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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

March, 2012



Davis Appointed Founding Director of Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis

The University of Texas at Austin News

March 7, 2012


AUSTIN, Texas - In connection with the African and African Diaspora Studies Department, The University of Texas at Austin has appointed King Davis founding director of the Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis. Davis, professor and Robert Lee Sutherland Chair in Mental Health and Social Policy in the School of Social Work and former executive director of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, served as interim director of the institute in 2010 and 2011, and will begin his new role effective immediately. 



Chronic Diseases, Global Health, Health Insurance, & More: Foundation Blogs Round-Up

Health Affairs

March 7, 2012


...."Love, Peace and Suicide: The Loss of Soul Train Visionary Creator, Don Cornelius," by Vicky Coffee-Fletcher of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, February 3, on the Hogg Blog. The author's post contains a tribute to Cornelius, who created the TV series Soul Train. Cornelius took his own life. 



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

Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

March 7, 2012


AUSTIN, Texas - The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health at the University of Texas (UT) - 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. 



A&M Commerce students receive bilingual scholarship

North Texas E-News

March 8, 2012


Commerce, TEXAS - Texas A&M University-Commerce social work graduate students Mirna Guzman Cervantes and Johnny Rodriguez have been awarded scholarships by the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health to support bilingual mental health services in Texas. 





Emails reveal how agency grappled with doctor abuse case, aftermath

Austin American-Statesman

March 8, 2012


... That email - released last month to the American-Statesman by the Department of State Health Services - is among hundreds that paint a behind-the-scenes picture of how agency officials responded to one of the biggest crises to hit the state hospitals in years. In the days and weeks after the news broke, department officials scrambled to field media inquiries, provide information to advocacy groups and develop "talking points" for anxious parents calling to see if their children were safe. They drafted new patient safety policies, then had to sort through the logistics of those decisions. 



Women's Clinics Retreat as Finances Are Cut

Texas Tribune

March 7, 2012


SAN CARLOS, Texas - ... In Texas' abortion debate, this collision between passionate politics and facts and figures is nothing new. In 2003, lawmakers began requiring clinics to provide women seeking abortions "A Woman's Right to Know," a pamphlet that dedicates nine pages to the risks of abortion - including feeling "guilty, sad or empty," having "suicidal thoughts," and being at higher risk for breast cancer. Scientists have not found evidence for some of the information in the pamphlet. The American Psychological Association says studies show that women who have elective first-trimester abortions have no greater risk of mental health problems than women who deliver the baby. 



Preventing suicide is aim of new UTB-TSC program

The Brownsville Herald

March 7, 2012


... This past August, UTB-TSC was awarded a grant totaling $284,377 over three years to support suicide prevention efforts through a Student Health Services program. Out of a select number of colleges, UTB-TSC was the only Texas school to receive the grant from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). 



Midland Police Tackling School Bullying Problems Head-On

NewsWest 9

March 7, 2012


MIDLAND - Since the start of the year, the Midland Police Department has already made their way into more than 600 students' lives to talk about the threats and consequences of bullying. With four teen suicides since last fall, now, more than ever, the issue of bullying needs to be brought to light. 



Texas Health Resources to restructure management, adding three positions

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

March 8, 2012


Texas Health Resources, which operates the Harris Methodist hospitals in Tarrant County, plans to restructure its upper management, combining some positions and adding three to be held by physicians. Calling it a "transformational advancement of its leadership and governance structure," the company will implement the moves over the next two months with a goal, it says, to deliver services better and more efficiently. 



4 years later, family still grapples with inmate's death

The Monitor

March 7, 2012


McALLEN - The family of Julio Cesar Garza is waiting for answers they will likely never get. Wednesday marks the fourth anniversary of the 26-year-old's in-custody death. Garza died at an Edinburg hospital two days after emergency personnel picked him up on the verge of death at the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office. The county jail inmate became "uncooperative" while awaiting transport to a psychiatric facility, Pathologist Norma Jean Farley noted in Garza's autopsy report. Jail staff dressed him in civilian clothing and put him in a padded cell - referred to in the document as the Violent Cell - shortly after 7 p.m. March 7, 2008. 



Austin icon Leslie Cochran dies at age 60

Austin American-Statesman

March 8, 2012


An Austin icon is dead, and Austin just got a lot less weird. Leslie Cochran - the city's flesh-flashing, cross-dressing, attention-loving, frequently homeless mascot, unofficial ambassador and sometimes mayoral candidate - died at 1 a.m. at Christopher House, an inpatient hospice, according to his friend and power of attorney Valerie Romness. He was 60. ... Friends describe him as funny, intelligent and charming. They also describe him as an alcoholic, stubborn and unreliable. And since a 2009 head injury, he had been in decline. 





FDA Scientists Feel A Little Better About Where They Work


March 7, 2012


Scientists who work for the Food and Drug Administration are feeling more optimistic about the future of their agency than they did back in 2006, according to a survey just out from the Union of Concerned Scientists. ... President Obama has been pushing to improve scientific integrity at government agencies, and they have been drafting new policies that are supposed to make sure that the science behind decisions isn't altered or suppressed by political officials. 



Study: US Army Suicides Spiked After Start of Iraq War

MyFox Houston

March 7, 2012


(NewsCore) - The number of suicides in the US Army rose by 80 percent after the US launched the war on Iraq, American military doctors reported on Thursday. From 1977 to 2003, the tally of army suicides had trended slightly downwards, and was far below civilian rates. But it started to curve upwards in 2004, the year after the US-led invasion, according to their analysis, published in the British journal "Injury Prevention." 



