ERIC Number: ED223346
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: N/A
Unclaimed Children: The Failure of Public Responsibility to Children and Adolescents in Need of Mental Health Services.
Knitzer, Jane; Olson, Lynn
At least two-thirds of the 3,000,000 seriously disturbed children and adolescents in the United States do not get the mental health services they need; countless others receive inappropriate care. This volume examines why the needs of troubled children and adolescents are not met and indicates what responsible officials, concerned advocates, and the public can do to remedy this problem. Included are (1) an overview of problems and policy issues regarding the delivery of mental health services to children and adolescents, (2) the results from a 50-state survey of state officials concerned with children's mental health and a discussion of the roles other state agencies play in delivering mental health services to children, and (3) a state-by-state analysis of statutes to voluntarily commit children to psychiatric institutions. The report also describes innovative community-based mental health programs that do meet the needs of troubled children, adolescents, and their families, giving detailed steps for action at the federal, state, and local levels to improve mental health care for children. Also included are profiles of the children and families needing mental health services. Related materials are appended. (Author/RH)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Advocacy, Children, Delivery Systems, Emotional Disturbances, Federal Government, Government Role, Hospitalized Children, Innovation, Intervention, Mental Health Programs, National Surveys, Profiles, Questionnaires, Residential Programs, Social Responsibility, State Agencies
Publications Department, Children's Defense Fund, 1520 New Hampshire Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20036 (Paper, $10.50; bulk discount rates available).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ittleson Family Foundation, New York, NY.; Commonwealth Foundation (England).; Grant (W.T.) Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Children's Defense Fund, Washington, DC.