Poverty is likely to repel us, and we may even wish to withdraw from such communities and people. But, what if we ourselves lived in a poverty-ravaged community? What if we ourselves were forced to experience poverty day-in and day-out?
Contact your two Senators and your Representative, and express your views on the importance of the Newtown legislation. The lives of other Innocents are at stake. We must spark the same compassion and purpose we ourselves experienced on December 14.
When we return to our leadership roles on Monday morning, all of us who enjoyed the Summit will have a great deal to reflect upon. In fact, one participant quipped at the closing that our major leadership challenge is to answer the question, “Should behavioral healthcare actually survive?”
Our society is replete with highly charged and very fateful examples of failed communication: Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate; liberals and conservatives; program advocates and community populations; the list is very, very long. Frequently, we conclude that it is “just impossible to communicate with them.” What to do?
In less than 9 months, enrollment will begin in all of the State Marketplaces and in the state Medicaid programs undertaking the Medicaid Expansion in 2014. Hence, inadequacies in the EHB and operational deficiencies in the State Marketplaces and the state Medicaid programs need to be identified and addressed immediately.
Motivated by the Newtown Tragedy , it is perfectly reasonable to call for a ban on assault rifles and the large capacity magazine clips used to feed them. In fact, it is not only reasonable, it is absolutely necessary in a large urban society, where people live in close proximity.
In a letter to President Obama, mental health and substance use care advocates suggest gun screening and violence reporting strategies that focus on individual behavior and expression, not broad groups like people with mental illnesses.
There is great urgency for us to act. The Vice President is due to submit his recommendations to the President next week. The President is expected to announce his proposed actions in the annual State of the Union Address in mid-February. Indeed, we have very little time within which we must act.
We must grieve for the Innocents, just as we grieved for those lost in Tucson, Aurora, and Portland. But, this time, our grieving must have a direction and purpose to galvanize action. The Innocents expect nothing less of us.