Legislative Advocacy

Lend your voice for kid's mental health! Please click here today to contact your State Senator and Representative and ask them to sign-on as co-sponsors of the CMHC's legislative priorities. 

 

The Children's Mental Health Campaign is focusing its efforts on several key bills this legislative session. The CMHC supports the bills outlined below and is working to help ensure they are passed.

An Act to Protect Children’s Mental Health Services 
This bill establishes the position of Children’s Mental Health Ombudsman in the Office of the Child Advocate. 


An Act to Support Healthy Development Among Preschoolers

This bill requires the Department of Early Education and Care to issue performance specifications aimed at limiting suspension and expulsion in early childcare settings. 


An Act to Increase Consumer Transparency about Provider Networks

This bill requires insurance carriers to ensure the accuracy of the information on their provider directories, thus make it easier for patients and their families to find the care that they need.


 An Act to Prevent Adolescent Substance Abuse

This legislation establishes an Adolescent Substance Use Prevention and Early Intervention Trust Fund, and allocates 3% of excise taxes from the sale of recreational marijuana to the fund on an annual basis. The fund would support evidence based and evidence informed adolescent substance use prevention and education programs and services.


An Act to Increase Access to Children’s Mental Health Services in the Community
This bill requires coverage for community and home-based behavioral health care services (“wraparound care”) for children and adolescents with mental health disorders who are covered by commercial insurance. Currently, these services are only available to children with MassHealth and their families, through the Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative (CBHI). Families with commercial insurance either go without these services, or use “secondary MassHealth” to obtain the services.