Category Archives: Children’s Mental Health

All items related to the Children’s Mental Health Initiative

Senate Budget Debate Starts Wednesday – Here’s Our Amendment Recommendations

Tomorrow the state Senate will begin debating its version of the state budget for fiscal year 2014, which begins on July 1. Like the House budget did, the Senate Ways and Means version starts out with a strong commitment to … Continue reading

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Advocacy Makes It Happen: A Reminder From PPAL

Lisa Lambert of the Parent-Professional Advocacy League (a long-time HCFA partner and fellow member of the Children’s Mental Health Campaign Executive Committee) posted a blog over the weekend reminding us of the importance of direct advocacy to make change. Lisa … Continue reading

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Children’s Mental Health Campaign Questions Parity

On June 27, the Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse held an Oversight Hearing on parity implementation and the causes for “boarding” mental health patients in the emergency rooms of local hospitals. The Children’s Mental Health Campaign (CHMC) … Continue reading

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Children’s Mental Health Awareness – The Week is Now

National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week (May 1-7, 2011) is an opportune time to take stock of the accomplishments of the Children’s Mental Health Campaign in Massachusetts, but also to recall the important steps we still need to take to … Continue reading

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Re Globe SSI Series: “When did providing health insurance to kids with disabilities become a bad thing?”

Two of our close partners, Linda Landry of the Disability Law Center and Sarah Anderson at Greater Boston Legal Services wrote this response to the Boston Globe series on SSI. Here’s their guest post: When did providing health insurance to … Continue reading

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Too Acute?

If the scenario sounds like a nightmare, it’s only because it is one. Imagine you are the parent of a child with significant mental health needs. One night, your child tells you that he is hearing voices. Soon thereafter, he … Continue reading

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Medication, Children, and Mental Health – Not So Simple

The New York Times recently published a disturbing article about children with significant mental health needs who were dramatically overmedicated by physicians. To be clear: the Children’s Mental Health Campaign does not support over-medicating children. No one believes the solution … Continue reading

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