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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

February, 2011



Request for Applications to Participate in Year Two of the Texas Learning Community on Integrated Health Care

Mental Health America of Greater Houston

February 2011


Mental Health America of Greater Houston invites organizations to apply as participants in year two of the Texas Learning Community on Integrated Health Care, a project funded by the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. Learning community participants will communicate via teleconference, webinars and an interactive website.  Participants will be provided funding to support travel to visit another site engaged in integrated care, and, as a participant, will have access to support and consultation from experts in the field of integrated health care. Applications accepted through February 15, 2011. 





Upbeat Perry touts Texas' strengths, dismisses budget 'doomsayers'

Dallas Morning News

February 9, 2011


AUSTIN - ... Reminders of the budget woes were ever-present, as wheelchair-using activists for the disabled lined the Capitol hallways and senior citizens filled the gallery after holding a rally outside. In budget proposals unveiled in recent weeks, lawmakers are looking at slashing funding to public schools, nursing homes, health programs, mental health services, college financial aid, reimbursements to Medicaid doctors and public safety. 


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Texas Gov. Rick Perry: Don't Drain Rainy Day Fund

Texas Tribune

February 9, 2011


Gov. Rick Perry told lawmakers Tuesday he is against tapping the state's $9.4 billion Rainy Day Fund to close the budget shortfall. 



Perry stays upbeat in State of the State address

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

February 8, 2011


... He also proposed mergers and consolidations designed to join more than a dozen agencies with similar responsibilities. One consolidation would create a new entity -- the Health Professions Agency -- out of the Texas Medical Board, the Board of Nursing, the Board of Dental Examiners and the Optometry Board. 



Saving Minds, Saving Money: 2011 Capitol Day Rally for Mental Illness

Mental Illness Awareness Coalition

February 2011


Join the coalition for a day of advocacy for mental health on Thursday, February 17, 2011, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Schmidt-Jones Family Life Center; 1300 Lavaca, Austin. 





Texas National Guard sees a spike in suicides; Grim statistic: More took their own lives than died in combat

Houston Chronicle

February 9, 2011


... A total of 12 Texas Army National Guard troops have been killed in action since 2001. During that same time period, 18 killed themselves, according to Texas Army National Guard headquarters at Camp Mabry in Austin. That grim tally includes seven suicides in 2010, a jump from just one, two or none in previous years. 





Are The Kids All Right? A Look at Children's Mental Health in Massachusetts

WBUR (Mass.)

February 4, 2011


WBURRadio (Boston) aired a week-long series on how the delivery of mental health services for children has changed since a landmark court ruling.



Mass. mental health worker safety under review

San Antonio Express News

February 9, 2011


BOSTON (AP) - The state's mental health commissioner has announced the creation of a task force to study the safety of mental health workers following the slaying of a counselor who worked at a Revere mental health facility.



SF police to review procedures on mentally ill

San Francisco Chronicle

February 9, 2011


A wave of police shootings involving mentally disturbed suspects has prompted the city's Police Commission to look at new ways of training San Francisco's 2,200 officers.



Colorado program for mentally ill offenders cuts costs of justice system

Denver Post

February 7, 2011


... Last month, the 18th Judicial District's Mental Health Court celebrated its first anniversary, trumpeting tens of thousands of dollars in savings to taxpayers, along with a couple dozen success stories like Edgin's. The program, a collaboration between the staffs at Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network and the 18th Judicial District, diverts the mentally ill away from prison. The goal, those behind it say, is to shut the revolving door that moves the mentally ill in and out of jail or prison but rarely addresses the disease at the root of their crimes.



GOP seeks to close children's psychiatric hospital

San Antonio Express News

February 8, 2011


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The two Republican leaders of the Connecticut General Assembly called on their colleagues Tuesday to begin the process of closing Riverview Hospital, the only state-run psychiatric hospital for children in New England, which they said costs about $1 million per child each year.



Calif. Adult Day Health Care on chopping block

San Francisco Chronicle

February 7, 2011


Bessie Spears was suicidal when she arrived at an Adult Day Health Care center in San Francisco four months ago. Ben Dubinsky was slipping further into depression until he walked through the center's front doors last year. ... the elderly San Francisco residents are at risk of losing the four-hour-a-day program, which provides medical care, physical therapy, exercise, counseling, socialization and other support to low-income, disabled and elderly adults in California. Gov. Jerry Brown has proposed eliminating the $176 million a year program as part of his plan to close the state's $25.4 billion budget shortfall. 



Bishop urges W.Va. to fight addiction, mental illness

Charleston Gazette (W.Va.)

