You Have A Right To Mental Health Care!
As a young person in foster care, you have a right to mental health care, and you should take advantage of it! The law requires Children’s Services (ACS) and your foster care agency to make sure that you receive the mental health services you need in the least restrictive placement possible. Just as you must be taken to a medical doctor to protect your physical health and to treat physical illness, you must be taken to a mental health specialist or receive other services to protect and to treat your mental health.
But you are in the best position to make sure you receive the services you need in the right placement for you. Your mental health is a very important part of your overall health and deserves your attention. Just like the flu or a broken bone, mental health problems have specific causes, symptoms, and treatments. Just as it is important to get the right medicine for the flu or a cast for a broken bone, it is important to get the right help for your specific mental health needs. You know best how you feel, and you are in the best position to ask for help.