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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health News Clips
Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, Austin

September, 2011

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Today's Clips - September 9, 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.




September 11: What Will You Remember?

Hogg Blog

September 9, 2011


It was a day in time that changed the course of history ... for everyone. Often events occur from day to day that affect us.These events may affect many of us, a few of us, only one of us... but rarely does it affect all of us at once.On September 11th I will remember the pain, the confusion, the trauma of people I didn't even know.I will remember the fear of the unknown and the anger that followed. ...What will you remember? 



Get Involved! - Upcoming Public Meeting on Regulations for Boarding Homes that Serve People with Mental Illness

Hogg Blog

September 9, 2011


Austin's Public Safety Commission may consider new boarding home regulations for people who experience mental illness at a public hearing on Monday, September 12 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at City Hall. ...With a grant from the Hogg Foundation, Mental Health America of Texas is researching boarding home regulations across the state and is finding that, although boarding homes are sometimes the only option for low-income people experiencing mental illness, cities often don't have the rules in place to ensure that these homes provide a safe and supportive environment. 





Texas healthcare system withering under Gov. Perry

Los Angeles Times

September 8, 2011


Reporting from San Angelo, Texas - When Texas went to court last year to block President Obama's healthcare overhaul, Gov. Rick Perry pledged to do everything in his power to "protect our families, taxpayers and medical providers." Texas, he said, could manage its own healthcare. But in the 11 years the Republican presidential hopeful has been in office, working Texans increasingly have been priced out of private healthcare while the state's safety net has withered, leaving millions of state residents without medical care.,0,5504019.story 



They won't talk: Parkland and accreditation agency stay silent about complaint

Dallas Morning News

September 9, 2011


Last week, one of our stories briefly noted that a surveyor from the Joint Commission had been visiting Parkland Memorial Hospital. ...The industry-funded accreditation group has since told me that it came to Dallas "in response to a complaint." I've been asking the commission to elaborate since Friday but have received no answer. ...Meanwhile, government inspectors have continued checking into patient-harm complaints this week at Parkland. That's part of a process that has already found widespread problems and jeopardized the hospital's essential federal funding.



Man pleads guilty in the brutal murder of his grandfather

KXXV - Waco, Killeen, Temple

September 8, 2011


BRUCEVILLE-EDDY -  Aaron Firquin received a 45 year sentence today after pleading guilty to the murder of his grandfather 88 year-old E. B. Firquin. ...Alcohol, as well as Aaron not taking medications for mental health issues at the time, may have contributed to the murder.





SAMHSA awards up to $6.4 million in grants for children's mental health systems in American Indian/Alaska Native communities

September 8, 2011


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is announcing seven new grants for a total of up to $6.4 million up to three years to provide tribal and urban Indian and Alaskan Native communities resources to plan and design a holistic, community-based system of care to support mental health and wellness for their children, youth and families. 



Quinn plan to close prison, institutions will require decisions about moving current residents

Chicago Tribune

September 8, 2011


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Amid all the politics and number-crunching, Gov. Pat Quinn's plan to close a mix of state prisons and institutions for mentally ill and developmentally disabled people raises a basic question: What happens to all the residents of those soon-to-be-shutteredfacilities?,0,6200056.story 



What the Science Says about Mental Health a Decade After 9/11

Wall Street Journal

September 8, 2011


Most people exposed to the 9/11 terrorist attacks didn't develop post-traumatic stress disorder or other types of mental illness, underscoring people's general psychological resilience in the face of trauma, according to Sandro Galea, chair of the epidemiology department at Columbia University's public health school. 



Effects of 9/11 Shape New Graduate School Programs

U.S. News and World Report

September 9, 2011


... Other programs have been created across academic disciplines in response to the effects of 9/11. In the new military clinical psychology program at the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, for example, doctoral students are trained to provide relief to veterans, victims, and family members through courses such as the "Psychology of Combat and Conflict" and "Mental Health Law and the Uniform Code of Military Justice." 



