Remember when Congress passed the "parity" law last year, requiring that insurers pay for and allow access to mental health and addiction treatment at the same level they do other medical treatment? The battle’s not over. Regulations defining how the law will be enacted still need to be published by the federal government. Advocates fear that if the regulations are not explicit enough, insurers will interpret the law so as to circumvent the spirit of the law.
Need a shot of inspiration? Check out the story of R. Dwayne Betts, incarcerated at age 16 for nine years for a carjacking, is now, at age 28, a published poet and advocate for the Campaign for Youth Justice. (There’s also video of him reading his poetry.)
Training: The National Association of Youth Courts is holding a training in youth courts in Baltimore August 24th and 25th.
Grant: Health & Human Services is offering $5 million for a demonstration project to address unhealthy behaviors in at-risk minority youth. Proposals must address two unhealthy behaviors from a list of six. The two that most relevant to Reclaiming Futures communities: violence ("homicides, fighting, weapon carrying") and substance abuse and mental health.