Advancing Early Relational Health – Center for the Study of Social Policy

Healthy and positive child development emerges best in the context of nurturing, warm, and responsive early parent- and caregiver-child relationships, when children are surrounded by safe communities with strong trust and social connectedness. This landing page offers information on the Center for the Study of Social Policy’s approach, frequently asked questions, blog posts, additional resources,…

New HHS Study in JAMA Pediatrics Shows Significant Increases in Children Diagnosed with Mental Health Conditions from 2016 to 2020 – HHS

A new US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) study published in the American Medical Association’s journal JAMA Pediatrics reports significant increases in the number of children diagnosed with mental health conditions. The study, conducted by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), finds that between 2016 and 2020, the number of children ages…

Core Principles to Reframe Mental and Behavioral Health Policy – CLASP

Historic and modern-day policies rooted in discrimination and oppression have created and widened harmful inequities impacting many communities of color. Effectively and equitably addressing mental health requires intervening at systemic and policy levels to dismantle the structures that produce negative outcomes like generational poverty, intergenerational and cultural trauma, racism, sexism, and ableism. CLASP identified these…

Prioritize Young People’s Mental Health with $7.5 Billion Investment – CLASP

This blog post reviews data on young people’s mental health and outlines specific policy change recommendations, including youth mobile crisis response services, youth peer support, app- and text-based telehealth, increasing capacity of community-based organizations, culturally-responsive ACEs screening and trauma-informed care, and growing the behavioral workforce pipeline.