One-Time State Investments for School Mental Health

The COVID-19 pandemic and the closure of schools shone a spotlight on the issue of student mental health. Rates of depression and anxiety among youth skyrocketed, resulting in an increase in emergency room visits related to youth mental health. While children and youth were reporting the need for behavioral health supports prior to the pandemic, the isolation, stress, and increased material hardships of the pandemic strained the vulnerable mental health of California’s young people