Bexar County Children and Youth Behavioral Health Assessment

Bexar County Children and Youth Behavioral Health Assessment

Interventions for mental health conditions, half of which are manifest by age 14, work best at an early stage when symptoms are less severe, more treatable, and readily prevented from escalating, a report from the Meadows Mental Health Institute finds. Funded by the San Antonio Area Foundation and the Kronkosky Charitable Foundation, the report, Bexar County Children and Youth Behavioral Health Assessment, found that in Bexar County, Texas, there are about a hundred and thirty thousand children and youth between the ages of 6 and 17 with behavioral health needs (defined as both mental health and substance abuse issues). The report describes an "ideal system of care for pediatric behavioral health" requiring the coordination of interventions in primary care, specialty care, rehabilitation, and hospital/crisis care settings, as well as at home, daycare, and/or school/pre-school and in faith communities. System-level recommendations include developing more formal opportunities for providers to communicate and collaborate; building on efforts to establish a common trauma-informed care framework; and integrating existing infrastructure in system-wide collaborative efforts.