Youth in Trouble
Mental illness admissions spike for California's hospitals

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Mental health hospitalizations of California’s youngest residents – those 21 and under – increased 38 percent between 2007 and 2012, jumping from 34,000 to 47,000, according to an analysis of state data by The Sacramento Bee and the Center for Health Reporting. The spike in admissions has mental health officials worried and confused, but many say the best explanation is that California’s young people are not receiving adequate mental health services at two key junctures: before they spiral into crisis, and after they come home from the hospital.


Hospitalizations way up for California’s youngest residents

In recent years, Dr. Jason Bynum has seen the churn: teens in crisis cycling through his south Sacramento psychiatric hospital, admitted, released, and just a few months down the road, back with another breakdown.

Families of mentally ill children struggle for access to residential treatment

The first time Emily tried to kill herself, at age 15, she swallowed the entire contents of a bottle of Prozac, along with some Sudafed and Claritin she found in the medicine cabinet.

California launches audit of mental health services in schools

This article originally appeared in The Sacramento Bee.

California offers little for young people with mental health issues

This story originally appeared in the Ventura County Star.


Jocelyn Wiener

Jocelyn Wiener is an Oakland-based writer for the Center for Health Reporting.

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