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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

April, 2011



Request for Proposals: Texas Psychology Internships Initiative

Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

April 8, 2011


The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health invites Texas organizations to submit proposals to create a new pre-doctoral psychology internship program in Texas and pursue program accreditation from the American Psychological Association (APA). Proposals are due June 8, 2011. The foundation anticipates awarding two grants of up to $550,000 each over a five-year grant period.


The primary goal of this initiative is to attract doctoral students in psychology to careers as mental health providers in Texas by expanding the number of high-quality internship programs that enable them to proceed with the education and training required for state licensure and professional practice. A secondary goal is to increase the availability of psychological services in Texas communities that are underserved with respect to mental health services.



New Policy Brief Highlights Mental Health Workforce Shortages in Texas

Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

April 11, 2011


AUSTIN, Texas - A growing number of Texans will have difficulty accessing mental health services unless steps are taken now to address a critical shortage of mental health professionals, according to a policy brief published by the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health and Methodist Healthcare Ministries.





After Years of Cost Cuts, Texas Tries to Find More

New York Times

April 8, 2011


AUSTIN, Tex. - It is hard to overstate the budget-cutting furor that has gripped lawmakers in this capital, where the Republicans who control the Legislature and all statewide offices believe voters sent them an ironclad mandate last year to shrink the size of government.



Health care cuts will leave state in critical condition, foes say

Austin American-Statesman

April 9, 2011


Deep spending cuts in the recently passed House budget would profoundly change the state's medical system, placing tens of thousands of Texans in the difficult position of finding alternate care from a dwindling list of prospects, health care advocates warn. Much of the impact would be on elderly Texans, adults with disabilities, those in need of mental health care and low-income families in search of obstetricians, pediatricians and general practitioners. Private insurance rates and hospital-provided care also might be affected.



Are state living centers' gains in jeopardy? Budget cuts threaten to derail efforts to comply with federal settlement

Austin American-Statesman

April 9, 2011


Nearly two years after settling a lawsuit with the U.S. Department of Justice, Texas' institutions for people with mental disabilities are still struggling with incidents of abuse and neglect, inappropriate use of restraints and inadequate medical care. And now the centers face steep budget cuts.



Is an Incomplete Budget Better Than a Shrunken One?

Texas Tribune

April 11, 2011


... There's a widely held belief around the Capitol that lawmakers balanced a troublesome budget in 2003 with a convenient underestimation of how many people would be in line to receive the many social services to which they were legally entitled.



What A Hospital Tax Could Look Like in Texas

Texas Tribune

April 8, 2011


Use our app to see what hospitals would have to pay in taxes, and whether they'd come out ahead or behind in total revenue, if one version of a "quality assurance fee," or hospital tax, were on the books.



Criminal justice: Mental health care may be shifted

Abilene Reporter-News

April 9, 2011


If state legislators' plans to slash funding for mental health care go through, local jails, courts and emergency rooms soon could see an increase in the number of mentally ill people they serve. State officials hope to save $228 million by trimming the community mental health services budget by about 20 percent, but the measures' cost to counties across the state could be many times that amount.





Finding jobs a challenge for ex-inmates in Texas: Pay leaves many below poverty line

Austin American-Statesman

April 9, 2011


As the number of people Texas locks up grows, so does the number of ex-inmates it releases into communities. In 1980, about 11,000 inmates left state jails or prisons. Last year, nearly 72,000 state inmates returned to Texas communities. ... Ex-offenders present challenges to any employer: They are more likely to have mental illnesses, score lower on IQ tests and struggle with drug and alcohol addiction.



Texas ex-offenders are denied job licenses: Blocking access to career fields sometimes seems to have little public benefit yet can hinder return to society

Austin American-Statesman

April 9, 2011


... The average income for Texas prisoners released last year was below the $11,000 the government considers poverty level for one person. Some of that can be attributed to offenders' lower overall educational levels and higher incidences of mental illness and drug use.



Rising number of overweight soldiers causes Army to revamp menu options

Austin American-Statesman

April 9, 2011


FORT HOOD - ... But eating habits aren't the only factor causing soldiers to gain weight, officials say. Combat injuries, both physical and psychological, also are to blame. Dietitians say that increased use of some anti-psychotic drugs, prescribed to soldiers suffering from psychological ailments, has caused rapid weight gain among soldiers, who are subject to discharge unless a doctor intervenes with their commander.



