Sacramento County aims mental health effort at hard-to-reach groups

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A recent article published in The Sacramento Bee discussed Sacramento County’s efforts to reduce suicide rates and provide mental health treatment to those in need.

Story by Grace Rubenstein, Sacramento Bee
Psychologists across the country have grappled for years with a thorny problem: While every demographic group has mental health problems, certain groups tend not to seek treatment.

Now, Sacramento County is using an infusion of state cash to try to close that gap locally.

The county Department of Health and Human Services has contracted community agencies across the county – one for each of eight specific ethnic or age groups – to evaluate what mental health services those groups need and what obstacles block them from getting help.

In the next 30 months, those agencies will use the evaluation results to try to build programs that better meet those needs.

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