Calif. legislation would boost school mental health access through telehealth | Crying, smiling: Therapist advises on preschool jitters | Feds OK $98.5M to help house people with disabilities
September 7, 2018
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Calif. legislation would boost school mental health access through telehealth
State lawmakers in California passed legislation that would require the state to adopt telehealth guidelines for the state's public schools, including charter schools, within two years. The legislation, which would incorporate remote access to mental health services, now goes to Gov. Jerry Brown for a signature.
mHealth Intelligence (9/5) 
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Crying, smiling: Therapist advises on preschool jitters
Tears should be considered acceptable when children have difficulty separating from parents during the opening days of preschool, says La Grange, Ill., social worker and therapist Laura Kaehler. The key is to project a positive attitude because children often "take their cues" from adults, she says.
Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (9/6) 
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Feds OK $98.5M to help house people with disabilities
About 12,000 Americans are expected to receive vouchers through a $98.5 million federal outlay to 47 states and the District of Columbia aimed at providing community-based housing for people with disabilities. The Department of Housing and Urban Development program focuses on alternatives to institutionalization.
Disability Scoop (9/6) 
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Massive L.A. stopgap shelter push to begin
The first of 15 temporary shelters for homeless people planned by the city of Los Angeles is scheduled to open Monday as part of Mayor Eric Garcetti's campaign to replace problematic encampments. The project, A Bridge Home, aims to serve hundreds of people through the facilities, with a total cost that could reach $75 million.
Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (9/5) 
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Government & Policy
Child participation in Medicaid, CHIP increased from 2013
Child participation in Medicaid, CHIP increased from 2013
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More children participated in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program from 2013 to 2016, according to researchers, who also documented a 47% decline in the number of eligible but uninsured youths during that period. The findings, reported in Health Affairs, also showed higher Medicaid/CHIP participation among children in states that expanded Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act, compared with those in non-expansion states.
Physician's Briefing/HealthDay News (9/5) 
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Trump administration seeks ending time limits in detaining immigrant children
The Trump administration proposed to withdraw from the court-imposed Flores consent decree implemented since 1997 that set a 20-day time restriction on detaining immigrant youths as it pursues the indefinite detention of children and their families as they undergo immigration proceedings. Officials said that the Flores agreement would be replaced by new regulations that would ensure proper treatment for children in government custody.
The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (9/6),  TIME online/The Associated Press (9/6),  TIME online (9/6) 
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Career Insights
5 ways to overcome your biases
Examining your biases takes time and mental energy but is worth the broader understanding and better decisions that result, writes Marcus Brotherton. Empathy for others and a curiosity about experiences that differ from our own are two of five ways he offers for thinking beyond biases.
Michael Hyatt (9/4) 
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Urgency or importance? A guide to prioritizing decisions
Leaders should handle the decisions that cannot be reversed yet have the most impact, handing off urgent yet less consequential decisions to other employees, writes Shane Parrish. Team members appreciate the responsibility, and leaders will have more time to weigh their options, he writes.
Farnam Street (9/4) 
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NASW Updates
Call for papers!
NASW Press will publish a special issue on Social Work and Gun Violence to spark action among social workers and researchers to address gun violence across the micro, mezzo and macro systems. The deadline is Oct. 15. Visit this link for more information.
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Save the Date! -- NASW 2018 Virtual Conference
Mark your calendars for the NASW 2018 Virtual Conference, Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 14 & 15. This two-day program will address the opioid crisis from a social work perspective, feature both plenary and breakout sessions, and offer CE credits. Livestreamed from the NASW National Office, you will be able to view it from your home, your office or even on a mobile device. More information coming soon!
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