Behavioral Health


Behavioral Health

CCHA Hosts State Mental Health Briefings

On March 5, 2021, CCHA and the California Alliance for Child and Family Services hosted a series of virtual briefings with members of the Senate Mental Health Caucus, legislative and budget staff, and behavioral health leadership at the California Health and Human Services Agency and the Department of Health Care Services. The purpose of the briefings was to highlight the impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on children and adolescents, and discuss our advocacy priorities related to these impacts. You can watch the recording of the legislative staff briefing here.

CCHA Releases Behavioral Health White Paper

Half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14 and three-quarters begin by age 24. In other words, mental illness is a disease of youth — one with profound long-term implications for children, their families and their communities. California’s children’s hospitals – and, especially, our emergency departments – serve an increasing number of youth in crisis every year. We have observed the shortcomings in the current behavioral health system and we recognize the opportunities for improvement. To learn more about CCHA’s recommendations, read our white paper, “Improving Behavioral Health Care for Children in California: A Call to Action.”