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The Behavioral Health Care Affordability Problem Report
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The Behavioral Health Care Affordability Problem

Policymakers could make behavioral health care, including mental health services, more affordable and accessible by enforcing network adequacy and parity provisions, lowering patient costs, and making networking with insurers more attractive for providers.

Nicole Rapfogel

Prioritizing Racial Equity in Student Mental Health Spending Report

Prioritizing Racial Equity in Student Mental Health Spending

States and school districts have rightly prioritized student mental health as they start to spend pandemic recovery dollars, but they must do more to ensure that funding also promotes racial equity.

Abby Quirk

Education Policies Need To Address the Unique Needs of Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities Report
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Education Policies Need To Address the Unique Needs of Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities

The Center for American Progress is conducting new research that uplifts the lived experiences in public education of Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. This research will advance CAP’s ongoing work to apply an explicit racial equity lens to K-12 education policymaking.

Roby Chatterji, Jessica Yin

No Shots Fired Report
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No Shots Fired

A new CAP analysis finds that robberies and aggravated assaults in which a gun is not fired but is used as a threat occur frequently and have significant impacts on victims in the United States.

Eugenio Weigend Vargas, Rukmani Bhatia

The Coronavirus Crisis Is Worsening Racial Inequality Article
People wait in line to receive food at a food bank on April 28, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Getty/Spencer Platt)

The Coronavirus Crisis Is Worsening Racial Inequality

New data from the U.S. Census Bureau reveal stark inequities in the social, economic, and mental health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Connor Maxwell

Health Disparities by Race and Ethnicity Fact Sheet

Health Disparities by Race and Ethnicity

Alleviating stark disparities in health coverage, chronic health conditions, mental health, and mortality across racial and ethnic groups in the United States will require deliberate and long-term efforts.

Sofia Carratala, Connor Maxwell

Home Visiting: A Lifeline During the Coronavirus Pandemic Article
A mother comforts her 2-month-old daughter in Medford, Massachusetts, on March 27, 2020. (Getty/Erin Clark/The Boston Globe)

Home Visiting: A Lifeline During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Home visiting programs need additional funding and flexibility now to continue serving families remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cristina Novoa

‘Here We Are Again’: On Gun Violence, White Nationalism, and the Scapegoating of Mental Illness Podcast
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‘Here We Are Again’: On Gun Violence, White Nationalism, and the Scapegoating of Mental Illness

In the wake of two mass shootings in a single weekend, Daniella sits down with CAP colleagues Chelsea Parsons, vice president for Gun Violence Prevention, and Rebecca Cokley, director of the Disability Justice Initiative, to try to make sense of it all.

Daniella Gibbs Léger, Kyle Epstein, Chris Ford, 2 More Chelsea Parsons, Rebecca Cokley

Efforts to Address Gun Violence Should Not Include Increased Surveillance Article
Students view a memorial at Majory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 25, 2018, in Parkland Florida. (Getty/Giles Clarke)

Efforts to Address Gun Violence Should Not Include Increased Surveillance

Instead of protecting the rights of people with mental health disabilities, lawmakers are using the growing urgency around gun violence as a pretext to expand surveillance and criminalization.

Azza Altiraifi, Valerie Novack

Lack of Housing and Mental Health Disabilities Exacerbate One Another Article
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Lack of Housing and Mental Health Disabilities Exacerbate One Another

Understanding the relationship between homelessness and mental health disabilities is key to preventing and ending homelessness for people with mental illness, particularly as housing costs continue to rise.

Heidi Schultheis

Recovering from Hurricane Maria Requires an Extensive Federal Response Article
Victims of Hurricane Maria carry supplies in Morovis, Puerto Rico, October 7, 2017. (AP/Ramon Espinosa)

Recovering from Hurricane Maria Requires an Extensive Federal Response

After weathering two devastating storms, Puerto Rico is still struggling to recover as the federal government fails to provide short-term and long-term relief.

Erin Cohan, Sarah Shapiro, Rebecca Cokley, 6 More Sarah Edelman, Gregg Gelzinis, Connor Maxwell, Scott Sargrad, Eliza Schultz, Cristina Novoa

Home Visiting Programs Are Vital for Maternal and Infant Health Report
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Home Visiting Programs Are Vital for Maternal and Infant Health

The federal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program provides evidence-based services to mothers and children that help their whole families.

Cristina Novoa, Jamila Taylor