HandsNet WebClipper Digest 7/9/99 (fwd)

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July 9, 1999

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** Alerts:
SUPPORT NEEDED FOR PATIENTS' BILL OF RIGHTS - Republican leaders plan to bring
their managed care bill, S. 326, to the Senate floor for debate and a vote the
week of July 12. Democrats will offer as amendments some key provisions from
their bill, S. 6, the Patients Bill of Rights. The Republican and Democrat bills
differ in their provisions on external grievance and appeals procedures, access
to prescription medications, access to specialty care and, more importantly, the
definition of medical necessity.  Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law says urge
your Senators to support the strong managed care protections outlined in the
"real" Patient s Bill of Rights (S. 6). http://www.bazelon.org/799rts.html

SIGN THE INTERNET PETITION FOR REAL PATIENTS' BILL OF RIGHTS - See Families USA
website: http://www.familiesusa.org/pbr/.

STOP THE CLOCK CAMPAIGN - A call for Congress to enact a moratorium on the 5
year lifetime welfare time limits; to conduct a full review of the current
research on the impacts of welfare reform; to actively engage the national
community on this issue; and to reassess this policy. To endorse the campaign
and get your Stop the Clock Action Kit, see http://www.stoptheclock.org/

USE BUDGET SURPLUS TO INVEST IN CHILDREN/JUVENILE JUSTICE BILL - A $20 billion
investment in child care and early learning is a down-payment on our nation's
future, says Children's Defense Fund.  And, urge Congress to protect children in
the juvenile justice system as well as keep children safe from guns in the final
juvenile justice legislation. CDF provides sample letters to Congress.
http://www.handsnet.org/alerts1242/alerts_show.htm?doc_id=15560

JUVENILE JUSTICE BILLS SET FOR CONFERENCE - Congressional leaders will soon
convene a conference to reconcile two versions of juvenile justice legislation:
S. 254, the Violent and Repeat Juvenile Offender Accountability and
Rehabilitation Act, passed by the Senate on May 20, and H.R. 1501, the
Consequences for Juvenile Offenders Act, passed by the House on June 17. What
the conferees do will have a major impact on protections for youth with mental
or emotional disturbance, says Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law. A number of
provisions in these bills would seriously weaken important laws.
http://www.bazelon.org/799juju.html 

For another new Bazelon Center Alert on federal regulations governing use of
seclusion and restraint in hospitals, see: http://www.bazelon.org/799s&r.html

CRUCIAL DECISIONS ON JUVENILE JUSTICE - Child Welfare League of America says
send Congress a message to: Maintain core protections of the Juvenile Justice
and Delinquency Prevention Act, oppose weakening current law and dedicate
juvenile justice funds for prevention efforts.  Sign a letter in support of
prevention funding.  http://www.cwla.org/cwla/publicpolicy/alrt70299.html

** Census:
WAKE-UP CALL ON MINORITY UNDERCOUNT - The Census Bureau's 1998 population
estimates released this week underscore the need for greater participation in
the 2000 Census, particularly among minorities, to help avoid a disastrous
undercount similar to that in 1990, says the Joint Center for Political and
Economic Studies, http://www.jointcenter.org. In addition to the annual
distribution of federal, state and local government funds, Census data are also
used to shape future domestic policy; determine congressional, state and local
redistricting; and monitor and enforce compliance with civil rights statutes.
Contact the Bureau's Partnership and Data Services Branch at 301-457-2032 or
visit http://www.census.gov/dmd/www/partner.htm. Press release at:
http://www.usnewswire.com/topnews/Current_Releases/0707-101.htm

** Children, Youth & Families:
AMERICA'S CHILDREN: KEY NATIONAL INDICATORS OF WELL-BEING - U.S. children are,
on average, doing better in several respects than they have in recent years,
according to the third annual report issued by the Federal Interagency Forum on
Child and  Family Statistics, a comprehensive look at family structure, economic
security, health status, access to health care, behavior, social environment,
and education.  The survey found child mortality and teen smoking and birth
rates down; children's diets need improvement.
http://childstats.gov/ac1999/ac99.asp

