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March, 2011



Mental health experts say more funding needed

Midland Reporter-Telegram

March 18, 2011


...There are more than 360,000 people suffering from a mental illness in prison, Earley said. More than 1 million others are on court-ordered probation and several are circling through the system, being arrested and released without receiving treatment. 



Threat now hangs over a happy home: Special-needs residents could lose accommodations

San Antonio Express News

March 19, 2011


...Trout refers to proposed cuts to community-based services such as group homes and similar programs that legislators are considering to help bridge a multibillion-dollar budget cut. Such services could be reduced by 31 percent, or $893 million, said Angela Lello, public policy director of the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities, a governor-appointed board that addresses disability services. 



Legislation addresses violence and shortages for nurses

UTA The Shorthorn

March 19, 2011


...The preventing violence against nurses in the workplace bill, House Bill 703, has been referred to the Criminal Jurisprudence Committee, but no hearing has been scheduled yet. Senate Bill 295 has been referred to the Transportation and Homeland Security Committee, but no hearing has been scheduled yet. Mental health advocacy groups are concerned that if the bill is passed, punishments would affect mentally ill patients negatively. 





UMC sees increase in psychiatric patients

El Paso Times

March 19, 2011


More psychiatric patients are showing up at the University Medical Center emergency room at a time when officials are least able to deal with them. The time psychiatric patients spent in the UMC emergency room tripled in February compared with the same period a year earlier, according to figures from the publicly owned hospital. The medical center probably provides the most emergency psychiatric care of any hospital in El Paso. 



NEISD parents target health course

San Antonio Express News

March 21, 2011


A group of North East Independent School District parents is rallying to knock the district's much-praised Healthy Lifestyles course off the requirement list for freshmen at a time when the city is fighting obesity rates. The course - part classroom work, part physical activity - takes a novel approach by combining lessons about mental health, fitness and other topics. 





FDA revisits risks of electric shock treatment

Los Angeles Times

March 19, 2011


...Pioneered in the late 1930s, electroshock therapy, as it was more commonly known, was a scientifically crude practice that often left patients dazed and disoriented, sometimes with broken bones. For many it became a symbol of the callousness that often characterized the treatment of the mentally ill. But that was then. Though its use waned as a result of reformers' attacks and the development of powerful drugs that offered an alternative treatment, electric shock therapy never entirely disappeared. The controversy over its use resurfaced in January when an advisory panel of the Food and Drug Administration met to consider a proposal for changing the official risk classification of today's electroshock devices.,0,4349425.story 



AP Enterprise: Indian Youth Suicide Crisis Baffles

National Public Radio

March 20, 2011


...Suicide is the second-leading cause of death behind unintentional injuries among Indian children and young adults, and is on the rise, according to the Indian Health Service. Native Americans ages 10 to 24 killed themselves at more than twice the rate of similarly aged whites, according to the most recent data available from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 



Immigration Judges Should Halt Proceedings Against Noncitizens with Serious Mental Disabilities News Agency

March 17, 2011


Washington D.C. - This week, the American Immigration Council's Legal Action Center (LAC) and Texas Appleseed filed an amicus brief with the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) supporting Immigration Judges' authority to terminate removal proceedings against noncitizens with serious mental disabilities where a full and fair hearing would be impossible.  Because immigration courts lack many of the due process protections that exist in other areas of our judicial system, more specific safeguards are necessary to protect the most vulnerable populations. 



Mental illness blocks many from getting their own housing, but there also are many roads to independence

M Live News

March 20, 2011


At 38, Lara Class never thought she would be living with her parents. But when she suffered a breakdown that led to a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, she lost her job and her apartment in Washington, D.C. Now, rebuilding her life, career and credit rating, Class is struggling to find an affordable place of her own in the Grand Rapids area. 



Advocates: NY budget would hurt Latino health care

San Antonio Express News

March 21, 2011


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Latino health care providers will make a last-ditch effort to get the Legislature to roll back some Medicaid changes they say will hurt Hispanics and others in New York's poor neighborhoods. 



Ill. praised for juvenile justice changes

San Antonio Express News

March 19, 2011


CHICAGO (AP) - A national organization that advocates keeping youth under 18 out of the adult court system is applauding Illinois for recent legislative changes.  ...The campaign said the new policy allows teens accused of minor crimes to have access to mental health and drug treatment in the juvenile system that isn't available in what it calls the "punitive adult system." 





National Quality Strategy will promote better health, quality care for Americans

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

March 21, 2011


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today released the National Strategy for Quality Improvement in Health Care (National Quality Strategy). The strategy was called for under the Affordable Care Act and is the first effort to create national aims and priorities to guide local, state, and national efforts to improve the quality of health care in the United States. 



Health Law Waivers Draw Kudos, and Criticism

The New York Times

March 19, 2011


WASHINGTON - Obama administration officials say they were expecting praise from critics of the new health care law when they offered to exempt selected employers and labor unions from a requirement to provide at least $750,000 in coverage to each person in their health insurance plans this year. Instead, Republicans have seized on the waivers as just more evidence that the law is fundamentally flawed because, they say, it requires so many exceptions. To date, for example, the administration has relaxed the $750,000 standard for more than 1,000 health plans covering 2.6 million people. 



