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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

March, 2012

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

Cherokeean Herald

February 29, 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. 



Texas State grad students earn 4 Hogg Scholarships

San Marcos Daily Record

February 27, 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. 





Texas doctor charged in $375 million health-care scam, the largest of its kind

Washington Post

February 28, 2012


A Texas doctor and five owners of home health-care agencies were arrested Tuesday on charges that they fraudulently billed Medicare and Medicaid nearly $375 million in what authorities described as the largest case of its kind. 



Rockwall doctor accused of fraud has long history of patient harm

Dallas Morning News

February 28, 2012


Dr. Jacques Roy is "a danger to the community," federal prosecutors said Tuesday in seeking to keep him jailed without bail. They were referring to the millions he's accused of stealing from taxpayers in a five-year Medicare fraud scheme. 



Parkland's longtime board leader resigns; civic group pushes for patient safety

Dallas Morning News

February 28, 2012


The longtime chairwoman of Parkland Memorial Hospital's governing board said Tuesday that she was resigning - the latest in a string of leaders to depart amid a deepening crisis in patient care. ...Earlier, a group representing about 40 Dallas-area churches and schools urged the board to find a new chief executive who would put patient needs first and be transparent with taxpayers. 



Houston plans 'sobering center' at shelter instead of jail

Houston Chronicle

February 28, 2012


City officials plan to open a "sobering center" at the Star of Hope Mission downtown later this year. ... Under the plan, the city would pay Star of Hope $1.5 million a year to lease and staff a two-story warehouse behind the Star of Hope's Ruiz Street men's shelter by the Eastex Freeway, north of Minute Maid Park. The Houston Police Department would move its mental health unit to the center. 



Casting a Wider Net

Denton Record Chronicle

February 29, 2012


... Just behind Denny's restaurant on the southbound side of Interstate 35, the headquarters of Health Services of North Texas is rapidly expanding its services to establish itself as a medical home for patients like Garrett whose primary care doctors reduce Medicare patient loads to cope with increasing cuts to their reimbursements. In addition to providing care for patients living with HIV, AIDS and mental illness, the clinic provides a range of services from annual checkups to the treatment of chronic illnesses such as hypertension and diabetes. 



Vietnam veteran asks commissioners to help save counseling services

Victoria Advocate

February 28, 2012


...Two weeks ago, from a letter passed down through the chain-of-command, O'Neill found out his therapy group would end. Compounding O'Neill's concerns is the lease at the Victoria VA outpatient center that expires in May. O'Neill fears local veterans will no longer have a place to go for health care, particularly mental health care. 





U.S. suicide rates now the highest in 15 years

San Antonio Express-News

February 28, 2012


A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report released last week shows that the rate of U.S. suicide has been increasing since 2000, with 2009 marking the highest number of suicides in 15 years. The report indicated that, between 2008 and 2009, the suicide rate increased 2.4 percent, with 36,909 suicide deaths reported nationally. 



U.S. Pushes Target for Hiring the Disabled

Wall Street Journal

February 29, 2012


Employers and business groups are trying to stop an Obama administration effort that calls for federal contractors to hire a minimum number of disabled workers and could penalize those who don't by revoking their contracts. ... The scope of what would constitute a disability also isn't clear since the Labor Department's proposal doesn't include a specific list. Lawyers who represent employers say that could include hundreds of possibilities from blindness to deafness to the less apparent such as asthma or mental illness. 



Actors try to reach teens with stories of mental illness

Chicago Tribune

February 29, 2012


... The school had brought in a Chicago-based theater company called Erasing the Distance to address depression and substance abuse in an unusual way: The group interviews people grappling with various disorders, then uses actors to bring those stories to life.,0,5928129.story 





States should study spending before picking benefits, report says

Los Angeles Times

February 29, 2012


California and other states should consider the medical care used by the highest-cost patients who battle cancer and other chronic conditions when setting essential benefits under federal reform, according to a study.,0,4111600.story 



Maine's Top Court Backs State Authority To Limit Health Plan's Profits

Kaiser Health News

February 28, 2012


In a case closely watched by the insurance industry, Maine's top court Tuesday upheld state regulators' authority to hold down rate increases sought by Anthem Health Plans of Maine. 



New Health Policy Brief: The Prevention and Public Health Fund

Health Affairs

February 23, 2012


Bethesda, MD -- A new policy brief from Health Affairs and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the Prevention and Public Health Fund created under the Affordable Care Act of 2010. The fund was originally authorized to spend $15 billion over its first ten years, but will be cut by a third under an agreement between the Obama administration and Congress to finance an extension of payroll tax cuts and to forestall Medicare payment cuts for physicians. Meanwhile, some lawmakers have targeted the fund for complete elimination, arguing mainly that the spending is unnecessary or less urgent than other priorities. 





Chardon High School shooting: what we've learned since Columbine

Christian Science Monitor

February 27, 2012


... Despite the seeming decline in shootings, Trump says he's concerned about several factors that could lead to more incidents in the future: the current focus on bullying rather than diagnosing and treating mental illness; the cut in funding for training and school safety programs; and the fact that the current generation of students and administrators - most of whom weren't around when Columbine occurred - may have grown complacent. 



Why does America lead the world in school shootings?


February 28, 2012


... Let's be clear. There is no single, certain answer to these questions. The possible factors include failure by classmates, parents and school officials to see the warning signs; bullying and revenge; serious mental illness; violent role models; drugs; access to guns, and a culture that condones extremism. America has its share of these factors, but which are significant and which are more prevalent here than across the Atlantic? 



Open children's court? Why?

