We’re Hiring!

The Federation of Families of SC is hiring new staff! Please click on each link to learn more. Please send all resumes to jenah.cason@fedfamsc.org.

Regional Positions
Charleston Regional Youth Specialist
Parenting Peer Support Provider (Greenville Region)

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Check Out These Events!

May 1-7, 2017 is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week!

The Federation of Families of SC will be holding its annual Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day Rally at the Capitol (North steps) at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, May 3rd. We hope you will join us in raising awareness around the importance of children’s mental health! CMHAW Rally Save the Date

Awareness Week Poster Art Contest 

Every year, an art contest is held to select art work for the Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week Poster. This year’s theme is “Messengers of Hope”. There will be a $100 prize for the winning art work, $50 for second place and $25 for third place. Submissions due March 24th! Click here to learn more!

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New AHRQ Report Shows Sharp Rise Among Women for Opioid-Related Hospital Stays

Hospitalizations involving opioid pain relievers and heroin increased 75 percent for women between 2005 and 2014, a jump that significantly outpaced the 55 percent increase among men, according to a new report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Because of the accelerated rates among women during that 10-year period, women and men were hospitalized at virtually the same rate nationwide in 2014 – about 225 hospitalizations per 100,000 people, according to AHRQ’s analysis.

Click here to continue reading the article from AHRQ.

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NIMH Research Study Opportunity: Depression in Teens

The National Institute of Mental Health is currently recruiting participants for their upcoming research study that aims to understand the causes of depression in teenagers. This study is a part of a larger analysis that hopes to improve knowledge of which treatments are most beneficial in treating teenagers who are struggling with depression and severe irritability. The study will be held in Bethesda, Maryland and travel and expenses will be compensated. For more information and how to participate, please call 301-496-8381 or email depressedkids@mail.nih.gov.

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June 14th is National Call-In Day to Save Healthcare for Millions of Americans

Today, June 14th, is a National Call-In Day to save health care for millions of Americans. We encourage you to call the Health Care Defense Hotline at 866-426-2631 today and tell Senator Tim Scott and Senator Lindsey Graham to vote no on the Affordable Health Care Act (AHCA).

It is critical that you make this call, as the bill has already passed the House and the Senate is promising to fast-track it through Congress without anyone seeing what it is, including half of the Senate who are supposed to vote on it. This bill, if repeating the House version, will take a hammer to the lives of kids, seniors, all people with disabilities, and low income families, while providing billions in tax cuts for the wealthiest in the country over the next 10 years. This means 23 million people who currently have health care coverage will be cut from the system and left without it.

Talking Points

YES to the normal, full Senate process for the health care bill, including committee hearings and the opportunity for all Senators to offer amendments.
NO to any bill that threatens the coverage of as many as 23 million Americans.
NO to any bill that does not protect individuals with pre-existing conditions from being charged more or getting less services.
NO to any bill that cuts health care for women or children.
NO to any bill that cuts health care for the elderly or people with disabilities.
NO to any bill that allows health insurance companies to drop health benefits.

We must do all we can to protect quality, affordable health coverage for all South Carolinians. Make your call today!

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