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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

Vote Expected Tomorrow to Repeal and Replace the ACA

March 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

The House will vote tomorrow, March 23, on whether to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare). The House bill proposes to cut 25% of Medicaid's budget, eliminate the guarantee that [...]

Ending the Cycle of Trauma: How Prosecuting Youth as Adults Worsens Mental Health Challenges Among Young People and What We Can Do About It

February 27th, 2017|0 Comments

“The system raised me, and the system failed me,” said Raymond Aguilar at a recent press conference, announcing the publication of a new report highlighting the public health outcomes of trying youth as adults. [...]

Breaking News: DOJ Issues Guidance to Criminal Justice Entities Regarding Individuals With Mental Health Disabilities

January 18th, 2017|0 Comments

At what point do our laws – and law enforcement officers – treat someone in a mental health crisis not as a “victim,” but a “threat?” This question plays out routinely across our nation’s [...]

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