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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 16, 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.




Texas And Feds Agree 'In Principle' On Medicaid Overhaul

Kaiser Health News

September 15, 2011


Texas officials received a long awaited thumbs up from the federal government on a proposed overhaul of the Texas Medicaid program this week, according to a letter obtained by Kaiser Health News. The letter, dated Sept. 14 from federal Medicaid director Cindy Mann, said her agency has "reached agreement in principle" on the Texas plan to expand Medicaid managed care across the state and create funding pools to finance hospital infrastructure and quality improvement programs. 



Reports detail state-by-state impacts of proposed Medicaid cuts

The Hill

September 14, 2011


Cutting Medicaid could leave hundreds of thousands of people across the country facing life-threatening illnesses on their own, patient advocates said Wednesday. ... They released information on four major states - California, New York, Texas and Illinois - Wednesday, with more to come later. 



Dallas to receive state funds to combat homelessness after all

Dallas Morning News

September 15, 2011


After months of lobbying, Dallas will receive $1.6 million from the state over the next two years to combat homelessness. ...Most of Dallas' $3.6 million share over that period was provided to the Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance to help operate The Bridge, Dallas' homeless assistance center. ...The Bridge serves more than 1,200 people a day. Most are chronically homeless, with mental illnesses and addictions. 



Funds helped 477,000 recover from Ike

The Daily News - Galveston

September 16, 2011


....The Gulf Coast Center Mental Health Consortium, a lead agency in charge of mental health services, spent nearly $7 million to serve some 30,000 people, above a goal of 20,000.



Putting in their two cents worth

Weatherford Democrat

September 16, 2011


WEATHERFORD - With 15 days until the budget filing deadline, county commissioners finally chose a direction Thursday, voting to proceed with Judge Mark Riley's proposed general fund budget as a working document, with the exception of employee health care benefits, which are still in flux. ...Roth cast the dissenting vote, saying he personally supported all of them, but could only see the county supporting Mental Health-Mental Retardation, Child Protective Services, statutory burial expenses and the Abandoned Cemetery Association.



Effects of depression in college may be more than what meets eye

Daily Toreador - Texas Tech

September 15, 2011


... Gabriela Valencia, a freshman psychology and sociology double major from Petersburg, said she thinks freshmen often see themselves as on their own and can get a little bit depressed because coming to college is a big transition from high school. Being away from family and living on one's own adds to this stress, she said. 



UT School of Medicine provides rich environment for Hispanics

San Antonio Express-News

September 15, 2011


... Many Hispanic students such as Camero have found a welcoming environment in the School of Medicine, leading to a 96 percent retention rate. ... The Valley, with a predominantly Hispanic population, has a physician-to-population ratio that is low. The national ratio is 220 physicians per 100,000 people, compared to 160 per 100,000 in Texas and 106 per 100,000 in the Valley. 



Deputy fired after second assault arrest

Odessa American

September 15, 2011


Embattled Ector County Sheriff Deputy Ricky Tijerina was fired Tuesday by the Ector County Sheriff's Office almost a year after he was shot during the West Odessa standoff on Victor Dewayne White's property.  ...He said he still believes the incidents stem from posttraumatic stress, but it cannot be used as an excuse.             





Some progress reported in reaching people on probation and parole with behavioral health services


September 15, 2011


... In terms of mental disorders, the study found that probationers and parolees were more likely than the general population to receive some mental health treatment. However, they were also more likely to report an unmet need for mental health treatment. The rate of probationers and parolees with mental disorders who accessed treatment or reported an unmet treatment remained unchanged over the years the study covered. 



Psychiatrists prescribe remedies for school bullying

Los Angeles Times

September 15, 2011


Bullying in school is a process that arises out of toxic group dynamics, not a problem originating with a single troubled person. It may not feel that way when you've just been jeered at by one of the stars of the school's athletic program or the meanest girl in your grade just posted a nasty comment on your Facebook wall, but that is how the American Psychiatric Assn.'s first foray into the subject describes bullying, and it shapes how the nation's psychiatrists propose to help stamp out the practice.,0,834879.story 



Withdrawal of Database on Doctors Is Protested

New York Times

September 15, 2011


Three journalism organizations on Thursday protested a decision by the Obama administration to remove a database of physician discipline and malpractice actions from the Web. 





