HealthExecSnapshot
Tuesday January 9, 2018


8,300 child and adolescent psychiatrists in U.S. with 15 million youths in need of one

Elinore F. McCance-Katz, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, SAMHSA

Elinore F. McCance-Katz, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, SAMHSA

HHS' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has announced steps to be taken following a blue-ribbon congressional panel's reports detailing a "fractured mental health care system" that needs fixing. SAMHSA's Dr. Elinore F. McCance-Katz tells us "the present system facing our country's citizens with serious mental illness is unacceptable. This is a serious challenge, Americans deserve better, and we are focused on reforming the system to provide a better level of care."

SAMHSA points out that an "estimated four million American adults with the most debilitating mental disorders and an estimated 6.8 to 11.5 percent of children with serious emotional disturbances are not being helped....50 to 90 percent of those in need of mental health treatment are not receiving services. Among adults diagnosed with schizophrenia, 1 in 20 dies by suicide. The suicide rate for individuals with mood disorders such as depression or bipolar disorder is 25 times higher than for the general population....There are only 8,300 child and adolescent psychiatrists in the United States and an estimated 15 million youths in need of one."

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