Children’s Mental Health


‘To Be Ripped Away From Your Family’ 

Dr. Monique Mitchell describes the harms and grief described to her by youth who experience foster care and family separation.


Let’s Ensure All California Youth Can Access Mental Health Care

Should income status determine the mental health care that youth receive? Of course not. And in California, there is finally legislation to prevent this.  Assembly Bill 665, passed by the state Legislature, would ensure all Medi-Cal youth have equal access to vital mental health counseling and support.


No Help for California Youth Denied Mental Health Care

A proposal that would have increased the number of young Californians receiving mental health care died quietly in the Legislature.

Multisystemic Therapy Gives New York Family a Second Chance


Multisystemic Therapy Gives New York Family a Second Chance

After struggling to get a psychiatric diagnosis for their teen daughter, a New York family is making progress with multisystemic therapy


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. 



Mental Health Litigation Boom in Child Welfare, and More Headlines

On this week’s episode we catch up on some headlines from the last few months in child welfare and youth justice, including: a flood of mental health litigation; adoption reckoning in South Korea; a federal effort to help states differentiate poverty and neglect; the nexus between money and maltreatment; the Finish the 5 campaign in Texas; and more.



    Justice Department Slams Alaska for Over-Institutionalizing Youth with Disabilities

    Alaska’s overuse of residential treatment for youth with behavioral health challenges likely violates the ADA, the Justice Department finds.

    Screening for adverse childhood experiences is increasing, but are patients getting treatment?


    Screening for Adverse Childhood Experiences is Increasing, but Are Patients Getting Treatment?

    California's Medi-Cal doctors are screening more patients for adverse childhood experiences, but aren't required to report whether patients get the help they need.


    The Impact of “Drugging Our Kids” with Karen de Sá

    On this week’s episode we discuss new child mental health legislation, an investigation into abuse at Head Start programs, and child poverty in America continuing to plummet.