Voices has been a leader in advocating for improved children’s health policies since its inception in 1994. We are currently active members of the Healthcare for All Virginians (HAV) Coalition, focused on providing health insurance for low-income working Virginians who fall in the “coverage gap”: they make too much to qualify for Medicaid and not enough to qualify for health insurance on the federal health insurance exchange. This issue is critical for the well-being of Virginia’s families because 25% of adults who fall in the coverage gap are parents of children under the age of 18. You can read more about our advocacy efforts on this issue here and here.
Over the years, we have been a key player in advocating on a number of health issues affecting children, including
- improving access to health insurance for children and pregnant women,
- expanding Medicaid and FAMIS coverage of mental health services, and
- increasing access to mental health services for children, including those in juvenile detention.
The Campaign for Children’s Mental Health
Voices has assembled a broad coalition to mount the first-ever comprehensive effort to build public and political support for much-needed reforms to Virginia’s child mental health service system. Together, we have successfully advocated for Virginia to keep the Commonwealth Center for Children and Adolescents open and for Virginia to invest more than $5 million in new funds for community-based children’s mental health services. To learn more about the Campaign for Children’s Mental Health and join our efforts, visit the website at 1in5kids.org.
- Intensive In-Home Services for Children’s Mental Health in Virginia: Time to Focus on Quality (July 2012) (Full Paper, PDF) (Executive Summary, PDF)
- Children’s Mental Health in Virginia: System Deficiencies and Unknown Outcomes (May 2011).
- Virginians Speak Out (2010) – summarizes citizen opinion on the current state of children’s mental health services in Virginia.
- 2009 SCHIP Reauthorization (October 2008)