Children and adolescents in need of behavioral health care often face barriers and delays in a fragmented system that is variable in its capacity, quality, and intensity across all service types.
TALK IT OUT: WHAT YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULTS SAY ABOUT GETTING MENTAL HEALTH AND SUBSTANCE USE INFORMATION 2018
In 2018, Youth MOVE Massachusetts (YMM), a youth-led group, working with Parent/Parent Professional Advocacy League (PPAL) surveyed 140 youth and young adults about access to mental health and substance use information.
The effects of psychiatric boarding are not limited to delayed treatment or the burden placed on families; there are also considerable economic impacts on hospitals.
Massachusetts must create coherent mental health policy and dynamic state leadership in order to ensure access to culturally competent, linguistically appropriate, and effective mental health services for all children in need.