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March, 2012



Texas lawmakers to discuss juvenile justice system

KTRK - Houston

March 6, 2012


AUSTIN, TX -- Texas lawmakers are to discuss ways of reducing the number of young people in the state's juvenile justice system through early intervention programs and by providing greater access to mental health services. Members of the House Committee on Corrections also may offer recommendations on certifying juveniles as adults during their Tuesday meeting in Austin. 



Harris County Sheriff Calls for Decriminalization of the Mentally Ill

Texas Observer

March 5, 2012


At an awards breakfast for Houston-area social workers on Friday, Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia highlighted ways the Harris County Jail system is working for social justice and called for treating mental illness outside the jail system. 



Psychiatric prescriptions under state investigation, agency says

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

March 5, 2012


A Texas health agency has begun investigating more than three dozen healthcare providers who prescribed large quantities of powerful psychiatric drugs -- some to children -- after a U.S. senator raised questions about the medications. 



Texas Spent $247K on Medicine While Suing Drug Maker

NBC 5, Dallas - Fort Worth

February 28, 2012


The state won a $158 million settlement last month from a pharmaceutical company that the Texas attorney general said promoted an antipsychotic drug for uses not yet approved by federal regulators. ... Yet while the state was suing J&J, the Texas Youth Commission, one of the state's largest purchasers of pharmaceuticals, prescribed it nearly 3,000 times to youth in the Texas prison system, according to financial documents uncovered by NBC 5. 



Federal officials: Improvements scarce at Austin living center

Austin American-Statesman

March 1, 2012


Weak leadership, poor coordination and a lack of urgency have stalled improvements at the Austin State Supported Living Center, where residents continue to receive inadequate care, according to a U.S. Department of Justice report released Thursday. ...Although the center has made improvements in areas such as dental care, abuse policies and speech therapy, the Austin facility continues to have problems with medical, psychiatric, nursing, pharmaceutical and other services. 



Blue Cross protests contract decision on state health plan

Austin American-Statesman

March 5, 2012


A three-decade streak for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas came to an unexpected end two weeks ago when the board that oversees the state's employee health plan awarded a key contract to a different company. But Blue Cross made clear Monday that it would not go away without a fight. 



Statewide contest commemorates Children's Mental Health Awareness Week

Atascocita News

March 5, 2012


The Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division of the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is holding its first statewide poster, writing, and video contest for children/youth to promote Children's Mental Health Awareness Week May 6-12. 



EMS officials cite ambulance shortage in Travis County

Austin American-Statesman

March 5, 2012


...EMS officials are working on ways to fix what they say is an ambulance shortage in some parts of their 1,024-square-mile coverage area, including some of the fastest-growing parts of Travis County. As the population of the Austin area continues to increase - especially in suburban areas outside the city - government officials have struggled to keep infrastructure on par with that growth. 



Fort Hood: Future Holds Some Changes


March 5, 2012


FORT HOOD - ...On post at Fort Hood the Intensive Outpatient Day Clinic has been developed to help treat soldiers with PTSD, TBI, substance abuse problems. The army is now even using such alternative treatments as acupuncture, massage therapy, and meditation, to assist in the mental and physical recovery of soldiers. 



Family finds Seagoville care facility closed, mother missing


March 5, 2012


...The owner shut down Seagoville Haven on January 3 and moved the eight remaining residents to several boarding houses he owns nearly 20 miles away in South Dallas. Yet by the time the Majors realized this in late February, their mother was gone again. Leatha Major, who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, apparently walked out of a boarding house on Chalet Lane on January 11, six weeks earlier. 



Woman arrested, accused of threatening district judge

Houston Chronicle

March 5, 2012


... In April 2006 Taylor was involuntarily committed to a mental health facility by her husband but was released after the mandatory 72 hours, Proffitt said. 





Drugmakers have paid $8 billion in fraud fines

USA Today

March 6, 2012


WASHINGTON - The nation's largest drugmakers have paid at least $8 billion in fines for repeatedly defrauding Medicare and Medicaid over the past decade, but they remain in business with the federal government because they are often the sole suppliers of critical products, records show. 



