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
Our June 2018 press release on Texas youth suicide data
Our 2017 legislative recap on children's mental health policy
Our November 2017 report on student mental health policy after Hurricane Harvey
Our April 2017 policy brief on suspensions and expulsions in early grades
Our January 2017 testimony to the Legislature on student mental health
Our January 2015 policy brief on caring for kids in their communities