Orange County Expands Mental Health Consultation Services for Kids

Orange County expanded its early childhood mental health consultation services for children up to 8 years old and allocated an additional $5 million for the services. During an Aug. 10 meeting, the Orange County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an amendment to the county’s contract to increase funding by allocating over $140,000 to the nonprofit Charitable Ventures, citing that the pandemic’s “unexpected stressors” left children with a need to strengthen their emotional wellbeing. Chairman Andrew Do motioned to provide an additional $5 million from the Mental Health Services Act toward the county’s contract, bringing the amount to $7 million. “As students return to the classroom this fall, for the first time in over a year for many, parents and teachers must work together with mental health professionals to improve their student’s social, emotional, and behavioral health and development,” Do said in a statement. “These services will equip our early childhood providers, school districts, and local …

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