EverThrive IL updates its organizational policy agenda annually. The Child and Adolescent Health Initiative also has a specific policy agenda, highlighting policy priorities for our field.
2017 Child and Adolescent Health Policy Priorities
The Child and Adolescent Health Initiative focuses on providing the state’s youth with access to high-quality health care, comprehensive health education, and civic engagement opportunities. We advocate for policies that improve the health and well-being of school-aged children and defend against those that threaten them. This initiative also sponsors the Illinois School-Based Health Alliance, which brings together a broad-based coalition of organizations and individuals to advocate for and support school health centers (SHCs) as school and community assets.
Priority 1: Advocate for and support SHCs as school and community assets.
- Protect State grant program for SHCs.
- Ensure that SHCs are integrated fully into emerging financial models, such as Medicaid Managed Care.
- Advocate for policy solutions that enable the sustainable integration of behavioral health services in SHCs.
- Provide youth opportunities to become civically engaged and advocate for SHCs.
- Collaborate with national partners, including the national School-Based Health Alliance, on federal legislation that impacts SHCs.
Priority 2: In partnership with other advocacy and community-based organizations, advocate for and support efforts to address social determinants of health for children and adolescents.
- Participate in policy discussions and initiatives focused on social determinants of health for children and adolescents.
- Defend against policies that threaten the social supports necessary for positive health outcomes.
- Support policy initiatives that promote the safety of children and adolescents.
Policy Agenda Archives
Additional Policy Initiatives
The Child and Adolescent Health Initiative has taken action on the following policy issues:
Public Comments on the Proposed Changes in Methods and Standards for Establishing Medical Assistance Payment Rates for Licensed Clinical Psychologists (LCPs) and Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSWs)
December 21, 2016