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February, 2012




Investigation Sought Into Violence at Youth Prisons

Texas Tribune

February 16, 2012


Organizations that advocate for juvenile justice reforms are calling for an independent investigation of violence at Texas Juvenile Justice Department facilities on the heels of a Texas Tribune report that the rate of confirmed youth-on-youth assaults there has tripled since 2007. 



Central Health OKs budget for new HMO but won't let public see it

Austin American-Statesman

February 16, 2012


...Central Health, the tax authority that oversees care for low-income Travis County residents, approved the budget for Sendero Health Plans after a closed-door session Wednesday night. Sendero is one of four Medicaid HMOs the Texas Health and Human Services Commission approved last year for Central Texas, and the only one that's public, backed by nearly $34 million in taxpayer dollars. It launches March 1 as part of a state plan to control escalating costs for Medicaid, the federal-state program that provides health coverage to the indigent. 



Judge: Murder suspect OK to stand trial

Amarillo Globe-News

February 17, 2012


A judge on Thursday declared an Amarillo woman mentally fit to stand trial on a murder charge in the 2007 stabbing death of a city man. 





Navajo president to sign adult protection bill

News West - 9

February 17, 2012


FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) - ...The act, also known as the Doris Act, is named for Doris Dennison, a Navajo community activist who advocates for the rights of those with disabilities. It establishes a legal framework for reporting, investigating and prosecuting abuse and neglect committed against adults with disabilities, including those with mental illnesses. 



Talk of the Nation: Providing Therapy Across Different Cultures


February 15, 2012


When immigrants face depression, therapy may not be the first option they explore for relief. When they do seek counseling, they often encounter a cross-cultural struggle to understand and be understood by American practitioners. 



Alabama Plans to Close Most Hospitals for Mentally Ill

New York Times

February 17, 2012


ATLANTA - Alabama will shut down most of its mental health hospitals by the spring of 2013 in a sweeping plan to cut costs and change how the state's psychiatric patients receive treatment, state officials announced on Wednesday. 



Taunton State Hospital closing opposed

Boston Globe

February 16, 2012


Patient advocates and officials in communities south of Boston are lobbying to block the state Department of Mental Health's plan to close Taunton State Hospital, saying it would leave Southeastern Massachusetts without a single bed for the mentally ill. 



After 37 Years, Washington D.C. Gets Mental Health System

New York Times

February 16, 2012


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The nation's capital regained control of its mental health system on Thursday when a federal judge approved a settlement in a 37-year-old class-action lawsuit, the mayor's office said. ... Under the settlement approved by U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan, the District is committed to adding 300 affordable housing units and to expanding job services for adults with mental illness, the office of Mayor Vincent Gray said. The District also will boost treatment services for children in the home and the community. 



Proposal at Capitol today limits financial pain on Colorado's medically uninsured

Denver Post

February 16, 2012


... Easing the pressure on beleaguered patients such as Swanstrom is the primary push by consumer advocates at the state Capitol this year. They will pack a hearing today on a proposal to limit hospital bills to actual costs for the uninsured, delay medical-debt collectors and require hospitals to highlight charity policies in plain language at every turn. 



Maryland hospitals to share patient data

Washington Post

February 16, 2012


Maryland's 46 acute-care hospitals will soon be able to share basic patient information among themselves and with credentialed doctors, a key step that health officials and clinicians say will improve patient care and cut costs. 



Psychiatry debates whether the pain of loss is really depression

Los Angeles Times

February 16, 2012


The pain of losing a loved one can be a searing, gut-wrenching hurt and a long-lasting blow to a person's mood, concentration and ability to function. But is grief the same as depression? That's a lively debate right now, as the psychiatric profession considers a key change in the forthcoming rewrite of its diagnostic "Bible.",0,1888566.story 





Doctors Cheer As Feds Delay New Disease Codes, Again


February 16, 2012


... The Department of Health and Human Services said Thursday it's delaying implementation of the ICD-10, short for International Classification of Disease, 10th Revision. Many doctors had raised a ruckus about the inconvenience and expense of switching to ICD-10 when so many other things are changing in health care. The regulations requiring the move were published three years ago, and were set to take effect in Oct. 2013, two years later than originally planned. 



Doctors 'Disgruntled' And Frustrated By Looming Medicare Cuts


February 16, 2012


... This problem with how Medicare pays doctors is the result of a funding formula enacted in 1997 that's since gone awry. It affects many members of the military, too, because rates for the TRICARE health program are tied to those for Medicare. But over time it has been gradually eroding what doctors earn to care for those patients. That's because while Congress mostly hasn't let the scheduled cuts take effect, it also hasn't given doctors a raise, either. The result, says Wah, is "there's now a 20 percent gap between... the cost of taking care of the folks in the Medicare and TRICARE system and the lack of increase in our fee schedule." Now that's starting to have an impact on patients, says Paul Ginsburg, president of the Center for Studying Health System Change, a health research think tank. 



An Animated Conversation About ACOs

Kaiser Health News

February 16, 2012


Accountable Care Organizations are a continuing source of interest to both health care providers and consumers. We at KHN have called them "the hottest three-letter word in health care." Now WBUR's CommonHealth blog has put together a video animation that walks viewers through how ACOs work and what that means for consumers. The blog promises that this is only the first installment of what they're calling "Wonk Cinema." Enjoy. 



