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Obama Administration Finalizes Mental Health and Substance Abuse Parity Rules for Medicaid

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently published a final rule that seeks to strengthen access to mental health and substance abuse benefits for Medicaid and CHIP beneficiaries. The rule provides states with detailed guidance on how the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA) should be applied to Medicaid […]

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The Truth about Juvenile False Confessions

The recent Netflix documentary Making a Murderer unleashed a wave of scrutiny over procedures in the criminal justice system, including investigation and interrogation practices. In that vein, we posted a few weeks ago discussing what Making a Murderer shows about juvenile confessions—that false confessions by youth can be fairly easily obtained and, consequently, youth need […]

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Have you heard about The Big Share?

If you follow us on social media or subscribe to our emails, you may have heard a little something about The Big Share. The Big Share, scheduled for March 1, 2016, is a day of online giving that will help raise funds for the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families and 70 other non-profits in […]

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Many Wisconsinites are Struggling but Challenges are Felt More Heavily in Communities of Color

Greater Opportunity for Wisconsinites Would Help Level the Playing Field With far too many Wisconsinites struggling to make ends meet, it is clear that communities of color are facing this challenge most acutely. New Census data released last week highlights the need for Wisconsin lawmakers to do more to expand opportunity and make it easier […]

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National Community Health Center Week 2015

This week is National Health Center Week 2015 and the 50th anniversary of the beginning of Community Health Centers (CHCs). Community Health Centers (CHC) are an integral part of the health care safety net for underserved communities across the nation and in Wisconsin. Their doors are open to all – regardless of their insurance status. […]

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A Report from Michigan: Progress for Early Childhood

A summary of a report from Peter Pratt, President of Public Sector Consultants in Michigan The Michigan legislature passed–and Republican Governor Snyder signed into law–the FY16 budget in June. Despite severe budget pressure, lawmakers and the governor affirmed their commitment to wise early childhood investment by: allowing more low-income families to keep the child care […]

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