Mental Health Services

Lynsey Romero struggled with her mental health due to trauma and the pandemic.


Washington Youth Struggle with Mental Health as State is Stretched to Serve Them

Poor mental health is a crisis in Washington, especially among young people. In February, Gov. Jay Inslee issued an emergency proclamation to address the issue.


Colorado Law Seeks to Address Inconsistency, Access Issues in Adoption

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) signed a bill last week that updates the state’s adoption assistance program, in the hopes of increasing adoptions of high-needs children and supporting families through changes in their life circumstances.

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Donald Trump, Family First Act Fan

In February, President Trump signed into law the Family First Prevention Services Act, a bill that increases federal funds for services to stave off the use of foster care while cutting down federal support for congregate care.


Brown Signs Bill to Close Mental Health Gap for California’s “Out-of-County” Foster Youth

California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation on Monday that aims to resolve issues preventing kids placed in out-of-county foster homes from getting needed mental health treatment. About one in five foster youth in California — or about 13,000 youth — are considered out of county, meaning they have been placed in a county other than the one where they first entered the state’s child welfare system.


Foster Youth are Traumatized Enough: Why Psych Meds Should be Better Regulated

I had always been a good student, getting A’s and B’s, but everything changed in tenth grade when I failed English, one of my favorite classes. Although we were reading books I had read before and loved, like Brave New World, I couldn’t stay awake to participate in class discussions.


Fits and Starts: Two School-based Approaches to Prevent Sex Trafficking

On a late winter evening about three years ago, Barbara Hernandez stood in front of half a dozen members of the Riley Elementary School Parent Teacher Association in Long Beach, Calif.


    Forum Focuses Attention on Children’s Mental Health in California

    Last Friday, a handful of California lawmakers, experts in children’s mental health and advocates assembled at West Oakland’s Lincoln Child Center for a forum on children’s mental health policy. The gathering, which packed Lincoln’s auditorium, was more a chance to publicly address children’s mental health issues than commence on substantive changes.