The 2017-2018 Massachusetts legislature session concluded on July 31, 2018.
The next session will begin in January 2019.

Permanent Promote Prevent Commission &
Funding for Behavioral Health Promotion

Our last campaign focused on asking state legislators to include language supporting SEL in the Act for Prevention and Access to Appropriate Care and Treatment of Addiction, including:

  • Establish a permanent Promote Prevent Commission which will continue to advance state and local policies, programs, systems, and practices to promote positive mental, emotional, and behavioral health and prevent behavioral health issues including substance use, mental illness, and youth violence. SEL4MA Executive Director Jim Vetter will serve on the permanent commission.
  • Establish a Behavioral Health Promotion, Prevention, and Early Intervention (BeHaPPE) Trust Fund, which would fund a statewide vision for promoting behavioral health and preventing behavioral health issues through evidence-based programing.