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Calif. Launches Audit of Mental Health Services for Students
The Sacramento Bee – 6.13.15
In 2011, California passed AB 114, shifting responsibility for providing educationally-related mental health services to students with disabilities from county mental health departments to the local school districts. This shift has lead families, advocates and child psychiatrists to claims that “some of the state’s sickest children are struggling to get help.” Currently, there is no data being collected around how many youths need or receive mental health services, which has brought advocates to request an audit to “examine how well school districts and Special Education Local Plan Areas are fulfilling their responsibilities to treat children with mental illnesses.”
Santa Clara County Board Approves Funds to Hire Nurse to Monitor Psych Meds in Foster Care
San Jose Mercury News – 6.15.15
On Monday, Santa Clara County supervisors unanimously approved hiring a new public health nurse to monitor the use of psychotropic drugs among the county’s 1,400 foster youth. Santa Clara Supervisor Joe Simitian says, “this certainly isn’t a cure-all, but I think it’s an important step to make sure that the decisions that are made are made in the best interests of all the children in the system.”
Settlement Reached in Landmark Idaho Juvenile Care Case
MagicValley.com – 6.15.15
Last week, Idaho Governor “Butch” Otter signed an agreement to improve access to intensive mental health services for thousands of children and youth. The agreement caps months of negotiations in the federal class action lawsuit Jeff D. v. Otter. This agreement marks the beginning of the end to this longstanding lawsuit, and, when fully implemented, should provide an estimated 9,000 Idaho children with improved access to community-based mental health services.
Solitary Confinement Makes Teenagers suicidal. We Need to Ban the Practice.
The Washington Post – 6.17.15
Ian M. Kysel calls for a ban on solitary confinement for teenagers in light of the recent suicide of 22-year-old Kalief Browder. Browder, who was arrested at age 16, spent 800 days in solitary confinement at Rikers Island but was never tried or convicted of a crime. Based on his research, Kysel states that the practice is “dangerous for children and teens, whose brains and bodies are still developing and who are therefore at particular risk of physical and psychological harm. Dozens of young people told me about losing control while in solitary, about harming themselves and even attempting suicide.”
N.J. Should Learn from Kalief Browder’s Death How to Handle Juveniles in Criminal Justice System
NJ.com – 6.13.15
5 Ways Exercise Can Help Improve Your Mental Health
The Huffington Post – 6.14.15
More College and University Students Facing Mental Health Challenges
The Huffington Post – 6.14.15
Older Teens, Asians at Highest Risk of Self-Harm
MedPage Today – 6.15.15
New Book Helps Children Cope with Worry and Anxiety
Children’s Mental Health Network – 6.17.15
24 Spot-On Illustrations That Combat Mental Health Stigma
The Huffington Post – 6.18.15
Personal Journey Prompts Legislative Advocacy: Kate Deily Speaks Out to Help Troubled Teens
The Daily Courier – 6.18.15
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