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Children's Mental Health

Breaking: Senate Passes Children’s Health Bill - Contact Your State Rep

Auust 1 UPDATE: The House did not take up the CMSP bill on the last day of the formal session, July 31. However, the legislature continues to meet in "informal" session through the end of the year, approving legislation by unanimous consent. Given the bi-partisan support for this bill, we are hopeful that it can be taken up soon during an informal meeting. Contacting legislators is still helpful.   The Massachusetts State Senate voted today to pass a key HCFA bill to improve children's health coverage. The bill has until midnight Thursday to pass the House, before formal legislative sessions... Read more »

HCFA’s 2017-2018 Priority Legislation

With the launch of a new legislative session, we at HCFA are excited to announce a new legislative agenda that advocates for a more effective and consumer friendly health care system here in the Bay State. HCFA worked with a diverse group of legislators in both the House and Senate to file a broad package of legislation. You can see a 2-page brief summary of each of our priority bills here.  The proposed legislation includes the following proposals: Reduce Out-Of-Pocket Health Care Costs by eliminating cost-sharing for high-value services and drugs such as insulin, asthma inhalers, and... Read more »

Wraparound Services Critical for Children’s Mental Health

Darcy is a mother of two children with medical and mental health challenges, the Director of Family Connections at The Walker School, and advocate for “wraparound” services. Wraparound services are an intensive and holistic set of services that help individuals with complex needs stay in their communities.  Below is an interview with Darcy on why wraparound services are so important for children’s mental health. What drove you to become an advocate for children’s mental health services? Read more »

Children's Mental Health - Parity Matters for Kids, too

What is Parity? And what does it mean for kids? Read more »

Children's Mental Health: the problem of boarding - Linette's story

May is Mental Health Awareness month and to celebrate, the HCFA blog in partnership with the Children’s Mental Health Campaign will be posting a series of blogs about children’s mental health throughout the month to raise awareness.  Read more »

Victory - Opioid bill Includes Preventive Care Strategy for Teens

Last week Health Care for All stood with policymakers, law enforcement, families, and advocates to watch Governor Baker sign Massachusetts' comprehensive opioid bill into law. It was an emotional yet hopeful moment as the Governor said “May today’s bill passage signal to you that the Commonwealth is listening and we will keep fighting for all of you.” The new law has several key provisions aimed addressing the opioid epidemic including: Read more »

HPC Committees Look at OPP Regulations and Behavioral Health Issues

Earlier this week, two committees of the Health Policy Commission met to: Hold a public hearing on proposed updates to Office of Patient Protection (OPP) regulations Host a presentation from the Office of the Attorney General on their recent behavioral health report, “Examination of Health Care Cost Trends and Cost Drivers” Discuss the Recommendations from the Governor’s Opioid Task Force Report Discuss the Health Policy Commissions Substance Use Disorder Report, due out in early December A presentation combining all the slides from the meeting is posted here. Proposed Updates to OPP... Read more »

Children's (AND Adults') Mental Health: Parents Needed, Too

Our friends at the Parent Professional Advoacy Leage are longtime partners in the Children's Mental Health Campaign we help lead with them and others. Their director, Lisa Lambert, just posted an insightful blog with observations about the never-ending role of parents in their childs's well being, even as their child grows up. She writes: Read more »

Congratulations, Marylou

We were so pleased to learn today that incoming Governor Charlie Baker has selected Marylou Sudders to be his Secretary of Health and Human Services (for details, see this State House News Service story). Marylou and HCFA go back a long way, through our work together on children's health for over a decade, her 7-year service as Commissioner of Mental Health from 1996-2003, and our more recent work with her as a member of the Health Policy Commission. She brings enormous experience with state care systems, a very expansive empathy for the people the EOHHS agencies serve, and an openness to... Read more »

NAMI Mass Releases Results of Survey on Mental Health Attitudes; Calls on Governor-elect to Make Mental Health a Priority in his Administration

[News on an important new survey released by our friends at the Massachusetts chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness]   On November 18, 2014, The National Alliance on Mental Illness, Massachusetts chapter (NAMI Mass) held joint news conferences in Boston and Agawam, releasing the results of its statewide survey on mental health attitudes as well as a five-point proposed plan for making mental health a priority of the Baker administration’s first 100 days. Read more »

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