SOLUTIONS TO SCHOOL-BASED PEER SEXUAL HARASSMENT - A 1993 study found 85% of
girls and 76% of boys experienced some form of sexual harassment in school.
Compounding the problem is apparent indifference of many school administrators
to student allegations. In light of the U.S Supreme Court's May 24 decision in
Davis v. Monroe Co Board of Education, which grants sexually harassed students
the right to hold school districts monetarily responsible for their grievances,
schools will need to modify their responses. This subject is addressed in the
July/August Child Welfare Journal; to order call 800/407-6273.
http://www.cwla.org/communic/cwj63099.html

QUALITY CHILD CARE AND LEARNING - Children attending child care centers that
meet professional standards for quality score higher on school readiness and
language tests and have fewer behavioral problems than their peers in centers
not meeting such standards, according to a new study from National Institute of
Child Health and Human Development appearing in the July issue of the American
Journal of Public Health. http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/jul99/nichd-01.htm

TURNING THE CORNER ON FATHER ABSENCE IN BLACK AMERICA - New statistics show an
estimated 80% of all African-American children will spend part of their
childhood living apart from their fathers; 70% of African-American children are
born to unmarried mothers. A politically and racially diverse coalition of
reformers, community leaders and scholars are supporting legislation to
authorize an additional $2 billion over the next five years for community-based
fatherhood programs promoting marriage, especially for young, poorly educated,
low-income men. The money would also be used for employment and parental skills
training. Contact Dwight Langhum 202-332-1671 or Dwight Mims 202-723-7548.
http://www.americanvalues.org/publications.htm#new

NATIONAL YOUTH OPPORTUNITY MOVEMENT LAUNCHED - Effort brings the private sector
together with government to concentrate resources in communities with high rates
of youth unemployment. The Labor Dept is distributing $250 million in Youth
Opportunity grants; corporations pledge jobs for young people who complete
training programs; foundations provide grants to help communities fund the
programs.  For information contact Peter Hamm at DOL, 202-219-6871.
http://www.usnewswire.com/topnews/Current_Releases/0708-119.htm.  

SINGLE PARENTING: COUNTING THE COST - Each day of a baby's life begins with a
single step.  He crawls forward, grabs hold of the nearest support he can find,
pulls himself up and starts to take that first tentative step toward
independence.  That's about the same way a single parent must face each and
every day - wake up and face a new morning, check out your surroundings for any
sign of support, pull yourself together and start walking.  You can only hope
that you're walking toward something positive, instead of always running away
from something you'd rather not see, writes HandsNet guest columnist Cheryl
Smith Hissong. http://www.handsnet.org/index_show.htm?doc_id=15557&frame_id=1131

** Education:
LILLY ENDOWMENT FUNDS HISPANIC SCHOLARSHIPS - Hispanics have one of the lowest
graduation rates among all U.S. ethnic  groups, with about 9% graduating from
four-year colleges.   A $50 million grant to the San Francisco-based Hispanic
Scholarship Fund aims to double that percentage.  The fund will give $12 million
each year to 6,000 students. For more information on the Lilly Endowment see:
http://www.hoovers.com/capsules/51580.html

** Health:
DRUG SPENDING UP - Spending on prescription medications soared an astounding 84%
between 1993 and 1998, according to a new study released by the National
Institute for Health Care Management. http://www.nihcm.org/

TEENS LACK PREVENTATIVE CARE - Lack of health insurance and discomfort with
pediatricians is causing teenage patients to "fall through the cracks" when it
comes to preventive medical care.  Doctors should step in and offer health
guidelines on sexual behavior, diet and smoking, says a study published in the
July, 1999 issue of Pediatrics.
http://www.pediatrics.org/cgi/content/full/104/1/35

** Housing:
POINT OF VIEW - Anyone who cares about economic inequality and persistent
poverty in the U.S. has to applaud the President for his high profile tour this
week of the places that have been "left behind," writes Nat'l Low Income Housing
Coalition President Sheila Crowley. Left unsaid in the fanfare is that income
disparity is a deeper structural problem than motivating business to invest in
low-income communities alone can solve:  If economic development is a priority,
then so must be housing vouchers. http://www.nlihc.org/current.htm

WORKBOOK FOR CREATING A HOUSING TRUST FUND - Nearly 150 state and local
governments have created trust funds to support affordable housing.  This
workbook explains how to assemble a proposal for a new fund and put together a
campaign to get that proposal enacted. $10, from Center for Community Change:
http://www.communitychange.org/publications.htm

