MSSA's 2021 Legislative Agenda

MSSA's 2021 Legislative Priorities
As approved by MSSA's Board of Directors, below are our 2021 legislative priorities. Click on each to learn more.

End racial disparities in child foster care and adoption
MSSA is working with other organizations on strategies to end persistent racial disparities affecting Indigenous and Black children.

Develop an interoperable statewide telepresence platform to connect HHS providers
MSSA seeks the development of a statewide, interoperable telepresence platform which will allow health and human service providers to better connect and share information.

Ban conversion therapy practices on LGBTQ+ youth statewide
MSSA is working with other organizations to ban harmful conversion therapy practices on LGBTQ+ youth in Minnesota.

 

Legislative Priorities

End racial disparities in child foster care and adoption

Racial disparities in child foster care and adoption are widespread and persistent across Minnesota. Black and Indigenous children are overrepresented in Minnesota’s foster care system. As of 2018, for every 1,000 children who entered the foster care system, 39 children were Native American/American Indian and about 9 children were Black compared with only 3 who were white. Additionally, American Indian children were 18.2 times more likely than white children to be place in out-of-home care, Black children more than 2.9 times more likely, and those identified as two or more races were 5.1 times more likely. Out-of-home foster and adoption providers are more likely to be white, and often have no or little training or expertise in the cultural needs of the children they are caring for. 

Our Ask: 

  • TBD

Resources:

  • Coming Soon! 

Develop an interoperable statewide telepresence platform to connect HHS providers

Even prior to COVID-19, many Minnesotans relied on telepresence systems. With the pandemic raging on, telepresence is used now more than ever. Currently, there are a number of disparate telepresence systems in Minnesota used to deliver care. Providers include Tribal Nations, counties, law enforcement, courts, schools, mental health providers, and other human service agencies.  A unified, single, interoperable telepresence system is needed in Minnesota to ensure providers are able to communicate and share information across agencies, and that a system exists with enough capacity to withstand a rapidly increasing number of users. A single, interoperable system will ensure access to those who need virtual care.

Our Ask: 

  • Develop a Minnesota strategy for the creation of an interoperable public/private telepresence platform that allows connections between providers of behavioral health services and other services.  


Resources:

  • Coming Soon!


Ban conversion therapy practices on LGBTQ+ youth statewide

"Conversion therapy,” often referred to as “reparative therapy,” “ex-gay therapy,” or “sexual orientation change efforts,” refers to any collection of methods or tactics aimed at attempting to change someone's sexual orientation or gender identity. Conversion therapy is based on the false premise that being a part of the LGBTQ+ community is a mental illness, thus requiring a cure or treatment. Many LGBTQ+ Minnesotans are still subjected to conversation therapy which places them at risk of depression, substance abuse, and suicide.

Our Ask:

  • Ban conversion therapy statewide 

Resources: 

  • Coming Soon!