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June, 2012



Records: State officials were told of electrotherapy study at psychiatric hospital

Austin American-Statesman

June 6, 2012


... But documents obtained through a public information request show that multiple agency committees discussed the electrical stimulation treatment in public meetings at the same time Childs was sending his first paper to a medical journal. The timing spurs questions about whether the department, which is responsible for the state's 10 psychiatric hospitals, knew that Childs intended to use his medical records to produce a study of the device's effectiveness. 



Texas psychiatrists not required to report abuse adult patients suffered as children

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

June 6, 2012


Mental health professionals in Texas are among those required to report any suspected child abuse. But are they required to report to authorities abuse that an adult patient tells them they suffered during childhood? The Texas attorney general says no.



Perry, legislative leaders tell agencies to base budgets on current spending

The Dallas Morning News

June 5, 2012


... A few programs, such as employees' pensions, Medicaid and the main state aid program for schools, were allowed to seek more funding as part of their "baseline" budget requests. ... As the leaders did two years ago, they dropped prisons, home attendant services for the frail and an effort to diagnose toddlers' physical and mental disabilities from the list of programs permitted to ask for more money. 



More State Cuts Coming For The Basin?

NewsWest 9

June 6, 2012


PERMIAN BASIN - These last couple of budget years have seen brutal cuts smashing organizations in the Basin. From school districts to health care, colleges to physical therapy, a lot of money was lost in West Texas. ... Permian Basin Community Centers Executive Director, Larry Carroll, hopes not after the cuts they saw last year. "Altogether, about $780,000 of that we were cut," Carroll said. Permian Basin Community Centers is the local authority for mental health and mental retardation services.



Some Parents Say Midland ISD Dropped the Ball on Suicide Awareness Prevention

NewsWest 9

June 6, 2012


MIDLAND- Over this past winter, the city of Midland battled through the suicides of five teenagers. The epidemic was put in the media spotlight and the district announced a handful of plans it was working on to combat the issue. However, some parents say it was a lot of hype with nothing to show for it. ... MISD Director of Student Development Ross Moss, says mental health-related issues take time and research to get up and running.



Hospital takeover taking longer than expected

Longview News-Journal

June 7, 2012


... AMH "is a general medical and surgical hospital...with 37 beds. ... "The state has done away with many of those beds, and so patients come to the emergency room and we just babysit them for a couple of days," Karam said. "We need mental health crisis centers. There is a need, but there is no money." He said establishing such a facility in Atlanta would fill a need and create jobs here, but with the governmental budget crunch at all levels and reduced Medicaid and Medicare reimbursements, that may not be feasible immediately.



UTPA receives $1.2 million HHMI grant to support science education

Texas Border Business

June 2, 2012


Edinburg --- The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has awarded The University of Texas-Pan American a $1.2 million grant to support undergraduate science education initiatives. 





Statement by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius recognizing Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

June 6, 2012


Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) affects 1 in 29 Americans, from our country's service men and women to abused children and survivors of rape, domestic violence and natural disasters. During PTSD Awareness Month in June, and throughout the year, we recognize the millions of Americans who experience this challenging and debilitating condition. 



Campus Suicide Prevention

The Wall Street Journal

June 6, 2012


...The Jed Foundation's programs include ULifeline, a confidential online resource center, and a best-practices program for colleges looking to evaluate counseling and prevention services, parent notification and assessment of programs. There is a program for veterans and several public service campaigns like "Love Is Louder" an effort to diminish bullying, discrimination and negative self-image. One new initiative, the Designation Program, is focused on having a set of criteria where schools can evaluate what mental health services they are providing and compare it to a set of criteria that the Jed Foundation has established. 



Independent Grades For Hospitals Show Quality Could Be Better


June 6, 2012


... For 2,651 hospitals, Leapfrog created a single letter grade from 26 different measures collected by Leapfrog or Medicare. They included hospitals' adherence to safe practices, such as entering physician orders into computer records to avoid penmanship errors and removing catheters promptly to minimize the risk of infections. The grade was also based on hospitals' records of mishaps, such as bed sores, infections and punctured lungs. Leapfrog gave 729 hospitals an A grade, 679 hospitals a B and 1,111 hospitals a C. Another 132 hospitals were scored "Grade Pending," Leapfrog's euphemism for below a C.



A Different Kind of Checklist for Hospitals

The Wall Street Journal

June 6, 2012


... Now a group of top health-care providers is offering a checklist of ten strategies for tackling a broader issue: delivering improved care at reduced cost. Called the CEO Checklist for High-Value Health Care, it's part of an Institute of Medicine initiative to encourage industry leaders to share their views about their own experiences and suggest ways others can adopt models that have worked for them. 



Deal Reached on Online Prescription Reporting

The New York Times

June 5, 2012


ALBANY (AP) - New York State officials say they have reached a deal on legislation to establish tighter online oversight of prescription drugs to help curb the black market propelled by painkiller addictions and doctor shopping. The measure, expected to take effect next year, would make New York the first state to establish mandatory online reporting of prescriptions in real time, when they are written by doctors and filled by pharmacists.



House panel reviews VA pharmaceutical contracting reforms

The Washington Post

June 6, 2012


Reforms put in place by the Department of Veterans Affairs to prevent the routine purchase of pharmaceuticals in violation of federal contracting laws have improved the VA procurement system but failed to eliminate improper practices, according to congressional testimony Wednesday. ... Earlier this year, VA acknowledged that it has bought $1.2 billion in pharmaceuticals since 2004 in violation of federal laws and regulations. 



