ERIC Number: EJ694463
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar
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Comorbidity and Unmet Service Needs Among Medicaid-Enrolled Children With Identified Disabilities
Boothroyd, Roger A.; Armstrong, Mary I.
Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, v13 n1 p43-51 Mar 2005
The comorbidity of health and mental health problems among Medicaid-enrolled children and youth in Florida with a designated health or mental health disability was examined and compared to that of Medicaid-enrolled children with no disability. Slightly higher rates of health problems (42%) were found among children with mental health disabilities compared to the rate of mental health problems (35%) found among children with health disabilities. Within both groups, similar rates (approximately 26%) of current comorbid health and mental health problems were found. Regarding health services, less than 1% to 11% of the children experiencing significant health problems were receiving no services, depending on disability group. Rates of unmet mental health needs were higher, ranging from 4% among children with no identified disability to 22% among children with an identified health disability. These data support the need for a comprehensive health policy emphasizing the assessment of all Medicaid-enrolled children with disabilities for comorbid health or mental health problems.
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles
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Identifiers - Location: Florida