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How gaps in mental healthcare play out in emergency rooms

from Kaiser Health News via NPR

Nearly 1 in 5 children each year suffers a psychiatric illness, according to research estimates. But a national shortage of medical specialists and inpatient facilities means that many still go untreated — despite national efforts to improve mental health care. New research is driving home the consequences. Scientific abstracts presented recently, at the annual meeting of the American College of Emergency Physicians, offer insights into how frequently patients with mental health issues land in the emergency room — often because opportunities to intervene earlier are missed. more


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