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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health News and Grants
Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

May, 2011



Interview with Stephany Bryan and Tammy Heinz on Mental Health, Recovery and Wellness

Dr. Carol Show

May 18, 2011


Listen to a May 18 radio interview with Stephany Bryan and Tammy Heinz, program officers and consumer and family liaisons at the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. 



Hogg Foundation awards bilingual scholarships to two UTSA graduate students

University of Texas at San Antonio

May 18, 2011


University of Texas at San Antonio graduate students Federico Cantu and Jennifer Quinones have been awarded scholarships from the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health to support bilingual mental health services in Texas. Both are students in the Department of Social Work in the College of Public Policy. 





Concerns raised over merger of Texas' juvenile justice agencies

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

May 18, 2011


... During the past four years, the federal government has cut funding to local juvenile programs; Tarrant County's portion fell from as much as $3 million to $300,000, Turner said. "The cuts are coming," Turner said. "Families are in economic distress, people are losing their jobs, there's been a loss of resources in the schools and a loss of mental-health resources. I can't help but think that the probability is greatly increased because of all the cuts that more of these children will be funneled into the criminal justice system." 



Bills crucial to budget plan are delayed

San Antonio Express-News

May 19, 2011


AUSTIN - Finance measures crucial to balancing the state budget were delayed Wednesday as leaders struggled to reach agreement, complicating lawmakers' prospects of completing their work before the regular session ends May 30. 





Mapping Youth Behavioral Health

KUT News Austin

May 18, 2011


Children's Optimal Health, made up of several community organizations, this week released some data mapping  behavioral health issues in Central Texas. ... Dr. Pont says there aren't enough mental health resources in Central Texas, and he adds many people don't seek care for mental health issues.  The Children's Optimal Health Report says over 2,000 students in AISD were homeless in 2008-2009.  And over 4,700 had at least one parent behind bars. 



Central Health board gets first glimpse at draft budget with proposed tax increase

Austin American-Statesman

May 18, 2011


The Central Health board received a first draft of a 2012 budget Wednesday that includes a proposal to raise the tax rate from 7.19 cents per $100 of assessed property value to 7.97 cents, the maximum before residents could petition for an election to trim it. 



Sinton High School Video Causing Concern

KIII News Corpus Christi

May 18, 2011


CORPUS CHRISTI - A graphic video obtained by 3 News is causing concern for the mother of a 16 year old boy who is a student at Sinton high school. The boy's mother says her son is on medication and suffers from a mental disorder, and that school administrators were aware of that. The incident at Sinton high school happened on Monday, and the video was sent to us this morning from a person who would only tell us they were concerned how the student was treated and that this video tape should be made public. 



Irving police respond to calls of possibly suicidal man

Dallas Morning News

May 18, 2011


Irving Police spokesman John Argumaniz said that a resident reported that a man living in the 600 block of Beacon Hill yesterday afternoon had made some suicidal comments. The man, whose name was not released, did not respond to initial requests to come out of his home to talk to police. Officers eventually got the man to come out. Argumaniz said he was taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital on a mental health warrant. 



Family of Diabetic Inmate Who Died at Dawson State Jail Sues Private Prison Operator

Dallas Observer

May 18, 2011


... Within days of her arrival at Dawson, the suit says, Weatherby was taken off her scheduled insulin shots and given oral Glyburide instead -- ushering in "three consecutive days of diabetic comas," the suit says. Mistaking the comas for a suicide attempt, the suit says, jail officials had her transferred to a mental health unit in Gatesville, where she was put back on insulin shots and stabilized -- only to return to Dawson after a few days, where she was taken back off insulin and her comas started up again. 



Psychologist: Escobar in psychotic rage when he killed

Austin American-Statesman

May 18, 2011


A forensic psychologist who spent about seven hours interviewing Areli Carbajal Escobar said he believes the now-convicted killer has borderline personality disorder and was in a psychotic state when he fatally stabbed and sexually assaulted Bianca Maldonado in 2009. ... Ferrara said that people with borderline personality disorder - a mental illness - have problems with intimate relationships, such as with wives or girlfriends. 



Man accused of killing his friend remains held without bail

Houston Chronicle

May 18, 2011


... Ritchie appointed attorney Steven Greenlee to defend Morin. Greenlee said he is in the initial stages of investigating the allegations. He said Morin is concerned about getting his prescription medication while behind bars. He said the medicine is for a physical impairment, not a mental health problem. Greenlee said he was not aware of any mental health history for Morin. 





NYC offers discount card for prescription drugs


May 18, 2011


NEW YORK - New York City began offering a new card on Wednesday that lets people buy prescription drugs at big discounts, a step that could potentially increase drug sales and ease strains on the city's public hospitals. 



