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How the US criminalizes those with mental illness and then attempts to treat them

MENTAL HEALTH | In the US, individuals with mental illness are often incarcerated, which ensures they don’t receive adequate care or the resources they need. In fact, in some cases, they are punished for experiencing distress because prison staff are not trained to care for people. (NPR, 7/10)

Jails and prisons have all kinds of rules and regulations. … Some of them are for security and some of them are just basically for the sake of rules, like where you have to stand when they do the count or where you have to stand to receive your food tray, things like that. And when people can’t follow the rules, either because they don’t understand them or because their paranoia makes them think that following the rules is going to get them hurt, the punishment is solitary confinement, which basically means being shut in a windowless room by yourself 23 hours a day. And it can make people who are sane completely mentally ill, but for somebody with mental illness it’s absolutely devastating. … If you’re paranoid and you’re afraid that your food is being poisoned or that people are out to get you, being locked in this room by yourself really makes it worse.

CSR | Katy Moore, WRAG’s managing director of corporate strategy, and Sean Herpolsheimer, WRAG’s 2018 Summer Fellow, discuss how leading companies are leveraging their data for social good in a new blog. (Daily, 7/11)

VETERANS | This month, Virginia will begin adding “veteran” to the driver’s licenses and identification cards of residents that served in the military. (Prince William Times, 7/10)

YOUTH | A Virginia writer, along with local groups, has started a book drive for the children separated from their families at the border. (DCist, 7/9)

PUBLIC SAFETYChairman Pulls Noise Amplification Bill That Rankled D.C. Musicians (DCist, 7/10)

WORKFORCE | How the gig economy is making it easier for employers to discriminate against care workers with no consequences. (Nation, 7/10)

BUSINESSVirginia climbs, Maryland tumbles on CNBC’s top states for business rankings (WBJ, 7/11)

Make sure to get your free Slurpee at 7 Eleven today!

– Kendra

Maryland study estimates Amazon would add $17 billion to the state’s economy

ECONOMY | Maryland’s Department of Commerce has released a study estimating the economic impact on the state if Amazon chose to locate its second headquarters there. The study found it would contribute $17 billion to the economy and add $7.7 billion in wages. (Bethesda Beat, 2/28)

The study determined the ancillary effects of Amazon would result in about 101,000 total jobs and produce about $280 million in additional annual county tax receipts and $483 million in annual state tax receipts.

“Amazon’s HQ2 is the greatest economic development opportunity in a generation, and this study confirms just how transformative this project could be for Maryland,” Gov. Larry Hogan said in a statement about the study. “From the construction phase, to when the headquarters is fully operation, Maryland would reap unprecedented benefits.”

– Local activists and a DC councilmember are concerned the mayor’s proposal that attempts to stop legal challenges to new developments will harm low-income residents and lead to more gentrification. (WaPo, 2/8)

– A local journalist looks into the recent fight about the volume of street performers and others in Chinatown. (Washingtonian, 3/1)

TAX REFORMMost D.C. Residents Will See Lower Taxes Overall From GOP Tax Law (WAMU, 2/27)

VETERANS | Maryland Senator Chris Van Hollen has formally requested a review of the Washington DC Veteran Affairs Medical Center. (NBC4, 3/1)

GIVING | A new study found that individual donors giving through donor-advised funds give more to education and less to religion. (Chronicle, 2/28 – Subscription needed)

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE | The Environmental Protection Agency released a report that found people of color are much more likely to live near polluters and breathe polluted air. (Atlantic, 2/8)

RACISMKKK lawyer warns Loudoun Co. against blocking constitutional rights (WTOP, 3/1)

You can now take a water taxi from the Wharf to National Harbor.

