Community Mental Health at the Crossroads
On this week’s podcast, we feature an online conversation hosted by Fostering Media Connection about community mental health services for youth in New York State. Sandy Santana, executive director of Children’s Rights, talks about the lawsuit his organization has filed against New York for failing to meet its commitments under Medicaid law when it comes to community mental health services.
Jose Perez and Amal Kharoufi, both of whom work on the YouthNPower project for the Children’s Defense Fund-New York, spoke to the broader idea of what community mental health should include and how the limitations around mental health services impacts youth in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.
Sandy Santana is executive director of Children’s Rights, a national nonprofit that specializes in litigation and advocacy on child welfare.
Jose Perez is a project manager at Children’s Defense Fund-New York.
Amal Kharoufi is a youth action researcher with YouthNPower: Transforming Care, an initiative of the Children’s Defense Fund-New York
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