The Administration on Community Living's (ACL) National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) is hosting this webinar on Thursday, February 4, at 1:00 to 2:30 PM, ET. Registration if free but required by February 1st. Email Lan.firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP. Presenters from NIDILRR include Margaret Campbell and Ruth Brannon. Ivan Molton, PhD, from the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Promoting Healthy Aging for Individuals with Long Term Physical Disabilities and Laura Gitlin, PhD, from the Center for Innovative Care in Aging will also present. To register for this webinar, please click on View Page Now.
Learn Psychology has produced several guides that include information and actionable advice that students can utilize to maintain mental well-being in college. With more students taking on more rigorous academic loads, now, more than ever, the need for student access to mental health resources is imperative. Key elements of Learn Psychology resources include: -- A comprehensive look at the some issues that college students may experience during their academic career; -- Tips for how to identify and cope with warning signs of mental health issues with peers; -- A list of top mental health organizations and resources students can utilize; -- Advice from a number of experts who have excelled in assisting college students with mental health issues. To access these guides, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.learnpsychology.org/mental-health/
On July 26, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidance to states regarding opportunities to design service delivery systems for individuals with substance use disorder (SUD), including a new opportunity for demonstration projects approved under section 1115 of the Social Security Act to ensure that a continuum of care is available to individuals with SUD. To view the CMS letter to states, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.medicaid.gov/federal-policy-guidance/federal-policy-guidance.html
In celebration of the 25 year anniversary of the signing into law of the ADA [Americans with Disabilities Act], ServiceSource and the newly opened National Capital Area Disability Resource Center in collaboration with the National Disability Institute invite you to participate in a three part series of Collaboration, Celebration, and Innovation: ADA@25. Session 1: The Olmstead Supreme Court Decision: The Opportunity Integration Imperative is scheduled for Wednesday, July 15, 2015, 1:00 - 3:00p.m. EST. Join nationally recognized thought leaders to discuss the next generation of innovative strategies to support individuals with disabilities and their families have more self-determined quality of life experiences in inclusive communities. To register for this webinar, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.realeconomicimpact.org/news/?id=512
On June 18, 2015, the National Council on Disability (NCD) released a report examining the policies and practices that push the nation’s schoolchildren, especially those most at risk, out of classrooms and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems, and asks and answers whether existing federal laws offer ways to disrupt this pattern, which has come to be known as the “School-to-Prison Pipeline.” In conjunction with its fall quarterly meeting, NCD convened a stakeholder forum in Atlanta in October 2014 to receive testimony on the role of special education in the School-to-Prison Pipeline. The findings and recommendations in the “Breaking the School-to-Prison Pipeline” report are based upon the culmination of that testimony, interviews with experts, and review of available research. As a result of its research, NCD has concluded that the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) can and should be an important part of the solution to the Pipeline crisis, and thus the report’s recommendations focus on ways to improve existing special education delivery and enforcement systems to better meet the needs of students with disabilities, and particularly of students with disabilities of color. To view the report, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.ncd.gov/publications/2015/06182015/
The Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) is highlighting accommodations identified by the Job Accommodation Network for psychiatric conditions in honor of May is Mental Health Month. It is an opportune time for employers to consider ways they can support employees who may have mental health disabilities and retain valued employees. To view a number of accommodation options, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://askjan.org/media/psyc.htm
This webinar is hosted by Social Security Administration's National Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) and will be held on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at 3:00 PM Eastern Time This webinar will present information about special Social Security programs and rules and share a success story of an individual with a mental illness who found employment through Ticket to Work. In addition, the experts will share information about: -- Ticket to Work and Work Incentives -- Frequently Asked Questions -- Where to find more information. WISE webinars are live, free and accessible online events for those interested in learning about Ticket to Work, Work Incentives and other disability employment related topics. Social Security and disability employment experts will be available to answer your questions. WISE webinars are hosted on the fourth Wednesday of each month. To register for this webinar, please click on View Page Now or go to: https://www.chooseworkttw.net/webinar/ You can also call to register for the webinar at: 1-866-968-7842 or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY).
