04 May 2010 ~ Comments Off on Racial/ethnic differences in parental endorsement of barriers to mental health services for youth

Racial/ethnic differences in parental endorsement of barriers to mental health services for youth

The present study investigated parental endorsement of barriers to care in a racially/ethnically diverse, at-risk sample of youth with mental health needs by testing the following hypotheses: (1) African American, Asian/Pacific Islander American, and Latino youth would have higher levels of unmet need compared to Non-Hispanic Whites (NHWs); (2) Parents of ethnic minority youth would […]

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04 May 2010 ~ Comments Off on Referral sources, diagnoses, and service types of youth in public outpatient mental health care: a focus on ethnic minorities

Referral sources, diagnoses, and service types of youth in public outpatient mental health care: a focus on ethnic minorities

Racial/ethnic variations in clinical and service delivery characteristics among youth in public outpatient mental health services were examined using data from San Diego County mental health service programs for fiscal year 1996 to 1997 (N = 3,962). Differences in referral sources, primary diagnoses, and service types were investigated for three racial/ethnic groups (African Americans, Asian/Pacific […]

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04 May 2010 ~ Comments Off on Mental health services use among school-aged children with disabilities: the role of sociodemographics, functional limitations, family burdens, and care coordination

Mental health services use among school-aged children with disabilities: the role of sociodemographics, functional limitations, family burdens, and care coordination

OBJECTIVE: To examine the use of mental health services and correlates of receiving services among community-dwelling children with disabilities, ages 6 to 17 years. STUDY DESIGN: Data are from the 1994 and 1995 National Health Interview Survey Disability Supplements (NHIS-D), conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics. The study sample is 4,939 children with […]

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04 May 2010 ~ Comments Off on Increasing access and building equity into mental health services: an examination of the potential for change

Increasing access and building equity into mental health services: an examination of the potential for change

This article explores the use of mental health care services by ethnoracial people in Canada and distinguishes between the reasons for underutilization of services by ethnoracial groups and the barriers which prevent ethnoracial groups from accessing services. Research focusing on Canadian race relations is reviewed to reveal how they are paralleled in the functioning of […]

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04 May 2010 ~ Comments Off on Twelve-month use of mental health services in the United States: results from the National Comorbidity Survey Replication.[see comment]

Twelve-month use of mental health services in the United States: results from the National Comorbidity Survey Replication.[see comment]

BACKGROUND: Dramatic changes have occurred in mental health treatments during the past decade. Data on recent treatment patterns are needed to estimate the unmet need for services. OBJECTIVE: To provide data on patterns and predictors of 12-month mental health treatment in the United States from the recently completed National Comorbidity Survey Replication. DESIGN AND SETTING: […]

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04 May 2010 ~ Comments Off on Does Medicare managed care provide equal treatment for mental illness across races?

Does Medicare managed care provide equal treatment for mental illness across races?

BACKGROUND: While disparities in access to care are well documented, little is known about the quality of mental health care received by racial and ethnic minorities. We examined the quality of mental health care received by elderly enrollees in Medicare + Choice plans. METHODS: An observational study was performed using individual-level Health Plan Employer Data […]

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04 May 2010 ~ Comments Off on Patterns of medical, educational, and mental health service use in a national sample of US children

Patterns of medical, educational, and mental health service use in a national sample of US children

BACKGROUND: Special services are provided to children by the medical, educational, and mental health service systems, but it is unknown whether the same group of children receives different types of services or whether discrete subgroups predominantly receive these services. OBJECTIVE: To determine the proportions of children who receive special medical, educational, and mental health services, […]

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04 May 2010 ~ Comments Off on Evaluating cultural competence among behavioral health professionals

Evaluating cultural competence among behavioral health professionals

Persistent racial and ethnic disparities in access and utilization of behavioral health services have highlighted the need for cultural competence among providers. In response, many agencies are now implementing education and training programs to ensure that behavioral health professionals improve their skills when serving diverse ethnic, racial, and cultural populations. The evaluation of these trainings […]

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04 May 2010 ~ Comments Off on Mental health services utilization by maltreated children: research findings and recommendations

Mental health services utilization by maltreated children: research findings and recommendations

Many maltreated children have, or are at risk for, emotional and behavioral disorders. Some of these children need mental health services but do not receive them because of service delivery and use barriers. Knowledge about the factors related to service utilization is needed to increase access to and use of services. Studies on mental health […]

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04 May 2010 ~ Comments Off on Racial/ethnic disparities in parent perception of child need for mental health care following school disciplinary events

Racial/ethnic disparities in parent perception of child need for mental health care following school disciplinary events

Disciplinary problems at school potentially affect parent perception of child need for mental health care. This article explores effects of a child’s first school suspension or expulsion on parent perception of child need for services in three racial-ethnic subgroups. Subjects were mothers participating in a national longitudinal study and their children. First-time school suspension or […]

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