The Capitol Report | October 12th, 2017

REAL ID Update & Technology Grants

Recently, the Missouri Department of Revenue has contacted the legislature to provide an update on the implementation of REAL ID. As you may remember, during the 2017 legislative session, the Missouri General Assembly approved legislation to allow residents to obtain a photo ID that is compliant with the federal REAL ID Act. With the legislation approved this year, the federal government granted an extension to allow Missourians to continue to use their existing IDs as a valid form of ID until January 22nd, 2018. However, in regard to travel after that date, the Department of Homeland Security has yet to announce an extension. I will provide an update on this issue when more details are released.

In other news, full-time classroom teachers in public or private PreK-12 schools located in CenturyLink’s residential service areas and core corporate locations (St. Louis County, MO) may apply for a Teachers and Technology Grant for the 2017-18 school year. Applicants do not have to be CenturyLink customers in order to apply for these grants. Applications will be accepted from now until January 12, 2018. For more info, visit: http://www.centurylink.com/teachersandtechnology

As a reminder, I will be hosting four town hall meetings later this month in Cuba, Bourbon, Steelville, and St. James. These town hall meetings will be free and open to the public. I hope everyone comes out and participates in this great opportunity to ask questions and to find out more about what is happening at your state capitol.

The four town hall meetings will be held on the following dates:

  • Monday, October 30th at 9 AM
    Cuba City Hall Council Room (202 N Smith St., Cuba, MO 65453)
  • Monday, October 30th at 2 PM
    Bourbon Area Community Center (575 Elm St., Bourbon, MO 65441)
  • Tuesday, October 31st at 9 AM
    Steelville Community Center (101 W. Keysville, Steelville, MO 65565)
  • Tuesday, October 31st at 2 PM
    James Municipal Center/City Hall Meeting Room (100 S. Jefferson, St. James, MO 65559)

You may read in more detail about what is happening at your State Capitol below.

As always, I will work diligently for you as your State Representative.

-Jason

 

 

CenturyLink PreK-12 Teachers and Technology Grants

CenturyLink recently announced that they will be awarding over $1.4 million in technology grants in the spring of 2018. The CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation’s Teachers and Technology grants are designed to help fund projects that advance student success through the innovative use of technology in the classroom. Grants will range from $500 to $5,000.

Full-time classroom teachers in public or private PreK-12 schools located in CenturyLink’s residential service areas and core corporate locations (St. Louis County, MO) may apply for a Teachers and Technology Grant for the 2017-18 school year. Applicants do not have to be CenturyLink customers in order to apply for these grants. Applications will be accepted from now until January 12, 2018. For more info, visit: http://www.centurylink.com/teachersandtechnology

REAL ID Update for Missourians Planning to Travel in 2018

Most recently, the Missouri Department of Revenue has contacted the legislature to provide an update on the implementation of REAL ID. As you may remember, during the 2017 legislative session, the Missouri General Assembly approved legislation to allow residents to obtain a photo ID that is compliant with the federal REAL ID Act. With the legislation approved this year, the federal government granted an extension to allow Missourians to continue to use their existing IDs as a valid form of ID until January 22nd, 2018. However, in regard to travel after that date, the Department of Homeland Security has yet to announce an extension. I will provide an update on this issue when more details are released.

World Mental Health Day

October 10 marked World Mental Health Day, which is meant to raise awareness about mental health issues around the world. The day is also meant to help encourage and organize efforts to support mental health. The theme for this year is mental health in the workplace with an emphasis on looking at ways to improve the workplace experience to promote mental health and wellbeing.

Around the world more than300 million people suffer from depression, and 260 million suffer from anxiety disorders. Astudythe World Health Organization found that such disorders cost the global economy $1 trillion in lost productivity each year.

Some statistics of note regarding how mental health issues affect Americans include:

  • 1 in 5 (or 8 million) adults experience mental illness in a given year.
  • 1 in 25 (or 10 million) adults experience a serious mental illness.
  • 1 in 100 (or 4 million) live with schizophrenia.
  • 6% (or 6.1 million) of Americans have bipolar disorder.
  • 9% (or 16 million) suffer from severe depression.
  • 1% (or 42 million)live with an anxiety disorder.
  • 90% of those who die by suicide have an underlying mental illness.

Despite the prevalence of mental illness, only 41%of adults with a mental health condition received help and less than 50%of children 8-15 received mental health services. Furthermore, only 36.9%of those suffering from anxiety receive treatment, and less than 20%of Americans with moderate depressive symptoms sought help from a medical professional.

Despite less than encouraging statistics, there are a number of ways to get help if an individual or a loved one is struggling with a mental health condition. This year, a depression screening test appears alongside search results for depression-related queries. Many companies offer Assistance Programs, which provide support or benefits to employees with personal and/or work-related issues. Additionally, the National Alliance on Mental Illness provides a number of ways to support, including helplines, programs, and sheets. For more information, visit http://www.nami.org.

In Missouri, the legislature appropriated $157 million in funds for the Excellence in Mental Health Pilot Project. Missouri is one of a handful of states participating in the program to increase access to community mental health and substance abuse treatment services. The effort is part of the federal Excellence in Mental Health Act that was signed into law in 2014 to put certified community behavioral health clinics on a more equal footing with other health centers.

Upcoming Town Hall Meetings

As a reminder, I will be hosting four town hall meetings later this month in Cuba, Bourbon, Steelville, and St. James. These town hall meetings will be free and open to the public. I hope everyone comes out and participates in this great opportunity to ask questions and to find out more about what is happening at your state capitol.
The four town hall meetings will be held on the following dates:

  • Monday, October 30th at 9 AM
    Cuba City Hall Council Room (202 N Smith St., Cuba, MO 65453)
  • Monday, October 30th at 2 PM
    Bourbon Area Community Center (575 Elm St., Bourbon, MO 65441)
  • Tuesday, October 31st at 9 AM
    Steelville Community Center (101 W. Keysville, Steelville, MO 65565)
  • Tuesday, October 31st at 2 PM
    James Municipal Center/City Hall Meeting Room (100 S. Jefferson, St. James, MO 65559)

I am committed to serve the constituents of the 120th District, so please feel free to contact my office anytime at 573-751-1688. Your District 120 Capitol Office is 201 W Capitol Ave, Rm 415-B, Jefferson City, MO 65101. If you wish to unsubscribe from this report, please email Dylan Bryant at dylan.bryant@house.mo.gov

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