Updated Parity Website Explains Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Coverage


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Updated Parity Website Explains Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Coverage

Parity laws require insurers to provide comparable coverage for mental health, substance use disorder, and physical health care so people can get the treatment they need. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has updated its mental health and substance use disorder parity website, which provides resources to help answer questions about protections under federal Parity laws. The site is a guide for people who
  • have been denied coverage,
  • reached a limit on your plan (such as copayments, deductibles, yearly visits, etc.), or
  • have an overly large copay or deductible.

Visit the Parity Website

New IDIS FAQs Now Available

Integrated Disbursement and Information System (IDIS) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are available on the HUD Exchange. FAQs provide guidance on commonly asked questions.
View the FAQs on the IDIS FAQs page.
The newly added FAQs address:
  • How to determine the last time a user logged into IDIS
  • How to run the new versions of the IDIS PR30 report
If you have a question that is not answered by the existing FAQs, please submit your question through the HUD Exchange Ask a Question (AAQ) portal. On Step 2 of the question submission process, select "IDIS: Integrated Disbursement and Information System" in the "My question is related to" drop down list, and then select the related program to which your question belongs.
The IDIS resource pages provide guidance, tools, and webinars to assist grantees in using IDIS.
         
Visit the HUD Exchange at https://www.hudexchange.info

Are Homeowners Fueling the Housing Crisis?

Tuesday, May 1, 2018
In this Issue: Black Panther-Inspired Gift to Oakland Should Have Looked Like ThisNew Program to Help CLTs Get to ScaleAre Homeowners Fueling the Housing Crisis? Also: Jobs ● Shelter Shorts ● Events Industry News +
Miriam Axel-Lute, Shelterforce
On the heels of Disney’s billion-dollar blockbuster Black Panther, the studio has made a $1 million donation to Boys and Girls Clubs of America, which will open STEM centers in “underserved areas” of many cities, including Oakland, where the movie starts and ends. But how much of a difference will that make if the kids being served are no longer able to live near those centers? Read Full Article
Randy Shaw, Tenderloin Housing Clinic
Cities believe developers must contribute a public benefit in exchange for the right to build housing—which many see as a public good. In contrast, homeowners who prevent housing in their neighborhoods make huge profits by artificially restricting supply—and cities require them to provide no public benefits at all. There’s clearly a double standard at play here. Read Full Article
Shelterforce Staff
Climate Gentrification | HUD’s Work Requirements | A Marijuana Tax to Build Affordable Housing? | Homeownership Alone Can’t Close the Wealth Gap | Illegal ICE Raids on Farms | Keeping An Eye on Opportunity Zones | More... Read Full Article
Miriam Axel-Lute, Shelterforce
A new program invests in the belief that community land trusts can become more than a boutique housing solution. Read Full Article
Events

National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) | Our Homes, Our Voices National Housing Week of Action is happening all week this week and leads up to NLIHC's National Call-In Day and the Twitterstorm on May 7 and 8. Local events have already begun, so click here to find an event happening near you and/or to announce an event your organization is coordinating.

Wednesday, May 16, 2 p.m. EDT | Preserving Affordable Homeownership Opportunities: Part I | Communities across the country are trying to create policies that do more with less, balance individual benefits with community benefits, and make a dent in their local affordable housing needs. Join UHAB and Grounded Solutions Network for this webinar to discuss making the case for permanently affordable homeownership and share how you can adopt and customize these models to fit your community’s needs. Grounded Solutions Network's 2018 E-Learning Series is presented in partnership with Citi Community Development.

Thursday, May 17, 2 p.m. EDT | Cross Sector Collaborations: The Power of Partnership in Driving Community Change | Webinar participants will learn about the Strong, Prosperous, And Resilient Communities Challenge (SPARCC), a three-year, $90 million initiative to amplify locally driven efforts to ensure that major new infrastructure investments lead to equitable, healthy opportunities for everyone. The webinar will feature SPARCC’s national team members focused on data, research, capital, and communications—Enterprise, Low Income Investment Fund, and the Federal Reserve—and will include a deep dive on SPARCC’s work in Atlanta. Webinar presented by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation.
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Industry News
Marcia Contreras Mission Housing
Mission Housing Development Has Promoted M├írcia Contreras to the Position of Deputy Executive Director | Contreras joined Mission Housing in 2009, serving in various departments before taking on a dual role in 2015 as director of operations and resident services. Executive director Sam Moss credits Contreras with growing the Mission Housing team from eight people to 25, expanding their supportive services partnerships to include numerous human services agencies, and re-connecting Mission Housing to grassroots community organizations throughout the Mission District and San Francisco in general. She will serve as Mission Housing’s acting executive director when Moss is unavailable.
Michael Chao Mission Housing
Mission Housing Development Has Promoted Michael Chao to the Position of Director of Housing Development | Chao has served as senior project developer at Mission Housing since 2014, having added more than 1,000 units of new 100 percent affordable housing to their portfolio. Executive director Sam Moss credits Chao with solidifying Mission Housing’s role as a leader in community-based affordable housing development. With Chao’s promotion, Mission Housing is investing in the continued growth of current staff into leadership positions. Prior to joining Mission Housing, Chao oversaw housing development at several local nonprofits, including at Community Housing Partnership from 2008 to 2014.
Request for Comment

The Build Healthy Places Network (BHPN) has drafted “Principles for Building Healthy and Prosperous Communities.” The six principles are in the consultation draft, meant to start a conversation and get feedback from those who are working to bridge the community development and health fields. BHPN wants to hear from you about where they got it right, what you would add or change, and whether you would adopt the principles for your own organization. A revised and final set of principles is expected to be released in the fall.
You Said It!

Shelterforce is an excellent magazine/resource and has a pro-community perspective that deepens my thinking and broadens what I understand to be viable or possible. —Scott Stafford, via Twitter

One cannot ignore the fact that many of these poorer communities also still carry the burdens of racism from another era. These housing issues appear to be tied to longstanding and growing economic inequality that has been well documented, and I fear these problems will not be solved until... —Albert Zabin, more

The lowest-cost way to create housing opportunities for low-income and working class households requires us to understand that “acquisition and development” is not synonymous with affordability. Government officials, development corporations (even non-profits), funders, lenders, syndicators, contractors, consultants, policy makers and resident-groups are too often… —Michael Rohrbeck, more

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