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Juvenile Inmates Have More Mental Health Hospitalizations
Stanford Medicine News Center – 7.21.15
A study by the Stanford University School of Medicine suggests that juvenile inmates are much more likely to be hospitalized for mental health reasons than children and teenagers who are not incarcerated. While previous research has been conducted on mental health conditions among juvenile inmates, the large population size of this study gives new insight into the widespread nature and severity of their mental health diagnoses. Researches found that many of the incarcerated teens’ mental health conditions developed in response to stressful and traumatic childhood experiences, such as being abused or witnessing violence.
Report Highlights Importance of California’s Social Safety Net for Children’s Health
California Healthline – 7.20.15
More than 50% of children in California participate in at least one nutrition assistance or public health insurance program, including CalFresh, Medi-Cal, School Lunches, and The Women, Infants and Children’s program. That rate increases to 85% among low-income children, according to a recent study by the Public Policy Institute of California. However, despite increased enrollment statewide, the study found evidence of under enrollment, particularly in CalFresh and Medi-Cal, and that “wide variations in enrollment from county to county have led to disparities.”
California Foster Youth Propose Policy Portfolio
Chronicle of Social Change – 7.20.15
California Youth Connection (CYC), a youth-led advocacy group of current and former foster youth, recently held its Summer Leadership and Policy Conference in Fresno, California. Youth from across the state voiced their ideas about how to improve experiences and outcomes for youth in foster care. The goal of the conference is to turn their ideas into legislation, and past recommendations have resulted in several key California laws. Youth facilitators also trained CYC members in conflict resolution, community organizing, and facilitation skills.
Time Spent on Social Networking Sites Linked to Mental Health Problems in Teens
Health Canal – 7.22.15
L.A. County District Attorney Lays Out Plan to Divert Mentally Ill Inmates from Jail
Daily Bulletin – 7.22.15
Making the Case for Open Data
Capitol Weekly – 7.14.15
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