Youth in the United State face homelessness for a variety of reasons. Those who do experience homelessness face significant obstacles attempting to navigate complex social systems, stay in school, remain free from harm, and maintain their physical and mental health. While it can be difficult for anyone to access treatment for complex mental health issues, it is exponentially harder for homeless youth, who are disproportionately more likely to suffer from multiple diagnoses and who face unique challenges regarding insurance coverage, ability to consent, transportation, and discrimination. This presentation will provide information and education about the causes of youth homelessness and the complexities homeless youth encounter, contextualize the need for greater mental health access and address laws and policies at the state level that can help homeless youth overcome these barriers to mental health treatment, preparing volunteers to engage in a pro bono project to create greater access to mental health care for homeless youth.
CLE Credit will be applied for, where applicable.
Contact Matt Reeg at firstname.lastname@example.org.