Resources and links to help deal with challenges for obtaining mental health care.
Barriers to Mental Health Care in Low-Income Mothers (PDF - 48 KB)
Research and Training Center for Family Support and Children's Mental Health (2007)
Examines why a sample of low-income mothers with significant mood and anxiety disorders did not seek care despite the fact that their own children were receiving mental health services.
The Barriers: Why Is it So Difficult for Children to Get Mental Health Screens and Assessments? (PDF - 175 KB)
Children's Defense Fund (2003)
Describes and gives examples of four different barriers to receiving mental health services: Service delivery issues, Federal and State policy problems, family difficulties, and challenges in serving special populations of children.
Mental Health Needs and Treatment of Foster Youth: Barriers and Opportunities
Kerker & Dore
American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 76, 2006
Reviews current research on emotional and behavioral disorders among children in foster care and summarizes findings regarding utilization of mental health services. Barriers to needed care are explored, practice and policy implications of lack of care are discussed, and alternative, evidence-based treatment options for children and youth in foster care are examined and proposed.
Post-Adoption Services: Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Children Adopted from Foster Care (PDF - 150 KB)
North American Council on Adoptable Children (2007)
This publication outlines the mental health needs of children adopted from foster care, the needs of their adoptive families, barriers to receiving mental health services, and some effective postadoption service programs.
The Provider System for Children's Mental Health: Workforce Capacity and Effective Treatment (PDF - 117 KB)
National Health Policy Forum (2004)
Examines two areas of importance to meet children's mental health care needs: Ensuring an adequate supply of providers and effective delivery of services.
State Mental Health Systems for Children: A Review of the Literature and Available Data Sources
Urban Institute (2010)
Reviews recent literature on children's mental health services and examines a range of data sources for State-based analysis. The report also explores the possibility of producing a comprehensive evaluation of State mental health systems for children and discusses the potential limitations of such an analysis.