Update #1 ·

Update on April 12, 2013

ON ADVOCACY DAY, TUESDAY, APRIL 16, CWLA'S PRIORITIES FOR CONGRESS (http://www.cwla.org/advocacy/HotTopics2013.pdf) ARE THREE-FOLD:

1. PROTECT PROGRAMS SERVING CHILDREN AND FAMILIES IN THE FEDERAL BUDGET
Congress and the Administration should:
· Repeal or replace the sequester with new revenues or more targeted
cuts and restore funding to critical child welfare and child protection
programs.
· Support implementation of the President's legislative proposals to
improve early learning, enhance mental health supports for youth and young
adults, reduce foster teen pregnancies, and assist victims of domestic
trafficking.
· Support the President's proposed funding increases for Promise
Neighborhoods, juvenile justice programs, WIC, and family planning.
· Oppose efforts to transform Medicaid and SNAP into block grants. 

2. IMPROVE ACCESS TO MENTAL HEALTH CARE
Congress and the Administration should:
· Pass and implement the Mental Health in Schools Act (H.R. 628/ S. 195).
· Pass and implement the Excellence in Mental Health Act (H.R. 1263/S. 264).
· Pass and implement the Helping Educators Support All Students Act (S. 648).
· Pass and implement the Mental Health Awareness and Improvement Act (S. 689). 

3. INVEST IN A CONTINUUM OF EARLY CARE AND EDUCATION RESOURCES
Congress and the Administration should make enhancements to the early childhood resource continuum that:
· Ensure access for families who are vulnerable to close the resource and outcome gaps;
· Are high quality, research-based when possible, and run by trained and supported professionals who are knowledgeable of the unique needs of the child welfare population;
· Include a comprehensive service component, addressing all developmental domains  as opposed to just focusing on academic preparation; and
· Provide universal support when appropriate and possible.

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