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April, 2012

1.2 million Texas children still without insurance

Houston Chronicle

April 8, 2012


AUSTIN - More than 1 million Texas children remain without health insurance, and those kids are not getting the care they need. ... The analysis of official state and federal data by the non-partisan Center for Public Policy Priorities found that 1.2 million Texas children have neither private nor public health insurance. ... Texas' programs consistently scored above the national average in treating asthma, diabetes and mental health issues. ...Unfortunately, however, the Legislature cut state spending on Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program by $2.03 billion for 2012-13, according to a budget analysis by the Center for Public Policy Priorities.



Thousands of Texas kids with developmental problems lose aid after budget cuts

Austin American-Statesman

April 6, 2012


... Officials with the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services - which oversees the state-funded program for children with disabilities and developmental delays - said they have gone from serving an average of 30,000 children each month to 25,000. ... Since September, Austin Travis County Integral Care, a public agency that provides services for people with mental illness and other disabilities, has seen its program caseload decrease from 240 to 186.



United Way doles out grants

Denton Record-Chronicle

April 7, 2012


More than $1 million of the $1.8 million raised in 2011 by the United Way of Denton County has been allocated to area nonprofits, agency officials announced this week. ...Health Services of North Texas will receive $46,000 to provide health care for people who have no other way to pay for it ...The clinic also has one therapist to provide mental health services, and has seen the need for more help. Because of the state's restrictions, the Denton County MHMR Center can only help those who are severely ill, he said. The United Way's community assessment identified mental health services, particularly for depression, as a community need.



Harrison County commissioners OK grant to improve legal aid for indigents

Longview News-Journal

April 7, 2012


MARSHALL - The Harrison County Commissioners Court approved a resolution to participate in the indigent defense discretionary grant program to help improve the county's legal services. ...the county will commit up to $5,000 in cash or in-kind services from the 2012-13 county budget to provide video conferencing for indigent inmates from the main courthouse to the jail annex and indigent offenders who are diagnosed with mental health issues.



Chief: Standoff with 'suicidal' woman ends peacefully

Galveston Daily News

April 9, 2012


TEXAS CITY - ...The woman came out of the house around 7 p.m. and was to be turned over to mental health officers.



High-Speed Crash Involving Child, Father Detained

KBTX - Bryan/College Station

April 8, 2012


...Trooper Balzekas tells us they believe McCoy may have a mental illness and had to be restrained after the accident because he was trying to hurt himself.





Shortage of safe shelters add to woes of rising number of homeless female war veterans

Washington Post

April 8, 2012


WASHINGTON (AP) - ... Female service members, who in wars with increasingly blurred front lines return with post-traumatic stress disorder, face unique challenges, advocates say. Many have suffered sexual assault and remain too traumatized to share common space with men. Many are single mothers struggling to find housing for themselves and their children. They're also more likely to be jobless: Unemployment for female veterans who've served since September 2001 was 12.4 percent last year, slightly higher than for their male counterparts. 



Americans Less Willing to Pay to Prevent Mental Illness

Psych Central

April 9, 2012


A new survey discovers Americans are less willing to pay to avoid mental illness as compared to medical conditions. Researchers analyzed responses from a nationally representative sample of 710 adults and found that while respondents viewed mental health as burdensome, in fact often more burdensome than general medical illness, they were less willing to pay for prevention of the condition.



Keeping Students' Mental Health Care Out of the E.R.

The New York Times

April 8, 2012


... For more than a decade, mental health and Education Department officials have worked to reduce referrals to E.M.S., which they see as an expensive and traumatizing response to problems that should be handled at the schools. ... In the last few years, care appears to have deteriorated. Dr. Soulé said the number of schools with services had fallen by 10 percent. Marge Feinberg, a department spokeswoman, said cuts were due in part to a reduction in state financing. 



A fog of drugs and war

Los Angeles Times

April 8, 2012


More than 110,000 active-duty Army troops last year took antidepressants, sedatives and other prescription medications. Some see a link to aberrant behavior ...In a small but growing number of cases across the nation, lawyers are blaming the U.S. military's heavy use of psychotropic drugs for their clients' aberrant behavior and related health problems.,0,1291311.story



FDA's Stance On Online Pharmacies May Go Too Far, Study Says


April 6, 2012


The Food and Drug Administration has warned people about the many dangers of buying medications from foreign pharmacies over the Internet. While some sites might offer high-quality medicines, there are plenty that sell bogus and potentially dangerous products. But a recent economic analysis suggests that while there's good reason for the safety warnings, the FDA's stance on the matter might go too far. Many Americans don't fill their prescriptions because they can't afford to. 



Court Upends 9-Year Fight on Housing Mentally Ill

The New York Times

April 6, 2012


A federal appeals court, ruling on procedural grounds, struck down on Friday a judge's order that New York State transfer thousands of mentally ill adults in New York City from institutional group homes into their own homes and apartments. In doing so, the court brought a nine-year legal battle to an abrupt end without resolving the underlying issues of how the state cares for such patients.



Task force seeks to change California's mental health commitment law

Los Angeles Times

April 8, 2012


A homeless man plagued by schizophrenia is beaten to death by police in Fullerton. A man from Fort Bragg fixates on aliens for years while denying he is ill, then kills two men before dying in a gunfight with law enforcement. A Nevada County mental health client who had refused additional care storms into a clinic and kills three workers...California's pioneering Lanterman-Petris-Short Act, passed in 1967, gave legal rights to those who previously could have been locked up indefinitely and treated against their will. But the task force...contends that the law has failed those unable or unwilling to seek help.,0,677225.story





Analysis: Healthcare reform misunderstood

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

April 7, 2012


The fate of the Affordable Care Act is in the hands of the Supreme Court. But in the court of public opinion, a large percentage of people polled recently want the law scrapped. A CBS/ New York Times survey found nearly half of those polled disapprove of the law, while 40 percent want the entire act overturned. Rasmussen Reports says 56 percent of people surveyed want the act repealed. And the Kaiser Family Foundation found that nearly 6 of 10 people don't even know how healthcare reform affects them -- though that didn't stop many of them from disliking it. 





Mental care shouldn't be police work

Detroit Free Press

April 8, 2012


Mental illness has become a criminal offense in Michigan. No statute, of course, outlaws mental illness -- anymore than it does big feet or green eyes. But as Michigan's mental health care system broke down over the past two decades, police officers, instead of mental health workers, became first responders to mentally ill people.|topnews|text|Opinion



Take a deep breath - it's Stress Awareness Month

Chicago Tribune

April 9, 2012


When I asked my Facebook friends how they dealt with stress, they had plenty of suggestions. Yoga, meditation, deep breathing, massage: The classics of calming do apparently work. Other people cited physical activity - walking, running, dancing, swimming - as balm for the tense soul. The outdoors won multiple plaudits, too, as befitting the Xanax of nature.,0,2267210.column





Anxiety Might Help People Sniff Out Threats


April 6, 2012


Anxiety improves a person's ability to smell potentially threatening odors, according to a new study. 



Emotional issues may follow motor problems in kids


April 7, 2012


A new study suggests the way kids with severe coordination problems see themselves may influence their emotional wellbeing later in life.





Piper Charitable Trust Awards $3.6 Million in First-Quarter Grants

Philanthropy News Digest

April 7, 2012


The Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust has announced first-quarter grants totaling more than $3.6 million to nonprofit organizations in Maricopa County working to advance a wide range of community projects. ...and Gabriel's Angels, which received three-year, $215,000 grant to expand intervention training to its partner agency therapists and therapy teams. 


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