April 26, 2013




Research shows that there is a strong association between rates of transition from substance use to substance use disorder (SUD) and the lifetime risk for mental illness, particularly personality and psychotic disorders. 






Delayed psychosis treatment harms chance of success


MedWire News


April 26, 2013




The longer patients with first-episode psychosis go untreated, the less likely they are to achieve remission within a year of starting treatment, report researchers. In their study, the average duration of untreated psychosis was 8.8 months in patients who achieved remission versus 15.6 months in those who did not. 






Forced Exercise May Still Protect Against Anxiety and Stress




April 25, 2013




Being forced to exercise may still help reduce anxiety and depression just as exercising voluntarily does, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder..."The implications are that humans who perceive exercise as being forced -- perhaps including those who feel like they have to exercise for health reasons -- are maybe still going to get the benefits in terms of reducing anxiety and depression," he said. 










Crisis responders aid restoration of mental health


The Herald Weekly


April 26, 2013




...Tragic events, like the Boston Marathon bombing, the West, Texas, fertilizer plant explosion, the Virgnia Tech massacre or two children being buried under tons of dirt, can trigger an emotional reaction that has physical symptoms, Futrell said. 






Classroom Teaches A Lesson In Mental Health Treatment


Hartford Courant


April 25, 2013




...Experts say the in-class integration of behavioral health specialists - rare in Connecticut schools -- is helpful in identifying and averting potentially more serious anti-social behaviors.,0,6860662.story 



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