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Accessing Medicaid's Child Mental Health Services: The Experience of Parents in Two States

Semansky R., Koyanagi C. (2003). Accessing Medicaid's child mental health services: The experience of parents in two states. Psychiatric Services, 54, 475-476.

Organization: 
Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Publisher: 
Psychiatric Services
Date Published: 
April, 2003

This article describes four experiences that were common to a focus group of parents with children with emotional disturbances and also were receiving Medicaid: crisis-oriented systems in which identification and treatment of disorders were delayed, the scarcity of child psychiatrists, limited access to intensive services, and a "cookie-cutter" approach to services. Focus group participants reported that serious disorders were not accurately diagnosed until years after parents suspected their child had a disorder and that too few services

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