CCHA Recommends Improvements to Mental Health Services for Children

Half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by the age of 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 recognized 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.”