Texas is seeking to reform its public mental health system. Looking at how to address mental health early in life will be to key to reform’s success.
Most mental health disorders first surface in childhood or adolescence. Intervening early can make a huge difference for the kids affected, while preventing later costs to society. Addressing children’s mental health can pay great dividends to both families and our state. As Texas considers changes in how our state delivers mental health services, it’s important to take into account the unique needs of children and youth.