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Promote Prevent Commission

On April 5, 2018, the Special Legislative Commission on Behavioral Health Promotion and Upstream Prevention in Massachusetts (Promote Prevent Commission), under the leadership of Chair Rep. Jim Cantwell, released its final report, Promote Prevent: A plan to promote mental, emotional, and behavioral health and to prevent behavioral health issues in our Commonwealth.

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Social-Emotional Learning Alliance named to
“Special Commission on Behavioral Health Promotion and Upstream Prevention”

Created by the Massachusetts Legislature and part of the State Budget, the Special Commission shall investigate evidence-based practices, programs and systems to prevent behavioral health disorders and promote behavioral health across the commonwealth.

Specifically, the Commission supports “primary and secondary-level programs that are community, family or school-based, including whole school approaches, that reduce risk factors and increase protective factors for behavioral health disorders and foster social and emotional health.”

The Commission has 24 members including “a representative from the Social-Emotional Learning Alliance for Massachusetts”.

We are proud to have Jim Vetter, the chair of our Steering  Committee, as our designated member.

The full text is here.

The SEL Alliance is also advocating within the business community, DESE, Boston Public Schools and teacher education while we continue to educate through regional events to better inform our members.