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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

January, 2013




Suicides spike again at Fort Hood

Austin American-Statesman

January 19, 2013


... "Most of our efforts up to this point have been focused on 'Go get help, go get treatment.' Well, most service members don't want to do that because of mental health stigma," Bryan said. "So focusing only on mental health care and treatment will never solve the problem; 



Pharmacy Closes Over Lower Medicaid Reimbursements

Texas Tribune

January 21, 2013


A South Texas pharmacy featured in a Texas Tribune article on independent pharmacists struggling to adapt to lower Medicaid reimbursement rates will shut its doors on Friday. 



Nationally Recognized Researcher, Medical Administrator to Help Develop School of Medicine

UT News

January 22, 2013


Dr. Robert O. Messing, a nationally recognized addiction science researcher, will join The University of Texas at Austin as vice provost for biomedical sciences to help develop the new medical school. His appointment is effective Jan. 16. 



Despite progress on reforms, health care breakdowns remain unresolved at Parkland

Dallas Morning News

January 20, 2013


...But the monitors, who helped steer that process, are now busy trying to verify whether the measures were properly implemented and actually work. The monitors' November and December compliance reports reflect problems in both areas. 



ETCOG disperses grants for juvenile mental evaluations

Longview News-Journal

January 22, 2013


The East Texas Council of Governments distributed nearly $54,000 in grant awards to Northeast Texas counties for psychological and psychiatric evaluations for juveniles. 





Scientists Cast Light Onto Roots of Illness Deep in the Brain

Wall Street Journal

January 21, 2013


Scientists are learning how to turn neurons on and off at will by shining light into caverns of the mind, a technique that someday might allow the precise treatment of people suffering psychiatric problems and other ailments. 



SAMHSA is accepting applications for up to nearly $3.8 million in Statewide Consumer Network grants


January 17, 2013


...The purpose of this program is to enhance statewide consumer-run organizations to promote service system capacity and infrastructure development that is recovery-focused and resiliency-oriented. For the purposes of this funding opportunity, this program seeks to promote activities related to wellness, integrated care, health care reform, and a trauma-informed approach. 



Obama intends to fix holes in mental health coverage

Los Angeles Times

January 19, 2013


...Two landmark laws - including the sweeping 2010 health law - have been enacted since 2008 to improve mental health treatment. But the Obama administration is still writing rules for both measures that will change how insurers deal with millions of Americans who suffer from mental illness and addiction.,0,7398545.story 



Marines testing brain-calming exercises

Associated Press

January 19, 2013


...Facing a record suicide rate and thousands of veterans seeking treatment for post-traumatic stress, the military has been searching for ways to reduce strains on service members burdened with more than a decade of fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. 



Suicide is on the rise, and officials don't know why

Chicago Tribune

January 23, 2013


...Crisis centers are scrambling to offer help in preventing the number from rising further, but solutions remain elusive. Officials say there's no single problem to pinpoint..."But if you look at the story of the deaths, (there is) alcohol abuse, depression, drug abuse, anxiety, bipolar, (post traumatic stress disorder), relationship problems, mood swings, marital problems, schizophrenia ...",0,5645371.story 



AMA Offers $10 Million To Fund Med School Innovations

Kaiser Health News

January 21, 2013


Memo to medical schools: If you have new ideas on how to train doctors, the American Medical Association may have some cash for you. The AMA says it will provide $10 million over the next five years to fund eight to 12 "bold, innovative projects." 



Mental health focus of SC NAACP's King Day rally

Associated Press

January 21, 2013


COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - ...After years of focusing on traditional civil rights themes like voting rights or removing the Confederate flag from Statehouse grounds, the South Carolina NAACP focused on mental health for this year's rally. 



Legislature Considers Big Changes In Mental Health Policy After Newtown

Hartford Courant

January 21, 2013


Better behavioral health screening in the public schools. Greater access to mental health services for adolescents and young adults. And a new look at the state's controversial policy barring involuntary outpatient commitment for people with mental illness.,0,7548214.story?page=1 



California Senate leader pushes national mental health plan

Los Angeles Times

January 21, 2013


...Steinberg says his $10-billion plan to diagnose and treat mental illness would go a long way toward reducing mass shootings like the one at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., last year. Steinberg led the effort for Proposition 63, which generated about $1 billion a year for mental health programs in California. 





Health Law Pinches Colleges

Wall Street Journal

January 21, 2013


The federal health-care overhaul is prompting some colleges and universities to cut the hours of adjunct professors, renewing a debate about the pay and benefits of these freelance instructors who handle a significant share of teaching at U.S. higher-education institutions. 



Medical privacy rules get an update

Associated Press

January 18, 2013


Regulations unveiled this week by the Obama administration create new information rights that should make life easier for consumers. They also tighten restrictions on medical service providers trying to use patient information for marketing, and they greatly expand the list of businesses that can be punished for unauthorized disclosures. 





Please Take Away My Right to a Gun

New York Times

January 18, 2013


...But I believe they should be bolder and stop walking on eggshells about what to do with people like me and those not even close to being like me but still labeled with the crazy term "mentally ill." The executive actions the president signed to increase access and treatment are all good, although the experts will struggle with confidentiality and privacy issues. 



The Silver Lining of Mental Illness

The Huffington Post

January 21, 2013


...In many ways, managing mental illness represents the final frontier of medicine because we struggle with the painful reality of coping with an invisible ailment that sneaks up on us unpredictably and has overt consequences on families and communities. But we are surrounded by differing degrees of mental illness in ourselves, in relatives we love, and in some people that we should fear. 





First time parenting a positive experience for mental health, researchers find

Medical Xpress

January 22, 2013


Becoming a parent for the first time may improve mental health and reduce levels of psychological distress, according to a new study from the University of Otago, Wellington (UOW). 



PTSD Can Hamper Drug Treatment for Stroke Survivors: Study


January 18, 2013


Stroke survivors with post-traumatic stress disorder are less likely to stick with drug treatments that reduce their risk of suffering another stroke, a new study finds. 



Tell tale neurologic soft signs for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder

MedWire News

January 22, 2013


Neurologic soft signs (NSS) can differentiate schizophrenia from major depression but not bipolar disorder, study findings indicate...The findings suggest that "patients with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder appear to be biologically more similar to each other than patients with major depression," say the researchers. 



Neural clues found for impaired emotional response in bipolar disorder

MedWire News

January 22, 2013


Researchers have identified distinct trait- and state-related neural abnormalities during emotional response inhibition in patients with bipolar disorder. 



New Findings On Mortality of Individuals With Schizophrenia


January 21, 2013


A new study from Lund University in Sweden shows that the average life expectancy of men and women with schizophrenia is 15 years and 12 years shorter respectively than for those who do not suffer from the disease. The study has been carried out in collaboration with Stanford University in the US. 





Good news to share about woman in the park

January 19, 2013

Dallas Morning News


...Treatment works. That's a simple truth about mental illness that we must not forget. It's wonderful to be reminded of that by a woman no longer in the park. 



Hemingway family mental illness explored in new film


January 21, 2013


... She compared her family to the Kennedys -- but the Hemingway curse, she said, is mental illness. Hemingway, granddaughter of acclaimed author Ernest Hemingway, explores the troubled history of her family in "Running from Crazy," a documentary that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on Sunday.


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