Are California’s Mental Health Dollars Helping Kids? – California Healthline

"California spends generously so schools can help disabled children with behavioral problems, but a recent audit found that no one knows exactly how the money is spent or if it is working. California schools get hundreds of millions of dollars a year from the state to identify and assist disabled children who have mental health problems. But we don’t know how the money is spent or if it is...

Bill Proposing Pilot Program for School-Based Early Mental Health Dies In California Assembly

Assembly Bill 1133 (AB 1133), a bill which focused on school-based early mental health intervention and prevention services support, died after failing to make it out of the Assembly by the January 31, 2016 deadline. AB 1133, introduced by Assemblymember Achadjian,  would have established a 4-year pilot program to provide outreach, free regional training, and technical assistance for local...

Bill Would Fund Mental Health Care for Children Experiencing Trauma – California Healthline

On Tuesday, Assembly member Rob Bonta (D-Alameda) introduced a bill (AB 1644) that would restore funding for a California program that supports preschool and elementary school students who have experienced various kinds of trauma, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Read full article: Bill Would Fund Mental Health Care for Children Experiencing Trauma - California Healthline

California Launches Audit of Mental Health Services for Students

The California state auditor has launched a review to determine whether students with disabilities are receiving adequate mental health services from school districts across the state, the CHCF Center for Health Reporting/Sacramento Bee's "Capitol Alert" reports. The center is supported by a grant from the California HealthCare Foundation, which publishes California Healthline. The audit...

Rule Proposed on Providing Mental Health ‘Parity’ in Medicaid Program

A federal law that passed in 2008 was supposed to ensure that when patients had insurance benefits for mental health and addiction treatment, the coverage was on par with what they received for medical and surgical care. But until now, the government had only spelled out how the law applied to commercial plans. That changed Monday, when federal officials released a long-awaited rule proposing...

Report Highlights Importance of School-Based Administrative Activities

As we featured earlier this week on the Policy Center, a new report by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research has found that 70% of children in California with mental health needs never end up receiving treatment. While this number is astounding so too is the fact that more than 90% of these children had health insurance. The report concludes by stating that the data suggests there are...

Most California Children with Mental Illness Do Not Receive Treatment

While hundreds of thousands of California children have mental health needs, about 70% never receive treatment, according to a policy brief released Thursday by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, KPCC's "KPCC News" reports (Florido, "KPCC News," KPCC, 7/24). The brief was based on data from the 2007 and 2009 California Health Interview Survey. Study Findings Researchers found that...

Health Coverage and Care for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System: The Role of Medicaid and CHIP

Girls and boys in the juvenile justice system are a diverse group of young people with often complex health needs. Many are from low-income families of color, have suffered abuse, were involved in the foster care system, and may require comprehensive and ongoing physical, reproductive, mental, and behavioral health services upon discharge from juvenile justice residential facilities. The provision...

House Democrats Unveil Bill to Fix Mental Health Care System

On Tuesday, House Democrats introduced a bill (HR 274) that would overhaul the nation's mental health care system to better identify, prevent and treat mental illness, The Hill reports. According to The Hill, the new bill -- by Rep. Ron Barber (D-Ariz.) -- could further complicate the push for mental health care reforms as a similar GOP-sponsored measure (HR 3717) introduced last year...