WASHINGTON WEEKLY:  Friday, April 13, 2012’s update was prepared by Susan L. Vaughn, Director of Public Policy, of the National Association of State Head Injury Administrators (NASHIA).

As the president of the Brain Injury Association of Hawaii, Ian Mattoch receives NASHIA’s updates of legislative hearings, briefs, reports, conferences, and webinar notices from Washington, DC.

CDC to Release Report on Unintentional Child
Injury and National Action Plan
On Monday, April 16, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be releasing a Vital Signs report which
presents the latest information about unintentional child injury in the United States and highlights strategies for addressing the issue. In conjunction with Vital Signs, CDC is also releasing the National Action Plan for Child Injury Prevention, developed in partnership with more than 60 stakeholders. The goals of the national Action Plan are to raise awareness about the problem of child injury and the effects on our nation, offer solutions by uniting stakeholders
around a common set of goals and strategies, and mobilize action to reduce child injury and death.

CDC will be providing a number of resources that partners can use to help promote child injury and the National Action Plan for Child Injury prevention, including: sample press release and newsletter
article, P&As, fact sheets, and social media tools.

Special Briefing Webinar
CDC is hosting a webinar on Monday, April 16, 2:30-3:30 pm (EDT). The Special Briefing, a webinar, will highlight new CDC
child injury data and the National Action Plan for Child Injury Prevention. For more information and to register: register

CDC Vital Signs Town Hall Conference Teleconference
On Tuesday, April 17, from 2-3 pm (EDT), subject matter experts and other public health professionals will be available for a town hall teleconference on Child Injury. This teleconference provides a forum for State, tribal, local and territorial health, policy, and communication officials to broaden the conversation, build momentum, and ensure active implementation of evidence-based, effective programs within child injury prevention. For more details and to register: click here.

HHS and Education Announce Funding for Early
Education Programs
Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that $133 million from
the 2012 Race to the Top fund will be available for continued investments in State-level, comprehensive early education reform. The Departments intend to fund down the FY 2011 slate and invite the next five applicants, Colorado, Illinois, New Mexico, Oregon, and Wisconsin, to apply.

In 2011, 35 States, D.C. and Puerto Rico applied to Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge, creating plans that increase access to high-quality programs for children from low-income families, and
provide more children from birth to age 5 with a strong foundation needed to succeed in school and beyond. In December 2011, nine States were awarded grants-California, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island
and Washington.

The $133 million for additional Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge State grants will come from a larger $550 million fund provided by Congress through the Department of Education’s FY 2012 budget. Additional dollars from the 2012 appropriation will
be used to run a new district-level Race to the Top competition. More details on the new competition will be available later this spring.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
Announces Grant Funding

Last week, CMS announced that they will set aside almost $46.5 million for basic grant funding to be distributed to State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIPs). This grant money will help people with Medicare get more information about their health benefits and health choices. The grants are available to 54 SHIP organizations throughout the United States. For more information
click on this link.

Upcoming Conference
2012 NASHIA SOS – HCBS Registration is Open
Yesterday, the NASHIA/NASUAD announced that registration is open for the combined State of the States in Head Injury Meeting and the National Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Conference to be held in Arlington, VA, September 10-13, 2012. A discounted rate is available until August 3.

The overall conference offers a unique blend of policy, program, and practice issues for professionals interested in TBI and home and community based waivers for all ages and abilities. During September 11-13, a concurrent track will be offered on TBI best practices, covering a range of topics from rehabilitation to community-reintegration. On Sept. 10, NASHIA will hold its annual meeting and sponsor plenary and workshop sessions on TBI public policy, programs and best practices.

Due to the overwhelming success of last year’s NASUAD’s HCBS conference, many groups, including NASHIA, have decided to merge with the HCBS conference this year. The Administration on Aging has announced that the HCBS conference will be their official grantee conference for the year. Over 1,200 participants are expected, and will include federal, State, and local policymakers and those who administer, manage and deliver waiver and other HCBS programs, as well as a strong presence from U.S. Health and Human
Services ranging from AoA, CMS, HRSA, Office of Disability, SAMHSA, Office of Developmental Disabilities, and more. For more information click here.

National Work Incentives Seminar Event (Wise) Hold Ticket to Work Webinar
The National Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) will be holding a webinar on Ticket to Work. The subject of the upcoming webinar will be special Social Security Programs and rules that may apply to who participate in the program.  The webinar will be held on April 25, 2012 at 3pm EST. To register online and for more information click here.


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