Med school admission tests change to reflect new care realities

Chicago Tribune

February 17, 2012


... In an effort to create a cadre of future physicians with improved bedside manners, the Assn. of American Medical Colleges has announced changes to the Medical College Admission Test (MCATs) that would plumb applicants' knowledge of psychology, sociology and biology, as well as their ethical and scientific reasoning skills.,0,3245862.story 





Editorial: Texans need access to basic health care

Houston Chronicle

February 15, 2012


... You know it's serious when the Harris County Hospital District, which provides more than a million outpatient visits a year in its community health centers, has to turn away at least 340 people a day who request appointments with a primary care doctor. A major concern is that Texas, already ranked 42nd in the number of physicians per capita of population, loses far too many of its medical school graduates. Almost half of them, educated at an average cost to taxpayers of $200,000 per student, leave the state for residency training, and most of them never return - a situation that will be exacerbated this year when steep cuts in already inadequate funding go into effect. 



The Myth of Runaway Health Spending

Wall Street Journal

February 17, 2012


... Contrary to the perennial doomsaying, the health-care system is-almost in spite of itself-getting better. A generation of breakthrough drugs for chronic disease, mental illness, HIV and cancer were developed in the 1980s and '90s at great cost. Dozens of these drugs-like Zocor for heart disease or Zyprexa for schizophrenia-are now widely available, many in generic form. There are now countless electronic ways of telling patients about them. And health insurers are driven by their own evolving market disciplines to make sure patients start taking them and keep taking them in the cheapest available versions. 



Why No One Is Satisfied With Psychiatric Diagnoses

Medical News Today

February 17, 2012


As the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is revised for the first time since 1994, controversy about psychiatric diagnosis is reaching a fever pitch. Suggested changes to the definitions of autism spectrum disorders and depression, among others, are eliciting great concerns. However, there are larger concerns about the DSM as a whole. 





Under-the-skin microchip delivers doses of medicine

Los Angeles Times

February 16, 2012


It can be swallowed, injected, inhaled or delivered to the bloodstream through a time-release implant. Now scientists say they have devised a new way to give patients their medicine: through a fingertip-size microchip embedded in the body that doctors can control remotely via a wireless connection. ... In addition to eliminating the need for needles, the chips would make it much easier for patients to comply with complicated drug regimens, doctors said.,0,4394387.story 



White matter abnormalities linked to impulsivity, suicidality in BD

MedWire News

February 17, 2012


Results from a US study suggest that white matter abnormalities in the left orbital frontal cortex (OFC) are associated with impulsivity and suicidal behavior in patients with bipolar disorder (BD).,_suicidality_in_BD.html 



Auditory hallucinations linked to specific gray matter reductions in schizophrenia

MedWire News

February 17, 2012


A systematic review and meta-analysis of published studies suggests that the severity of auditory hallucinations in patients with schizophrenia is negatively associated with gray matter volume in areas of the brain associated with language. 





Webinar - Early Intervention: Hope for Youth with Serious Mental Illness

National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare


Professor Patrick McGorry, international researcher, clinician, and advocate for youth mental health reform, was nominated Australian of the Year 2010 for putting his nation at the forefront of prevention and treatment of mental illness. McGorry leads the Orygen Youth Health Research Center, targeted to the needs of young people with emerging serious mental illness, including first-episode psychosis. The center and his work have become the models for early identification and treatment efforts around the world. McGorry examines a broad range of biological and psychosocial investigations and interventions in prodromal and first-episode psychosis and mania, reviewing symptoms and possible causes of psychosis as well as early intervention treatments and supports. February 21, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. eastern time. Register online. 



It Takes a Village: Actions for a Healthier and Safer North Texas

Health Industry Council of the North Texas Region


This event will bring together corporations, nonprofit organizations, governments, faith-based organizations, academic entities and private citizens interested in the health and safety of North Texas. The event's objective is to learn about social influences on health, hear how the community development and health sectors are collaborating and brainstorm new ways to leverage each other's resources. The long-term objective is to facilitate improvements in health, wellness and safety to promote community and economic development in North Texas. This event has two parts. The first, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., is open to anyone interested in promoting the health and safety of our region.The second part of this event, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., is by invitation only. February 29, 2012 in Dallas. Register online by February 22. 



SAMHSA's 2012 Peer-Run Organization/Recovery Community Organization Awards

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration


SAMHSA's Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy is pleased to announce the 2012 Peer-Run Organization/Recovery Community Organization Awards. The awards will support peer-run organizations/ recovery community organizations to develop and/or disseminate information on best practices in peer-driven recovery support for people in recovery from mental health and/or substance conditions. By supporting organizations in these activities, the awards will increase the capacity of peer providers and traditional treatment programs to adopt services designed, delivered, and promoted by people in recovery. Application deadlines: Optional Letter of Intent: 5 p.m. eastern time on February 20, 2012; Complete Application: 5 p.m. eastern time on March 9, 2012. 



Author encourages to treatment recover life after eating disorders

The Daily Texan

February 17, 2012


Confronting and healing from the struggles of an eating disorder through self-empowerment treatment can lead to a more fulfilling life after recovery, said an eating disorder survivor and advocate to a campus audience Thursday night. Jenni Schaefer struggled with many eating disorders, including anorexia, bulimia and binge eating before realizing her life was unmanageable and that she needed professional help. Since then, she has written two books about dealing with her eating disorders and is a health blogger for the Huffington Post 



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