New SAMHSA guidelines will benefit youth in crisis

January, 20 2023 Connections Health Solutions

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Youth in the United States have a growing need for multisystem behavioral healthcare. Unfortunately, they are often subject to unnecessary hospital visits, lengthy stays in inpatient facilities, or other out-of-home placements to receive care. Often, communities do not have enough resources to treat youth with behavioral health needs. Instead, they may be disproportionately disciplined by their school or require justice system involvement, simply because there were no treatment alternatives. Both educational systems and law enforcement typically do not have the funding or resources to train staff or officers on how to understand and respond to youth with complex behavioral health needs. Officers may also lack options to divert youth to treatment rather than entering them into the legal system. Our youth need—and deserve—better care.