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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

February, 2012



Hogg Foundation Awards 27 Full Scholarships to Bilingual Graduate Students in Texas

Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

February 22, 2012


AUSTIN, Texas - The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health at The University of Texas at Austin has awarded scholarships to 27 bilingual students seeking a master's degree in social work to help increase diversity in the Texas mental health workforce. Now in its fourth year, the bilingual scholarship program has awarded a total of 109 scholarships since fall 2008 to increase cultural and linguistic diversity in the Texas mental health workforce. 



Four graduate students earn full Hogg Foundation scholarships

Texas State University

February 22, 2012


Texas State University-San Marcos graduate students Andres Garcia, Kathryn Kelly, Ana Gabriela Mejia and Adriana Peabody have been awarded scholarships by the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health to support bilingual mental health services in Texas. All are students in the School of Social Work. 





State hospital psychiatrist with history of misconduct resigns

Austin American-Statesman

February 22, 2012


A Rusk State Hospital psychiatrist who had been sanctioned twice for having sexual relationships with his patients resigned Wednesday amid allegations that he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at work. Gary Paul Kula, 60, resigned one day after being notified that the hospital had begun disciplinary action against him because he appeared to be impaired at work, according to documents from the Department of State Health Services, which oversees mental health hospitals. 



Dallas group outlines plan to end chronic homelessness in city by 2015

Dallas Morning News

February 22, 2012


...The Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance told members of the council's Housing Committee that the plan could get the chronically homeless off the streets within three years. ... Faenza said that preventing chronic homelessness doesn't quite require in every case removing the homeless person from the streets. Rather, it could mean providing services to reduce the amount of time that a person is homeless. City and county officials endorsed the alliance's plan in November, saying that placing the homeless who suffer mental illnesses in shelters and offering them counseling and job training would ultimately save taxpayers money. 



Man shot, killed by Sheriff's deputy in Aransas Pass

The Aransas Pass Progress

February 22, 2012


The fatal shooting of a local man by an Aransas County Sheriff's deputy is being investigated by the Texas Rangers. ...According to Mills, Overstreet had been taken to a local hospital the prior day for a suicide attempt but was quickly released after a laceration on his wrist was stitched up. Mills commented on why a man with obvious psychological issues was not observed longer, "We need to take a serious look at what is being done in the mental health community.  I know there are funding issues, but something need to be done to get those that need it, the help they need." 



Excellence in Dallas Nursing Awards

D Magazine

February 22, 2012


...Each day offers new challenges for Jane Le Vieux, a psychiatric consult liaison nurse at Children's Medical Center of Dallas. She evaluates and creates care plans for children who have attempted suicide, experienced trauma, and suffer from depression due to chronic illness. ...The flip side of her role is educating nurses and doctors about mental health. 



UT Health Science Center shortens degree time

KSAT - San Antonio

February 22, 2012


SAN ANTONIO - The Physician Assistant Studies program at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio is making a change for those earning a physician assistant degree. The change will soon offer students the opportunity to complete the program in two years instead of three, bringing physician assistants more quickly into the workforce.    



Ex-official at Houston hospital pleads guilty in Medicare scam

Houston Chronicle

February 22, 2012


A former member of Riverside General Hospital's executive staff pleaded guilty Wednesday for his role in a $116 million Medicare scheme that paid kickbacks to patient recruiters and personal care home owners in exchange for directing residents to Riverside's mental health clinics. 



Grand jury doesn't indict Parkland psych tech accused of choking patient

Dallas Morning News

February 21, 2012


A Dallas County grand jury has declined to indict a Parkland Memorial Hospital psychiatric technician who was fired in July after investigators said he choked a patient unconscious.  





Fitness Program For Mentally Ill Expands In NH


February 23, 2012


KEENE, N.H. (AP) - ...In 2003, he became one of the first clients at Monadnock Family Services to join In SHAPE, a program so successful that the state has won a $10 million federal grant to replicate it at the rest of the state's community mental health centers. The goal is to expand a program that now serves 150 people to 4,500 participants in the next five years. The average life span for someone with a serious mental illness is 25 years shorter than someone in the general population, a gap that has been largely overlooked even though an estimated 10.4 million American adults - including about 43,000 in New Hampshire - fall into that category, said Dr. Stephen Bartels. He will supervise the program funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. 



California health insurers to raise average rates 8% to 14%

Los Angeles Times

February 23, 2012


California's largest health insurers are raising average rates by about 8% to 14% for hundreds of thousands of consumers with individual coverage, outpacing the costs of overall medical care. The cost of goods and services associated with medical care grew just 3.6% over the last 12 months nationally, government figures show. But insurance premiums have kept climbing at a faster pace in California.,0,7634380.story 



Patients urge legislators not to cut mental health

Houston Chronicle

February 22, 2012


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - More than 300 people rallied outside of the Alabama Statehouse on Wednesday, asking lawmakers not to cut funding to mental health services. .. The rally took place shortly before House and Senate budget committees heard Mental Health Commissioner Zelia Baugh say that a proposed 25 percent budget cut could cause thousands to lose community mental health services. 



Board chairman talks of possible funding cuts

Houston Chronicle

February 22, 2012


ELLISVILLE, Miss. (AP) - The chairman of the state Board of Mental Health says if the Legislature goes ahead with present budget proposals, it could mean the loss of jobs at facilities across Mississippi. Robert Landrum of Ellisville, the mental health board chairman, told Jones County supervisors this week that budget cuts before the Legislature would reduce mental health spending by $13.2 million. 



Quinn asks lawmakers to put some skin in the game on pension, health care cuts

Chicago Tribune

February 22, 2012


Tired of shouldering the blame for the state's continued budget mess, Gov. Pat Quinn on Wednesday invited lawmakers to join him in cleaning up financial problems he contended were decades in the making... Quinn chose a middle path, detailing the closings of prisons, mental health centers and social service offices but deferring on the twin pressures of pension and Medicaid reform. The governor said that without major changes, the Medicaid program could collapse, and the pension systems will require so much money that funding for education, health care and public safety would suffer.,0,3306505.story 





Feds Award Health Exchange Grants To 10 States

The Associated Press

February 23, 2012


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal officials say another 10 states are getting a total of $230 million to set up new health insurance markets under President Barack Obama's overhaul. Seven of them - Colorado, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania - have either adopted a plan or are making substantial headway. But a recent Associated Press analysis found uneven progress among states setting up the new insurance exchanges, a linchpin of the law. 





Child Wellness: Childhood obesity

Your News Now - Austin

February 22, 2012


One out of every four children is obese. ...Being overweight impacts a child's mental, social and physical well-being. "Kids stop socializing. They get depressed, isolate themselves and eat more. They can have problems with breathing, heart problems, heart disease, diabetes," pediatrician Dr. Swatandra Mitta said.   



Migraines May Raise a Woman's Odds of Depression


February 22, 2012


As if the debilitating headaches weren't bad enough, women who get migraines or have had them in the past are at increased risk for depression, a new study suggests. 



Depressive symptoms linked to CVD risk in bipolar disorder patients

MedWire News

February 23, 2012


Depression, but not mania, is significantly associated with an elevated 10-year risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) in patients with bipolar disorder, research shows. 



Bone mass reduced in older schizophrenia patients

MedWire News

February 23, 2012


Results from a Japanese study show that older patients with schizophrenia have significantly reduced bone mass compared with the older general population.


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