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February, 2011



Travis County could lose $762 million for needy under current state budgets; House budget would cut $16 billion to counties across the state

Austin American-Statesman

February 7, 2011


Travis County stands to lose more than $762 million in funding for health and human services programs over the next two years under the proposed House budget, according to the Center for Public Policy Priorities.



Tomball center, other hospitals brace for cuts; If the state slashes Medicaid payments to doctors, they may stop serving the neediest patients. Where will they go?

Houston Chronicle

February 8, 2011


... The Legislature is proposing a reimbursement rate cut and other Medicaid cost-savings initiatives that could reduce hospitals' payments by as much as 33 percent. That would do serious damage to a formula funding system that now reimburses hospitals 89 cents on the dollar for Medicaid care. And those numbers don't reflect a 2 percent reimbursement cut the state instituted in the past six months.



Prison agency proposes 1,000 layoffs, less drug treatment, fewer convict meals

Austin American-Statesman

February 7, 2011


State prison officials are considering a budget-cutting plan to lay off more than 1,000 workers , close three drug treatment centers including one in Burnet and reduce the number of meals fed to prisoners on weekends.



What They'd Do About the Budget Shortfall

Texas Tribune

February 7, 2011


Everyone has an opinion about the budget shortfall these days: how big it is, what cuts we should make to confront it, whether new taxes - or new revenue of any kind - can be employed as a stop-gap. In an effort to consider competing viewpoints on these and other subjects, we asked three big thinkers in the Capitol community to tell us what they'd do if they had the power to take on the shortfall themselves.





Grand Prairie family mourns young life cut short by mental illness

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

February 8, 2011


... Her son, who had bipolar disorder and had stopped taking his medication, was one of eight young people killed in a fire in New Orleans the night of Dec. 28. The youths were staying in an abandoned warehouse and had started the fire in a barrel for warmth. Jonathan's acts of kindness continued until the end.



Kaiser to step down as president of UT-Houston

Houston Chronicle

February 7, 2011


Dr. Larry Kaiser, president of the University of Texas Health Science at Houston, will step down April 1 to take over the top job at Temple University Health Systems in his hometown of Philadelphia.



Veteran Who Shot Baby Seeks Clemency

Texas Tribune

February 7, 2011


He was an Army veteran and a Houston security guard who had never been arrested until February 2002, when a fight with his wife sent Timothy Adams into a suicidal spiral. During a stand-off with police, Adams fatally shot his 19-month-old son twice in the chest - landing him a spot on death row.



Jury seated in sex trial of former youth prison leader

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

February 7, 2011


LUBBOCK -- A jury was seated Monday in the trial of the former principal of a far West Texas juvenile prison accused of sexually molesting boys in his custody.






Congressman Wolf Announces New Report on Bipartisan Approaches to Reducing Crime, Recidivism and Corrections Costs

Texas Insider

February 7, 2011


...For example, Texas, in employing a justice reinvestment approach, advanced the use of state-of-the-art assessment tools, research-based programs, and new and improved supervision strategies. These strategies helped my home state of Texas save nearly a quarter of a billion dollars and identify and improve existing treatment, mental health and diversion programs that led to significant reductions in probationers and parolees being returned to prison," said Senator Cornyn.



Mental Health Advocates See Promise, Problems in Budget Plan

California Healthline

February 7, 2011


Mental health advocates and county officials say Gov. Jerry Brown's (D) proposal to shift authority and funding for mental health services from Sacramento to the 58 counties could be a good thing -- as long as the new responsibilities come with enough money to keep programs afloat. There appears to be some doubt about that.



Minnesota's fraying safety net

Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune (Minn.)

February 8, 2011


... More than a million needy Minnesotans rely on the state's taxpayer-supported safety net, most of them low-income seniors, disabled persons and children who need health care and other services. But the crushing combination of a bad economy and the growing needs of an aging population are stretching the system like never before. There's no way to fix the state's $6.2 billion financial hole without affecting that safety net -- which accounts for a third of state spending.



State Will Stop Paying For Some Hospital Re-Admissions (Mass.)

