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Behavioral Health Urgent Care

A Compelling Case for Behavioral Health Urgent Care in Massachusetts

The Campaign was recently featured in a MassLive op-ed on our Report on Pediatric Behavioral Health Urgent Care, co-authored by Danna Mauch, Ph.D., President and CEO of the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health & Audrey Shelto, President of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation.

The [behavioral health urgent care] services must be high quality and culturally responsive, so that they can meet the needs of the diverse population in Massachusetts. Providing urgent care services in the community will improve quality, reduce use of emergency room services, and ultimately lower health care costs as interventions are provided before an escalation to crisis stage.
Lunch & Learns

Beginning January, we plan on offering our Lunch & Learns monthly!

We'll cover issues relevant to our work and children's behavioral health. Our 2021 topics so far include the state budget and telehealth, but we want to hear from you! Are there any subjects you'd like to see us cover?

To view all of our past our Lunch & Learns:

FY21 State Budget

The FY21 State Budget is almost done!

The Massachusetts Legislature has passed the budget which now heads to the Governor's desk to sign or return with vetoes. We will send out a full update once the budget has been finalized, and until that time, please visit our website for updates as they occur:

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children's Behavioral health resources.

Judge Baker Family Crisis Guide

Judge Baker Children's Center recently completed their Family Crisis Guide. Designed to give parents the tools to navigate caring for a child in crisis, the Guide contains comprehensive checklists, action plans, and worksheets to help every step of the way. Available in both English and Spanish


The Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, Executive Office of Health and Human Services, and the Office of the Child Advocate have partnered to create HandHold, an online guide for families navigating their children's mental health journey. The site helps you answer questions like: "Should I worry?" "What can I do?" and "Who can help?"

Safe Kids Thrive

In many cases, child sexual abuse is preventable. With the right tools, you can stop abuse before it happens. A new website, www.safekidsthrive.org, developed by the Massachusetts Legislative Task Force on the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse, provides organizations with customizable tools and guidelines to prevent child sexual abuse.

Your Headlines.
When children and teens are overwhelmed with anxiety, depression or thoughts of self-harm, they often wait days in emergency rooms because there aren’t enough psychiatric beds. The problem has only grown worse during the pandemic, reports from parents and professionals suggest. With schools closed, routines disrupted and parents anxious over lost income or uncertain futures, children are shouldering new burdens many are unequipped to bear.
What could our society look like if racial disparities in health and learning outcomes didn’t exist? According to extensive studies, the U.S. would save billions in health care costs alone. The value of realizing the potential contributions of so many people around the world who are impaired by—or die from—preventable chronic illnesses is enormous, and the human costs are incalculable.
The psychological damage from disasters like Covid-19 can last for years. Here’s what we should do now — including create a national, 3-digit suicide hotline.
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