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One of MHAPA’s core values is effective mental health advocacy in local communities, the health care industry, and government bodies, businesses, and other institutions.

To help ensure that public policy development and implementation supports people living with mental illness and the principles of recovery and resiliency, MHAPA monitors legislative activities at the state and national level, issuing regular action alerts to keep our stakeholders informed and encourage them to act when necessary.  

Coalitions and Advisory Groups

MHAPA is a leader across the state in issues related to mental health advocacy and policy. We regularly serve on coalitions and advisory groups that advocate on behalf of adults living with mental illness and children and youth with emotional, behavioral and mental health challenges. Below is a list of coalitions and advisory groups on which MHAPA currently serves or has served in the past.

  • Coalition for Personal Care Home Reform (MHAPA facilitates this Coalition)
  • Coalition for the Responsible Closing of State Hospitals (This Coalition comes together whenever the state moves forward with a hospital closure.)
  • Coalition to Preserve Behavioral Health Choices
  • Adult Protective Services Coalition
  • Behavioral Health, Intellectual Disability and Autism Coalition (Formerly known as the MH/MR Coalition)
  • Better Choices Coalition
  • VALUE (Vision and Leadership Uniting Education, a coalition of PA children’s disability organizations)
  • I’m the Evidence/Mental Health Campaign Advisory Committee/Steering Committee
  • PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency and the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Mental Health and Justice Advisory Committee
  • PA Council of Chief Juvenile Probation Officers
    • Family Involvement Committee- Co-chair
    • Balanced and Restorative Justice Implementation Committee
  • John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Models for Change (MfC)
    • National MfC Mental Health/Juvenile Justice (MH-JJ) Action Network
    • National MfC/ MH-JJ Family Involvement Strategic Innovation Team
    • MfC-PA State Team (past)
  • PA Mental Health Planning Council- Office of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services
    • Children’s Advisory Committee
    • Adult Advisory Committee
    • Quality Management Committee
    • Building Bridges for Youth Workgroup- chair
    • Family and Youth Advocacy Workgroup
    • Work groups as needed
  • PA Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports State Leadership Team
  • PA System of Care Partnership
  • PA Commission on Children and Families (past)
  • Pennsylvania School Climate Coalition
  • PA Integrated Children’s Service Planning Committee

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