We found a great article in New America Media about cultural differences in Youth Depression and mental health as well as the effect of the Affordable Care Act on mental health for youth in California.


The Affordable Care Act will provide one of the largest expansions of mental health and substance use disorder coverage in a generation, by requiring that health insurance plans on the Health Insurance Marketplaces cover mental health and substance use disorder services. These new protections will build on the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity to expand mental health and substance use disorder benefits and federal parity protections for behavioral health to 62 million Americans.

Because of the law, health plans must now cover preventive services like depression screening for adults and behavioral assessments for children at no cost. And starting in 2014, most plans won’t be able to deny you coverage or charge you more due to pre-existing health conditions, including mental illnesses.  (SOURCE)