“It took many years of vomiting up all the filth I’d been taughtabout myself, and half-believed, before I was able to walk on the earth as though I had a right to be here.” - James Baldwin
In January 2013 then Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a new law that will make it easier for youth to obtain needed mental health counseling. Scheduled to take effect January 1, the law will allow children ages 12 and older to consent to their own mental health care if a mental health professional deems them mature enough to intelligently participate in treatment. California law already allows minors to consent to mental health counseling but only if they are in danger of seriously harming themselves or others, or are victims of child abuse.1 Under the new law – the Mental Health Services for At-Risk Youth Act (SB 543) – youth will be able to access needed services before lives are in danger.