February 8, 2011


BOSTON - Medicaid is one of the fastest growing parts of the state budget. To tackle rising health care costs, Gov. Deval Patrick's administration plans to stop paying hospitals with high rates of re-admissions when low-income patients return within 30 days. It could be a man who leaves the hospital with new prescriptions and takes the wrong pill four times a day.  Or a woman with depression who skips a critical follow-up appointment after surgery.



Soldier faces murder trial despite mental illness

Chicago Tribune

February 7, 2011


DENVER - The Army has decided to put a soldier on trial in the shooting death of an Afghan detainee, even though two Army doctors say the soldier was mentally ill at the time of the slaying and didn't realize his conduct was wrong.  Pfc. David Lawrence faces a court-martial on a charge of premeditated murder, the Army said Tuesday. If convicted, he could face execution or life in prison.,0,3922058.story



Telling 'Psychiatric Tales' To Destigmatize Disease

National Public Radio

February 8, 2011


...Darryl Cunningham joins these illustrious illustrators with his heartfelt first book, Psychiatric Tales. Drawing from his years spent working as a health care assistant on an acute psychiatric ward in his native England, as well as his own experience with acute depression, Cunningham has produced 11 graphic vignettes about mental illness-and graphic they are. Cunningham does not try to sugarcoat brain diseases. He employs bold, often stark, heavily inked, black and white illustrations and unadorned prose to convey the alienation and misery behind self-mutilation, suicide, anti-social personality disorder, bipolarity, schizophrenia and clinical depression.



Mass. College student found not guilty by reason of insanity in MIT dorm stabbing is freed

Los Angeles Times

February 8, 2011


BOSTON (AP) - A former Massachusetts college student found not guilty by reason of insanity of stabbing her ex-boyfriend as he slept in his MIT dorm room in 2007 has been freed. Anna Tang was freed by a judge in Middlesex Superior Court on Monday rather than sent to a psychiatric hospital as prosecutors requested. ...The lawyer says she was not being properly treated for bipolar disorder and depression at the time of the attack.,0,1514752.story



'We get crazy' high school dance routine upsets mental health advocates

Chicago Tribune

February 7, 2011


WAUNAKEE, Wis. (AP) - Mental health care advocates say a high school dance routine called "We Get Crazy" is disturbing and insensitive. Waunakee's High School's varsity dance team had costumes that resembled straitjackets with the words "Psych Ward." The dancers messed their hair, put on black eye makeup and snarled through their routine. It was too much for advocates for the mentally ill. Wisconsin Family Ties executive director Hugh Davis says the routine evokes painful memories for some.,0,1242350.story





Health law puts clamp on doctor-owned hospitals; It prohibits building or expanding those sites, citing financial aspect

San Antonio Express-News

February 7, 2011


... The law affects about 285 physician-owned hospitals in 34 states, including at least two others in San Antonio: the 20-bed Foundation Surgical Hospital and the 327-bed Southwest General Hospital. A group of physicians had an ownership interest in Texsan Heart Hospital until last month's sale to Methodist Healthcare System.



Officials Might Tweak Health-Law Program

The Wall Street Journal

February 8, 2011


The Obama administration is looking at modifying a workers' long-term-care insurance program included in last year's health-care overhaul, responding to criticism that the plan is fiscally unsustainable. The Department of Health and Human Services is considering raising the income requirement for participating in the program and allowing its insurance premiums to be raised over time, officials said Monday.





On Health Care, Justice Will Prevail

The New York Times

February 8, 2011


The lawsuits challenging the individual mandate in the health care law, including one in which a federal district judge last week called the law unconstitutional, will ultimately be resolved by the Supreme Court, and pundits are already making bets on how the justices will vote. But the predictions of a partisan 5-4 split rest on a misunderstanding of the court and the Constitution.





Kin Foster Care Yields Benefits, But Support Lacking

MedPage Today

February 7, 2011


Children cared for by a relative after being removed from the family home because of maltreatment do better on most measures than those placed with strangers in foster care, researchers reported.  ... They and their caregivers were interviewed when they entered care and again after three years to evaluate the children's behavioral, mental health, and health service use as well as support services for caregivers.



