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 the RPC in 2009 to work with MHA's Public Policy and Advocacy Department to achieve these policy goals in a coordinated and effective manner.
MHA's most knowledgeable public policy and executive affiliate leadership serve a one year term on the RPC.
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.
2022 Regional Meetings
MHA’s Regional Policy Council (RPC) meetings and events coincide with major policymaker groups. Please note that the dates listed below are tentative and are subject to change. Please contact Janelle Gonzaga at firstname.lastname@example.org or Vice President of State and Federal Advocacy Debbie Plotnick at email@example.com for more information.
Click on each meeting to learn more and register.*
- Virtual RPC Meeting Coinciding with the National Governor's Association Winter Meeting: January 28, 2022
- RPC Meeting Coinciding with the National Conference of State Legislatures Legislative Summit: August 2, 2022
- Virtual RPC Meeting: October 24, 2022
- RPC Meeting Coinciding with the Council of State Governments National Conference: December 7, 2022
*Links to more information for each meeting will be added as updates are announced.
2022 Governor's Awards Honoring Colorado Governor Jared Polis and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and Virtual Regional Policy Meeting: Think Big, Act Locally
January 28, 2022
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET
This event has concluded.
MHA’s Regional Policy Council will host its meeting coinciding with the National Governors Association Winter Meeting on Friday, January 28, 2022, from 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET.
The meeting, Think Big, Act Locally, will begin with affiliates Mental Health Colorado and MHA of Arizona presenting MHA's Governor Leadership Award to Colorado Governor Jared Polis and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey. Following the Awards Ceremony, a federal overview and presentation about the newest federal comprehensive crisis bill will be offered. The meeting will continue with discussions from leading policy experts about high-priority state and local mental health issues amidst the landscape of COVID19. To conclude, a roundtable discussion will occur followed by a live Q&A session about local advocacy efforts. During the Roundtable, MHA's RPC Representatives from the affiliate field will present advocacy strategies that led to state and county changes. See the detailed agenda below.
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Introduction and Housekeeping
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Governors Award Ceremony
12:25 pm ET
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Discussing Congressman Cardenas' 988 Implementation Act
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Transitioning from Federal to State and Local Issues
12:50 pm ET
Discussing State Issues
1:00 pm ET
Discussing County and Rural Issues
1:10 pm ET
Roundtable with MHA's RPC Representatives
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Live Q&A with MHA's RPC Representatives on Advocacy Strategies at the State and Local Levels
2:00 pm ET
Past Virtual Regional Policy Council Meetings
Crisis Equals Opportunity - December 2021
From Diversion To Deflection To Prevention - Summer 2021
Injustice and Inequity: The Path Toward Innovation and Inclusion - December 2020
COVID-19, Entrenched Inequities, and Police Practices - August 2020
2022 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, FL
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, CA
Shannah Mulvihill, Executive Director, Mental Health Minnesota
Represents OH, IL, WI, MN, MO, KS, MI, NE, IA, HI
2022 Regional Policy Council Sponsors
Mental Health America would like to thank our generous sponsors for supporting the 2022 Regional Policy Council.