February 8, 2011


CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia's Catholic bishop is calling on the state of West Virginia to devote more attention and money to help people struggling with addiction and mental illness.



Lee school district may be violating state, federal laws at Royal Palm

Fort Myers News-Press (Fla.)

February 8, 2011


The Lee County School District may be violating state and federal laws governing education and discipline of students with mental illness, emotional problems and other disabilities.





Health Law Provision Raises Antitrust Concerns

The New York Times

February 8, 2011


WASHINGTON - The new health care law encourages collaboration by doctors and hospitals for cost savings, but a split has developed here as to just how far they can go without running afoul of antitrust laws. An influential Republican member of the Federal Trade Commission, J. Thomas Rosch, said that without "vigorous antitrust enforcement," the new alliances of health care providers could reduce competition and increase costs to consumers. 



GOP Seeks to Block Funding for Health Law

The Wall Street Journal

February 9, 2011


House Republicans will use a stopgap spending bill coming to the floor next week as a vehicle to block money for the new health-care law, a top lawmaker said Tuesday. ... The spending bill, needed to fund the government through the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30, is being drafted by the House Appropriations Committee, which is seeking deep spending cuts. 



Vermont Gov. Proposes Single-Payer Health Plan

Kaiser Health News

February 8, 2011


Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, who was elected last November after promising to reform health care in the state, unveiled a bill  Tuesday that would abolish most forms of private health insurance and move state residents into a publicly funded insurance pool. 



South Carolina bailout pushes back Medicaid crisis


February 8, 2011


CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) - South Carolina's budget watchdog on Tuesday okayed a partial, $100 million bailout that delays a payments crisis for the state's Medicaid health-insurance program for poor people. With the state eyeing a large overall budget shortfall in its next fiscal year, the South Carolina Budget and Control Board voted to allow the Medicaid agency to operate with a $100 million deficit. 



Malloy administration moving HUSKY out of managed care

Connecticut Mirror

February 9, 2011


The Malloy administration announced plans Tuesday to move the HUSKY and Charter Oak health programs out of managed care and increase care coordination in the state's other Medicaid programs, an effort officials said would save money while giving the state more control over health programs that serve more than 500,000 people. The administration also plans to expand the Money Follows the Person program, which is aimed at getting seniors and adults with disabilities out of institutions and enabling them to live at home or in community-based housing. 





Health services will soon speak your language

Jerusalem Post

February 9, 2011


If you speak English, Arabic or Russian and are confounded by forms and other documents and services in the health system that appear only in Hebrew, relief will come, gradually, within two years. Health Ministry director-general Dr. Ronni Gamzu, adopting the ideal of "cultural competence" that has become the rule in the US and many other countries, issued a directive on Monday explaining new language requirements for the health system. 



Fight to remove the stigma of mental illness is a difficult one

Vancouver Sun

February 9, 2011


Although the mark is no longer a physical thing, it remains highly visible: After more than a half-century of anti-stigma campaigns, survey after survey reveals that people with mental illness continue to suffer from a stigma so intense that it is often worse than the illness itself.



Mental illness in teens challenges educators

Montreal Gazette

February 9, 2011


... Housed at Toronto's George Brown College, the program has enrolled more than 150 students with persistent mental health and addiction issues annually since its launch in 1972. Larger and more holistic than similar programs such as Seneca College's Work on Track in Toronto or the Mental Health Employment Program at Options Community Services in Surrey, B.C., RTE includes personal development courses, vocational guidance, skills development and college-credit academic courses in math, English and computer science.



Plea to log army stress in medical records to help PTSD

British Broadcasting Corporation

February 9, 2011


The Ministry of Defence should ensure veterans' service histories are logged in their medical records, claims an all-party report. The assembly' health committee said it would mean the quick diagnosis of ex-services personnel with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). 





No bitter pills in Perry's prognosis

Austin American-Statesman

February 8, 2011


... To be fair, Perry fleshes out some more detail in his proposed budget, which you can see at In Perry's proposal, education, higher education and health and human services programs each would undergo $2 billion cuts from current spending. It's difficult to believe we can absorb such cuts. 



Lawmakers should spread the cuts to education; Public employees, excepting higher ed, operate leanly

San Antonio Express-News

February 9, 2011


... There's a human face and a real purpose to work of state government. State employees are men and women spread across our state. Forty thousand of the state's 150,000 employees are employed by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. State workers also care for people with mental disabilities, investigate and prevent child abuse, repair our state highways, and determine eligibility for health care and social programs. 



Three reasons Americans are more anxious than ever

Dallas Morning News

February 4, 2011


When a team of UCLA researchers released its latest annual report on the mindset of America's university students last month, one finding screamed out for red-alert media attention: Our college kids are more stressed out and anxious than ever. In the researchers' surveys of more than 200,000 incoming freshmen, students reported all-time lows in overall mental health and emotional stability, and this news sent the media on a high-strung spree of its own.



