Children and youth from low-income[7] households are at increased risk for mental hea

  1. children and youth from low-income[7] households are at increased risk for mental health problems.
    • 21% of low-income children and youth ages 6 through 17 have mental health problems.[8]
    • 57% of these low-income children and youth come from households with incomes at or below the federal poverty level.[9]
    a greater proportion of children and youth in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems have mental health problems than children and youth in the general population.
    • 50% of children and youth in the child welfare system have mental health problems.[10]
    • 67% to 70% of youth in the juvenile justice system have a diagnosable mental health disorder.[11]
    mental health system inadequate to meet needs of children and youth
    most children and youth with mental health problems do not receive needed services.
    • 75% to 80% of children and youth in need of mental health services do not receive them.[12]
    mental health services and supports vary depending on the state in which a child or youth with mental health needs lives.
    • there is a 30% difference between the states with the highest and lowest unmet need for mental health services (51% to 81%).[13]
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