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
Blog Posts
Letters of Support

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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 the Impact of Maternal Incarceration on Families and Children 

New! Resolution on the Rise of Female Incarceration in the U.S.

New! Resolution on Protecting LGBTQ+ Minors & Young Adults from Conversion Therapy Practices


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

New! Resolution on the Impact of Maternal Incarceration on Families and Children

New! Resolution on the Rise of Female Incarceration in the U.S.

Disabilities Resolution on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Resolution on Health Care

Principles of Health Care Reform

Gender & Sexual Identity Resolution on the Protections for Transgender Students
Global Mental Health

Resolution on Global Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders 

Resolution in Support of the Sustainable Development Goals

Resolution on the Astana Declaration Regarding Primary Care

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

Resolution on the Inclusion of Mental Health in Universal Health Coverage


Resolution on Refugee Resettlement in the US

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

Resolution on Families Crossing Borders

Resolution on Protecting Immigrant Children and Families 


Resolution on LGBTQ+ Rights

New! Resolution on Protecting LGBTQ+ Minors & Young Adults from Conversion Therapy Practices

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


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

Blog Posts

Find our blog posts covering topics such as the Global Alliance at the United Nations, the Canada Gairdner Global Health Symposium, and Youth and Families here

Letters of Support

What's New....

Global Alliance joins with MHLG to address the shortage of mental health professionals and reduce the unmet mental health treatment gap

September 17, 2019: The Global Alliance joined with the Mental Health Liaison Group in a letter to Senators Kamala Harris and Cory Gardner expressing support for the Mental Health Professionals Workforce Shortage Loan Repayment Act of 2019. The legislation is important to addressing the nation's dire shortage of mental health professionals. A similar letter was sent to Reps. John Katko and Grace Napolitano on July 31, 2019. 

Global Alliance supports UNDERSTAND Act

August 20, 2019: In a letter to Senators Portman and Casey, the Global Alliance expressed support for the UNDERSTAND Act. The Act would create a surveillance system to track how social determinants affect health care outcomes. 

Global Alliance supports child nutrition programs in schools

August 6, 2019: In a letter to Senators Pat Roberts and Debbie Stabenow, the Global Alliance joined with other national, state, and local organizations to encourage the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry Committee to consider including eating disorders prevention within the Local School Wellness Policies as found in Section 4 of the bipartisan Long-term InVestment in Education for Wellness (LIVE WELL) Act (H.R. 2625). The move is a vital component in fostering the mental and physical wellbeing of children in schools.  

Global Alliance supports STANDUP Act

July 12, 2019: The Global Alliance joined with Sandy Hook Promise and other organizations to support H.R. 2599, the Suicide & Threat Assessment Nationally Dedicated to Universal Prevention (STANDUP) Act. Since 2010, suicide has been the second-leading cause of death for young people ages 10-24. The STANDUP Act addresses the growing youth suicide crisis and school shootings by increasing the use of student suicide awareness and prevention training as well as school-based threat assessment teams. Reps. Scott Peters and Gus Bilirakis are leading the effort to pass this legislation in the House.  

Global Alliance joins other national organizations to support Medicare Telehealth Benefits 

June 25, 2019: The Global Alliance joined with several other national organizations to support the expansion of Medicare Telehealth benefits. Provision for the benefits is included in section 103 of the bipartisan Beneficiary Education Tools Telehealth Extender Reauthoriation (BETTER) Act of 2019 (H.R. 3417). Current law prohibits the receipt of telehealth services in the home and limits coverage to specific geographic areas. H.R. 3417 removes these barriers, thus allowing Medicare patients to access psychotherapy services through telehealth in their own homes and regardless of where they live.  

Global Alliance supports the Prevention and Public Health Fund

June 18, 2019: In a letter to Senator Blumenthal and Representative Matsui, the Global Alliance joined 180 other organizations to support 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 non-defense 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