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2022 Child Neurology Foundation Digital Access Application

  Looking for a way to stay connected to resources and healthcare for your child this summer?   The  Child Neurology Foundation  (CNF) will give 50 families with at least one child living with a neurologic condition a refurbished Chromebook, and if applicable, a data hotspot with 23GB of data monthly for one year. Apply Now

HHS Launches Maternal Mental Health Hotline

  On May 8 th , HHS  launched  a new toll-free maternal mental health hotline for expecting and new mothers experiencing mental health challenges. The hotline offers an array of support, such as interventions from trained counselors who are culturally and trauma-informed. Additionally, the hotline will partner with community-based and telehealth providers as needed. Mothers can call or text 1-833-9-HELP4MOMS (1-833-943-5746) and connect with a counselor at no charge with a language preference option.  

Justice in Aging logo From DC logo Here’s what we’re watching in Washington: Biden Administration Announces New Internet Access Initiatives

This week, the Biden Administration announced new initiatives to implement the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) and bring free access to high-speed internet to more low-income households. The ACP, enacted as part of the Infrastructure and Jobs Act, provides people with limited income up to a $30 discount on their internet bill ($75 for households on Tribal lands) and up to $100 off the purchase of a computer or tablet. The Administration has recently reached agreements with internet service providers serving more than 80% of the country to make high-speed plans available at no cost to people using their ACP benefit. The Administration has also launched  GetInternet.gov , which provides information on the ACP benefit, how to apply, and how to find participating internet providers. Read more in this White House Fact Sheet .

Building Capacity for Inclusion of People with Disabilities in Preparedness Planning and Response

In 2020, CDC funded the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials ( ASTHO external icon ) and the National Association of County and City Health Officials ( NACCHO external icon ) through a project titled  Addressing Needs of People with Disabilities in COVID-19 Preparedness Planning, Mitigation, and Recovery Efforts in U.S. State, Territorial, City, and County Health Jurisdictions . The purpose of this project is to ensure the inclusion of people with disabilities in state, territorial, and local health department preparedness and response efforts by embedding disability specialists, who serve as subject matter experts, in public health emergency preparedness planning and response programs. Disability specialists are embedded in 28 state, territorial, and local health departments across the United States and are working to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate disability inclusion efforts within these agencies.  Read more here  

Appendix K and code waiver updates

The COVID-19 pandemic was declared a statewide public health emergency by Governor Eric Holcomb on March 6, 2020. In response to the statewide public health emergency, several policy changes were temporarily put into place throughout the declared public health emergency. While some flexibilities were approved as part of the federal public health emergency through the Appendix K process, others were temporarily approved through Executive Orders and The Indiana Health Coverage Programs.  Executive Order 22-09  rescinded the statewide COVID 19 Public Health Emergency Declaration  effective March 3, 2022 . With the end of the Statewide PHE,  the code waiver flexibilities noted below are no longer in effect.   Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services   is allowing for a 30 day transition period out of the code waiver flexibilities noted below. Reporting of non-ANE incidents and non-COVID incidents within 48 hours.  460 IAC 6-9-5 Incident reporting Allowing potential staff’s limited cri

Child and family team meeting attendance

During the public health emergency, the Division of Mental Health and Addiction authorized Child Mental Health Wraparound providers to hold child and family team meetings virtually when requested to do so by the youth and family with concerns regarding health risk exposure.  DMHA specified that virtual CFTMs may be requested only by the youth and family to accommodate the family’s health concerns. The division has been notified that there are providers who are attending CFTMs virtually even when the rest of the team is meeting in-person.  DMHA would like to remind all CMHW providers that attendance at CFTMs is mandatory, and they are expected to attend those meetings  in-person .  Families may request for a CFTM to be held virtually when concerned about COVID or other health risk exposure. In cases such as this, the entire team meeting would be held virtually.  Provider staff are never individually excused from attending a child and family team meeting.  Any deviation from this require

Mitigating Coverage Loss When the Public Health Emergency Ends

In January 2020, the federal government  declared a public health emergency  (PHE) because of the emerging COVID-19 virus. The government has extended the PHE nine times since, and it is now  scheduled to expire in mid-July 2022 . Many may celebrate the symbolic end of the pandemic, but the end of the PHE could  dramatically reverse recent gains  the United States has made in reducing the numbers of uninsured. While the PHE is in effect, state Medicaid programs receive enhanced federal funding as long as they do not drop people from the program. At the end of the PHE, this enhanced federal funding will end and  states will resume eligibility redeterminations  for the more than 78 million people enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program; as many as 16 million are  expected to lose Medicaid coverage  as a result. 1 Read the full article  here

5 Tips on How to Stick to Your Budget

  From  Ticket to Work Creating a budget is a great step toward financial independence. A budget helps you make sure there is money put aside for each of your expenses. However, how do you make sure you stick to your budget? Overspending in any area of your budget can create challenges if you’re trying to stretch your dollars. Here are 5 tips that will help you stick to your budget. Read Now