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Focus on the Figures: Hospitalizations for Mental Health
The Chronicle of Social Change – 12.1.15
California’s hospitalization data reveals that older teens are more likely to be hospitalized during a mental health crisis than their younger counterparts. Last year, over 13,500 Californian children between the ages of five and 14 were hospitalized for mental health concerns. However, data for older teenagers between 15 and 19 shows a greater hospitalization rate, with nearly 26,000 of these teens being admitted for mental health reasons. Los Angeles accounted for 7,200 hospitalizations among 15- to 19-year-olds in 2014, while several other counties–including Fresno, Merced, and Riverside–saw a doubling of hospitalizations from the previous year. A recent study concluded that depression accounted for 44% of all pediatric mental health hospital admissions across the U.S. Depression is one of the most common emotional health concerns among young people, with an estimated 11% of adolescents diagnosed by age 18.
California Aims to Stop Warehousing Foster Kids in Group Homes
San Jose Mercury News – 11.29.15
California’s Department of Social Services (DSS) passed a new law, taking effect in January, to replace privately run group homes with “short-term residential treatment centers,” which would house youth for no more than six months. Success of the plan relies heavily on the State’s ability to find enough family homes equipped with the skills to support youth with serious needs. Addressing this concern is critical as young people in group homes often have greater emotional and psychological needs than foster youth in other placements. Kyle Sporleder, policy director for California Youth Connection, remarks, “in theory, and in all our hopes, this will be a revolutionary change in the way foster care operates in our state…But like with many, many large reform efforts, we all kind of have to wait with bated breath.” Director of DSS, Will Lightbourne, is leading the reform effort and anticipates that the 5,800 foster youth currently living in group homes could drop to 2,000, once the law takes effect.
Dear Parents of Children with Mental Illness
The Mighty – 12.3.14
Why Equating Mental Illness with Violence Harms Us All
Huff Post Blog – 12.3.15
The Limitations of Teaching Grit in the Classroom
The Atlantic – 12.2.15
Here’s How Jail-Based Health Treatment Failed My Family: Guest Commentary
Los Angeles Daily News – 11.24.15
Foster Youth Tell Their Stories Through Tattoos in The California Youth Connection’s New Exhibit “Tribute”
SF Gate – 11.23.15
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