ERIC Number: EJ862238
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
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Do State Mental Health Plans Address the New Freedom Commission's Goals for Children's Mental Health?
Gould, Sara R.; Roberts, Michael C.; Beals, Sarah E.
Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, v12 n4 p295-309 Dec 2009
The latest initiative to address mental health needs of the nation, including those of children and youth, is the President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health (NFC). The NFC formulated a benchmark of six goals and related recommendations toward which the U.S. should strive, including the recommendation that each state develop a comprehensive mental health plan. It is not clear, however, whether the states' developed plans address the goals established by the NFC and to what degree. This project provides a summary of 50 state mental health plans regarding children and youth in the U.S. by examining components that address each of the six NFC goals and is a test of federal leadership on a state issue. Results indicate that state mental health plans addressed the NFC goals to differing degrees with specific attention to children and youth mental health services. Overall, the NFC goal of eliminating disparities in mental health services was addressed most completely, while the NFC goal of understanding that mental health and physical health are associated was addressed least often. The information provided by this analysis represents a first step in gaining a comprehensive picture about public policies for the mental health of children, adolescents, and their families.
Descriptors: Health Services, Health Needs, Freedom, Mental Health Programs, Physical Health, Mental Health, Child Health, Benchmarking, Objectives, State Programs, Children, Adolescents, Family (Sociological Unit)
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