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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

December, 2010



Pitts Readies Constituents for Coming Budget Cuts

Texas Tribune

November 29, 2010


... The initial budget he and his fellow budget writers will present a few weeks from now will eliminate some state agencies, make large cuts to others - "75 or 80 percent," he said - and might include furloughs of state employees. Lawmakers, at least in that first version, will balance the budget without tapping the state's Rainy Day Fund.



Texas' Diabetic Population Will Quadruple by 2040

Texas Tribune

November 30, 2010


... One in 10 health care dollars is attributable to the disease. Meanwhile, Texas Medicaid reimbursement for diabetes-related services - the No. 1 cause of office visits for the state's Medicaid patients - reached more than $550 million in 2009.



Dallas Housing Authority rejects apartment proposals for homeless

Dallas Morning News

November 29, 2010


A plan to move 350 homeless people from a packed Dallas shelter to their own apartments has hit a snag. ... Hundreds of chronically homeless people living at The Bridge, the city's homeless assistance center, are waiting for housing placements, officials said. The chronically homeless are those who have been on the streets long-term and have mental illnesses and addictions. They often cycle through costly institutions such as prisons and psychiatric hospitals. Several studies have found that taxpayers can save money by providing housing that comes with mental health services.



Nonprofit serves homeless families

Houston Chronicle

November 29, 2010


... the Family Promise program is not a shelter. It's a program of assistance, Lamb said, with a number of requirements and expectations from the families themselves. At night, the families sleep in a church, rotating facilities each week for a period of 13 weeks. During the day, the parents, who have been pre-screened for alcohol or drug abuse and severe mental-health issues that have not been addressed, must attend the Family Promise Day Center.



Stressed caregivers can get free help, plus seminar today

Austin American-Statesman

November 29, 2010


Austin-area caregivers can get free counseling, support and interact with others who take care of elderly, ill or disabled loved ones. The Capital Area Caregiver Teleconnection, a new free phone service, is starting Dec. 8 and will be available twice a month.



Weatherford man dies after apparent suicide attempt at jail

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

November 29, 2010


A Weatherford man died Sunday afternoon after attempting suicide at the Parker County Jail on Friday, the Parker County Sheriff's Department said in a release.



Mental health care in schools at crossroads

Houston Chronicle

November 29, 2010


...Early intervention and easy access to care are critical in keeping mentally ill youths in school and out of jail, mental health advocates say. Yet only a handful of Houston-area schools offer mental health services. ... Research shows that youth with untreated mental disorders are more likely to have difficulty in school, including discipline problems and failing grades, and to get into trouble with the law, mental health advocates said.



Fate of man who tried to see Fort Hood suspect up to jury

San Antonio Express-News

November 29, 2010


A federal jury will begin deliberating today whether an Iraqi doctor falsely told security at Brooke Army Medical Center that he was a lawyer so he could gain access to Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the man accused in the Foot Hood killings.  ...Abrahem has been diagnosed as bipolar, but his lawyer told the judge he is not seeking an insanity defense.





Supreme Court To Hear California Prisons Case

National Public Radio

November 30, 2010


The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday in a case that pits California's right to run its prisons against the Constitution's guarantee that individuals behind bars have a right to minimally basic medical care. At issue is a federal court order from a specially created three-judge panel. It requires California to take whatever measures are necessary to bring down the state's prison population by some 46,000 prisoners.



A Fate That Narcissists Will Hate: Being Ignored

The New York Times

November 30, 2010


... The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (due out in 2013, and known as DSM-5) has eliminated five of the 10 personality disorders that are listed in the current edition. Narcissistic personality disorder is the most well-known of the five, and its absence has caused the most stir in professional circles.



Civilian soldiers' suicide rate alarming

USA Today

November 26, 2010


National Guard soldiers who are not on active duty killed themselves this year at nearly twice the rate of 2009, marring a year when suicides among Army soldiers on active duty appear to be leveling off, new Army statistics show.  ... The reason for the rise in suicides among these "citizen soldiers" is not known. It may be linked to the recession, says Army Col. Chris Philbrick, deputy commander of an Army task force working to reduce suicides.



Feds probing North Carolina's mental health system

The News & Observer (NC)

November 25, 2010


RALEIGH -- The U.S. Justice Department has opened a formal investigation into North Carolina's struggling mental health system, the first step in a process that could trigger a federal edict for sweeping reform. The probe is the result of a complaint filed in July by the advocacy group Disability Rights North Carolina, which contends that the state is violating the Americans With Disabilities Act by failing to provide proper housing for people with mental illness.



Humana Military Healthcare Services Announces New Disease Management Program for Depression

Business Wire

November 29, 2010


LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Humana Military Healthcare Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Humana Inc., announces its new Depression Disease Management Program for the TRICARE South Region beneficiaries. The Depression Disease Management Program offers guidance, via telephone, by one of our staffed clinicians in understanding, diagnosing, and managing Depression.





