Advocates & Policy-Makers2019-04-24T14:17:11-08:00

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Resources for Decision Makers & Advocates

Join Us in Making Youth Mental Health a Priority!

Mental health is the number one health issue facing young people, far surpassing all other health care needs combined. Youth involved in the child welfare, foster care, or juvenile justice systems are especially at risk. As a policy maker or advocate, we know that you care about young people and want to help them thrive. We also know that low-income youth face a lot of challenges that deserve our attention. Addressing youths’ mental health needs can go a long way in improving their life outcomes overall. Below are our favorite resources for legislators, policy makers, and advocates about youth mental health law, policies, and programs to help make your job easier, and maybe even inspire you to make youth mental health a top priority!*

Policy Resources:

  • EPSDT: A Guide for States: Coverage in the Medicaid Benefit for Children and Adolescents
    Department of Health & Human Services (2014)
  • A Complex Case: Public Mental Health Delivery and Financing in California
    California Healthcare Foundation (2014)
  • Intensive Care Coordinator Using High-Quality Wraparound for Children with Serious Behavioral Health Needs
    Center for Health Care Strategies, Inc. (2014)
  • Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Audit Report
    California State Auditor (2013)
  • Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Youth Involved in JJ
    Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health (2010)
  • Navigating the Currents: A Guide to California’s Public Mental Health System
    California Association of Local Mental Health Boards and Commissions (2008)
  • Building Systems of Care
    National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health and Mental Health Policy (2002)

Legal resources:

  • Federal Practice Manual for Legal Aid Attorneys
    Shriver National Center on Poverty Law (2014)
  • A Guide to the Medicaid Appeals Process
    Kaiser Family Foundation (2012)
  • Shaping the Future: A Compliance Guide for Nonprofits Influencing Public Policy in California
    Bolder Advocacy (2012)
  • Following the Rules: A Report on Federal Rules and State Actions to Cover Community Mental Health Services under Medicaid
    Bazelon (2008)

For more resources, please visit our Policy Action & Impact Litigation pages. You can also find advocacy updates and analysis by our staff of dedicated youth advocates on our blog.

**These are just some of our favorite resources. It is by no means an exhaustive list. We will continue to add to it as new resources become available. If you know of a great resource that you think we should include, please let us know! [Link to contact]

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