Brushes With the Law Raise Suicide Risk, Study Shows

HealthDay News

February 7, 2011


People who have dealings with the criminal justice system are at increased risk for suicide, even if they have never been found guilty or spent time in prison, a new study finds. Researchers looked at 18,063 men and 9,156 women in Denmark who died of suicide between 1981 and 2006 and compared them to a control group of 524,899 people in the general population.



Psychotic Illness Appears to Begin at Younger Age Among Those Who Use Cannabis

Science Daily News

February 8, 2011


Cannabis use appears to be associated with an earlier onset of psychotic illness, according to a meta-analysis of previously published studies posted online that will appear in the June print issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.



Antipsychotics for Schizophrenia Associated With Subtle Loss in Brain Volume

Science Daily News

February 8, 2011


Patients with schizophrenia who take antipsychotic medications appear to lose a small but measurable amount of brain tissue over time, according to a report in the February issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.



Gene Linked To Major Depression

Medical News Today

February 8, 2011


The scientists hope the research will eventually help with early diagnosis and intervention for depression and other psychiatric illnesses, and in the development of therapies that can be tailored to individuals based on their genetic profiles. The findings were published Feb. 7 in the Archives of General Psychiatry.



Hearing impairment may increase psychosis risk in young people

Med Wire News

February 8. 2011


Hearing impairment is associated with an increased risk for psychotic symptoms in young people, study results suggest.



Most ADHD Kids Have Multiple Conditions, Study Says

Health Day News

February 8, 2011


Two-thirds of American children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder struggle with other mental health and developmental conditions, such as learning disabilities and anxiety, a new study suggests.





A Look at Black History Through the Lens of Mental Health

NAMI Advocate

Winter 2011


February is when we, as a nation, celebrate Black History Month. African American history is bittersweet: filled with glorious victories, but also rife with tragedy and pain. Mental illness in the African American community is just one of the many areas touched by this painful history. NAMI spoke with an African American psychiatrist and an African American psychologist to discuss the challenges and disparities in care they have faced when it comes to mental health treatment for African Americans in our country today.



Free Webinar: Supported Employment with Individual Placement and Support

National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare

February 2011


Supported employment encourages a life in the community, social interaction, and integration for persons with mental and addiction disorders. Learn how you can use the evidence-based practice Individual Placement and Support model to achieve the best outcomes for your clients with serious mental illness and co-occurring disorders  - employment with equitable wages and benefits, development of new skills, increased community participation, enhanced self-esteem, and better quality of life. Wednesday, February 9, 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. eastern time. Registration required.



National Policy Summit to Address Behavioral Health Disparities within Health Care Reform


February 8, 2011


The 2011 National Policy Summit to Address Behavioral Health Disparities within Health Care Reform will be conducted May 10-13, 2011, in San Diego, CA, under the sponsorship of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services. The purpose of this summit will be to create a strategic plan for how to address behavioral health disparities in the context of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. We invite the States and/or Territories to apply to participate in this very important event.



Apply by April 14 for Comprehensive Centers of Excellence through NIH's National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities

National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities

February 2011


The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health, solicits grant applications from institutions/organizations that propose to establish a Comprehensive Center of Excellence to support infrastructure and capacity building, building and sustaining novel partnerships, research training, innovative basic biomedical and behavioral clinical, or population-based research and intervention and prevention studies contributing to either the improvement of minority health, the elimination of health disparities, or both. The total amount expected to be awarded in FY 2012 is $24-28 million and the anticipated number of awards are 16-18.



Plays give teens tools to face bullying, dyslexia, eating disorders

Dallas Morning News

February 8, 2011


... Daugherty has consulted health professionals on each teen play to ensure that the characters are true to life. She includes statistics about these problems, usually flashed on a screen behind the action.





Urban Institute Launches $6 Million Project to Assist Low-Income Communities

Philanthropy News Digest

February 8, 2011


The Urban Institute has announced the launch of a three-year, $6 million project that will test innovative ways for human service providers to help low-income individuals find and keep jobs, build assets, and stay healthy.;jsessionid=WOZSOHQDEQPU1LAQBQ4CGW15AAAACI2F?id=325900004


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