Newsom Proposes Major Funding Increase for Student Mental Health Services

After a year marked by anxiety and isolation for many young people, Gov. Gavin Newsom recently proposed a windfall for youth mental health services in California.

In his updates to his proposed 2021-22 budget, Newsom increased funding for school and community counseling programs that will make therapy and other mental health services available to every Californian under age 26, he said.

“The (budget revision) proposes a statewide and comprehensive transformation of the behavioral health system for all Californians age 25 and younger — changing the life trajectory of children so that they can grow up to be healthier, both physically and mentally,” according to Newsom’s budget summary.

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