California’s Mental Health System is Failing Kids and Needs Major Change, Coalition Says

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A statewide coalition of health care providers, advocacy groups and researchers is pushing for a major overhaul of California’s mental health care system for children and teens.

In a policy brief released this week, the recently formed California Children’s Trust said the state’s mental health system for youth is disjointed, messy, and overly focused on treating mental illness rather than preventing and identifying mental health problems early. As a result, suicides, mental health crises and hospitalizations among children and youth have skyrocketed over the past 20 years, according to the report.

The coalition is calling for a radical shift in how state and local governments finance, administer and run mental health services for young people. Alex Briscoe, the coalition’s principle and a formerAlameda County Health Care Services Agency director, said taking care of children’s mental wellbeing should be seen as just as important as looking after kids’ physical health.