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April, 2011



House Tentatively OKs New Juvenile Justice Agency

Texas Tribune

April 28, 2011


Texas youths who get crossways with the law could soon find themselves under the supervision of a new state juvenile justice agency whose main mission is to keep young offenders close to home and quickly headed in a more positive direction. ... Pilot programs in cities like Houston - where resources like mental health treatment providers and substance abuse counseling are more readily available - have shown that youths who stay closer to home for treatment are less likely to commit future offenses. 



Senate Approves Medicaid Savings Bill

Texas Tribune

April 28, 2011


The Senate unanimously approved Sen. Jane Nelson's bill to find extensive cost savings in Texas' Medicaid program, the primary health care provider for children, the disabled and the very poor. 



Accused in Texas Face Long Wait to Fight Abuse Label

Texas Tribune

April 29, 2011


... Rep. John Zerwas, R-Simonton, has filed legislation backed by the Gateses that would ban CPS from adding someone's name to the central registry until the individual had time to appeal it and until the abuse finding has been upheld in an administrative hearing. But with four weeks left in the legislative session, the bill still has not gotten a hearing. CPS officials say the measure would increase the agency's costs and potentially endanger children by allowing someone who ultimately ends up in the database to be around children while the administrative process plays out. 



Not an easy day for Ogden; Finance chief says Senate has to get serious on budget

Houston Chronicle

April 28, 2011


AUSTIN - Texas senators tangled over state fees Thursday in a glimpse of the bigger battle stalling a proposed budget that relies on a cobbled-together list of revenue measures. ... The $176.5 billion, two-year budget plan would soften education and human services cuts by spending billions more than a House measure. But it still would spend less than current levels. 





HUD Secretary Donovan Announces $216 Million In Homeless Grants; Grants represent historic investment to confront rural homelessness

U.S. Housing and Urban Development

April 28, 2011


WASHINGTON - U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan today awarded more than $216 million to nearly 700 new homeless programs across the country. ... HUD's Continuum of Care grants fund a wide range of transitional and permanent housing programs as well as supportive services such as job training, case management, mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment and child care. Texas total: $11,763,818. 


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Funding boosted for services for homeless veterans in Tarrant County

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

April 28, 2011


FORT WORTH -- The Salvation Army will launch new services for homeless veterans after almost $1 million in federal money was awarded Thursday to Tarrant County agencies. 



Safety agency investigating psychiatric patient deaths at Dallas' Parkland Memorial Hospital

Dallas Morning News

April 28, 2011


The nation's leading organization for overseeing hospital patients' safety is investigating Parkland Memorial Hospital, this time after the deaths of two psychiatric patients, The Dallas Morning News has learned. The nonprofit Joint Commission acknowledged that it is investigating the death of a patient who was placed in solitary confinement in the psychiatric emergency department in February and another who fled Parkland in October and was struck by a car. The commission recently closed a third case involving a mental health patient who died of a heart attack in February 2010 shortly after being discharged from the psychiatric clinic without receiving a medical examination. 



University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing to Improve Access to Primary Care with $842,000 in St. David's Foundation Grants

University of Texas at Austin News

April 28, 2011


AUSTIN, Texas - The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing has received grants totaling $842,000 from the St. David's Foundation to expand its nurse practitioner program and provide much needed primary care support.  ...The Family Psych/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program is the newest advanced practice program offered by the school.  The summer and second year of the program consists of psychiatric-mental health clinical course work, including 705 clinical placement hours. 



Central Texans Head to Mississippi To Help With Tornado Relief

KUT News

April 28, 2011


Five Central Texas residents left Austin for Jackson, Mississippi this morning to help provide food, first aid and mental health services to people whose communities were devastated by storms that spawned tornadoes.  ... One of the volunteers is a mental health expert who can speak to people who have been traumatized by the storms. 



