Thank you to those who came out to remember and celebrate Roger Kendrick.
There were both laughter and tears but the impact of Roger's life on those who had the honor of knowing him was evident.
In This Issue
- Governor's May Budget Revise
- SAMHSA Women and Girls CONFERence
- Revised Definition of Addiction Could Lead to Millions More Being Diagnosed
Gimmicks and Bad News all Around
Governor Jerry Brown released his May Budget Revision on Monday, May 14. Staged early releases to the Media in the previous days provided plenty of panic reports in the Sunday newspapers with reports of a looming
Of prime interest to CAARR members is the announcement that he (the Governor) has not altered even one iota his January proposal to abolish the CA Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs. It remains 100 percent intact. Not only would the Department be abolished effective July 1, which is horrible in itself, but even the absolutely most onerous parts of how the fragments would be distributed remain exactly as proposed in January. Residential facility licensing is still being proposed for transfer to the Department of Social Services Community Care division, while program certification would be shipped off to the Department of Health Care Services.
It is clear that the Administration has not listened to ANY input from the stakeholders. They've blown off not only CAARR but CADPAAC and every provider organization who insisted that AOD facility licensing must not be separated from program certification. The ruse of convening several 'stakeholder meetings' to listen to the field - a time-tested method used to buy time and placate the public while providing a plausible defense to the Legislature -- resulted in NO changes whatsoever to the initial proposal.
This game is headed into the ninth inning. There will probably be little if any semblance of a Two-House Budget Conference Committee, and the ADP item, along with billions of dollars in budget cuts, will be decided largely by the Big 3 --- the Governor, Senate President pro tem Steinberg, and Assembly Speaker Perez. CAARR is continuing to advocate by appealing to Legislators to REJECT the Administration's proposal in its entirety as we enter an extremely dangerous period in which the decision to keep or kill ADP will be made in less than 3 weeks.
National CONFERence on Behavioral Health for Women and Girls
Co-sponsored by Mental Health Systems, Inc.
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO MAY 31, 2012
Register now to receive the early bird rate.
SAMHSA's National CONFERence on Behavioral Health for Women and Girls is the only conference that focuses on current policy, evidence-based strategies, and leadership, collaboration, and planning for women and girls' health, empowerment, resilience, and recovery.
Register by clicking the link below
A proposed revision to the definition of addiction by mental health specialists could lead to millions of additional people receiving an addiction diagnosis, The New York Times reports. The changes could lead to big consequences for both health insurers and taxpayers, according to the newspaper.
Call For Presenters
September 5th 2012
CAARR Board of Directors
Paul Savo - President
Phil Allen - Vice President
Ramona Robertson - Secretary
Lisa Beintker - Treasurer
Tom Avey - Legislation
Cindy "Oma" Gray