The Premature Demise of Public Child and Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatric Beds

The Premature Demise of Public Child and Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatric Beds Current trends on the national landscape of available treatment and delivery systems for children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbance indicate a sharp decline in the availability of inpatient psychiatric services. These trends are troubling as six to nine million children and adolescents in the United States suffer from some serious emotional disturbance, and the majority in need of treatment do not receive behavioral health services. The consequences of untreated mental illness in children are grave, and the cost to society of children’s mental health problems is high in both human and fiscal terms. This paper will describe national trends in behavioral health in general and specifically children’s mental health, and will detail the experiences of many states to identify possible problems and pitfalls to downsizing and closing child and adolescent inpatient psychiatric beds. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Psychiatric Quarterly Springer Journals

The Premature Demise of Public Child and Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatric Beds

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2006 by Springer Science+Business Media, Inc.
Subject
Medicine & Public Health; Psychiatry; Public Health; Sociology, general
ISSN
0033-2720
eISSN
1573-6709
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11126-006-9012-0
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Abstract

Current trends on the national landscape of available treatment and delivery systems for children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbance indicate a sharp decline in the availability of inpatient psychiatric services. These trends are troubling as six to nine million children and adolescents in the United States suffer from some serious emotional disturbance, and the majority in need of treatment do not receive behavioral health services. The consequences of untreated mental illness in children are grave, and the cost to society of children’s mental health problems is high in both human and fiscal terms. This paper will describe national trends in behavioral health in general and specifically children’s mental health, and will detail the experiences of many states to identify possible problems and pitfalls to downsizing and closing child and adolescent inpatient psychiatric beds.

Journal

Psychiatric QuarterlySpringer Journals

Published: Aug 16, 2006

References

  • Understanding respite care use by families of children receiving short-term, in-home psychiatric emergency services
    Boothroyd, RA; Kuppinger, AD; Evans, ME
  • Effective treatment for mental disorders in children and adolescents
    Burns, BJ; Hoagwood, K; Mrazek, PJ

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