Week of March 13

Disability Unemployment Continues To Increase

While employment has improved in the U.S. economy, the March 9 Disability Scoop documents that unemployment rates for persons with disabilities continue to increase.
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Finding Long Term Supports in Your State

Disability.gov has promoted the state specific resources of the National Clearinghouse for Long Term Care Information.
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New Hampshire First State To Receive Rebalancing Funds

On March 2, CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) announced that New Hampshire received the first of the rebalancing funds to move toward home and community based services.
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April 2 Is Deadline For Comments on Draft AHRQ Home and Community Based Services Report

On March 2, AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) announced April 2 is the deadline to comment on their draft report comparing home and community based services vs institutions for older adults.
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May 2 Is Deadline for RWJ Healthy Grants Program

On March 8, Philanthropy News Digest announced Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grants for “Roadmaps To Healthy Grants Programs.” Up to 20 grants, up to $200,000 each, for community based projects are available.
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Multiple Sclerosis Caregivers Survey Released

On March 8, the National Alliance for Caregiving and National Multiple Sclerosis Society released the survey results of caregivers.
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CDC Launches New Website – Making Healthy Living Easier

March 6 by the CDC Division of Community Health
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Army Suicides Continue To Increase

March 8 – MedPage Today, ABC News, US News and World and Report, and Los Angeles Times posted the report.
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Alabama To Close 3 of Its 4 State Psychiatric Hospitals by September 30

See March 5 Al.com.
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CMS To Conduct March 29 Public Training on Antipsychotic Medications in Nursing Facilities

Link here to register.

National Mental Health Associations Launch Petition Against Florida Managed Care Decision

National mental health associations have launched a petition to federal and state officials objecting to a Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Florida managed care tactic. In late 2011, BC/BS FL terminated contracts with all behavioral health providers in the state. BC/BS contracted with New Directions Behavioral Health which required much more restrictive provider contracts.
To see and to sign the petition, link here.

AHRQ – Consumers Make Value Decisions When Given Provider Data

New report from AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality).
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Industry Provided Prescription Assistance Programs

On March 9, Together RX, an industry sponsored service to the public, reminded the public of its prescription assistance programs.
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