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NCPA CONDEMNS BIGOTRY AND VIOLENT PROTEST

The recent events in Charlottesville have occurred in the context of increasing polarization in political views throughout the country that is accompanied by anger and resentment. It also comes at a time when several minority groups are feeling increasingly threatened by the actions of government and nongovernmental parties. These factors have caused an increase in stress and anxiety among the citizens of our country, including North Carolina. NCPA condemns the racial prejudice, anti-Semitism, and anti-gay attitudes shown by many demonstrators in Charlottesville this past weekend. NCPA opposes discriminatory violence against others and mourns the loss of life that resulted from militant, organized bigotry. We are concerned about the increase in adverse psychological impact on both the targets and perpetrators of prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination. Click here to read the full NCPA statement.


APA RESPONDS TO CHARLOTTESVILLE VIOLENCE

In light of the events in Charlottesville this past weekend, the American Psychological Association (APA) has shared with the media and others information on understanding the effects of traumatic stress and the normal responses that may follow abnormal events to help people cope with their thoughts and feelings. Click below for the information:

www.apa.org/helpcenter/disaster/index.aspx

In addition, APA sent a letter to the Honorable Michael Signer, Mayor of Charlottesville, expressing its condolences and offering support during this extremely difficult time. Please click below to read the letter.

www.apa.org/news/press/response/charlottesville-violence.aspx


DHHS ISSUES PROPOSED MEDICAID PLAN

On August 8, the Department of Health and Human Services issued a detailed, proposed program design for Medicaid managed care in North Carolina. This proposed design will provide over 1.6 million residents with an innovative, whole-person-centered, well-coordinated system of care. The proposed design, available at ncdhhs.gov/nc-medicaid-transformation, gives providers, plans and other stakeholders the opportunity to share feedback before the Department submits a revised waiver to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in the fall. Comments are due by September 8. NCPA’s committees and boards will be reviewing the proposed plan and making comments.


N&O EXAMINES JAIL DEATHS – MANY WITH A MENTAL HEALTH LINK

The Raleigh News and Observer began a five-part series on Monday looking at deaths in North Carolina’s jails. Many of the cases cited in the article involve issues of mental health and substance use. Here are the links to the first two articles in the series:

On Wednesday, the N&O examines the issue of accountability for inmate deaths in Part 3 of the series.

Today’s article addresses inmates with mental illness, substance use disorders, or a combination of both, and how NC’s system handles this population.

Below is the link to Friday’s piece, the final article in the series.


POSITIVE IMPACT PROJECTED FOR 2018 MEDICARE PAYMENTS

CMS is projecting that due to changes in practice expense (e.g., overhead costs) psychologists will receive on average a 2% increase in payment for 2018. This is significant as many of the medical specialties are projected to have payment losses ranging from 1 to 3%. More information will be available in November when CMS releases the final rule on the fee schedule containing a breakdown of the values assigned to each service. Click here for more information.


BEING AN EFFECTIVE PSYCHOLOGIST ON AN INTERDISCIPLINARY TEAM

Working alongside individuals from different fields can present unique challenges for psychologists. The APA Practice Organization’s panel of psychologists offers advice for being an effective team member – click for the article: http://bit.ly/2uXKUSx.


APA STATEMENT ON SENATE’S FAILURE TO REPEAL & REPLACE ACA

The American Psychological Association and its affiliated APA Practice Organization praised the Senate today for rejecting efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, and called on Congress to revise and improve the current health care law.

“We are pleased and relieved that the Senate was unable to pass any of the misguided measures to repeal or replace the Affordable Care Act, which has provided health insurance to so many previously uninsured Americans,” said APA President Antonio E. Puente, Ph.D. “The partial dismantling of the law the Senate finally voted on would have caused havoc in the insurance market and jeopardized coverage for millions of people. It’s time for Congress to work in a bipartisan manner to strengthen the Affordable Care Act and the individual insurance market, and the entire country owes a debt of gratitude to Senators Collins, Murkowski, and McCain — and all the other senators who voted “no” — for opening a window of opportunity for this to happen. We call on the Senate and House to focus on crafting legislation to extend comprehensive, reliable health insurance coverage — including coverage for mental health and substance use treatment — to the 28 million currently uninsured Americans.”


NCPA MEMBER NAMED TARHEEL OF THE WEEK

Please join us in congratulating NCPA Member Laura Klinger, Ph.D., who was named the Raleigh News & Oberver’s “Tarheel of the Week”! Dr. Klinger is recognized for her accomplishments as a researcher in the field of autism and Director of the TEACCH Autism Program at UNC-Chapel Hill. But her work with a different cast of characters may take you by surprise! Click here to read the article. NCPA is so pleased Dr. Klinger has received this honor.


NORTH CAROLINA’S OPIOID ADDICTION ACTION PLAN

More than 12,000 North Carolinians have lost their lives to opioid overdose since 1999, and opioid-related overdose deaths have spiked by more than 800 percent in the state through 2016. According to DHHS data, in 2016 opioid-related deaths were up by 20 percent from the previous year. If that rate were to continue, North Carolina could expect to lose more than 1,500 additional lives per year to opioid overdose by 2021.

Earlier this month, Governor Roy Cooper joined Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen, M.D. at the Opioid Misuse and Overdose Prevention Summit in Raleigh to roll out a statewide plan to fight opioid abuse and overdose deaths. To read North Carolina’s Opioid Action Plan, visit ncdhhs.gov/opioids.


ACA SAGA CONTINUES – YOUR HELP STILL NEEDED

Although this week there were not enough votes for the Senate to pass a bill that would have repealed and replaced the ACA, the saga over ACA repeal is not over. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has indicated he is switching legislative strategies, from repealing and replacing the ACA to simply repealing the law and having the Senate vote on such a bill next week. A “repeal only” bill would be even worse than either the BCRA or the House’s version, the American Health Care Act. Earlier this year, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that a repeal-only bill would cause 32 million people to lose health coverage within 10 years. Thanks for all the contacts you have made! PLEASE KEEP UP THE CONTACTS AND PRESSURE. Please click here and tell Senators Burr and Tillis to vote “No” on the repeal only bill, and any bill that reduces coverage. As stated by APA, Congress should work in a bi-partisan manner to improve the ACA, not dismantle it.


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