Fourteen mental health advocacy groups last week announced a coordinated effort to address the mental health crisis facing states that existed before the pandemic, but has been exacerbated by it.
The groups said they would engage with the federal government, governors, and key policy makers across the U.S. to introduce a roadmap for accelerating effective mental healthcare. The effort calls for increased resources at all levels of government to improve access to mental health information, treatment, and support.
The leadership coalition is made up of CEOs from the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, Mental Health America, the National Association for Behavioral Healthcare, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the National Council for Behavioral Health, One Mind, Peg’s Foundation, the Steinberg Institute, The Kennedy Forum, the Treatment Advocacy Center, and Well Being Trust.
The leadership coalition’s plan – titled A Unified Vision for Transforming Mental Health and Substance Use Care
– calls for policy, programs, and standards that prioritize mental healthcare and address the social and economic conditions, including racism and discrimination, that result in inequitable access to effective treatment.