Resolutions, Position Statements, Policy Briefs, and Letters of Support 

With input from our members and task forces, our policy committee develops positions on current topics related to behavioral health and social justice. The statements are approved by the full Board of Directors.   

Resolutions
Position Statements
Policy Briefs
Blog Posts
Letters of Support

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Resolutions

Our resolutions provide a concise overview of our stance on a particular policy concern, resources for more information on the topic, ways that our members can get involved in addressing the issue, and background research from the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry.

New!  Resolution on COVID-19 and Justice-Involved Populations 

New!  Resolution on Counting Children in the 2020 U.S. Census

New and Updated!  Resolution on Racism

New! Resolution on the Impact of Maternal Incarceration on Families and Children 

New! Resolution on the Rise of Female Incarceration in the U.S.

Children

Resolution on the Prevention of Child Trafficking

Resolution on the Convention of the Rights of the Child

Crime & Incarceration

Resolution on Tough-on-Crime Policies

Resolution on Health Care and Re-entry After Incarceration

New! Resolution on the Impact of Maternal Incarceration on Families and Children

New! Resolution on the Rise of Female Incarceration in the U.S.

Disabilities Resolution on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Health

Resolution on Health Care

Principles of Health Care Reform

Gender & Sexual Identity

Resolution on the Protections for Transgender Students

Resolution on Protecting LGBTQ+ Minors & Young Adults from Conversion Therapy Practices

Global Mental Health

Resolution on Global Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders 

Resolution in Support of the Sustainable Development Goals

Resolution on the Astana Declaration Regarding Primary Care

Resolution to Support the Lancet Commission on Global Mental Health and Sustainable Development

Resolution on the Inclusion of Mental Health in Universal Health Coverage

Immigration

Resolution on Refugee Resettlement in the US

Resolution on the U.S. Treatment of Refugees, Immigrants, and Asylum Seekers

Resolution on Families Crossing Borders

Resolution on Protecting Immigrant Children and Families 

LGBTQ+

Resolution on LGBTQ+ Rights

New! Resolution on Protecting LGBTQ+ Minors & Young Adults from Conversion Therapy Practices

Racism Resolution on Racism

 Position Statements

Our position statements guide our policy and advocacy work. In recent years, our statements have emphasized immigration, group care of children and adolescents, family homelessness, schools, and juvenile shackling.

New! COVID-19, Immigration Status, and Child and Family Well-being (see also our Facts at a Glance page on this topic)

New! Impact of COVID-19 on College Students' Mental Health (Position Statement)

Children and Adolescents

Consensus Statement on Group Care for Children and Adolescents

Shackling Children in Court:  Implications for Adolescent Development

Homelessness

Family Homelessness:  Mental Health Needs of Children and Families

Immigration

The Impact of Immigration Enforcement on Children and Families

Schools

Safe and Humane Schools: Places of Community

Safe and Humane Schools: Violence Prevention

 

Policy Briefs

In some cases, we develop more in-depth statements on topics relevant to our task forces and current events.

New! Impact of COVID-19 on College Students' Mental Health (Policy Brief)

Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System

Blog Posts

Find our blog posts covering topics such as the Global Alliance at the United Nations, the Canada Gairdner Global Health Symposium, and Youth and Families here

Letters of Support

What's New....

Global Alliance commends Senators for telehealth legislation

June 2, 2020: We joined with the MHLG to commend Senators Smith and Murkowski on their legislation that temporarily requires behavioral health and substance use treatment telehealth services to be covered by insurance companies at the same rate as in-person services.

Global Alliance supports Health Care Protection Act

May 21, 2020: As part of the Mental Health Liaison Group (MHLG) letter addressed to Representatives Davis, Horn, Gonzalez, Schrader, Wagner, and Torres Small, the Global Alliance signed on in support of the bipartisan Health Care Protection Act (H.R. 6810).

