Limited access to mental health services for children is a well-recognized national problem. The authors suggest that while increasing the supply of providers is a challenge, a demand side approach offers a promising strategy to addressing access issues. Preventing the development or reducing the severity of child and adolescent emotional disorders hold great promise as cost-effective ways to reduce the demand for scarce services, they write.
Pediatric patients and their families rountinely should have the opportunity to give feedback on the health services they receive, and should have their feedback thoughtfully considered by providers, says Edward L. Schor, MD.
Although children with special health care needs (CSHCN) fare better when they are cared for in a "medical home," only a small percentage receive such care. A survey queried California board-certified pediatricians about their experience in caring for CSHCN and their thoughts on system changes that could enhance their willingness to provide a medical home.
Children with special health care needs (CSHCN) fare better when they are cared for in a "medical home," yet only a small percentage receive such care. In a series of focus groups and interviews, California pediatricians and other key informants discuss their views on caring for CSHCN, and their ideas about how system changes could enhance their willingness to provide a medical home.
Nearly half of children with special health care needs rely on Medicaid. Edwin Park of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities provides an analysis of the consequences of changing Medicaid to a block grant program.
Researchers at Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health have created the Pediatric Integrated Care Survey (PICS), a validated tool for measuring a family's experience with the integration of health care and related services for children and youth with special health care needs. Read more and get access to the tool.
Thousands of people have visited our "Super Parents" photography project since its launch last month. Here we share some behind-the-scenes moments to explain how and why we produced this project, which was shot by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, Deanne Fitzmaurice.
Deanne Fitzmaurice, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, shadowed 10 families living throughout California - from rural farms to large urban centers to the suburbs surrounding Silicon Valley - who provide care for their children with special needs every day and every night.
The mother of an adult son with autism reflects on the North Miami police shooting of a therapist who was trying to help a young man with autism. Law enforcement officers must be trained to protect the entire population, she says.