President Obama Campaigns for Hillary in Las Vegas

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President Barack Obama returned to the campaign trail on Sunday and spoke at a Democratic Party rally in Las Vegas, Nevada. During his speech, Obama blasted Republican Donald Trump for his rhetoric and refusal to accept the results of the election should he lose. Obama encouraged everyone to vote for Hillary Clinton because she has a clear plan, and, as he put it, “We can’t afford the other guy.” Obama also spoke about the importance of voting for Democratic candidates in other races down the ballot as well, especially in the Senate. He urged those in attendance to support candidate Catherine Cortez Masto because she will fight for them in the Senate and work with Clinton to ensure that important work is done. He summed up his speech by asking everyone to vote on November 8th and to take advantage of early voting. “I need everybody here to not just vote yourselves, but you’ve got to get your friends, your neighbors, your cousins to vote,” he said. A video of Obama’s speech is below.

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News Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal, Las Vegas Sun

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Clinton Unveils Comprehensive Agenda on Mental Health (Updated)

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Hillary Clinton announced her comprehensive plan to better treat people living with a mental illness. The current mental health treatment policies have been criticized for not properly treating patients. Highlights of Clinton’s plan include the expansion of early intervention programs, a national suicide prevention initiative, increased training for police in dealing with the mentally ill, providing mental health care for those who commit non-violent crimes, expanding employment opportunities, and increasing investments in research for the brain and behavioral research. An outline of the plan is below, and the full plan can be read on The Briefing.

  1. Early Diagnosis and Intervention
    • Increase public awareness and take action to address maternal depression, infant mental health, and trauma and stress in the lives of young children
    • Scale up efforts to help pediatric practices and schools support children facing behavioral problems
    • Help providers share information and best practices
    • Ensure that college students have access to mental health services
  2. Federal Support for Suicide Prevention
    • Create a national initiative around suicide prevention across the lifespan that is headed by the Surgeon General
    • Encourage evidence-based suicide prevention and mental health programs in high schools
    • Provide federal support for suicide prevention on college campuses
    • Partner with colleges and researchers to ensure that students of color and LGBT students are receiving adequate mental health coverage
  3. Integrate our Healthcare Systems and Expand Community-Based Treatment
    • Foster integration between the medical and behavioral health care systems (including mental health and addiction services), so that high-quality treatment for behavioral health is widely available in general health care settings
    • Expand reimbursement systems for collaborative care models in Medicare and Medicaid
    • Promote the use of health information technology to foster coordination of care
    • Promote the use of peer support specialists
    • Encourage states to allow same-day billing
    • Support the creation of high-quality, comprehensive community health centers in every state
    • Launch a nationwide strategy to address the shortage of mental health providers
  4. Improve Outcomes in the Criminal Justice System
    • Dedicate new resources to help train law enforcement officers in responding to encounters involving persons with mental illness, and increase support for law enforcement partnerships with mental health professionals
    • Prioritize treatment over punishment for low-level, non-violent offenders with mental illnesses
  5. Enforcing Mental Health Parity
    • Launch randomized audits to detect parity violations, and increase federal enforcement
    • Enforce disclosure requirements so that insurers cannot conceal their practices for denying mental health care
    • Strengthen federal monitoring of health insurer compliance with network adequacy requirements
    • Create a simple process for patients, families, and providers to report parity violations and improve federal-state coordination on parity enforcement
  6. Housing and Job Opportunities
    • Expand community-based housing opportunities for individuals with mental illness and other disabilities
    • Expand employment opportunities for people with mental illness
    • Expand protection and advocacy support for people with mental health conditions
  7. Brain and Behavioral Science Research
    • Significantly increase research into brain and behavioral science research
    • Develop new links with the private and non-profit sectors
    • Commit to brain and behavioral science research based on open data

UPDATE (8/30/16): Hillary for America announced that Clinton and Tim Kaine spoke with the mental health policy community including patients, advocates, researchers, policy experts, physicians, counselors, and service providers. The conference call featured people from across the country and allowed Clinton to speak about her plan and hear feedback from experts.

Following the meeting, Clinton said, “I have heard heartbreaking stories for years about these incredible challenges, but during this campaign, it has seemed like a floodgate has opened from parents and students, from veterans, nurses, doctors, police officers. But I’ve also heard stories of hope and courage – people getting the help they needed, being able to lead happy, healthy, and thriving lives. And cities and states are deploying innovative programs, and that’s what we want to hear more of. We’ve got to break through and break down the stigma and shame. We’ve got to make clear that mental health is not a personal failing. Right now, it is our country which is failing people with mental health issues.”

Kaine said, “I am really happy that today when our campaign rolled out this proposal with respect to comprehensive mental health improvement, that we decided one group of people that we really want to talk to is college students. Most mental health challenges do first present themselves during adolescence or college. So, while even a mental health challenge of an adult later in life may become more manifest, there are early signs about it. One in four college students today do acknowledge that they are dealing with mental health challenges at some point along the way. And it is very important that we are aware of that and that we make clear that it’s normal, there is no stigma associated with it. And we want to make sure that there are appropriate resources, innovative resources, community-based resources so that people can access help, and that the response of society is treatment rather than judgment or pretending that it doesn’t exist.”

