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December, 2011



Legislative recommendations from LBB criminal-justice focus group, practitioner interviews

Grits for Breakfast

November 28, 2011


... Focus group and interview participants most consistently mentioned the need for investment in mental health resources of all types. Expanded inpatient and outpatient treatment, additional funding for specialized community supervision caseloads, increased reimbursement rates for mental health professionals, and additional state hospital capacity for competency restoration were all mentioned as important needs. 



In Texas, Keeping Kids In School And Out Of Court


November 30, 2011


The sort of offenses that might land a student in the principal's office in other states often send kids in Texas to court with misdemeanor charges. Some schools have started rethinking the way they punish students for bad behavior after watching many of them drop out or land in prison because of tough disciplinary policies. 



Brother: Late student 'shut down' by legal status; he was 'bound for greatness,' principal says

The Monitor

November 30, 2011


NORTH OF PALMVIEW - ... Luna's brother Diyer Mendoza believes not having "papers" or a legal residency or citizenship status was the reason the 18-year-old high school senior killed himself Friday. Luna, an A and B student who wanted to become a civil engineer, didn't think he could get into a college or even get a job afterward because he lived in the U.S. illegally. Still, the family had no idea how depressed Luna really was, Mendoza said. 



Child Wellness: Teenage suicide

Your News Now - Austin

November 30, 2011


The statistics for teenage suicide are alarming. According to the National Institute for Mental Health, for every teen suicide death, experts estimate there are 10 other teenagers who have attempted it. ... According to the National Institute for Mental Health, for every teen suicide death, experts estimate there are 10 other teenagers who have attempted it. 



The well-being of children in Tom Green County: not well enough

San Angelo Standard-Times

November 30, 2011


...Using 10 key indicators of child well-being as a basis for comparison, the Casey Foundation releases an annual Kids Count Data Book that profiles and ranks the 50 states. The 2011 Kids Count results rank Texas 35th among the states when it comes to the well-being of children. ...In addition, the statewide scores are better than Tom Green County in all the areas of child well-being except the economic dimension. 



New report says number of PTSD cases rising

KSAT - San Antonio

November 30, 2011


SAN ANTONIO - One in six soldiers who served in Afghanistan or Iraq during the War on Terror are diagnosed with PTSD, according to a new report by the Department of Veteran Affairs. ... While the report said the number of additional cases, which pushes the total to over 200,000 has put a strain on VA resources, local officials said they haven't had trouble dealing with new patients. 



Government official touts Parkland's cooperation in fixing patient care problems

Dallas Morning News

November 30, 2011


The top regional official for the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services congratulated Parkland Memorial Hospital on Wednesday for making a "renewed commitment" in recent weeks to improving patient care. 



Dallas career criminal sentenced to 22 years for leading police on a chase onto Love Field runways

Dallas Morning News

November 30, 2011


A 48-year-old Dallas man was sentenced to 22 1/2 years in federal prison Wednesday for nearly running over a security guard as he led police on a pursuit that ended on the runways of Love Field Airport. ...Browne, who has a history of mental illness, also has state charges pending in Dallas, Tarrant and Collin counties for a spree of robberies, officials said. 





Senators tell VA to speed up care for mentally ill vets

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

November 30, 2011


WASHINGTON - Senators gave a public scolding Wednesday to the director of mental health operations for the nation's veterans, saying the federal government must speed up services for those with post-traumatic stress disorder and other afflictions. Faced with a 34 percent increase in the number of veterans who have sought mental health services since 2006, the Department of Veterans Affairs has not kept pace, said Democratic Sen. Patty Murray. 



'Living Room' offers ER alternative for mental illnesses

Chicago Tribune

December 1, 2011


... The free service, provided by Turning Point in Skokie and the Josselyn Center in Deerfield, is funded by a $210,000 grant from the Illinois Department of Human Services. The money primarily goes toward the salaries of "peer counselors" who have successfully managed their own mental illnesses and are trained to help talk guests through their crises. Turning Point CEO Ann Fisher Raney said its Living Room has the capacity to help seven or eight people at once, but that if it keeps even two people per day out of the ER, it could save more than $500,000 annually in Medicaid costs.,0,6896232.story 



Union faults Kaiser Permanente mental health care

San Francisco Chronicle

November 30, 2011


Union officials and Kaiser mental health care workers asked state regulators Tuesday to investigate claims that patients who seek mental health services at Kaiser Permanente often wait weeks for care - well beyond the 10-day limit required by state law. 



College Athletes Move Concussions Into the Courtroom

New York Times

November 29, 2011


... Owens is also one of four plaintiffs in a class-action suit that claims the N.C.A.A. has been negligent regarding awareness and treatment of brain injuries to athletes. The suit, filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, represents Owens, Adrian Arrington and Mark Turner, recent college football players, and Angela Palacios, a former college soccer player. He said his headaches, depression and anxiety had gone down in recent weeks, but his mother and his girlfriend, Shelby Twedt, said he still had his down moments. 



Former NFL Player Brown Claims Mental Defect


November 30, 2011


SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Former Notre Dame assistant coach Corwin Brown officially notified a judge Wednesday that he plans to defend himself against charges of striking his wife and holding her hostage by claiming he has a mental defect caused by brain injuries he sustained while playing football in the NFL and college. ... Brown had become suspicious, distant, gloomy, exhausted and depressed after playing eight seasons in the NFL as a defensive back for the Patriots, the New York Jets and Detroit Lions and playing in college at Michigan. 



