Kennedy Forum launches Clinton Global Initiative 'Commitment to Action' to tackle youth mental health

Kennedy Forum launches Clinton Global Initiative ‘Commitment to Action’ to tackle youth mental health

The equity-focused nonprofit will unite the advocacy community to increase access to care

WashingtonAnd the September 19, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Today the Kennedy Forum announced the launch of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to Action, “Ensuring Mental Health Treatment Coverage for Youth.” CGI brings together global and emerging leaders to create and implement solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.

The Forum’s commitment focuses on breaking down the insurance barriers that prevent young people from accessing evidence-based mental health treatment services and critical prevention measures. amid warnings of General Surgeon in the United States And the major medical associations– And with the mental health challenges of young people Significant increase during the pandemic—The need for systemic change is stronger than ever. Given that about half of mental health disorders appear Occur at age 18 and over 60% by age 25A special focus on youth-based strategies and solutions is timely and strategic.

In the push to promote parity (i.e. equal coverage of mental health services and addiction treatment), the Kennedy Forum will work with Mental Health America, the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), and Inseparable to increase enforcement, educate policymakers on needed changes, and build public support to prioritize Youth mental health.

The goal is to address the fact that many vital services are rarely covered by insurance companies: mental health treatments in schools, agreed treatment modality for early psychosis, emergency/crisis response services, routine prevention and early identification services, and key intermediate levels of treatment. Additionally, the commitment will address insurers’ low compensation for mental health clinicians, including those who serve youth, resulting in inadequate networks. This deficiency leads to child mental health office visits 10.1 times more likely to be off-grid Physical health office visits. Inadequate insurance coverage and increased out-of-network cost-sharing contribute to the huge unmet need. The action plan includes:

  • Establish model requirements for commercial insurance coverage for mental health and addiction care, including coverage for school mental health services
  • Initiating discussions on creating a billing code for Coordinated Specialized Care Services (CSC)—a key step to facilitating coverage
  • Integration of mobile crisis response service coverage into the 988 . model case requirements
  • Identify additional countries to target with advocacy efforts
  • Hold an industry council focusing on mental health in the school and developing specific solutions from an industry perspective
  • Holding organizations to start work on preventive standards for child mental health care

“As a society, we have made great strides in reducing stigma,” she said. Amy L Kennedy, former educator, and leader of youth mental health efforts at The Kennedy Forum. “But we still haven’t built the infrastructure we need to successfully address — and prevent — mental health challenges, especially in young people. With this commitment to action, the Kennedy Forum is redoubling our efforts to drive change. We are grateful to the Clinton Global Initiative for recognizing this great societal need and helping advance our work.” “.

MHA’s President and CEO said: “Our youth are in a mental health crisis. They were in a crisis before the pandemic, and the data is clear that their needs have increased dramatically over the past two and a half years.” Schroeder Stripling. “We must meet the needs of the next generation with all the urgency, resources, and empathy we can muster. Providing comprehensive prevention services along with accessible, effective and culturally appropriate treatment and recovery support is essential. A commitment to action defines: a clear and workable path toward equity in mental health services in insurance coverage. Mental health care is health care, and the mental well-being of our youth is a pressing issue of the public health of our nation.”

“The pandemic has affected the mental health of our young people, and we, including the country’s insurers, are committed to ensuring that our young people have access to needed mental health care,” said the CEO of NAMI. Daniel H. Jellison Jr. “We are proud to share in this commitment to work that will focus on concrete solutions to the mental health crisis of young people.”

“If we are to reverse the mental health crisis for young people in America, we need to meet our young people and their families wherever they are – in their communities, in their schools, and through the health care system and effective crisis response programs. Proud to support Patrick Kennedy and the Kennedy Forum’s commitment to action, as we work to remove the barriers to care delivery that many of our young people face every day. “- Bill SmithInseparable founder

The Kennedy Forum stands ready to support the 2022 CGI commitment to tools such as don’t deny mea campaign to educate consumers and providers about patient rights under the Federal Equity Act; ParityRegistry.orgallowing people to register complaints against their health plans and learn how to file appeals; ParityTrack.org, where policymakers and advocates can track legislative, regulatory and legal equivalence activities in all 50 states and at the federal level to monitor implementation and best practices; and Parity State Workgroup, a monthly meeting of 200 members from national and state organizations.

About the Kennedy Forum

Through the Kennedy Forum, Patrick and Amy Kennedy Lead a national dialogue to achieve systemic reform in the US health care system by promoting evidence-based practices, policies, and programs to prevent and treat brain disease—specifically mental health and addiction. Founded in 2013, we have demonstrated our unique ability to unite mental health advocates, business leaders, health plans, and government agencies. In the past decade, we have already improved access to care for people who manage brain disease by filling in the solutions space at the grassroots and systems level. To learn more about the Kennedy Forum, please visit www.thekennedyforum.org.

About the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI)

The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) brings together global and emerging leaders to create and implement solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI works with partners to drive business through its unique model. Rather than direct project execution, CGI facilitates work by helping members connect, collaborate, and develop commitments to work – new, specific and measurable plans that address global challenges. Through CGI, the community has made more than 3,700 commitments to action that have made a difference in the lives of more than 435 million people in more than 180 countries. learn more over here.

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