In addition to CMHC’s legislative and budget advocacy, we also work to ensure children and families have what they need to thrive at home, in school, and in their communities through work with state agencies and the state administration.
Roadmap for Behavioral Health Reform
The Executive Office of Health and Human Services released the Roadmap for Behavioral Health Reform: Ensuring the right treatment when and where people need it on February 24, 2021, laying out the design of a robust behavioral health treatment system. The Roadmap sets the stage for a multi-year effort to increase access to behavioral health treatment across the lifespan. The Children’s Mental Health Campaign is working closely with the administration to ensure child and adolescent behavioral health services are specifically designed to meet the unique circumstances and needs associated with those stages of development.
MassHealth Section 1115 Demonstration Waiver
Along with the Behavioral Health Roadmap, the 1115 waiver renewal presents a timely opportunity to improve behavioral health care throughout the continuum and levels of care, from promotion and prevention through acute inpatient treatment. CMHC supports the overall framework for MassHealth’s primary care reforms, especially integration of behavioral health; inclusion of behavioral health clinicians and family partners, peers and community health workers on the care team; and specific care delivery expectations for children, youth and families.