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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health News and Grants
Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

November, 2010

Clips - November 23, 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. 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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Pitts: Cut and Eliminate Agencies, Furlough Workers

Texas Tribune

November 22, 2010


State budget writers will propose eliminating agencies, cutting others to a quarter of their current size and laying off state employees to balance the budget without raising taxes or using the state's Rainy Day Fund. House Appropriations Chairman Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, told an Ellis County group that the shortfall is also the reason lawmakers have talked about leaving the federal Medicaid program.



Man's suicide in Dallas renews calls for help for the homeless

Dallas Morning News

November 23, 2010


Richard Antwine's lifelong struggle with mental illness had him in and out of local psychiatric treatment facilities over the years - but he always ended up back on the streets. That cycle came to an end Nov. 9, when Antwine tied a shirt around his neck and hanged himself from the Houston Street viaduct near downtown Dallas. The highly public suicide stopped evening rush-hour traffic.



Accidental Overdoses Increase by 250% in Texas

Texas Tribune

November 23, 2010


The number of deaths by accidental drug overdose in Texas is rising at an alarming rate. But many of the victims aren't your typical addicts: They're average people hooked on legal prescription drugs. ... Deaths from accidental overdoses increased in the state by more than 250 percent from 1999 to 2007, from 790 to 1,987, according to a recent report from the Drug Policy Alliance, a New York-based drug policy think tank. Accidental poisoning during that time was the third-leading cause of injury-related deaths statewide, behind only car crashes and suicide.



El Paso legislator has filed 4 bills for forthcoming state legislative session

El Paso Times Austin Bureau

November 21, 2010


AUSTIN -- Only one state lawmaker from El Paso had filed bills as of Friday for the coming legislative session. State Rep. Joe Pickett, D-El Paso, submitted four of the more than 500 bills that are stacking up for lawmakers.  ...Rodriguez offered an ambitious list of bills he wants to file. It includes expanding eligibility for Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program, providing veterans state-funded mental health services for conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder and looking to extend anti-bullying legislation to protect teachers from students.



Commissioners OK MHMR plan to aid mentally ill in jail

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

November 23, 2010


Lubbock County took a step Monday to address mentally ill inmates' languishing in the county's criminal justice system. County commissioners at Monday's scheduled meeting voted to contract with Lubbock Regional Mental Health Mental Retardation Center to provide mental health services at the Lubbock County Detention Center.



Arrest made in San Marcos cold case

San Antonio Express-News

November 22, 2010


Nearly 35 years after a 20-year-old college secretary was sexually assaulted and killed in her San Marcos apartment, a Hays County grand jury has indicted a man in the slaying.  ...According to Fresno County officials in California, Jenkins was arrested Oct. 14 on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and battery. On Oct. 23, officials transferred Jenkins to the state's mental health facility in Coalinga.





Behind the Facade, Post-Traumatic Stress

The New York Times

November 22, 2010


A soldier returns from war unable to get the images of battle out of his head. An earthquake survivor rides out long, anxiety-filled nights. A young woman in a pretty floral dress walks her dog along the streets of Manhattan. All three may be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.



Teenage girls and recurring depression

The Washington Post

November 22, 2010


Even after treatment, depression sometimes comes back. Among teenagers, what might contribute to this recurrence?



20% Of Adult Americans Reported Mental Illness In 2009

RTT News

November 22, 2010


New data collected during the 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health suggests that roughly one in every five adult Americans suffered from mental illness in 2009. The study was carried out by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), which surveyed 67,500 adults over the course of the year.



Wisconsin Native Americans have high suicide rate

Green Bay Gazette (Wis.)

November 22, 2010


... Despite 40 years of insight and ongoing prevention efforts, many native communities still struggle to keep members from taking their own lives. Between 1999 and 2008, at least 86 Native Americans in Wisconsin have died by suicide - a figure that is likely lower than the actual toll, given that experts believe suicides are sometimes mislabeled as accidental overdoses, shootings and car crashes.



