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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.
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.
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.
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.
COVID-19 Pandemic: How Can I Help?
The Center for High Impact Philanthropy (CHIP) at Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice has published special online guidance for giving and grantmaking during the COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis. The online toolkit includes strategies for effective giving, urgent needs to address now, and nonprofits to support.
COVID-19 Mental Health Resources
A list of agencies and organizations that have robust mental health resources available online to help individuals and parents during uncertain times.
A campaign/website that seeks to empower youth and parents to recognize and address problematic tech behavior; empower strategic partners and the media to understand and communicate effectively about tech addiction, particularly in youth; and empower policymakers to protect youth from harmful technology and predatory engagement techniques.
Mental Health for US
A nonpartisan educational initiative created to elevate mental health and addiction in policy conversations during the 2020 election cycle.