Symptoms appear as early as age 3. McCoys brother is now 21, but because he is attempting to get a diagnosis after his 18th birthday, its been all the more difficult to obtain services. Many agencies deny help to autistic youth over the age of 18 in California. Some states do a great job, some not so well. Some of the best advocates bar none are parents.
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How to put mental health on top of agenda
As it stands, the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the worlds biggest bilateral donor, will only support mental health if it is under another MDG health priority such as HIV/AIDS. Meanwhile, mental health receives on average 1 percent of health budgets in sub-Saharan Africa despite the WHO estimate that it carries 13 percent of the global burden of disease. Mental health hasnt found its way into the core programmes (in developing countries), so the NGOs continue to rely on scraping together funds to be able to respond, Harry Minas, a psychiatrist on the WHO International Expert Panel on Mental Health and Substance Abuse and director of the expert coalition Movement for Global Mental Health, told IRIN. Unless we collectively do something much more effective about NCDs [non-communicable diseases], national economies are going to be bankrupted by the health budgets. The post-MDG era According to a May report from the UN Secretary-Generals High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, the MDGs have overseen the fastest reduction of poverty in human history. Yet it also acknowledges that they have done little to reach the worlds most vulnerable. The report says the MDGs were silent on the devastating effects of conflict and violence on development and focused too heavily on individual programmes instead of collaborating between sectors, resulting in a largely disjointed approach to health.
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