Friday, July 12, 2013

House Appropriations Subcommittee Approves Key Department of Justice Programs

House Appropriations Subcommittee Approves Key Department of Justice Programs

July 12, 2013 – On Wednesday, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) approved the fiscal year 2014 bill that funds Department of Justice (DOJ) programs. The bill funds DOJ at $26.3 billion, a decrease of $720 million (3 percent) from the fiscal year 2013 enacted level.

The bill included $55 million for the Second Chance Act, the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (created by the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act, or MIOTCRA) received $7.5 million, and the Justice Reinvestment Initiative received $25 million, including funding for a task force on federal corrections spending. The robust funding provided for Justice Reinvestment programs reflects continued congressional support for programs that address rising corrections costs and increasing prison and jail populations.

The bill also provides $75 million for a comprehensive school safety initiative to be developed by the National Institute of Justice.

Committee approval is only the first step in the appropriations process. The appropriations bills must be passed by the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, as well as the full House and Senate.  The Senate plans to release their fiscal year 2014 CJS appropriations bill later this month.

A funding summary of key programs:

      *Final number after sequestration.

For the subcommittee draft text of the legislation, please visit:

Disparities in Mental Health for Underserved Populations. Trauma, Stress, PTSD July 18, 2013

PRESENTATION TITLE: Disparities in Mental Health for Underserved Populations: Best Practices for Affordable Care

Gail Wyatt, Ph.D

Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences

Director, Center for Culture, Trauma and Mental Health Disparities

University of California, Los Angeles

Thursday, July 18, 2013
2:00 P.M. - 3:30 P.M.

NIH Campus
Natcher Conference Center, Balcony A
45 Center Drive
Bethesda, MD

About 25 percent of all U.S. adults have a mental illness, and nearly 50 percent of U.S. adults will develop at least one mental illness during their lifetime. In her presentation, Dr. Gail Wyatt will discuss mental health disparities, some of the current concerns and best practices to address these disparities, based on her research at the Center for Culture, Trauma and Mental Health Disparities. She will examine the cumulative effects of lifetime trauma and stress in African Americans and Hispanics that is often overlooked and not addressed in mental health systems as we know them now. She will also describe the screener that her research team has developed to identify those at risk for symptoms of Post- traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression, that can be used in future primary care settings.

Dr. Wyatt is a clinical psychologist, board certified sex therapist and professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She is also director of the UCLA Center for Culture, Trauma and Mental Health Disparities, the Sexual Health Program and the Phodiso Training Project in South Africa. She also serves as associate director of the UCLA AIDS Institute, and directs the HIV/AIDS Translational Training Program. She was a National Institute on Mental Health (NIMH) Research Scientist Career Development Awardee for 17 years. Dr. Wyatt has conducted national and international research since 1980, funded by the NIMH, the National Institute of Drug Abuse, state and private foundations. She has received numerous awards and honors for her scientific accomplishments, mentoring, and teaching. Dr. Wyatt has also testified before the United States Congress eight times on issues related to health policy.


There is limited parking on the NIH campus. The closest Metro is Medical Center. Please allow adequate time for security check. The presentation will not be video cast live. It will be available in the NIH video archives and on the NIMHD website after the seminar. Sign language interpreters will be provided. Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodations to participate should contact Edgar Dews at 301-402-1366 or the Federal Relay at 1-800-877-8339.

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