• Need-to-Know News: March 11, 2011

    March 11, 2011

    Updates from Us

    • LAC released a statement today applauding Governor Cuomo's Medicaid Redesign Team for its recent report. The team's plan will not only save the state large sums of money but also improve the health of many thousands of New Yorkers by strengthening the delivery and coordination of services for people with or at risk for alcohol and drug problems. See our full press release here, and read the statement of praise from our partners at ASAP here.

    Headlines on Our Issues

    State National

    • Amid the continuing debate over healthcare reform, several reports with conflicting conclusions about the law's impact have been released this month.
    • Speaking to the National Association of Counties Legislative Conference this week, Attorney General Eric Holder spoke of the need for the nation's juvenile justice system to "transition from a prosecution-and-punishment model to a prevention-and-intervention paradigm."
    • Nevada legislators are considering a bill that would give judges the discretion to put certain offenders into intense drug or alcohol addiction treatment instead of sentencing them to prison terms, which could save the state millions of dollars a year.
    • The budget proposed by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett increases funding for prisons and other corrections programs, while making deep cuts to other areas, like education.
    • In Minnesota, legislators have introduced a bill that would create the state's first public education campaign about HIV/AIDS, both to inform the public and to destigmatize the disease.
    • As Florida lawmakers contemplate cutting $500 million, or two-thirds, of the state's mental health funding, Gov. Rick Scott taken the opposite stance, leaving that funding intact in his budget plan.
    • The Wall Street Journal and the Huffington Post explored on the growing number of states moving away from the long prison sentences of the "war on drugs" and toward treatment.

    From Our Partners

    • Our friends at the Fortune Society have lots of workshops coming up in early April for formerly incarcerated people, including one on voter registration and two on certificates of rehabilitation. Visit Fortune's website for more details and registration.
    • The Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies is hosting "Re-Tooling ReEntry in East Harlem" on March 15. Follow this link for more information.
    • Criminal justice reforms will be front and center for Drop the Rock Advocacy Day, happening March 22 in Albany. Follow this link to learn more, and to sign up.
    • March 15 is the deadline for the early registration discount for the Institute for Research, Education, and Training in Addictions' conference, "Substance Use Disorders: Prevention and Treatment Interventions with the Hispanic/Latino Family," happening May 19-20 in New York.