– Kendra

New work requirements could impact some Medicaid participants

HEALTHCARE | The administration has announced that the federal government will allow states to test work requirements for Medicaid. There are more than 74 million people participating in the program but this would only affect some, since adults with disabilities and children make up a large portion of its enrollees. (KHN, 1/11)

Adding a work requirement to Medicaid would mark one of the biggest changes to the program since its inception in 1966. It is likely to prompt a lawsuit from patient advocacy groups, which claim the requirement is inconsistent with Medicaid’s objectives and would require an act of Congress.

The document says who should be excluded from the new work requirements — including children and people being treated for opioid abuse — and offers suggestions as to what counts as “work.” Besides employment, it can include job training, volunteering or caring for a close relative.

PHILANTHROPY | Congratulations to Jennifer Lockwood-Shabat, President & CEO of the Washington Area Women’s Foundation, for being awarded the Philanthropy Women 2018 Wonder Woman Award for Leadership in Women’s Funds! (Philanthropy Women, 1/8)

VETERANS | Boeing will commit $10 million to veterans’ recovery and rehabilitation programs and military transition services to support the Military Service Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute. (PND Blog, 1/11)

ARTS & HUMANITIES | Actors in Sovereignty, a new play premiering at Arena Stage, discuss the US’s treatment of Native Americans and their history. (DC Theatre Scene, 1/10)

PUBLIC SAFETY | They were friends as kids, then on opposite sides of the law. Now they’re mentoring D.C. teens together. (WaPo, 1/11)

HIV/AIDS | The DC Health Department has launched a new ad encouraging people to talk to their doctors about the HIV prevention drug, PrEP. (WUSA9, 1/10)

IMMIGRATION |On Wednesday, ICE agents conducted a nationwide operation targeting 7-Elevens in hopes of finding undocumented workers. They made 21 arrests. (WaPo, 1/10)

TRANSIT | Here are the details of the recent Metro proposal to refund riders if a bus or train delay of at least 15 minutes makes riders late to their destination. (NextCity, 1/8)

Do you think you could finish a marathon running backwards? These people did.

– Kendra

Local community health center is bringing the doctor’s office to patients

HEALTH CARE | Mary’s Center, a community health center with locations in DC and Maryland, is ensuring its Medicaid patients can access its services by offering telemedicine options. The center has a new pilot program where medical assistants will go to a patient’s house for their doctor’s appointment and the doctor will talk to the patient through a webcam. (WAMU, 11/13)

Dennis Lebron Dolman is one of those patients. He went to a health screening fair over the summer, where Mary’s Center Medical Assistant Grace Kelly took his blood pressure. It was dangerously high: 180 over 100 — stroke-level high.

He hated doctor’s offices and didn’t want to go in to get treatment. So Kelly talked him into an alternative: she would come to him, with a clinic in a suitcase (a scale, blood pressure monitor, virtual stethoscope), and a laptop to connect virtually with a doctor across town.

RACIAL EQUITY | WRAG and a coalition of other organizations have partnered with the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) to begin a deliberately focused conversation with government officials in our region about racial equity. Tamara Lucas Copeland, WRAG president, discusses why government officials should come to the meeting on December 1, 2017. (Daily, 11/13)

PHILANTHROPYOpinion: Deepak Bhargava, president of the Center for Community Change, encourages philanthropy to stand in solidarity with grantee partners as many social justice organizations face threats and attacks. (Chronicle, 10/8 – Subscription needed)

Related: This year, WRAG, through our Program & Policy Committee, has examined how we can have more of a voice on the issues that matter in the region. In the 2017 edition of Our Region, Our Giving, released last week, we look at how WRAG members are using their dollars, as well as their voices, to support advocacy efforts in the region — work that has become even more important over the past year.

– Prince George’s County, MD has joined a growing list of cities and counties that are investing public money toward defending immigrants against deportation. (NPR, 11/12)

– DC High School Students Take Over Senate Office Building for DACA Protest (Washingtonian, 11/9)

TRANSIT | The DC Council is considering decriminalizing fare evasion on the Metro rail and bus service. (WaPo, 11/12)

VETERANS/EDUCATION | The University of Maryland College Park has announced that it will waive application fees for veterans and current service members. (WTOP, 11/10)

FotoWeek DC has started. Check out some of the featured photographers.

