Our Broken Mental Health System

  1. Journalist Paul Raeburn's 2004 book, Acquainted with the Night: A Parent's Quest to Understand Depression and Bipolar Disorder in His Children suggests that the answer is a resounding no.
    When his own children started acting up, Raeburn found that there are scores of therapists listed in the Yellow Pages, as well as quite a few inpatient facilities for the flamboyantly symptomatic. But nothing links these various elements of potential care into anything that could be called a "system." The therapists, who all march to their own theoretical and pharmaceutical drummers, have no reliable connections to the hospitals, nor do the hospitals have any means of providing follow-up care for patients after they are discharged. Then there is the matter of payment. Between 1988 and 1998, Raeburn reports, managed-care plans cut their spending on psychiatric treatment by 55 percent, putting mental health services almost out of the reach of the middle-class, never mind the poor. Hence, no doubt, the fact that three-quarters of children and teenagers who receive a diagnosis of mental illness get no care for it at all.
    http://www.thenation.com/doc/20070507/ehrenreich
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  3. by   HM2VikingRN
    latino children and youth are less likely to receive services for their mental health problems than children and youth of other ethnic groups.
    • 31% of white children and youth receive mental health services.[14]
    • 13% of children from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds receive mental health services.[15]
    • 88% of latino children have unmet mental health needs. (see figure 1.)[16]
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    figure 1: unmet children’s mental health needs, by race/ethnicity


    http://nccp.org/pub_ucr06b.html
  4. by   HM2VikingRN
    latino children and youth are less likely to receive services for their mental health problems than children and youth of other ethnic groups.
    • 31% of white children and youth receive mental health services.[14]
    • 13% of children from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds receive mental health services.[15]
    • 88% of latino children have unmet mental health needs. (see figure 1.)[16]
    [color=#093a80]
    figure 1: unmet children’s mental health needs, by race/ethnicity

    http://nccp.org/pub_ucr06b.html

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