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Policy Portfolio

The experiences of people in poverty show, and research increasingly confirms, that mental health matters. In order to effectively break the cycle of poverty and advance social and economic mobility for families, government policies must incorporate effective family mental health solutions.

Through rigorous research and analysis and drawing upon both clinical and policy expertise, Elevate helps research, develop, support, and advocate for innovative family mental health policies that governments across the U.S. can implement to improve mental health.

Elevate makes an impact by:

  • Evaluating existing public policies on mental health as well as social and economic mobility — and estimating the impact of policies under consideration,
  • Recommending high-return, evidence-based interventions, including the MOMS Partnership®, for public funding
  • Identifying federal funding streams that can be utilized to fund innovative mental health strategies
  • Developing policy briefs with best practices for federal and state family mental health policies
  • Evaluating the impact of a “two-gen” policy change to improve the lives of families receiving TANF in Washington, D.C.
  • Evaluating an innovative project of the CT Office of Early Childhood (OEC), called the Outcomes Rate Card, to incentivize positive outcomes for early childhood, and
  • Conducting a first-of-its kind assessment of National Beneficiary Survey (NBS) data to generate knowledge about the relationship between mental health and employment among disabled beneficiaries of public insurance programs like Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).