– Kendra

Justice Department says federal civil rights law doesn’t protect transgender employees

WORKFORCE/TRANSGENDER RIGHTS | In 2014, former Attorney General Eric Holder released a memo explicitly stating that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects transgender employees from discrimination. On Wednesday, the Department of Justice released a memo stating that this law does not protect transgender people from discrimination at work. (NBC News, 10/5)

The Department of Justice (DOJ) released a memo Wednesday asserting that federal civil rights law does not protect transgender people from discrimination at work. The memo refers specifically to Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of sex.

“Although federal law, including Title VII, provides various protections to transgender individuals, Title VII does not prohibit discrimination based on gender identity per se,” the memo, signed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, states. “Title VII expressly prohibits discrimination ‘because of sex…’ and several other protected traits, but it does not refer to gender identity. ‘Sex’ is ordinarily defined to mean biologically male or female.”

HEALTH CARE | United Medical Center Nurses Want Changes At Troubled Hospital (WAMU, 10/6)

– According to the DC Fiscal Policy Institute, the city’s 2018 budget doesn’t include enough funding for affordable housing for the District’s extremely low-income families. (DCFPI, 10/5)

– Housing Insights, a new affordable housing tool designed to help policymakers and advocates understand the state of affordable housing in the District, has launched. Try the tool now

IMMIGRATION | Sanctuary DMV, a local network of activists who want to help immigrant communities, have created a rapid response number for people to call if they are experiencing or witnessing an ICE raid. (WCP, 10/5)

EDUCATION‘Concern’ And ‘Confusion’ As Schools Review New Sexual Assault Guidelines (WAMU, 10/8)

VETERANS | Starting next month, Prince William County, VA veterans who are arrested and have to appear in court will have a special hearing on a “veterans docket”. (Potomac Local, 10/5)

ARTS & HUMANITIES | Citing the lack of women artists in museums, this local artist is intentionally featuring only artwork by women in her latest exhibit. (WTOP, 10/6)

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Step into Hogwarts this October at a local bar….

– Kendra

DC youth in wards 7 and 8 receive a large investment in their education

EDUCATION | The DC College Access Program, a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to helping District high school students get into college and graduate, recently received a $10 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The funds will be used, in part, to award college scholarships to students that live in wards 7 and 8. (WaPo, 10/2)

The Gates Foundation grant also will be used to award college scholarships to students who live in Southeast Washington. With additional contributions of $1 million from Monumental Sports & Entertainment and $7 million from DC-CAP’s own private funds, the new Ward 7 & 8 Scholarship Fund will provide eligible students up to $25,000 in financial support for their ­higher-education goals.

“If the cost of college is more than your annual income, it’s a very scary proposition,” said Argelia Rodriguez, president and chief executive of DC-CAP. “The earlier we instill in both students and parents that this is possible and that we’re going to give you the support, the better.”

– 9 million kids get health insurance under CHIP. Congress just let it expire. (WaPo, 10/1)

– The District’s Department of Health has launched a new campaign to engage youth and their caregivers to have honest conversations about sex. (Washington Times, 9/29)

TRANSIT | Advocates want Metro to decriminalize fare evasion because they believe it disproportionately impacts people of color. (WAMU, 9/29)

PHILANTHROPYNative American Activist Builds Bridges Between Tribal Communities and Funders (Chronicle, 9/29 – Subscription needed)

IMMIGRATION | Last week, the US Immigration and Custom Enforcement led a four-day crackdown on jurisdictions it believes are sanctuary cities. 28 people were taken in Maryland and 14 in the District. (Bethesda Beat, 9/29)

CHILDREN & FAMILIES | The District has launched a new website that lists the different childcare options, both center- and home- based, that the city offers. (WAMU, 9/29)

VETERANS | A nonprofit wants to build affordable housing for low-income veterans in Manassas, VA. (Potomac Local, 10/2)

PUBLIC SAFETY/ MENTAL HEALTH | Ten years ago, the DC court system and the DC Department of Behavioral Health created the District’s Mental Health Community Court to help individuals that have behavioral health issues avoid jail time. (WCP, 10/2)

Take a short trip through this storybook town (use your direction keys to move) and pick up the passengers.

