Availability of Youth Services in U.S. Mental Health Treatment Facilities
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Despite concern about access to mental health (MH) services for youth, little is known about the specialty treatment infrastructure serving this population. We used national data to examine which types of MH treatment facilities (hospital- and community-based) were most likely to offer youth services and which types of communities were most likely to have this infrastructure. Larger (p < 0.001) and privately owned (p < 0.001) facilities were more likely to offer youth services. Rural counties, counties in which a majority of residents were nonwhite, and/or counties with a higher percentage of uninsured residents were less likely to have a community-based MH treatment facility that served youth (p < 0.001).
KeywordsChildren and adolescents Access to services Mental health facilities
Research reported in this publication was supported by the National Institute of Mental Health (K01MH095823). The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.
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