Troop Morale In Afghanistan Plummets, Report Says

National Public Radio

May 19, 2011


American soldiers and Marines in Afghanistan are suffering with the highest rates of psychological problems since 2005 and morale has plummeted. A report Thursday by the military services says the dramatic increase in fighting is one of the big factors affecting the mental health of forces in Afghanistan. 



Teens Talk Mental Health on

PR Newswire

May 18, 2011


As many as one in five U.S. teens suffers from disabling mental illness. Throughout Mental Health Awareness Month in May, highlights the issue of mental illness in teens and tells the stories of two teens who moved from diagnosis through treatment and recovery. 



College told to release emails on Tucson suspect

Houston Chronicle

May 18, 2011


PHOENIX (AP) - The community college where Tucson shooting suspect Jared Lee Loughner was once a student must release more than 250 emails written about him in the months before he was suspended from campus, an Arizona judge has ruled. 



Mental health evaluation ordered for 10-year-old charged with killing neo-Nazi father

Los Angeles Times

May 18, 2011


A Riverside County juvenile court judge on Wednesday ordered a mental health evaluation of a 10-year-old boy charged in the shooting death of his father, a local neo-Nazi activist. The examination was requested by the boy's attorney, public defender Matthew Hardy, to help determine whether the boy will enter a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. 





Survey: Consumers Face Higher Health Care Costs

Fiscal Times

May 18, 2011


Employees will be experiencing higher co-pays and deductibles in their health insurance next year as employers continue to reduce their overall coverage to deal with rapidly rising costs. 





Guatemala: Syphilis experiment involved 1,300

Houston Chronicle

May 18, 2011


GUATEMALA CITY (AP) - An investigation by Guatemalan authorities has identified about 1,300 people who may have been involved in a 1940s U.S. syphilis experiment, a few of whom may still be living, Vice President Rafael Espada said Wednesday. ... Records uncovered in the United States in 2010 suggested that researchers in the program in the 1940s attempted to infect about 700 prostitutes, prisoners and mental patients with syphilis. About 770 tests subjects, including soldiers, were exposed to gonorrhea. 





A Victory for Veterans

The New York Times

May 18, 2011


The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ordered an overhaul of mental health care for veterans, who are killing themselves by the thousands each year because of what the court called the "unchecked incompetence" of the Department of Veterans Affairs. In a scathing 2-to-1 ruling on May 10, the judges said delays in treating post-traumatic stress disorder and other combat-related mental injuries violated veterans' constitutional rights.   





Victimization of LGBT Youth Can Be Deadly

Psych Central News

May 18, 2011


Young adulthood can often be a dangerous time for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth who were victimized in middle school and high school. Researchers report many abused individuals show impaired health as they begin adulthood including depression, suicide attempts that require medical care, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and risk for HIV. 



MDQ may be effective screening tool for postpartum bipolar disorder

Med Wire News

May 19, 2011


The Mood Disorder Questionnaire (MDQ) with alternative scoring criteria may provide an effective screening tool for postpartum bipolar disorder, say Canadian researchers. 



Pitt Researchers Build A Better Mouse Model To Study Depression

Medical News Today

May 19, 2011


Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have developed a mouse model of major depressive disorder (MDD) that is based on a rare genetic mutation that appears to cause MDD in the majority of people who inherit it. 





From brutal childhood to head of the class: Top grad at St. Mary's law school overcame a youth filled with abuse at home; she's also an author, mother

San Antonio Express-News

May 17, 2011


Melissa Anderson's worst childhood memory is shepherding her siblings into the closet while they sang loudly to drown out the sounds of her father beating her younger brother. ... On Saturday, she graduated from St. Mary's University School of Law at the top of her class, and she plans to practice family law or represent abused and neglected children in the court system. 



The Beaver: Talk to the Hand; Depression has a rodent's face in this wispy indie drama

Fort Worth Weekly

May 18, 2011


... The movie's portrayal of mental illness resists easy Hollywood clichés. We're never given a definite cause for Walter's condition, though his father's death appears to have been a trigger point. Kyle Killen's script never deludes itself into thinking that the puppet is anything like a permanent cure. Indeed, Walter becomes unstable and violent, and the beaver becomes a malign force late in the film and takes on a menacing appearance. 



Book review: 'The Psychopath Test' by Jon Ronson

Los Angeles Times

May 19, 2011


Jon Ronson is fascinated by people who are bonkers. And insane people who appear to be normal, and ostensibly sane people doing crazy things. The British journalist's book "The Men Who Stare at Goats" - about a secret U.S. military wing that hoped to use mind power to walk through walls, become invisible and perform psychic executions - was the basis for the 2009 film of the same title. Now, Ronson's paddling around the swampy parts of sanity again in "The Psychopath Test," a book that manages to be as cheerily kooky as it is well-researched.,0,6750332.story


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