Pediatric mental health (MH) concerns, including depression, anxiety, loneliness and social isolation, and suicide, have increased markedly in the last decade and are critical factors associated with population health. While effective interventions for these conditions have been developed and pediatric health care professionals increasingly address MH concerns as a central component of clinical practice, our health care systems have not met the challenge of providing evidence-based treatment to all young people who need it. Too many children never receive adequate MH assessment1 or timely intervention,2 and access to specialty MH clinicians is inadequate. In addition, the treatments that are delivered are often incomplete and ineffective, particularly for the most vulnerable children. The current state of care delivery must be improved to implement high-quality care more broadly and produce better outcomes.
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Biel MG, Tang MH, Zuckerman B. Pediatric Mental Health Care Must Be Family Mental Health Care. JAMA Pediatr. 2020;174(6):519–520. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2020.0065
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