Martha Brock's blog

CBS' 60 Minutes on mental illness and lack of beds, attention

I frequently get alerts from friends about shows that will discuss issues involving mental illness That happened this week, and I am glad I tuned in to watch the segment of 60 Minutes on the heart rending story of Sen. Creigh Deeds of Virginia and his son Gus.

.. The vast majority of mental patients are not violent. But this is a story about the fraction who are a danger to themselves or others. Parents of mentally ill children in crisis often find, as Sen. Deeds did, that they have nowhere to go. Creigh Deeds bears the scars of this failure on his face, his body and his soul.

Creigh Deeds: I really don't want Gus to be defined by his illness. I don't want Gus to be defined by what happened on the 19th. Gus was a great kid. He was a perfect son. It’s clear the system failed. It's clear that it failed Gus. It killed Gus.

Former DHHS Secretary, Lanier Cansler, on Medicaid

State decisions needed on Medicaid funding from the Sunday editions of Asheville C-T
Jan 26, 2014 | Lanier Cansler OPINION ... Part two of a two-part guest commentary There are two fundamental questions that must be answered if we are going to achieve successful Medicaid reform. First, is the program ...

Medicaid program needs budget goals
Jan 19, 2014 | Lanier Cansler OPINION ... Part one of a two-part guest commentary There has been significant discussion over the past year about North Carolina's Medicaid program. Gov. Pat McCrory and DHHS Secretary Aldona Vos...

Families USA Conference: Health Action 2014

Health Action 2014: Making the Promise Real
Register NOW

Health Action 2014 starts in just 3 days! You still have time to register, but if you can’t make it, you can watch the plenary sessions online and follow on Facebook and on Twitter (@familiesusa) for real time updates.

Tweet about the conference using #HA2014 and follow us @FamiliesUSA for updates.

Families USA Invites You to Health Action 2014: Making the Promise Real

Please join us Thursday, January 23 through Saturday, January 25, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, for Health Action 2014.

William Greider of the Nation speaks on The Politics of Money

William Greider at Duke University--
William Greider, a correspondent for The Nation, will speak on “The Politics of Money: In Search of Democracy” at Duke University at 4 p.m. in room 101 of the West Duke Building on the East Campus.

William Greider is used to standing up to power.

In the early 1980s, he got Ronald Reagan’s budget director to admit that trickle-down economics was a sham meant to bring the nation’s top tax rate down. He’s in town giving a talk at Duke University about the influence of politics in money. Host Frank Stasio talks to William Greider, correspondent for The Nation.

from ALEX GRANADOS AND FRANK STASIO on the State of Things, WUNC 91.5 FM.

The interview from the State of things is available online.

Rep. Ellmers unattentive to her district: Harnett Dispatch

In a featured on WRAL news Rep. Renee Ellmers says that she is dismayed that the President would try to take credit for the job growth here in North Carolina. Watch video below to see full interview.


By Daniel Glover for the Harnett Dispatch

The question must be asked if Rep. Ellmers is so dismayed by the President, what she has done for the district that she represents in Congress. I think we all can agree that Ellmers has had plenty of camera time to talk about what people are not doing but she has not done anything to help the school situation in Harnett and the growth and development of our district. There has been one thing on her agenda and that is to repeal Obama Care.

Mental health advocates blast Rep. Murphy's Bill

Mental Health Advocates Blast Rep. Tim Murphy’s Bill as a Costly Step Backward, to the Days When a Mental Illness Diagnosis Was a Life Sentence

WASHINGTON – Congressman Tim Murphy introduced legislation that, if passed, would reverse some of the advances of the last 30 years in mental health services and supports. It would exchange low-cost services that have good outcomes for higher-cost yet ineffective interventions, according to the National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery (NCMHR), a coalition of 32 statewide organizations and others representing individuals with mental illnesses; the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN), the non-profit membership organization for the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Systems and Client Assistance Programs (CAP) for individuals with disabilities; and the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, a national non-profit legal advocacy organization.

Obama cannot have it both ways

Trade agreements that promote the relocation of U.S. corporations’ factories to nations like China and Mexico have played a central role in the evisceration of American manufacturing and the decline in U.S. workers’ incomes. Two out of three displaced manufacturing workers who got new jobs between 2009 and 2012, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports, experienced wage reductions — most of them greater than 20 percent

.--Washington Post

WRAL web cast of Leg. Oversight Committee on NC DHHS

from Twitter:

Rosemary Hoban@rosehoban Wos reply to McKisskck: communication is complicated, we will try to do better. ‪#‎NCDHHS‬ ‪#‎NCGA‬ Don't they have 20+ comm's ppl on staff?

-from the Legislative Oversight Committee now in session at NC legislature. You can listen in at

Medicaid cards sent to the wrong address, food stamps delayed for months ... NC Secretary of Health & Human Services Wos is explaining to lawmakers. Watch it LIVE NOW on

The War on Poverty: then and now

The typical American family isn’t what it used to be. Only a fifth of our families have a male breadwinner and a female homemaker. The solutions we need today are also different. We don’t need a new New Deal, because the New Deal was an all-government solution, and that’s not enough anymore. And my father’s War on Poverty isn’t enough anymore either.

Our government programs, business practices, educational system, and media messages don’t take into account a fundamental truth: This nation cannot have sustained economic prosperity and well-being until women’s central role is recognized and women’s economic health is used as a measure to shape policy.

In other words, leave out the women, and you don’t have a full and robust economy. Lead with the women, and you do. It’s that simple, and Americans know it.


Subscribe to RSS - Martha Brock's blog