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CDC Releases Early Report on Youth Suicides in Santa Clara County
Mercury News – 7.13.16
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a preliminary report showing an increase in youth suicides in Santa Clara County, California since 2003. The report also showed that suicide is higher among males and is often preceded by crisis or a mental health issues. The investigation, known as an “Epi-Aid” investigation, was requested the Santa Clara County Public Health Department in response to a pair of suicide clusters in Palo Alto. Four youths died by suicide in 2014 and 2015, and six in 2009 and 2010. The report was meant to shed light on “characteristics and trends of fatal and nonfatal suicidal behavior.” It also touches on recommendations and “focused outreach to male youths,” amongst other important resources.
TFC Services Will Be Available Effective January 1, 2017
DHCS, CDSS – 7.8.16
Last Friday, the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and the Department of Social Services (CDSS) released information to assist County Mental Health Plans (MHPs) in preparing for the implementation of Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC), which will be available effective January 1, 2017. TFC is a specialized community-based treatment designed for children with significant mental health needs who cannot be cared for in their own homes. TFC offers intensive treatment in a family setting using specially trained foster parents as an alternative to more restrictive out-of-home placements such as mental institutions and group homes. TFC completes the full service array of intensive home and community-based mental health services known as “Katie A. services.”
The All County Information Notice (ACIN) describes the key concepts of the TFC model. Additional details are provided in the TFC Model and Parent Qualifications documents enclosed with the ACIN. Full blog post to follow, highlighting this important milestone in ensuring youth have access to quality mental healthcare.
Young Adults Can Face Challenges To Health Enrollment
Kaiser Health News – 7.5.16
According to the Centers For Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the rate of uninsurance among young people between 19 and 25 has fallen over 50% since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) passed. However, young adults are more likely than other adults to be uninsured. The article highlights some of the challenges young adults face in transitioning from Medicaid plans to adult coverage. Shelby Gonzales, a senior health policy analyst, suggests that “in general, a lot of states are struggling, when
Preventing Violence Against Children Promotes Better Health
World Health Organization – July 2016
Frustrated You Can’t Find A Therapist? They’re Frustrated, Too
NPR – 7.14.16
Pokemon Go Reportedly Helping People’s Mental Health, Depression
PsychCentral – 7.14.16
Flawed, Rushed Family First Bill Undermines Thoughtful Child Welfare Reform
The Chronicle of Social Change – 7.14.16
State To Award $13 Million to Help Reduce Mental Health Disparities
Central Valley Business Times – 7.12.16
Bids for Golden Gate Bridge Suicide Barrier Come in Way Over Projections
Marin Independent Journal – 7.12.16
Criminal Justice Reform Will Fail If We Don’t Fix Mental Health Care Too
San Francisco Chronicle – 7.7.16
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