Children aged 8 and should be screened for anxiety

United States Preventive Task Force announced its recommendations to screen children from 8 to 18 years old for anxiety in a draft resolution published Tuesday, April 12. The recommendation hopes to provide early intervention in order to prevent future mental health disorders.

“We are truly in a crisis situation with mental health,” Dr. Jennifer Havens, chair of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at New York University said in an interview with NPR. “Kids who are anxious are often very self-conscious and aren’t going to share this with their families or their physicians, necessarily. So screening is a very, very good idea.”

With mental health issues on the rise in all age groups, the recommendation advises screening even for children who do not show any signs or symptoms.

Newsom makes plan to help homeless into housing

Governor Newsom announced plans to help guide people into housing by enabling the civil court to provide personalized plans to assist recovery on March 3. Newsom’s CARE (Community Assistance, Recovery, and Empowerment) Court proposal hopes to provide a framework to aid those with untreated mental health and substance abuse problems.

“We are taking action to break the pattern that leaves people without hope and cycling repeatedly through homelessness and incarceration,” Governor Newsom said in a press release on March 3. “This is a new approach to stabilize people with the hardest-to-treat behavioral health conditions.”

The state Senate Judiciary Committee held a public hearing on Tuesday, April 26 regarding the proposed bill. While some homeless and civil rights groups voiced their concern about the idea of forced care and how the plan would be enforced, many senators and legislators continue to show support.