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Declaration of a National Emergency in Child and Adolescent Mental Health


On October 19th, the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the Children’s Hospital Association declared a National Emergency in Child and Adolescent Mental Health.

Spurred by the worsening behavioral health crisis, these agencies have called on policymakers at all levels of government to advocate for a number of changes to the behavioral health system, including increased federal spending for screening, diagnosis, and treatment; implementation of effective models of school-based mental health care; and solutions to the ongoing crisis of emergency room boarding.

These national-level solutions are critical to children’s well-being across the nation and mirror priorities the Children’s Mental Health Campaign (CMHC) is advocating for in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Sound the Alarm for Kids

Together with other providers of children’s behavioral health care, Boston Children's Hospital have launched a campaign to raise awareness to this emergency. The “Sound the Alarm for Kids” campaign is multifaceted and focused on urging Congress to enact legislation and increase funding to address this situation.

AMerican Rescue Plan Act

The House has passed H.4234 An Act Relative to Immediate COVID-19 Recovery Needs

Thanks to you, we successfully advocated for amendments that meet the needs of youth with behavioral health conditions and respond to the behavioral health boarding crisis! These investments will be critical to combating what has been declared a National Emergency in Child and Adolescent Mental Health.

This bill moves to the Senate next, so keep an eye out for an action alert!

CMHC Website

Have you seen our new website yet?

We have new pages that focus on the work we're doing to ensure kids have access to the supports and services they need at home, in school, and in their communities.

We also have a new contact page, so let us know what you think of the site!

children's Behavioral health resources & Updates.

November IECMH Newsletter

Child Mind Institute 2021 Children’s Mental Health Report

In this report, Child Mind Institute examines the growing body of research on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on children’s mental health, including the results of a survey of thousands of parents conducted by the Child Mind Institute. Initial findings supported the idea that children and adults alike were experiencing higher levels of emotional distress.

National Family Caregivers Month

November is Family Caregivers Month, a time to celebrate the contributions of caregivers, provide them with tools that they need, and continue to advocate for individuals with mental illness. Mental Health America has put together a number of resources to support caregivers as they take care of their own mental health and support loved ones.

Your Headlines.
We can’t put a Band-Aid on a global crisis and all of the stress, anxiety and havoc it has introduced to our lives. It sounds simplistic, but what I heard over and over again is that parents, teachers and students giving each other grace, and not pretending everything is how it used to be, may be the most important thing right now.
While students of color make up 40% of the state's school system, their teachers are overwhelmingly white: 86%, according to the Wheelock Educational Policy Center at Boston University. The gap can put a tax on the few teachers of color to help students, among other things, reckon with systemic racism — a need that felt more acute in the last year and a half.

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