Health Care and Behavioral Treatment Policy and Advocacy

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Our Vision

Children and their families should have timely access to affordable and quality health care, nutrition, and behavioral treatment services. 

What We Believe

LSA believes the delivery of preventive, trauma-informed, therapeutic interventions to children and their families at the earliest identification of need is critical, as is increasing the array of behavioral health services that can be safely provided in home and school settings.  Additionally, service and provider continuity should be embedded in and maintained across settings, wrapping around children and youth who must at least temporarily live outside their homes.

What We Support

LSA is committed to improving outcomes for children, youth, families, and communities by working with our members to identify and advance practitioner-informed policies. Within Health Care and Behavioral Treatment Services, LSA has specific policy and advocacy goals related to Access to Care and Nutrition.  Below, learn more about the legislative, administrative, and regulatory actions we support. 

Access to Care

Children, youth, and their families should have timely access to affordable, preventive, appropriate health and mental health coverage - including critical social services and supports - across settings and at the earliest identification of need. Specifically, LSA supports:

  • Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (P.L. 114-10)
  • The Family Stability and Kinship Care Act of 2015 (S. 1964, H.R. 3781)
  • The Health Insurance for Former Foster Youth Act (S. 1852, H.R. 3641)

Nutrition

Children, youth, and families should always have access to affordable, healthful food and nutrition services. Specifically, LSA supports:

  • The Summer Meals Act of 2015 (S. 613, H.R. 1728)
  • The Healthy, Hungry-Free Kids Act of 2010 (P.L. 111 – 296)

LSA is committed to improving outcomes for children, youth, families, and communities.  We will work with our members, policymakers, stakeholders, and other national partners to advocate for our practitioner-informed programmatic and solutions-based policy goals. Contact LSA’s Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, Lindsey Copeland, to learn more about LSA policy and advocacy.