South Florida's 2-1-1 helplines hearing from more women veterans: Mental health experts say they ask for and need different programs than most men

Sun Sentinel

November 22, 2010


Women call South Florida's 2-1-1 helplines twice as often as men, and operators say a small but growing percentage of those calls are made by veterans.  ...They may be dealing with post traumatic stress, military sexual trauma and mental health issues that will impede their return to society's mainstream, she said.,0,4912890.story





New Health Rules Could Mean Insurance Rebates For Consumers

National Public Radio

November 22, 2010


Millions of Americans might get rebates from their health insurers, starting in 2012. That's because of new rules the government released Monday, spelling out details on what insurers can spend under the new health law. Under the law, insurers must spend at least 80 percent of their revenue on direct medical care.





Auditor general's housing concern for mentally ill

British Broadcasting Corporation

November 22, 2010


Little progress has been made on improving the planning and delivery of housing services for people with mental health needs, says a report. The auditor general for Wales said just two of Wales' 22 local authorities had achieved more than half of the assembly government's targets. Access to the right housing and support services was critical for people with a mental illness, said the report.





Use your head before opening your wallet

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

November 22, 2010


... The Association for Fundraising Professionals provides useful guidelines for how to evaluate a charity prior to donating. As AFP suggests, one of the best ways is to first volunteer time. It provides an opportunity to meet and talk with the staff and other volunteers and to observe firsthand the mission and operations.





Diabetes, Depression Can Be Two-Way Street

HealthDay News

November 22, 2010


Diabetes and depression are conditions that can fuel each other, a new study shows. The research, conducted at Harvard University, found that study subjects who were depressed had a much higher risk of developing diabetes, and those with diabetes had a significantly higher risk of depression, compared to healthy study participants.



Risk of First-Ever Depression Rises During Perimenopause

Internal Medicine News

November 19, 2010


DENVER - Women with no history of depression are at sharply increased risk of first-ever, clinically significant depressive symptoms during the menopausal transition, three major prospective longitudinal studies have shown.



U.S. Children's Psychiatric Hospitalizations Nearly Doubled from 1996-2007

Internal Medicine News

November 19, 2010


NEW YORK - During the period 1996-2007, hospitalization rates for psychiatric disorders among American children aged 5-13 years rose dramatically, nearly doubling during that period. Concurrently, psychiatric hospitalizations for U.S. adolescents (aged 14-19 years) also rose substantially, by 42%.



Prenatal Stress May Have Long-Term Effects

Internal Medicine News

November 22, 2010


MONTREAL - Cognitive, behavioral, and physical problems still persist today in a group of children exposed to prenatal stress during the Quebec ice storm of January 1998, according to research presented at the annual meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.



More Than Half of Depression Patients Give Up Their Treatment

Science Daily News

November 22, 2010


Most patients who take anti-depressants give up their treatment in less than six months, the minimum period recommended for treating severe depression and other derived pathologies. This is the conclusion of a new study carried out by Catalan researchers, which reveals that only 25% continue their treatment for more than 11 months.



Cognitive deficits present in young bipolar patients

Med Wire News

November 23, 2010


Adolescents with early-onset bipolar disorder (BD) exhibit cognitive performance deficits in working memory, visual-motor skills, and inhibitory control, say Spanish researchers.


Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Psychotic Symptoms in Adolescents

Internal Medicine News

November 18, 2010


NEW YORK - Vitamin D deficiency was linked with an increased prevalence of psychotic symptoms in adolescents hospitalized for psychiatric reasons in a single-center study of 77 patients.





Free Webinar - Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment: Skills and Resources

National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare

November 23, 2010


Increase your organization's capacity to treat dual mental health disorders with the Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment (IDDT) program developed by the Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center. IDDT helps clinicians provide comprehensive interventions for people with dual disorders - schizophrenia, schizo-affective disorder, major depression, bipolar disorder - who need long-term, intensive care. Wednesday, December 8, 2:00 pm central time. Registration required.



Free HIV Workshop with CEUs for Mental Health Professionals


November 2010


Seating is limited to the first 150 registrants. This event has been approved by the Texas Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers to provide a 3-Hour CEU for social workers, marriage & family therapists, licensed chemical dependency counselors and licensed professional counselors. Wednesday, December 1, 2010 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Thompson Conference Center at The University of Texas at Austin. Registration required.


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