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US Administration Announces $20 Billion in New Phase 3 Provider Relief Funding
Trump Administration Announces $20 Billion in New Phase 3 Provider Relief Funding
Yesterday, under the leadership of President Trump, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), announced $20 billion in new funding for providers on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic. Under this Phase 3 General Distribution allocation, providers that have already received Provider Relief Fund payments are invited to apply for additional funding that considers financial losses and changes in operating expenses caused by the coronavirus. Previously ineligible providers, such as those who began practicing in 2020 are also invited to apply, and an expanded group of behavioral health providers confronting the emergence of increased mental health and substance use issues exacerbated by the pandemic are also eligible for relief payments. Providers can begin applying for funds on Monday, October 5, 2020.
University of New Haven
Penny Geyer, University of New Haven
In 2019, there were 1,004 individuals killed in police officer-involved shootings throughout the United States (Fatal Force, 2020). Aside from the person losing his/her life, the ripple effect that occurs from just one deadly force encounter is infinite. Consequences are experienced by the police officer who must live with the decision to take another human being’s life, to the families of those involved, and to the community at large. The purpose of this report is to present law enforcement agencies in the United States with several clear, concise, and evidenced-based approaches, which if implemented systematically can assist in the reduction of police officer-involved shootings.
Michelle A. Malone, University of New Haven
The legal restrictions imposed upon the accused and convicted create virtually indestructible barriers that prevent former offenders from successfully reentering society in a law-abiding, meaningful way. Such restrictions sanction offenders by virtue of their mere contact with the criminal justice system, and then these impediments remain with them throughout their prosecution, ultimate conviction, and eventual reentry endeavors. Consequently, these individuals are scarred permanently with the stigma of criminality, which greatly impedes opportunities for post-conviction success. Although rights restoration programs have been promulgated federally and by states to mitigate these legal restrictions, inconsistencies in policy interpretation and implementation and their general underutilization renders policies highly ineffective at assisting and protecting former offenders. This paper explores the collateral consequences of the legal restrictions that follow contact with the criminal justice system and recommends how best to improve and encourage participation in rights restoration programs.
Michele Vittorio, University of New Haven
The use of polygraphs in detecting deception is controversial, and there is no consensus in the scientific community about the effectiveness of this technology in identifying deceptive individuals during criminal investigations and employment screenings. The purpose of this paper is to present and evaluate different studies that analyzed the benefits and the shortcomings of the current applications of polygraphs in the United States, and to produce a recommendation based on their conclusions. According to the evidence and research reviewed, it appears appropriate to exclude currently available polygraph testing procedures from pre-employment screening and background investigations in both private and government organizations, and to confirm the non-admissibility of polygraph examinations in criminal courts. Furthermore, it is recommended to develop further research in this field, to improve the consistency, reliability, and testability of the different types and applications of polygraphs in different settings and situations.
Young Wang, University of New Haven
The purpose of this paper is to inform and advise policy makers and administrators about criminological knowledge regarding early interventions, their ability to improve self-control, and potential reduction in involvement with the criminal justice system. Topics assessed include funded research within criminal justice, criminological theory, best practices within education, and relevant experimental designs. Policy implications and research recommendations revolve around the need for randomized controlled trials of sufficient scope, which capture true differences in delinquency between youth who receive the intervention and those who do not. Cost-benefit analyses are recommended as the ultimate goal.
IBH Undeterred In Evidence-based Client Services Amid COVID-19
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Joyfields Institute News – August 14-2020 – Atlanta, GA - In a statement today, Joyfields Institute for Evidence Based Professionals announced that IBH Addiction Recovery Center of Akron, Ohio is taking bold steps undeterred in its efforts to deliver evidence-based and strength-centered services to their clients.
Since March the agency and staff has been undergoing the process of becoming certified as an evidence-based organization, leadership and as practitioners. Recently it completed (along with 4 other agencies in Summit County, Ohio) a third party driven internal self-assessment to determine steps it must take to enhance services it delivers using evidence-based approaches. Amid the challenges of COVID-19 the staff and its leadership have remained undeterred. The self-assessment resulted in an Evidence-Based Organizational (EBO) Report Card that is helping to guide its next steps.
IBH Executive Director, Jonathan Wylly commented saying, "The IBH Team is excited to work with Joyfield’s and our local county mental health and addiction authority (Summit County ADM Board) to further our goal of becoming a highly regarded and sought-after addiction treatment services agency."
In July its leadership participated in training, various capacity building, strategic and implementation action planning sessions revolving around becoming an evidence-based organization (EBO). IBH is building capacity around the five areas defined within our evidence based organizational development program.
Later in August and September the entire IBH direct care staff will undergo evidence-based practitioner training, skills building and coaching to also build capacity for providing evidence-based direct client services.
Mr. Wylly stated further that, "Going through the certification process is helping us tie together all our ongoing efforts to improve our performance as well as considering new practices for us to push harder."
In a statement Joyfields Institute president, Sobem Nwoko congratulated the team on its "efforts to build staff and organizational capacity in proven methods essential for helping clients achieve success." He observed that the IBH team "is making it all happen in the midst of this pandemic. It is indicative of unrivaled commitment on their part. BRAVO! to IBH and its team of professionals"
About Joyfields Institute
Joyfields Institute is the world's leading provider of evidence-based & strength-centered programs and supports training, implementation, and evaluation.
About IBH Addiction Recovery Center
IBH Addiction Recovery Center provides professional treatment services and peer support to “persons afflicted with alcohol and drug addiction so they have the opportunity to restore hope and gain skills for a lifetime of sobriety.” Learn more at http://ibh.org/
Sobem Nwoko, President
IBH Addiction Recovery Center
Gayle Stckley, Director Quality & Performance Improvement