Veterans' mental health site sits two-thirds empty

Houston Chronicle

March 7, 2012


BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A $7 million, 24-bed mental health facility for military veterans at Fort Harrison west of Helena has been sitting two-thirds empty since it opened in June. The inpatient facility's eight beds for veterans being treated for less-severe cases of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder opened in July. 



Madigan team reversed 285 PTSD diagnoses, Sen. Murray says

Seattle Times

March 7, 2012


The Army has identified 285 Madigan Army Medical Center patients whose PTSD diagnoses were reversed by a forensic psychiatric screening team whose actions are now under investigation. 



Former New Jersey Governor Goes Undercover as Homeless Man

New York Times

March 7, 2012


(Reuters) - A phony beard, a fake tattoo and clothes dragged through grass and stained with coffee were all it took to transform former New Jersey Governor Richard Codey into a homeless man looking for shelter on a frigid night this week. ... He is particularly concerned with single men and those with mental health issues, who he says are unfairly shut out of the shelter system. He said women and families have far greater access to emergency housing. 



Reddit Enlists 10,000 Volunteers to Prevent Suicides ... They Hope


March 7, 2012


Depressed? Suicidal? Social-networking giant Reddit has created a community where kids on the edge can reach out online for help. Jesse Singal on why it doesn't always work. 



Clinic sees people, not dollar signs

Chicago Tribune

March 7, 2012


... Carwile, who's a doctoral candidate in health psychology, said their philosophy is that health and wellness are not solely based on a medical model. "We've created a wraparound, bio-psycho-social approach to medicine," she said. "When patients lack transportation, they miss appointments, and illnesses get worse. So if I have to help them with a Pace bus application, I'll do that. If I have to help them figure out what pharmacy to go to, I'll do that, too.,0,4386280.column 



New trial ordered in death of inmate forced to wear pink underwear

Los Angeles Times

March 7, 2012


"America's toughest sheriff" is facing a new threat of punishment in the death of a mentally ill jail inmate forced to don pink underwear. The jail dress code imposed by Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Ariz., so traumatized schizophrenic detainee Eric Vogel that it may have caused his death from heart failure, two coroner's officials concluded, and their testimony should have been presented to a jury that rejected a wrongful death claim in 2010, a divided panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday.,0,5238278.story 





Health care reform law helps 1.3 million minority young adults obtain health insurance

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

March 7, 2012


New data released today by Health and Human Services shows that the Affordable Care Act has extended health insurance to a substantial number of racial and ethnic minorities nationwide. The health care reform law allows young adults to stay on their parents' insurance plans through age 26. 



1 In 3 Americans Is Having A Hard Time Paying Medical Bills


March 7, 2012


While politicians and soon, the Supreme Court, are fighting about the fate of the Affordable Care Act, a new government study finds that a growing number of Americans are having difficulty coping with the high cost of health care. 



Needed: Health Professionals to Treat the Aging

New York Times

March 8, 2012


... There could be a shortage of as many as 90,000 doctors, about half in primary care, by the end of the decade, the Association of American Medical Colleges has warned. Doctors do not flock to practice geriatrics because Medicare reimbursement is comparatively low. The average geriatric specialist made $183,523 in 2010 - less than half that year's $392,885 median for dermatologists, according to the Physician Compensation and Production Survey. And, like all fledgling doctors, the geriatric specialist struggles with medical school debt. 



Found: Older Volunteers to Fill Labor Shortage

New York Times

March 7, 2012


POLICY makers and pundits warn that the baby boom wave could swamp the nation's health care system. What if the 77 million boomers, who have just begun to turn 65, could help solve the health care crisis? ... At the Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning, also in Denver, older volunteers help teach health literacy, arrange transportation and accompany Bhutanese and Burmese refugees and immigrants to medical appointments, said Brandy Kramer, the institute's volunteer coordinator. 



Hospital Groups Will Get Bigger, Moody's Predicts

New York Times

March 8, 2012


Responding to changes in health care, big hospital groups are expected to get even bigger. And some hospitals will join forces with once-unlikely partners, health insurers and for-profit companies, a new report says. 





State's safety net in peril

San Angelo Times

March 7, 2012


...Over the years, as many states have eliminated state psychiatric hospitals, Texas citizens have depended on our system of state hospitals as safety nets for people with serious mental illnesses who need more intensive treatment than can be provided in the community. But now that safety net may become completely unraveled. The state psychiatric hospitals may soon be closing their doors to people with severe mental illnesses across the state unless they have committed a crime and are waiting in jail for a hospital bed. 





Study suggests overall benefit from antidepressants

Chicago Tribune

March 7, 2012


NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Despite recent debate about how well antidepressants really work in people with only mild or moderate depression, a new analysis of drug studies suggests they may have some benefit across the board.,0,6830641.story 





March Meeting of the Texas Children's Mental Health Forum

Texans Care For Children


This month the Texas Children's Mental Health Forum will be meeting jointly with the Texas Juvenile Justice Roundtable to learn about the Texas School Safety Center and the training and technical assistance it provides to public schools aimed at reducing youth violence and promoting school safety, including updates on the Center's involvement in the implementation of bullying and sexting legislation (HB 1942 and SB 407) from last session. Wednesday, March 21, 2012 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. at Texans Care for Children. 



NAMI e-Advocate Newsletter

National Alliance on Mental Illness

March 2012


In this issue:

  • Can Fish Oil Help Prevent Psychosis?
  • The New Normal: Claire Danes, Homeland and Hollywood's New Take on Mental Illness
  • Daddy's Home Explains a Military Parent's PTSD to Kids
  • Stories of Recovery, Voices of Hope
  • Learning to Accept Your Illness
  • Book Review: Shockaholic 



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