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Institute Releases Watershed Study of Children’s Mental Health Services

More than 1.3 million US children under the age of 18--or one out of 50--received mental health services in 1997, the most recent year for which statistics are available, according to a new, watershed study from the Institute that provides the first detailed statistics ever of children’s mental health service use. The study is a joint effort among Institute faculty, who conducted the analysis; the US Department of Health and Human Services, which collected the data; and the Annie E. Casey Foundation which has supported the project.

The study results, available online and in hard copy, are the first to be released by the three-year, public-private collaboration whose goal is to provide policymakers with a timely, nonpartisan assessment of equity in children’s mental health care. The analysis is ongoing; periodic bulletins focusing on specific populations of children are scheduled.

Collaborators include Kathleen J. Pottick, principal investigator, and Lynn A. Warner, faculty at the Institute and School of Social Work; Ronald W. Manderscheid, Marilyn Henderson and Laura Milazzo-Sayre from the HHS Center for Mental Health Services; and Mareasa Isaacs and the KIDS COUNT initiative of the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

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