Charles Haley serves as larger-than-life inspiration for at-risk youth

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

February 8, 2011


... Charles Haley, the former San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys defensive great who is the only player with five Super Bowl rings, has earned his place in the Hall of Fame. ... Late in his career, Haley was diagnosed as bipolar, a mental illness that he treats with medicine and therapy. For years now, Haley has professed to being a changed man, spending a lot of time helping to inspire young people in groups like the Boys & Girls Club. 





Smoking pot may hasten onset of mental illness

Chicago Tribune

February 8, 2011


NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Smoking marijuana has been linked with an increased risk of mental illness, and now researchers say that when pot smokers do become mentally ill, the disease starts earlier than it would if they didn't smoke pot. This means that serious psychiatric diseases that might not have shown up until kids were in their teens or twenties - or might never had developed at all - are starting in children as young as 12 who smoke marijuana.,0,2938752.story 



Personality disorders are 'widespread', say experts

British Broadcasting Corporation

February 8, 2011


We need to be more aware of personality disorders - which are more prevalent than people realise, say experts. Prof Eddie Kane, of the Institute of Mental Health, said 4% of people have such a condition, with some studies showing rates as high as 13%. 



Study Tracks Drug-Related Teen Suicides

Wall Street Journal

February 9, 2011


Teenage girls are about three times as likely as boys to attempt suicide for drug-related reasons, according to an analysis of emergency-room visits. A government study also found boys are far more likely to attempt drug-related suicide in the month of December, while the suicide rate for girls stays fairly steady throughout the year. 



Lower Mental Health Co-Pays Do Not Help Seniors Seek Care

Medical News Today

February 9, 2011


Parity legislation that equalizes co-pays for mental health care with co-pays for other medical care will have no effect on seniors in Medicare-managed care plans, based on an analysis by Brown community health researchers. Other measures may be necessary to help more seniors get the care they need.



Siblings of nonaffective psychosis patients at increased risk for movement disorders

Med Wire News

February 9, 2011


Results from a Dutch study show that the unaffected siblings of patients with nonaffective psychosis are at increased risk for movement disorders. 



Certain toxic trace elements may be elevated in bipolar disorder

Med Wire News

February 9, 2011


Results from a Spanish study suggest that patients with bipolar disorder have elevated levels of some toxic trace elements. 



Study Links Brain Molecule to Risk of Major Depression

Health Day News

February 9, 2011


People whose genetic make-up produces lower levels of a brain molecule called neuropeptide Y (NPY) may be at increased risk for major depression, says a new study. 



Turning Off Stress

Medical News Today

February 9, 2011


Post-traumatic stress disorder can affect soldiers after combat or ordinary people who have undergone harrowing experiences. Of course, feelings of anxiety are normal and even desirable - they are part of what helps us survive in a world of real threats. But no less crucial is the return to normal - the slowing of the heartbeat and relaxation of tension - after the threat has passed. People who have a hard time "turning off" their stress response are candidates for post-traumatic stress syndrome, as well as anorexia, anxiety disorders and depression. 





Free Training Teleconference on Housing, Homelessness, and Social Inclusion: Essential Elements of Healthy Communities


February 2011


This teleconference will educate participants about current trends and practices in the field, recent precedent-setting court rulings to address violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Olmstead, and the central role of social connectedness, social capital, and social inclusion as the foundation for developing programs that support people who have been homeless. Participants will hear how one person moved from being homeless to being a homeowner and the lessons that can be learned from his recovery journey. February 23, 2011, 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. eastern time. Registration required. 



National Parent Helpline Launched; New Online and Telephone Hotline Will Help Families Prevent Child Abuse

Parents Anonymous Inc.

February 2011


The National Parent Helpline, a project of the California-based organization will serve as a resource for millions of parents and caregivers. Trained "Helpline Advocates" will assist callers with a wide range of issues, including positive discipline techniques, stress reduction and personal safety. The advocates will also provide referrals to community-based programs, shelters, child care and substance abuse programs. 



Jodie Foster Talks About Her Upcoming Movie and Depression: "We Can't Give Up on One Another"

Red Orbit

February 9, 2011


In the new issue of the Advocate, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) presents an exclusive cover story interview with actress Jodie Foster about her upcoming new movie. Foster directed and stars in The Beaver, which will be released in spring 2011. The movie deals with major depression and a family striving for recovery. In the moving comedy-drama, a man living with mental illness becomes disconnected from his family and needs help.


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