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Federal and State Policy & Legislation
Federal Policy & Legislative Issues

Contact Your Congressional Members and Urge Them to Support the Keeping All Students Safe Act!
The Keeping All Students Safe Act has been introduced in both the House (HR 1381) and the Senate (S. 2020). This federal legislation will protect students from the harmful use of restraint and seclusion in our nation’s schools.

State Policy & Legislative Issues

Reinvesting in the Community: A Family Guide to Expanding Home and Community-Based Mental Health Services and Supports

Supporting Schools and Communities in Breaking the Prison Pipeline: A Guide to Emerging and Promising Crisis Intervention Programs for Youth

Model State Legislation

State Advocacy Toolkit
Our national partner work group is extremely pleased to share this State Advocacy tool kit with you and your organization. We jointly developed this toolkit to help educate state lawmakers about children’s mental health in America. Our work group came together in response to misinformation circulated after release of President Bush’s New Freedom Commission Report on mental health care in America (NFC).

An Overview of Multicultural Issues in Children's Mental Health
The purpose of this document is to provide an overview of major reports on multicultural children’s mental health issues and present highlights of key research findings.



The Medicaid program plays a central role in providing coverage to the more than two in five children who reside in low-income families where they often lack access to employer-based coverage.  This section includes resources for those wanting to learn more about the Medicaid program.

Community-Based Alternatives to Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities Grants
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced the 10 states that will receive grant awards to develop their children’s mental health system.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Medicaid & Home-Based Services for Children
Various documents discussing the importance of home-based services for children with mental illnesses and how to use Medicaid to obtain such services.

Massachusetts Court Decision on Medicaid Services for Children
A district court in Massachusetts made a landmark decision when it declared that the state had violated the Medicaid Act’s requirements to provide early and periodic screening, diagnostic, and treatment services (EPSDT) to children with serious emotional disturbance (SED).

What is Medicaid?