mental health http://kut.org en Texas Youth in Crisis Can Now Chat and Text For Help http://kut.org/post/texas-youth-crisis-can-now-chat-and-text-help <p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.dfps.state.tx.us/Youth_Hotline/Youth_Chat.asp">Texas Youth and Runway Hotline</a>&nbsp;has answered more than one million calls from youth and parents who are in crisis. Now youth and parents in crisis can access its services through <a href="http://www.dfps.state.tx.us/Youth_Hotline/Youth_Chat.asp">text and chat</a>. (The text number is 1-512-872-5777.)</p><p>The hotline, a service of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.dfps.state.tx.us/">The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services</a>, launched&nbsp;new features last month.&nbsp;Despite fielding over a million phone calls, calls have been declining since 2010 as communications habits change.</p><p> Fri, 02 May 2014 18:19:49 +0000 Maria Roque 10313 at http://kut.org Texas Youth in Crisis Can Now Chat and Text For Help Mental Health Support for Texas Inmates on Lawmakers' Agenda http://kut.org/post/mental-health-support-texas-inmates-lawmakers-agenda <p>Texas lawmakers are looking into whether more should be done to provide mental health services for inmates at state prisons.</p><p>Prison officials say inmates already have access to medication and individual or group counseling for mental illness. <a href="http://tdcj.state.tx.us/" target="_blank">Texas Department of Criminal Justice</a>&nbsp;Executive Director Brad Livingston says the legislature has provided enough mental health funding in recent years for prisoners and parolees. And, he says, it shows.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:22:23 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 10276 at http://kut.org Mental Health Support for Texas Inmates on Lawmakers' Agenda How Halloween Flood Survivors are Recovering From Post-Traumatic Stress http://kut.org/post/how-halloween-flood-survivors-are-recovering-post-traumatic-stress <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On the surface of the Onion Creek neighborhood, there’s progress.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The community is slowly recovering from 2013's deadly Halloween floods. Many families are back in their homes, even though most homes have yet to be fully rebuilt. But scratch the surface, and people are still suffering the psychological effects of that night.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Often when we hear about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), it's in the context of war. But David Evans, CEO of Austin/Travis County Integral Care, says PTSD can affect those who survive any traumatic experience.&nbsp;</span><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/145276760&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:20:08 +0000 Joy Diaz 10251 at http://kut.org How Halloween Flood Survivors are Recovering From Post-Traumatic Stress Fighting Stigma of Mental Illness Goal of New Texas Nonprofit http://kut.org/post/fighting-stigma-mental-illness-goal-new-texas-nonprofit <p>Improving mental health practices for Texas and reducing the stigma associated with mental illness is the goal of a new statewide institute. Its focus will be on children, veterans and criminal justice policies.</p><p>The <a href="http://mfi.org/MFI2012_MentalHealthInstituteSurvey.pdf" target="_blank">Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute</a> opened its doors today. Tom Luce, its chief executive officer, says the nonprofit will do research to improve access to mental health care in Texas –&nbsp;and not just after emergencies like the recent Fort Hood shooting.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:32 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 10232 at http://kut.org Fighting Stigma of Mental Illness Goal of New Texas Nonprofit Power for Parkinson's Inspires Patients to Step Into an Active Life http://kut.org/post/power-parkinsons-inspires-patients-step-active-life <p class="p1">With a vibrant live music scene, a bustling tech sector and a top-flight university, Austin seems like an oasis for young people.</p><p class="p1">However, the seemingly youthful Texas capital isn't wasted on the young.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">The Austin-Round Rock area has the fastest growing population of people between ages 55 and 64, and the third-fastest growing for those 65 and over, according to U.S. Census data.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">An organization called Power for Parkinson's is offering those affected by the disease a chance to step forward into an active, healthy life.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/127765095&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 13:03:06 +0000 Phoebe Flanigan 9483 at http://kut.org Power for Parkinson's Inspires Patients to Step Into an Active Life After Flooding, Medical Care Remains Critical in Dove Springs http://kut.org/post/after-flooding-medical-care-remains-critical-dove-springs <p>Community health workers – or&nbsp;<em>promotoras&nbsp;de&nbsp;salud</em>&nbsp;– with the <a href="http://latinohealthcareforum.org" target="_blank">Latino Health Care Forum</a> are collecting data about people still living in Dove Springs after the Halloween floods.</p><p>"We have heard a lot of really sad stories …you just start crying," says promotora&nbsp;Norma Lopez. “We’re going to be working on-hand with our people. Refer them to whatever they need, any kind of help.”