Congressional Resolution Submitted following CCH-Hosted Roundtable on College Mental Health

Congressional Resolution Submitted following CCH-Hosted Roundtable on College Mental Health

Maryellen Pease, CPA, JD

In support of its efforts to improve the behavioral health of college students, Christie Campus Health hosted a roundtable with US Representative Joseph Kennedy on February 18th at the Harvard Club in Boston.

The purpose of the event was to provide input to Representative Kennedy for a major resolution on behavioral health care he was in the process of developing with a number of his congressional colleagues.

The event involved a number of Massachusetts mental health and education experts including those in clinical services, public schools, community organizations and college and universities. Representative Kennedy was introduced by former Representative Marty Meehan, who now serves as President of the University of Massachusetts System. A piece on the roundtable appeared in a prior CCH blog post.

We are pleased to inform our readers that Representative Kennedy’s office has recently announced the filing of a resolution that was substantively informed by the input he received at the February roundtable. In sending along the announcement, the Congressman’s office thanked CCH for hosting the roundtable and thanked the attendees for enlightening and informing him on what they saw as the key issues needing to be addressed.

According to his office’s announcement, Representative Kennedy’s resolution calls on Congress to pursue universal behavioral health care and address the systemic inequities that plague the current system. Building on his recent success strengthening behavioral health parity laws, Kennedy’s resolution outlines the disjointed federal response to the mental health and substance use disorder crisis, outlines the urgent policies needed to combat it, and demands an immediate, historic investment in the health system that focuses specifically on addressing behavioral health conditions.

The resolution is co-led by Representatives Doris Matsui, Paul Tonko, Tony Cárdenas, and David Trone. It is supported by a large number of health and behavioral health organizations, including the American Psychological Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the National Association of Social Workers.

CCH is proud to have played a role in the development of Representative Kennedy’s resolution.

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