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Social Work Today
E-Newsletter    November 2022
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Editor's E-Note

At the end of September, New York congressman Joe Morelle introduced in the House of Representatives the Grief Resilience Investment and Education Fund Act, legislation that, according to The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and its affiliate group, the Hospice Action Network, will broaden access to bereavement care. NHPCO, along with the American Psychological Association, the Hospice Foundation of America, and the Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network, worked to secure support for the bill.

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— Kate Jackson, editor
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Organization Applauds the Introduction of the Grief Act

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and its affiliate group, the Hospice Action Network, applaud the introduction of the Grief Resilience Investment and Education Fund (GRIEF) Act in the House of Representatives by Congressman Joe Morelle (NY-25).

If passed, the GRIEF Act would expand access to bereavement care by providing grant funding for health care providers, like hospices, to expand previously unfunded community grief support programs.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, grieving individuals, families, children, and communities need access to timely bereavement care that is provided by experts who are knowledgeable, experienced, and trained in helping others cope with grief. This legislation aims to ensure that Americans who have suffered from loss receive the care they need and deserve.

“For too long, mental health needs have gone unaddressed, casting a shadow over families contending with significant loss—especially during the pandemic, says Congressman Joe Morelle. “Establishing a National Grief Strategy will help people move forward with the help of skilled professionals creating a culture of awareness and support. It is my hope that this legislation helps end the stigma around mental health and ensure families can access the essential support they deserve.”



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