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posted 10/27/2017
Why are so many young children in California not being screened for developmental issues, despite clear guidelines that they should be?
posted 02/12/2014

Last year, I started looking for a compelling story about children’s mental health in California that was grounded in solid numbers. I made lots of phone calls and had lots of meetings. Sources were sympathetic. They, too, would love to quantify problems with mental health services.

posted 05/30/2012

When I first pitched a series of stories exploring access to mental health care in the wake of state budget cuts, I expected to encounter some difficulty finding subjects.

 

 

posted 11/16/2011

Seven years after voters passed Proposition 63 -- the landmark legislation that was supposed to radically improve mental health care in the state -- California is facing a deepening statewide mental health crisis. As the state struggles under the weight of a lingering recession and an enormous deficit, county mental health programs are often failing to provide care for even the sickest patients. In many cases, the minimal safety net that used to exist is disintegrating.

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Why are so many young children in California not being screened for developmental issues, despite... more »
posted 10/27/17
Last year, I started looking for a compelling story about children’s mental health in California... more »
posted 02/12/14
When I first pitched a series of stories exploring access to mental health care in the wake of... more »
posted 05/30/12

Jocelyn Wiener's Work

California has problems serving young children with disabilities. Reporter Jocelyn Wiener explains how she tracked down the story.
California's program to help infants and toddlers with developmental delays isn't getting crucial services to kids on time. "It’s been a total nightmare," one parent said.
When it comes to ensuring children receive key developmental screenings, California is doing a terrible job, according to data and expert interviews.