The state of behavioral health for adolescents has reached a crisis level. Many teens and their families grapple with issues of mental illness, alcohol and substance use, and self-harm during this critical phase of development. Few teens are accessing treatment, and those that do are not getting the sort of help that allows them to lead fulfilling, productive lives.

To change that, the Jewish Healthcare Foundation is launching a multi-year adolescent behavioral health initiative that is designed to spark a community dialogue and strengthen the prevention/treatment services available to kids, teens, and their families. We’re engaging fellow healthcare funders, families, care providers, and community partners in this effort. On March 20, 2016, JHF President and CEO Karen Feinstein discussed the state of adolescent behavioral health and the Foundation's plans on KDKA-TV's Sunday Business Page.