Tuesday, May 13, 2008

North Central Massachusetts’ 2008 Regional Forum on Children's Mental Health

Families of youth with mental health needs met on Friday at Youth & Family Center North (356B Broad Street, Fitchburg) along with Massachusetts Representatives Flanagan and DiNatale, Dr. Lisa Fortuna, UMass Medical School Department of Psychiatry and Matt Noyes, Health Care for All as part of the The Children’s Mental Health Campaign (CMHC), a coalition of health care providers, families, advocates, educators, and consumers from across the Commonwealth who have come together to reform the mental health care system for children. Several families provided testimony and support for An Act Relative to Children’s Mental Health (SB2518) which aims to strengthen and improve the system that delivers care and services to children with mental health needs and their families.  See the story in today's Telegram and Gazette.

Cathy Sahler took the lead on organizing this, with support from lots of people:
The Joint Coalition on Health The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts
Central Mass Communities of Care Youth & Central Massachusetts Medical Home Network
Family Center North Massachusetts Society for Prevention of Cruelty
Parent/ Professional Advocacy League (PAL) to Children
Massachusetts Families Organizing for Change – LUK, Inc.
Central Region Winchendon Public Schools
Community HealthLink CAVU
Montachusett Opportunity Council, Inc. Community Health Connections, Inc.
Spanish American Center
Wendell P. Clark Memorial YMCA
You, Inc.

Nice work, folks.

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