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.   

Position Statements
Policy Briefs
Letters of Support

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.

New! Resolution on LGBTQ+ Rights

New! Resolution on U.S. Treatment of Refugees, Immigrants, and Asylum Seekers


Resolution on the Prevention of Child Trafficking

Resolution on the Convention of the Rights of the Child

Crime & Incarceration

Resolution on Tough-on-Crime Policies

Resolution on Health Care and Re-entry After Incarceration

Disabilities 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 the Protections for Transgender Students

New! Resolution on the U.S. Treatment of Refugees, Immigrants, and Asylum Seekers

Resolution on Families Crossing Borders

Resolution on Protecting Immigrant Children and Families 

LGBTQ+ New! Resolution on LGBTQ+ Rights
Mental Health Care

New! Resolution in Support of the Sustainable Development Goals

New! Resolution on the Astana Declaration Regarding Primary Care

New! Resolution to Support the Lancet Commission on Global Mental Health and Sustainable Development

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

What's New....

Global Alliance joins 180 other organizations in supporting the Prevention Fund

June 18, 2019:  In a letter to Senator Blumenthal and Representative Matsui, we supported introduction of the Public Health Funding Restoration Act.  The Act will restore funding for the Prevention and Public Health Fund (Prevention Fund), which was established under the Affordable Care Act.  Adequately funding the Prevention Fund is especially critical to communities in their efforts to address public health threats such as the opioid epidemic and measles outbreaks.  The Prevention Fund also supports "core public health activities, such as the 317 Immunization Program, tobacco cessation, chronic disease prevention, infectious disease response, and other critical program to help states and local organizations keep communities healthy and safe."  

Global Alliance joins with MHLG to support the Mental Health Parity Compliance Act of 2019

June 5-6, 2019:  We co-signed letters to Senators Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray, Representatives Katie Porter and Gus Bilirakis and Representative Norcross, vice-chair of the Bipartisan Addiction Task Force, to express our support for the Mental Health Parity Compliance Act of 2019.  The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (Federal parity law) was designed to ensure that mental health and substance abuse treatment is no more restrictive than insurance coverage for any other medical condition.  Although the Act passed more than 10 years ago, health plans and insurers generally are not yet meeting the requirements of the law.  Our letter encourages the respective committees to move this legislation expeditiously upon its introduction.  

Global Alliance supports School-Based Health Centers Reauthorization Act of 209

May 13, 2019:  We joined with the School-Based Health Alliance to support the School-Based Health Centers Reauthorization Ace of 2019.  The Act is a bipartisan effort to increase access for young people to primary and mental health services through school-based centers.  Currently, more than 2,500 school-based health centers in 48 states and the District of Columbia serve as critical access points where young people can receive comprehensive health care.   

Global Alliance supports the CARE Act to combat the Opioid and Substance Use Epidemic

May 8, 2019:  Joining with more than 200 other organizations, the Global Alliance endorsed the Comprehensive Addiction Resources Emergency (CARE) Act.  The legislation will provide state governments with $100 billion in federal funding over the next 10 years to help workers who are at greater risk for, or currently struggling with, addiction to get into treatment and to find and maintain employment. It's the most comprehensive piece of legislation ever introduced to combat the Opioid crisis.  

Global Alliance supports the Mental Health Services for Students Act of 2019

April 25, 2019:  As part of the Mental Health Liaison Group (MHLG), the Global Alliance expressed support for the Mental Health Services for Students Act, which will strengthen school-based resources for students.  The legislation  provides federal support to assist local communities and schools with health providers who can effectively support our nation's youth in dealing with trauma and violence.  

Global Alliance supports the Protecting Pre-Existing Conditions and Making Health Care Affordable Act of 2019

April 5, 2019:  We joined with other national organizations to strengthen Americans' access to mental and behavioral health care.   

Global Alliance supports increased funding for the STOP School Violence Act

April 2019:  We joined in a letter to Reps. Moran, Shaheen, Serrano and Aderholt urging the Appropriations Committee to fund the STOP School Violence Act at a level of $125,000,000, a $25,000,000 increase over FY19 funding.  The funding increase will allow more states, localities and tribes to provide violence prevention programming to students and teachers.

Global Alliance supports the Investing for the People Act of 2019

April 2019:  The Global Alliance joined a MHLG letter to Reps. Yarmuth and Womack supporting H.R. 2021 -- the Investing for the People Act of 2019.  The legislation would raise both the defense and nondefense discretionary caps by $88 billion each in Fiscal Years 2020 and 2021.   

Global Alliance acknowledges funding for Child and Maternal Programs

April 2019:  In a letter to Reps. Blunt and Murray, we joined with other organizations to thank them for allocating $5 million for Screening and Treatment for Maternal Depression and $10 million in funding for the Pediatric Mental Health Care Access Program.  

Global Alliance supports funding early childhood

March 19, 2019:  We joined with Zero to Three to request funding for the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Grant Program, which provides benefits for children who are at risk for mental health disorders or who have been repeatedly exposed to trauma.    

Past Letters of Support