The U.S. Surgeon General estimates that one in 5 children have a diagnosable mental disorder. For pre-school children, only one in 10 received mental health care. While poor, minority and rural children have the worst access to mental health care, the problem is more widespread. Federal data show that nearly 80% of children and adolescents (6-17 years old) who need mental health care do not receive it each year. The states with the highest rates of unmet need for child mental health services are California, Florida and Texas.
Without formal screening, 70% of children with developmental delay and more than 50% of children with serious emotional disturbance are not identified. Without early intervention childhood mental disorders may have serious repercussions including school failure, drug abuse, violence and suicide.
Children's Health Fund incorporates evidence-based screening and anticipatory guidance for parents in all well child visits as part of our enhanced medical home model. On-site mental health services are available for our patients and mental health professional are available to facilitate appropriate referrals for care through our local community partners.