Public policy affects us all. Public policy refers primarily to
rules, laws and budget decisions made at all levels of government
– local, county, state and federal. These decisions determine the
expectations of society and government, what government’s role is
in the lives of its citizens and the type of support the
government will provide for children, families and others.
Public policy can take the form of legislation (laws) at the
state and federal levels, ordinances at the local level and
school or annual budgets. In addition, state and federal
governments routinely adopt rules, known officially as
“regulations,” that affect our daily lives. Because children and
youth cannot speak for themselves when decisions are being made,
it is up to us as parents and caregivers to be effective
advocates on their behalf.
Decisions are made every day that affect a child’s chances of
growing up safe, healthy and educated. For example, state and
federal laws and rules largely drive what your child is taught
each day in school. Funding decisions determine which services
and programs will be available to children and their families.
The healthcare children receive, the protection the government
provides from abuse and neglect and a myriad of other issues that
directly affect children are determined through public policy
decisions made every day.
California Governor Jerry Brown signed a $156.3 billion
budget plan that includes funding for a controversial high-speed
rail project and a “rainy day fund” in line with the governor’s
vision of fiscal restraint.
Democrats control both houses of the legislature and all elected
offices in California, but there have been noted divisions
between the fiscally moderate Brown, and progressive party
members who havevvpcalized theor desire to have a more robust
safety net in place for California.
The Parity Act, formerly known as the Mental Health Parity and
Addiction Equality Act of 2008 was enacted in 2009 and is an
extension of the Mental Health Parity Law of 1996. The 1996 law
extended coverage by certain health insurance companies to
include mental health issues, along with the usual medical
issues. The new Parity Act extends coverage even further to
include substance use issues.
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If you or a loved one is in immediate crisis, please call 911
or visit the nearest emergency room.
The UACF Hope Line is a message system for parents and caregivers
that provides resources and connections to individuals in your
community that may be able to assist you in finding appropriate
support services for your child’s mental health needs. Feel free
to leave a message on the UACF Hope Line and your call will be
returned as promptly as possible.