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Children's Mental Health

Thanks, Senator Moore

In January, Massachusetts Senator Richard Moore, one of the strongest and most expert health care leaders in the Legislature, will be leaving the State House.  Read more »

Governor Patrick Takes Bold Steps on Opiate Abuse

HCFA would like to applaud the Governor on his action today regarding opiate abuse (see story: Opiate Abuse Stirs Gov. Patrick To Declare Public Health Emergency). The Commonwealth has long struggled with the public health issue of opioid addiction and Governor Patrick’s declaration implements much needed interventions. In Massachusetts we are losing hundreds of our citizen to a public health epidemic that shows no signs of slowing. Instead with the influx of a higher grade of heroin in larger supply, it will only increase.  The heroin has become cheaper, a stronger “high,” and more plentiful... Read more »

New England Alliance for Children’s Health

New England Alliance for Children's Health (NEACH), an initiative of Community Catalyst, is a broad coalition of over 500 New England-based health care and child advocates, hospitals and health care providers, legal experts, interfaith organizations, business leaders, and consumers dedicated to promoting access to high-quality, affordable health care for all children. Read more »

Georgetown Center for Children and Families

The Center for Children & Families (CCF) of the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute is an independent, nonpartisan policy & research center dedicated to expanding & improving health care coverage for America’s children and families.  Read more »

Senate Budget Debate Starts Wednesday - Here's Our Amendment Recommendations

Tomorrow the state Senate will begin debating its version of the state budget for fiscal year 2014, which begins on July 1. Like the House budget did, the Senate Ways and Means version starts out with a strong commitment to building on the state's health coverage reforms through implementation of the ACA, and some substantial deficiencies in funding for health care programs. The best overview of the Senate budget comes, of course, from the Mass Budget and Policy Center. The overview notes the continued decline in support for public health: Read more »

Advocacy Makes It Happen: A Reminder From PPAL

Lisa Lambert of the Parent-Professional Advocacy League (a long-time HCFA partner and fellow member of the Children’s Mental Health Campaign Executive Committee) posted a blog over the weekend reminding us of the importance of direct advocacy to make change. Lisa broke it down to the three P’s: patience, persistence, and passion. Read more »

Children's Mental Health Campaign Questions Parity

On June 27, the Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse held an Oversight Hearing on parity implementation and the causes for "boarding" mental health patients in the emergency rooms of local hospitals. Read more »

Children’s Mental Health Awareness - The Week is Now

National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week (May 1-7, 2011) is an opportune time to take stock of the accomplishments of the Children’s Mental Health Campaign in Massachusetts, but also to recall the important steps we still need to take to expand access to effective, high quality and well integrated/ coordinated care for all children with mental health needs. The good news is that we’ve come a long way in making Massachusetts a national leader in children’s mental health. Since passage of two landmark laws in 2008 – An Act Relative to Children’s Mental Health and An Act Relative to... Read more »

Re Globe SSI Series: "When did providing health insurance to kids with disabilities become a bad thing?"

Two of our close partners, Linda Landry of the Disability Law Center and Sarah Anderson at Greater Boston Legal Services wrote this response to the Boston Globe series on SSI. Here's their guest post: When did providing health insurance to kids with disabilities become a bad thing? Read more »

Too Acute?

If the scenario sounds like a nightmare, it’s only because it is one. Imagine you are the parent of a child with significant mental health needs. One night, your child tells you that he is hearing voices. Soon thereafter, he no longer recognizes you or his siblings. Clearly, a crisis situation. You rush your child to the emergency room, internally breathing a sigh of relief, expecting help to be coming soon. Instead, there you sit for hours. For a day. For two days. All the while waiting with your child. In a locked room. Not getting help. Being told that your child can’t... Read more »


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