One Family’s ‘Traumatic’ Struggle For Mental Health Care

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Editor’s note: Due to sensitive personal circumstances involving the subject of this story, the WBUR editorial team has removed identifying language in the audio, text and within the comments of this article.

Massachusetts has more children’s mental health providers than most other states, routinely screens most children for mental health issues, and has Rosie D., the 2006 lawsuit that mandates adequate mental health services for kids on public health insurance. But several challenges remain.

In the first report of our week-long series, “Are The Kids All Right?,” we visit a local family that has been grappling with a teen’s mental health problems for years.