</p><p>Promotoras&nbsp;say they spent about a month getting feedback from people who still need help, especially medical care. The results will identify Dove Springs families still in need.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/125431169&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 14:07:58 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 9396 at http://kut.org After Flooding, Medical Care Remains Critical in Dove Springs Opening Soon in Dove Springs: A $2.4 Million Mental Health Clinic http://kut.org/post/opening-soon-dove-springs-24-million-mental-health-clinic <p>Donna Spencer and Iliana Gilman work with <a href="http://www.integralcare.org" target="_blank">Austin Travis County Integral Care</a>,&nbsp;the agency that provides mental health services for low-income residents in the area. They recently walked through the site of Integral Care&rsquo;s soon-to-open $2.4 million facility, inside what used to be a Wal-Mart and a Sam&rsquo;s Club.</p><p>It&rsquo;s in the southeast Austin neighborhood of Dove Springs. This low-income, majority Latino neighborhood is getting its first mental health care facility.&nbsp;It&rsquo;s in large part because of a federal initiative, the Medicaid 1115 waiver program, that funds experimental clinics like this one. It will offer mental health care and substance abuse treatment, along with routine primary care.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F114886513" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 16:50:58 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 8915 at http://kut.org Opening Soon in Dove Springs: A $2.4 Million Mental Health Clinic Austin African-Americans Face Mental Health Care Barriers http://kut.org/post/austin-african-americans-face-mental-health-care-barriers <p class="p1">Yesterday was&nbsp;Juneteenth, a holiday that celebrates progress and societal advancement of African-Americans in Texas. While there is plenty to celebrate, some advocates in Austin are still trying to promote mental health and overcome treatment barriers for African-Americans in Austin.</p><p class="p3">And, although African-Americans are just as likely to encounter mental health problems as the rest of the population, there are fewer options when it comes to seeking help. &nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 18:38:07 +0000 Rachel Adams-Heard 8182 at http://kut.org Austin African-Americans Face Mental Health Care Barriers Bill Would Assess Condition of Inmates in Solitary Confinement http://kut.org/post/bill-would-assess-condition-inmates-solitary-confinement <p>More than 5 percent of the prison population in Texas is in solitary confinement, more than double the 2 percent national average. But one state senator says too little is known about the condition of these prisoners, especially those who may have been diagnosed with mental health or cognitive problems.</p><p>The Senate Criminal Justice Committee was considering the bill Wednesday afternoon.</p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 22:30:26 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 7400 at http://kut.org Bill Would Assess Condition of Inmates in Solitary Confinement Bill Would Train Teachers to Spot Mental Illness http://kut.org/post/bill-would-train-teachers-spot-mental-illness <p>A state lawmaker says Texas students are grappling with mental illness, but not all teachers, counselors and principals know how to recognize the signs. So the lawmaker, Sen. <a href="http://www.deuell.senate.state.tx.us/">Bob Deuell</a>, R-Greenville, is backing a mental health bill that he says would encourage educators in more than 1,100 school districts to get the necessary training.</p><p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 00:36:55 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 7139 at http://kut.org Bill Would Train Teachers to Spot Mental Illness Mental Health, Physical Health: $10M Program Looks to Help Both http://kut.org/post/mental-health-physical-health-10m-program-looks-help-both <p>Texas is trying to help some Medicaid recipients with behavioral disorders improve their health.&nbsp;</p><p>The state’s health department has embarked on a $10 million dollar project aimed at preventing people with mental health or substance abuse issues from developing chronic diseases.</p><p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 22:20:00 +0000 Kate McGee 7111 at http://kut.org Mental Health, Physical Health: $10M Program Looks to Help Both SXSW Film: These Finnish Rockers Have 'The Punk Syndrome' (Update) http://kut.org/post/sxsw-film-these-finnish-rockers-have-punk-syndrome-update <p><strong>Update: </strong>"The Punk Syndrome" won the SXGlobal Audience Award. See pictures from the Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät concert, below.</p><p><strong>Original Story&nbsp; </strong>(March 15, 6:01 a.m.): A punk band from Finland is the focus of a film that’s showing at South by Southwest this week. The band is also playing a gig in the SXSW Music festival. Mon, 18 Mar 2013 11:17:47 +0000 Laura Rice 6965 at http://kut.org SXSW Film: These Finnish Rockers Have 'The Punk Syndrome' (Update) Advocates Rally for More Mental Health Funding http://kut.org/post/advocates-rally-more-mental-health-funding <p>Advocates and lawmakers rallied at the Texas Capitol today to urge more state funding for mental health services.</p><p>Texas now ranks 49<sup>th</sup> in per capita spending for mental health care services.