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Hogg Foundation News Clips
Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

May, 2010

Today’s Clips – May 14, 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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Texas Exes: 125 Extraordinary Exes

Texas Exes

May 2010


Trailblazers: Ima Hogg was the daughter of Governor Hogg. Hogg and her brother established the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health that has continued to benefit many people.





Number of runaways found to be more than thought; Shelter leader notes many in Houston area have fled homes multiple times

Houston Chronicle

May 13, 2010


New research tracking American youngsters throughout their adolescence finds a higher percentage of children run away from home than previously thought, a conclusion supported by an experienced Houston youth shelter director. … Robinson, who has worked at the shelter for three decades, said her runaway residents left home because of “typical adolescent behavior issues” or because the youth or someone in their household has a substance abuse or mental health issue.



UTMB says it is losing repair funds to prisons; Officials want to renegotiate health care deal

Houston Chronicle

May 13, 2010


AUSTIN — The state's prison health care system will suck $82 million away from repairing Hurricane Ike damage at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston if major changes are not made in the system, officials said Thursday. … The letter also said the Legislature repeatedly has underfunded the prison health care system, known as Correctional Managed Health Care.



International Crisis Intervention Team Conference 2010

Bexar County Sheriff's Office, Center for Health Care Services of Bexar County, National Center for Behavioral Health Solutions and San Antonio Police Department

May 2010


This conference will bring together the latest on Crisis Training, Law Enforcement, Mental Health and Advocacy collaboration with state of the art programs which focus on serving persons with mental illness, substance abuse and developmental disabilities. This conference joins together law enforcement, judges, mental health care providers, families and consumers of services to learn about and share innovative programs that address the needs of people with mental illness who come in contact with the criminal justice system.  The conference will highlight national keynote speakers and over 100 workshops designed to enhance skills, share programs and enhance a national dialogue around these issues. June 1 - the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel in San Antonio.



Fort Worth offering $2 million to family of Taser victim

Fort Worth Star Telegram

May 14, 2010


FORT WORTH -- The city of Fort Worth has offered $2 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of a man who was killed with a Taser during a confrontation with police last year.  …Michael Patrick Jacobs died April 18, 2009, after he was shocked for 54 seconds. Jacobs, 24, had a history of mental illness and his family called police because he was behaving aggressively.



Reel Thanx fishing trip for soldiers a gesture by whole community, organizers say

Midland Reporter-Telegram

May 13, 2010


Watching as volunteers set up rows of American flags near the staircase where seven wounded soldiers would soon descend, president and director of Reel Thanx said they wouldn't be able to accomplish their mission if not for those in the Permian Basin.  …In addition to their physical injuries, Mounce said most of the soldiers they welcome also are suffering from post traumatic stress disorder and while the trip doesn't cure it, the vacation and time to talk and be with people who care is a nice break.





Suicide Leading Cause of Violent Death, Homicide second-leading cause, 16-state survey found

HealthDay News

May 13, 2010


A 16-state survey found that suicide was the leading cause of violent death in 2007, followed by homicides, according to a new U.S. report. While the report does not cover the entire United States, it provides some insights into ways to improve efforts to prevent violent deaths, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.



Study finds that effects of low-quality child care last into adolescence

Washington Post

May 14, 2010


Low-quality care in the first few years of life can have a small but long-lasting impact on a child's learning and behavior, according to new results from the largest, most authoritative assessment of child rearing in the United States. … teenagers who had received higher-quality child care were less likely to report engaging in problem behaviors such as arguing, being mean to others and getting into fights. Those who spent more hours in child care of any kind were more likely to engage in impulsive and risky behaviors. And those who received moderately high- or high-quality care scored higher on tests gauging cognitive and academic achievement.



Doctor Pooling Plan Sparks Fear

Wall Street Journal

May 14, 2010


A hospital trade association is developing a plan for hospitals around southern California to form a foundation that would supply them with doctors. Initially only about 20 of the association's 160 member hospitals are expected to participate if the foundation launches, but the idea is already sparking concerns that it might drive up medical costs.



Mental care stays are up in military

USA Today

May 13, 2010


WASHINGTON — Mental health disorders caused more hospitalizations among U.S. troops in 2009 than any other reason according to medical data released recently by the Pentagon. This historic high reflects the growing toll of nearly nine years of war.



Small business lobby joins challenge to health law

Associated Press

May 14, 2010


WASHINGTON — The nation's most influential small business lobby is joining a court challenge to President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, arguing that Americans cannot be required under the Constitution to obtain insurance coverage.



Affordable Care Act Includes Important New Tools to Fight Health Fraud and Protect Medicare

U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services

May 13, 2010


Officials from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Justice today highlighted the new tools in the Affordable Care Act that will help fight fraud, strengthen consumer rights and protect taxpayer dollars.



