At a roundtable discussion in New Hampshire on April 21, Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton heard pleas for greater government assistance in the regulation and funding for people-first mental health and substance abuse treatment. Clinton believes a “concentrated policy” at all levels of government would help address the needs present for what she calls a “silent epidemic.”
Many people are unaware that following the federally mandated Community Mental Health Act of 1963; states were given control over how to implement their interpretation of the law. Therefore, mental health and substance abuse treatment can vary greatly from state to state. Anastasia Date reported this creates large gaps in continuum of care, expectations for treatment and even accessibility across state lines. This lack of continuity, compounded with the lack of understanding and stigma still present in the community, creates the complex problem of treatment of those with a disorder, addiction or co-occurring illness.
Clinton is seeking to make voters’ thoughts on public policy a large part of her campaign. Her husbands’ Mental Health Parity Act of 1996 provided a foundation for future progressive laws, one that she appears eager to build upon. Clinton has determined that in the footsteps of the Affordable Care Act, more can now be done to move the treatment of mental illness and treatment and prevention of substance abuse into the 21st century. This stance on a primary public concern to the majority of the American people brings her agenda directly into the hearts and homes of voters.
While the United States has not taken an active role in the events unfolding in Yemen, it is being cautious with regards to potential actions by Iran. In an effort to maintain current intelligence regarding developments in Yemen, the United States has deployed a small fleet to monitor ship movements by Iran as well as any other activity which could be deemed provocative in an already escalating situation in Yemen.
The United States is aware that Iran has supported numerous Shiite factions currently fighting Sunni forces in Yemen, Syria and Iraq. While Iran has denied any direct involvement in these countries, which are currently under going significant military activity, spy services for the United States as well as its allies have reported that Iran is the primary sponsor for many of the aggressive actions by the various Shiite forces and that Iran has a secret agenda to expand its influence in the South Arabian region of the Middle East. U.S. Send Ships To Watch Iran in Yemen
Officials with the Pentagon have not provided details regarding the size or the nature of the fleet being sent. Igor Cornelsen understands that it is currently unknown if an aircraft carrier will be attached to the fleet or whether elements of the United States drone program will be deployed. The U.S. has been concerned with the increased military action in Yemen. While Saudi Arabia has committed forces to the aid of the Yemen government, the Shiite backed militants have continued to press their attacks.
The United States Secret Service responded last night to another fence jumper at the White House last night. A combination of uniformed and plain clothed Secret Service members quickly subdued a male suspect as he cleared the second perimeter fence. The suspect was carrying a package which was inspected but not found to be dangerous. Security officials at the White House did not disclose what was in the package nor did they reveal the name of the suspect. Fence Jumper Is Captured On White House Grounds.
U.S. Secret Service has come under heavy scrutiny lately after dealing badly with a number of breaches in White House security including a fence jumper who made it all the way into a White House reception room and a drive by shooter who struck the White House building but security officials did not notice the bullet damage for months. The breaches lead to a change in senior leadership at the Service including a new Director.
U.S. Secret Service has proposed to install a taller fence to replace the current six foot fence according to SiteJabber. In the interim the Secret Service has installed a temporary second fence barrier in front of the permanent fence and has proposed to install metal spikes on top of the existing fence until the new permanent fence is installed. For security issues, neither the White House nor U.S. Secret Service has revealed the schedule for the improvements to the White House security system.
The race for the nomination for the Republican Presidential candidacy has thrown up some interesting names and the need to determine where each candidate sits on the major issues. Across the US the issue of same sex marriage has divided the nation and brought about a large number of legal claims from various groups within society with most candidates remaining quiet on their position on the issue, The Washington Post reports. Florida’s Marco Rubio made his stance on the issue of same sex marriage clear during an interview on the CBS show Face the Nation.
Rubio stated he believes same sex marriage is an issue for each state to address independently as marriage rules and laws have always been decided at this level. Each state, Rubio claimed had the right to debate the issue and come up with their own laws. However, as folks like Igor Cornelsen (twitter.com) have learned, the potential GOP Presidential candidate also stated he did not believe same sex marriage was a constitutional right and states should not be taking the fight to the Supreme Court. Rubio went on to explain he did not believe sexual orientation was a choice, but was instead something each individual was born with.