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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level State
State(s) All States
Source The Pew Charitable Trusts
Policy Areas Health, Housing, Public Safety, Children & Families, Education, Economic Justice, Civil Rights
Millions of Americans have one or more forms of mental illness. These conditions have wide-ranging health, economic, and social consequences. For example, mental illness is a major factor in homelessness and incarceration. And serious mental illness - defined as a mental, behavioral,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level State, National
State(s) All States
Source Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center
Policy Areas Health, Children & Families
The first three years of life are the most sensitive for a child’s developing brain and body. Exposure to chronic stressors during these years can lead to physical, cognitive, and emotional health problems in the future that can be costly for families and society to navigate. This...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Child & Family Research Partnership
Policy Areas Children & Families
Father involvement describes a supportive relationship with high-quality interactions between a father and child. This brief highlights the importance of helping fathers maintain a healthy relationship with their children by describing the links between father involvement and positive...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2016
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Justice Center
Policy Areas Health, Public Safety
Law enforcement responses to people with mental illnesses are among the most complex and time-consuming calls for officers, threaten the safety of officers and residents alike, and have the potential for tragic outcomes. Law enforcement and behavioral health agency leaders across...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level City or Town, County, State, School District
State(s) All States
Source Education Law Center
Policy Areas Education, Children & Families
Although childhood trauma can directly impact a child’s ability to learn, most schools overlook this issue. This brief defines trauma and outlines its potential effects on children and learning. It also outlines staff, organizational, and legislative strategies to shape school culture,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level County
State(s) All States, California
Source American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California
Policy Areas Health, Public Safety, Education, Economic Justice, Civil Rights
This report examines how Los Angeles County can reduce incarceration for individuals with mental illness by implementing diversion programs together with supportive housing and assertive community treatment (ACT) programs. These programs have been shown to reduce recidivism. This...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level State
State(s) All States
Source Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center
Policy Areas Children & Families
A child’s first three years of life is the most rapid and sensitive period of development, and it sets the foundation for long-term health and wellbeing. All children deserve the opportunity to be born healthy and raised in nurturing, stimulating, stable, and secure care environments...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Vera Institute of Justice
Policy Areas Health, Public Safety, Democracy & Governance
The report examines the state of intervention practices for individuals with mental illness in the criminal justice system and the limitations of current practice. It calls for new approaches focused on prevention, early intervention, comprehensive care, and recovery-oriented practice...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town, State, School District
State(s) Pennsylvania
Source Education Law Center
Policy Areas Education, Children & Families
Lead exposure negatively affects childrens’ learning and behavior, and increases government expenditures related to education, health care, and incarceration. The report makes recommendations geared towards preventing elevated lead levels in growing children and inhibiting the development...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2015
Level National
State(s) All States
Source National Alliance on Mental Illness
Policy Areas Health
This infographic outlines statistics on mental illness across various races, genders, sexual orientations, and more....

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2015
Level National
State(s) All States
Source National Alliance on Mental Illness
Policy Areas Health
This infographic provides statistics on mental illness in America....

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