Criminal Justice

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a new report that highlights patients’ experience of Long COVID to better understand its complexities and drive creative responses by government leaders, clinicians, patient advocates, and others. The Health+ Long COVID Report builds on President Biden’s Memorandum on Addressing the Long-Term Effects of COVID-19 and the two previously issued HHS Long COVID reports. The report was commissioned by HHS and produced by Coforma, an independent third-party design and research agency. It provides recommendations on how to deliver high-quality care and relevant and intentional resources and supports to individuals and families impacted by Long COVID.

Last week, the Administration sent a $750 million dollar supplemental funding request to Congress to support Long COVID research and treatment. This funding request would support HHS and their continued work on Long COVID, providers who serve patients with Long COVID and its associated conditions, and community-based organizations that assist with case management and provide other essential services and supports.

The report offers a variety of short-term and longer-term recommendations that come directly from the patient experience.

Creative Solutions and Opportunities to Address the National Juvenile Justice System Staffing Crisis

Please join The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center, Georgetown University’s Center for Juvenile Justice Reform, and the University of Cincinnati Corrections Institute for a facilitated dialogue with national experts regarding the current staffing crisis in juvenile justice systems across the country.

Juvenile justice agencies’ abilities to effectively recruit, hire, and retain qualified staff is currently in crisis. This webinar will bring national attention to a project to address the staffing crisis occurring in juvenile justice systems across the country.

It will also briefly outline the problem, engage with national experts on creative solutions, and highlight an upcoming opportunity to provide input on forthcoming resources to assist the field.


If you have questions, please contact RCPA Policy Director Jim Sharp.

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Recognizing the continued movement toward integration of mental health (MH) and substance use disorder (SUD) treatment, and the opportunity to better support and serve its MH and SUD provider members, RCPA has created a Behavioral Health Division.

RCPA’s MH and SUD policy focus will now operate under the BH Division umbrella, where shared MH and SUD interests and initiatives (e.g., workforce, value-based purchasing, telehealth, criminal justice, ICWCs/CCBHCs) will now be managed and supported across the disciplines — while still maintaining existing MH- and SUD-specific committees, subcommittees, and work groups where those interests are specific to one of the two policy areas.

Jim Sharp and Jason Snyder will direct the new BH Division.

  • As Director of Mental Health Services, BH Division, Sharp, whose work to date has focused largely on children’s MH, will maintain his MH policy focus, including continuing to lead separate Children’s Mental Health and Adult Mental Health Committees, along with the other MH-specific committees and work groups already in place.
  • As Director of Substance Use Disorder Treatment Services, BH Division, Snyder will maintain his policy focus on SUD and the existing SUD-specific committees and work groups.
  • In addition, RCPA will no longer use the Drug and Alcohol title (or D&A acronym), replacing it with SUD.
  • Both directors will also collaborate in areas of shared interest, including legislative, regulatory, and policy initiatives as appropriate.

RCPA will be hiring a BH policy analyst to support the new division.

“The new BH Division has the opportunity to capitalize on synergies where they exist while still maintaining discipline-specific focus on MH and SUD,” said RCPA President/CEO Richard Edley. “Rather than taking anything away from our mental health and substance use disorder members, we are really enhancing their membership.

“As we look at where the behavioral health field continues to move, integration of mental health and substance use disorder is a hallmark of the advancing field. RCPA will better position itself to support its provider members’ needs by structuring a BH Division that recognizes this evolution.”

Contact Division Directors Jim Sharp or Jason Snyder with questions.