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Young People Want and Deserve Better Care Than SB 253 Can Deliver

By Patrick Gardner, President In the debate about children and psychotropic medications, everyone is looking for better outcomes. Foster youth are seeking to assert more control over their lives and their healthcare, and they want people to understand that medications alone cannot fix the hurt they feel. Doctors and other healthcare providers are struggling to [...]

By | August 7th, 2015|Featured Posts, Foster Youth, Policy Action|0 Comments

Advocacy Update: “Allocating Equality”

Stakeholders Urge California to Adopt “Intelligent and Intentional” EPSDT Growth Fund Allocation Formula to Provide More Equitable, Accessible Mental Health Services for Youth. The California Senate Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services heard testimony Monday on proposed changes to the methodology used to allocate 2011 Realignment Behavioral Health Growth funding to county mental health [...]

By | May 20th, 2015|EPSDT, Featured Posts, Policy Action|0 Comments

“We Have to Raise Strong Children, Not Fix Broken Ones”

Highlights from Lincoln Child Center’s Youth Mental Health Forum By Irene Cantizano, Communications Intern Last Friday, the Lincoln Child Center, a mental health provider organization in Oakland, hosted a Youth Mental Health Forum aimed at identifying ways to best meet the mental health needs of children and youth in California. The forum included a panel [...]

By | January 28th, 2015|Featured Posts, Policy Action|0 Comments

News for the Week of January 19, 2015

The Weekly MashUp is a recurring segment on Hear Me Out, the Young Minds’ Blog, highlighting the most pertinent local and national news for children’s mental health advocates. If you haven't already, sign up to be on our email list to get the Weekly MashUp delivered to your inbox automatically, every Friday! Cops, Group Homes [...]

By | January 23rd, 2015|The Weekly Mash Up|0 Comments

Equal Access to Mental Healthcare Still Eludes Foster Youth Placed “Out-Of-County”

California's Social Services and Mental Health Agencies Pledge Action at Child Welfare Council Roughly one-in-five young people in California’s foster care system are transferred between counties after entering care. Even though as many as two-thirds or more of these youth have heightened mental health needs, data show that they often wait months, or even years, [...]

Week of March 17, 2014

This Week's Top Stories for Children's Mental Health Advocates The Weekly MashUp is a reoccurring segment on Hear Me Out, the Young Minds’ Blog, highlighting the most pertinent local and national news for children’s mental health advocates.  Young Minds in the News  New Funding Scheme Complicates Mental Health Provision The Chronicle of Social Change – 3.19.14 The Chronicle for [...]

By | March 21st, 2014|The Weekly Mash Up|0 Comments

Week of February 10, 2014

News for the Week of February 10, 2014 The Weekly MashUp is a reoccurring segment on Hear Me Out, the Young Minds' Blog, highlighting the most pertinent local and national news for children's mental health advocates. Happy Valentine's Day from Young Minds! Spread the love--"LIKE" us on Facebook today! Young Minds in the News: A Mature Intellect Focused on [...]

By | February 14th, 2014|The Weekly Mash Up|0 Comments

Week of February 3, 2014

News for the Week of February 3, 2014 Young Minds in the News: Mental Health Hospitalizations Spike for California’s Youngest Residents The Sacramento Bee – 2.2.14 Mental health hospitalizations for California’s youth increased 38 percent between 2007 and 2012, jumping from 34,000 to 47,000, according to analysis of state data by The Sacramento Bee and [...]

By | February 7th, 2014|The Weekly Mash Up|0 Comments