In 2015, Price Philanthropies launched an initiative to improve San Diego’s mental health system of care for youth and their families. Our funding concentrates on safety net programs that serve primarily Medi-Cal, uninsured and underinsured families.

We focus in this area because fifty percent of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14, with 75 percent beginning by age 24. Unfortunately, the incidence of mental illness in children has increased in recent decades, and one in five children between the ages of 13 and 18 has or will develop a serious mental illness.