Fresh start: Once-struggling veteran finds new beginning

El Paso Times

April 4, 2011


... After years on the streets, Lochala was able to get a roof over his head through a joint program of the Housing Authority of the City of El Paso and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The 2-year-old program is called Housing and Urban Development-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing. It has been successful in getting 69 homeless veterans off the street through a voucher program. Officials are working to expand the program. They have vouchers ready to house up to 95 more homeless veterans.



War casualty on the home front: A poster boy for suicide prevention, Houstonian becomes another statistic

Houston Chronicle

April 9, 2011


... Hunt's suicide was baffling to friends and family, but not because he hid his struggle or failed to get help. It baffled them because he faced it, head-on, leading from the front like any good Marine. Hunt had become a poster boy for suicide prevention. He appeared in an award-winning public service campaign to encourage returning veterans who feel isolated to reach out to their peers for help.



Galveston County chase ends in suspect's suicide

Houston Chronicle

April 10, 2011


A man who led Texas City police on a high-speed chase, evading spikes and drawing gun fire, killed himself Saturday as authorities were preparing his brother to speak with him, an official said.





Federal government to aid Maricopa mental-health care

Arizona Republic

April 9, 2011


The federal government will begin offering financial incentives to mental-health-care providers who agree to serve low-income areas or areas with poor access to mental-health care in Maricopa County. Federal officials for the first time have declared a shortage of mental-health professionals in Arizona's most populous county. Health experts say the federal incentive program - consisting of student-loan repayments and scholarships - could help remedy the shortage by attracting a larger number of residents or recent college graduates and persuading them to work in underserved communities.



Slow recovery in Las Vegas may be factor in suicide increase

Las Vegas Sun

April 11, 2011


Few who killed themselves left notes of explanation, but some experts blame the recession for the sharp increase in suicides in Clark County last year. They say there's a clear correlation between self-destruction and the devastation recessions bring, such as job loss and home foreclosures, both at record levels in Southern Nevada.



Iowa judges unlikely to commit the mentally ill

Chicago Tribune

April 9, 2011


DES MOINES, Iowa - An Iowa law governing forced commitments for people with mental illness may have prevented relatives from getting help for a man who was fatally shot this week after killing a Keokuk County sheriff's deputy. The family of Jeffrey Krier tried to have him committed for mental health treatment a few weeks ago, the Des Moines Register reported. But, the family said, a judge denied the commitment request after Krier was assessed for several days at a Des Moines hospital.,0,7427642.story



How to fix 'massive crisis' in immigration courts

Houston Chronicle

April 10, 2011


... Grisez says progress can be made immediately by providing the most vulnerable - children and mentally ill - with appointed lawyers. (In immigration court, people can hire a lawyer or find free representation, but often end up defending themselves.) "It's the biggest travesty of all" to expect kids and emotionally disturbed people to represent themselves in an adversarial hearing with complex laws, Grisez says. A report last year found some U.S. citizens with mental disabilities were detained and even deported because they couldn't navigate the courts alone.



Supreme Court: State can cut medical benefits to legal noncitizens

Connecticut Mirror

April 8, 2011


The Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that the state can cut off medical assistance to legal noncitizens who have been in the country fewer than five years, clearing the way to implement a 2009 budget cut that had been stalled because of legal action.



FDA Holds Off On New Heart Warnings For ADHD Medicines

National Public Radio

April 8, 2011


Steady as you go on ADHD medicines. The Food and Drug Administration has finally received data from a massive analysis of health records to tease out whether there is a link between normal use of ADHD medicines and potentially lethal heart problems. And, for now, the FDA says it's not recommending any changes in safety instruction or use of such popular meds as Vyvanse and Adderall.



Richmond to launch mental health court

The Washington Post

April 11, 2011


Richmond is preparing to launch a mental health court that will allow some mentally ill defendants to receive treatment instead of jail time. Similar courts have been established in Norfolk and Petersburg.



