Policy Updates

Preventing Suicide

AAHD has joined the Mental Health Liaison Group (MHLG) to reauthorize the Garrett Lee Smith suicide prevention programs. The April 5, 2011 MHLG letter to the four U.S. Senator co-sponsors of the legislation, S. 740 is available for download: PDF.

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Combating Autism

AAHD has joined other members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) in advocating the reauthorization of the Combating Autism Act. The April 2 CCD letter is available for download: PDF, as well as the May 26th letter: PDF

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Importance of the Prevention and Public Health Fund

Roberta Carlin joined 54 other health organization CEOs asking the President to maintain the Prevention and Public Health Fund. A copy of the April 1, 2011 letter facilitated by the Trust for America’s Health is available for download: PDF

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Protecting the Nation’s Investment in Health

AAHD joined 469 other national organizations and 6 former Surgeon Generals in asking Congress to maintain the nation’s investment in health spending. A copy of the March 24, 2011 letter facilitated by the Coalition for Health Funding is available for download: PDF. Fifteen national organizations, including AAHD, joined Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) encouraging Congress to appropriate funds for […]

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The Implementation and Sustainability of the New, Government Administered CLASS Program

House Committee on Energy and Commerce will hold hearing entitle, “The Implementation and Sustainability of the New, Government Administered CLASS Program on Thursday, March 17th at 9:30am EST http://energycommerce.house.gov (March 13, 2011)

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Protecting Children’s Health Coverage

AAHD has joined 383 national, state, and local organizations requesting the U.S. Congress to protect Medicaid, CHIP (Child Health Insurance Program), and related children’s coverage programs in deciding the federal fiscal year 2012 budget. The letter, organized by First Focus, is available for download: PDF.

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FEMA signs a memorandum of agreement to make sure the needs of people with disabilities are considered in planning and responding to disasters.

To learn more visit www.disability.gov (March 11, 2011)

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Friends of NCBDDD Advocacy Coalition Issues Advocacy Statement

Friends of NCBDDD Advocacy Coalition Issues Advocacy Statement, CDC Facts & Figures and Impact of NCBDDD Statement (March 10, 2011) www.friendsofncbddd.org

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Promoting Wellness in Aging

AAHD has joined with members of the Mental Health Liaison Group (MHLG) in promoting wellness, including the integration of mental and physical health interventions, in older Americans. The letter of March 7, 2011 promoting the “Positive Aging Act” is available for download: PDF. Also available is the AAHD endorsed MHLG March 11 letter endorsing improvements in Medicare mental health supports: PDF.

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Using Health IT To Promote Wellness

AAHD has joined the Consumer Partnership for e-Health (CPeH) suggesting to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) ways that health information technology can be used to promote wellness, including the health of persons with disabilities. The February 25, 2011 CPeH letter is available available for download: PDF. AAHD has also joined the Mental Health Liaison […]

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