Health

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Details on CARA Act-Drug Legislation

The final conference report on the “CARA” legislation includes changes under nine titles.  Its emphasis, unlike past anti-drug initiatives, is more on prevention and treatment. It is a distance from some of the efforts of the 1980s when crack-cocaine was attracting all the attention in regard to substance use.  Actions then and into the 1990s were more focused on interdiction [...]

New Evidence On Effectiveness Of Teen Pregnancy Prevention

On Friday the Office on Adolescent Health (OAH) released the results of 41 rigorous evaluations on the effectiveness of teen pregnancy prevention programs.  The studies, 90 percent of which were randomized controlled trials between 2010 through 2015, is expected to offer a significant contribution to the field’s knowledge of where, when, and with whom programs are effective.  The findings provide [...]

Families First Status Discussions Continue

Holding Pattern in Senate Last week efforts to adopt the House version of the Family First Prevention Services Act, (HR 5456) (Conference Report 114-628) continued but success has stalled—at least temporarily.  By week’s end the only thing that was clear is that they had not yet reached unanimous support for the bill and passing it.  Senate unanimous consent is the [...]

Congress Works On Drug and Mental Health Acts—Includes CAPTA Changes—In Last Days

Squeezed in between last week’s presidential politics, the House and Senate were trying to work out final deals on mental health and drug legislation. House-Senate Conferees agreed to a bill or conference report on the “CARA” legislation although the Democrats were holding out for increased appropriations that would fund the new provisions.  The House adopted the conference report on Friday [...]

House Subcommittee Approves Labor-HHS Bill

On Thursday the House Subcommittee on Appropriations for the Department of Labor, Health and Human Services and Education (Labor-HHS) approved a bill that reduces spending below current year funding and attaches a number of provisions the President would reject. Overall the bill provides $161.6 billion which is a cut of $569 million below this year.  It is also $2.8 billion [...]

Hill Briefing Discusses Evidence-Based Approaches to Drug Treatment

On Friday afternoon, June 24, the National Prevention Science Coalition sponsored a briefing, Fighting the Opioid Epidemic on Multiple Fronts by Leveraging Empirical Evidence.  Panelists included Scott P Novak, RTI International, Terrence Watson, National Association of Drug Court Professionals, and Kenzie Preston, National Institute of Drug Abuse. Dr. Novak presented some of the history of the recent increase in opioid [...]

House Subcommittee Discusses Substance Use and Evidence

On Wednesday, May 17 the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Resources held their own hearing on the substance-abuse issue and the relationship to child welfare.  It follows last week’s Senate Finance Committee hearing on the use of evidence-based services and its relationship to child welfare. In his opening statement, the Chairman, Congressman Vern Buchanan (R-FL) said, "In Florida, [...]

House Passes Negotiated CAPTA Safe Care, Senate Next

On Wednesday, May 11, the House of Representatives passed the Infant Plan of Safe Care Improvement Act, H.R. 4843, by a vote of 421 to zero. Late last year a Reuters investigation examined the care for infants born to parents struggling with opioid and heroin addiction. It caught the attention of Congress especially the parts that dealt with a lack [...]

Davis-Young Amendment Prioritizes Parent-Incarceration Drug Treatment 

The House adopted an amendment offered by Congressman Danny Davis (D-IL) and Congressman Todd Young (R-IN), (and endorsed by CWLA), that will allow Justice Department funded substance abuse treatment diversion grants to focus on parents whose incarceration could result in their children entering foster care. The amendment was considered as part of the House debates on a series of opioid [...]

Briefing With Dr Phil Becomes Hearing On Better Drug Treatment Strategy

Thursday a Capitol Hill briefing featuring Dr. Phil McGraw became more like a Capitol Hill hearing as he discussed the heroin/opioid use epidemic and its impact on the child welfare. The briefing sponsored by the House Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth, co-chaired by Congressperson Karen Bass (D-CA) and Congressman Tom Marino (R-PA), was open to all members of the House [...]