More service needed for youth mental health care

02/04/2014 5:02 PM

02/06/2014 8:59 AM

Re "Youth's mental health needs spike" (Page A1, Feb. 2): I want to thank Jocelyn Wiener and Phillip Reese for their compelling article describing Sacramento's lack of intensive community-based mental health services, that is, programs that go beyond office-based treatment to keep youth from being hospitalized and re-hospitalized.

A limited number of Sacramento youth on Medi-Cal are receiving such services, through the county's Flexible Integrated Treatment program. Several agencies partner with the county to provide these services and we are committed to working with the county on much needed program expansion and development.

Meanwhile, families with private insurance and those with no insurance have virtually no access to intensive community-based services. One hopes that progressive policies, health care reform and the enforcement of parity laws will address this important problem in all sectors.

-- Dr. Mark Edelstein, EMQ FamiliesFirst, Sacramento

Editor's Choice Videos


Join the Discussion

The Sacramento Bee is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Terms of Service