USCCB Requests ACTION NOW on Health Care Reform

Congress is preparing to vote on the health care reform legislation. The USCCB has concluded that the bills are deficient on "the issues of abortion and conscience, and do not provide adequate health care for immigrants and the poor." In order to forestall the enactment of laws that will have an impact for years to come the USCCB has provided the following resources to be shared in parishes in early November.

How you can help: Share with your pastor and parish staff the following resources and contact Congress.

  1. Bishops have been asked to include a Nationwide Bulletin Insert in every parish bulletin or distributed in pews, or at Church entrances. (Click here for Bulletin)
  2. Pulpit Announcements and Prayer of the Faithful petitions are offered for use. (Click here)
  3. The ad displayed is also available. High-resolution files are available. If needed contact Deirdre McQuade at
    - Click here for a PDF of the USCCB Memo, Bulletin Insert and full page ad.
  4. Contact members of the Senate and Representatives urging them to include pro-life amendments to the bill.

Members can be emailed through the following link, which automatically determines who are your Senators and Representatives.

Members can be contacted by phone at the US Capitol switchboard at: 202-224-3121

Other contact info can be found at and

See the USCCB for more information. (Click here)


Webinars: Replay Links and Other Resources

To access replay links and other resources from various Webinars, hover on the "Webinar" menu item on the menu bar that is below the NCPD logo at the top of this page, and select the Webinar of interest.

(See the picture to the right.)

The Replay Links and Resources from the Webinar are available at the bottom of each page.


NCPD Releases New Mental Illness Resource Manual to Assist in Preparing for October Mental Illness Awareness Week

Resource ManualIn 1990, the U.S. Congress established the first week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW). Since then, advocates for people with mental illness have organized a great variety of events to educate communities about mental illness.  The NCPD Council on Mental Illness is pleased to release its newly developed resource manual, Welcomed and Valued: Building Faith Communities of Support and Hope with People with Mental Illness and Their Families to assist parishes in planning activities to commemorate the week and the Day of Prayer.  The manual is available for free download by clicking here.

For more information on the Mental Illness Awareness Week click here.


NCPD Board Committee on Ethics and Public Policy Issues Analysis on Health Care Reform

 A Response to the Federal Health Care Reform Proposal HR 3200
Health Care a Right: Even for the Elderly, Infirm, those with Disabilities,
 and the Unborn
from the Board of Directors’ Committee on Ethics and Public Policy of the
National Catholic Partnership on Disability (NCPD)
August 28, 2009


Emergency Plans

On August 12, 2009, the National Council on Disability (NCD) released a report outlining the barriers that persons with disabilities face when disaster hits as they “are left behind when it comes to national emergency and disaster plans,”

The NCD report is titled “Effective Emergency Management: Making Improvements for Communities and People with Disabilities,” and contains several Federal recommendations as well as State, Local and Individual level interventions. The report can be found at:

Click here for more information.



Congress advancing legislation for taxpayer funding of abortion


Congress is advancing health care reform legislation that includes taxpayer funding of abortion.  Already Congress has voted to use taxpayers’ money to fund elective abortions in the District of Columbia, thus, violating our right to choose not to be complicit in the evil of abortion.[i]  Furthermore, it is statistically documented that the unborn with disabilities are at much greater risk of never being allowed to be born.  It is critical that any health care reform legislation reflects longstanding policies which reject abortion funding and mandates, and which provide for conscience protections.  Furthermore, such legislation should not promote policies that foster the hastening of death, especially for the elderly and those with disabilities.  Please let your voice be heard by accessing the alert at


Three-Day Advanced Training on Mental Illness

Welcomed and Valued
Three-Day Advanced Training
on Mental Illness

Sponsored by the NCPD Council on Mental Illness

Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville, IL
September 26-28, 2009 

Open application by clicking here.

Participants of the July one-day awareness workshop designed to help parishes meet the needs of persons with severe and persistent mental illness and other interested individuals are invited to apply to attend a three-day advanced level training sponsored by the NCPD Council on Mental Illness on September 26-28, 2009. It will be held at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, Illinois. People with a background and experience in spiritual outreach to people with mental illness and their families who have not attended the NCPD one-day awareness workshop on mental illness are also invited to apply. All applicants will be considered and selections will be made by the committee in light of the applications’ content, recommendations received and available space.

The purpose of this three-day advanced training program is:


Mental Illness Workshops

Click here for Registration, Agenda and Directions

NCPD Council on Mental Illness will be holding awareness workshops at three locations in July:  Hyattsville, MD (July 11); Chicago, IL (July 21); Portland, OR (July 24).  Please click here to download a brochure with more details.  Also, see the listings in our Coming Events Calendar at  The major cost of the workshops are provided by a grant from a generous benefactor to the NCPD Council on Mental Illness, so only a nominal fee of $10 will be asked to help cover the expense for a light continental breakfast, lunch and materials.  Register online by clicking here.


What Will You Learn?

The Mental Illness Workshops will introduce Catholic diocesan personnel, pastoral leaders, and parishioners to the issue of severe and persistent mental illness and will provide them with tools and resources to further the welcome, support, and involvement of individuals with mental illness and their families in the life of the faith community. Participants will be given specific practical, actionable ideas, ready and easy to use in their parishes.


NCPD Board Chair submits comments on Draft NIH Guidelines for Human Stem Cell Research

The National Institute for Health drafted guidelines for Human Stem Cell research and requested comments from the public. The drafting of these guidelines is in response to the March 9, 2009 Executive Order 13505 Removing Barriers to Responsible Scientific Research Involving Human Stem Cells . The NCPD Chairman of the Board has submitted the following comments in opposition to promulgating these gudelines.

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