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How Can We Get Children and Teens Treatment That Works?

By Michael Southam-Gerow, PhD (APA Committee on Children, Youth, and Families) More than 4 million children and teens have a serious mental disorder, but only 20 percent are getting the help they need. Did you know that it takes more than 15 years for an evidence-based treatment (EBT) to be used consistently in the community? […]

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Why Are We Making Such Slow Progress in Promoting Child Mental Health?

By Mary Ann McCabe, PhD (Chair, APA Interdivisional Task Force on Child and Adolescent Mental Health) The economic costs to society of ignoring child mental health are staggering. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (2009) estimates that childhood mental disorders account for the largest category of spending of health dollars for children (ages 0-17). […]