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Permitless carry and mental health

| Jun 16, 2021 | Texas

Texas’s recently passed bill allowing the unlicensed carrying of firearms made national headlines when it passed its second chamber last month, prompting outcry from individuals concerned about endangering the public. Aside from public safety, some opponents of the bill say the soon-to-be-legalized “constitutional carry” initiative may worsen many Texans’ already...[ Read More ]

Joint human services subcommittee passes OHA budget bill

| Jun 16, 2021 | Oregon

The Joint Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Services passed the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) budget bill, HB 5024, on Wednesday.      This is the bill’s first movement since mid-March and signifies the start of the push towards the final biennium budget for OHA. Oregon’s legislative session is scheduled...[ Read More ]

What You Missed: 2021 Arizona Health Policy Conference

| Jun 16, 2021 | Arizona

The 2021 Arizona State of Reform Health Policy Conference held on May 25 brought together speakers, thought leaders and policy experts to engage in multi-siloed conversations built for a new digital landscape.     State of Reform seeks to bridge the gap between health care and health policy. Too often,...[ Read More ]

Hawaii community leaders discuss ensuring health equity beyond the pandemic

Nicole Pasia | Jun 16, 2021 | Hawaii

Hawaii community leaders met last week at a virtual Civil Beat panel to discuss health equity and lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic. The panelists include We Are Oceania CEO Josie Howard, Sheri Daniels, MD, Executive Director of Papa Ola Lokahi and Chantelle "Tellie" Matagi, Contact Tracing Lead Investigator Team...[ Read More ]

Valerie Nurr’araaluk Davidson named ANTHC President

| Jun 16, 2021 | Alaska

The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) Board of Directors named Valerie Nurr’araaluk Davidson as President, removing interim from the title, effective Monday, June 14. Davidson has been serving as Interim President since mid-March. With this change, Davidson is stepping down from her role as President of Alaska Pacific University...[ Read More ]

5 Things Virginia: Q&A w/Dr. Aplasca, Mental health interim meeting, Health policy platforms

| Jun 16, 2021 | Virginia

While DJ is out of office, I’ll be bringing you this edition of 5 Things We’re Watching. I’m the managing editor here at State of Reform where I have my eye on health care and health policy in Virginia and a number of other states. Feel free to email me any feedback...[ Read More ]

MAHP executive director gives an update on the 15-bill health care package

| Jun 15, 2021 | Michigan

Two bills from the House’s 15-bill health care package have passed out of the Senate Health Policy and Human Services Committee. The two bills are HB 4356, which allows patients to renew contact lens prescriptions online and HB 4359, which expands the scope of practice for certified registered nurse anesthetists...[ Read More ]

Development of Behavioral Health Administration underway in Colorado

| Jun 15, 2021 | Colorado

Following the passage of HB 1097, the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) is in the preliminary stages of developing its ambitious Behavioral Health Administration (BHA). Robert Werthwein, the director of the department’s Office of Behavioral Health (OBH), says a considerable amount of stakeholder engagement remains before CDHS finalizes an...[ Read More ]

Experts discuss how schools act as a hub for community health

| Jun 15, 2021 | Michigan

State of Reform brought together a panel of experts focused on schools as a hub for community mental and physical health at the 2021 Michigan State of Reform Health Policy Conference. The panelists discussed the Whole Child model, the continued increase with mental and behavioral health challenges in Michigan children...[ Read More ]

Jeff Thomas discusses Washington's behavioral health crisis system, workforce shortages and improving the behavioral health system

| Jun 15, 2021 | Washington

Jeff Thomas is the CEO of Frontier Behavioral Health. Frontier Behavioral Health is a nonprofit organization that provides behavioral health and related services to individuals of all ages in collaboration with community partners. They are also one of regional operators for Washington's behavioral health crisis system. In this Q&A, Thomas...[ Read More ]

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