Prioritizing Resource Investment in the Pediatric Behavioral Health System of CARE
Behavioral health conditions are increasing in prevalence, especially among pediatric patients. In the US, 50% of all chronic mental illnesses begin by age 14, while 75% of mental illnesses start by age 24. However, access to resources for this patient population is incredibly scarce. Health systems struggle to identify where to direct their limited resources for best effect. They must address the general need for behavioral health services in the pediatric population while also providing a variety of services tailored to the specific needs of children and adolescents.