August 24, 2022
During the back-to-school season, behavioral health leaders across the nation are focused on supporting youth mental health and connecting kids to care.
This month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reiterated its call to address the nation’s mental health crisis and the challenges for youth stemming from the pandemic.
“Children’s use of health services—from primary and preventive care to childhood vaccinations, dental care, and mental health services—has dropped alarmingly during the COVID-19 public health emergency,” said CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure. “We need to reverse that trend now and expand access to care for eligible children and families.”
Here’s what you need to know:
Pennsylvania’s 2022–2023 state budget includes new investments in youth mental health, including $100 million in one-time federal funding for schools to provide or contract for behavioral health services for students and another $100 million in one-time federal dollars for school safety initiatives.
HAP is committed to supporting Pennsylvania’s behavioral health crisis across the commonwealth. This includes a focus on expanding behavioral health services so that all Pennsylvanians can access care when and where they need it.
Learn more about our behavioral health advocacy.
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