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Despite the fact that most people with serious mental illnesses are never violent, and 95-97% of gun violence is not caused by a mental illness,[i] the…


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Mental Health America (MHA) believes that all individuals and families should have access to mental health services that are responsive to their needs.…


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Colleges and universities (“colleges” refers to any post-secondary education) should be committed to the success and health of every student. Mental Health…

Services Issues


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To have and hold a job at the highest level is a crucial source of dignity and purpose for many people. For individuals with mental and substance use…


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The public resources available for healthcare in America seem to be increasingly in jeopardy, as debates over federal and state entitlements become more…


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Mental Health America (MHA) envisions a society in which all people in need have access to the full array of high quality, community-based, culturally and…


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Mental Health America (MHA) advocates complete integration of substance use and mental health outreach, identification and treatment. Early identification…


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As confirmed by the 1999 report of the United States Surgeon General concerning mental health, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) can be an effective…


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Mental Health America (MHA) envisions a just, humane and healthy society in which all people are accorded respect, dignity and the opportunity to achieve…


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Mental Health America (MHA) believes that peer support is a unique and essential element of recovery-oriented mental health and substance abuse systems.…


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Mental Health America (MHA) supports Housing First policies that expedite access to permanent supportive housing for people with mental health and…

Criminal Justice Issues


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At least twenty states and the Federal government have passed various versions of what has come to be called "sexual predator" legislation.…


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Over the past 50 years [America has] gone from institutionalizing people with mental illnesses, often in subhuman conditions, [in state mental health…


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Society has long recognized the need to distinguish between those defendants charged with a crime who are responsible for their acts and those who are not…


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Mental Health America (MHA) opposes sentences of life without parole for juvenile offenders and emerging adults -- individuals of the ages between 18 and…


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Mental Health America (MHA) places a high priority on the care of children and youth (“children”) with behavioral problems reflecting mental, emotional and…


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Mental Health America (MHA) supports maximum diversion from the criminal justice system for all persons accused of crimes for whom mental health or…


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Similar to other specialized court systems such as drug courts and veterans’ courts, mental health courts are an alternative to navigating the criminal…


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Our current system of criminal justice inadequately addresses the complexity of cases involving criminal defendants with mental health conditions.…


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People with serious and untreated mental health and substance use conditions often encounter barriers that prevent receiving the right services. The…

Children's Issues


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The evidence regarding the benefits of systematic prevention and promotion programs is strong, and Mental Health America believes that the promotion of…


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Early identification, accurate diagnosis and effective treatment of mental health or substance use conditions in school-aged young people can alleviate…


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Mental Health America (MHA) is committed to the principle that mental health is an essential part of a child's overall well-being and that a full…


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With the recent understanding that prevention and promotion programs can be effective in reducing the prevalence of mental health and substance use…


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As a leading advocate for the mental health and wellness of children and adolescents, Mental Health America (MHA) opposes corporal punishment and zero…


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Policy As of 2002-2004, when this issue last received critical federal attention from the General Accounting Office and the Congress, more than 12,700…


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A major component of health care reform in the United States is the imperative to deal with our appallingly high infant mortality rates and the evidence…


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Mental Health America believes that all children and families should have access to the support they need throughout early childhood to give future…

System Transformation Issues


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The Mental Health America (MHA) envisions a just, humane and healthy society in which all people are accorded respect, dignity and the opportunity to…


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Mental Health America is committed to the principle that mental health is an essential part of every person's health and well-being and that every…


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Mental Health America (MHA) urges that the federal government continue to take a leading role, in partnership with the states, in the development of…


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All people in America should have a right to health-care benefits, including needed behavioral health services. Mental Health America (MHA) calls on the…


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Mental Health America (MHA) calls for dedication of significant state and federal resources to reduce the alarmingly high rates of Overall health problems…


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Mental health is an essential component of overall health and well-being. The very significant body of evidence that has been developed about prevention of…


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Mental Health America (MHA) believes that it is essential that all aspects of wellness promotion and mental health and substance use disorder prevention…


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Mental Health America (MHA) is dedicated to accelerating the application of scientific and practical knowledge to help in the recovery of people with…

Procedural Issues


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Mental Health America (MHA) develops policy priorities and positions through its Public Policy Committee and Board of Directors, with the goal of…


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Policy Position and Call for Action. Litigation has played an important role in the recognition, expansion, and enforcement of rights of people with mental…


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The Mental Health America (MHA) believes that people affected by mental and substance use conditions, referred to as stakeholders in this policy statement…

Rights and Privacy Issues


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Mental Health America is committed to the principles of human and civil rights inherent in the concept of equal justice under the law.


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Mental Health America (MHA) believes that effective protection of human rights and the best hope for recovery from mental illness comes from access to…


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Psychiatric advance directives permit people to determine what treatment they will receive if and when they lose the capacity to make treatment decisions.…


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As elaborated in Position Statement 31, Mental Health America ("MHA") believes that people in recovery from mental illness or addiction need an…


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Mental Health America (MHA) is dedicated to promoting mental health, preventing mental health and substance use disorders and achieving victory over mental…


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Mental Health America (MHA) supports careful implementation and clarification of the standards of confidentiality incorporated in the Health Information…


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Seclusion and restraints have no therapeutic value, cause human suffering, and frequently result in severe emotional and physical harm, and even death.…