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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

February, 2012



S.A. volunteers help study treatment for Hispanics with bipolar disorder

KENS 5 - San Antonio

February 7, 2012


SAN ANTONIO -- Bipolar disorder is a highly disruptive mental illness that if left untreated often leads to suicide. Now, local patients are volunteering for a study to improve outcomes, particularly for Hispanics. ...Hispanics in particular often don't seek treatment because of cultural stigma. ...Now, the U.T. Health Science Center at San Antonio is recruiting 150 patients for a new study. 



Troubling suicide trend at TCU

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

February 7, 2012


...At TCU, Wolszon said, the counseling center works closely with the health center, located in the same building, so students coming in for medical treatment are screened routinely for depression and then referred to counseling if necessary. Under the university's Hope Initiative, she said "QPR [Question, Persuade and Refer] Training" has been ongoing on campus. The "gatekeepers" are instructed on recognizing the signs of depression, asking the question (Have you considered suicide?) and referring an individual for treatment. 



Southwest General Hospital has a new CEO

San Antonio Express-News

February 8, 2012


After only a few weeks on the job, Craig Desmond, new CEO of Southwest General Hospital, already is passionate about the hospital - or what he says is more than a hospital. ...He points to several technological advances the hospital has made as well as recent additions, including its Partial Hospital Program, which caters to mental health patients. 



Doing time, getting health care on your dime

KVUE - Austin

February 7, 2012


The Estelle Prison Unit in Huntsville houses the most medically-challenged inmates in the state. Some inmates suffer from chronic diseases, while others are undergoing intensive rehabilitation. ...In 2011, medical care for Texas inmates cost taxpayers $494 million. That's $30 million more than in 2010. The KVUE Defenders took a closer look at the treatments inmates receive. KVUE Defenders found medications like anti-depressants, sleeping pills, and generic Viagra, which Dr. Murray says was prescribed for pulmonary hypertension and not erectile dysfunction. 



Catholic Charities CEO resigns months after sex scandal at children's shelter

Houston Chronicle

February 7, 2012


The CEO/president of Catholic Charities Galveston-Houston has announced plans to resign after more than six years at the helm of the nonprofit organization. ...Kol's resignation comes about four months after the organization found itself at the center of a major scandal for attempting to cover up the sexual abuse of an 8-year-old boy at one of its shelters for immigrant children. 



Bryan Police & Fire Respond to Garage Fire-Aggravated Assault

WTAW - Brazos Valley

February 7, 2012


Bryan Police and Fire responded Tuesday morning to what was initially a disturbance call that later turned into a garage fire. An unidentified man, described by police as being in a "state of crisis", was detained to have a mental evaluation. 



Two County Chase Ends Near Shoreline Hospital

KIII TV- Corpus Christi

February 7, 2012


CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -...It was outside of Christus Spohn Shoreline where police took the 55-year old woman into custody. The chase began when officers went to pick the woman up at her San Patricio Home for mental commitment. Instead, the woman took off. 





Madigan memo on PTSD costs sparked Army review

Seattle Times

February 6, 2012


A memo about a psychiatrist's remarks about costs of treating post-traumatic stress disorder has helped spark what the Army Regional Medical Command calls a "top-to-bottom" review of a Madigan Army Medical Center forensic psychiatric team charged with screening soldiers under consideration for medical retirement.' 



Plan to close IL facilities gets cool reception

Chicago Tribune

February 7, 2012


SPRINGFIELD, Ill.-Gov. Pat Quinn's push to overhaul care for people with mental illnesses and disabilities collided Tuesday with safety concerns, money worries and maybe a bit of wounded pride as lawmakers reviewed plans to close two state institutions.,0,7083911.story 



Mental health agencies face budget pressure to work together more efficiently

New Orleans Times-Picayune

February 7, 2012


After emerging from a private meeting with about two dozen behavioral health care authorities around the region, the city's top physician said Tuesday that the disparate system has little choice but to improve communication and efficiencies in response to announced cuts in inpatient and emergency services now provided by Louisiana State University's New Orleans hospital. 



Pa. welfare budget cuts draw mixed response

Houston Chronicle

February 7, 2012


HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -...The proposed block grant that would combine seven programs - including community mental-health services, assistance for the homeless and outpatient drug and alcohol treatment programs - drew strong support from the Pennsylvania County Commissioners Association, even though funding would be only 80 percent of this year's level. 



House kills study to reduce solitary confinement in prisons

Washington Post

February 6, 2012


The Republican-controlled House of Delegates killed a bill that would have required the state to study ways to limit the use of solitary confinement in state prisons, especially of those who are mentally ill. 



City denies excessive force in post-stun gun death

Houston Chronicle

February 7, 2012


CINCINNATI (AP) - A southwest Ohio city is denying allegations that two police officers used excessive force against a man who died in 2009 after police used a stun gun on him. ... The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati alleges that police used excessive force on Boucher, who is mentally ill, stunning him numerous times and kicking him and beating him while he was on the ground. 





