That priority continues today, at a time when we focus on prevention, early identification and intervention, access to integrated care, and insurance parity for people with mental health conditions. Our expert staff and Public Policy Committee members produce well- researched policy statements on a wide range of issues .
We work with policymakers to advance federal legislation, regulations, and agency activities that promote these priorities and position statements. State Policy. Our affiliates work with state and local policymakers to develop and pass laws, regulations, and policies to promote mental health. MHA and our affiliates meet through the Regional Policy council to exchange ideas about best practices and barriers to regional, state, and local policy efforts and agency activities.
Our state advocacy priorities include Medicaid expansion, integrating primary and mental health care services, and building peer supports, including recovery- oriented curricula. A full list of our priorities can be found in the Policy & Advocacy section of our website. The MHA Regional Policy Council (RPC) produces a constructive partnership with our affiliates and other stakeholders to initiate, advocate for, and implement federal and state policies that positively affect people living with mental health and substance use conditions. In 2. 01. 4, the RPC focused on implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2. MHPAEA). MHA dove deeply into issues of network adequacy, treatment and medication access, criminal justice and violence prevention, and development of the peer workforce. In 2. 01. 5, we are focused on public policies to advance prevention, screening and early identification, and earlier interventions to promote recovery .
The RPC will develop a National Legislative Agenda that identifies state policy initiatives to help advocates and policymakers work together to ensure that access to adequate mental health care is possible. We will also develop a toolkit to help MHA affiliates and other interested stakeholders be successful in their state advocacy efforts. Additionally, the RPC will issue reports on critical mental health issues related to the ACA and MHPAEA as they are brought forth. The State of Mental Health in America Report: MHA. The report provides data on prevalence rates of mental health problems for youth and adults, and data on access to care for. National Advocacy Day. Beginning with an in- depth training session on how to advocate to members of Congress, the day culminates with in- person visits to federal legislators on Capitol Hill.
Since 2. 01. 2, MHA advocates have joined with the National Council for Community Behavioral Health for Hill Day. In 2. 01. 5, Capitol Hill Day will occur on June 2 and 3, in conjunction with the MHA Annual Conference. Education & Outreach. MHA Screening. One of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition is to take an anonymous screen. MHA has online screening tools for depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, post- traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), alcohol and substance use, early psychosis, work health, as well as screenings that are youth- focused and parent- focused. After completing their screening, individuals receive immediate results, education, resources and linkage to affiliates. Along with the results of their screens, individuals provide MHA with valuable demographic and survey responses that allow us to further support our mental health policy and education efforts.
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To date, depression screens account for more than half of the screens completed. Of all respondents, 6. These statistics demonstrate the need to promote early education and intervention. As MHAScreening. org expands, MHA will continue to explore ways to respond to the needs of screeners by adding public education and treatment information in collaboration with national partners. Our goal is to get every American screened and aware of their mental health as a way to promote recovery and reduce the time of untreated mental health problems.
May Is Mental Health Month. In 2. 01. 4, this program reached over 6. The 2. 01. 5 May is Mental Health Month toolkit included fact sheets, a mental health tips calendar, posters, graphics and infographics, and sample press releases, newspaper articles, and a logic model for our affiliates to track their efforts and outcomes. The goal of this public education campaign is to provide updated, accurate resources for the general public to learn about mental health, and for advocates to promote the services that they provide in their local communities. Publications: Mental Health America regularly produces brochures and fact sheets designed to educate different audiences on signs and symptoms of mental health conditions, tips to stay healthy, and ways to help loved ones. Additionally, MHA produces white papers on various mental health topics and our annual report, Parity or Disparity: The State of Mental Health in the America.
These materials are available on our website, www. MHA Annual Conference: MHA's Annual Conference brings together affiliates, consumers, providers, family members and advocates from across the country to talk about important and emerging mental health issues. The 2. 01. 5 Annual Conference, entitled Intervention and Innovation Before Stage 4, was held June 3- 5, 2. Alexandria, Virginia. The event included several high level plenary sessions, keynote speeches, breakout sessions, and our 2nd Annual Innovation Nation that highlights pioneering programs on the local level. Past speakers include Tipper Gore, Rosalynn Carter, Glenn Close, George Stephanopoulos, Sanjay Gupta, and entertainer Demi Lovato. Clifford Beers Society.
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Members are committed to prevention for all, early identification and intervention for those at risk, and comprehensive integrated health and behavioral services with recovery as the goal. Back to School and Back to Campus: MHA. On the Back to School webpages, the public can find information on starting conversations with their children or peers about mental health needs and finding help for students of all ages. Additionally, MHA is conducting surveys about bullying to understand the perspectives of students and parents.
It looks at the challenges facing the country and explores how to raise the profile of screening, ensuring there is a personalized pathway for all patients and continued support and understanding in managing any condition. Presented from ABC. The program will then form part of an extensive online communications campaign that includes medical organizations, associations, healthcare providers, health systems, and other organized systems of care; as well as journalists, writers and bloggers in the sector. Mental Health in the Media: . Mental health conditions affect one in five adults in the United States every year, and there should be more emphasis on early intervention to ensure that they can enjoy the highest quality of life possible. One of our main priorities is to encourage conversations about mental health and foster an environment free from stigma and discrimination.
MHA proactively works to provide comprehensive, accurate information about mental health by cultivating media relationships and working to share mental health news via traditional and new media channels. Information and Referral Services. It's My Life - Social Self- Directed Care: . MHA has plans to train other organizations to provide these services in other areas of the country so that people living with schizophrenia and schizoaffective can become comfortable participating in the life of the community, in part by building and strengthening friendships. MHA affiliates bring together mental health consumers, caregivers, advocates and service providers for collaboration and action to inform, support and enable mental wellness, and emphasize recovery from mental illness.
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They provide public education, information and referral, support groups, rehabilitation services as well as socialization and housing services to those confronting mental health problems and their loved ones. Affiliates provide family advocate services to parents of children with serious emotional disturbances, mentorship or peer support for adults recovering from mental illnesses, and professional education to those working in the mental health field. They also strive to influence public policy to assure access to fair and effective treatment for the millions of Americans suffering from mental health conditions. As the national organization, Mental Health America provides technical assistance and other resources to assist affiliates in their service efforts around their communities, ensuring that Before Stage 4 (#B4. Stage. 4) efforts reach every area of the United States.
Consumer Advocacy: Mental Health America provides technical assistance to other community organizations, specifically consumer groups. MHA staff members advise these organizations on best practices, including how to form a nonprofit board of directors. Additionally, MHA on an ongoing basis releases white papers to help consumer advocates in their work.