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Search For Mental Health Care For Children Is Often Fruitless
Boston Globe – 5.9.17
A recent study found that accessing mental health care for children and youth can be ineffectual. Harvard researchers posing as the parent of a 12-year-old with depression, called hundreds of pediatricians and psychiatrists trying to get an appointment. After two attempts, they were able to receive an appointment with a pediatrician 40% of the time and a psychiatrist only 17% of the time. According the to the study published in the International Journal of Health Services, researchers called 913 doctors listed as network providers by Blue Cross Blue Shield organizations in Boston, Chapel Hill, Minneapolis, and Seattle. Among their findings, they determined that getting an appointment was more challenging when using Medicaid insurance. Researchers were only able to get an appointment 22% of the time when mentioning Medicaid, as opposed to 37% when suggesting private insurance or paying-out-of-pocket. The article also highlights the shortage of child psychiatrists as a barrier to care. According to the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, there are nearly 8,000 child and adolescent psychiatrists in the country, yet around 30,000 are required to treat youth with mental health needs. With these barriers in mind, Dr. J. Wesley Boyd, coauthor of the study, advised parents to be “dramatically persistent” when seeking services for their children.
Depression More Common Among Adolescents with Health Conditions
PR Newswire – 5.4.17
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released a new report, “Partnering for Help and Hope,” which found that major depressive episodes (MDEs) are more common among youth between the ages of 12 to 17 with asthma or diabetes, than those without those health conditions. Researchers also found that adolescent girls who were overweight or obese had increased likelihood of experiencing an MDE in the past year than their peers. Anita Everett, M.D., SAMHSA Medical Director, suggests that dat collected for the report “illustrate the importance of partnership between primary health care providers, behavioral health providers, and the youth and families they serve to effectively address all of the needs of youth.”
Suicide Online: Facebook Aims to Save Lives With New Actions
ABC News – 5.9.17
Doctor: Deportation Threats Affect Not Just Business Bottom Line, but Americans’ Health
The Mercury News – 5.9.17
Student Suicides: ‘Is There More We Could Have Done?’
The San Diego Tribune – 5.9.17
$3M in Ventura County Mental Health Cuts Proposed
Ventura County Star – 5.9.17
Patients See Gaps In Treating Both A Mental Health And Substance Use Disorder
WBUR – 5.9.17
My Food Struggle In Pictures: When What I Ate Made Me ‘Good’ Or ‘Bad’
NPR – 5.7.17
Why This Hit Netflix Show Has Sacramento Schools Worried About Suicide
The Sacramento Bee – 5.5.17
Research Explores How Youth Access To Guns Is Linked To Mental Health Issues
NPR – 5.4.17
REPORT: Analysis of Early Years Health and Education Outcomes and Indicators with a Focus on Boys of Color
Urban Strategies Council – 5.1.17
REPORT: Why the Affordable Care Act Is Critical for Young Adults
CLASP – April 2017
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