NASHIA: Washington Weekly Update

Hawaii’s personal injury attorney Ian Mattoch shares National Association of State Head Injury Administrators (NASHIA)’s Washington Weekly post in celebrating March as Brain Injury Awareness Month.  This update was prepared by Susan L. Vaughn, Director of Public Policy, publicpolicy@nashia.org:

HHS Appoints Members to National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius recently appointed four new members to the National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).  The council advises the Secretary, the Director of the National Institutes of
Health and the director of NIAAA on program and policy matters, offers recommendations on research conducted at NIAAA, and reviews applications for grants and cooperative agreements.

SAMHSA Is Accepting Applications for Offender Reentry Program Grants
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for Offender Reentry grants.
The purpose of this program is to expand and/or enhance substance abuse treatment and related recovery and reentry services to sentenced adult offenders returning to the community from incarceration for criminal offenses.  SAMHSA expects that up to $13.8 miilion will be available for up to 12 grants of up to $400,000 per grant annually, over the three year grant period.  Domestic public
and private nonprofit entities are eligible to apply. Applications for No. TI-12-003 are available by calling SAMHSA’s Information Line at 1-877-SAMHSA7 [TDD: 1 800-487-4889] or by downloading the application at samhsa.gov. The due date is May 1, 2012.

CMS Initiative to Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations Among Nursing Facility Residents
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office (MMCO), the Center for Medicare and
Medicaid Innovation (Innovation  Center), and the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS) issued an Informational Bulletin to inform States about a new CMS opportunity, the Initiative to Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations among Nursing Facility Residents (“Initiative”). The Initiative will focus on beneficiaries who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid (often known as “dual eligibles” or Medicare-Medicaid enrollees).  Organizations interested in applying to participate in this Initiative must submit a proposal to CMS by June 14, 2012. CMS is requiring interested organizations to submit a
non-binding Notice of Intent to Apply by April 30, 2012. The Request for Applications is available by searching for CFDA 93.621 at: www.grants.gov. CMS will host a webinar to discuss the Initiative. More information will be available at: https://www.cms.gov/medicare-medicaid-coordination/09_ReducingAvoidableHospitalizationsAmongNursingFacilityResidents.asp#TopOfPage

CMS Issues Final Rule on Medicaid Eligibility and ACA
On March 16, 2012, CMS released its eligibility and enrollment final rule to assist States in implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Medicaid coverage expansion. The rule includes certain changes and clarifications to ease transitions between Medicaid and Exchange coverage and help patients avoid gaps in coverage. Under the ACA, millions of uninsured Americans will gain access to affordable coverage through Affordable Insurance Exchanges and improvements in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). These programs will use consistent standards and systems to seamlessly and efficiently meet consumers’ healthcare needs, improve quality, and lower costs. To see the rule go to:  http://www.medicaid.gov/Federal-Policy-Guidance/Downloads/REG-03-16-12.pdf.

Real Warriors Campaign Launches New Campaign
During the past quarter, the Real Warriors Campaign developed new tools and resources designed specifically to keep active duty service members, veterans, National Guardsmen, reservists and military families informed of available resources for psychological health care and support. The Real Warriors Campaign launched a new video profile of Navy Chaplain (Lt. Cmdr.) Steve Dundas. During Chaplain Dundas’ deployment to Iraq, he experienced combat first-hand while providing support to service members. He returned home feeling depressed, angry and disconnected from his faith, but with the support of his command, he received care for PTSD and learned tools
and tips for coping with invisible wounds. Watch Chaplain Dundas’ video at www.realwarriors.net/multimedia/profiles/dundas.php.

The Campaign is offering a new weekly Podcast Series, “Real Warriors, Real Advice”, in which warriors, veterans and military families highlight the importance of seeking care for invisible wounds and offer tools and tips on building and maintaining psychological resilience. You can access and download episodes from the campaign website (www.realwarriors.net/podcasts) or subscribe to receive the
weekly updates automatically.

AAPD Is Accepting Applications for Youth Transitions Fellowship
The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), in coordination with The HSC Foundation, is now accepting applications for the 2012-2013 Youth Transitions Fellow. The Youth Transitions
Fellow will gain exposure to youth programs serving people with disabilities and will have the opportunity to facilitate collaboration among internship, fellowship, and apprenticeship programs based in the Greater Washington, DC area. This paid fellowship position at AAPD is ideal for a recent college graduate with a disability who is looking to jump start a career and help peers transition to the workplace. The fellowship will start in May, 2012 and continue for 12 months. For more information or to apply, visit: http://www.aapd.com/what-powers-us/work-at-aapd.html. The
deadline is April 30th, 2012.

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