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2015 Annual Conference

Save the date!  Our 2015 Annual Conference takes place November 19-22 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC.  The conference will feature many great workshops and speakers this year, joining hundreds of mental health advocates and professionals from across the nation as we work to educate and empower children, youth, and families.  Register today!  Early bird rate expires September 30, 2015!  Click here for more information.

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Introduction of Mental Health Reform Act of 2015

Today, Senators Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) are introducing their long-awaited mental health reform legislation.  The text of the bill is not yet available, but will be soon.  We have seen an advance copy and spoken with Senator Murphy’s staff this afternoon to confirm what is in it.  I want to share with you links to the press statement and blog that we have just issued in response to the legislation.

Spoiler alerts: it is similar to HR2646 in its overall approach to mental health reform.  There are some noteworthy differences, but it incorporates many of the provisions for which MHA was credited with getting into HR2646.  It also makes no changes to Protection and Advocacy services available to people with mental illnesses.

Passing of Linda Machado

It is with a heavy heart that we inform everyone that Linda Machado, Executive Director of Hawaii Families as Allies, has passed.

A longtime foster parent of youth with mental health challenges, Linda is recognized for her many contributions to the mental health and child welfare systems over the years, including roles as a parent partner and youth coordinator for HFAA. Linda was a true pioneer in her community and we will miss her passion for helping children, youth, and families.

Information on memorial arrangements will be provided as they become available.