Archive for January, 2014

Affordable Housing 101 Community Forums

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03/20/14: Hepatitis C Training (free)


7 Contact hours will be provided for CAADAC & CAARR 

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Act before 03/07/14 to Prevent Restrictions on Psychiatric Medications in Medicare!

Act Now to Prevent Restrictions on Psychiatric Medications in Medicare!



Take Action!


The Federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed a rule to restrict access to anti-depressant and anti-psychotic medications in the Medicare Part D program.

Historically, Medicare Part D Plans have been required to include on their preferred drug lists all or substantially all psychiatric medications in recognition that personal choice and clinical judgment are critically important in decisions about these medications.   The proposed rule would restrict the availability of anti-depressant medications in 2015 and restrict the availability of anti-psychotic medications in 2016.

NAMI has long supported preserving open access to all Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved medications in the Medicare Part D program. Restricting access to psychiatric medications can be extremely harmful for individuals living with serious mental illness, including increased hospitalizations and other negative consequences.  At a time when national attention is focused on improving mental health care, a rule restricting access to psychiatric medications does not make sense.

Final comments on the proposed rule are due to CMS by March 7, 2014.   NAMI will circulate sample comments prior to that date.

Click on the Take Action link above to send a letter to your U.S. Representative and Senators and ask them to communicate with CMS that they oppose implementation of this proposed rule.

Thank you for your advocacy!



01/25/14: Healthcare Insurance Enrollment and Wellness Fair

01/25/14: Healthcare Insurance Enrollment and Wellness Fair

HIV & Mental Health | HIV Specialist





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02/08/14: “I am my brother/sister’s keeper” National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day event

02/08/14: \”I am my brother/sister\’s keeper\” National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day event.


01/24/14: “Transitioning to ICD-10: Why It’s Important to Behavioral Health Care Providers and How To Prepare.” (webinar)


Jan. 24 Webinar – Implementing the New International Classification of Diseases



New Webinar – Providers: Prepare for the Transition to ICD-10

Friday, January 24, 2014 | 12–1:30 p.m. Eastern Time

The National Council for Behavioral Health will host the upcoming webinar, “Transitioning to ICD-10: Why It’s Important to Behavioral Health Care Providers and How To Prepare.”

The 10th edition of the ICD (International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems) will modify diagnosis and inpatient procedure coding for everyone covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). All substance use or mental disorder services provided are subject to HIPAA standards. As a result, behavioral health providers must make this transition by October 1, 2014.

Webinar Learning Objectives:

  • Achieve a basic understanding of the ICD-10.
  • Be aware of the significance of making the transition to the ICD-10.
  • Have knowledge of the implementation timeline.
  • Design an implementation strategy specific to the provider’s needs.

Register for the ICD Webinar

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01/23/14: Mental Illness and the ADA (webinar)



Mental Illness and the ADA

Webinar (View Live and/or Recording)
January 23, 2014
3:00-4:15 PM ET


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Clear Law Institute

About the Course

Claims under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) have increased dramatically since Congress amended the law and the EEOC issued its final regulations.  Many of the new claims concern mental disabilities, which are now called intellectual disabilities.  As a result of the changes in the law and the increased number of claims, employers must deal carefully with employees who claim to have disabilities relating to:

  • the ability to think, concentrate, communicate, or interact with others, or
  • disorders such as anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, obsessive compulsion, bipolar, or schizophrenia

In this interactive webinar, you will learn:

  • How to identify intellectual disabilities under the ADA
  • How to successfully navigate the interactive process and determine if a reasonable accommodation exists
  • How to decide if a requested accommodation would constitute an undue hardship
  • How to identify safety concerns and the direct threat defense

About the Presenter


Frank C. Morris, Jr. is a member of the firm Epstein, Becker & Green P.C.  Mr. Morris authored the book Current Trends in the Use (and Misues) of Statistics in Employment Discrimination Litigation, as well as articles on disability, equal employment, and labor topics for journals such as Employee Relations Law Journal, The National Law Journal, and The Practical Litigator.

Continuing Education Credit

HR: This activity has been approved for 1.25 hours of general recertification credit towards PHR, SPHR, and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.

Attorneys: When you register, you will enter the state(s) for which you are seeking CLE credit. In the unlikely event that the webinar is not approved for credit in that state, we will fully refund your registration fee.

Attend Live and/or View Recordings:

  • Attend live sessions at dates and times listed above, and
  • View recordings of live session for 3 months after the webinar (recording available later that day)

Price Per Attendee (Money-Back Guarantee)




Other Upcoming Webinars

Employment Law and Social Media
Monday, January 13th
3:00-4:15 PM ET
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Top 10 Employment Cases of 2013
Tuesday, January 14th
2:00 to 3:15 PM ET
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New OFCCP Affirmative Action Regulations for Federal Contractors
Thursday, January 16th
1:00 to 2:15 PM ET
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Questions? Contact:
Clear Law Institute

Online Course for Employees
Workplace Harassment Prevention

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  • Take on computer, iPad, or smartphone
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HIV Mental Health Task Force Meeting 01/08/14

Hi Folks,

I hope everyone is having a wonderful New Year. I look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow at The Village at 9:30am.

Warm Regards, Alonso




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