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Problem: Poor Mental Health Support for Youth- Part 1

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Subtopic: Mental Health/Treatment vs. Incarceration. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2010 Statewide Family Network grants. The purpose of this program is to enhance State capacity and infrastructure to be more oriented to the needs of children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbances and their families. Experts are recognizing that many inmates should be receiving mental health and substance abuse treatment rather than being incarcerated. This series of programs will explore strategies associated with the grant announcement for over $2 million dollars posted by SAMSHA. Each segment will begin with a clearly stated problem, along statistics about the problem before inviting participants to help develop workable solutions. We invite forward thinkers, entrepreneurs and solutions oriented talkers to engage in meaningful problem solving. These episodes will be heard by government officials, business leaders and others who can do something with what is presented. Listeners Address the Government Officials.