CWLA Mental Health Advisory Board
The purpose of CWLA's Mental Health Advisory Board (MHAB) is to provide CWLA staff with guidance, assistance, and recommendations for addressing the mental health care and co-occurring substance abuse needs of children and their families, especially those known to the child welfare system.
MHAB provides an ear to the field to identify
MHAB also provides guidance to CWLA for responding to new and emerging trends in the field of mental health and substance abuse issues.
- critical mental health issues;
- how CWLA member agencies can respond;
- effective, evidence-based strategies;
- a research and policy agenda; and
- how CWLA can help its members address these issues.
- Partner with public and private agencies and with families to obtain their input in designing and delivering services for children with mental health and co-occurring substance abuse issues.
- Advance knowledge about mental health issues affecting children and their families.
- Advance knowledge about co-occurring substance abuse issues affecting children with mental health issues, and their families.
- Improve the quality of mental health services and supports for children and their families among CWLA members and throughout the child welfare, mental health, and substance abuse fields.
- Lead in developing, promoting, and disseminating best-practice standards for treatment services and supports for children and their families with mental health and co-occurring substance abuse issues.
- Promote and implement a prevention agenda that addresses preventing and promoting mental health and co-occurring substance abuse issues.
- Advocate for the integration of the a system of care philosophy within the child welfare system to ensure integration with the other child serving systems--for example, mental health, substance abuse, juvenile justice, developmental disabilities, and education--so children and their families receive a holistic integrated approach.
- Advocate for more community-based services and interface with community resources serving children and their families-for example, schools, Boys and Girls Clubs, and support programs for children with developmental disabilities.
- Advocate for federal funding to increase community-based services to address the mental health and co-occurring substance abuse needs of children and their families.
- Advocate for public policies that support quality mental health and substance abuse services and supports for children and their families.
- Foster the development of needs-based (verses institution-based) mental health and substance abuse services for children and their families.
- Foster the development of culturally competent mental health and substance abuse services and supports for children and their families.
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