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Capitol Health Call
February 13, 2013

Children’s Mental Health

JAMA. 2013;309(6):535. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.466

Concerns remain about whether children with mental health conditions in Medicaid and foster care are receiving appropriate services, reported the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

An annual average of 6.2% of noninstitutionalized children enrolled in Medicaid took 1 or more psychotropic medications (including medications for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, antidepressants, and antipsychotic agents), compared with 4.8% of privately insured children (http://tinyurl.com/a855epg), according to the GAO's analysis. The data showed that 1.3% of children enrolled in Medicaid took antipsychotic medications, more than twice the rate for privately insured children.