We are committed to a future where recovery is the expected outcome and when mental illness can be prevented or cured. We envision a nation where everyone with a mental illness will have access to early detection and the effective treatment and supports essential to live, work, learn and participate fully in the community.
Advancement and implementation of national strategies for suicide prevention campaign to reduce the stigma of seeking care.
Align federal policies with mental health system goals.
Strengthen early childhood mental health interventions: Implement a national effort to focus on mental health needs of young children and their families that includes screening, assessment, intervention, training, financing of services.
Screening, assessment and treatment for co-occurring disorders will be the expectation in mental health, substance abuse, child welfare, criminal justice and primary care settings.
Screening for mental disorders in primary care settings across the life span. Collaborative care models for identification and treatment of mental disorders across the life span should be widely implemented in primary care settings and reimbursed by public and private insurers.
Building on "No Child Left Behind Act" and the reauthorization of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), improve and expand mental health programs in schools to ensure that youth with emotional and behavioral disorders succeed and graduate from school.
States should ensure that each adult with serious mental illness (SMI) and each child with serious emotional disturbance (SED) and his or her family has a single, individualized plan of care.
Create an integrated state plan for treatment and support.
Expanding the recovery orientation of the system of care by increasing the opportunities and capacities of consumers to share their inspiration, knowledge, and skills.
Strengthen and expand supported employment.
Protect and enhance rights.
Expand criminal justice and juvenile justice diversion and re-entry programs.
Medicaid/Medicare financing reform that includes references to parity, home/community based services, and IMD reform.
Improve access to housing and end chronic homelessness.
Accelerate research to cure or prevent mental illness. Continue research to improve mental health outcomes and support recovery.
Expand the knowledge base to inform policy to reduce mental health disparities, long-term effects of medications, and develop process to study crisis interventions and acute care.
Evidence-based practice interventions should be tested in demonstration projects with oversight by a public-private consortium of all stakeholders. The results of those demonstrations should form the basis for directing support, dissemination and workforce development.
Increase and improve a diverse mental health workforce across the country, through public-private partnerships based on multidisciplinary training models.
Use information technology to improve care.
Inform policy by expanding the knowledge base.
Establish funding incentives for recruitment and retention of mental health professionals in rural settings.
Through a public and private partnership develop and implement comprehensive public health policies, which reduce barriers to access, improve community outreach and engagement, and ensure development of culturally competent care to racial and ethnic minorities.