• Need-to-Know News: July 15, 2011

    July 15, 2011

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    • With the death of Former First Lady Betty Ford last week, media outlets and advocates across the country honored her honesty about her struggles with addiction, and her commitment to helping others recover.
    • In a move sure to benefit the addiction treatment field, 10 medical institutions have introduced the first accredited residency programs in addiction medicine, with the goal of treating a range of addictions -- to alcohol, drugs, prescription medicines, nicotine and more -- and studying brain chemistry and the role of heredity.
    • On the heels of a recent federal appeals court ruling that Congress can require Americans to obtain health insurance coverage, Health Affairs and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation have put together a roundup of information on several lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of various aspects of the Affordable Care Act.
    • The White House unveiled its new drug strategy this week, with highlights including a focus on curbing the abuse of prescription pills, particularly among veterans and women, and substance-abuse prevention in college.
    • A worldwide survey of men who have sex with men shows widespread lack of access to HIV services, according to a new survey by the Global Forum on MSM & HIV.
    • In related news, two new studies add to the growing body of evidence that taking a daily pill containing one or two AIDS drugs can keep an uninfected person from contracting HIV from a partner.
    • The link between poverty and HIV prevalence is strongest in Southern states, according to a USA Today analysis.
    • Pennsylvania officials have announced more than $1 million in funding for state Substance Abuse Education and Demand Reduction, which will allow nonprofit organizations to support public education projects.
    • A conservative-vs.-liberal column in USA Today takes on the troublesome prison problem in the U.S., proposing eliminating mandatory sentences, removing some nonviolent inmates from prisons, and expanding drug treatment and job training.
    • State governments are likely to spend $92-129 billion less from 2014 to 2019 with implementation of healthcare reform, according to a new study by the Urban Institute. The study attributes the savings largely to expected reductions in the uninsured population and an increase in federal support for health care functions previously financed by states.
    • A new law signed by Missouri's governor mandates drug testing of residents who receive welfare payments.
    • With diversions from California state prisons mandated by the Supreme Court, county facilities are bracing for an influx of tens of thousands of inmates.
    • The House Appropriations Committee approved a bill eliminating most federal funding for juvenile justice and drastically reducing state formula grants.
    • Integrity House, an addiction treatment center based in Newark, has recently established a supportive housing to serve mothers in recovery, reports Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Weekly.

    From Our Partners

    • On July 21, the New York State Department of Health will present a webinar to discuss the draft Health Home State Plan Amendment for Individuals with Chronic Medical and Behavioral Health Conditions and the Health Home provider application. Follow this link for more information and registration.
    • Also coming up on July 21 is the Harlem Community Justice Center's Re-entry Family Day Block Party, welcoming home men and women who have returned to the community. Follow this link for more information.
    • The New York Initiative for Children of Incarcerated Parents has released its new report, "A Call to Action: Safeguarding New York’s Children of Incarcerated Parents," spearheaded by the Osborne Association.