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Advocates Push for More Expanded Medi-Cal Sign-Ups to Access Dental and Mental Care
New America Media – 11.8.16
Almost all of the approximately 120,000 undocumented children in California previously enrolled in restricted Medi-Cal now have access to expanded Medi-Cal services. Thanks to the six-month-old law, made possible by Senate Bill 75, undocumented youth will now receive full coverage that will pay for preventive care and routine medical, dental and mental health visits, in addition to emergency care. Advocates are working to enroll the estimated 80,000 to 100,000 undocumented minors in the state who are not yet covered. Advocates at a recent panel hosted by New America Media highlighted the dental and mental health needs of this population of young people in particular, as well as the positive outcomes the law could have in their lives. Mayra Alvarez, president of The Children’s Partnership, said “children with coverage show more signs of being ready to succeed…They are less likely to drop out of school and more likely to go to college.”
Young Adolescents as Likely to Die From Suicide as From Traffic Accidents
The New York Times – 11.3.16
According to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday, the rate of young adolescents, ages 10 – 14, who die by suicide has surpassed the number who die in traffic accidents. In fact, 384 young people between the ages of 10 and 14 died in car accidents in 2014. In contrast, 425 young people in that same age group completed suicide, putting the suicide death rate at 2.1 per 100,000 in 2014. Marsha Levy-Warren, a clinical psychologist in New York, suggests “the question of suicidal thoughts and behavior in this age group has certainly come up far more frequently in the last decade than it had in the previous decade.” Research also shows that while boys are more likely than girls to die by suicide, the suicide rate for girls tripled, compared with a rise of about a third for boys. Experts point to a few possible explanations for this gender difference, including the use and impact of social media, an earlier onset of puberty, and a higher prevalence and diagnosis of depression in adolescent girls.
Community Inclusion: From The Perspective Of Caregivers Of People With Psychiatric Disabilities
Mental Health America – November 2016
Supporters Gear Up for New California Law That Eliminates Direct File
Juvenile Justice Information Exchange – 11.9.16
Our Jails Are Not Prepared to Deal With Mental Health – A Bill Has the Potential to Change That
Santa Monica Daily Press – 11.9.16
Calls to Crisis Support Lines Up After Donald Trump’s Victory
Time – 11.9.16
Mentally Ill School Children Need More Resources Says Mental Health Authority
The Oakland Press – 11.7.16
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