OUR CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH WORK FOCUSES ON

PROVIDING CHILDREN WITH MENTAL ILLNESS SERVICES WHEN AND WHERE THEY NEED THEM

Children and youth with mental illness need services and supports delivered in an effective, timely, and coordinated manner in the least restrictive setting possible. Services that are child-centered and family-guided help these children be successful in their homes, schools and communities and prevent them from unnecessarily being hospitalized, placed in residential treatment, or entering the foster care or juvenile justice systems.

MENTAL HEALTH IN SCHOOLS

Schools can help students succeed by using a range of effective strategies that address student mental health. The state and communities can assist schools in training educators on the impact trauma has on student learning and behavior, promoting safe and supportive school climates, and partnering with community providers to offer mental health services in schools.   

PREVENTING CONCERNS FROM BECOMING PROBLEMS

We need to strengthen and support prevention and early intervention efforts that target factors linked to the development of mental health concerns in children, such as child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, teen pregnancy, truancy, delinquency, school dropout, suicide, and substance abuse.

THE INTERSECTION OF CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH AND OTHER ISSUES

Children’s mental health is central to early childhood development and health policy and is a key to helping children either avoid the foster care and juvenile justice systems or do well if they enter those systems.

Our Latest on CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH

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Additional Resources

Our legislative priorities and recommendations for the 2017 session.

Our 2015 legislative recap on children's mental health policy

Our op-ed outlining the next steps for the House Select Committee on Mental Health

Our policy brief on caring for kids in their communities

 

Our work on Children's Mental Health is led by: Josette Saxton Director of Mental Health Policy jsaxton@txchildren.org @josettesaxton

Our work on Children's Mental Health is led by:

Josette Saxton
Director of Mental Health Policy
jsaxton@txchildren.org
@josettesaxton