Mental health professionals use horses for therapy

Florida Today

April 8, 2011


A growing number of health counselors are incorporating horses into their sessions, using the animals to treat a host of mental health issues ranging from eating disorders to substance abuse to post-traumatic stress disorder. NARHA, formerly known as the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association, has been offering equine-facilitated psychotherapy and learning since 1995 and calls them fast-growing disciplines in the equine industry.|head



Early Intervention and Treatment for Serious Mental Illness Is Focus of New Ventura County Program


April 8, 2011


Ventura (Early) Intervention Prevention Services, VIPS, is a new program offered by Ventura County Behavioral Health in partnership with Telecare. It is modeled after the nationally recognized Portland Identification and Early Referral (PIER) model and is funded through California's Mental Health Services Act.  .... "VIPS is actively reaching out to west Ventura County educators, students, families, and community organizations to provide information about early identification and treatment."



New health program starts in Boston public housing

San Antonio Express News

April 10, 2011


BOSTON (AP) - A Boston-based community health center has launched a program aimed at fighting hypertension and depression among Boston public housing residents.





Budget rivals look to future of Medicare, Medicaid

Los Angeles Times

April 11, 2011


Reporting from Washington- As Capitol Hill negotiators fleshed out details of last week's epic budget deal, Democrats and Republicans prepared for the next set of confrontations over federal spending, including the future of Medicare and Medicaid.,0,4456348.story



Families USA says Medicaid block grant proposal would be 'devastating' for Louisiana

New Orleans Times-Picayune

April 9, 2011


Families USA said House GOP plans to turn Medicaid into a block grant program for the states and reconfigure Medicare for senior citizens would cost Louisiana $38.3 billion over the next 10 years.



Kansas Medicaid makeover moves forward; Details released on reform ideas and foundations agree to fund public input process

Kansas Health Institute

April 8, 2011


TOPEKA - Details of various suggestions for improving the Kansas Medicaid program were made public this week. ... Also, a consortium of the state's health foundations has agreed to underwrite the process for soliciting public input about the Brownback administration's developing Medicaid makeover plan.



Medicaid To Offer Rewards For Healthy Behavior

Kaiser Health News

April 11, 2011


A federal grant program authorized in the health overhaul law is offering states $100 million to reward Medicaid recipients who make an effort to quit smoking or keep their weight, blood pressure or cholesterol levels in check.





Social safety net threatened by massive proposed cuts

San Angelo Standard-Times

April 6, 2011


SAN ANGELO, Texas - Chicken Little was right - the sky is falling. House Bill 1, the House of Representatives' appropriations bill for the next two years in Texas that includes massive cuts, may ultimately destroy our state's social safety net. As a result, the majority of Texans will join the land of the "have-nots."



Guns and Gallegos: Will Texas colleges be forced to allow guns to be carried on campus?

Houston Chronicle

April 9, 2011


Will the state of Texas force colleges to allow guns on campus? ... Mental health counselors warn of the danger of mixing guns with the stress and binge drinking that already plague students. Guns in classrooms and dorms, the counselors say, would surely lead to more suicides and accidental shootings.



Tragedies have little sway on nation's gun laws; Politics, focus on economy cited for lack of action after Tucson and ICE slayings

Houston Chronicle

April 11, 2011


... The political debate has shifted from ambitious attempts to ban specific kinds of weapons such as Saturday night specials or assault-style weapons to more modest efforts to limit the lethality of legal weapons and tighten screening to prevent purchases by convicted criminals or individuals with evidence of mental illness or instability.



Heads-up safety move by UIL

Austin American-Statesman

April 10, 2011


... As of Aug. 1, a UIL concussion management protocol will be in effect to protect all high school athletes against the dangers of head injuries. The revised rule is as simple as it is wise: Athletes who sustain concussions in UIL sports activities will not be allowed to return to games or practices on the day of the injury. The new protocol also requires approval by a licensed health care professional prior to return to full participation.



Fort Worth program helps abused children move from darkness into light

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

April 11, 2011


... Even in the sunshine of your beautiful day, the darkness and secrecy of child abuse may live next door. Child abuse can encompass every ethnicity, every socioeconomic level, and affects children from private as well as public schools. Statistics show that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be abused by their 18th birthday. National statistics also show that 90 percent of the children know their abusers.



The cost of war: A Marine veteran's suicide points to the heavy toll at home

Houston Chronicle

April 11, 2011


Clay Hunt was "a war hero and giant-hearted humanitarian," read his obituary, detailing his tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, and his volunteer work in earthquake-stricken Haiti and Chile. As a Marine, "he often wondered why he survived when so many close friends and others paid the ultimate price for our nation's freedom." The sad truth is that he didn't survive.



