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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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TEXAS NEWS

 

 

 

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.

 

http://www.texastribune.org/2013/04/25/janek-awaits-direction-lege-medicaid-expansion/ 

 

 

 

 

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.

http://www.mywesttexas.com/top_stories/article_248f0eb5-f180-5ffc-aa0f-ec18dc21836f.html 

 

 

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.

http://www.statesman.com/news/news/crime-law/civil-rights-group-questions-fatal-officer-involve/nXXkP/ 

 

 

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.

http://crimeblog.dallasnews.com/2013/04/federal-judge-tosses-lawsuit-against-dallas-county-over-jail-inmate-death.html/ 

 

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

 

 

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.

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/26/health/for-boston-bombing-victims-a-long-painful-road-to-recovery.html 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324743704578445291931587994.html?mod=WSJ_hps_sections_health 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/newtown-foundation-nearly-doubles-amount-of-initial-charity-disbursement-to-families-to-77m/2013/04/25/7072e218-adbd-11e2-b240-9ef3a72c67cc_story.html 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

http://www.californiahealthline.org/features/2013/autism-dental-mental-health-focus-of-concerns-for-transition.aspx 

 

 

 

 

 

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...

 

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-04-25/news/ct-met-illinois-legislature-0426-20130426_1_state-senate-oks-interrogations-psychologists 

 

 

 

 

 

HEALTHCARE REFORM

 

 

 

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.

 

http://capsules.kaiserhealthnews.org/index.php/2013/04/survey-finds-rate-for-young-adult-coverage-improves-while-others-decline/ 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/26/us/politics/democratic-senators-tell-white-house-of-concerns-about-health-care-law-rollout.html?emc=tnt&tntemail0=y&_r=0\ 

 

 

 

 

 

'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).

 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/04/25/the-outlook-for-medicaid-expansion-looks-bleak/ 

 

 

 

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.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2013/04/24/4801576/gop-delays-its-healthcare-bill.html 

 

 

 

INTERNATIONAL

 

 

 

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.

 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/fire-in-russian-psychiatric-hospital-kills-all-38-people-inside-including-2-medical-workers/2013/04/25/41777490-ae14-11e2-b240-9ef3a72c67cc_story.html 

 

 

 

 

OPINIONS

 

 

 

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.

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/26/opinion/brooks-health-chaos-ahead.html?

 

 

 

 

 

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:

 

http://gritsforbreakfast.blogspot.com/2013/04/isolation-mental-illness-and-call-for.html?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzEmail&utm_content=79553&utm_campaign=0 

 

 

 

 

 

RESEARCH

 

 

 

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.

 

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2013-04-social-factors-mental-disorders.html 

 

 

 

 

 

Bipolar Disorder Drugs May 'Tweak' Genes Affecting Brain

 

HealthDay

 

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.

 

http://consumer.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=675768 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

http://www.medwirenews.com/1730/104318/Psychology/Mental_illness_linked_to_substance_use_disorder_transition.html 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

http://www.medwirenews.com/47/104330/Psychiatry/Delayed_psychosis_treatment_harms_chance_of_success.html 

 

 

 

 

 

Forced Exercise May Still Protect Against Anxiety and Stress

 

ScienceDaily

 

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.

 

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130425160212.htm 

 

 

 

 

 

FEATURES & RESOURCES

 

 

 

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.

 

http://www.huntersvilleherald.com/news/2013/4/26/6935/crisis-responders-aid-restoration-of-mental-health 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

http://www.courant.com/health/connecticut/hc-mental-health-classroom-20130425,0,6860662.story 

 



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