CLASP's mental health work advances systems and policy change with an explicit focus on how a person's race and ethnicity affects how they interact with the health system. Without a direct understanding of how mental health and wellbeing are seen by those who are living in poverty, we cannot create effective policy solutions. 

Youth and maternal mental health are critical targets for systems and policy change. Between 2018 and 2020, the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) engaged state and local leaders in technical assistance initiatives targeting mental health systems and policy change in several jurisdictions.

Hear about the progress states and localities have made and what CLASP and partners have learned along the way in PATH and MOMD initiatives. 

Apr 21, 2020 | Report/Brief | Shiva Sethi

This brief offers a variety of strategies that policymakers and advocates can use to advance racial equity in maternal mental health. It offers many effective models from communities across the country. While many of these success stories are about broad health issues, they contain lessons that can be applied to maternal mental health policy.

Feb 27, 2019 | Fact Sheet | Ruth Cosse

CLASP's Moving on Maternal Depression (MOMD) Policy and Systems Change Framework outlines CLASP's definition of maternal depression, the MOMD project goals, and the project's points of intervention.

Nov 15, 2018 | Fact Sheet | Ruth Cosse

This is an overview of our Moving on Maternal Depression (MOMD) initiative. Through MOMD, CLASP is collaborating with states to advance policies that improve maternal depression prevention, screening, and treatment among mothers with young children.

Feb 13, 2018 | Report/Brief | Nia West-Bey

Three million Americans living in poverty are either a mother who has experienced depression or a young adult who has experienced serious psychological distress. Untreated mental health needs have significant consequences for mothers and young adults as well as their families.