YCA Health Policy Team also supports adoption of comprehensive sex education programs (that include important information about contraceptive use) and firmly opposes abstinence-only programs.
The YCA Health Policy Team supports the implementation and maintenance of mental care institutions and the use of public funding for this use. The YCA Health Policy Team also supports the implementation and strengthening of anti-bullying laws in the United States. Finally, the YCA Health Policy Team supports initiatives to provide access for higher education to all individuals with disabilities and to provide easier transportation and access to all facilities (both on and off campus) for these individuals.
Drug and Alcohol Abuse
The YCA Health Policy Team supports Alcohol and Drug Detoxification programs and Drug and Alcohol Safety Programs. The YCA Health Policy Team also supports non-jail alternative programs (such as rehabilitation) for individuals convicted of minor crimes. Our Health Policy Team also recognizes that Drug and Substance Abuse and Mental Health disorders are sometimes closely related in individuals with “co-occurring mental and substance use disorders.” In these cases, our Health Policy Team supports the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration recommendation of specialized integrative treatment of these individuals and public funding to support low income families requiring this form of treatment. In addition, the YCA Health Policy Team supports the “Too Smart to Start” public education initiative, sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, that seeks to educate children on the dangers of underage drinking. In support of this initiative, the Health Policy Team will seek to institute new local community versions of this initiative.
The YCA Health Policy Team recognizes that, while human sex trafficking rates have declined in recent years, this is still a significant problem in the United States. The YCA Health Policy Team will also support UN-related organizations and programs to help in the achievement of the UN’s 5th Sustainable Development Goal that seeks to achieve complete gender equality. Finally, the Health Policy Team will support (and potentially partner with) local and state level anti- sex trafficking programs such as Partners Against Trafficking Victims in Arkansas.