Approaches in Implementing the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act: Best Practices From the States


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Approaches in Implementing the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act:

Best Practices From the States

Approaches in Implementing the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act: Best Practices from the States
In March, President Obama created the Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Task Force in an effort to ensure that coverage for behavioral health conditions is comparable to medical and surgical benefits. In support of the White House's goals of identifying and promoting best practices in parity compliance and implementation, SAMHSA, together with its partners across the federal government, has developed a resource for states and other stakeholders, Approaches in Implementing the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act: Best Practices From the States.
To develop the guide, SAMHSA consulted with insurance commissioners and other officials from seven states with robust parity implementation efforts. The states identified five primary components that they considered essential for the successful implementation and monitoring of parity: open channels of communication; standardization of materials; creation of templates, workbooks, and other tools; implementation of market conduct exams and network adequacy assessments; and collaboration with multiple state and federal agencies, health insurance carriers, and stakeholder groups.
States and other stakeholders can use the approaches described in the publication to promote implementation and compliance, ensuring parity for all Americans.
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The National Community Reinvestment Coalition has named Jesse Van Tol as chief operating officer. Van Tol has served with NCRC for a decade in a number of leadership positions including membership, communications, policy, and research.

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This summer and fall, Congress will be in their home districts and states. To help advocates make use of this time, NLIHC has created a Summer/Fall 2016 Advocacy Guide, outlining the five key ways organizations can take action between now and the November elections to advocate for issues affecting housing, criminal justice
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Could an Anti-Homelessness Program Stabilize Affordable Housing?
Miriam Axel-Lute, Shelterforce
Periodically in the affordable housing world, a few of us acknowledge the fact that the vast majority of low-income people live in unsubsidized rental units located within one- to four-unit buildings. And then we ask, how do we improve the quality of these homes and preserve their affordability? What about . . . More

Alan Mallach
Does Place Matter Anymore? Cities and the 2016 Election
Alan Mallach, Center for Community Progress
Predictably enough, the Republican platform is a 54-page angry, frustrated rant directed at President Obama, democrats, bureaucrats, big government, anything anyone on the right doesn't like. Hillary's website is far heavier on substance. She has detailed positions on 37 separate issues from ending Alzheimer's disease to addressing climate change, yet . . .  More

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How the Major Party Platforms Approach Housing
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The major political party platforms take different approaches to federal housing assistance and related topics. The Republican and Democratic platforms adopted at the parties' conventions in July are couched in strikingly different ways, consistent with the conventions' tones. For example . . .  More

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Does the Disability Rights Movement Offer a Model for Housing Activists?
Randy Shaw, Tenderloin Housing Clinic 
I understand that focusing on disability rights at the DNC dovetailed with Clinton's early personal history of helping to secure the right of disabled kids to attend public schools. But Tim Kaine was a fair housing attorney for 18 years and a founder of a Virginia organization seeking to reduce homelessness. Yet this aspect of his background did not trigger any primetime discussion of housing policy proposals. Why not? . . .  More 
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I've lived here for 14 years and never had a visit from the police until after [my] building changed hands two years ago . . . . If I'd made frivolous calls to the police, I'm sure I'd be penalized, but when a landlord does it, nothing happens. Jamaal Green is on-point with this article--the police work for . . .  --Mark E. Smith, more

It's much more than policing that needs to be fixed. The systematic abandonment of entire communities based on race creates a cauldron of suffering that policing adds to but does not
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I agree that neighborhood stability is inevitably a function of both the "place" and the "people". But success in developing the best prescription for neighborhood health is not easy. Like people, health issues in neighborhoods must be treated thoughtfully. These illnesses can take many forms and . . .
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