&nbsp;</p><p>In the last session, the legislature made few changes to mental health funding. But as Texas’ population grows, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) policy coordinator Greg Hansch says mental health spending also has to increase. Thu, 28 Feb 2013 23:35:46 +0000 Marissa Barnett 6788 at http://kut.org Advocates Rally for More Mental Health Funding Report Finds 'Systemic Failures' at State Hospitals Led to Patient Abuse, Neglect http://kut.org/post/report-finds-systemic-failures-state-hospitals-led-patient-abuse-neglect <p>A new report finds serious breakdowns in procedures and safeguards by state-run hospitals across Texas.</p><p>The year-long investigation was by <a href="http://www.disabilityrightstx.org/">Disability Rights Texas</a>—an organization designated by federal law to protect people with disabilities.</p><p>The report is titled<a href="http://www.drtx.org/who-we-are/press-room"> “Turning a Blind Eye"</a> and is focused on systemic failures within the state agencies that Disability Rights Texas says dismissed patient safety. Tue, 19 Feb 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Filipa Rodrigues 6647 at http://kut.org Report Finds 'Systemic Failures' at State Hospitals Led to Patient Abuse, Neglect More Young Offenders Are Mentally Ill http://kut.org/post/more-young-offenders-are-mentally-ill <p>More than half of young people in Texas correctional facilities, 56 percent, have some diagnosed mental illness.</p><p>The latest figures were presented to lawmakers today. The mental illness rate compares with 39 percent in 2007.</p><p>Michael Griffiths, the new head of the state’s <a href="http://www.tjjd.texas.gov/">Juvenile Justice Department</a>, says getting treatment for those youth is one of his top priorities.</p> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 21:35:05 +0000 Nathan Bernier 6609 at http://kut.org More Young Offenders Are Mentally Ill Bill Could Increase Availability to Texas Mental Health Care http://kut.org/post/bill-could-increase-availability-texas-mental-health-care <p>New attention could be coming to a bill filed by a State Representative out of San Antonio. Democrat Ruth Jones McClendon <a href="http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=83R&amp;Bill=HB205" target="_blank">filed the bill in November</a> but the topic is timely.</p><p><a href="http://www.house.state.tx.us/news/member/press-releases/?id=4171&amp;session=83&amp;district=120&amp;bill_code=3650" target="_blank">McClendon says House Bill 205</a> would increase the availability of mental health beds provided by the state.</p><p>She says, right now, Texas provides one pool of funding for beds for two main categories of people in need of mental health services: those unable to make sound decisions and those detained for mental evaluation after a crime. Thu, 17 Jan 2013 13:54:43 +0000 Laura Rice 6226 at http://kut.org Bill Could Increase Availability to Texas Mental Health Care Mental Health Gun Laws Unlikely To Reduce Shootings http://kut.org/post/mental-health-gun-laws-unlikely-reduce-shootings States aren't likely to prevent many shootings by requiring mental health professionals to report potentially violent patients, psychiatrists and psychologists say.<p>The approach is part of a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2013/01/15/169440286/dont-be-fooled-by-new-york-gun-control-faces-long-odds-in-states-too">gun control law passed in New York yesterday</a> in response to the Newtown, Conn., shooting a month ago. Thu, 17 Jan 2013 13:14:29 +0000 Jon Hamilton 6224 at http://kut.org Mental Health Gun Laws Unlikely To Reduce Shootings Does Texas Rank Last in Mental Health Spending? http://kut.org/post/does-texas-rank-last-mental-health-spending <p></p><p>Today President Obama is expected to release details of proposals from a gun violence task force convened in the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings.</p><p>In the days following Sandy Hook, many experts and pundits spoke of the need for better mental health care and screening.</p><p> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 11:15:00 +0000 Emily Donahue 6198 at http://kut.org Does Texas Rank Last in Mental Health Spending? New Facility for Alzheimer's Patients Not Nearly Enough http://kut.org/post/new-facility-alzheimers-patients-not-nearly-enough <p>A new facility for older Austinites is scheduled to open soon in south Austin. It will serve those with memory impairments like Alzheimer’s or dementia. The “Silverado Senior Living” plans to house 90 people.&nbsp; Right now, the only facilities like it are in Round Rock.&nbsp; But, the needs of Austin’s elderly population continue to grow at a fast pace.</p><p>Silverado Senior Living is a private facility. Loren Shook is the company’s CEO.&nbsp; He says “there are thousands of people within the city of Austin that are suffering from this disease [Alzheimer’s] and we are very confident there is sufficient resources in the market for people to afford our services ”</p><p> Fri, 04 Jan 2013 23:01:05 +0000 Joy Diaz 6067 at http://kut.org Children's Mental Health Center Celebrates Anniversary http://kut.org/post/childrens-mental-health-center-celebrates-anniversary <p>The Austin Child Guidance Center celebrated its 60th anniversary this weekend with an open house at its 45th Street location. The Center has help treat 130,000 Austin children with mental health issues. This year may be one of the most challenging for the Center. Executive Director Russell Smith says 84 percent of the children that come to the Center live at 200 percent the federal poverty level or below. Most can qualify for some type of state health program such as CHIP or Medicaid.</p> Sat, 30 Jul 2011 23:03:25 +0000 Erika Aguilar, KUT News 2092 at http://kut.org Children's Mental Health Center Celebrates Anniversary