NFL head trauma lawsuits may provide fuel to those questioning safety of game

The Washington Post

June 6, 2012


On their own or in small groups, with notable publicity or little fanfare, retired pro football players have been filing lawsuits against the National Football League, claiming the sport withheld information related to head trauma suffered while playing the game. ... Haagen says any health issues later in life could be complicated by other risk factors, such as drugs, alcohol and other unhealthy activities, though players point to myriad studies that link head trauma to depression, dementia and chronic traumatic encephalopathy. 





Analysis: HHS has missed nearly half of healthcare law's deadlines

The Hill

June 6, 2012


The Health and Human Services Department has missed nearly half of its legal deadlines while implementing President Obama's healthcare law, according to an analysis by the American Action Forum. ...The highest-profile item on the list of missed deadlines is the CLASS, or Community Living Assistance Services and Supports, program, which would have provided insurance for long-term care such as nursing-home stays. But HHS decided not to implement the program, saying it simply couldn't work as it was written. 





Where Arranged Marriages Are Customary, Suicides Grow More Common

The New York Times

June 6, 2012


SINJAR, Iraq - ... Last year the International Organization for Migration conducted a study on the growing suicide problem in Sinjar, where mental health services do not exist, and concluded that "the marginalization of women and the view of the woman's role as peripheral contributed to the recent suicides." A report compiled this year by a researcher at a local health center concluded, "The way to solve this is to put an end to forced marriages."





What's Another 10% Budget Cut?

The Texas Observer

June 5, 2012


If there were any lingering doubts that state government in Texas is in a permanent state of austerity, they should've been erased today. ... The big question is how the Legislature will treat the Rainy Day Fund. Legislators could use it to cover billions in Medicaid IOUs. If so, and healthy tax revenues continue apace, then we may avoid another round of to-the-marrow cuts. If, however, the Perry blueprint prevails - laid out in his Grover Norquist-style "Texas Budget Compact" - then the Rainy Day Fund may remain largely untouched. In that case, those tax revenues could be consumed by the Medicaid IOUs 



A Stay of Execution

The New York Times

June 6, 2012


Doing what law and justice required, Gov. John Kasich of Ohio on Tuesday granted a two-week reprieve to Abdul Awkal, who had been scheduled to be executed Wednesday morning. Mr. Awkal, who was convicted of killing his estranged wife and brother-in-law in 1992, has a long history of severe mental illness and has been found mentally incompetent by three courts in the past 20 years. ... Shockingly, it took Governor Kasich's reprieve to permit Mr. Awkal to have the required hearing. But his story is not unusual. The death penalty system fails to take adequate account of severe mental illness, whether at trial, at sentencing or in postconviction proceedings.



Engage the Patient to Improve Health Literacy

The Atlantic

June 4, 2012


... Some segments of health care have shown remarkable improvement in clinical performance as a result of measurement. One success has been learning about patient experience, where a broad array of patient experience surveys has presented health care providers with opportunities for improvement. We as a country, however, have failed to deploy an effective agenda to more fully learn from patients about how to keep them healthy or to engage them in their own care.





Restricted Food Intake A Predictor Of Increased Suicide Attempts In Body Dysmorphic Disorder Patients

Medical News Today

June 7, 2012


Rhode Island Hospital and Auburn University researchers found a link between restrictive food intake, or excessive dieting, and an increase in suicide attempts in people with Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD). The study focused on the acquired capability of suicide, which is one component of Joiner's (2005) interpersonal-psychological theory of suicide and is comprised of physical pain tolerance and lowered fear of death. The paper is published in the journal Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, and is now available online in advance of print. 



Pathophysiologic differences evident between schizophrenia, bipolar

MedWire News

June 7, 2012


Review findings reveal differences in the pathophysiology of bipolar disorder (BD) and schizophrenia, relating specifically to the medial temporal lobe and associated limbic regions.,_bipolar.html 



Low pre-morbid IQ not associated with psychosis risk

MedWire News

June 7, 2012


The strong correlations currently observed between low IQ and risk for psychosis are most likely linked to the influence that psychosis onset has on cognitive functioning rather than a shared genetic background, suggest study findings. 



Study Links PTSD to Hidden Head Injuries Suffered in Combat


June 6, 2012


Even when brain injury is so subtle that it can only be detected by an ultra-sensitive imaging test, the injury might predispose soldiers in combat to post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a University of Rochester Medical Center study. 





Bud Clayman tells his personal story of mental illness in 'OC87'

Los Angeles Times

June 7, 2012


... "OC87: The Obsessive Compulsive, Major Depression, Bipolar, Asperger's Movie," a film chronicling Clayman's illness and recovery, opens in limited release in L.A. on Friday. ... The camera follows Clayman over the course of two years as he attempts to conquer fears such as riding a bus, walking down the street and even speed dating. Throughout the film, viewers hear Clayman's "inner monologues," which he describes as "the fight inside my head.",0,6767370.story



Texas Behavioral Health Institute 2012

Texas Behavioral Health Institute

June 6, 2012


The Department of State Health Services annually hosts the Texas Behavioral Health Institute to promote best practice knowledge to professionals who counselor those who battle addictions, compulsive behaviors, and other mental health disorders. The Institute is an excellent opportunity for mental health and substance abuse professionals to learn from nationally recognized experts, discover available resources, and network with other professionals committed to delivering quality services. 



PCORI Seeks Applications to Fund $120 Million in Comparative Clinical Effectiveness Research



The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is an independent, non-profit organization authorized by Congress in 2010. ... PCORI released May 22 its first primary research funding announcements to support comparative clinical effectiveness research that will give patients and those who care for them the ability to make more informed health care choices. 


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