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Regional Policy Council

 

The ​Mental ​Health ​America ​(MHA) ​Regional ​Policy ​Council ​(RPC) ​cultivates ​a ​constructive ​partnership ​with ​its ​affiliate ​field, ​state ​policy ​leaders, ​and ​other ​mental ​health ​stakeholders ​working ​together ​to ​initiate, ​advocate ​for, ​and ​implement ​federal ​and ​state ​policies ​that ​positively ​affect ​children, youth, and adults ​living ​with ​mental ​health ​and ​substance ​use ​conditions.

MHA established in 2009 a Regional Policy Council (RPC) to work with MHA's Public Policy and Advocacy Department to achieve these policy goals in a coordinated and effective manner.

The RPC is comprised of six of MHA's most knowledgeable affiliate public policy or executive directors that serve a one year term.

Many of the issues facing mental health treatment infrastructure and adequacy are related to implementation of federal laws, or are state level issues that are common across the states.

Each state faces challenges related to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Medicaid Expansion, the Mental Health Parity and Equity Act (MHPAEA), integration of behavioral health services, workforce adequacy, access to community-based services and supports, and the use of peers.

The RPC forms a nationwide movement toward a robust mental health system that promotes prevention and early intervention initiatives, access to integrated community-based treatments, and supports that are recovery-focused and that encompass community inclusion.

 

2018 REGIONAL MEETINGS

In 2018, MHA’s Regional Policy Council (RPC) meetings and events coincide with four major policymaker groups:

     

    2018 REGIONAL POLICY COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVES

    Barbara Johnston, Director of Advocacy, MHA in New Jersey
    Represents ME, NH, VT, NY, NJ, MA, CT, DE, PA, MD, VA

    Ben Harrington, Executive Director, MHA of East Tennessee
    Represents IN, KY, NC, SC, TN, AR, LA, TX, MS, GA

    Moe Keller, Vice President of Public Affairs and Systems Advocacy, Mental Health Colorado
    Represents OK, ND, SD, WY, MT, CO, ID, AZ, NM, UT, NV, WA, OR, HI

    Shel Gross, Director of Public Policy, MHA of Wisconsin
    Represents OH, IL, WI, MN, MO, KS, MI, NE, IA, CA, FL

     

    2018 REGIONAL POLICY COUNCIL SPONSORS

    Mental Health America would like to thank our generous sponsors for supporting the 2017 Regional Policy Council.

     


     

     

     

    PAST REGIONAL MEETINGS

    Read the 2017 RPC Recap

    Read the 2016 RPC Recap

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