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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health News & Grants
Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

September, 2011

Today's Clips - September 8, 2011
This summary of recent news and research articles on mental health topics was prepared as a public service by the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. Stories from other media sources do not necessarily reflect the opinions or positions of the foundation and its staff. Media sites may require a one-time free registration and academic and science journal sites may require a paid subscription to access articles.
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Wildfires Take a Toll on Mental Health
Hogg Blog
September 8, 2011
The recent wildfires in Central Texas have made national news and have torched thousands of acres, destroyed hundreds of homes, and resulted in loss of life. Much has been reported on the devastation caused by these wildfires. However, not much has been said about the emotional toll of disasters such as this one. The effects often can be more traumatic and long-lasting than the financial strains of the destruction and loss of home, business or personal property.     
Dousing the flames
Cypress Creek Mirror
September 7, 2011
....Volunteers can also receive help from the nonprofit organization Bluebonnet Critical Incident Stress Management, Inc., which is staffed by volunteer mental health professionals. Despite the stress and hardships, including the physical strains of wearing 40-pound gear and enduring 600 degree heat amid burning fires, the volunteers said they found their work to be rewarding.
Budget writers, sheriff at odds over jail staff
San Antonio Express-News
September 8, 2011
Putting faces to the numbers, dozens of Bexar County sheriff's deputies packed Commissioners Court on Wednesday to back their leaders' requests for more personnel in 2012, instead of the staff decreases recommended by budget planners. ... County Judge Nelson Wolff instructed planners to continue meeting with Ortiz's staff before Tuesday's final budget vote. Hinting at his displeasure with the sheriff's stance, Wolff insisted that jail diversion programs have reduced the need for jailers.
Suicide Prevention Week Begins Today
Laredo Sun
September 6, 2011
The organization of People with Ideas of Love, Liberty, Acceptance and Respect (PILLAR) are seeking to reduce the suicide rate in this community, where 52 people have taken their lives since 2008, performed by the Suicide Prevention National Week.
Psychiatrist's work receives top honor
San Antonio Express News
September 8, 2011
The Center for Health Care Services honored Dr. Claudio Cepeda with its Adolph Meyer Research Award at the 11th annual Bexar County Consumer and Family Support Conference. The award honors individuals who have made significant contributions in the research and educational fields of medical and behavioral science.
91 Charged in $295M Medicare Fraud Crackdown
New York Times
September 7, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) - A nationwide law enforcement crackdown has charged 91 people - including doctors and other medical professionals - with participating in Medicare fraud schemes involving $295 million in false billing.  ... In Miami, U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer said investigators noticed a new twist in which people who already were receiving Medicare disability checks were recruited with promises they could live in a halfway house in South Florida - as long as they agreed to receive mental health services they did not need.
State judge temporarily blocks state from proceeding with Medicaid reform plan
New Orleans Times-Picayune
September 6, 2011
A state judge, granting the request of Aetna Inc., has issued a temporary restraining order blocking the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals from implementing its plan to shift more than 800,000 Medicaid recipients and their $2.2 billion in claims to private insurers.
NC misses mental illness deadline
Houston Chronicle
September 7, 2011
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina officials have missed a federal deadline for dealing with thousands of people with mental illness living in adult care homes, leaving advocates worried that some patients may have nowhere else to go besides emergency rooms, homeless shelters or the street. Meanwhile, state officials said the number of facilities whose patients may have to leave has increased from 38 to 52.
Quinn aides considered cuts to parole, revenue
Chicago Tribune
September 7, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, Ill.- ... Programs that would move more than 1,000 people with disabilities and mental illness into community care were also considered for cuts, said Kelly Kraft, assistant director of Quinn's budget office. She said the Democratic governor is not proposing the reductions but that they were merely raised as possibilities when aides were brainstorming.,0,3366645.story
Psychic Wounds Last for Those Touched by 9/11
HealthDay News
September 7, 2011
... Mental health experts say that almost any reaction to the milestone -- whether flashbacks, anger, overwhelming grief or a sense of resolution -- can be considered normal.' But they also expect that the well-known phenomenon known as "anniversary reaction" -- which tends to reawaken feelings associated with deep bereavement -- will be in full force over the next several days, even among typical Americans whose losses that day were confined to a broader sense of safety and peace.
