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Advocating for Youth Access to Mental Health Services During a Pandemic

Year: 2020

The Mental Health Advocacy Program for Kids (MHAP for Kids) has demonstrated its impact by improved youth and family functioning, school attendance, and youth mental health; decreased use of emergency or mobile crisis services; and reduced court-involvement. Now, as the largest public health crisis in recent history intensifies systemic barriers to, and increases the need for, mental health care for youth, MHAP for Kids adapts its strategies to support youth and their families. This paper describes the MHAP for Kids model and the innovative approach the program uses to meet the needs of families during COVID-19.