Not only are minority youth at greater risk for mental illness, they are more likely to be funneled into the juvenile justice system because of untreated symptoms of mental illness. This is because minority youth are less likely to be insured at the same rates as their white peers and more likely to be perceived as aggressive or dangerous when exhibiting symptoms of a mental health problem. California voters may have created a possible solution to this situation by approving Proposition 63, now known as the "Mental Health Services Act," which requires California counties to create innovative solutions to addressing serious mental illness in youth.
Inadequate and Inappropriate Mental Health Treatment and Minority Overrepresentation in the Juvenile Justice System,
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