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Plain English Guide to DSM

By Lisa Gillespie, Kaiser Health News

As mental health professionals, policymakers and advocates focus on taking steps to mend the fragmented mental health care system, the role of patients and their friends and families is sometimes overlooked.

That’s why the American Psychiatric Association is releasing a first-of-its-kind book to decode in plain English the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders — a guide for mental health providers that is also used to determine insurance coverage. The resource, Understanding Mental Disorders: Your Guide To DSM-5, includes in-depth explanations of risk factors, symptoms and symptom management, treatment options and success stories.

This gets at one of APA’s reasons for releasing this volume — to help create a more accurate picture of what a particular illness or disorder might involve.

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Notice of Public Meeting

Subject:           Plan of correction for meeting caseload ratios

Date:               Thursday, May 28, 2015

Time:               10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Location:         Far Northern Regional Center

                        1900 Churn Creek Road

                        Redding, California 96002

                        (3rd floor, Large Conference Room)

Based on the data that FNRC provided to the California Department of Developmental Service on March 1st, 2015, FNRC was found to be out of compliance in meeting the caseload ratios as required by law. Specifically FNRC was over the ratio allowed for:

1. consumers enrolled on the Home and Community Based Services Waiver; and
2. consumers who have moved from the developmental centers to the community since April 14, 1993, and have lived continuously in the community for more than 12 months; and
3. consumers who have not moved from the developmental centers to the community since April 14, 1993, and who are not under the age of three not on the Home and Community Base Services Waiver,

These ratios are mandated by Welfare and Institutions Code section 4640.6, subd (c)

As specified in Welfare and Institutions Code 4640.6, subd (f), a plan of correction must be developed following input from the local area board, local organizations representing consumers, family members, and regional center employees, including recognized labor organizations, service providers and other interest parties.

During the meeting an overview will be provided on how regional center funding for Operations is allocated by the state, and the challenges that are confronting regional center


In First, State To Ban Subminimum Wage

By Michelle Diament ~ disabilityscoop.com

New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan signed legislation that will outlaw subminimum wage in the state.

New Hampshire is set to become the first state in the nation to make it illegal for people with disabilities to be paid less than minimum wage.

The new law will take effect in 60 days.

“New Hampshire has a strong tradition of treating all of our citizens with respect and dignity, and by making New Hampshire the first state to prohibit employers from paying subminimum wages to people who experience disabilities, Senate Bill 47 helps build on that tradition,” Hassan said.

Previously, New Hampshire law allowed employers to obtain permission to pay those with physical or mental impairments less than minimum wage.

Though no businesses in the state are currently taking advantage of the provision, Hassan said that updating the state’s policies to officially end the practice affirms that “fully including all people is critical to the strength of our society, our democracy and our economy.”

Since the 1930s, federal law has allowed employers to request special permission from the U.S. Department of Labor to pay those with disabilities less than the federal minimum, which is currently $7.25 per hour. However, the issue has become divisive in recent years.

In 2012, the National Council on Disability recommended to President Barack Obama that subminimum wage be phased out and a federal law passed last year instituted new limits on who’s eligible to enter employment situations paying less than minimum wage. Nonetheless, many families and advocates continue to argue that there is a place for sheltered workshops and similar opportunities for individuals unable to thrive in competitive employment.



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