• Need-to-Know News: June 24, 2011

    June 24, 2011

    Updates from Us

    • Thanks to all of you who joined us and fellow members of the New York ATI/Reentry Coalition in our calls to New York City Council members this week! With your help, we made our voice heard on the critical need for restored ATI and reentry funding. We hope to give you a budget update soon.

    Headlines on Our Issues

    State

    • Governor Cuomo has put a hold on the first round of layoff notices that were scheduled to go out this week after tentative contract agreement with the Civil Service Employees Union.
    • As the state transitions Medicaid recipients’ prescription-drug benefits from fee-for-service to managed-care plans, advocates for people with psychiatric disabilities and major medical illnesses like HIV/AIDS are pushing for legislation that would give recipients more time to make the transition from medication that is not on preferred-drug lists.
    National

    • As the HIV/AIDS epidemic marks its 30th year, the Kaiser Family Foundation finds that there is a declining sense of national urgency and visibility of HIV/AIDS, and that many Americans still hold attitudes that may stigmatize people living with the disease.
    • In related HIV news, the World Health Organization urged governments this week to to eliminate laws criminalizing sexual activity between consenting men in order to increase access to prevention and treatment.
    • According to a new survey by The Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation, residents of Washington, DC, see HIV/AIDS as the city's most urgent health problem.
    • Kansas Governor Sam Brownback is moving to start a collaboration with faith-based groups to help inmates succeed when they are released from prison.
    • Two new reports raise questions about the progress made in Los Angeles County’s troubled juvenile probation system since Department of Justice demanded changes in a 2008 settlement.
    • A report released Wednesday by the Justice Policy Institute examines the ways that private prison companies have benefited from a 353.7 percent increase in the populations they house -- and alleges that the companies themselves have helped fuel the increase through their influence over legislators and policy.
    • Formerly incarcerated people who have been placed in jobs have lower recidivism rates, according to a new study by the U.S. Department of Labor.

    From Our Partners

    • Congrats to our partners at the Fortune Society, which U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder recognized for its work with John Jay College to create two new toolkits, "Employing Your Mission: Building Cultural Competence in Reentry Service Agencies," and "In Our Backyard: Overcoming Community Resistance to Reentry Housing."