Expand access to mental health services for children and adolescents.

 
 
 
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Consider the facts.

 21% of adolescents (aged 13-18) suffer from a serious mental illness.
 49% of youth with mental disorders did not receive treatment for their condition in the past year.
 30% of high school students nationwide felt so sad or hopeless every day in the past 2 weeks that they stopped their usual activities.
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To expand access to mental health services for children and adolescents, we aim to:

  • Strengthen the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Coalition, formed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and The National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health, to implement a shared policy agenda focused on the mental health workforce, integration of mental health and primary care, early identification and intervention, mental health parity, and juvenile justice reform. This coalition currently has over 20 national primary care, mental/behavioral, and consumer organizations.
  • Develop administrative and legislative recommendations to establish statewide networks of child and adolescent mental health specialists across the U.S. to expand the capacity of pediatric primary care providers to deliver evidence-based mental health care.
  • Build public and private leadership support for increasing the child and adolescent mental health workforce in the U.S.
 
 
 

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