Disability Organizations Boycott Hotels Over Accessible Swimming Pools
The July 19 Los Angeles Times and Seattle Post reported a boycott by the American Association of People with Disabilities, National Disability Rights Network, ADAPT, and National Council on Independent Living of hotel chains represented on the boards of directors of the American Hotel and Lodging Association and Asian Hotel Owners Association. At issue – the hotels opposition to federal rules requiring accessible swimming pools under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
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Making Employment of People with Disabilities a National Priority
A July report of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP); the report on Unfinished Business is here.
Congressional Budget Office Examines Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has issued a report explaining the growth in the SSDI program, listing alternatives for program design, and estimating cost impacts of the possible changes. The July report is available here.
Cardiovascular Risk Factors and Serious Mental Illness
A draft AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) report available for public health.
National Call To Action of Wellness for Persons with Mental and Substance Abuse Disorders
Join AAHD and SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) and take the pledge to promote wellness for persons with mental and substance abuse disorders. AAHD serves on the SAMHSA Wellness Campaign National Steering Committee. The pledge is here.
New Research and New Resources on Behavioral and Primary Health Integration
On July 19, SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) announced new SAMHSA-HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration) research and resources on integrated services. The SAMHSA link is here.
New Resources on Mental Health and Substance Abuse Parity
On July 20, the National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors (NACBHDDD) announced new SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) resources on parity. The SAMHSA link is here.
California’s Use of the Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF) – Includes Programs Targeted to Persons with Serious Mental Illness
See the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) report here.
Community Transformation Grants – Distribution and Use of Funds
On July 19, Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) shared CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) presentation slides on the distribution and use of Community Transformation Grants, part of the PPHF. The presentation is here.
Grants to State Medicaid Agencies to Improve Quality for Adults
On July 16, CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) announced to the states competitive grants available to improve Medicaid quality for adults. The CMS announcement is here.
Grants to States for Health Innovations
On July 19, CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) announced competitive grants available to states for health innovation. The CMS announcement is here.
Interactive Preventive Health Records – Guide Available
The July 16 AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) is available here.
Physician Adoption of Electronic Health Records (EHRs)
A July 19 CDC-NCHS (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) (National Center on Health Statistics) report; learn more here.