Resolutions, Position Statements, Policy Briefs and Letters of Support 

With input from our members and task forces, our policy committee develops positions on current topics related to behavioral health and social justice.  The statements are approved by the full Board of Directors.   

How Can You Get Involved in Policy Activities?   

  • Join the Policy Committee
  • Join an existing topical Task Force 
  • Organize a Task Force of Study Committee on a topic of interest
  • Suggest ideas and assist in drafting policy statements
  • Forward our policy emails to other list-servs
  • Follow us on social media - #Thinkaboutpolicy


Our resolutions provide a concise overview of our stance on a particular policy concern, resources for more information on the topic, ways that our members can get involved in addressing the issue, and background research from the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry.


Resolution on the Prevention of Child Trafficking

Resolution on the Convention on the Rights of the Child

Crime & Incarceration

Resolution on Tough-on-Crime Policies

Resolution on Health Care and Re-entry After Incarceration


Resolution on the Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities


Resolution on Health Care

Resolution on Global Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

Principles of Health Care Reform

Gender & Sexual Identity

Resolution on Protections for Transgender Students


Resolution on Families Crossing Borders

Resolution on Protecting Immigrant Children and Families

Racism Resolution on Racism



Position Statements

Our position statements guide our policy and advocacy work. In recent years, our statements have emphasized immigration, group care of children and adolescents, family homelessness, schools and juvenile shackling.  

Children and Adolescents

Consensus Statement on Group Care for Children and Adolescents

Shackling Children in Court: Implications for Adolescent Development 

Homelessness Family Homelessness: Mental Health Needs of Children and Families
Immigration The Impact of Immigration Enforcement on Children and Families

Safe and Humane Schools: Places of Community

Safe and Humane Schools: Violence Prevention


 Policy Briefs

In some cases, we develop more in-depth statements on topics relevant to our task forces and current events.

Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System


Letters of Support

Global Alliance urges support and expansion of the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) Medicaid Demonstration 

February 8, 2019:  In a letter to Majority Leader McConnell, Minority Leader Schumer, Speaker Pelosi and Minority Leader McCarthy, the Global Alliance joined with the MHLG to urge support for the Excellence In Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Expansion Act.  The Act includes provisions to extend and expand the current CCBHC Medicaid Demonstration.  Read the letter.