Policy

In the United States, public policy reform functions as a powerful driver of social change. Policy is created through making or changing laws, and also through judicial decisions, the creation of regulatory measures by government agencies, and through funding priorities set by a lawmakers and administrators. Our public policies greatly affect the daily lives of Americans. They created mass incarceration and contribute to the disproportional representation of those with mental illnesses, people of color, and the poor in the criminal justice system. To reflect American values of liberty and justice for all, voters must actively work to influence local, state, and national policies and budgets, and get us back in alignment with our stated priorities as a nation.


Policy change can help disentangle mental health & criminal justice.
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Policy can be influenced at all levels and by anyone.
We all can lead from where we are.

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