9/11 Loss by the Numbers
New York Times
September 8, 2011
... 10,320: Minimum found to have 9/11-related PTSD and other mental illness.
Medical files detail homeless Fullerton man's fatal injuries
Los Angeles Times
September 8, 2011
A homeless man suffered brain injuries, a shattered nose, a smashed cheekbone, broken ribs and severe internal bleeding during a violent altercation with Fullerton police, according to medical records released Wednesday. The family of Kelly Thomas provided the medical records from UC Irvine Medical Center, where the mentally ill homeless man died five days after the violent clash at the Fullerton bus depot. ... Medical records show that in addition to numerous injuries, Thomas, 37, was also Tasered "multiple" times, including in the left chest near the heart.,0,5395720.story
Healthcare costs rose while insurance coverage fell, studies show
Los Angeles Times
September 8, 2011
The changes have left nearly half the working-age population without enough protection from illness. Altogether, 44% of American adults were either uninsured or underinsured last year, according to the Commonwealth Fund.,0,343767.story
Doctor Fees Major Factor in Health Costs, Study Says
New York Times
September 7, 2011
WASHINGTON - Doctors are paid higher fees in the United States than in several other countries, and this is a major factor in the nation's higher overall cost of health care, says a new study by two Columbia University professors, one of whom is now a top health official in the Obama administration.
Primary-Care Doctors Push for Raise
Wall Street Journal
September 8, 2011
Primary-care physicians are pressing the agency that oversees Medicare to change a payment system they say places a higher value on work done by specialists.
Haggle, Don't Settle, When It Comes To Health Costs
National Public Radio
September 6, 2011
... Doctors' No. 1 frustration with patients is that they don't do what the doctor tells them to do - take the medicine or follow through on treatment. Very often that's because patients can't afford the medicine or treatment. Santa says a doctor really wants to know if money is tight, because there are many treatment options that are just as good if not better, and also less costly.
Sacramento's inmate dodge
Los Angeles Times
September 7, 2011
There are two ways to break a promise: all at once, short and to the point, perhaps with a word of regret, or over the course of months, in a silent, maybe-yes maybe-no passive-aggressive snub. Sacramento, in its cruel brilliance, managed to use both methods simultaneously as it broke, and continues to break, a promise to fund the transfer of state parolees and prisoners to county control. ... Counties may find they have no way to pay for job training, mental health, substance abuse or other rehabilitation programs for the ex-offenders who will be coming home. Or even for jail.,0,2535340.story
Many self-harm patients don't get psych evaluation
Chicago Tribune
September 7, 2011
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Doctors in the emergency room often don't evaluate the mental health of patients who've cut or otherwise hurt themselves before sending them home, a new study shows. As many as half of patients who aren't admitted to the hospital leave without a psychiatric checkup, and an equal proportion of them don't get follow-up therapy in the next month, researchers found.,0,6623677.story
Public Health Campaigns Should De-stigmatize Low Health Literacy
The University of Texas at Austin
September 7, 2011
AUSTIN, Texas - When creating public health campaigns researchers and public policy makers should include messages to combat the perception that low health literacy equates to low intelligence, according to researchers at The University of Texas at Austin.
Grief Reactions Subside in Most Children and Teens Whose Parent Dies Suddenly, but May Persist or Increase in Some Cases
September 7, 2011
When a parent dies suddenly, most children and teens experience grief that fades over time, but some have increased or prolonged grief reactions that may increase the risk of depression and inability to function normally, according to a report in the September issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.
Medical Students and Residents Are Stressed Out but May Face Barriers to Mental-Health Care
Chronicle of Higher Education
September 6, 2011
Two new studies paint a bleak picture of the mental-health challenges facing stressed-out and debt-ridden medical students and trainees. Articles on the studies, which appear in Wednesday's issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association, suggest that the students' malaise could end up hurting the patients they treat.
