Prevalence and Need:

 Four million children and adolescents in this country suffer from a serious mental disorder that causes significant functional impairments at home, at school and with peers. Of children ages 9 to 17, 21 percent have a diagnosable mental or addictive disorder that causes at least minimal impairment.[1]

Barriers to Accessing Quality Mental Health Care:

Consequences of Unmet Needs


[1] U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  Mental Health:  A Report of the Surgeon General.  Rockville,
MD:  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health, 1999.

[2]Katoaka, S.H., Zhang, L., & Wells, K.B. 2002.  Unmet need for mental health care among
U.S. children; Variation by  ethnicity and insurance status.  American Journal of Psychiatry, 159, 1548‐155

[3] National Strategy for Suicide Prevention:  Goals and Objectives for Action.  Rockville, MD:  U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, 2001.

[4] Shaffer, D., & Craft, L. “Methods of Adolescent Suicide Prevention.” Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 60 (Suppl. 2), 70-74, 1999.

[5] U.S. Department of Education, Twenty-third annual report to Congress on the implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Washington, D.C., 2001.

[6]  DHHS, 2000

[7] DHHS, 2002 

[8] DHHS, 2002

[9] Results from the 2007 National Survey on Drug use and Health: National Findings. SAMHSA http://www.oas.samhsa.gov/NSDuH/2k7NSDuH/2k7results.cfm

[10] National Strategy for Suicide Prevention:  Goals and Objectives for Action.  Rockville, MD:  U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, 2001.

[11] Shaffer, D., & Craft, L. “Methods of Adolescent Suicide Prevention.” Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 60 (Suppl. 2), 70-74, 1999.

[12] U.S. Department of Education, Twenty-third annual report to Congress on the implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Washington, D.C., 2001.

[13]  Teplin, L. Archives of General Psychiatry, Vol. 59, December 2002.

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