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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health News and Grants
Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

May, 2012



Celebrating Mental Health Month with "HOPE & RECOVERY"

Dr. Carol Show

May 9, 2012


Hogg Foundation for Mental Health Program Officer and Consumer, Youth and Family Liaison, Stephany Bryan joined the Dr. Carol Show to discuss the "1 in 4," Hogg Foundation initiatives, Mental Health Awareness Month and the challenges in finding care. She also talked about recovery and wellness and the resources available.  





Lawmakers review mental health programs

Austin American-Statesman

May 9, 2012                                                                                                            


Republican and Democratic state senators agreed Wednesday that Texas must do more to help people with mental illness by providing services before a crisis or crime takes place. ...The Senate Health and Human Services Committee met Wednesday to discuss what the Legislature can do. Although mental health programs are expensive, senators agreed that treating patients earlier would save money. 



Officials Testify About Gaps in Mental Health Services

The Texas Tribune

May 9, 2012


... In the meantime, the state will continue to fund pilot projects that have since 2008 shown a tendency to improve outcomes at a lower cost. One such program emphasizes the training and use of peer specialists to enhance clinical services. The peer specialists have experienced and recovered from mental health issues themselves. According to Maples, more service providers in Texas are using peer specialists to treat clients because they can identify with those consumers and show them it is possible to break behavior patterns. 



Health Care Innovation Awards: Project Profiles

Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation

May 8, 2012


The CMS Innovation Center has announced the first batch of preliminary awardees for the Health Care Innovation Awards. ... The Center for Health Care Services in San Antonio, Texas, is receiving an award to integrate behavioral care and health care for a group approximately 260 homeless adults in San Antonio with severe mental illness or co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse disorders, at risk for chronic physical diseases. 



Troubled youths turn to social media to vent thoughts of depression, suicide

Dallas Morning News

May 9, 2012


... Experts say social networks like Facebook and Twitter have become common sounding boards for troubled youth, who share their thoughts of depression and suicide in tweets, status updates and blog posts. ... The youth suicide rate in Dallas now doubles that of Texas, Mootz said. ...As youth suicide numbers continue to climb locally and nationally, the use of social media as an outlet for depressed and suicidal individuals has prompted mental health professionals and suicide experts to determine the causes behind the practice and how best to respond to it.



Officials investigate kids' illegal Medicaid rides to therapy

Houston Chronicle

May 9, 2012


Millions of public dollars have been spent for the transportation of poor and unaccompanied children, some as young as 3, to rehabilitation clinics in the Rio Grande Valley even though the rides have been illegal for years. ...Data obtained by the Houston Chronicle shows the Medicaid-paid van service - set up decades ago to ferry low-income children to physical, occupational and speech therapy - as well as Medicaid payments to rehabilitation clinics that directly benefit from the transport service are higher in the Rio Grande Valley than any region in the state. 



UTMB report: Affordable housing needed

The Daily News - Galveston

May 9, 2012


GALVESTON - A lack of affordable housing on the island is likely to affect the health and development of children on the island, according to a brief developed by the University of Texas Medical Branch Center to Eliminate Health Disparities. ... "A healthy housing stock not only supports individual physical and mental health, but also leads to a healthier community, stronger workforce, economic development and other qualities that help a city thrive," the report said. 



New facility will replace MHMR center

Seguin Gazette

May 10, 2012


SEGUIN - A $5 million federal grant will be used to build an integrated healthcare facility in the city.

The grant has been awarded from the U.S. Human Resources Services Administration to a partnership of Bluebonnet Trails Community Services and Community Health Centers of South Central Texas.



Judge, 167th District Court: Two Sides of the Law

The Austin Chronicle

May 11, 2012


... That leaves two dynamic and qualified Dems - veteran defense attorney David Wahlberg, and Assistant D.A. Efrain De La Fuente - competing to preside over this busy felony bench.  ... De La Fuente ...says the system needs to be better about assessing the root causes of crime - such as substance abuse and mental illness - in order to "get away from [over-]incarceration," he says. "Judges can make a positive footprint in the community."





Neb. Medicaid care program to expand statewide

Houston Chronicle

May 10, 2012


LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A managed physical care program run by Nebraska Medicaid is expanding statewide. ... Medicaid managed care for mental health services has been offered statewide since 1995. 



