The Children’s Behavioral Health Coalition (CBHC) was reconstituted by MHAMD in the summer of 2017 after recognizing an alarming increase in policy issues and concerns specific to children and youth with behavioral health needs.
CBHC is comprised of consumer advocacy groups that work collaboratively to identify core priorities and coordinate advocacy efforts in response.
This group has realized a great deal of initial success, advocating in its first year of existence to pass legislation and budget language requiring annual data reports on the availability of behavioral health services for children and youth.
CBHC is now working to inform and influence the Maryland Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education (more commonly referred to as the Kirwan Commission), which is charged with reviewing current education funding formulas and issuing recommendations on new policies and procedures to govern education funding in future years. CBHC members presented a set of recommendations to the Commission in late June, nearly all of which were adopted, highlighting the connection between increased school behavioral health supports and improved student outcomes.
For more information on the Children’s Behavioral Health Coalition please contact:
Irnande Altema, Esq.
Policy Director of Special Populations
443-901-1550, ext. 206