** Immigrants:
PUBLIC CHARGE CONFERENCE - United Jewish Communities will host a satellite
broadcast entitled "Stop Playing Jeopardy!  Get the latest information on the
new public charge policy."  Find out which health care and welfare benefits and
immigrants can receive without threatening their immigration status. The
broadcast will take place on Tuesday July 13, from 1:00-2:00 pm EDT. To
participate, contact the Jewish Federation nearest you, or call Avi Schaeffer at
202-736-5882. To participate by telephone call 201-599-9364 at 12:50 pm EDT on
July 13 to be connected to the audio portion of the broadcast.  For further
information about public charge, visit the National Immigration Law Center's
website: http://www.nilc.org

PUBLIC CHARGE COMMENTS DUE 7/26 - It is important that INS receives many
positive comments supporting the intent of the guidance. See sample comments for
health advocates from Families USA: http://www.familiesusa.org/websampl.htm

FROM NEWCOMERS TO NEW AMERICANS - The largest group of immigrants to the U.S.
since the beginning of the century is quickly becoming assimilated -- buying
homes, speaking English, becoming citizens and intermarrying at surprisingly
high rates, according to a new study of census data by the National Immigration
Forum. More than three-quarters of immigrants spoke English proficiently within
10 years of arrival and more than 60% owned their homes within 20 years
http://www.immigrationforum.org/fromnewcomers.htm

MOYNIHAN-LEVIN FAIRNESS FOR LEGAL IMMIGRANTS ACT OF 1999 - See FRAC's updated
summary and list of co-sponsors at:
http://www.frac.org/html/news/moynihanlevinsum.html

** Inquiries:
YOUTH TODAY - the national trade newspaper on youth work is preparing a story on
the value and risks of bringing in ex-offenders to work with kids.  We wish to
speak to ex-offenders, program administrators, fellow youth workers, kids and
parents.  We are also looking for information about the use of restraints on
youths in juvenile detention and mental health facilities. Please contact:
Patrick Boyle, email: hn2759@handsnet.org, 202-785-0764, ext 11.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE - Na'nizhoozhi Center in Gallup, NM requests information on
developing an intervention/prevention program for persons abusing non-alcoholic
substances.  Please contact Raymond Daw, Raydaw@aol.com, 505-722-2177, fax:
505-722-5961.

** Race:
ONLINE RACIAL DIVIDE GROWING - More Americans than ever have access to
telephones, computers and the Internet--tools critical to economic success and
advancement--but a digital divide between the information haves and have nots
persists, and, in some cases, has widened significantly, according to a Commerce
Dept report released this week.  Several private sector initiatives are being
launched to help the government close the "digital divide."
http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ntiahome/digitaldivide/

** Welfare Reform:
STATES COACH WELFARE RECIPIENTS IN HOW TO KEEP JOBS - Washington's job retention
programs are among the nation's broadest and most well established, many other
states are just rolling out new programs. Stateline.org reports on Hawaii's job
subsidies, job-specific training in Minnesota and Michigan, on-the-job
supervision in Utah, Rhode Island, Vermont and Virginia and mentoring Programs
Iowa, Kentucky and Delaware. http://www.stateline.org/story.cfm?StoryID=40721

BILL TO EXPAND WELFARE-TO-WORK - Senator Daniel Akaka of Hawaii has proposed a 
$1 billion extension of the "Welfare-to-Work" program, now due to expire at the
end of Sept. Akaka wants to extend it for three years and ease eligibility
requirements to allow more welfare recipients to participate.
http://starbulletin.com:80/1999/07/03/news/story8.html

RETHINKING INCOME SUPPORT FOR THE WORKING POOR - States are looking for new
strategies to provide former welfare recipients and the working poor with
opportunities to achieve economic security in the new economy. NGA's Center for
Best Practices and the Annie E. Casey Foundation are pleased to announce a new
book discussing perspectives on the interwoven issues of unemployment insurance,
welfare, and work. For information or to order see:
http://www.nga.org/CBP/center.asp

GETTING GOOD JOBS: ORGANIZER'S GUIDE TO JOB TRAINING - Why job training has
become an issue; the new federal job training law; how to organize around job
training; training programs that work and more. $10, from Center for Community
Change: http://www.communitychange.org/publications.htm

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