State lawmakers want Medicaid reform done by early January

Southern Illinoisan (Ill.)

November 29, 2010


SPRINGFIELD - Illinois Senate leaders have charged a few select lawmakers with reforming the state's Medicaid program and workers' compensation system - by Jan. 3. ... As the state-federal health care program for the poor and disabled, Medicaid makes up a sizeable and growing portion of the state's annual budget. About 2.6 million Illinois residents are enrolled in the program, with an additional 700,000 expected to become eligible in 2014, when the federal health care reform law expands the program to include all residents making up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level.



In New Insurance Model, Costs Are Based On Value Of The Treatment

Kaiser Health News

November 29, 2010


What if, instead of making a $10 insurance copayment for your cholesterol lowering drug, your employer provided it and other drugs to manage chronic conditions for free? What if your company also paid for weight management and smoking cessation classes? You'd probably give your employer high marks for looking out for your health.



Embracing Incentives for Efficient Health Care

The Wall Street Journal

November 28, 2010


Spurred by incentives in the federal health-overhaul law, hospitals and doctors around the country are beginning to create new entities that aim to provide more efficient health care. But these efforts are already raising questions about whether they can truly save money, or if they might actually drive costs higher.



Value-based insurance design's pros and cons

The Washington Post

November 29, 2010


What if, instead of you making a $10 insurance co-payment for your cholesterol-lowering drug, your employer provided it - and other drugs to manage chronic conditions - for free? ... Now, what if your employer said that if you want certain procedures that it believes to be overused, such as an MRI scan or knee surgery, you'll have to pay $500 extra? ...Both, however, are part of an approach to health care that shares a common perspective: the idea that consumers' out-of-pocket medical costs should be based on the value of a service to their health rather than its price.





How acne and depression feed each other

November 29, 2010


...The connection between acne and depression has long been documented, especially in teens, but some attributed it to particular medications for acne such as isotretinoin (sold as Accutane, Clarus and others). But a recent study in the British Medical Journal found that the drug itself may not matter; according to Swedish researchers, acne itself raises the risk of depression and suicide attempt.



Neurological protein may hold the key to new treatments for depression

PR Newswire

November 29, 2010


Neuroscientists at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) have developed a protein peptide that may be a novel type of highly targeted treatment for depression with a low side-effect profile. Depression affects one in ten Canadians at some time in their lives and is a leading cause of disability worldwide.



Low birth weight linked to affective disorders, schizophrenia

Med Wire News

November 30, 2010


Results from a Danish study suggest that individuals born prematurely and those with a low birth weight face increased risk for affective disorders and schizophrenia in later life.,_schizophrenia.html



Cardiometabolic risk remains high, but stable with long-term antipsychotic treatment

Med Wire News

November 30, 2010


Patients established on long-term antipsychotic treatment show fewer metabolic changes than in the early stages of treatment, but they continue to have a high burden of cardiovascular (CV) risk.,_but_stable_with_long-term_antipsychotic_treatment.html



Biological Changes In Suicidal Patients

Medical News Today

November 30, 2010


Depressed and suicidal individuals have low levels of the stress hormone cortisol in their blood and saliva. They also have substances in their spinal fluid that suggest there is increased inflammation in the brain. These findings could help to develop new methods for diagnosing and treating suicidal patients.





25th Annual Conference on Child Abuse: "Make Prevention Your Priority"

Prevent Child Abuse Texas

November 2010


A statewide conference designed to offer quality training and information on topics and model programs of interest to leaders in child abuse prevention: social workers, counselors, educators, child care and youth workers, law enforcement personnel, medical & legal professionals, foster parents, child welfare board volunteers, elected officials, and other interested child advocates. February 28 - March 1, 2011 in Dallas. Registration required.



Trey's House brings hope

San Antonio Express-News

November 30, 2010


John Darrell Tindall was 15 when a school bus smashed into the car in which he was riding.  ...Tindal's journey has been made immeasurably easier thanks to Trey's House, a non-profit formed two years ago that provides a safe, welcoming place where those with acquired and traumatic brain injury can regain social skills and find community.



Film confronts depression in the legal community

November 29, 2010


Abraham Lincoln struggled with depression throughout his life, yet managed a successful legal career and ascended to presidency of the United States. Lincoln's story is one of several explored in a 30-minute documentary about depression in the legal profession produced by Buffalo, N.Y.-based attorney Daniel Lukasik. Lukasik, who has spoken publicly about his own depression, founded the Web site Lawyers With Depression in 2007 as a resource for law students, attorneys and judges.



NAMI e-Advocate Newsletter: November 2010

National Alliance on Mental Illness

November 24, 2010


In this issue:


  • Celebrating Difference: Native American Mental Health Care
  • Assessing the Impact of the 2010 Mid-term Election
  • Meeting the Needs of Military Families
  • Next to Normal Tour


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