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January, 2013



Health-care education responds to community needs

Houston Chronicle

January 18, 2013


Keeping health-care professionals current begins with educational opportunities that are relevant to the community's needs, and Houston's educational community is rising to the challenge. Lone Star College System has an extensive process for workforce program development. 



Central Texas poised for more mental health funding through Medicaid change

Waco Tribune

January 24, 2013


An array of mental health projects make up the backbone of a plan the region's medical providers have developed to try to grab new funds the federal government is pumping into Texas' Medicaid program. 



Mental health needs on rise

Sealy News

January 24, 2013


Austin County is seeing an increase in needs for mental health services, according to its annual Community Plan, presented to the Austin County Commissioners Court this month.  



Immigration Fallout From Saying No To 'Obamacare'


January 23, 2013


Governors who reject health insurance for the poor under the federal health care overhaul could wind up in a politically awkward position on immigration: A quirk in the law means some U.S. citizens would be forced to go without coverage, while legal immigrants residing in the same state could still get it...It could take some explaining for Texas Gov. Rick Perry, steadfastly opposed to what foes dismiss as "Obamacare"... 



Psychology professor researches suicide among African Americans

Daily Cougar

January 24, 2013


Amidst her work as an associate professor at UH's Department of Psychology, psychologist Rheeda Walker is knee-deep in research about suicide and African American culture. ... Walker's research is focused in primarily two areas: the science behind suicide and the mental health of African Americans. 



University names co-chairs of medical school steering committee

The Daily Texan

January 23, 2013


The University has named both co-chairs of the steering committee that will oversee plans for the recently announced medical school, which Travis County voters approved to partially fund via a ballot initiative in the November election. Dr. Susan Cox, UT Southwestern's first regional dean for the Austin area, will serve alongside Dr. Robert Messing, a neurobiologist from the University of California, San Francisco. 



Former state psychiatrist charged with public lewdness

Austin American-Statesman

January 23, 2013


The psychiatrist facing felony charges that he molested five adolescent psychiatric patients under his care while he worked at the Austin State Hospital was arrested Tuesday afternoon and charged with public lewdness, according to police records. 





After shootings, some states rethink deep cuts to mental health care, consider more spending

Washington Post

January 23, 2013


...The reversal is especially jarring in statehouses dominated by conservative Republicans, who aggressively cut welfare programs but now find themselves caught in a crosscurrent of pressures involving gun control, public safety and health care for millions of disadvantaged Americans. ...About 30 states have reduced mental health spending since 2008, when revenues were in steep decline, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. In a third of those states, the cuts surpassed 10 percent. 



Experts Testify on State of the U.S. Mental Health System

January 24, 2013


Pamela Hyde, administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and Thomas Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health, will testify on the first panel. 



U.S. mental health experts urge focus on childhood screening


January 24, 2013


The U.S. mental health system has huge gaps that prevent many children with psychological problems from receiving effective treatment that could prevent tragic consequences later in life, experts told U.S. lawmakers on Thursday.,0,6755986.story 



Bill would require consent to use antipsychotics

Boston Globe

January 23, 2013


...Concern about overuse of antipsychotic medications and similar drugs in nursing homes, hospitals, and other health facilities has prompted a sweeping proposal that would require Massachusetts facilities to inform patients, or their legal representatives, in writing of the medications' risks, benefits and alternatives. 



Hate crime, murder alleged in case stemming from disabled adults locked in Philly basement

Washington Post

January 23, 2013


...Linda Weston, 52, of Philadelphia, was indicted on charges including hate crimes, kidnapping, murder in aid of racketeering and forced human labor. It's the first time the federal hate crimes statute has been used to protect the disabled, authorities said. 





WellPoint's 4th quarter profit jumps

Los Angeles Times

January 23, 2013


...WellPoint, which runs Anthem Blue Cross in California and health plans in 13 other states, reported a bigger-than-expected 38% jump in fourth-quarter net income Wednesday, boosted by one-time gains related to an income tax settlement and investments.,0,1566092.story 



NY recovers $335M from Medicaid fraud, abuse

Wall Street Journal

January 23, 2013


ALBANY, N.Y. - The New York Attorney General's Office recovered more than $335 million last year from Medicaid fraud and abuse, the agency reported Wednesday. 





N.Y.'s true mental health problem

New York Daily News

January 23, 2013


A major failure of the state's mental health its overly restrictive standard for hospital commitment. Because mental illness often prevents a person from recognizing his own need for treatment, the availability of involuntary hospitalization is critical. 



How Would Better Mental Health Care Reduce Gun Violence?


January 23, 2013


President Obama's plan to reduce gun violence includes provisions aimed at shoring up access to mental health care - but is that practical? Host Michel Martin discusses the plan's mental health goals with Michael Fitzpatrick of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and Dr. Carl Bell of the University of Illinois. 



Friends and neighbors with guns, can we talk?

Dallas Morning News

January 23, 2013


... If we agree that a psychotic should not be allowed to purchase a gun, then maybe we can agree that states and counties should be required to contribute information to the FBI background-check system. A law addressing this lack of mental-illness data might have kept that murderer from buying a gun. 





Genes and Environment Combine to Bring on Mental Illness


January 23, 2013


...A study by Sawa's team that appeared in the journal Science on Jan. 18 indicates that chronic stress during adolescence influences the function of a gene known to place people at risk for developing several types of mental illness. The finding also highlights the importance in mental illness of epigenetics, the study of how people's experience and environment affect the function of their genes. 



Jaw Pain Disorder Tied to Anxiety, Depression


January 23, 2013


There's a link between depression and anxiety symptoms and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder pain, a condition that affects the jaw, according to a new study...The researchers found that depressive symptoms were more strongly related to TMJ pain than to muscle pain, while anxiety symptoms were linked with muscle pain. The findings were published in a recent online issue of The Journal of Pain. 



Semantic priming abnormalities differ between bipolar disorder and schizophrenia

MedWire News

January 24, 2013


Patients with bipolar disorder have decreased semantic priming, the results of a preliminary study indicate. The findings, published in the Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, also suggest that the semantic processing abnormalities are of a different nature to those seen in schizophrenia. 



Adolescent declines in cognitive performance predict later psychosis

MedWire News

January 24, 2013


Adolescents and young adults experiencing relative declines in cognitive performance have an increased risk for later psychosis, with a decline in verbal ability between 13 and 18 years of age a strong predictor, conclude researchers. 





Counseling Center takes new approach at raising awareness for suicide prevention

TCU 360

January 23, 2013


The TCU Counseling, Testing and Mental Health Center is spreading the word about suicide prevention by expanding their "R U OK?" social media campaign. 



On the Mind: Mental health not a certain catalyst for criminal activity

The Red & Black

January 24, 2013


...Although violent crimes make headlines, most mentally ill offenders are charged with petty, nonviolent offenses like trespassing and loitering, said police officer Nicholas Soriano. And, although many end up in jail, this is not a lasting solution. 



Teens reach out to help peers with depression

Houston Chronicle

January 24, 2013


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -... When the girls present their story to middle school health classes, they are accompanied by a mental health professional who answers questions and offers information about recognizing the warning signs of mental illness along with the crisis hotline number. 



Sharing their emotional struggles in Spanish

Los Angeles Times

January 24, 2013


...Boydston wrote the literature for his new group, weaving tidbits of personal experience with AA's standing methodology. ...But in some ways, the structure of the group also aligns well with Latino culture: Because of their predominantly Catholic upbringing, admitting to personal struggles isn't out of the ordinary.,0,7261956.story


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