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Today is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, which highlights the growing need for children’s mental health resources. The nationwide annual campaign is hosted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

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Category: Health, COVID-19
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​​​​​​​ How Is Live SCOTUS Oral Argument Different?

Beginning this week for the first time ever the Supreme Court is holding oral argument over the phone and allowing the public to listen in live. Today’s argument in Little Sisters of the Poor v. Pennsylvania illustrates the myriad ways live, phone argument is different from the traditional in-person version.  

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Phases of Federal Financial Response to Coronavirus for States

The federal government has enacted several major response measures to help states mitigate the public health and economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

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COVID-19 Brings Renewed Focus to Clogs in the System

The coronavirus has exacerbated a problem that has been congealing in pipes across the country for some time— the disposal of wipes down the toilet along with other substances that are clogging wastewater systems.

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SNAP Food Assistance Flexibilities Grow During COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic and the resulting shuttering of the economy has caused more than 22 million workers across the country to seek unemployment benefits. That loss of income forced many Americans to question how they will put food on the table for their families. Many have turned to our nation's largest federal food aid program, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for help.

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Bridging the Gap to Youth Mental Health During COVID-19

While transitioning to online classes and teaching may affect a students’ ability to learn, closures may also affect their mental health and access to services and contribute to increased challenges at home. 

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COVID-19: New and Updated CDC Guidance for Certain Groups and Settings

From keeping up on public health recommendations to abiding state or local orders, everyone has a role to play during a pandemic.

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The coronavirus pandemic has significantly affected first responders across America as some 911 call centers experience a record number of calls and frontline workers grapple with new and unknown circumstances.

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How States Are Leveraging Their Medicaid Programs to Respond to COVID-19

Often when state policy makers discuss Medicaid, the focus is on restraining costs, reducing waste and improving outcomes. With the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, the conversation is shifting to leveraging current Medicaid programs and infrastructure to meet increasing demand for health care services.

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A Federal and State Look at Health Insurance Coverage for COVID-19

With an increase in COVID-19 cases across the U.S., the federal government and states are working to ensure that access to health care does not hold people back from getting COVID-19 testing and services.

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This blog offers updates on the National Conference of State Legislatures' research and training, the latest on federalism and the state legislative institution, and posts about state legislators and legislative staff. The blog is edited by NCSL staff and written primarily by NCSL's experts on public policy and the state legislative institution.