Accused Tucson Shooter Loses Appeal Over Forced Medication

New York Times

March 5, 2012


SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Prison doctors may continue to forcibly medicate the man charged with the deadly Tucson shooting spree last year that gravely wounded then-Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords as they seek to restore his fitness for trial, a federal appeals court ruled on Monday. 





Knotty Challenges in Health Care Costs

New York Times

March 5, 2012


... Dr. Fuchs, who has been called the dean of American health care economists, has spent five decades studying the health care problem. In his view, what is needed is the sort of major change that comes once in a decade, perhaps, or even just once in a generation. But change, he believes, will not bubble up from within the health care system itself. Here, edited and condensed for space, is a recent conversation with Dr. Fuchs about the nation's health care costs. 



Study: E-Health Records Don't Deter Testing, Spending

Kaiser Health News

March 5, 2012


Electronic health records have long been touted by Democrats and Republicans alike as a sure-fire way to lower health spending. When doctors have easy electronic access to a patient's records, advocates argue, they are less likely to order the duplicative and unnecessary tests that drive up the cost of health care in America. But that assertion is not necessarily proving to be true. 



Atlanta's Grady Hospital Chief Sees Major Threat In Medicaid Cuts

Kaiser Health News

March 5, 2012


John Haupert is five months into one of the toughest jobs in health care: president and CEO of Grady Health System in Atlanta. But he is no stranger to such challenges-his last job was as the chief operating officer of the embattled Parkland Health and Hospital System in Dallas. 



On health care, Ore. picks up where Obama left off. But will it work?

Washington Post

March 6, 2012


SALEM, Ore. (AP) - ... Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber last week signed a law that will create new regional entities, called coordinated care organizations, which will be able to spend money on programs like the one Hutchinson credits with turning around her life. Kitzhaber says the plan will improve care, reduce costs and serve as a model for the rest of the nation. But critics say that if the program works, more people will use health care benefits and costs will rise. 





Mental Health: Use of Statins May Lower Depression Risk

New York Times

March 5, 2012


The use of statin drugs to lower cholesterol in people with stable coronary artery disease is associated with a significantly reduced risk for depression, a new study reports. 



Study describes pros and cons of antidepressant use in pregnancy

Los Angeles Times

March 5, 2012


Some women with depression who become pregnant face a troubling decision: whether to continue taking antidepressant medication to keep the depression at bay even though the medications may harm the fetus. The latest on a series of studies on this issue, published Monday in the Archives of General Psychiatry, shows benefits and risks to continuing medication during pregnancy and concludes that more study is needed on the topic.,0,5919035.story 



Snoring Tots May Develop Behavioral Issues Later


March 5, 2012


Infants and toddlers who snore or have other breathing issues while sleeping are more likely to develop behavioral problems by the age of 7, new research suggests. 



Depression Could Worsen Mental Decline in Heart Patients


March 5, 2012


Older people with heart disease who have undergone a cardiac catheterization may be at much greater risk for mental decline if they also show persistent signs of depression, according to a new study. 



Atopic disorders linked to increased schizophrenia risk


March 6, 2012


Results from a Danish study suggest that patients with atopic disorders, particularly those with asthma, are at increased risk for schizophrenia. 





SAMHSA now accepting nominations for 2012 Voice Awards

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

March 5, 2012


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is now accepting nominations for its 2012 Voice Awards. The Awards honor leaders in the field of behavioral health, as well as leaders in the entertainment industry, who play a vital role in educating the public about the real and uplifting experiences of people in recovery. This year's winners will be recognized at an awards ceremony at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, Calif. on Wednesday, August 22. 



Book Review: New Book Offers Checklists To Help Hospital Patients

Kaiser Health News

March 5, 2012


... The checklists in Bailey's book include templates for patients or relatives on managing hospital medications, including a master medication list that describes every drug being taken, the frequency, dosage, prescribing doctor's name, special instructions and more, as well as a daily medication log where patients can keep track of every pill, injection and IV drip they're given each day.


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