On October 19, 2021, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), and Children’s Hospital Association (CHA) jointly declared a national emergency in child and adolescent mental health.1 This declaration outlines 10 action items for policy makers, educators, health care professionals, and families to support child mental health. Importantly, 3 action items focus on child mental health supports delivered in school settings, and a fourth focuses on rectifying our mental health workforce shortage, which is essential for school initiatives to be effective.
Cummings JR, Wilk AS, Connors EH. Addressing the Child Mental Health State of Emergency in Schools—Opportunities for State Policy Makers. JAMA Pediatr. 2022;176(6):541–542. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2022.0094
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