Dr. John Breeding on ECT

PsychCentral (blog)

April 9, 2011


...Although we narrowly failed to accomplish a total ban on electroshock in Texas, the procedure is banned for children under age 16 and extra safeguards are in place for the elderly. In Texas at least, we know that electroshock is dangerous, and electroshock machines are very dangerous. So, of course, I'm strongly against the reclassification of the machines.



Achieving Recovery Through Others: Benefiting from my work at the Veterans Administration

National Alliance on Mental Illness

April 11, 2011


I was hospitalized for over a month while a resident tried to diagnose my problem. Unfortunately, once removed from the stresses that had triggered the hypomanic episode, I was able control the symptoms to the point that they rejected a diagnosis of bipolar disorder.  ...I knew that I had been depressed for at least half of my life up until entering into residency. That was probably the most important reason for my interest in psychology and my choice of psychiatry as a specialty





How Children Cope With the Aftermath of a Hurricane

Science Daily News

April 11, 2011


Living through a natural disaster is a traumatic experience for everyone, but especially for children. A new study by University of Miami Psychologist Annette La Greca and her collaborators, indicate that some children who directly experience a devastating hurricane still show signs of posttraumatic stress (PTS) almost two years after the event. The findings suggest that new models for intervention to help children after a natural disaster are needed.



Antidepressants Can Help Physical Recovery after Stroke

Psych Central News

April 11, 2011


Although researchers are unsure of how they do it, antidepressants have been found to improve physical recovery after stroke for many patients. And the enhanced recovery appears to continue for nine months after the medication has been halted. Researchers discovered both depressed and non-depressed stroke patients who received antidepressant medication had greater physical recovery after stroke than patients who received placebo.



Depression Common Among Obese Seniors

Internal Medicine News

April 8, 2011


SAN ANTONIO - Depression and obesity appear to go hand in hand among community-dwelling older adults, according to Dr. Laura Kersting Barre.  ...The relative risk for depression among obese seniors receiving care from three different types of community-based settings was about fourfold higher than for seniors with normal weight, she and her associates found.



Primary Care Targeted For Suicide Prevention Efforts

Medical News Today

April 11, 2011


Forty-five percent of the 32,000 Americans who take their own lives each year visit their primary care provider within one month of their death. Ninety percent have a mental health or substance abuse disorder, or both. Yet only in the last decade has suicide been considered a preventable public health problem.



Molecular Switch Hikes Likelihood of Schizophrenia, Mood Disorder

Psych Central News

April 09, 2011


A molecular switch that controls the behavior of a protein that, when altered, increases vulnerability to schizophrenia and mood disorders has been identified in new research. The findings make possible the creation of biomarkers that can help diagnose mental illness and track treatment.



Scientists Find Way to Map Brain's Complexity

The New York Times

April 11, 2011


LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists say they have moved a step closer to developing a computer model of the brain after finding a way to map both the connections and functions of nerve cells in the brain together for the first time. In a study in the journal Nature on Sunday, researchers from Britain's University College London (UCL) described a technique developed in mice which enabled them to combine information about the function of neurons with details of their connections.





Webinar: Prevention of Mental Health Conditions and Depression in Parenting: Implications of Two Recent IOM Reports

Mental Health American

April 2011


Dr. William Beardslee will review the major findings from two recent Institute of Medicine (IOM) reports -- one on the prevention of mental, emotional and behavioral disorders in younger populations, and the other on prevention of the effects of depression on parenting and the health of children. He will focus on major progress in the field since the 1994 IOM book Reducing Risks for Mental Disorders and the implications for families, health care systems, and practitioners. Wednesday, April 20, 1:30 - 3:00 pm eastern time. Registration required.





Adoption Coalition of Texas Wins 2011 Collaboration Prize

Philanthropy News Digest

April 11, 2011


The Phoenix-based Lodestar Foundation has announced the Austin-based Adoption Coalition of Texas as the winner of the 2011 Collaboration Prize. The prize is a national award designed to identify and showcase models of collaboration in the nonprofit sector.;jsessionid=3ZM2MUSK3EXI3LAQBQ4CGW15AAAACI2F?id=334800039


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