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UC-Merced Leverages Technology To Improve Access to Mental Health Care
California Healthline – 9.24.15
Health administrators at UC-Merced have partnered with Community Psychiatry to use telemedicine to address growing mental health needs on campus. Merced County has 2.3 psychiatrists per 100,000 people, making it the county with the lowest number of psychiatrists in California. Community Psychiatry has been using telepsychiatry in rural parts of Northern California for almost six years. In the past three years, the number of patients Community Psychiatry served via telemedicine increased from 178 to 800. Brandon Boggs, executive director of student health and counseling services at UC-Merced, says telepsychiatry “is proving at this point to be a viable way to expand or initiate mental health service in underserved areas…But it doesn’t serve as a replacement for all mental health care.” Students can still have face-to-face talk therapy sessions at the university’s health center.
High Rate of Adolescent Suicide Leads EMQ FamiliesFirst to Offer Three-Part Crisis Services
PR Underground – 9.23.15
Santa Clara County has a higher rate of teen suicides than the California average, which emphasizes the need for quality mental healthcare. EMQ FamiliesFirst has responded to this need with a three-part Crisis Continuum of Services – Mobile Crisis Program, Crisis Stabilization Unit, and Community Transition Services. These services have aided an average of 200 young people per month this past year, and have led to a hospital diversion rate of 70% for youth in crisis in the county. The agency’s Mobile Crisis Program consists of a qualified team of clinicians arriving on site to support the youth, and separately give the parents tools for staying calm and capable in crisis. For young people who need more intensive or longer care, the Crisis Stabilization Unit accommodates an up-to-24-hour hold for assessment and treatment. The aim is to return a child or teen to their home and family with an established safety plan and connections to continuing services. For some, this can mean possible same day or up to 90-day supports from the agency’s Crisis Transition Services.
Report Shows Surge in Children at L.A. County Foster Care “Welcome Centers”
The Chronicle of Social Change – 9.21.15
According to a report by the Commission for Children and Families, Welcome Centers in Los Angeles County have seen 3,680 children between January and June 2015, marking a 40% increase in child admittance. The report also noted a 41% increase in repeat entries of adolescents. In its examination into the causes of these increases, the commission identified four main barriers to finding appropriate placements for foster youth: a limited number of foster homes available for very young children and older youth with serious mental health needs; minimal emergency shelter care beds; an insufficient number of intensive treatment foster care placement; and a lack of supports to enable foster caregivers to properly care for children with severe mental health needs. The report recommends that LA County begin using the welcome centers as a means to immediately treat trauma, rather than solely as holding facilities for children and youth awaiting placement.
OJJDP Releases Research on Youth’s Mental Health Needs and Long-Term Outcomes After Detention
PR Newswire – 9.8.15
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has released four research bulletins based on findings from the Northwestern Juvenile Project, an investigation of mental health needs and long-term outcomes of juvenile detainees. The study determined that more than 45% of male and almost 30% of female detainees had one or more psychiatric disorders five years after first being detained. Most described experiencing barriers to seeking mental health services. This study is the first large-scale longitudinal study of psychiatric and behavioral disorders in a diverse sample of juvenile detainees.
Parents Need To Be Alert For Childhood Mental Illness, Psychiatrist Says
Calgary Herald – 9.23.15
Unemployed, Not in School Youth Susceptible to Mental Health Problems
Psychiatry Advisor – 9.22.15
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