LGBTQ+ Youth Lack Support; $25 Million for Homeless Youth; Drug Discount Program

LGBTQ+ Youth Lack Support; $25 Million for Homeless Youth; Drug Discount Program

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Announcements:

WEBINAR: SOC Expansion Leadership Learning Community: Improving Outcomes for Youth Dually Involved in Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Systems
Wednesday, June 20, from 2:30 – 4 pm EDT

From SAMHSA: This learning community will focus on youth who are involved in both the juvenile justice and child welfare systems, often referred to as “crossover” youth. Many of these youth have serious behavioral health challenges, and this session will provide an overview of the Crossover Youth Practice Model, which was developed by Georgetown University’s Center for Juvenile Justice Reform as an evidence-based system reform model to impact this population.

Register here.

News:

LGBTQ Youth Report Finds Lack of Support in Community
Human Rights Campaign – 6.12.18

The University of Connecticut and Human Rights Campaign jointly published their 2018 LGBTQ Youth Report this month. The report is based on the largest ever survey of its kind, which includes the responses of over 12,000 LGBTQ+ identifying youth. The report found, overall, that while more LGBTQ young people were coming out, that stigma is still prevalent enough to exacerbate the mental health of LGBTQ+ youth, as well as make it harder for them to seek support.

The study found that 77 percent of LGBTQ teenagers surveyed felt depressed or down in the past week, and that more than 70 percent felt worthlessness and hopelessness in the past week. 95 percent of LGBTQ youth report trouble sleeping at night.

Their mental health is affected by the homophobia and transphobia they experience: only 26 percent say they feel safe in their school classrooms — and just 5 percent say all of their teachers and school staff are supportive of LGBTQ+ people. This invalidation compounds the challenges LGBTQ+ young people face while trying to get mental health care — inappropriate care at best, and outright discrimination at worst.

According to the Human Rights Campaign, “LGBTQ young people who participated in the survey… made crystal clear that supportive families and inclusive schools are key to their success and well-being.”

Download the full report here or flip through it here.

Budget Agreement Reached; $25 Million Dedicated to Homeless Youth
John Burton Advocates for Youth — 6.12.18

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon announced last Friday that they have reached an agreement on the 2018-19 state budget. Included in the agreement is the $500 million Homeless Emergency Aid program to provide relief to people experiencing homelessness, 5% of which will be targeted to homeless youth or youth at risk of being homeless ($25 million).

Details of the agreement that pertain to housing and homelessness are included in Senate Bill 850. According to it, the Homeless Emergency Aid program will be administered by the Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council.  The Council was formerly in the California Department of Housing and Community Development and will now be elevated to an agency-level entity within the Business, Consumer Services, and Housing Agency.

Protecting the Drug Discount Program for Community Clinics
PR Newswire — 6.12.18

Representative Doris Matsui (D-Sacramento) is sponsoring new legislation that would protect the 340B federal drug discount program. 175 hospitals qualify for the 340B program in Matsui’s home state of California.

This program was created in 1992 to offer prescription medications at a discounted rate to health care providers serving low-income populations, which today includes safety-net hospitals, Federally Qualified Health Clinics and other community clinics. The 340B program is a direct arrangement between eligible clinics and drug manufacturers, with no additional state or federal spending involved.

This new legislation, entitled the Stretching Entity Resources for Vulnerable (SERV) Communities Act, is intended to enable providers to continue to serve populations with low or no income. The act also includes a requirement to audit health clinics and drug manufacturers participating in the 340B drug discount program (carried out by the Secretary of Health and Human Services), as well as a mandate that drug manufacturers publicly disclose drug pricing information.

More Stories:

Study: Women’s Need for Mental Health Care Spikes Following Sexual Assault
California Health Report — 6.8.18

How Suicide Quietly Morphed Into a Public Health Crisis
New York Times — 6.8.18

Chemobrain: Mental Health After Surviving Cancer
Los Angeles Times — 6.13.18

Young People with Autism Prepare to Enter Work Force
Capital Public Radio — 6.13.18

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