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Pipeline to Prison May Start with Childhood Trauma
California Health Report – 1.6.16
Experts suggest there is increasing evidence that childhood trauma is a problem for the criminal justice system, as well as a public health problem. The National Institute of Justice has found that abuse or neglect in childhood raises the chances of juvenile arrest by 59%. Nadine Burke Harris, CEO of the Center for Youth Wellness, claims that “many of the kids who end up in the juvenile justice system…have been exposed to high doses of adversity” and points to screening as a tool for preventing illness and jail time. James Bell, executive director of the W. Haywood Burns Institute, investigates the incarceration rates for young people of color and their white counterparts, noting an “overrepresentation of youth of color in their systems.” Bell asserts that for meaningful change to occur, systems should aim to be “trauma-responsive” and address the practices that are known to cause trauma.
California Lawmakers Propose $2 Billion Plan to Aid Homeless
SF Gate – 1.4.16
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s 2015 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress found that nearly 116,000 individuals are homeless in California. According to the report, more than 29,000 people are chronically homeless, many of whom suffer from mental health conditions. Under a new proposal outlined by California legislators on Monday, the state would spend over $2 billion on permanent housing. The housing bond would be repaid by redirecting funds from Proposition 63, the “2004 ballot measure that added a 1% tax on incomes over $1 million to pay for mental health treatment.” Supporters of the housing proposal claim that more than 90% of the money raised annually for Proposition 63 would continue to support existing mental health programs.
Trying To Make Mental Health First Aid As Familiar As CPR
Washington Post – 1.4.16
The National Council for Behavioral Health is scheduled to announce on Monday that it will train another 500,000 people in its Mental Health First Aid course. This 8-hour session seeks to help participants identify when someone is experiencing a mental health or substance abuse disorder, and to encourage and provide tools for them to intervene. Laira Roth, project manager of the course, notes that individuals are “more likely to encounter someone who is experiencing a behavioral health condition or crisis” than an individual experiencing a physical emergency. With suicide as the 10th-leading cause of death in the United States, the course aims to help participants overcome their hesitance and fear of getting involved by teaching them how, and when, to reach out.
State Dropping Ball in Dealing With Childhood Trauma, New Report Says
California Healthline – 1.7.16
VIDEO: Oprah Opens Up About How Mental Illness Has Impact Those Closest to Her
People Magazine – 1.7.16
New Efforts to Provide a Stable Foster Care System for California Youth
KQED – 1.4.16
We’re Thinking About ADHD All Wrong, Says A Top Pediatrician
NPR – 1.4.16
Keeping Foster Kids From Becoming Homeless
The Baltimore Sun – 1.4.16
The Mighty’s Mental Health Heroes of 2015
The Mighty – 12.29.15
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