The premature demise of public child and adolescent inpatient psychiatric beds : part I: overview and current conditions
UMass Chan AffiliationsDepartment of Psychiatry
Document TypeJournal Article
Adolescent Health Services
Child Health Services
Health Facility Closure
Health Services Accessibility
Health Services Needs and Demand
Length of Stay
Mental Health Services
Psychiatric Department, Hospital
Health Services Research
Mental and Social Health
Psychiatric and Mental Health
Psychiatry and Psychology
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AbstractCurrent 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.
SourcePsychiatr Q. 2006 Fall;77(3):251-71. Link to article on publisher's site
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