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State Policy Platform for Addressing the U.S. Mental Health & Addiction Crisis

The Kennedy Forum's policy platform to aid states in leveraging federal funds to address rising rates of mental health and substance use disorders across the nation. The platform provides lawmakers with specific guidance on advancing evidenced-based practices in youth mental health; achieving better integration with primary care; ensuring parity in insurance coverage; and addressing political determinants of health to achieve mental health equity, including comprehensive crisis care and criminal justice system diversion.

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School-Based Mental Health: A National Priority

“School-Based Mental Health: A National Priority,” explored how education systems across the country can address the immediate mental health needs of students and integrate mental health curricula long-term. Topics of this panel discussion will include innovative approaches to engage youth, best practices for program development and assessment, strategies for addressing common challenges, and more.

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Mental Health Media Guide

The Mental Health Media Guide is a groundbreaking, comprehensive resource for content creators designed to help expand positive mental health portrayals. The best practices and evidence-based recommendations within this interactive tool can support storytellers at any phase in the production process, across topics and with an eye towards representing diverse communities.

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The Essential Role of Organized Labor in Addressing Workplace Mental Health

“The Essential Role of Organized Labor in Addressing Workplace Mental Health,” explored the ways in which labor leaders plan to advance this paradigm shift, working with businesses and organizations nationwide to ensure all workers get the support they need.

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The Health Equity Tracker

The Health Equity Tracker aims to give a detailed view of health outcomes by race, ethnicity, sex, socioeconomic status, and other critical factors. This tool will help policymakers and community leaders, understand, identify, and respond to the resources and support affected communities need to be able to improve their outcomes.

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Mental Health Parity: Ending Discrimination in Health Insurance Coverage

This May 2021 webinar explored the ways in which labor leaders plan to advance a paradigm shift toward longterm health and whole person care, working with businesses and organizations nationwide to ensure all workers get the support they need.

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988 Toolkit

In 2020 Congress approved 988 to transform how we serve people facing a mental health crisis by providing a safe, easy-to-remember alternative to 911. States must now fund their own crisis response systems that work for everyone by July 22. This toolkit was developed by chief executives of the nation’s leading mental health advocacy organizations and professional associations (“The CEO Huddle”) to help advocates spread the word.

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The Early Psychosis Intervention Network (EPINET)

EPINET is a national learning health care system that links early psychosis clinics through standard clinical measures, uniform data collection methods and data sharing agreements. The EPINET initiative includes eight regional hubs, 101 early psychosis clinics across 16 states, and the EPINET National Data Coordinating Center (ENDCC). Through this EPINET process and partnership a unique research database will be created and be available to collaborators within and outside of EPINET to support research and improve early psychosis identification and care.

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A Unified Vision for Transforming Mental Health and Substance Use Care

This statement calls for policy, programs and standards that prioritize mental health care and address the social and economic conditions – including racism and discrimination – that disproportionately impact people of color and the poor, and result in inadequate and inequitable access to effective, humane treatment.