This publication shares guidelines for improving the behavioral health of youth in state custody. Child welfare experts, behavioral health leaders, and child and youth advocates developed this guidance as part of a 2-day conference convened by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Casey Family Programs and The REACH Institute.
Introducing 32 research-driven ideas for improving the behavioral health of youth in child welfare
Findings & Stats
Treating Parents In Need
Depressed parents are more than 3 times more likely to initiate physical abuse relative to their non-depressed counterparts.
Comparing Medication Use
Rates of medication use for kids in child welfare range from 13% to 37% compared to about 4% for the general population.
Not So Fast
Youth who remain in state custody until age 19 are more likely to advance their education, have stable housing and stay out of the juvenile justice system relative to youth who exit foster care at 18.
Statements & Quotations
Caseworkers represent the front-line of intervention and, although not a substitute for formal mental health screening, they must serve as advocates to ensure children receive the mental health treatment they require.
Families have a vital role to play in ensuring their children get the help they need leading to their optimal mental health. Unless they are supported in understanding their rights and responsibilities it is hard for them to effectively do so.
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