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A Path Towards Re-Inventing America's Mental Health Care System

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"Healing: Our Path from Mental Illness to Mental Health" is a bold, expert, and actionable map for the re-invention of America's broken mental health care system.

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On Purpose: May is Mental Health Month

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May is Mental Health Month provides MAMH an opportunity to reflect on our purpose, review efforts to achieve our mission, and reflect on the work you -- our friends and supporters -- have done so far to make a difference.

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Refresh Your Mental Health: 2022 Youth Expressions Art Contest

News

May is Mental Health Month! MAMH and the Massachusetts Health Council are excited to announce the start of our third annual May is Mental Health “Youth Expressions” Art Contest

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An Important Step: Increasing Investments in Behavioral Health

News

Newly filed legislation from the Baker Administration seeks to increase investment in primary care and behavioral health care, representing an important step toward sufficient investment in a comprehensive health system.

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Happy 2-Year Anniversary to Network of Care Massachusetts!

News

Since its launch two years ago, Network of Care Massachusetts has become an integral resource for residents of the Commonwealth seeking behavioral health support and care.

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Reframing Aging: Our Words Matter

Education

To help us understand what Reframing Aging is about, we interviewed longtime Older Adult Behavioral Health Network member Melissa Donegan.

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James T. Brett to serve on President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities

Leading Change

President Biden announced the reappointment of MAMH Board member James T. Brett to serve on the President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities.

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Middlesex County Restoration Center will receive $1.65 in federal funding

Advocacy

A federal appropriations bill signed into law by President Biden includes $1.65 million for a Middlesex County Restoration Center to provide crisis and urgent care for people with behavioral health needs, diverting them from arrest, jail, and hospitalization.

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Breaking down behavioral health spending in the governor's FY23 budget

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In late January, Gov. Charlie Baker released his proposed FY23 budget for the state of Massachusetts. How did behavioral health care fare? MAMH has a summary.

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2021: The Year Everyone Was Talking About Mental Health

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If 2020 was the year we all wanted to forget, then 2021 may be remembered as the year everyone was talking about mental health.

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Older Adult Behavioral Health Network Supports Community Living for Older Adults

Education

With generous support from a 3-year grant from the Tufts Health Plan Foundation, MAMH launched the Older Adult Behavioral Health Network (OABHN) in July 2021 to elevate the importance of older adult behavioral health across the Commonwealth.

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A Once-in-a-Lifetime Moment to Reimagine Crisis

Advocacy

Guest blogger Monica Luke, Executive Director of The Living Assistance Fund, writes about the upcoming launch of 9-8-8 as a nationwide, 3-digit crisis line and how we can advocate for comprehensive crisis services in our communities.

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Robert Fleischner on Disability Justice and Supported Decision-Making

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MAMH Board member, Robert "Bob" Fleischner speaks on disability justice, the use of Supported Decision-Making as tool for equity, and the multiple ways we can all be advocates for systems change.

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Families Support Mental Health Education as Part of Overall Health and Wellness

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The vast majority of parents support providing mental health education in schools, according to a national survey released Dec. 14.

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In this season of thanksgiving, we're grateful for new investments and protections for people with mental health conditions, but we recognize that we must address societal inequities to improve mental wellness.

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MAMH Joins National Leaders to Promote Consensus Plan for 988 Crisis Hotline

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The Massachusetts Association for Mental Health (MAMH) today joined 14 of the nation’s leading mental health organizations to release a consensus plan to guide implementation of 988 – a new crisis hotline scheduled to be operational nationwide in July 2022.

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MAMH Applauds Senate Passage of the Mental Health ABC Act 2.0: Addressing Barriers to Care

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The Senate's passage on Nov. 17 of the Mental Health ABC Act 2.0 (S.2572) is an important next step in ensuring that all residents of the Commonwealth can get the right care at the right time for mental health and substance use conditions.

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Safe Havens Play a Critical Role in Ending Homelessness and Saving Lives

Advocacy

Safe Havens are supervised and supportive housing for people who are homeless and have multiple health and disability conditions and who have not been successful in traditional housing or shelters.

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MAMH Mourns the Passing of Dr. Aaron T. Beck

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Dr. Beck developed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and revolutionized mental health treatment around the world.

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MAMH Awarded MGB Grant to Promote Pediatric Behavioral Health Urgent Care

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MAMH received a $3 million grant from Mass General Brigham (MGB) to develop and implement a services grant program for Pediatric Behavioral Health Urgent Care over the next four years.

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Support Effective Mental Health Parity Laws and Implementation

Advocacy

For decades, MAMH has been advocating to ensure that people with mental health and substance use conditions receive the same level of health insurance benefits and access to services as people with physical health conditions.

