Even before COVID-19, schools were already on the front lines of an epidemiological crisis. Alex Briscoe, Principal of California Children's Trust, and Ben Miller, Chief Strategy Officer of the Well Being Trust, discuss how to ensure our underfunded and fragile children's mental health system does not further erode, and that the children who are isolated during this crisis still have access to care. Read more.
California’s top health priority should be making sure that people who need mental health treatment can get it, over 90 percent of respondents said in a recent poll. More than half of those surveyed by the California Health Care Foundation said their communities do not have enough mental health providers to meet the need. Read more.
In a policy brief the California Children’s Trust said the state’s mental health system for youth is disjointed, messy, and overly focused on treating mental illness rather than preventing and identifying mental health problems early. Read more.
In California, there are vast inconsistencies in funding and services among counties. Read more.
In California, the state's key program for providing mental health treatment to low-income children and youth under age 21 serves just a fraction of those estimated to need help, statistics show. Read more.