• Need-to-Know News: May 18, 2012

    May 18, 2012

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    • A proposed revision to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, made public this week, would expand the list of recognized symptoms for drug and alcohol addiction and require fewer symptoms for a diagnosis.
    • An FDA panel of outside experts has recommended the approval of OraSure's rapid in-home HIV test. If approved, it would be the first over-the-counter, in-home test available to consumers.
    • Attorney General Eric Holder recently convened the third meeting of the federal Reentry Council, addressing the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's new guidance on the use of criminal histories in employment decisions and other efforts to reduce employment barriers.
    • Oklahoma's governor has signed a criminal justice reform bill aimed at reducing incarceration. Highlights include a requirement that individuals be screened for substance use disorders and mental illness before sentencing, to allow for treatment.
    • A broad coalition in Pennsylvania has agreed on a plan to reform the state's prison system, which includes using alternatives to incarceration and speeding up the release of incarcerated people who are eligible for parole.

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