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Latest Findings: Nearly 66,000 Youth Live in U.S. Mental Health Programs

According to the first study to provide reliable, national estimates of young children’s use of mental health services, some of the nation's most troubled are teenagers who are severely emotionally disturbed and often victims of abuse or neglect. Many become "system kids," separated from their families for long periods of time as they shuttle from one residential care program to another in search of the mental health services they need. Complete details can be found in the Summer 2003 Issue Brief (Vol. 2, No. 1).

These results are the third 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.

Prior editions of Issue Brief Summer 2002 (Vol. 1, No. 1) and Fall 2002 (Vol. 1, No. 2) can be found here.

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