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MA Ranked First in MHA Annual "State of Mental Health" Report

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Massachusetts is ranked first among all states in Mental Health America's 2022 State of Mental Health report, but much work remains to reduce the impact of mental health conditions.

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A Night of Celebration! Highlights From our 2021 Friend and Leader Awards Dinner

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This past Wednesday, October 13th, MAMH honored leaders in Massachusetts who collectively guided us through the first 18 months of the coronavirus pandemic at the 108th Friend & Leader Awards this October.

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What is 988 and Why Should YOU Care?

Advocacy

Guest blogger Monica Luke, Executive Director for The Living Assistance Fund, explains the importance of 988: a 24/7 line that will reimagine behavioral health crises response.

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Angela Wallace on Youth Advocacy

Leading Change

Angela Wallace is a senior at Bowdoin College and an effective, persuasive advocate for mental health education in the Commonwealth. Our Interview with Angela gives us insight about the role the next generation of leaders play in the future of mental health advocacy.

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A Struggling Generation: The Impact Of Mental Health and Why We Need To Do More

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Guest blogger Carson Domey, a high school senior and youth mental health leader, advocates for students to have information they need to protect their mental health and find help when they need it.

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New outdoor public piano in Newburyport supports mental health, our pandemic recovery, and a young boy named Charli

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A new public piano, recently installed by a Newburyport resident and rising junior at Virginia Tech, aims to raise awareness for mental health and funds for a 10-year-old boy.

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Rep. Decker and Sen. Cyr honored as Legislative Champions for work on mental health issues

Leading Change

Mental Health America honored Rep. Marjorie Decker and Sen. Julian Cyr today for outstanding work on mental health issues.

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The power and importance of mental health breaks, Olympics or not

Leading Change

Champion gymnast Simone Biles’ decision yesterday to walk away from the Olympic competition showed us that sometimes “mental toughness” means knowing when you’ve had enough.

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BIPOC Mental Health Month reminds us why we need culturally responsive mental health services

Education

July is BIPOC Mental Health Month. At MAMH, that means bringing awareness to both the strengths and challenges people of color face in supporting their mental health - and it reminds us why culturally responsive services are so important.

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Calling 911: Long-term system change is needed, and we can start now

Advocacy

Important, foundational steps to reform 911 today bring us closer to much-needed systemic change and a safer way to find help when it’s needed.

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Why we must reform mental health in MA prisons - and how to do it

Advocacy

Significant reform is needed to address documented human rights violations and abuse against individuals with mental health needs in Massachusetts prisons. Fortunately, existing best practices - and proposed legislation - show us how.

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Strengthening penalties for assault of some emergency and health care providers misses the mark

Advocacy

MAMH President & CEO Danna Mauch testified this month before the Joint Committee of The Judiciary. Her message: there are better, more proactive solutions to keep EMTs, ambulance operators and health care providers safe from assault.

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Creating an effective behavioral health emergency response system

Advocacy

Individuals experiencing a behavioral health crisis and their families often find themselves with nowhere to turn but 911, resulting in a first response by police instead of the public mental health system. We can change this.

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MAMH and WCVB Channel 5 partner for Day of Awareness on Mental Health & Wellness

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MAMH is joining WCVB Channel 5 for a Mental Health & Well Being Day of Awareness to highlight the post-pandemic challenges facing Massachusetts residents, especially young adults.

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You've Got a Friend in Me! MA students respond to our 2021 Youth Expressions Contest

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How can you support a friend struggling with their mental health? We asked students to answer this through art in one of the following categories: audiovisual, written, or artistic still.

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MAMH launches #JustAsk

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If we've learned one thing from the pandemic, it's that none of us are superhuman. #JustAsk is a multimedia campaign to help young adults take control of their mental health by reaching out to friends, families, and resources to provide support.

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Former Congressman Joseph Kennedy III joins MAMH Board of Directors

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Joe Kennedy has served MA for more than a decade – first as an assistant district attorney and later as a congressman. We’re pleased to announce that he’ll now be serving on the MAMH Board of Directors, working to advance behavioral and mental health policy.

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Susan Tracy on Advocacy and Policy

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MAMH Board member Susan Tracy is President of The Strategy Group, former state legislator, and a long-time advocate for people who are homeless. Our interview with Susan describes the critical intersection between homelessness and mental health.

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Joseph Feaster on Equity in Mental Healthcare

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Joseph Feaster, Jr., a long time MAMH Board Member, speaks on equity, advocacy, and the future of mental healthcare.

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Racial Trauma and Mental Health: A Message from Our CEO, Danna Mauch

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For those experiencing racial trauma right now, we see you, we hear you, and we support you.