Children’s Behavioral Health Problems are Widespread Mental, emotional and behavioral (MEB) health is a critical component of a child’s well-being. Almost one in five young people have one or more MEB disorders, and one in 10 youth has mental health problems that are severe enough to impair how they function at home, school, or in the community.
A greater proportion of children and youth in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems have mental health problems.
50% of children and youth in the child welfare system have mental health problems. 67% to 70% of youth in the juvenile justice system have a diagnosable mental health disorder.