Global Alliance supports the Improving Social Determinants of Health Act

May 18, 2020: In letters to Congress and to Speaker Pelosi and Minority Leader McCarthy, we joined with 70 other organizations urging lawmakers to include the Improving Social Determinants of Health Act of 2020 (H.R. 6561) in future iterations of legislation aimed to address the COVID-19 pandemic. H.R. 6561 would help provide support and funding for programs and agencies addressing Social Determinants of Health (SDOHs) in target communities.

Global Alliance calls for suicide prevention and youth mental health provisions in COVID-19 relief

May 11, 2020: The Global Alliance signed on to a letter from the Mental Health Liaison Group (MHLG) addressed to House Speaker Pelosi, Chairman Pallone, Minority Leader McCarthy, and Ranking Member Walden requesting that suicide prevention and youth mental health receive both policy consideration and funding in the next COVID-19 relief legislation.

Global Alliance supports Health Care at Home Act

May 11, 2020: The Global Alliance joined with the MHLG to thank Representatives Schrier and Roe for their bipartisan support of the Health Care at Home Act (H.R. 6644) which requires insurance providers to cover telehealth services that would otherwise be covered in-person.

Global Alliance urges enhanced options for school districts using Medicaid services for students during COVID-19

May 5, 2020: The Global Alliance signed on to a letter asking Administrator Seema Verma with the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to consider providing greater flexibility to school districts in the billing of Medicaid claims, especially as they seek to provide comprehensive care for students using telehealth and other remote care options.

Global Alliance supports funding for maternal mental health care

May 1, 2020: The Global Alliance signed on to a letter addressed to Chairwoman Lowey, Ranking Member Granger, Chairwoman DeLauro and Ranking Member Cole, requesting additional funding for HRSA’s Screening and Treatment for Maternal Depression and Related Behavior Disorders Treatment Program in the next CARES Act supplemental.

Global Alliance encourages update to Part 2 rule of CARES Act

April 28, 2020: As part of the Partnership to Amend 42 CFR Part 2, in a letter addressed to Secretary Azar, the Global Alliance urges the Department of Health and Human Services to update the Part 2 rule of the CARES Act to align it with HIPAA disclosure requirements in order to ensure that those receiving substance use treatment do not experience a disruption in care.

Global Alliance calls for insurance coverage of tele-mental health services

April 24, 2020: In two letters – one addressed to Secretary Scalia and another addressed to Speaker Pelosi and Leaders McConnell, Schumer, and McCarthy – the Global Alliance joined the MHLG in outlining insurance coverage gaps for telehealth services and calling for legislation requiring insurers to cover telehealth – including mental health – costs.

Global Alliance joins MHLG in urging federal subsidies for COBRA continuation coverage

April 23, 2020: Together with the Mental Health Liaison Group (MHLG), the Global Alliance signed on to a letter asking House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Leader Kevin McCarthy, and Senate Leaders Mitch McConnell and Charles Schumer to include a federal subsidy program for COBRA continuation coverage for workers who lost their health coverage due to layoff or furlough associated with COVID-19.

Global Alliance calls for virtual peer support funding

April 3, 2020: The Global Alliance joined the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance in a letter urging House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Leader Kevin McCarthy, and Senate Leaders Mitch McConnell and Charles Schumer to provide funding for virtual peer support for individuals with behavioral health conditions and substance use disorders, especially in light of the shelter-in-place orders associated with COVID-19.

Global Alliance supports expanded Medicare coverage of telehealth

April 1, 2020: The Global Alliance signed on to a letter addressed to Secretary Azar and Administrator Verma, requesting that Medicare coverage of telehealth benefits be expanded to include audio-only telehealth services, in addition to audio-video telehealth services.

Global Alliance joins MHLG in calling for review of information sharing practices and their impact on detained children and their families

February 28, 2020: In a letter to Senators Johnson and Peters, Congresswoman Maloney and Congressmen Jordan, Thompson, and Rogers, the Global Alliance joined the MHLG in expressing concern about the potential breach of confidentiality in using therapy records of detained children against these minors and their families. The letter asked that an oversight hearing be called to consider whether recent practices have violated the April 2018 MOA between HHS and DHS and the Flores vs. Reno decision.

Past Letters of Support