Clinical Practice

Workgroup

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The Clinical Workgroup promotes and develops maternal and child health policy initiatives. Members advocate for local and state legislation that will advance health equity and improve health outcomes.

Clinical Workgroup Chair: Kirsten Ellingsen, PhD, PMH-C

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News/Updates

From the MMHLA

 

MARCH HAS ROARED IN LIKE A LION!

 

It's been a busy and successful few weeks in maternal mental health (MMH) advocacy and policy. Here's a snapshot of three big "wins" in March.

 

WIN #1: CONGRESS INCREASES $$$ FOR MMH PROGRAMS

On March 10, Congress passed the FY22 federal budget, increasing funding for MMH programs by $2.5 million for a total of $10.5 million. Funding will be used to support

a dedicated 24/7 MMH hotline and to provide grants to states for MMH programs.

 

WIN #2: NEW LEGISLATION TO ADDRESS MMH

On March 14, leaders in Congress introduced Into the Light legislation to authorize, expand, and fund existing MMH programs. MMHLA has been working on this bill for almost a year, and we are so grateful to Representative Katherine Clark and Senator Kirstin Gillibrand for leading this legislation.

 

WIN #3: MMH ADVOCACY DAY

On March 16, approximately 150 advocates participated in MMH Advocacy Day, holding 115 Zoom meetings in just 4 hours and storming social media. Advocacy Day "asks" included increasing FY23 funding for MMH programs and gaining additional Congressional co-sponsors for MMH legislation.

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