Most California Children with Mental Illness Do Not Receive Treatment

While hundreds of thousands of California children have mental health needs, about 70% never receive treatment, according to a policy brief released Thursday by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, KPCC’s “KPCC News” reports (Florido, “KPCC News,” KPCC, 7/24).

The brief was based on data from the 2007 and 2009 California Health Interview Survey.

Study Findings

Researchers found that about 300,000 children in California who are between the ages of four and 11 have mental health needs.

Of such children, 95% reportedly had health insurance and 96% had a usual source of health care, but about 70.8% still went without treatment.

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