children and youth from low-income households are at increased risk for mental health problems.
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.
- 21% of low-income children and youth ages 6 through 17 have mental health problems.
- 57% of these low-income children and youth come from households with incomes at or below the federal poverty level.
- 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.
mental health system inadequate to meet needs of children and youth
most children and youth with mental health problems do not receive needed services.
mental health services and supports vary depending on the state in which a child or youth with mental health needs lives.
- 75% to 80% of children and youth in need of mental health services do not receive them.
- there is a 30% difference between the states with the highest and lowest unmet need for mental health services (51% to 81%).