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Children's Mental Health: The Time Is Now (and growing shorter)

Children's Mental Health: The Time Is Now (and growing shorter)

May 5, 2008

This morning, the Boston Globe ran a page-one article dramatically illustrating the need for comprehensive reform of Massachusetts' children's mental health system: In teen's memory, a mental health push.

Tragically, Yolanda's story is not unique. Over the past few weeks, the Children's Mental Health Campaign has been holding forums across the state to give parents and advocates the opportunity to speak directly to legislators about shortcomings in the system of care and ways to make changes. At forums in Salem, Worcester, and Orange, stories of children in crisis and unable to access needed care were shared again and again. Additional forums are scheduled for Pittsfield, Hyannis, Webster, and Fitchburg.

For more information about children's mental health reform efforts and about upcoming forums, go to

Matt Noyes