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Hogg Foundation News Clips
Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

April, 2010

Today’s Clips – April 8, 2010


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.


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Request for Proposals: Hogg Mental Health Policy Fellows

Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

April 7, 2010


The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health is requesting proposals for the Hogg Mental Health Policy Fellows project.  The goal of this project is to fund up to five Texas-based nonprofit organizations to employ mental health policy fellows.  The foundation hopes to build the capacity of individuals and organizations with the skill and resources needed to participate effectively in mental health policy in Texas. View the proposal requirements and submission and selection process online.



Colleen Horton: Should Foundations Engage in Public Policy?

Foundation Center

April 7, 2010


While many foundations are asking this question, it may be the wrong question. Instead, they should be asking, "What policy work are we already engaged in and is there a more effective way for us to approach public policy?"





Tarrant County court officially opens to assist veterans

Fort Worth Star Telegram

April 7, 2010


Hands over hearts, Tarrant County District Attorney Joe Shannon, U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, R-Fort Worth, and attorney and veteran Jim Lane recited the Pledge of Allegiance during a ceremony inaugurating a veterans court Wednesday. The new court, which will be presided over by Judge Brent Carr of County Criminal Court No. 9, will provide treatment for selected veterans whose mental problems contributed to nonviolent crimes.



Fort Worth council abandons plan to convert apartment complex as part of homelessness effort

Fort Worth Star Telegram

April 7, 2010



FORT WORTH -- The City Council has bowed to pressure from neighbors and abandoned a plan to convert an old apartment complex into housing for the homeless, dealing the first major blow to Fort Worth's long-term plan to reduce the number of people living on the street.





Wave Of Tax Changes Comes With Health Law

Kaiser Health News

April 8, 2010


The new health law will make a variety of changes to the tax code, including higher levies on the wealthy and millions of dollars in lost deductions for some corporations.



VetsFirst Takes Battle for Veterans' Rights to the U.S. Supreme Court: Fairness for Veterans With Disabilities at Stake


April 8, 2010


VetsFirst, a national veterans service organization that serves the needs of America's veterans with disabilities, their families and survivors, through its partnership with United Spinal Association, has joined in an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court to ensure that veterans with disabilities are able to challenge denied VA benefits decisions in court.  …The Supreme Court appeal centers on David Henderson, a Korean War veteran who was discharged from the military because of severe mental illness. Almost 50 years later, still suffering from that condition, his claim for VA disability benefits was denied at the administrative and appellate levels.



Savings From Computerizing Medical Records Are Hard To Measure

Kaiser Health News

April 7, 2010


When it comes to health policy, few ideas find as much bipartisan support as the notion that widespread adoption of health information technology could improve medical care and save money. But putting a realistic number on those savings remains an elusive goal for health IT advocates.



Tennessee Removes About 100,000 People From Medicaid Rolls

Kaiser Health News

April 8, 2010

… About 100,000 people -- mostly elderly or disabled residents -- have been dropped since January 2009, including approximately 37,000 who had relied on the state program for all their health care needs. Coverage for 8,000 children was also reassessed, but a TennCare spokeswoman said the number of children ultimately cut from the program could not be verified.



Schools tackle teacher-on-teacher bullying

USA Today

April 8, 2010


Most schools have policies that target bullying, but they are usually aimed at students. Now, school districts in Iowa and California are developing rules to prevent teachers from bullying teachers.



State set to get $20 million in drug lawsuit

The Advocate (Louisiana)

April 8, 2010


Louisiana will receive $20 million from pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly and Co. to end a lawsuit accusing the firm of misbranding its antipsychotic drug Zyprexa for use by children, Attorney General James D. “Buddy” Caldwell announced Wednesday.





Dr. Renee Clauselle Discusses Roots of Bullying and the Psychological Effects on Its Victims

PR Log

April 8, 2010


Dr. Renee Clauselle, a practicing child psychologist with a private practice in Franklin Square, New York, and Director of School Mental Health Services at St. John’s University, says that bullying can often be learned behavior that, if it is not stopped, will allow the child to target certain classmates. For the victim, bullying has long-term negative effects, resulting in depression and/or anxiety.





Self-reported childhood psychotic symptoms ‘indicate impaired development’

MedWire News

April 8, 2010


Self-reported psychotic symptoms in childhood are often a marker of an impaired developmental process and should be actively assessed by clinicians, say researchers. The symptoms were associated with many of the same risk factors and correlates as adult schizophrenia, including genetic, social, neurodevelopmental, home-rearing, and behavioral risks. The team suggests it is worthwhile to ask all preadolescent psychiatric patients about hallucinations and delusions, as the associated social risk factors and behavioral problems “should be a focus of attention.”



Depression Associated With Sustained Brain Signals: Genetic Mutation in Mice Elevates Their Risk of Stress-Induced Depression

Science Daily

April 8, 2010


Depression and schizophrenia can be triggered by environmental stimuli and often occur in response to stressful life events. However, some people have a higher predisposition to develop these diseases, which highlights a role for genetics in determining a person's disease risk.



Symptoms of Depression Increase During Medical Internship

Science Daily

April 8, 2010


The percentage of clinicians who meet criteria for depression appears to increase significantly during medical internship, according to a report posted online today that will appear in the June print issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Increased work hours, stressful life events, genetic predisposition and receiving a medical education in the United States are among the factors that appear to be associated with depressive symptoms among medical interns.





HHS, HUD Partner to Allow Rental Assistance to Support Independent Living for Non-Elderly Persons with Disabilities; $40 million available to local housing agencies to assist 5,300 families

U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services

April 7, 2010


WASHINGTON – Thousands of Americans with disabilities will have housing assistance specifically targeted to meet their needs, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan announced today. … HUD is offering approximately $40 million to public housing authorities across the country to fund approximately 5,300 Housing Choice Vouchers for non-elderly persons with disabilities, allowing them to live independently.  HHS will use its network of state Medicaid agencies and local human service organizations to link eligible individuals and their families to local housing agencies who will administer voucher distribution.



New CMS Web Site Shines Light On Medicare Spending

Kaiser Health News

April 8, 2010


A new Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Web site is making more claims data available to the public, Modern Healthcare reports. The so-called "CMS Dashboard" reveals Medicare spending for the top 25 conditions in hospitals, and allows users to compare spending by state, conditions by spending and to review the top-10-spending states for each condition. Medicare Advantage patients are not included in the data set (Evans, 4/7).


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