October 1, 2016

Trauma Screening Bill for At-Risk Children Vetoed

Governor Brown dealt a serious set-back to children in foster care in vetoing SB 1466, which would have ensured that children on Medi-Cal receive expert-recommended trauma screenings. When left unaddressed, trauma in childhood causes long term harm, from heightened risk of illness, substance abuse, and premature death to increased learning problems and a greater chance of juvenile justice system involvement.  While deeply disappointed by the Governor’s decision to deprive our children of consistent, informed screening for trauma and the benefits that flow from early intervention, Youth Law Center will forge ahead with our advocacy for our children to have the care they need and deserve for a healthy future.