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Racial justice & Equity

Black Lives Matter

As a coalition, we are dedicated to advocating for change at the systemic level and recognize that advocacy must begin with acknowledging privilege. Some of us expect our governments and institutions to hear our voices and represent our interests. However, we know that racists and systemic racism in America have sought to silence the voices emanating out of Black communities for centuries. When voices are silenced, pain and trauma go unacknowledged, and justice is not served.

If you would like to support some local organizations doing the work of addressing racism in our communities, you can find a short list on our website, as well as a list of available resources for having a conversation with children about racial equity and social justice. We’ve chosen resources from trusted organizations, but only you know what is appropriate for you and your family.

Note: This page also provides updates on our work on the MA Public Health Association's Emergency Taskforce on Coronavirus & Equity.

Our partners at MSPCC and MassAIMH, in collaboration with partners from BPHC and DMH, have created a tip sheet on how to talk to young children about racial injustice:

Our unified commitment to safeguard the mental and emotional health and wellness of all children in Massachusetts requires us to confront racial injustice and economic disparity. We will continue this work, ensuring that equity lies at the root of everything we do.

Spotlight On:

Developed by the Irving Harris Foundation, The Diversity-Informed Tenets for Work With Infants, Children and Families are a set of guiding principles and practices that strengthen the commitment and capacity of infant, child and family professionals, organizations and systems to embed diversity, inclusion and equity principles into their work.

Rooted in self-reflection, the Tenets are a navigational tool for systems change. The Tenets are a response to the persistent and urgent need to expand our professional capacity and deepen our work with families by increasing awareness and developing intentional action for individual, organizational and systemic change.

These set of ten guiding aspirational principles raise awareness of inequities and injustices embedded in our society by empowering individual practitioners, agencies and systems of care to identify and address the social justice issues intricately intertwined with all work with and on behalf of infants, children & families.

Budget UPdates

Thank you for responding to our budget survey!

We've had a number of responses that have covered a range of themes including trauma, access to community-based mental health services, the availability of services and supports in schools, workforce development, and behavioral health urgent care. Thank you so much for your thoughtful responses. Thesy have been critical in helping us shape our work in a period of heightened uncertainty.

We are still accepting responses! Please consider responding as this survey will inform how we advocate for children's behavioral health in the upcoming year.

COVID-19 Updates

The Childhood Trauma Task Force, chaired by the MA Office of the Child Advocate, has created a set of recommendations for supporting children and families who have experienced trauma and stress during the pandemic. This report recommends increased funding for Family Resource Centers and statewide expansion of Health Law Advocates' MHAP For Kids Program.

Our lists of COVID-19 resources and activities is still growing! Please use them if it makes sense for you and your family to do so.

Updates and REminders.

The July issue of our IECMH newsletter is out!

Click the link below if you're interested in learning more about the Campaign's work in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH).

PPAL is conducting a survey of Massachusetts families whose children have behavioral health and other special needs.

Please consider filling out this survey if it applies to you. The purpose of this survey is to find out what roles parents take or want to take when their child is transitioning into adulthood.

PPAL has also created a resource guide for children, transition-age youth, and families in crisis. You can find these resources, and more, on PPAL's website.

Your Headlines.
Some teens have experienced devastating consequences of the pandemic: loved ones losing jobs or becoming ill and dying. And now, like all of us, teenagers are seeing a flood of images and news reports on racial conflict and structural inequality, adding to the distress.
As much as possible, it’s important for parents to really tune into what they’re unintentionally broadcasting in those moments when your kid inevitably hits you with a question you weren’t ready for. “They’re listening to you, but they’re also watching how you say it,” said Howard Stevenson, a professor of urban education at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. If you change the subject, if you answer in a nervous way, if you’re excited — all of that communicates something to your child, he said.
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