Senator Ellen Karcher and Assemblyman Bob Morgan on Children’s Mental Health Reform Proposals

TRENTON – At a news conference today in the Statehouse, State Senator Ellen Karcher revealed a reform plan today for New Jersey’s childhood mental health system, which she said was “in need of major improvements.”

Senator Ellen Karcher on New Jersey’s status as a leader on mental health care issues, and the need to improve care for children. OC – “…challenges of mental illness.” Senator Ellen Karcher on New Jersey’s status as a leader on mental health care issues, and the need to improve care for children. OC – “…challenges of mental illness.” – 0:29

Senator Karcher on the failures of the children’s mental health system. OC – “…for our kids.” Senator Karcher on the failures of the children’s mental health system. OC – “…for our kids.” – 0:20

Senator Karcher on providing doctors with the tools and training to provide early diagnosis of mental illness in children. OC – “…before they hurt themselves or others.” Senator Karcher on providing doctors with the tools and training to provide early diagnosis of mental illness in children. OC – “…before they hurt themselves or others.” – 0:20

Senator Karcher on providing incentives for mental health and social services professionals. OC – “…best people for the job.” Senator Karcher on providing incentives for mental health and social services professionals. OC – “…best people for the job.” – 0:27

Senator Karcher on promoting a community approach for children’s mental health care, cooperation between agencies, and asking insurance providers to increase coverage for children’s mental illness. OC – “…food on the table.” Senator Karcher on promoting a community approach for children’s mental health care, cooperation between agencies, and asking insurance providers to increase coverage for children’s mental illness. OC – “…food on the table.” – 0:45

Senator Karcher on what it will take to improve the mental health care system for children. OC – “…future of New Jersey.” Senator Karcher on what it will take to improve the mental health care system for children. OC – “…future of New Jersey.” – 0:17

Assemblyman Morgan, Senator Karcher, and workgroup members Dr. Bipin Patel, M.D., and Dr. Margaret Fisher, M.D., of the American Academy of Pediatrics, hold news conference to announce Assemblyman Morgan, Senator Karcher, and workgroup members Dr. Bipin Patel, M.D., and Dr. Margaret Fisher, M.D., of the American Academy of Pediatrics, hold news conference to announce a reform plan for children’s mental health care in New Jersey. Audio for the entire news conference. OC – “…giving your time today.” – 16:19