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News Source: The Briefing, USA Today

Bill Clinton Continues to Campaign for Hillary in California

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On Sunday, Bill Clinton remained in California where he attended two events on behalf of Hillary Clinton. The first event was a United Farm Workers Convention in Bakersfield where he focused on the importance of the 2016 election. He said that people across the world are watching and look to the United States for leadership and allowing Donald Trump to spread hate and fear with have long reaching affects. He said, “We are now being looked at all over the world because these fears are present all over the world. Will we show the world a future of including diversity, shared prosperity, shared community and, yes, shared citizenship? Or will we say ‘Oh, it’s just too much. Never mind the facts, never mind the truth, never mind the human potential.'” A video of his speech is below.

Bill then traveled to Delano where he spoke at an organizing event. Speaking at Cesar Chavez High School, he continued to speak about the importance of 2016 election and why Hillary is the best candidate for the country. He spoke about a number of platform points and how the overall message of her campaign is unity and strength where Trump focuses on divisiveness and fear. He asked for voters’ support on June 7 saying, “If you want something done, you should elect Hillary for president of the United States. She’s the best single change-maker I’ve ever known.” A video from the event is below.

Two fundraisers were held on behalf Hillary for America. The first was in Oakland, California and included a conversation with Senior Policy Advisor Ann O’Leary. The event was hosted at the home of Colleen Chien. The second fundraising event was in Washington, Virginia. The event included a conversation with Governor Terry McAuliffe and was hosted by Laura Kennedy, Steph Ridder, Jane Whitfield, Salvatore Abbate, Heidi Lesinski, Anne Pallie, Thomas Pellikaan, and Kathy-Roth-Douquet. The event was held at the home of Beverly and John Fox Sullivan.

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News Source: The Fresno Bee, Bakersfield Californian

Clinton Kicks Off New Year in New Hampshire

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Today, Hillary Clinton returned to the campaign trail hosting three town hall events across New Hampshire. At the first, held in Derry at Gilbert R. Hood Middle School, Clinton gave a speech before opening the floor to questions from those in attendance. She took a number of questions from children and answered questions about a variety of topics. She also responded to a heckler in the crowd by vowing not to call on her to ask a question. A portion of the Derry town hall can be viewed on MSNBC. A full video will be posted when/if available.

The second event was held in Concord at the local high school mirrored the first event in that she opened with a stump speech, then answered questions. Clinton was asked questions about gun control, climate change, social security, and the books she has read recently. The final town hall of the day was held at Keene High School where she was asked about care for the mentally ill, the heroin epidemic in the state, and how she would handle the big banks. A video from the event in Keene is below and video from the event in Concord will be added when/if available.

Tomorrow, Clinton will be in Iowa for three Organizing Events. Bill Clinton will also hit the campaign trail in New Hampshire on behalf of his wife. For all the latest, follow our revamped Scheduled Events page and follow Clinton on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

News Source: CNN, Concord Monitor, WMUR, Sentinel Source

Update 1/4/16: Added video from Keene and updated news sources.

Clinton Visits Keota, Iowa

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On Tuesday, Hillary Clinton visited the small town of Keota, Iowa. She was in town because of three students at the local high school. As part of a class project, they wrote the presidential candidates asking them to visit the school to discuss the issues. While Clinton was no the first to visit the school, she is the first front-runner to answer the girls’ request. Clinton spoke to a group of 700 in a town that has a population of about 1,000. During the town hall, she spoke briefly then took questions from the audience. She answered questions on a wide variety of topics including school funding, being bullied, and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. A full video from the event is below.

While in Iowa today, Clinton also attended an event at Fairfield’s Community Arts Center and met privately with campaign volunteers in Bettendorf. For all the latest, follow our Scheduled Events page and follow Clinton on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

News Source: NBC Chicago, The Des Moines Register (2)

Clinton Speaks with Refinery29

Last week, Hillary Rodham Clinton gave an exclusive interview to the site Refinery29, an independent style and fashion website geared toward women. The topic discussed was sexual assault, especially assaults that take place on college campuses. Clinton addressed that topic last week during a speech at University of Northern Iowa. The key to Clinton’s plan is education and prevention. She said, “This starts at an early age, with the culture playing a role in this, the messages that are sent to young men, the kind of visual images seen all too often, the lyrics of music. We know there’s a kind of pressure or expectation about behaviors that are hurtful. And so, we need to do more, starting in high school, I would argue, to begin to try to change those signals; to begin to try to change the culture.” A video from the interview is above and you can read a transcript HERE.

This weekend, Clinton is scheduled to attend a private fundraiser in California. As always, for all the latest, follow our Scheduled Events page and follow Clinton on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

News Source: Refinery29

Hillary Clinton Talks Immigration Reform in Las Vegas

Hillary Rodham Clinton kicked of her listening tour in Nevada at Rancho High School in Las Vegas. Clinton spoke for the first time about immigration reform at a school where 70 percent of the population is Hispanic. In her remarks, Clinton promised to expand the DREAMer program and create a clear path to citizenship. She argued that a immigration reform with a path to citizenship is key to strengthen the American economy and America’s families.

Clinton had a strong warning about her Republican opponents saying, “Now this is where I differ with everybody on the Republican side. Make no mistakes. Today not a single Republican candidate – announced or potential – is clearly and consistently supporting a path to citizenship. Not one. When they talk about ‘legal status’ that is code for second-class status.”

A full video from Clinton’s roundtable event is available from C-SPAN by CLICKING HERE.

Clinton continues her Nevada listening tour tomorrow. Be sure to follow along on Twitter and Facebook.

News Source: ABC News