The report Fostering Healthy Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Development in Children and Youth: A National Agenda (2019) from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine urges the creation of a broad-based effort to improve MEB health for children and youth, organized under the rubric Decade of Children and Youth, led by the Department of Health and Human Services. The initiative would build awareness of the social and economic gains associated with healthy child development and engage multiple sectors of society in working toward that goal.

Meaningful improvements in mental, emotional, and behavioral (MEB) health require that the federal government lead coordinated efforts at state and local levels. Under the banner of a Decade of Children and Youth initiative, a national effort to make MEB health a priority could harness public and private resources to support sustained and effective implementation of programs and policies.

infographic Establish national priorities Support research Make health insurance and Medicaid accountable Align giving priorities Support and amplify public health messages Support community surveillance Promote school-based programs Create state-wide programs and track outcomes Identify community partners Adapt to meet local needs Support community coalitions Support collaborative adaptation to local needs Monitor health data Partner with local authorities and local underresourced populations

Harnessing Public and Private Resources to Support Children and Youth (2019)

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