The MPHA Board has endorsed a bill to create upstream prevention solutions to stem the deadly opioid epidemic. Representative James M. Cantwell sponsored the bill, Resolve Establishing a Special Commission on Behavioral Health Promotion and Upstream Prevention (HD4211), which will establish a special commission to create the Commonwealth’s PromotePrevent Plan. Current efforts to curtail the opioid crisis have focused on treatment and recovery for those who already suffer from addiction. This legislation creates a special commission to use assessment, capacity building, and planning to identify promotion and prevention measures to create environments and conditions that support behavioral health in order to address the root causes of addiction.
The legislation was reviewed by an interdisciplinary team of experts including, among others; Cheryl Bartlett, former Commissioner of the MA Department of Public Health, Kim Netter, Director of the Center for Excellence for the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Training and TA, Barbara Green, Medical Director at Youth Health Connection/South Shore FACTS at South Shore Hospital, Massachusetts Technical Assistance and Partnership for Prevention, and the Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee.
Read PromotePrevention Plan Fact Sheet .