Vets deploying to Belly of Beats to win fight want meeting with Gen. Campbell

April 28, 2011


Operation Recovery is deploying a team of organizers to meet with the new Commander at the largest military installation in the United States, Fort Hood, to lay groundwork for a fight to win service members' human and civil rights to heal.  ...As the new Commander of Fort Hood and III Corps, General Campbell has the power to stop deploying traumatized troops and get service members the health screenings and needed treatment according to IVAW. 



Texas singer completes march from Austin to Fort Hood

YNN Austin

April 28, 2011


... Smith's trek across Central Texas was part of a nationwide effort called the Boot Campaign, which encourages others to walk a mile in military boots. The money from the campaign benefits soldiers who are wounded or suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. 



Dancing man scares drivers on I-10


April 28, 2011


...Captured by traffic cameras, the man was seen on top of the SUV waving, blowing kissing, and dancing.  ...According to the El Paso Times and other local media, the man was eventually arrested and taken to a hospital for a mental evaluation. 



Schizophrenic murder defendant sent back to hospital again

Austin American-Statesman

April 28, 2011


Travis County prosecutors have decided not to seek permission to forcibly medicate schizophrenic murder defendant James McMeans and he has been again committed to a state psychiatric hospital, according to McMeans' lawyer John Butler. 



Last in state school 'fight club' case takes plea deal

Corpus Christi Caller Times

April 29, 2011


CORPUS CHRISTI - The accused ringleader in staged fights at the former Corpus Christi State School took a plea deal Friday for five years in prison. Timothy Dixon, 32, pleaded guilty to four counts of injury to a disabled person, all third-degree felonies. 



Texas company to pay $1.7 M to Iowa workers

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

April 28, 2011


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A federal judge in Davenport has ordered a Texas-based company accused of abusing and underpaying several mentally disabled men at a turkey plant in Iowa to pay $1.76 million to the former workers. 





Panel eyes betterment of juvenile justice

Jackson Clarion Ledger

April 27, 2011


Mississippi can enhance its juvenile justice system through mental health improvements, permanent placement of children in foster care and keeping families intact, Youth Court judges and others say. The re-established Mississippi Commission on Children's Justice conducted a hearing Wednesday at the state Capitol to gain input on ways to enhance juvenile justice in the state.|newswell|text|Home|s 



New gun law excludes ND State Hospital workers

San Antonio Express News

April 28, 2011


BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Employees at North Dakota's state mental hospital in Jamestown won't be allowed to keep guns in their vehicles while they're at work. 



NRA members doubt relevance of Giffords shooting

Austin American-Statesman

April 28, 2011


... "That was an undisciplined mad man and law enforcement failed, his parents failed," said Clingan, who said improvements must be made to keep people with mental problems from owning guns. But he said that's difficult because groups that advocate for mentally ill people argue against the very labels he believes should show up more frequently in federal background checks. 





Administration Implements Affordable Care Act Provision to Improve Care, Lower Costs

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

April 29, 2011


The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today launched a new initiative which will reward hospitals for the quality of care they provide to people with Medicare and help reduce health care costs.  Authorized by the Affordable Care Act, the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing program marks the beginning of an historic change in how Medicare pays health care providers and facilities-for the first time, 3,500 hospitals across the country will be paid for inpatient acute care services based on care quality, not just the quantity of the services they provide. 



Some Employers Already Sending Workers To Exchanges to Buy Health Insurance

Kaiser Health News

April 29, 2011


Fed up with the unpredictable cost of health insurance for his small business, Mike Sarafolean last year made a dramatic change: Instead of picking a plan to offer workers, he now sends them to a "private exchange" or marketplace where they compare and choose their own insurance. And the amount his company pays toward coverage is capped. 



Physician Willingness and Resources to Serve More Medicaid Patients: Perspectives from Primary Care Physicians

Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured

April 27, 2011


This issue brief attempts to assess how primary care physicians will respond to the entry of 32 million newly insured people into the health care system under health reform.  The increase in the number of people with health coverage is expected to intensify competition among patients and payers for primary care resources. 