– Kendra

Almost all of the DC region’s children have health insurance

– The Annie E. Casey Foundation has released its 2017 Kids Count Data Book showing trends in the well-being of children living in the US. The report found that about 95% of children nationwide have health insurance. The rate of insured children in our area includes 98% in the District, 96% in Maryland and 95% in Virginia. (WaPo, 6/13)

“We have seen firsthand that success is possible when local and federal policymakers prioritize child well-being,” said Shana Bartley, acting executive director of DC Action for Children. “But much of these gains could be lost,” she said.

Bartley and other advocates for children are calling on the Trump administration and Congress to preserve health-care funding, as well as funding for other programs that create a safety net for children.

– How the proposed American Health Care Act could impact the District. (DCFPI, 6/9)

FOOD INSECURITYWhy Can’t America Solve the Hunger Problem? (Citylab, 6/13)

DEVELOPMENT | A local historian questions if DC’s current Comprehensive Plan is a throwback to the city’s redlining past. (GGWash, 6/13)

ARTS & HUMANITIES | Why the District’s “Justice Matters” film festival is important and how art can inspire social movements. (PND Blog, 6/12)

VETERANS | Congress has passed a law to create more employee accountability in the Department of Veterans Affairs. (WTOP, 6/13)

PUBLIC SAFETY | Charlottesville, VA residents discuss possible responses to a planned KKK rally next month. (Richmond Times, 6/13)

NONPROFITS | Northern Virginia Health Foundation has issued a request for a Letter of Intent (LOI)  from organizations that are interested in collaborating across sectors to improve public health in Northern Virginia. The Foundation will review these LOIs, and if accepted, will request a full proposal.  The deadline is close of business Monday, July 17.  Please refer to the Northern Virginia Health Foundation website for more details. If you have any questions, please contact Tricia Rodgers (703-486-5693).  Technical questions should be referred to Sonia Law.

A museum takes stock of our failures.

– Kendra

Alexandria searches for a solution to its low-income housing problem

HOUSING | 36 years ago, Alexandria, VA promised to replace any housing unit that is demolished. Due to the growing cost of construction and the limited options to finance low-income housing, some are looking to review that promise. (WaPo, 6/9)

Changing Alexandria’s 36-year-old promise to preserve the number of housing units for its poorest families at affordable rents would break a social compact, affordable housing advocates say.

“At the time this law was passed, it was never envisioned that public housing authorities would be losing their funding from the federal government,” said Michelle Krocker, executive director of the Northern Virginia Affordable Housing Alliance. “We need to be sure any solution provides housing in perpetuity for these extremely low-income people, because we know these are the hardest populations to serve.”

POVERTY | A new nonprofit that provides furniture to formerly homeless DC residents launched last week. (DCist, 6/9)

– Ron Brown College Preparatory High School, the District’s male-only high school, takes stock of its progress after a year of operating. (WaPo, 6/11)

– What Philanthropy Has Done Right — and Done Wrong — on Charter Schools (Chronicle, 6/12 – Subscription needed)

TRANSIT | Metro Access users, who are disabled or elderly, are unsatisfied with the duration of their rides and wait times. (WaPo, 6/10)

NONPROFIT | Congratulations to DC SCORES for being the Center for Nonprofit Advancement’s 2017 AIM for Excellence Award finalist for outstanding achievement in organizational management. You can register for the AIM award presentation on June 20 here.

VETERANS | A Congress member is ordering a formal review of the District’s VA Medical Center. (NBC4, 6/9)

Virginia remembers Loving v. Virginia on the case’s 50th anniversary.

– Kendra