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NCCP Study Revisits Children's Mental Health Issues

11/3/2006:   The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) is currently studying state mental health policies for children, revisiting a topic brought to light in 1982 by psychologist and NCCP Director Jane Knitzer's study, Unclaimed Children: The Failure of Public Responsibility to Children and Adolescents in Need of Mental Health Services.

Now, 25 years later, NCCP's study, called Unclaimed Children Revisited, has produced its first working paper, Challenges and Opportunities in Children's Mental Health, A View from Families and Youth. The report summarizes a meeting convened by NCCP on best practices in policy for children's mental health.

The executive summary states:
Among the key findings of the meeting was that through a family and youth lens, many effective practices, some with supporting policy, have emerged but not been taken to scale. Another set of core findings was that family members and youth acknowledged the gains made in children's mental health but cited obstacles to improved outcomes for children and families, such as service limitations, provider attitudes and training, lack of services integration, fiscal constraints, a weak infrastructure, and a sparse array of services.
The report shares participants' views on the status of family and youth support and advocacy systems, and highlights selected innovative interventions.

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