Legislature authorizes exemptions to employer COVID-19 vaccine mandates


Brian Skinner COVID-19, Employers, Government & Policy, Legislation, Workforce
COVID-19

By Brian Skinner, Esq. Earlier this year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the use of vaccines critical to the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. After determining the vaccines met applicable statutory standards and the agency’s specific safety and efficacy standards, the FDA issued Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs) for the vaccines under Section …Read More

New Report Explains How Governments Can Leverage Federal Funds to Partner with Local Nonprofits


Brian Skinner ARPA, Government & Policy, Local Government, State Fiscal & Economic Policy

By Brian Skinner, Esq.  The National Council of Nonprofits has issued a report on how state and local governments can partner with nonprofit organizations in their communities to use relief funds distributed through the American Rescue Plan Act (“ARPA”) by expanding existing programs or creating new ones.   Congress expressly declared in the ARPA that state, local, Tribal, and territorial governments may use their allocations of the $350 billion in Coronavirus …Read More

West Virginia and American Rescue Plan Act Funds


Brian Skinner ARPA, Budget, COVID-19, Government & Policy, State Fiscal & Economic Policy

By Brian Skinner, Esq. State governments, including West Virginia, are beginning to receive the first allocations from $193.5 billion in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. The ARPA, signed into law by President Biden on March 11, 2021, establishes the Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Fund.  The Fiscal Recovery Funds are intended to provide support to …Read More

HHS eliminates LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections.


Brian Skinner Adoption, Government & Policy, LGBTQ

  By Paige Winfield Cunningham, – Washington Post – January 13, 2021.   The Department of Health and Human Services has finalized a rule change that will permit social-service providers that receive government funds to discriminate based on sexual orientation and gender identity.   “Critics claim the new guidance could have wide-ranging implications for agencies that …Read More

Drug and Health-Focused Groups Urge Incoming Biden Administration to Address Opioid Abuse and End the Drug War


Brian Skinner Government & Policy, Opioid Drug Crisis

By Brian Skinner, Esq. The Washington Post reported on Wednesday that more than 200 drug and health-focused groups are urging the incoming Biden administration to address opioid abuse and end the drug war. The letter calls on the incoming administration to take bold, decisive, evidence-based action that shifts the government’s response to substance use. The The …Read More

The AMA Urges Governors and State Legislatures to Take Action to Curb Drug Overdoses


Brian Skinner Government & Policy, Opioid Drug Crisis
Opioid drugs

By Brian Skinner, Esq. An increasing number of reports in the national, state and local media suggests an upsurge in opioid- and other drug-related mortality—particularly from illicitly manufactured fentanyl and fentanyl analogs. Although nationwide data is incomplete, the data that is available suggests drug overdose deaths are on track to reach an all-time high. Prior to the arrival …Read More

It is Time For West Virginia to Declare Racism a Public Health Crisis


Brian Skinner Government & Policy, Racism

By Brian Skinner, Esq. On October 6, 2020, the Wheeling city council and mayor unanimously approved a resolution declaring racism a public health crisis. The resolution cites several national institutions, such as the American Public Health Association, the American Medical Association, the American Association of Pediatrics, the National Partnership for Women and Families, and the …Read More

Offsetting Funeral Costs During the Pandemic – A Program WV Should Consider


Brian Skinner COVID-19, Government & Policy

By Brian Skinner, Esq. Many West Virginia families face difficult choices due to the health and economic pressures created by the pandemic. The isolation, loss of employment and impact to everyday activities has been overwhelming for many, and for families who have suffered the death of a family member during this pandemic, the impact is even greater.  …Read More

A State Project to Map Overdoses in Real Time


Brian Skinner Government & Policy, Opioid Drug Crisis

Route Fifty — By Kate Elizabeth Queram – October 14, 2020 A statewide project in Connecticut takes reports of suspected opioid overdoses from first responders and maps them in real time, helping community partners better direct their services to high-risk areas. Read more . . .        

From Senior Stop to spacious center – Senior Life Services celebrates 50 years – The Morgan Messenger https://www.morganmessenger.com/2021/11/24/from-senior-stop-to-spacious-center-senior-life-services-celebrates-50-years/

Feds Begin Distributing $7.5B to Rural Health Providers - Route Fifty https://www.route-fifty.com/health-human-services/2021/11/federal-government-begins-distributing-75b-rural-health-providers/187069/

Series of virtual town halls on WV Substance Use Response Plan reaches halfway point - WV MetroNews https://wvmetronews.com/2021/11/23/series-of-virtual-town-halls-on-wv-substance-use-response-plan-reaches-halfway-point/

Huntington City Council shows support of county harm reduction program https://www.wsaz.com/2021/11/23/huntington-city-council-shows-support-county-harm-reduction-program/

Mon Power/Potomac Edison plan five solar plants to produce 50 mw of power; largest would be in Mon County - Dominion Post https://www.dominionpost.com/2021/11/22/mon-power-potomac-edison-plan-five-solar-plants-to-produce-50-mw-of-power-largest-would-be-in-mon-county/

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