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  • Creating the Washington Health Partnership Plan (passed in winter of 2007 during the 110 th Congressional session) Key phrases from this bill: low-income, childless adults, preventive services, incentives, cost-sharing options
  • Bill summarized: works in favor of health care. Unsure of how this bill will play out as federal policy changes with health care reform Increased eligibility= more people covered under Medicaid and related programs (lead-in to Take Charge)
  • Take Charge is a program sponsored by Medicaid that covers preventive family planning services (contraception). Since 2005, federal restrictions have led to a decrease in clientele by 52% (which is HUGE!). This largely affected people who are not legal US citizens, or those who have family medical insurance but would prefer not to use to as to keep confidentiality. Our current president is working to lift these restrictions, and with the economy in a decline, more and more people need federally-funded programs to support medical services.

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  • 1. Public Policy: From State to Service Stina Kuusinen Mandi Marcovsky Chelsea Eadon Laura Hughes
  • 2. Public Policy in Human Services
    • Understanding Public Policy is crucial to working for non-profits or other service-based organizations
    • Our community and organizational procedures are directly affected by the state and federal policies in the US
      • Who is eligible for services (and what kind of services)
      • What restrictions are put on organizations
      • What responsibilities are given to organizations
      • Policy within an organization
      • Funding and other resources allocated
  • 3. Senate Bill 5945
    • Sec. 4. (1)
    • Establishment of a single eligibility standard for low-income persons, including expansion of categorical eligibility to include childless adults.
    • (d) A program design to include creative and innovative approaches such as: coverage for preventive services with incentives to use appropriate preventive care; enhanced medical home reimbursement and bundled payment methodologies; and cost-sharing options [for low-income people and families].
    Adapted from Second Substitute Senate Bill 5945 of the 110 th Congress (SB 5945, 2009.)
  • 4. Creating the Washington Health Partnership Plan
    • Sets a goal for Washington to work with the federal government on health care reform, aiming to cover all Washingtonians by 2014.
    • Directs the Department of Social and Health Services to apply to the federal government for increased eligibility for full-scope Medicaid and the Take Charge Medicaid family planning program.
    (Reproductive Rights Step Forward and Back.)
  • 5. Affects on Planned Parenthood
    • Expands funding for Take Charge Family Planning Medicaid Waiver Program
      • More patients eligible to receive federally-funded services
      • Better able to serve patients on low or no incomes
      • Can protect confidentiality for a wider range of clients by eliminating patient dependency on family health insurance
    • Washington State’s dedication to health care reform
      • Creates accessibility to clinics through insurance
      • Preventative care
  • 6. Senate Bill 324
    • The Healthy Youth Act requires schools that teach sex education to do so in a responsible, comprehensive manner that includes information about abstinence and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and pregnancy prevention strategies, such as birth control and condom use.
  • 7. Healthy Youth Act (HYA)
    • HYA ensures that the most current standards of sex education are being taught by:
    • 1. ensuring sex education medically accurate and age-appropriate, including information about both abstinence and contraception to prevent pregnancies and STIs;
    • 2. require schools not providing sex education to notify parents students not receiving any instruction in preventing unintended pregnancies and STIs;
    • 3. directing the state to apply for any federal teen pregnancy prevention funds available to the states.
  • 8. Affects on Planned Parenthood Planned Parenthood believes in the fundamental right of each individual, throughout the world, to manage his or her fertility, regardless of the individual's income, marital status, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, or residence. to advocate public policies which guarantee these rights and ensure access to such services to provide educational programs which enhance understanding of individual and societal implications of human sexuality
  • 9. House Bill 1340 2007-2008
    • Provides uniform standards for alcohol and drug assessments of Prgr persons charged with a DUI
    • Required to undergo alcohol assessment and treatment.
    • Program must be approved by DSHS
    • In the interest of the safety of the public.
  • 10. Affects on Catholic Community Services
    • Brings more business
      • assessments
      • classes
    • Creates more jobs
      • Certified chemical dependency professional
  • 11. Senate Bill 6791 110 th Congress (2007-2008) “ Clarifying permitted uses of moneys currently collected under the county legislative authority sales use tax for chemical dependency or mental health treatment programs and services” (SB 6791, 2008).
  • 12. Senate Bill 6791
    • The purpose of this bill is to clarify that counties can collect one tenth of one percent (0.1%) tax on saleable or usable items for which can be used towards “new or expanded chemical dependency or mental health treatment programs” (SB 6791, 2008).
  • 13. Affects on Catholic Community Services
    • Organization’s income
    • Economy
      • Programs cut
      • Staff
      • Clients
    Affects on Catholic Community Services
  • 14. Conclusion
    • Public Policy does have an affect on your work as a Human Services Professional
      • This is equally important no matter your role in an organization
    • Awareness of Public Policy is the key to being an effective worker and leader