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Behavioral Health Funders' Network Meeting

July 26th, 2021
12:30PM to 2:00PM
Zoom - information to be emailed
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The Behavioral Health Funders’ Network has invited Joe Pyle, MA President of the Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation to join us for this meeting. Joe will share recommendations from the Think Bigger Do Good Policy paper: Systemic, Racial Justice–Informed Solutions to Shift “Care” From the Criminal Legal System to the Mental Health Care System authored by Sara Vinson, M.D. and Andrea Dennis, J.D.

The current configuration and function of U.S. societal structures drives the overrepresentation of people with serious mental illness in the criminal legal system. Although the causes are multifactorial, the mental health system poorly serves those at highest risk of criminal legal system involvement. The growth of the mental health evidence base regarding the social determinants of mental health has ushered in greater understanding of their central role in the promotion and maintenance of mental illness and health. These academic strides, however, have failed to translate into widespread care and payment policy changes. 

The session will provide a learning opportunity for funders in Massachusetts to learn from the work of the Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation at the national level, discuss the current reality in Massachusetts, and explore ways for the philanthropy sector to address care and payment policy changes. The session is ideal for those wanting to learn more about racial-justice informed solutions to moving care from the criminal legal system to the mental health care system.

About the Network:

The Behavioral Health Funders' Network (Network) is a state-wide network of funders working in the area of behavorial and mental health and wellness. For over 4 years the Network has been meeting regularly for peer learning, knowledge sharing, and relationship building. Key norms of this Network are trust, confidentiality, and a learning/growth mindset. 

The stated goals of the Network are: 1) Improve behavioral health services by providing a space and opportunity for learning from one another, and 2) Exchange information with the potential for collaboration on projects ranging in size from large, overarching initiatives to smaller community-based projects. 

Zoom information will be sent via email in advance of the session.

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