For many, affordable healthcare hinges on Supreme Court vote

Los Angeles Times

February 7, 2012


It remains anyone's guess how the Supreme Court will vote this year on whether Congress can require people to buy insurance as part of President Obama's healthcare reform law. ... With this in mind, it's helpful to remember why this is even being discussed. It's not because of arcane matters of law that require judicial review. It's because of people like Sharon Scott, a 47-year-old single mom in Anaheim who pays nearly half her $24,000 annual income to her insurer, Health Net, and is unable to shop around for a cheaper policy because she has cataracts.,0,1359954.column 



Advocates Insist Psychological and Social Factors Integral to Coordinated Care Organizations' Goals

Lund Report

February 7, 2012


Legislation that would require coordinated care organizations (CCOs) to take into consideration psychological and social factors impacting a patient's health received a lukewarm reception in the Senate's Healthcare Committee yesterday afternoon. ... Craig Hostetler, the executive director of the Oregon Primary Care Association, argued that homelessness, substance abuse, being low-income and other sociological factors impact a person's ability to not only seek healthcare, but actually become healthier as a result of accessing services. 



Compact would take Kansas out of federal Medicaid and Medicare programs

Kansas Health Institute

February 8, 2012


TOPEKA - Kansas legislators are being urged to join a multistate compact formed to challenge the federal government's authority to set health policy. .... Similar bills have passed and been signed into law in four states: Georgia, Texas, Missouri and Oklahoma. 



Minnesota Plans For Exchange, Even Without New Law

Kaiser Health News

February 7, 2012


St. Paul, Minn. - Minnesota lawmakers are grappling with a new question: How close can they get to setting up a health insurance exchange without passing a new state law? 





You paid for Parkland report, but you can't see it?

Dallas Morning News

February 7, 2012


... The details in that Alvarez & Marsal report are so devastating, so horrific, that Parkland would open itself to further lawsuits or harm its position in the ones already filed. ... Your only hope now is that the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Parkland's federal overseer, intercedes and releases the full report, as Parkland officials had pledged to do until they actually saw it. 



American Idol: Singing Against Stigma

National Alliance on Mental Illness

February 7, 2012


It takes courage for a person to talk about living with a mental illness. That's especially the case if you are a teenager. Even more so when disclosure takes place in front of a television audience of millions on the hit show American Idol. 



'Obamacare' insurance exchanges: Let's get going

Los Angeles Times

February 8, 2012


Uncertainty over the healthcare law's fate shouldn't stop states from implementing this key reform.,0,5529230.story 





Survey Finds Many Living with Mental Illness Go Without Treatment

National Alliance on Mental Illness

February 2012


According to a new survey by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 20 percent of American adults live with a mental illness. However, only 39 percent of these 45.9 million American adults received mental health services in 2010. 



Moving Homes Often in Childhood Might Affect Long-Term Health


February 7, 2012


Children who move frequently may be at greater risk for worse health and psychological distress later on in life, according to a new study. 



Psychoeducation improves medication adherence in bipolar affective disorder


February 8, 2012


A 6-week psychoeducation program substantially improves adherence to treatment, and potentially outcomes, among patients undergoing bipolar affective disorder (BAD) rehabilitation, results of a Turkish study indicate. 



The Dark Path to Antisocial Personality Disorder


February 7, 2012


...until now, no one has studied the dimensional structure associated with the DSM antisocial personality disorder criteria. Dr. Kenneth Kendler of Virginia Commonwealth University and colleagues examined questionnaire and genetic data from adult twins. They found that the DSM-IV criteria do not reflect a single dimension of liability but rather are influenced by two dimensions of genetic risk reflecting aggressive-disregard and disinhibition. 





UT Health Science Center is Hiring

Houston Chronicle

February 7, 2012


UT Health Science Center is hiring for positions including a psychiatrist, psychologists, nurses, hospital aides (psyc techs), social workers, nurse practitioners, physicians assistants, recreational therapists and a chaplain for two units they are opening in March 2012. 



Free Webinar: Addressing Obesity and Chronic Illness among People with Mental Illnesses -- What Works?

SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions


To inform health promotion and wellness interventions in communities nationwide, the Center for Integrated Health Solutions engaged Stephen Bartels, MD, MS, and the Dartmouth Health Promotion Research Team to complete a compressive research review of nutrition and fitness interventions for people with mental illness who are obese. Dr. Bartels will discuss the research review and its implications. Monday, February 13, 2012, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. eastern time. 



Psycho Siri is scaring up views on YouTube

Chicago Tribune

February 7, 2012


Talking computers are inherently creepy, so it should come as no surprise that a mini-spate of Siri-gone-mental films are making the rounds on YouTube. ... Psycho Siri is just the latest offering from 18-year-old Andrew McMurry, a filmmaker from Little Rock, Ark., who has put off college for now to concentrate on his YouTube channel.,0,4420857.story 





Capitol Assets: Some legislators send millions to groups connected to their relatives

Washington Post

February 7, 2012


Some members of Congress send tax dollars to companies, colleges and community groups where their spouses, children and parents work as salaried employees, lobbyists or board members, according to an examination of federal disclosure forms and local public records by The Washington Post.


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