Marshall University is hosting the first meeting in a series of statewide panel presentations on mental health care for children.
The forum is set for Tuesday evening in the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus.
Forum sponsor Mental Health Matters of West Virginia is a grassroots group pushing for a network of community-based mental health care for children.
Group member and Marshall assistant professor Kim White says Marshall offers resources that she suggests could be used in public schools statewide as a part of that network.
White says the youth confinement rate in West Virginia has grown nearly 50 percent this century. She says the forum will provide opportunities to examine the high cost of youth incarceration and the need for prevention and early intervention services.