Mental Health Conditions Are Common Among Teenagers And Transitional Age Youth

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Mental health conditions are common among teenagers and transitional age youth (TAY). Youth between the ages of 16 to 25 are considered transitional age youth; these individuals are transitioning from childhood to young adulthood (United States Department of Labor [U.S. DL], 2009). About one- half of these individuals develop a mental health condition by age 14, and three-fourths by the age of 24. According to San Francisco 's National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI, 2015), approximately one in five teens and young adults live with or experience a mental health condition every year; and more than three million TAY are diagnosed with a serious mental health condition (Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law [BCMH law], 2004). Thus, in San Francisco County a topic that needs to be addressed and brought to attention is the provision of mental health services to TAY, an often overlooked issue in today 's society.
The provision of mental health services has been an ongoing issue in California since 2002. According to the California Department of Health Care Services (CDHCS, 2015), a lawsuit was filed to improve the provision of mental health services and support services for youth in risk of placement in foster care. The passage of the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) in 2004 helped the California Department of Mental Health (DMH) by providing increased monetary support for county mental health programs, and guidance of progress over statewide goals for youth, transition age…

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