May 4th through the 10th is National Children’s Mental Health Week!
Since 2002, the Governor of Massachusetts, along with dozens of mayors across the state, has issued an official proclamation for Children’s Mental Health Week. Children’s Mental Health Week is dedicated to increasing public awareness about the triumphs and challenges in children’s mental health and emphasizing the importance of family and youth involvement in children’s mental health.
The earlier mental health and behavioral disorders are identified and treated, the better the outcomes are for the child/adolescent and their family. In any given year, only 20% of children with behavioral health disorders are identified and treated. And we know that 50% of students 14 years or older living with a behavioral health disorder drop out of high school. Overall, 79% of children aged 6 to 17 with behavioral health disorders do not receive appropriate care. These statistics are staggering indicators of how critical identification, intervention, and treatment are for children and adolescents living with mental health disorders.
There are places to go for help for children with that have behavioral health problems and Massachusetts is partnering with organizations across the Commonwealth to expand options and services:
- The Department of Mental Health serves children, adolescents and adults, regardless of health insurance type.
- Youth with MassHealth coverage may be able to receive some of the Children’s Behavioral Health Services offered by MassHealth.
- Your health insurance also covers some behavioral health interventions.
- There are many advocacy and supportive organizations for families of children with behavioral health needs that by identify local resources, like the Parent/Professional Advocacy League, the Parent Information Network, the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, the Consortium, and the Children’s League of Massachusetts.
Together, the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health meets mental health needs by partnering with individuals, families, providers & communities.
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