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Happy Pride!

The Children's Mental Health Campaign celebrates LGBTQ Pride Month and recognizes the work left to do to ensure LGBTQ youth have equitable access to behavioral health resources, supports, and treatment in the Commonwealth.

The flag above is the Progress Pride Flag, designed by Daniel Quasar in 2018, that gives homage to Black, Brown & Trans communities. Without those groups, we wouldn’t have Pride today.

The Trevor Project National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health 2021

In the third year of this annual survey, brand new data is provided on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, mental health care disparities, discrimination, food insecurity, conversion therapy, and suicide — in addition to the benefits of LGBTQ-affirming spaces and respecting the pronouns of transgender and nonbinary youth.

An Act to create a thriving public health response for Adolescents

An Act to create a thriving public health response for adolescents (THRIVES Act)

We are proud to work with Representative Marjorie Decker on legislation to address the current children's behavioral health crisis through an expansion of school-based behavioral health, changes to coverage, and workforce development.

Equitable access to school-based behavioral health changes student outcomes. This bill establishes a School-based Behavioral Health Advisory Board and School Behavioral Health Technical Assistance Center, requires the creation of behavioral health crisis plans by school districts, mandates mental health education in school, and sets goals for substantially restricting the use of suspension and expulsion in preschool.

To learn more about our work in school-based behavioral health, visit our website:

State Budget Updates

We're almost to the finish line!

The initial Senate Budget proposal contained a number of priorities that support kids' behavioral health, including an significant funding for MHAP for Kids:

Thanks to your tremendous response to our Senate budget Action Alerts, we were able to secure additional resources in the final Senate budget proposal:

  • Additional 150K for Return to School Bridge Programs to bring total to 500K
  • 150K for the development of a School Behavioral Health Technical Assistance Center,
  • Language establishing a screening subcommittee of the Childhood Trauma Task Force to make recommendations on the specifics of utilizing available tools, protocols, and best practices for screening for childhood trauma.

The FY22 Budget heads now to Conference Committee where differences between the House and Senate proposals will be reconciled. We'll need your help again, so keep an eye out for more action alerts!

children's Behavioral health resources & Updates.

A Spotlight on the Children's Mental Health Campaign

In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, the Peter and Elizabeth Tower Foundation spotlighted the work of the Children’s Mental Health Campaign (CMHC) and highlighted two of our initiatives in particular: MHAP for Kids and Behavioral Health Urgent Care.


The Massachusetts Association for Mental Health has launched a new campaign aimed at empowering young adults to take charge of their mental health. #JustAsk reminds young adults that talking to a trusted friend or family member about what you’re feeling can help you manage stress, anxiety, and depression. If you need more information to understand your mental health, Network of Care Massachusetts provides research-based articles and a searchable directory of local resources across the Commonwealth. And Mass 211 offers opportunities to connect with a live person 24/7, by phone or text, to talk or find services such as housing or food. #JustAsk

Your Headlines.
We know for a fact that the scare tactics and the "Just Say No" doesn't work, and we know that some of those programs early on that employed that tactic, not only did it not work, it made some kids more likely to try drugs and alcohol. What does work is communication about it from a very very early age.

This is a 39 min episode from the podcast series Heart of the Matter, created by the Partnership to End Addiction.

“We’ve been doing this a long time, and this is really unlike anything we’ve ever seen before,” says Lisa Lambert, executive director of the Parent/Professional Advocacy League. “And it doesn’t show any signs of abating.”
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