And ACMH wants to be sure you have access to timely information about current policy issues and advocacy efforts that may be of interest to you, your family or the families you serve.
So we plan to dedicate our current blog space to share ongoing information about a variety of policy and advocacy issues that may affect children and youth with emotional, behavioral and mental health challenges and their families.
The information posted here will come from a variety of sources including national, state and local community partners and advocacy organizations. ACMH has not extensively reviewed all of the information nor do we advocate for you to take a certain position on any issue. We simply want you to have access to information of interest to you and those that may affect your child or family.
Please feel free to contact us if you have questions, have an issue you would like to share or if you would like to know how to get involved and share your voice of experience to help shape policy issues and improve supports and services for children and youth with emotional, behavioral and mental health challenges and their families.
Current Children’s Mental Health Policy Issues & Advocacy Efforts:
The Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee Report to Congress
The Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee released its 2017 Report to Congress on December 15th. This report, The Way Forward: Federal Action for a System That Works for All People Living With SMI and SED and Their Families and Caregivers, shines the spotlight on critical issues and services for Americans with serious mental illnesses (SMI) and serious emotional disturbances (SED), and the importance of concerted efforts by the federal government to address their needs. Visit The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) website to view the announcement and download the report by clicking here.
The ARC Michigan December 2017 Governmental Affairs Update This months’s ARC update contains information about current house and senate bills regarding the definitions regarding the use of seclusion and restraint; pilot programs to integrate Medicaid behavioral health with managed health care plans; Information about Michigan Department of Health & Human Services revised plan for implementing the Section 298 pilots; and information regarding Lt. Governor Brian Calley’s has announcement about a new report from the Special Education Reform Task Force; Michigan’s Medicaid office’s proposed policy bulletin on provider fitness criteria which would have had a serious impact on consumers’ ability to receive peer counselor and support services; and The Medical Services Administration’s proposed policy creating a new Medicaid Provider Manual chapter for Home and Community Based Services and the final bulletin making updates and revisions to the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment program.
MDHHS Releases Update on the Section 298 Initiative & White Paper on Section 298 Pilots. Learn more by visiting MDHHS’s project page by clicking here or by downloading the recently released white paper today: MDHHS_White_Paper_on_the_Section_298_Pilots_
Juvenile Justice Policy Issues & Advocacy Efforts:
Michigan Juvenile Justice Collaborative October/November 2017 Newsletter
YJAM Events Promote Awareness Statewide
During October and November, nearly 400 people attended events in Holland, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Detroit, Ann Arbor and Flint to learn about Michigan’s dangerous practice of prosecuting youth as adults. Now, the Raise the Age campaign is calling on its participants to take action.
Read more here
It’s More Than Time to Raise the Age in Michigan
In a new op-ed by Public Policy Associates, Inc. president, Paul Elam and Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency’s executive director, Mary King, presents the question, why hasn’t Michigan raised the age yet? Read more here
Washtenaw County Commissioners Adopt Raise the Age Resolution
Teens from The Michigan Juvenile Justice Youth Advisory Board (YAB) appeared before the Washtenaw County Commissioners on November 15, 2017 to promote a resolution urging the Michigan Legislature to pass the Youth in Prison package. The resolution was adopted unanimously (two commissioners were absent), and included a call for an appropriate state funding mechanism.
Read the full resolution here.
R-Street Institute Covers Raise the Age
In a new policy short, Christina Delgado, the Justice Policy Manager from R-Street, a Washington D.C. think tank, and Sara Wycoff McCauley, President of Strategic Policy Consultants, look at Michigan’s ongoing debate over efforts to “raise the age” for adult criminal prosecution, weighing the proposed policy against the impact current practices have on parental rights, public safety goals and the employability of youth. Read more here
Ypsilanti Teen to Speak at Federal Hearing on ‘School-to-Prison’ Pipeline
An Ypsilanti teen will speak at a U.S. Commission on Civil Rights hearing regarding federal laws protecting students of color with disabilities from discriminatory school discipline policies. DaQuann Harrison, 18, a 2017 graduate of Ypsilanti Community Schools, was invited to join the Dignity in Schools campaign to speak during public comment at the Civil Rights Commission hearing on Dec. 8 in Washington, D.C.
Read more here
Michigan Court Debates Over Teen Prison Civil Rights
The question of whether the state can be held liable for teens raped in Michigan prisons may turn on a constitutional question: Do prisoners forfeit their civil rights in Michigan when they enter prison?
Read more here
Human Impact Partners Reveal Health Impacts of Raising the Age in Michigan
Human Impact Partners, a national public health agency out of California, just released a new report “Raise the Age: Protecting Kids and Enhancing Public Safety in Michigan” to help support juvenile justice reformers in Michigan! This report is bringing a public health perspective into Michigan’s campaign to pass Raise the Age legislation in Michigan. Read more here
Kids Count Report Shows Number of Kids Affected by Parental Incarceration
Close to 6 million kids in America have experienced losing a parent to prison or jail at some point in their lives – and this number is growing. Nationwide, this population has increased by 636,000 children since 2011-2012. Read more here