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IACC Strategic Plan

The Interagency Autism Coordinating Council (IACC)   is  requesting public comments  to inform the development of the 2021-2022 IACC Strategic Plan. The current  IACC Strategic Plan  that was issued in 2017 was developed through an extensive process engaging a wide range of stakeholders including federal agencies and the public. The IACC issued a progress update of the Strategic Plan in 2019. The IACC Strategic Plan chapters are organized around seven topic areas that are related to community-focused questions (provided below). The IACC is requesting comments on what you consider to be the most important issues, needs, and gaps in these seven topical areas that could be addressed by federal programs and activities, and/or in partnership with community organizations.  Responses are   due by November 30, 2021.

Opportunity for Input-Mental Health

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Finance Committee Ranking Member Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, are working together to develop bipartisan legislation to address barriers to mental health care as the COVID-19 pandemic has worsened alarming trends in Americans’ mental health. They are seeking input from stakeholders across the health care continuum to help better understand how Congress can address these challenges to be able to develop a bipartisan legislative package before the end of the year addressing many of the behavioral health care challenges currently faced by millions of Americans.  Responses are due by November 1, 2021 , and can be sent to  mentalhealthcare@finance. .  Here is the full request letter . Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-La.), members of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, are requesting feedback from patients, families, health care providers, advocacy organizations, and stat

When the PHE Ends

  From  Covering Kids & Families of Indiana Following the expiration of the public health emergency (PHE), states will resume normal eligibility and enrollment activities and begin to redetermine Medicaid eligibility for all enrollees. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released guidance that includes giving states 12 months to complete the “PHE unwinding” process and requiring robust consumer communication, among other strategies. Large-scale disruption in health coverage as a result of the PHE expiring will likely have a disproportionate impact on Black, Latinx and other people of color who have also suffered from a disproportionate impact from the pandemic. Manatt’s recently published article encourages states to center equity in planning for the end of the PHE. One of their recommendations is engaging with communities through a community-based approach with trusted messengers and community-based assisters to do outreach and assistance. They also recommend collabora

NIMH Livestream Event on Seasonal Affective Disorder

  Date/Time :  Tue, October 26, 2021 , 2:00–2:30 p.m. ET Location : Virtual While many people feel less happy at times during cold, gloomy days during the winter, these “winter blues” are usually temporary and do not interfere with a person’s functioning. In contrast, some people may start to feel consistently “down” when the days get shorter in the fall and winter and begin to feel better in the spring with its longer daylight hours. In some cases, these mood changes are more serious and, as with all types of  depression , can affect how a person feels, thinks, and handles daily activities.  Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)  is a type of depression characterized by its recurrent seasonal pattern, with symptoms lasting about four to five months per year. NIMH is conducting a livestream event on SAD with  Matthew Rudorfer, M.D. , chief of the Adult Psychopharmacology, Somatic, and Integrated Treatment Research Program at NIMH. Dr. Rudorfer will discuss the signs, symptoms, treatments,

COVID-19 Vaccines: Children, Boosters, Mandates

From  NIHCM Foundation As of October 1st, the U.S. surpassed the   estimated deaths   that occurred during the 1918 influenza pandemic with  700,000 COVID-19 related deaths .   Recent studies   have shown that   newer variants , such as   Alpha ,   Delta , and   Mu   have   evolved   to spread more efficiently through the air, infecting more people than the original virus. As the   national vaccination rate slows , the focus has   shifted towards   children’s vaccines ,   booster shots , and   vaccine mandates .  Children:   Pfizer  has submitted their application for authorization of the vaccine for children 5-11 years old and the FDA has scheduled a review of the data for October 26th. Vaccinating children is critical to  ending the pandemic , however,  42% of parents  say they are unlikely to get their children vaccinated.  Boosters:  COVID-19 vaccine booster doses are currently only available to eligible Pfizer recipients. The FDA is meeting on October 14th and 15th to discuss boos

Help! I Need a Therapist!- Guide

This post was a collaboration between Therapy4thePeople and the Center for Dignity in Healthcare for People with Disabilities . Full guide found here   Help! I Need a Therapist Guide .

Filing a Class Action Lawsuit on Behalf of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Recipients

From  Justice In Aging During the pandemic, tens of thousands of people who rely on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to survive experienced serious disruptions in their benefits because the Social Security Administration (SSA) stopped processing certain paperwork and closed its offices. As a result, many people could not provide information to SSA or challenge decisions pertaining to critical SSI benefits. In September, Justice in Aging, the New York Legal Assistance Group, and law firm Arnold & Porter filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of older adults and people with disabilities, who are disproportionately women and people of color. The lawsuit seeks to compel the agency to fix its new simplified waiver process so that it applies to everyone impacted by the national emergency and to stop imposing penalties while the COVID-19 emergency persists and recipients cannot engage with SSA. Read the complaint.