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March 28, 2022

Addressing the Child Mental Health State of Emergency in Schools—Opportunities for State Policy Makers

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Health Policy and Management, Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, Atlanta, Georgia
  • 2Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut
  • 3National Center for School Mental Health, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore
JAMA Pediatr. 2022;176(6):541-542. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2022.0094

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.

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