CHANGING TIMES IN NEW JERSEY AS MINORS GET THE GREEN LIGHT TO ACCESS MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

A 19-year-old freshman of Rutgers University and the Boys & Girls Club of Hudson County just made access to counseling easier for New Jersey kids.

Earlier in New Jersey, under age people were not legally allowed to access mental health services without the permission of their parents or Guardian as the case might be.

A recent development has however been recorded as Jordan Thomas and the Boys & Girls Club of Hudson County (BGCHC), this month, helped fix the law which stopped him three years ago.

As a minor, 16-year-old Thomas in 2013 sought the consent of his mother to visit a counselor as he was experiencing emotional and physical abuse at home.

But she never allowed him as it is widely believed that “What happens in the house stays in the house” said Damiya Critten, 19, a member of BGCHC’s Keystone Club.

The recent Boys & Girls Clubs Keystone Law has however given the green light to minors to access medical mental services in a bid to curb the ever increasing suicide among teens.

According to the teens, the two-year political process of getting the bill passed has taught them a great lesson in civics and has inspired a burning passion in them to be the change they desire.

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