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Uncovered California: Community College Students’ Quest For Mental Health Services
Huffington Post – 6.29.16
Students on California’s community college campuses are facing more difficulties attaining mental health services compared to their peers at 4-year Universities (UC and CSU campuses). As many as 1 in 4 community college student may experience a mental health challenge, yet approximately only 40% of them will seek timely treatment. Despite this, the mental health care available in California’s community college system remains haphazard at best. This has become a serious cause for concern as community college students are “more at risk
With the Affordable Care Act (ACA) came a “dramatic increase in the number of young adults staying on their parents’ plan until age 26,” says Abigail English, director of the Center for Adolescent Health and the Law. This raised privacy concerns for young people who opted to remain under their parent’s plan. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPPA) is a key federal privacy law that set rules for when insurers, doctors, hospitals, and others may disclose an individual’s personal health information. However, Rebecca Gudeman, senior attorney at the National Center for Youth Law, suggests that “there was concern that the lack of details in HIPPA inhibited its use.” In recent years, states such as California, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and Maryland, have adopted laws or regulations that make it easier for dependents to keep medical communications confidential. Dania Palanker at the National Women’s Law Center notes that, while most states do not require confidentiality requests, some insurers may accommodate them. She suggests that clients “inquire whether there will be information sent out…It may be possible that the insurer has a process even if the state doesn’t have a law.”
California Judicial Council Rolls Out New Forms for Court Authorization to Prescribe Psychotropic Medication to Foster Youth
Young Minds Advocacy – 6.28.16
Earlier this week, the Judicial Council released revised forms for California’s court authorization process to prescribe psychotropic medication to youth in foster care. Commonly known as the “JV-220” process, California law requires court authorization of any request from a physician to prescribe psychotropic medication to a child who is a dependent or a ward of the juvenile court and is living in an out-of-home placement.
The California Legislature passed a series of bills last year to make changes to the state’s oversight and monitoring efforts over this process. One of these bills, SB 238 (2015), required the Judicial Council to amend and adopt rules of court governing authorization of psychotropic medication for foster youth and to develop court forms. The new “JV-220” forms reflect the conclusion of these efforts.
The Judicial Council revised all five of the previous psychotropic medication forms and added four new forms. Included among the new forms is a more streamlined process for physicians to request continued court authorization of existing medication (JV-220(B)) as well as a new mandatory progress report from the supervising county agency at every status review hearing (JV-224).
All of these new and revised forms go into effect as of today, July 1, 2016. The full set of “JV-220” process forms are available on the Judicial Council’s website. The California Department of Social Services is expected to release additional guidance for county child welfare staff and probation officers in the next several weeks.
Budget Signed: Child Welfare Highlights
John Burton Foundation – 6.28.16
Latina Teens Have Highest Rate of Suicide Attempts in The U.S.
Univision – 6.24.16
Saving Lives And Saving Money
California Healthline – 6.23.16
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