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HMA develops brief exploring equity and innovation in children’s behavioral health systems

Lifting Voices is an initiative developed to inform the transformation of the youth behavioral health care system. The project leaders are parents of children who nearly died on multiple occasions from severe behavioral health conditions, and they are professionals with a deep understanding of the opportunities and challenges faced by behavioral health care policy makers and reformers. They share the belief that their knowledge, desperation, and resources afforded their children access to interventions that should be accessible to every youth who needs them. Their experience of the care delivery system has also inspired their commitment to highlight the urgent improvements necessary to support struggling children and parents affected by the nation’s youth behavioral health crisis.

To learn more about Lifting Voices, see the October 2023 report here.

HMA Principals and behavioral health policy and practice transformation consultants Heidi Arthur, LMSW and Ellen Breslin, MPP partnered with Sheilah Gauch, LISW, M.Ed., Principal and Clinical Director with the Dearborn Academy and Echo Lustig, B.A., young adult behavioral health advocate, to share findings from the first phase of the three-part Lifting Voices initiative at Putting Care at the Center, the annual conference of the Camden Coalition’s National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs Initiative. See: Putting Care at the Center 2023, Elevating behavioral health in whole-person care. Boston, MA, November 1-3, 2023. Please look for us at the Beehive poster station on:

  1. Thursday, November 2 from 2:45 pm – 4:30 pm ET
  2. Friday, November 3 from 8:45 am – 10:30 am ET


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Heidi Arthur

Heidi Arthur, LMSW

New York, NY
Ellen Breslin

Ellen Breslin, MPP

Boston, MA