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Checklist Available for System Involved Youth in Acute Hospital Settings


  • Hospital Council
  • Hospital social work managers
  • Mental health providers
  • Children’s law center attorneys
  • Child protective services counsel


The Sacramento Region Behavioral Health Task Force held a robust discussion on impacts and nuances related to child protective services foster youth ending up in an emergency department due to a mental health condition.
A workgroup was established to exchange solutions and educate one another on the complexities of caring for system-involved youth in acute hospital settings. This group completed mapping out a step-by-step guide to be used by hospital personnel as a checklist of what to do when system-involved youth end up in the emergency department.

Takeaway/Next Steps

Review the checklist for applicability.