Los Angeles Times

February 28, 2012


The recent opening of the Los Angeles County Juvenile Court to the press has won praise from many quarters. But I believe it will lead to further obfuscation of the true value to the community of the child welfare system. ... The great majority of social workers are intelligent, professional and caring and rise to the undoubted challenge. There are so many inspiring stories of how families turned their lives around with the support from social work staff.,0,3038825.story 





To Prioritize Action On Global Mental Health, A New Mental Health Framework Is Needed

Medical News Today

February 29, 2012


For mental health to gain significant attention, and funding from policymakers globally, it is not enough to convince people that it has a high disease burden but also that there are deliverable and cost-effective interventions - according to South African researchers writing in this week's PLoS Medicine. 



Lifting the veil on military suicides

Austin American-Statesman

February 28, 2012


The Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center, which holds a trove of interesting information and statistics about war injuries and deaths, today released the results of a comprehensive study that looked at visits to doctors or clinics in the weeks preceding a suicide or possible suicide attempt or self-injury. Researchers reached some results that should increase our understanding of the record suicide numbers plaguing the military in recent years 



Statin use tied to lower depression risk: study

Chicago Tribune

February 28, 2012


(Reuters) - People with heart disease who take cholesterol-lowering statins, among the most widely used medications around the world, may have a lower risk of depression than those who don't take the drugs, according to a U.S. study of nearly a thousand people.,0,6453559.story 



Study questions religion-depression link

Chicago Tribune

February 28, 2012


NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Some research has suggested that religious people may have a buffer against major depression -- but new findings cast some doubt on that. Researchers said people who develop depression might be more likely to stop going to services, which could explain why those who regularly go to religious services have lower rates of depression than the less-devout.,0,5844257.story 



Hyperactivity in Brain May Explain Multiple Symptoms of Depression


February 27, 2012


Most of us know what it means when it's said that someone is depressed. But commonly, true clinical depression brings with it a number of other symptoms. These can include anxiety, poor attention and concentration, memory issues, and sleep disturbances. 



Allergy link to bipolar depression severity confirmed

MedWire News

February 29, 2012


Scientists have demonstrated that a complex relationship exists between bipolar I disorder and allergic disease, which results in worsening symptoms of depression. 



Eye movement test may help identify schizophrenia patient subgroup

MedWire News

February 29, 2012


The exploratory eye movement (EEM) test may be effective for identifying a subgroup of patients with schizophrenia who have high levels of excitement/hostility, negative, and disorganization symptoms, say Japanese researchers. 



Study Compares Traits of Autism, Schizophrenia


February 28, 2012


A UT Dallas professor is studying the differences between the social impairments found in autism and schizophrenia to help develop better treatments for people with both disorders. 





Webinar: Chronic Pain: An Integrated Care Approach

SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions


Chronic pain affects millions of Americans, including those living with mental illnesses and addictions. In fact - as is the case with many chronic physical health conditions - behavioral health conditions are strongly connected to chronic pain, considering that behavioral health disorders are notably modulators of pain and more common among people with chronic pain. This webinar will describe a novel approach to treating chronic pain via an integrated team of providers that includes a primary care physician, mental health professional, and pain medicine specialist. March 6, 2012, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. eastern time. Register online. 



Webinar: Get Social! Using Social Media to Advance Your Mission, Raise Awareness, and Provide Peer Support

National Empowerment Center


Facebook, Twitter, Blogging, Podcasting, YouTube, LinkedIn, Google Plus. In an ever-growing social media landscape, it is easy to feel lost and not know where to begin. Our presenters will help you find your place on the social media map and head out on your personal or organizational journey. Using real-life stories, each presenter will discuss how their organization developed a social media strategy, the tools they use and how they use them, and the benefits and challenges they have experienced along the way. This webinar is geared towards peers, peer-run organizations, mental health service providers, family members, policymakers, administrators, and all other stakeholders. Friday, March 2, 2012, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. eastern time. Registration will close at 5 p.m. eastern time on Thursday, March 1. 



Key Update Newsletter

National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse

February 2012


In this issue:

  • SAMHSA Scholarship Application for 2012 NAMI National Convention Is Due March 12
  • CAFÉ TA Center Provides Free Disaster Preparedness Resource
  • OptumHealth Gives Guidance on Expanding Funding by Joining a Managed Care Network
  • Taking Control of Your "Story" Can Benefit Your Mental Health, Study Suggests
  • Behavioral Healthcare Article Offers Suggestions on Peer Workforce Development
  • SAMHSA Publishes Results of Research Review of Wellness Programs
  • Pentagon May Be Using Diagnosis of Personality Disorder to Jettison Troops Without Paying Benefits
  • New Study Confirms That African Americans Are More Likely than Whites to Be Diagnosed with Schizophrenia
  • Programs Resembling Video Games May Help People's Mental Health
  • Mental Health Weekly Reports Bias in Recent "Dr. Oz Show" Segment on ECT
  • Save the Weekend! "Boycott Normal" on May 5, and Robert Whitaker to speak on May 6, 2012, in Philadelphia!
  • You Are Invited to a Monthly National Networking Teleconference!
  • Consumer-Driven Services Directory



Making good on her THREATS: Austin lit alum Amelia Gray releases first novel to great reviews

CultureMap Austin

February 28, 2012


What started as a series of equal-parts terrifying and hysterical relationship-based epithets read in front of cheering crowds has transformed into a chilling, intimate must-read novel by skyrocketing experimental writer (and former Austinite) Amelia Gray. ...Part murder mystery, part psychological fantasy, the novel presents a challenging exploration of the mental health and perceptions of those who have recently undergone severe trauma.


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