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Shelley Rood

AJFCA Washington Director

                        Thursday, July 12, 2012 

Last Thursday, AJFCA sent out a legislative update email that was rich with content. In case you missed it, last week's newsletter covered topics including Holocaust survivors, the Supreme Court, the Administration for Community Living, the Health and Long-Term Care Summit, the Farm Bill, the Violence Against Women Act, Nonprofit Security Grants, the Olympics, and one grant opportunity on Elder Abuse Prevention. This week there has been more activity in Congress, so please read below for additional topics and grant information. As always, please contact Shelley Rood, AJFCA's Washington Director, with questions. Thanks! 
Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee announced a hearing would be held on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on Thursday, July 12th. AJFCA has advocated for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to hold this hearing, and we have signed multiple letters of support. AJFCA will continue to advocate for ratification of the CRPD in the Senate. For additional information, please view the letter AJFCA signed with the Jewish Disabilities Network.
Behavioral Health Information Technology Act
"Behavioral Health" is the term used to describe mental health and/or substance abuse treatment. Many of our AJFCA members provide these vital services. The Behavioral Health Information Technology Act (H.R. 6403) has been introduced in the House. Much like its counterpart in the Senate (S.539), this bill will add community mental health centers, psychiatric hospitals, residential and outpatient mental health treatment facilities, and substance abuse treatment facilities to the list of organizations eligible for federal incentive payments. Currently, you can receive incentive payments for the adoption of health information technology if you have a psychiatrist or nurse practitioner on staff. Both bills would extend incentive payments for electronic health records to certain types of behavioral health organizations that are not currently eligible.

Health information technology is a critical component to providing high-quality, coordinated care. Extended payments to behavioral health agencies will help to support the adoption, implementation, and upgrading of IT systems. For more information, click here and please view this article from the Wall Street Journal.
JFNA Grants Bulletin
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR)
The Administration for Community Living's (ACL) Administration on Aging (AoA)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-Administration on Children, Youth and Families

The Health and Human Services Partnership Center and the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) hosted a conference call for faith and community leaders on ACF's new Guide to Resources and Funding for Community and Faith-based Organizations. Both the webinar presentation and the Guide to Resources and Funding for Community and Faith-Based Organizations are available at the Partnership Center's website.

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