Smoking rates lower in Chinese schizophrenia patients than western counterparts
MedWire News
September 8, 2011
Writing in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, Yu-Tao Xiang (University of Maryland, Baltimore, USA) and team explain that studies conducted in mainly western countries indicate that 65-90% of patients with schizophrenia smoke, which is significantly higher than the proportion of people in the general population who smoke, at around 21%. But they add that "there has been limited investigation about smoking among persons with schizophrenia in China."
T. gondii serology linked to suicide attempts in schizophrenia patients
MedWire News
September 8, 2011
Previous studies have indicated that schizophrenia patients have a higher prevalence of T. gondii antibodies than those without the condition, and that the prevalence of T. gondii is positively associated with US national suicide rates among women of postmenopausal age," explain Teodor Postolache (University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, USA) and team.
Grants & Funding Opportunities: Rural Health Network Development Planning Grant Program
National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare
Approximately $1,150,000 is available for up to 15 grantees for the HRSA Rural Health Development Planning Grants. The grants promote, through planning and implementation, the development of integrated healthcare networks that have combined the functions of the entities participating in the networks in order to: achieve efficiencies; expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of essential health care services; and strengthen the rural health care system as a whole. Eligible applicants include non-profit organizations that represent a network of three or more health care providers that need assistance to plan, organize and develop a health care network. Deadline to apply is October 31.
Webinar: Brief Behavioral Health Interventions in Primary Care
SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions
Brief behavioral health interventions in primary care offer primary care and behavioral health clinicians a viable option to improve the health of patients with both behavioral health and general health needs. This webinar will overview evidence-based brief behavioral health interventions for common conditions-such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and diabetes-seen in primary care offices. September 14, 2011, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. eastern time. Rgister online.
Webinar: Peer Navigator Support for Military Families
Mental Health America
This webinar will present the behavioral health needs and challenges of serving military families and highlight the work of University of Medicine and Dentistry's Vet2Vet and Vets4Warriors programs as models for addressing the behavioral health needs of military families. September 19, 2011, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. eastern time.  Register online
Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) for Youth: Manual for Community Implementation
National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare
70% of youth in the juvenile justice system are living with one or more psychiatric disorders. CIT for Youth aims to improve interactions between youth and law enforcement officers by training law enforcement officers and encouraging a community partnership that connects youth with mental health needs to effective services and supports in their community.  NAMI's new CIT for Youth manual provides step-by-step guidance for implementing this program in your community.
Fellowship in Minority Health Policy
National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare
The Commonwealth Fund/Harvard University fellowship is designed to prepare physicians for leadership roles in formulating and promoting health policies and practices that improve the access to high-quality care at the national, state, and /or local levels for minority, disadvantaged, and most vulnerable populations.   Up to five, one -eat fellowships will be awarded per year. Physicians must be Board eligible or certified and U.S. citizens to be eligible. Application deadline is January 3, 2012. Learn more.
Book Review: America's Asylums In Photographs
National Public Radio
September 4, 2011
In the 19th century, the mentally ill were often sent to horrific asylums. Today they fill the nation's jails; the conditions aren't much better. Last year, almost 1.1 million people with serious mental illnesses were arrested nearly 2 million times. It's those old asylums - mostly closed, often abandoned - that have fascinated photographer Christopher Payne. A few years ago, he put together a book of images from those buildings, titled Asylum: Inside The Closed World Of State Mental Hospitals.
9/11 a Life-Defining Day for the Young: As the 10th anniversary approaches, experts offer advice for parents to help kids cope
September 8, 2011
... Psychologists say there's nothing to be gained by allowing children of any age to watch disturbing footage of buildings bursting into flames or people plummeting to their deaths. And parents, beware. It's not just TV news that you need to be concerned with: Ground Zero videos are easy to find on YouTube.
4 groups get $18M in oil spill recovery grants
Houston Chronicle
September 7, 2011
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Baton Rouge Area Foundation is giving $18 million in oil spill recovery grants to four nonprofit Gulf Coast organizations. The money is part of the $100 million that BP PLC donated in 2010 to help oil rig workers hurt by the spill. The foundation got $75 million of it, and established the Future of the Gulf Fund. ... The biggest of the first four grants - $15 million - is going to Catholic Charities for its Spirit of Hope Collaborative, a consortium of 16 nonprofit groups involved in mental health care and career counseling.


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