Disclaimer: Moving Health Care Upstream is a collaborative effort originally co-led by Nemours Children’s Health System (Nemours) and the Center for Healthier Children, Families & Communities at the University of California- Los Angeles (UCLA). The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Nemours Children’s, UCLA or the Moving Health Care Upstream initiative.
• Joshua Ogburn, Manager of Policy, Nemours Children’s Health
• Daniella Gratale, Director of the Office of Child Health Policy and Advocacy, Nemours Children’s Health
• Tyler Jakab, former Program and Policy Analyst, Nemours Children’s Health
A growing mental, emotional and behavioral (MEB) health crisis among children and youth has been unfolding as children and families have experienced economic, social, and emotional challenges compounded by the pandemic. While Congress and the Biden Administration have responded by making investments through COVID relief bills, including the American Rescue Plan (P.L. 117-2), federal leaders should take additional steps to holistically address the current crisis. To better understand the challenges and identify action steps, Nemours Children’s Health hosted convenings, wrote a letter to Congress in partnership with local and regional stakeholders, and developed an issue brief in partnership with Mental Health America that describes the state of MEB health among children and offers numerous federal policy recommendations.
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