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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

April, 2013



Bill Casts Light on Mental Health Care in Solitary Confinement

Texas Tribune

April 18, 2013


An estimated 25 percent of Texas inmates in solitary confinement suffer from mental health issues. A bill in the Legislature would create a task force to find out more about these prisoners and provide them with safer alternatives. 



Updated: In gun debate, Texas Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn push back

Dallas Morning News

April 17, 2013


As the Senate opened debate Wednesday on the most sweeping new gun control proposals in a generation, Texas' senators pushed back with proposals backed by gun rights groups. ... The bill also allows for interstate sales of firearms, and provides:... $200 million over five years to boost mental health services. ...$100 million over five years to encourage states to report mental health records, which would make it easier to screen out ineligible gun buyers by using the federal background check database. 



Parkland Memorial Hospital plans to hire chief diversity officer

Dallas Morning News

April 17, 2013


Parkland Memorial Hospital will hire a chief diversity officer in an attempt to attract more minority candidates for top management jobs. 



Katy VA Outpatient Clinic to open April 23

Houston Chronicle

April 18, 2013


...Services provided will include primary care, mental health-care, women's specialty care, laboratory, X-ray, optometry, physical therapy, occupational therapy, ENT and audiology. 





No new gun control: Senate rejects more background checks, assault weapons ban after Newtown

Washington Post

April 17, 2013


... The day's key test concerned the background checks, designed to prevent criminals and the seriously mentally ill from purchasing firearms. Under current law, checks are required only when guns are purchased from federally licensed firearms dealers. The proposal by Manchin and Toomey called for extending the requirement to other sales at gun shows and on the Internet. 



Hearings scheduled on proposed pediatric-care cuts

Boston Globe

April 17, 2013


The Department of Public Health will hold a hearing May 8 on Cambridge Health Alliance's plans to eliminate 11 of 27 beds for treating children and teens with acute mental illness. 



Colorado clarifying involuntary hold laws

Health Policy Solutions

April 17, 2013


... A new law winding its way through the legislature, HB 13-1296, for the first time defines key terms related to involuntary holds including "danger to self or others" and what it means to be "gravely disabled" because of a mental health crisis. Originally intended to meld and clarify the three disparate involuntary commitment laws, the bill instead creates a task force of health and law enforcement experts who will spend the summer studying how best to streamline Colorado's laws relating to emergency holds. 



'The single greatest preventable cause of mental illness'

Connecticut Mirror

April 17, 2013


... "Trauma is missed all the time because the lay person doesn't really recognize the connection between a child or adolescent's misbehavior and how that misbehavior can be a result of a traumatic incident that happened to them," said Kane, a psychologist and vice president for child services at Waterbury-based Wellmore Behavioral Health. 



Nev. buses 1,500 mental patients out of state since '08

USA Today

April 17, 2013


Faced with deep budget cuts, Nevada's main public psychiatric hospital has bused more than 1,500 patients from Las Vegas to other states during the past five years, a Sacramento Bee investigation has found. 



Years after passage of mental health parity law, gaps remain

Minnesota Public Radio

April 17, 2013


A group representing psychiatrists in New York state and two individuals are bringing a nationwide class-action suit against Minnetonka-based UnitedHealth Group for violating laws requiring parity in mental health coverage. 





Senator gives administration 'F' on public education for health-care law

Washington Post

April 17, 2013


A Democratic senator who helped craft President Obama's signature health-care law gave the administration "a failing grade" Wednesday for its efforts to educate the public and small employers about sweeping changes set to take effect in eight months. 



Health Insurance Actuaries In the Hot Seat On 'Rate Shock'

Kaiser Health News

April 18, 2013


Few aspects of the Affordable Care Act are more critical to its success than affordability, but in recent weeks experts have predicted costs for some health plans could soar next year. Now health law supporters are pushing back, noting close ties between the actuaries making the forecasts and an insurance industry that has been complaining about taxes and other factors it says will lead to rate shock for consumers. 



