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Huffington Post: Grading DC’s Mental Health System for Children

May 6, 2014

Read the latest blog by Executive Director Judith Sandalow, who talks about the critical need for improved mental health services in the District through the story of Aaliyah*, whose mother went to prison when she was 13.

“A bright seventh grader, she was doing well in school, reading above grade level and excelling in math. Yet in the wake of her mother’s sentencing she began to struggle…all of a sudden, Aaliyah began acting out in school, skipping classes and getting suspended. It may seem obvious that Aaliyah needed help dealing with the sadness and emotional turmoil caused by her mother’s incarceration. Unfortunately, like so many other children in the District, she couldn’t get timely help.”

Read more on the Huffington Post.