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WHYWE DO Evolution of a Crisis Key Issues Growing Problems Critical Need Gaps in Services • 1 in 5 youth experience mental illness.1 • Child protection reports increased 25% between 2015 and 2016 in Minnesota.2 • Mental illness, domestic violence, and substance abuse are common in maltreatment reports. • 1 in 10 youth has a mental health problem that impacts home, school or community life.3 • Addiction to opioids is destroying families, causing a surge in foster care admissions. • Many of these youth become involved with the juvenile justice or child welfare system. • 75-80% of youth in need of mental health services don’t receive them.4 • Mental health crises are stressing hospitals, police departments and schools. • The number of MN children in foster care on an average day increased by 51 percent be-tween 2013 and 2016.5 • Preventative services and support for families are critical as needs grow. • Funding for services has not kept pace with demand. • There is a nationwide shortage of foster homes.6 • Resources are even more limited in rural areas. SAFETY PERMANENCY WELL-BEING 3


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