Daily Archives: Dec. 5, 2013

Grant to Breakthrough Club still leaves challenge

breakthroughclubSedgwick County commissioners’ welcome vote Wednesday to give Episcopal Social Services’ Breakthrough Club $137,500 from their contingency fund moved the club out of immediate danger, as it removed any doubt about the county’s appreciation for all the club does for its members and the community. The meeting also highlighted how unique and effective Breakthrough Club is as a resource for those with serious and persistent mental illnesses. Now the hope is that the grant – half the amount that the club has received from the county since it lost access to Medicaid funding in 2010 – can be leveraged to find sustainable funding. Given the budget pressures the county has seen and expects going forward, its Comcare community mental health agency will continue to feel the need to keep resources focused on clinical mental health treatment, especially for those in crisis.

Open thread (Dec. 5)

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Norquist counts Brownback among 2016 contenders

whitehouse2Grover Norquist, founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform, described Kansas’ Sam Brownback as a “phenomenal” governor and counted him among the seven current or former state CEOs he sees as serious contenders for the Republican nomination in 2016. His list for the Daily Caller also included New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. They “could raise the money and have governed well enough to be able to straight-faced say, ‘I’m running for president and you should consider me as a Reagan Republican,’” Norquist said.