How One Florida County Reduces Its Homeless and Jail Populations Simultaneously


September 2011


Unlike most shelters, this one offers a place for people with mental illness and substance use problems to avoid jail and better their situations. 



Appeals court upholds mentally ill man's conviction in shooting of beloved Iowa football coach

Washington Post

September 8, 2011


IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - An appeals court on Thursday upheld the first-degree murder conviction of a mentally ill man who shot and killed a beloved high school football coach, rejecting arguments that jurors were given improper instructions about his insanity defense. 



Details Emerge of Quiet, Troubled IHOP Gunman

New York Times

September 9, 2011


CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Eduardo Sencion appears to have had more problems than his family and friends realized. The 32-year-old store worker who killed four people and wounded seven others at a capital city IHOP restaurant was being treated with medication for longtime mental problems, investigators said. 





Medicare battles depression: Payment parity aims to increase treatment

American Medical Association News

September 5, 2011


The many Medicare patients who are depressed have inadequate coverage for mental illness, doctors say. That situation is changing. 



Court Blocks Suit Against Health Law

New York Times

September 8, 2011


A federal appellate court in Richmond, Va., on Thursday threw out a pair of cases challenging the constitutionality of President Obama's 2010 health care law, ruling for varying reasons that the plaintiffs did not have legal standing to sue. 



A Bipartisan Move to Tackle Benefits Programs

New York Times

September 8, 2011


WASHINGTON - In a significant shift driven by bipartisan concern about the looming long-term debt, Republicans and Democrats are no longer fighting over whether to tackle the popular entitlement programs - Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security - but over how to do it. 



Patient Data Posted Online in Major Breach of Privacy

New York Times

September 8, 2011


A medical privacy breach led to the public posting on a commercial Web site of data for 20,000 emergency room patients at Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto, Calif., including names and diagnosis codes, the hospital has confirmed. The information stayed online for nearly a year. 



Web Site Guides Members and Patients Through Mental Health Parity Regulations

American Psychiatric Association

September 2011


To help APA members better understand the mental health parity act, its regulations, and its impact on insurance benefits, APA's Office of Healthcare Systems and Financing has developed a new website called Mental Health Parity Watch. The federal agencies monitoring the new law have asked APA and its members to identify plans not in compliance with the law. 





ACLU's 'Don't Filter Me' campaign makes sense

Los Angeles Times

September 8, 2011


The Trevor Project is an organization devoted to preventing suicides among gay and lesbian teenagers. It has been honored by the White House. But some students have been barred from accessing the group's website using school computers, even though the schools allow them to view all sorts of other sites, including some with anti-gay messages. This censorship of gay-themed, non-sexually explicit sites has resulted in an American Civil Liberties Union campaign called "Don't Filter Me!" It's good advice, and not just because it might spare a school district a lawsuit.,0,3675862.story 



Addressing Mental Health During This Economic Downturn

Huffington Post

September 2, 2011


... Poverty is a leading cause of clinical depression, not just on account of causing one's mood to drop, but loss of access to healthy food, loss of sleep due to prolonged employment search, and overall decline of physical health are also contributing factors to depression and anxiety. Left untreated, this in turn can lead to increased rates of suicide. We haven't reached Depression era levels of unemployment, but a double-digit (nearly 16 percent) jobless rate in the black community coupled with an increasingly bleak economic outlook is cause for major concern. 



Youth Shouldn't Struggle in Silence


September 9, 2011


... Routine, voluntary screening also sends the critical message that mental health and well-being is just as important as other major public health concerns and should be treated no differently. If we can identify youth who need help early they can be connected to school- and community-based services and supports when they first need it-before they fail or drop out of school and before they develop more difficult-to-treat, chronic conditions and before they experience other tragic consequences of untreated mental health issues. 



