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Today is World Mental Health Day!

On the heels of a bulletin clarifying commercial insurers' responsibility to cover certain Behavioral Health services for Children and Adolescents (BHCA), coverage began rolling out on July 1st.

The bulletin, issued by the Division of Insurance and the Department of Mental Health on December 14, 2018, is available online.

Please click through below to access our FAQ to better understand who qualifies for these services. This resource was developed for parents, providers, and organizations that support children and adolescents with behavioral health conditions.

October is National Substance Use Prevention Month!

Prevention in Schools: SBIRT

In 2016, Massachusetts became the first state in the nation to require every public middle and high school to verbally screen students for risky substance use, seeking to prevent substance misuse or intervene early. Students are screened twice as they move through grades 7 through 12.

School nurses are using a set of evidence-based tools called SBIRT -- Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment -- that is endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and recommended in the US Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health. SBIRT uses a validated questionnaire, followed by brief counseling or a treatment referral if needed.

Youth Voices Project

Springfield Youth Voices Project

The Children's Mental Health Campaign & the Stop Access Springfield Coalition Why Risk It? Youth Advisory brought young people together to tell their story of how mental health and substance use has impacted their lives and to advocate for prevention resources in their communities. The Youth Voices Project presented their photo-stories at Western Massachusetts Recovery Day and gave a presentation at the State House!

Thank you Rep. Gonzalez, Senator James Welch, and all of our supporters who were able to attend!

#CrisisTalk

#CrisisTalk

Campaign Leader and President & CEO of the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health, Danna Mauch, PhD, joined 63 leaders from 9 countries at the second Crisis Now Global Summit on urgent and emergency mental health care in Washington DC.

Dr. Mauch presented on the findings of the Campaign's recent Pediatric Behavioral Health Urgent Care Report and its proposed model for pediatric behavioral health urgent care as an important care option for children and families.

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