Who Supports Boston Children's
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation
Established in 2001 as the charitable arm of Blue Cross Blue Shield Massachusetts (BCBSMA), the BCBSMA Foundation is dedicated to expanding access to health care. Through grants and policy initiatives, the Foundation works with public and private organizations to broaden health coverage and reduce barriers to care.
Key Partner in Boston Children’s Mental Health Campaign
When Governor Patrick signed Chapter 321- An Act Relative To Children's Mental Health into law on August 21, 2008, the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation (BCBSMA) was there as an active member of The Children’s Mental Health Campaign, an ever-growing coalition of families, advocates, health care providers, educators, and consumers from across Massachusetts dedicated to comprehensive reform of the children’s mental health system.
The BCBSMA Foundation donated $150,000 to this important grassroots campaign in 2008 as it clearly aligned with its mission to expand access to health care, broaden health coverage and reduce barriers to care through grants and policy initiatives. In addition to infusing the campaign with the critical dollars to move the legislation forward, senior staff from the BCBSMA Foundation has taken an active role in planning the education and implementation necessary to ensure successful enactment of the law.
An Act Relative To Children’s Mental Health will:
- Encourage early identification of mental illness in children;
- Provide schools and early education settings with tools to better help their students;
- Reduce the number of kids unnecessarily stuck in institutional settings;
- Improve insurance protections;
- Streamline state systems by breaking down communication and coordination silos between agencies.
The passage of this legislation was milestone toward fixing the broken children’s mental health care system in Massachusetts. However, for the Children’s Mental Health Campaign the work is far from over to enhance access for the estimated 100,000 children who desperately need but do not receive mental health services. In the coming year, Coalition partners will work closely with the Administration and collaborating agencies to ensure that Chapter 321 is fully implemented and barriers are eliminated.
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The BCBSMA Foundation also provided Boston Children's Hospital with a two-year $85,000 grant expand access to culturally competent care in a way that is systemic, replicable and sustainable.