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. Still, several challenges remain.
Many families can't get a clear diagnosis of their child's issues and parents often struggle with decisions relating to medicating their child. Thanks to a shortage of child mental health professionals, it's often very hard for children to actually get treatment, and many physicians are forced into the front lines of making mental health decisions.
WBUR's week-long series "Are The Kids All Right?" examines the state of mental health treatment for children in Massachusetts.
- WBUR Series: Are The Kids All Right?
This segment aired on February 3, 2011.