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Public Policy

Utilizing our unique position in Georgia, The Mental Health Program works to advance evidence-based public policy at the state level, while identifying best practices that can inform policy change in other states and at the federal level.

The Mental Health Program works to ensure access to behavioral health services with a special focus on vulnerable populations, through:

  1. implementation and enforcement of parity, or equity in insurance coverage for mental health and substance use conditions
  2. improving access to school-based behavioral health services and supports for youth
  3. increasing access to care for older adults with mental illness.

Also, the Rosalynn Carter Georgia Mental Health Forum, established in 1995, is held each May to address timely mental health policy issue facing the state. Service providers, policymakers, advocates, and consumers from across Georgia are invited to participate in open discussions on diverse topics.

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