HHS awards Affordable Care Act funds for organizations to become community health centers

HHS News

September 15, 2011


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced awards totaling $10 million to aid 129 organizations across the country that would like to become community health centers. These funds, made available by the Affordable Care Act, support organizations' development as a future health center. Texas recipients: Collin County Adult Clinic in Plano, Coryell Family Health in Gatesville, Empowering Church Healthcare Outreach in Fort Worth, St Paul Children's Medical Corporation in Tyler, and Bee Busy Wellness Center, Harris County Healthcare Alliance and  Unlimited Visions Aftercare, Inc. in Houston. 



Medicare Advantage Premiums To Fall 4% Next Year

Washington Post

September 15, 2011


Dire predictions by insurers and Republicans that the 2010 health law would cause private Medicare health plans to raise prices and lower benefits on beneficiaries have turned out to be a false alarm - at least for now. 





Humane Housing for the Mentally Ill

New York Times

September 15, 2011


Gov. Andrew Cuomo brought an end to a shameful chapter in New York's history last week when he agreed to settle a suit over the mistreatment of mentally ill people who have been unnecessarily confined in nursing homes. 



Free to Die

New York Times

September 16, 2011


... Now, however, compassion is out of fashion - indeed, lack of compassion has become a matter of principle, at least among the G.O.P.'s base. And what this means is that modern conservatism is actually a deeply radical movement, one that is hostile to the kind of society we've had for the past three generations - that is, a society that, acting through the government, tries to mitigate some of the "common hazards of life" through such programs as Social Security, unemployment insurance, Medicare and Medicaid. 





ADHD Doubles a Child's Risk of Injury: Impulsive behaviors can lead kids to leap before they look, expert says


September 15, 2011


More than 5 million U.S. children, or about 9.5 percent, have been diagnosed with ADHD as of 2007, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Kids with the condition act impulsively, have difficulty paying attention that often affects their ability to succeed in school and, in some cases, are physically hyperactive. 



Increased mortality in schizophrenia and BD patients persists

MedWire News

September 16, 2011


The difference in mortality rates between people with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder (BD) and the general population has not reduced in recent years, and has actually increased for natural causes of death, UK research shows. 



Outpatient status increases metabolic syndrome risk in schizophrenia patients

MedWire News

September 16, 2011


Outpatients with schizophrenia are significantly more likely to meet criteria for the metabolic syndrome than inpatients with the mental health disorder, Japanese research shows. The findings, published in the Annals of General Psychiatry, indicate that modification of lifestyle factors could significantly reduce risk for the metabolic syndrome among outpatients with schizophrenia. 



Depression and Pain Increase Fatigue in Breast Cancer Survivors


September 15, 2011


... The results show that the patients most affected by tiredness following treatment also suffer episodes of depression and body image deterioration, neck and shoulder pain, and limited arm movement, possibly due to the surgical intervention. 





Webinar: Demystifying Trauma -- Sharing Pathways to Healing and Wellness 

National Empowerment Center


Communities across the country are infusing the values of trauma-informed care into mental health and substance abuse services, peer-run organizations and communities, child welfare settings, schools, homeless shelters, and correctional facilities. Learn how Wisconsin has embraced these values statewide, engaging consumer leadership and diverse stakeholders across many social systems and services. Through this example, you will see that trauma-informed care is neither a prescriptive nor a dogmatic approach, but an ongoing process of continuous innovation that best meets and responds to the needs evolving from the culture of a community. September 26 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. eastern time. Register online. 



Galveston County offers new website to help population stay healthy

Your Houston news

September 15, 2011


The Galveston County Health District is launching a new wellness campaign to help Galveston County residents get on the path to active living and healthier lifestyles. ...Achieving a sense of well-being is done differently by different people, as there is no "cookie-cutter" approach. Variety is also needed due to the many dimensions of wellness - physical, emotional, mental and environmental to name a few.



Book tour: Tennis greats stop in Tyler

KLTV - East Texas

September 15, 2011


The event begins Friday and has brought perhaps the greatest brother and sister tennis duo of all time.  Tennis fans will have a chance to meet Cliff and Nancy Richey over the next two days. ...Richey is an advocate for mental health awareness. He will be speaking about his book 'Acing Depression' Friday night at the Holiday Inn in Tyler on South Broadway.



Theater Review: Homelessness Live on a Tenderloin Stage

New York Times

September 16, 2011


"Hunter's Point" tells the story of two sisters, one homeless, the other rootless, and much of the action takes place in down-and-out spots around San Francisco. ... By performing the play in the church, Ms. Gjelten and Christine Young, the director and co-producer, want to create a deep connection between its themes of mental illness and homelessness and the surrounding community. 




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