Fallin signs bill to slow Okla. prison growth

NewsChannel 10 - KFDA

May 9, 2012


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - ... The measure also requires anyone convicted of a felony to receive a substance abuse and mental health screening.





Medicaid payments to primary care doctors will rise under new regulation

The Washington Post

May 9, 2012


Primary care doctors could get a pay raise next year for treating Medicaid patients, under a rule announced by the Obama administration Wednesday. The proposed regulation implements a two-year pay increase included in the 2010 health-care law. The increase, effective in 2013 and 2014, brings primary care fees for Medicaid, which covers indigent patients, in line with those for Medicare, which insures the elderly and some disabled patients. 



Medicare Spotlights Hospitals With Especially Costly Patients

Kaiser Health News

May 9, 2012


The government has identified hundreds of hospitals whose Medicare patients are incurring especially high bills, a first step toward using bonuses and penalties to encourage more efficient care. The new Medicare figures show wide variance among hospitals around the country, even ones just a few miles apart. 



HHS finalizes new rules to cut regulations for hospitals and health care providers, saving more than $5 billion

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

May 10, 2012


Today, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced significant steps to reduce unnecessary, obsolete, or burdensome regulations on American hospitals and health care providers. ... The new rules are being issued today by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The first rule revises the Medicare Conditions of Participation (CoPs) for hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs). CMS estimates that annual savings to hospitals and CAHs will be approximately $940 million per year. 





Gender differences in schizophrenia-related body composition changes

MedWire News

May 10, 2012


Results from a Japanese study show that body composition changes associated with schizophrenia differ between men and women with the disorder. 



Lithium may be neuroprotective in BD patients

MedWire News

May 10, 2012


Study results suggest that lithium treatment may have a neuroprotective effect in patients with bipolar disorder (BD). 



Blood Test Could Show Women at Risk of Postnatal Depression


May 9, 2012


Researchers at Warwick Medical School have discovered a way of identifying which women are most at risk of postnatal depression (PND) by checking for specific genetic variants. The findings could lead to the development of a simple, accurate blood test which checks for the likelihood of developing the condition. 





June 27 deadline for NIMHD CBPR Initiative in Reducing and Eliminating Health Disparities: Planning Phase

National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities

May 9, 2012     


The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) invites applications for this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to plan the development of effective interventions using community based participatory research (CBPR) approaches. Support will be provided to develop and strengthen partnerships between researchers and health disparity communities to plan and pilot interventions for a disease or condition to reduce health disparities. 



NEC Technical Assistance Center Presents a Webinar

National Empowerment Center

May 9, 2012


Peer-run warmlines are designed by and for people who have experience with mental health crisis, healing, and recovery. They are based on the principles of mutual support, healing through relationships, and the wisdom of lived experience. Peer-run warmlines represent important crisis alternatives in that they view crisis as a gateway to learning and growth. They can help reduce costly and often re-traumatizing psychiatric hospitalization, and help people to recover a sense of hope and purpose in their lives. Speakers from the David Romprey Oregon Warmline and the Montana Warmline will share their firsthand experience on the elements of a successful peer-run warmline, including the start-up phase, recruitment, outreach/promotion, and ongoing support of warmline workers.



Pioneering Book on Adding Horses to Counseling Therapy Now Eligible for On-Line Continuing Education Units

Houston Chronicle

May 10, 2012


By reading a ground-breaking book that helps counselors include horses in therapy sessions, you can now earn 16 Continuing Education Units (CEU). Harnessing the Power of Equine Assisted Counseling: Adding Animal Assisted Therapy to Your Practice by Kay Sudekum Trotter, PhD, was added this month to, an Internet approved provider of CEUs for mental health professionals. 



LGBTQ Youth More Likely to Suffer Trauma

Mental Health America of Greater Houston

May 8, 2012


LGBTQ homeless youth are more likely to confront the danger of victimization at home, school and on the job. Research has shown that caregivers can buffer the impact of trauma and promote better outcomes for youth, even in stressful times. During Children's Mental Health Awareness Week, May 6-12, and Children's Mental Health Awareness Day on May 9, Mental Health America of Greater Houston joins advocates across the country in raising awareness of the importance of children's mental health. 


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