Advocacy E-News February 12, 2016
February 12, 2016
TELL YOUR SENATORS TO INVEST IN TREATMENT, NOT JAIL
Valentine’s Day brings to mind being with the people you love. Unfortunately, millions of Americans with mental illness will be in jail and away from loved ones because they did not get the treatment they need when they needed it. Your advocacy can help change this.
Ask your U.S. Senators to co-sponsor S. 2002, the Mental Health and Safe Communities Act, which will help connect people with treatment, not jail. S. 2002 will help.
NEW ONLINE TOOLS OFFER PATH TO LOWER DRUG PRICES
The rules for use of deadly force by police in New Jersey are clear.
A few entrepreneurs say they are aiming to fundamentally change the way people buy drugs, bringing the industry into the digital age by disclosing the lowest prices for generic prescriptions to allow comparison-shopping. At least two online ventures collect drug prices at pharmacies around the country and connect consumers to coupons to help them pay. Another takes the process a step further by allowing customers to pay for their drugs online, then pick up the prescription at nearly any pharmacy.
STAYING SOBER AFTER TREATMENT ENDS
Getting sober is hard. Making sobriety last is much harder. Most people who go into a residential rehab treatment manage to detox and stay that way during their weeks- or months-long stay. But problems begin when they leave. Many patients walk out the door — and fall off a cliff.
LESNIAK & GREEN ANNOUNCE PLAN FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING
Senator Raymond Lesniak and Assemblyman Jerry Green announced an affordable housing initiative on Thursday that would utilize tax incentives to help increase the construction and availability of low- and moderate-income housing. Joined in support by housing advocates, the legislators said they are introducing legislation, S-894, that would provide up to $600 million in tax credits to build affordable housing.