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2019 Parent Leadership Conference #TheTimeIsNow

 

New Jersey Institute of Technology | Campus Center  

154 Summit Street | Newark, NJ 07102

Saturday, March 23, 2019 from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM (EDT)

                                                                                                                                                                    Click here for more information 

SPAN Co-Director Receives 2018 FFCMH Reclaiming Children Award

Diana Autin, Executive Co-Director of the SPAN Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN), received the 2018 Reclaiming Children Award from the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health at their Annual Conference in Houston, Texas.  The Reclaiming Children Award recognizes “outstanding efforts at the local and state level on behalf of children experiencing behavioral health challenges and their families,” and is awarded to “an exceptional individual who has made significant contributions to enhancing the lives of children and their families.”

Her nomination notes, “Shortly after

News from Washington about Affordable Care Act

Source: National Family Voices

The big news this week is the election. Bottom line:  In the next Congress, which begins on January 3, Democrats will hold a majority in the House, and Republicans will hold a majority in the Senate. This means that Congress will not be able to repeal the Affordable Care Act or fundamentally change the Medicaid program, if all House Democrats oppose such measures. In three states, voters approved Medicaid expansion, and in four other states, the governors-elect support Medicaid expansion while their opponents did not. More details below.

It's OPEN ENROLLMENT

Make Your Voices Heard: Changes to NJ Special Education Code

On February 27, Peg Kinsell, SPAN Public Policy Director, Jennifer Halper, Senior Staff Attorney and Legislative Coordinator of Disability Rights New Jersey were joined by more than 150 parents and advocates as they discussed the proposed changes to the state special education code and how they will impact that will impact parents and students rights, as well as the quality of programs and related services for students with disabilities.  For details on the proposed changes, see the white paper developed by a coalition of parents, educators and advocates and also additional information from

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