SAMHSA Awards $5.4 Million to Three Treatment and Services Adaptation Centers Helping Children Suffering from Traumatic Stress

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

May 14, 2010


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is awarding three new Treatment and Services Adaptation (TSA) Center grants for a total of $5.4 million over three years. These new grants are part of SAMHSA's National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative.



SAMHSA Awards Nearly $8 Million in Additional Grants to Help Homeless Individuals and Families

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

May 13, 2010


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced today that it is awarding up to four new grants totaling just under $8 million to local organizations working to prevent or reduce chronic homelessness in their communities. … It is designed to provide essential mental health and substance use treatment services linked to permanent supportive housing targeted to chronically homeless individuals and families.





Mental illness 'common in cop shootings'

Sydney Morning Herald

May 14, 2010


An unusually high number of victims of fatal police shootings in Australia suffer from schizophrenia and other severe mental illnesses, research shows.



Mentally ill slipping through the net

China Daily

May 14, 2010


GUANGZHOU - More than 70 percent of the mentally ill in Guangzhou, capital of South China's Guangdong province, have not received regular treatment, local media reported on Thursday.





Looming Medicare cuts jeopardize seniors' health

Houston Chronicle

May 13, 2010


Many Texas senior citizens rely on Medicare for their health care coverage, but their access to and choice of physicians is now in serious jeopardy because of an impending steep cut to the physicians who care for them.



Home truths: Are Texas high schools hiding their dropout rates behind home-schooling

Houston Chronicle

May 13, 2010


Is home-schooling among Texas high school kids growing by leaps and bounds? The numbers look fishy, and we're suspicious that really, something ugly is happening. … School officials could do it subtly by encouraging parents to “home-school” troublesome students — those with learning disabilities, those not fluent in English, those with discipline problems — even though in many cases, the parent isn't willing or able to see that their child continues getting an education.



Improving Media Coverage of Mentally Ill

Huffington Post

May 13, 2010


…At our core, we are a tolerant society. So it is not surprising that we are becoming more tolerant of the mentally ill as well…Increasingly, the press is learning to cover mental illness in a humane manner.



Mental illness: Still a stigma

Waco Tribune Herald

May 12, 2010


The hopeful and compassionate side of me would like to think that with the release of Rosalyn Carter's new book "Within Our Reach: Ending the Mental Health Crisis" attitudes of insurers, government and citizens all would change towards mental illness and those who suffer from the disease. The cynical and curmudgeonly side of me is fairly certain it will go largely unnoticed in a practical sense.





Mental Health Disorders Stable Among U.K. Military Personnel

HealthDay News (The Lancet)

May 13, 2010


From 2003 to 2009, the prevalence of mental health disorders, such as anxiety and depression, among military personnel from the United Kingdom remained stable, although those deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan have an increased risk of alcohol misuse compared with those who have not been deployed, according to a study published online May 13 in The Lancet.



ECT equally effective for unipolar and bipolar depression

MedWire News (Acta Psychiatr Scand)

May 14, 2010


Patients with bipolar depression are as likely to remit with standard electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) as those with unipolar depression, say researchers.



Sexual, physical abuse common in first psychotic episode patients

MedWire News (Bipolar Disord)

May 14, 2010


One quarter of patients with bipolar I disorder presenting with a first episode of psychotic mania have suffered sexual and/or physical abuse (SPA) in childhood and adolescence, a study shows.,_physical_abuse_common_in_first_psychotic_episode_patients.html



Tools To Reduce Stigma of Mental Illness

Psych Central News

May 14, 2010


Researchers have announced a new intervention that can improve the quality of life and self-esteem among persons with serious mental illness.



Childhood Problems Lead to Lost Wages

Psych Central News

May 13, 2010


…People who suffer from childhood psychological concerns are also less likely to be married, attain less education, and see their income reduced by about 20 percent over their lifetimes. Researchers say the principal cause of the economic shortfalls during adulthood appears to be recurring psychological problems.





Cultural Competence in Health Care: A Practical Guide

May 13, 2010


A manual written for health care professionals who care for patients from diverse religious and cultural backgrounds. First developed by doctors and nurses at Children’s Hospital in Boston, it contains detailed, practical information for working with dozens of religious and cultural groups and is designed to help providers best meet needs of their ethnically diverse patients while satisfying stringent new regulatory standards for culturally sensitive care.



Athlete points way in battle with depression

Sioux Falls Argus Leader (S.D.)

May 14, 2010


Any adult, young or old, who struggles with depression fights a lonely battle at times. But when that person is a top college recruit who quarterbacked his high school team to state championships and is destined to continue that stellar athletic career on the biggest collegiate stage in South Dakota, the pressure to be mentally tough is magnified. Struggling with depression and anxiety at the same time makes the challenge daunting.


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