This RFP from the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), funded by the Kresge Foundation, offers state and local agencies and system leaders in mental health, health, human services, youth, and aligned sectors an opportunity to partner with experts around the country to advance policies that support transformation and healing for transition-age youth (ages 16-17) and young adults (ages 18-24) in low-income communities.
Applications are due Wednesday, March 6, 2019. For more information, download the RFP.
To help guide CLASP's works and technical assistance efforts in mental and behavioral health, the team asked a number of experts in many fields, including mental and behavioral health, federal Medicaid policy, racial justice, youth workforce development, including voices from impacted communities, to be a part of our advisory board. Our incredible advisory board members are listed here.
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"According to Isha Weerasinghe, a senior policy analyst focused on mental health for the Center for Law and Social Policy, undermining Medicaid and Medicare will 'deter states from providing depression screening and preventive services that maintain and improve mental health. This will be devastating for populations in poverty, particularly people of color, who are most likely to be insured by Medicaid, and would increase racial disparities of mental health.'"