Suicide survivors know life is not always easy, but being alive is worth it

The Daily Cougar - The University of Houston

September 8, 2011


... The issue of suicide can't be separated from larger issues of mental health, which is why campuses can be particularly risky environments. College can be a wonderful experience, but brings stresses and obligations that are generally new to young people. Many college students have ADHD; many students are on medications or self-medicate; alcohol is abundant; and many kids are stressed, anxious, or depressed. Over 90 percent of completed suicides can be linked to some type of mental disorder, like those mentioned above.



When Computers Come Between Doctors and Patients

New York Times

September 8, 2011


Despite being considered by some as a hospital of last resort, the sprawling city hospital where I've spent 20 years is at the forefront of electronic trends. ... But the presence of computers in the exam room has had another consequence. Both physically and psychologically it has placed a wedge in the doctor-patient relationship. 





When Protecting Baby Becomes an Obsession: Ritualistic behaviors common to moms with postpartum OCD are preventable, researchers say


September 8, 2011


Many new mothers feel a bit anxious about caring for their infant. But sometimes that concern develops into an obsession over all the things that can go wrong. Although postpartum depression gets far more attention, postpartum OCD can also be harmful to mother and child, said Kiara Timpano, an assistant psychology professor at University of Miami in Florida. 



Physicians in Varying Specialties Endure Similar Levels of Mental Effort, Stress


September 8, 2011


Although society's perception might be that surgeons endure greater mental challenges and stress in their work duties than a primary care doctor, new research from experts at the University of Cincinnati shows that this isn't necessarily the case. 





Happy Recovery Month! Learn the ABC's of Wellness

National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare

September 6, 2011


September is SAMHSA's National Recovery Month! The purpose of this event is to promote "the societal benefits of treatment for substance use and mental disorders, celebrates people in recovery, lauds the contributions of treatment providers, and promotes the message that recovery in all its forms is possible (SAMHSA's National Recovery Month)".  In celebration, the National Council would like to invite you to check out our ABC Wellness Factsheets. 



Funding Opportunity: Improving Employment for Individuals with Disabilities

National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare

September 6, 2011


The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services is launching a special demonstration program, the National Technical Assistance Projects to Improve Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Disabilities. An estimated $650,000 - $800,000 will be available per award, and the funding period will span two years. Eligible applicants include public or non-profit agencies or organizations. Deadline to apply is September 14. 



Funding Opportunity: HUD Makes $1.63 Billion In Grants Available For Homeless Programs

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

August 31, 2011


WASHINGTON - ...The funding, for which the notice was published today, will provide permanent and transitional housing to homeless persons as well as services including job training, health care, mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment and child care. Applications are due October 28, 2011. 



Healthy Communities Conference: The Intersection of Community Development and Health

Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


Amid the reforms of the American health care system, a movement to improve health on the community level has been gaining traction. This movement promotes not only access to health care but access to healthier environments and nutritious food. Discover how the community development and health sectors are working together to reduce persistent health inequalities and create healthier communities for all. Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011, in Houston. Register online. 



APA Creates Forum on Integrated Care

American Psychiatric Association

September 2011


APA members interested in learning more about integrated care and how it relates to psychiatry are invited to join a new electronic forum created by APA's Council on Healthcare Systems and Financing. "Integrated care" refers to treatment-delivery models in which physicians work together to coordinate their patients' care. Examples of integrated care models are patient-centered medical homes, accountable care organizations, medical neighbors, and health homes. 



Amazing Medical Discoveries: Magnets for depression relief

AARP Magazine

September - October 2011


... For folks who can't pull out of depression with the help of psychotherapy and medication, and who want to avoid the seizures and memory loss associated with electroconvulsive therapy, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is shaping up to be a less drastic blues buster. Cleared in 2008 for the treatment of major depression, the therapy uses a small electromagnet, which is placed on the scalp right behind the left forehead, and delivers a tiny electric current to the part of the brain linked to depression. 



Kan. student aims to overcome mental illness

Houston Chronicle

September 9, 2011


LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - ...Hilton is just one example of the many Lawrence residents who battle mental illness every day. And for each person struggling with a mental illness, measures of success vary. For Hilton, getting that KU degree and becoming a social worker would mean success.



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