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Bazelon Center Mental Health Policy Reporter

Volume VIII, Number 4, May 27, 2010
In This Reporter
Congress Focuses on "Extender Bill"

New Program to Aid Veterans and Their Caregivers

Report Urging Flexibility to Help Failing Schools

CMS Letter on How States Can Implement Olmstead

Strategic Plan for Health Care Access and Quality

HHS Seeks Input on Multiple Chronic Care

OJJDP Fiscal 2010 Plan

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Medicaid and Affordable Housing Would Benefit from "Extender Bill"

Also, President Signs Law Creating Program to Assist Veterans and Their Caregivers

Efforts to help states dealing with budget crises lead Congress' to-do list this week, for action before members recess for Memorial Day. Of particular interest to disability advocates, a bill nicknamed "Extender" would prolong the federal Medicaid assistance on which states are relying and create a reliable source of funding for affordable housing. In the House, a report targeting reauthorization of the federal education law argues for flexibility in addressing the individual needs of students in failing schools. A new law signed by the President creates a broad new program to assist veterans and their families. Finally, two federal agencies articulated plans that could improve access for people with disabilities to housing and mental health services in the community, while a third (OJJDP) gave short shrift to the needs of juveniles with mental health conditions.

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The Bazelon Center's Mental Health Policy Reporter is available exclusively online and to our email subscribers. The Reporter supplements the Bazelon Center's Action Alerts by providing a periodic bulletin on significant policy developments that affect people with mental illnesses.

Laurel Stine
Federal Relations Director
202-467-5730 ext. 134
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