The Conversation published this article by Sarah von Schrader from the Employment and Disability Institute at Cornell University as par of Mental Health Awareness Month. It comments on the increased focus on disclosure related to changes in Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act and the interest by employers who are federal contractors to identify who has a disability in their organization. In a study of approximately 300 individuals with mental or emotional health conditions, the vast majority had a neutral or positive disclosure experience. Disclosing was also dependent upon the perceived corporate culture as well as direct experience with supervisory, management, and co-workers. To view the article, please click on View Page Now or go to: https://theconversation.com/risk-and-respect-what-to-know-about-disclosing-mental-illness-at-work-34398. Read the full post at “The Conversation”: https://theconversation.com/risk-and-respect-what-to-know-about-disclosing-mental-illness-at-work-34398.
This webinar is hosted by the National Disability Institute (NDI) and American Psychological Association (APA) to discuss money and stress with highlights from the report. It will be held on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, from 3:00 to 4:00 PM EST. The survey results show that stress about money and finances is prevalent nationwide, even as aspects of the U.S. economy have improved. In fact, regardless of the economic climate, money has consistently topped Americans' list of stressors since the first Stress in America survey was conducted in 2007. In addition to highlights of the survey and report, APA will provide strategies to help clients manage their stress about money. Presenters: -- Lynn Bufka PhD, Associate Executive Director, Practice, Research and Policy American Psychological Association -- Anju Khubchandani, Director, Disability Issues American Psychological Association To register for this webinar, please Click on View Page Now.
This webinar is sponsored as a National Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE)on April 22, 2015, 3:00 PM Eastern Time The national Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) webinar will present information about special Social Security programs and rules that can help beneficiaries on a path to self-employment. The guest presenter will talk about:-- Factors to consider when thinking about self-employment -- Ticket to Work and Work Incentives For additional information and to register for the webinar, please click on View Page Now or go to: www.choosework.net/wise
The Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS) today has announced a funding opportunity under the “Projects for American Indians with Disabilities” program. The purpose of this program is to provide vocational rehabilitation (VR) services to American Indians with disabilities who reside on or near Federal or State reservations, consistent with their individual strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests, and informed choice, so that they may prepare for and engage in high-quality employment that will increase opportunities for economic self-sufficiency. The funding is for discretionary grants with total estimated available funding of: Available Funds: $12,607,000. Grant awards are expected to range from $300,000-$600,000 with approximately 25 grants to be awarded. Applications are due by June 8, 2015. To view the Federal Register Notice for this grant program, please click on View Page Now or go to:http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-07/pdf/2015-07994.pdf
This piece was presented on North Country Public Radio by David Sommerstein on March 30, 2015. Their website link includes text and audio information on the closure of sheltered workshops in the state of New York and sub-minimum wage employment environments that do not promote competitive, integrated employment. To access this presentation, please click on View Page Now or got to: http://www.northcountrypublicradio.org/news/story/27883/20150330/can-every-person-with-a-disability-hold-a-regular-job
This webinar is hosted by the Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) on April 23, 2015, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM EST. EARN is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy. Speakers include John D. Kemp, Esq. - John D. Kemp, Esq. is the President & CEO of The Viscardi Center, and Executive Director of EARN and Beth Loy, Ph.D., principal Consultant with the Job Accommodation Network (JAN). In this webinar, participants will learn why, how and when to accommodate employees with mental health disabilities in the higher education employment setting. In addition to addressing the legal framework for the provision of such accommodations, speakers will provide practical guidance and strategies higher education HR professionals can use to respond confidently to reasonable accommodation requests from employees across all sectors of their institution and develop a well-planned process that will lead to sound decisions. Several real-life accommodation situations and solutions from colleges and universities across the country will also be presented. To register for this webinar, please click on View Page Now or go to: https://viscardicenter.webex.com
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued Report No, GAO-15-113: Mental Health - HHS Leadership Needed to Coordinate Federal Efforts Related to Serious Mental Illness in December 2014. GAO identified 112 federal programs that generally supported individuals with serious mental illness in fiscal year 2013. Thirty of the 112 programs were identified by the agencies as specifically targeting individuals with serious mental illness. Four agencies—DOD, HHS, DOJ, and VA—reported that they obligated about $5.7 billion for programs that specifically targeted individuals with serious mental illness in fiscal year 2013. HHS is charged with leading the federal government’s public health efforts related to mental health, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is required to promote coordination of programs relating to mental illness throughout the federal government. While coordination at the program level is important, it does not take the place of, or achieve the level of, leadership that GAO has previously found to be key to successful coordination and that is essential to identifying whether there are gaps in services and if agencies have the necessary information to assess the reach and effectiveness of their programs.To view the full report, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://energycommerce.house.gov/sites/republicans.energycommerce.house.gov/files/analysis/20150205GAOReport.pdf
