• Need-to-Know News: Feb. 24, 2012

    February 24, 2012

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    • To the praise of HIV prevention advocates, President Obama's budget proposes allowing federal funds to be used once again for syringe exchange programs.
    • In related news, the Kaiser Family Foundation has issued a fact sheet on funding for HIV/AIDS initiatives in President Obama's fiscal year 2013 budget request, showing an increase of 3 percent over funding levels for the 2012 fiscal year.
    • New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's budget plan proposes moving addiction treatment for adolescents to a new Division of Child Integrated System of Care Services. It would also provide an additional $2.5 million to set up mandatory drug courts for people convicted of nonviolent offenses.
    • Illinois watchdog groups are raising alarms about the governor's plan to close two prisons, saying crowding will worsen at the remaining facilities.
    • The budget passed by Florida's Senate this week would close eight prisons, because of a declining inmate population, but would also cut funding for mental health and addiction services.
    • Some California criminal justice leaders are opposing Governor Jerry Brown's cost-saving proposal to phase out the state's Division of Juvenile Justice and send the most troubled youths to county facilities.
    • In an effort to get soldiers suffering from addiction into treatment, the Army has added a screening for certain painkillers to its drug tests.

    From Our Partners

    • The Center for Employment Opportunities will be showing its film "Released with Conviction" at the Central Library at Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn from Feb. 29 to April 28, with a panel discussion on opening night. Follow this link for details.
    • If you haven't yet, make sure to read the Albany Times Union's profile of J. Soffiyah Elijah, executive director of the Correctional Association of New York, published this week.
    • As an on-the-go tool for people in recovery, Hazelden is now offering an iPhone app based on its award-winning web program "Field Guide to Life."