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30 Years of Protection for Substance Use and Mental Illness Under the ADA

When President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act on July 26, 1990, it became the most sweeping piece of civil rights legislation ever enacted for people with disabilities.

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New National Suicide Hotline

With the pandemic exacerbating the rate of suicide, Congress has stepped in and passed a new law designating “988” as a new national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline, connecting individuals directly to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

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NCSL’s FY 2020 Early Care and Education State Budget Report Now Available

It’s no secret that supporting healthy development from birth to age 5 is vitally important. What happens or doesn’t happen in these early years becomes the foundation for adult health and well-being.

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Bootcamp Addresses Family First, Other Child Welfare Topics

More than 40 state legislators and legislative staff took part in NCSL’s Family First Boot Camp in August.

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Making Room for Dads in Public Policy

Engaged fathers play an important role in the healthy development of a child from birth to adulthood, and this is certainly true during the time-sensitive first three years of a child’s life.

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Child Care Bills Pass the House With Bipartisan Support

In a rare showing of bipartisanship, the House passed two bills on July 29—the Child Care Is Essential Act (HR 7027) and the Child Care for Economic Recovery Act (HR 7327).

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COVID-19 Contributes to More Than Weird Dreams

If there’s one thing most everyone can agree on, it’s that life during a pandemic is stressful. Changes in schedules, economic uncertainty, work and school changes, and a little too much family or alone time can all add up and make us feel anxious, worried or depressed.

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What Is Being Done for Older Americans With Disabilities?

The 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) highlights the strides that have been made for individuals with disabilities, but also highlights existing challenges that older Americans with disabilities still face.

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COVID-19 Confusion: Update on Coverage for Testing, Treatment

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, having access to affordable testing and treatment has remained a top concern for many Americans. Mixed interpretations of evolving federal guidance have contributed to confusion around coverage for testing and treatment among hospitals, payers and the public.

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Webinar June 24: Using the Federal Child Nutrition Programs to Respond to COVID-19

With the coronavirus pandemic upending many aspects of normal life, leaving parents and caregivers unemployed and schools shuttered, federal child nutrition programs are adapting to meet the needs of America’s families.

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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.