Click here for A Self-Advocate's Guide to Medicaid.
Medicaid is the biggest health care program in the country. It’s an important part of the United States healthcare system. But a lot of the information out there about Medicaid and attempts to change it can be difficult to understand and navigate. That’s why ASAN is proud to announce the release of our plain language resource “A Self-Advocate’s Guide to Medicaid.” This resource was developed in collaboration with the Autism Services, Education, Resources and Training Collaborative (ASERT), and with funding from the Special Hope Foundation.
Click here for A Self-Advocate's Guide to Medicaid.
Disability Rights Pennsylvania on the Passage of The American Health Care Act by the United States House of Representatives
As a leader in the advancement of the civil rights of people with disabilities for forty years (40), Disability Rights Pennsylvania (DRP) is alarmed at the passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) today by the United States House of Representatives (House). We are deeply concerned about the impact this legislation will have on rights and health of individuals. Today, the House ensured that individuals with disabilities in Pennsylvania will not be guaranteed access to health and mental care.
In the passage of The American Health Care Act, people with disabilities will again be on the losing end of access to health and mental health care. Medicaid as it has existed since it was created will no longer exist to ensure critical access to supports and services to allow individuals with disabilities to remain vital and active in their communities. The decision to allow states to either Block Grant or create a Per-Capita payment will result in the program being eligibility based instead of an entitlement. Individuals will only get services if funding is available, and if there is not enough funding then individuals will be placed on a waiting list. Waiting lists for services will grow exponentially and individuals with disabilities could be placed in life threatening situations.
Governor Tom Wolf proclaimed May Mental Health Awareness Month
Today, the Department of Human Services (DHS) in collaboration with PA System of Care Partnership, PA Healthy Transitions Partnership, and Youth M.O.V.E. PA, hosted the 2017 Mental Health Awareness Fair in Harrisburg to raise awareness and understanding of mental illness and substance use disorders. Governor Tom Wolf has proclaimed May Mental Health Awareness Month.
"Mental illness and substance use disorders affect Pennsylvanians from all walks of life. Only about half of those people, however, seek treatment,” said DHS Secretary Ted Dallas. “The department is committed to increasing awareness and providing quality care to these individuals so that all Pennsylvanians who need help can get it.”
Representative Mike Schlossberg (D-Lehigh) joined the event to speak about the challenges he has seen in trying to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness.
Secretary Price sends letter to governors: “Through a sustained focus on people, patients, and partnerships, I am confident that together we can turn the tide on this public health crisis."
Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, M.D. today announced that HHS will soon provide $485 million in grants to help states and territories combat opioid addiction. The funding, which is the first of two rounds provided for in the 21st Century Cures Act, will be provided through the State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grants administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
The funding will be issued to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, four U.S. territories, and the free associated states of Palau and Micronesia. Funding will support a comprehensive array of prevention, treatment, and recovery services depending on the needs of recipients. States and territories were awarded funds based on rates of overdose deaths and unmet need for opioid addiction treatment.
Secretary Price sent a letter to governors whose states are receiving grants and outlined his and the administration’s firm commitment to address the opioid crisis as each state and territory across the country works to address the significant health, social, and economic consequences. In his letter to governors, Secretary Price wrote, in part:“As I begin my tenure as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), I do so with a profound commitment to addressing this public health crisis as one of our top three Departmental priorities. Opioids were responsible for over 33,000 deaths in 2015; this alarming statistic is unacceptable to me. We cannot continue to lose our nation’s citizens to addiction. Through a sustained focus on people, patients, and partnerships, I am confident that together we can turn the tide on this public health crisis."
The PA System of Care Partnership is requesting input and participation of system partners, staff, community providers, youth and family consumers, advisory boards or other individuals and groups, through a survey being conducted to obtain an extensive view of the efforts in the expanding role of Systems of Care in Pennsylvania.
The survey is available throughout the month of April 2017 and can be accessed either online or in paper format. The online version of the 2017 County Assessment accommodates both English speakers and Spanish speakers. Click HERE to take the online survey. Paper versions of the survey are available in English (CLICK HERE) or Spanish (CLICK HERE).
For more information CLICK HERE.