Why Do Some Kids End Up in the Juvenile Justice System? Part II
When Martha Stone, Executive Director of the Center for Children’s Advocacy (CCA), visited the Connecticut Health Foundation’s (CT Health) policy committee in November of 2011, she brought the report card as an illustration of findings from CCA research funded by CT Health. CCA provides holistic legal services for poor children. At that time, CCA was in the midst of conducting a longitudinal study of 102 of their clients’ educational records to identify early mental health risk factors that had been missed by the educational and health care delivery systems.
In any given year, more than one in five Connecticut children struggle with a mental health or substance abuse issues. More than half receive no treatment. These issues are often accompanied by poor academic performance, absenteeism, and other school-related difficulties.
I interviewed Martha about CCA’s research last year. The research has since been completed, and can be read in CCA’s report: Blind Spot: Unidentified Risks to Children’s Mental Health.
How can we prevent children with mental health issues from slipping through the cracks? Martha appears with Jay Sicklick, Deputy Director for CCA, in this video, where they discuss their policy recommendations for ensuring children are healthy, happy, and productive in school.
Please download a copy of the report. Where do you think Connecticut should start in implementing these suggestions?
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