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NCSL Legislative Video Resource Center

The NCSL Video Resource Center is a collection of recorded webinars accessible for on-demand learning.

State-Federal Briefing: Behavioral Health

Behavioral health, which includes mental health and substance use disorders, has emerged as a top priority in the states and across policy topics. The federal government has responded with a wide array of new initiatives and programs across agencies. In this briefing, NCSL staff will make sense of these federal efforts by highlighting what state legislatures need to know and discussing NCSL’s ongoing work to shape federal policy to support state leadership. Key topics will address new behavioral health models including in maternal health, updates on federal behavioral health legislation (SUPPORT Act and STRONGER Act), the behavioral health workforce and new opportunities to fund school-based mental health services through Medicaid.

2024 US Economic Outlook and What it Means for State Budgets and Credit Ratings

The economy continues to defy expectations. The recession economists predicted this time last year never materialized. The job market remains strong, and inflation seems to have stabilized. However, state revenue collections are slowing and the flow of federal stimulus funds to the states is winding down. What does all this mean for state budgets and state credit ratings? Hear Fitch Ratings’ economic forecast for 2024, along with insights on state credit quality and what to watch for in the year ahead.

Major Reforms to Minor Guardianship Laws

Nearly 1 in 20 children in the U.S. live in a household where someone other than a parent is their primary caretaker. Many families that could benefit from a formal minor guardianship cannot or do not pursue this legal arrangement. The laws are complex and sometimes specify different processes for the many circumstances under which a family might need minor guardianship. Legislatures have an important role to play in improving civil court processes for families. Learn how Iowa and Vermont reformed their minor guardianship policies to make them more family-friendly.  

State Policy Rx: Navigating the AI Health Maze for Model Integrity

Join us for an informative discussion about policy levers available to states to promote assurances that AI models driving health care in the states are transparent, reliable, free from bias and appropriate for the target population.

The Compass: Politics, Stress and Outside Influences

Legislative staffers speak on the ways emotions and opposing opinions can affect ethical responses. Many hands are involved in the legislative process—legislators, the executive agency, staff lobbyists and constituents, and those voices are often interested in a particular policy or process. “Legislative staff have to look at it from a much bigger, institutional perspective,” says Raul Burciaga, director of the New Mexico Legislative Council Service. “What is good for the state? What is good for the legislature to conduct its business?”