COVID-19 and Children’s Mental Health: Addressing the Impact

Report #262, August 2021


COVID has confronted California with two pandemics of public health: the viral pandemic and a pandemic of mental health that has fallen especially heavily on children and youth.

The pandemic created a perfect storm of stress, anxiety, and trauma that amplified preexisting challenges to young people’s mental health. California now faces a looming tsunami of children’s mental health needs. The pandemic will likely impact some young people’s mental well-being for years to come.

To address COVID’s impact on young people’s mental well-being and achieve lasting improvements in the children’s mental health system, the Commission recommends that California strengthen state leadership over children’s mental health and set shared outcome goals for quality of care and access to services.

Written testimony from hearing witnesses can be found in the corresponding event agenda.

Relevant Reports

(Report #257, February 2021)
(Report #254, December 2020)
(Report #233, September 2016)
(Report #225, January 2015)

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