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Summer 2013, Volume 21, Number 3

Federal Partners Release Reports about Children

As a part of National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day efforts, two of SAMHSA's federal partners released reports reinforcing the importance of prevention and recovery.

National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day Press Event: SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde and UDC Interim President James Lyons

SAMHSA and the Centers for Medicare and Children's Health Insurance Program Services released a joint informational bulletin called Coverage of Behavioral Health Services for Children, Youth, and Young Adults with Significant Mental Health Conditions. This report is intended to help states design service benefits to meet the needs of this population. Suggested approaches include intensive care coordination through a wrap-around approach, parent and youth peer support services, intensive in-home services, respite services, mobile crisis response and stabilization services, flex funds for goods and services, trauma-informed systems and evidence-based treatments addressing trauma, and other home- and community-based services.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also participated by announcing the first-ever Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report supplement focused on children's mental health. The report describes the prevalence of children's mental health disorders, current federal efforts to address those disorders, and gaps in the nation's ability to fully monitor children's mental disorders. The report reveals that 13 percent to 20 percent of the nation's children experience a mental disorder each year, and their prevalence is increasing. The result can be deadly. In fact, suicide was the second leading cause of death among children aged 12 to 17 in 2010.

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