Sebelius Gets Grilling In Senate Committee Hearing

Kaiser Health News

April 17, 2013


Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus, a "key architect" of the health law, was "visibly angry and frustrated" as he questioned HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Wednesday about progress implementing the law. Mary Agnes Carey discusses the details with Jackie Judd. 



In Massachusetts, Some Low-Income Families Reported A Financial Burden in Paying for Health Insurance

Health Affairs

April 17, 2013


... A new study, being released today as a Web First by Health Affairs, surveyed 393 families in unsubsidized Connector plans. It found that 38 percent of surveyed families reported financial burden associated with their health care and 45 percent reported higher-than-expected out-of-pocket costs. This study is one of the first to evaluate the prevalence of and risk factors for financial burden and unexpected costs among families in unsubsidized health insurance exchange plans. 





Low Cost, Evidence-Based Mental Health Care Delivered To Traumatized Populations In Northern Uganda

Medical News Today

April 18, 2013


A partnership involving the public and private sector successfully addressed the mental health needs of people in the post-conflict regions of northern Uganda and could be used as a model in other post-conflict settings, according to a Health In Action article by Ugandan and US researchers published in this week's PLOS Medicine as part of an ongoing series on Global Mental Health Practice. 





A New Report Calls for Texas to Adopt Dallas' Gentler Approach to Curbing Prostitution

Dallas Observer

April 16, 2013


..."Individuals become involved with prostitution for a variety of reasons," says Ana Yanez-Correa. "It may be a conscious, voluntary decision; it may be a means of survival; or it may have been forced upon them. These women and men are far more likely to suffer from mental illness, drug and alcohol addiction, and past trauma than both the general population and many other individuals entering the criminal justice system. 



Mental health funding is answer, not more gun-control restrictions

San Angelo Standard-Times

April 18, 2013


...Let's invest in mental health awareness and provide those in need with access to professional help so the mentally ill can have the opportunity to manage our emotions and control our thoughts, rather than allowing our thoughts to control us. 



A role model inspires a model health care system

Health Policy Solutions

April 17, 2013


...We, the people, must insist that health care be publicly financed and universal. It must be available to everyone equally, like public education, and police and fire protection. The majority of people polled say YES to publicly-funded, universal health care. 



How to build a better health-care system

Washington Post

April 18, 2013


...What we learned is that, until better care is prioritized over more care, our nation will continue to face a problem with health-care costs. The good news is that, through thoughtful policy, health-care practitioners can be encouraged through rewards to focus far more on what is best for their patients and less on the number of tests and procedures they can order. The even better news is that such a health-care vision can not only produce better care but also cost less. 



Mental Health and Second Amendment Fears

Huffington Post

April 17, 2013


...Unfortunately, there is a possibility that the fear of being labeled as mentally ill and subsequently losing their right to own a firearm will prevent both veterans and non-veterans with mental health issues from seeking the help they need and deserve. This is a concern that must be addressed clearly and succinctly. 





CVD risk increased in Chinese patients with schizophrenia

MedWire News

April 18, 2013


Chinese patients with schizophrenia have an elevated mean 10-year risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD), researchers have found. They also report that both the metabolic syndrome and smoking particularly contribute to this increased risk. 



Yoga might help boost mental health

Los Angeles Times

April 13, 2013


...In some cases - particularly for anxiety, depression and stress - yoga might be more effective than medication, though this hasn't been proved, says Dr. Murali Doraiswamy of the Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C.,0,1021926.story 



Cognitive deficits in elderly bipolar patients may herald dementia

MedWire News

April 18, 2013


Elderly patients with bipolar disorder have persistent cognitive dysfunction, prospective study findings suggest. Therefore "clinicians should be especially attentive to early signs of cognitive decline, which may herald the dementia outcome," say researchers. 





Sherman outreach center helps mentally ill become employed


April 17, 2013


SHERMAN, TEXAS - Counselor Lindsay Ballinger with Four Rivers Outreach is helping people with mental health issues learn workplace etiquette to ultimately land them a job.


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