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Policy Action

We reform state and local mental health policies and programs to improve the lives of youth and their families. Effective mental health policy leads to more youth growing up in their own communities, graduating from high school, building positive long-term relationships, and successfully transitioning into adulthood. Our advocates have the unique knowledge, expertise, and influence to push for system-wide changes—positively impacting not just one, but thousands of youth.

Our policy action efforts include:

  • Educating stakeholders and decision makers on the mental health needs of youth
  • Advocating for effective policies and programs that improve the lives and youth at the state and local level
  • Building public support for youth-friendly policies and programs

Current Policy Action Initiatives

Latest Blog Posts

Meet Parents & Caregivers for Wellness

January 16th, 2018|0 Comments

After welcoming a packed room, clinical social worker Dr. Kate Messina reminded over 100 parents and caregivers that, despite the presence of challenges and adversity, “every single moment of childhood is an opportunity to [...]

Get On Board!: The Call For Youth Voice On Local Mental Health Boards

January 2nd, 2018|0 Comments

County Mental Health Boards (MHBs) are official local bodies that play a fundamental role in shaping each county’s mental health system. These MHBs are responsible for championing their community’s mental health needs and challenges [...]

“Katie” Turns 15: How the Katie A. Lawsuit Has Reduced Youth Institutionalization and Expanded Opportunities for Thousands of Young People in CA with Mental Health Needs

December 20th, 2017|0 Comments

Today marks a significant anniversary in the landmark California youth mental health case, Katie A. v. Bonta. On December 20, 2002, attorneys representing thousands of foster youth with serious mental health needs filed a [...]

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