On January 27, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an informational bulletin related to designing benefits that meet the needs of youth with substance use disorders and their families while also complying with Medicaid’s Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) requirements. This informational bulletin, based on evidence from scientific research and the results of a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)-supported technical expert panel consensus process, is intended to assist states to design a benefit that will meet the needs of youth with substance use disorders (SUD) and their families and help states comply with their obligations under Medicaid’s Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) requirements. The services described in this document are designed to enable youth to address their substance use disorders, to receive treatment and continuing care and to participate in recovery services and supports. This bulletin also identifies resources that are available to states to facilitate their work in designing and implementing a benefit package for these youth and their families. To access this information brief, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.medicaid.gov/federal-policy-guidance/federal-policy-guidance.html
The U.S. Department of Labor is collaborating with four other federal agencies – the Departments of Education and Health and Human Services, the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Institute for Museum and Library Services – to launch the Performance Partnership Pilot for Disconnected Youth - known as P3. This P3 initiative will fund up to 10 pilots, with start-up grants of up to $700,000, to test innovative, outcome-focused strategies to achieve significant improvements in educational, employment, and other key outcomes for targeted disconnected youth. What’s innovative about P3 is the flexibility it allows the pilot programs to blend together funds that they already receive from different federal sources, to increase program impact. The availability of grant funds was announced on Grants.gov on November 24, 2014 and the closing date for applications is March 4, 2015. To obtain more information about P3 and grant application requirements, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=269790
On November 10, 2014, the White House issued this video public service announcement on YouTube - "How the Affordable Care Act Helps People with Disabilities," It explains how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) ensures that individuals with disabilities can no longer be denied health coverage because of health history. Presented in American Sign Language, the PSA also has an English soundtrack that starts about 12 seconds into the video. To view the video, please click on View Page Now or go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DG9tAJAZhLM
The 2014 edition of National Disability Policy: A Progress Report has added significance this year as the National Council on Disability (NCD) celebrates its 30th anniversary as an independent federal agency. The 2014 Progress Report details the status of people with disabilities from across the nation, providing policymakers, advocates, and other stakeholders with an overview of the progress the United States has made promoting and protecting the rights of individuals with disabilities. Specifically, the 2014 Progress Report focuses on seven key areas: the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD), employment access and inclusion, subminimum wage, education outcomes, Medicaid managed care, mental health care, and data trends in disability policy. The report identifies opportunities to promote public policies that contribute to a more inclusive environment. To access the full report, please click on Download Now or go to: http://www.ncd.gov/progress_reports/10312014
The California Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities (CCEPD) is a statewide committee charged in statute with consulting and advising the Secretaries of the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency and Health and Human Services Agency on all issues related to full inclusion in the workforce of persons with disabilities, including development of a comprehensive strategy. While there are many factors that contribute to the low labor force participation rate among people with disabilities in California, CCEPD made a strategic decision to focus the Committee’s efforts in 2013 and 2014 on increasing the percentage of people with disabilities in California’s health workforce because research indicates that California’s healthcare providers have a tremendous influence on a disabled person’s decision to work or return to work. disability as their reason for not working. Most of those not working due to disability saw themselves as unable to work, whether at their former job (92%) or at any job (75%), and 97.3 percent were told by a healthcare provider that they could not work. 5CA surveyed people with disabilities on who discouraged them from pursuing employment and 95% identified their health care provider. T0 view the full report, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.dor.ca.gov/boards-and-committees/documents/Operation%20California%20First%20FINAL%20091014.pdf
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration for Children and Families (ACF)issued a study on October 22, 2014, that reports that more than half of homeless youth become homeless for the first time because they are asked to leave home by a parent or caregiver. The first-of-its-kind study focused on 656 14- to 21-year-olds in 11 cities. Respondents included street youth served by FYSB’s Street Outreach Program grantees and street youth who were not using services. The study found the following: -- On average, the youth became homeless for the first time at age 15. -- The average youth spent nearly two years living on the streets. -- More than 60 percent were raped, beaten up, robbed, or otherwise assaulted. -- Nearly 30 percent of participants identified as gay, lesbian or bisexual, and nearly 7 percent identified as transgender. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development regularly estimates the number of people experiencing homelessness. Even though this exercise is believed to undercount the number of youth experiencing homelessness, it still identified 46,924 unaccompanied children and youth experiencing homelessness in the United States on a single night in January 2013. To view the full report, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/fysb/resource/sop-executive-summary