Bills Seek to Bolster Children’s Mental Health


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According to a 2018 report from advocacy group Children Now, only about a third of California children who report needing help for emotional or mental health problems receive counseling. And mental illness is the number one reason California kids are hospitalized, the report states. Photo: iStock

As California struggles to meet children’s mental health needs, lawmakers are pressing for two bills that would take steps to address the problem.

The bills seek to strengthen mental health services for children and youth, either through targeted funding or by instituting new training requirements for people who regularly work with young people.

The state Senate recently approved the bills, SB 906 and 1019, and they are now awaiting a vote in the Assembly.