Group predicts physician shortage in Wisconsin

Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel

November 30, 2011


The state needs to train or recruit an additional 100 physicians a year through 2030 to meet the projected demand for health care, according to a new Wisconsin Hospital Association report. ... The hospital association's report included an array of options to address the potential problem, ranging from increasing the number of Wisconsin residents in the state's medical schools and residency programs to opening a third medical school in the state. 



Ind. teen's suicide raises questions over bullying

San Antonio Express-News

November 30, 2011


FISHERS, Ind. (AP) - A suburban Indianapolis school district being sued by the family of a bullied student who committed suicide sent a letter to parents Wednesday, saying school officials took several steps to help the teenager and his family before his death. The federal lawsuit alleges that officials at Fishers Junior High School and Hamilton Southeastern High School did nothing to prevent other students from harassing 14-year-old Jamarcus Bell because he was black, perceived to be gay and emotionally troubled. 





Cedars-Sinai to cut most psychiatric services

Los Angeles Times

December 1, 2011


Cedars-Sinai Medical Center will close its in-patient and outpatient psychiatry programs over the next year, a move prompted by significant shifts in the healthcare system, hospital officials said. ... The planned closure is the latest in a long series of reductions in mental health services across the state.,0,7075456.story 



We Can't Wait: Obama Administration takes new steps to encourage doctors and hospitals to use health information technology to lower costs, improve quality, create jobs

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

December 1, 2011


Cleveland, OH -Today, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius released a report showing that doctors' adoption of health information technology (IT) doubled in two years. HHS also announced new actions to speed the use of health IT in doctors' offices and hospitals nationwide, which will improve health care and create jobs nationwide. 





Germany offers therapy to child sex abuse victims

Chicago Tribune

December 1, 2011


BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany will offer every victim of child sex abuse 10,000 euros ($13,000) worth of therapy from a 100 million euro fund set up to address a scandal centered on Catholic schools.,0,3839011.story 





Did Joaquin Luna Commit Suicide over The DREAM Act?

Texas Observer

November 30, 2011


... What is for certain is that turning 18 as an undocumented person in this country is life altering. University of Chicago sociologist Roberto Gonzales recently pioneered a study about the ways in which young undocumented people learn of and cope with the effects of their immigration status, as recently reported by UChicago News. We may never know if the death of the DREAM Act played a role in the suicide of Joaquin Luna. But perhaps more importantly, his death has reopened a dialogue about the people behind the "illegal" label. 





Dads are doing more, but moms are more stressed, study finds

Los Angeles Times

November 30, 2011


... In an age when parenting has become "more intensive," as the study puts it, the challenges and rewards of raising children have become a matter of growing research and national debate. Researchers consistently find childless Americans to be among the happiest, and have documented a drop in mental well-being among parents that does not lift until the kids leave the nest.,0,2201901.story 



Medical comorbidities common in BD patients

MedWire News

December 1, 2011


Medical comorbidities affect more than half of patients with bipolar disorder (BD) and are significantly associated with an increased number of previous mood episodes, early age at onset, smoking, anxiety, and substance use disorders, researchers report. 



Prior psychiatric hospitalization increases risk for CV mortality

MedWire News

December 1, 2011


Patients with noncardiac chest pain (NCCP) who have previously been hospitalized for a psychiatric condition have an increased risk for cardiovascular (CV) mortality, research suggests. 





Students take a social study break

Daily Texan

November 30, 2011


...Jane Bost, associate director of UT Counseling and Mental Health Center, said the center sees many students who are stressed during finals and recommended students take advantage of the Stress Recess webpage on the center's website for suggestions to relax. 



The Key Update

Narional Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearninghouse

November 2011


In this issue:

  • Alternatives 2012 to Be Held in Portland, Oregon
  • VA Introduces Campaign to Help Veterans Connect
  • LGBTQI Curriculum Is Available Online
  • New York Times Publishes Inspiring Stories of Recovery from Severe Mental Illness
  • "Concrete Thinking" May Be Effective Self-Help Treatment for Depression
  • Psychologists Question Proposed DSM Revision
  • Rise Reported in Numbers of People Who Take Psychiatric Medications
  • Meditation Can Switch Off Parts of the Brain Associated with Psychiatric Disorders
  • Ricky Wyatt, Lead Plaintiff in Important Class Action Lawsuit, Has Died
  • Paolo del Vecchio Named Acting Director, Center for Mental Health Services
  • Video Available Online of Consumer/Survivor Movement Leaders in Other Countries
  • Weight Management Manuals for Individuals with Mental Health Conditions Are Posted Online
  • You Are Invited to a Monthly National Networking Teleconference! 



Advocate Magazine

National Alliance on Mental Illness

November 2011


In this issue:

  • NAMIWalks: Steps, Leaps and Bounds
  • Mental Illness in the Workplace
  • Only in Your Dreams: Revising Recurring Nightmares Can Help with PTSD Symptoms
  • Improving Cognition in Schizophrenia
  • Off to College and Living with Mental Illness? 





San Francisco Foundation Awards $5 Million in Safety-Net Grants

Philanthropy News Digest

December 1, 2011


With unemployment in California at 11.7 percent and the number of home foreclosures in the state rising, a growing number of Bay Area residents are turning to nonprofit organizations that provide resources and safety-net services. To help support those nonprofits, the foundation awarded more than $2 million through its Safety Net grant program to fifty-three organizations working to provide food, financial and legal assistance, and support services for low-income and disadvantaged populations, including domestic violence and mental health crisis services.;jsessionid=SX03AY45QYC05LAQBQ4CGW15AAAACI2F?id=362500004 



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