Wisconsin's health-care fight illustrates challenges as states change leadership

The Washington Post

March 18, 2011


MADISON, Wis. - Two weeks after President Obama signed the nation's health-care overhaul into law, then-Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle (D) issued an executive order creating an Office of Health Care Reform. Over the next eight months, the Badger State made more headway than virtually anywhere else in the country at preparing to carry the statute out. It designed - and presented at the White House - the country's only prototype for how people and small businesses could navigate a new health insurance marketplace online. It produced a 205-page blueprint envisioning that marketplace as a "transformative force," steering people toward care of high quality and low cost. Then, in late January, Doyle's Republican successor, Scott Walker, issued his own executive order, dissolving the health reform office and replacing it with the Office of Free Market Health Care. 



Health Insurers Respond To Reform By Snapping Up Less-Regulated Businesses

Kaiser Health News/Washington Post

March 19, 2011


Here's one change few were talking about when the health overhaul law passed: It's sent insurers - worried the law could stunt profits and growth - looking for new types of business. Where are they investing? In less-regulated companies that could yield strong profits and make the main business - insurance - more lucrative. The purchases also could increase insurers' control over more parts of the health system. 



Analysis, Predictions Mark Health Law's First Anniversary

Kaiser Health News

March 21, 2011


Media outlets examine the dynamics that continue to mark the health overhaul at its one-year mark - including the public confusion that swirls around it, the varying factions involved in its implementation and the expectations for its future. 





Lessons for Japan's Survivors: The Psychology of Recovery

The New York Times

March 19, 2011


JAPAN is in the middle of a catastrophe that transcends any talk of trauma and resilience, the easy language of armchair psychology. There is no reintegrating with friends and social networks now scattered or lost in the sea; there is no easy rebuilding of communities washed away, swallowed by the earth or bathed in radiation from ruptured nuclear plants. Few can doubt that the country will eventually repair itself; that's what people do, none more so than the Japanese. But some scientists say that recovering from this disaster will be even more complicated. 



Mental Health No Afterthought in Tsunami's Aftermath

The Wall Street Journal

March 21, 2011


Efforts to provide aid to the victims of the earthquake and tsunami which struck northeastern Japan have been focused on "lifeline" supplies such as water, food and shelter. Adequate medical care has also been an issue, particularly for those who were injured or have lost - or never knew details about - prescription medicines they need. Some 350,000 Japanese have relocated to these shelters in the wake of the quake. In addition to physical-health issues, experts say evacuees' mental-health-care needs are acute. Many tsunami survivors are likely to experience a form of post-traumatic stress, they say. 





Bilingual' Neurons May Reveal the Secrets of Brain Disease

Science Daily News

March 21, 2011


A team of researchers from the University of Montreal and McGill University have discovered a type of "cellular bilingualism" -- a phenomenon that allows a single neuron to use two different methods of communication to exchange information. "Our work could facilitate the identification of mechanisms that disrupt the function of dopaminergic, serotonergic and cholinergic neurons in diseases such as schizophrenia, Parkinson's and depression," wrote Dr. Louis-Eric ... 



General Cognitive Performance Of Patients With Acquired Brain Injury Improved By Neuropsychological Treatment

Medical News Today

March 21, 2011


Researchers at the University of Granada have proved that neuropsychological rehabilitation helps in significantly reducing cognitive, emotional and behavioral after-effects in patients with acquired brain injury, generally due to traumatic brain injury and ictus. These patients should not wait to be treated later by the social services, since early intervention (within six months after the trauma) reduces further after-effects. 



Acne May Blemish Teens' Emotional Lives, Too

Health Day News

March 21, 2011


A new review confirms something that teens have always known: pimples, low self-esteem and depression often go hand-in-hand. While it doesn't prove that blemishes actually cause emotional problems, the analysis of 16 studies suggests that teenage acne outbreaks do more than just boost Clearasil sales. 





Adolescent medicine is a specialty for teen patients

Abilene Reporter-News

March 20, 2011


...A specialty known as adolescent medicine, or teen medicine, fills the gap for parents and young people who feel out of place in the brightly decorated waiting room of the pediatrician's office, but unready for the primary care physicians and specialists who see mostly adults.  ...Mental health is also another big topic in adolescent medicine; one in five young people has a mental health problem, such as depression, anxiety, or an eating disorder, that needs to be addressed, Blythe said. 



What are best practices for reporting on suicide?

Victoria Advocate (blog)

March 20, 2011


Suicide is one of the most difficult subjects any journalist encounters. Coverage may lead to feelings of anger, pain and denial directed by survivors toward the media organization. Additionally, various national studies have shown certain types of coverage might lead to what's called contagion suicide, or attempts influenced by the media. That's why most media organizations tread lightly when reporting on this mental health issue.


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