according to data from a national survey of parents.
Among the estimated 7.7 million children with a treatable mental illness, 49.4% did not receive needed treatment from a psychiatrist, psychologist, psychiatric nurse, or clinical social worker in the previous 12 months,, and , of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, wrote in .
State-level data from the National Survey of Children’s Health show considerable variation from the national average. North Carolina had the highest prevalence of nontreatment at 72.2% and Washington, D.C., had the lowest rate at 29.5%. The prevalence of at least one mental health disorder was highest in Maine (27.2%) and lowest in Hawaii (7.6%), the investigators reported.
Four states – Alabama, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Utah – were in the top quartile for both mental health disorder prevalence and prevalence of children with a disorder who did not receive treatment, they noted.
“State-level practices and policies play a role in health care needs and use, which may help to explain the state variability observed in this study. Nevertheless, initiatives that assist systems of care coordination have demonstrated a reduction of mental health–related burdens across multiple domains,” Dr. Whitney and Dr. Peterson wrote.
SOURCE: Whitney DG et al. JAMA Pediatr. 2019 Feb 11. .