Realizing Health Reform's Potential: Will the Affordable Care Act Make Health Insurance Affordable?

Commonwealth Fund

April 27, 2011


Using a budget-based approach to measuring affordability, this issue brief explores whether the subsidies available through the Affordable Care Act are enough to make health insurance affordable for low-income families. Drawing from the Consumer Expenditure Survey, the authors assess how much "room" people have in their budget, after paying for other necessities, to pay for health care needs. 



Emergency Room Doctors Say Health Law Will Make ER Crowding Worse

National Public Radio

April 28, 2011


Hospital emergency rooms, the theory goes, get overcrowded because people without health insurance have no place else to go. But that's not the view of the doctors who staff those emergency departments. The real problem, according to a new survey from the American College of Emergency Physicians, isn't caused by people who don't have insurance - it's caused by people who do, but still can't find a doctor to treat them. 





Fighting Mental Illness: A Call to Action for Foundations

Health Affairs

April 27, 2011


The United States has the highest rate of mental illness in the world. According to Mental Health America, one in four Americans has a diagnosable mental illness each year. Half of us will have one in our lifetime. The average age of onset of mental illness is age fourteen, and it typically takes ten years after symptoms first present for mental illness to be diagnosed. 





Teen Brain Less Discerning of Threat vs. Safety, More Vulnerable to Stress

National Institute of Mental Health

April 28, 2011


Teen brains rely on early-maturing brain structures that process fear differently than adult brains, according to an NIMH-funded study. As a result, teens may have more difficulty than adults in differentiating between danger and safety, leading to more pervasive stress and anxiety. The study was published online ahead of print on February 23, 2011, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 



Stress and Depression Are Associated With Shorter Survival in Head and Neck Cancer Patients

Science Daily News

April 29, 2011


Studies have shown that stress can affect the immune system and weaken the body's defense against infection and disease. In cancer patients this stress can also affect a tumor's ability to grow and spread. However, the biological mechanisms that underlie such associations are not well understood. 



Cannabis use linked to psychiatric hospitalization

Med Wire News

April 29, 2011


There is a significant and positive dose-response relationship between cannabis use and risk for psychiatric hospitalization, study results suggest. The researchers also found that cannabis use before the age of 12 years is significantly associated with increased risk for psychiatric hospitalization in later life. 



Bringing Partner Into Anorexia Treatment May Aid Recovery

Health Day News

April 29, 2011


In novel program, involvement of husband or boyfriend helped women beat the disorder, researchers say

Margie Hodgin of Turnersville, N.C., was in her early forties when she developed anorexia nervosa, and she knows how isolating the condition can be. "In the middle of a disorder like that, you don't know how to explain your feelings to those around you," she said. 





Spring into Cleaning: How to clear away the clutter

San Angelo Standard Times

April 28, 2011


SAN ANGELO, Texas - ... Clutter has even been linked to mental health issues, most notably depression, as some mental health professionals theorize that clutter indicates a preoccupation with the past and possibly a dim view of both the present and the future. 



NAMI and the Pulitzer Prize

National Alliance on Mental Illness

April 28, 2011


...One of this year's honorees is Clifford Levy of the New York Times for International Reporting on Russia's justice system. What's the connection to NAMI and mental illness? In 2003, Levy also won the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting in a series on the abuse of people living with mental illness in "adult homes." In fact, NAMI helped spark the investigation. 



Actors, films and TV shows win Prism Awards honoring depictions of substance use and mental health issues

Los Angeles Times

April 28, 2011


How do you like your portrayals of people with addictions and mental health problems? Pretty realistic? Then keep reading, because some of your favorite films, shows and actors may have just won a 2011 Prism Award honoring the entertainment industry's truthful depictions of substance use and mental health issues in film, television and music. "Black Swan" got the top award in the feature film/mental health category, while "The Fighter" won in the feature film/substance use category.,0,5354523.story


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