Resources and links regarding disparities in access to care which may result from the geographic, cultural, or linguistic needs of a family.
Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services (BRYCS) Clearinghouse
Includes resources on mental health for those working with refugee populations.
Children's Mental Health: Facts for Policymakers
National Center for Children in Poverty (2006)
Highlights the widespread nature of mental health problems among children and youth and the lack of adequate services. (PDF - 196 KB)
Contextual Predictors of Mental Health Service Use Among Children Open to Child Welfare
Hurlburt, Leslie, Landsverk, Barth, & Burns
Archives of General Psychiatry, 61, 2004
Examines how patterns of specialty mental health service use among children involved with child welfare vary as a function of the degree of coordination between local child welfare and mental health agencies.
Cultural Competence Standards in Managed Care Mental Health Services: Four Underserved/Underrepresented Racial/Ethnic Groups (PDF - 294 KB)
Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Provides standards for culturally competent care in managed behavioral health care settings for African-American, Hispanic, Native American/Alaska Native, and Asian/Pacific Islander American individuals, and describes specific mechanisms to meet these standards.
Eliminate Disparities in Mental Health: Overview (PDF - 321 KB)
National Alliance on Mental Illness (2006)
Demographics, statistics, and links to information on disparities in mental health treatment.
Geographic Disparities in Children's Mental Health Care
Sturm, Ringel, & Andreyeva
Pediatrics, 112(4), 2003
Investigates how State of residence affects mental health service use.
Identified Problems and Service Utilization Patterns Among Kinship Families Accessing Mental Health Services
Smithgall & Mason
Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 9, 2004
Examines mental health problems and service utilization patterns of kinship families who accessed services in an urban outpatient child psychiatry clinic.
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services to Parents of Children Involved With Child Welfare: A Study of Racial and Ethnic Differences for American Indian Parents
Libby, Orton, Barth, Webb, Burns, Wood, & Spicer
Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 34(2), 2007
American Indian parents of children involved with child welfare were compared to White, Black, and Hispanic parents on mental health and substance abuse problems and access to treatment.
Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Mental Health Service Use Among Children in Foster Care
Garland, Landsverk, & Lau
Children and Youth Services Review, 25, 2003
Reviews the evidence for racial/ethnic disparities in mental health service use among children in foster care and examines the extent to which the disparities persist when the effects of other service use predictors are taken into consideration.
Use of Mental Health Services Among Older Youths in Foster Care
McMillen, Scott, Zima, Ollie, & Munson
Psychiatric Services: A Journal of the American Psychiatric Association, 55, 2004
Examines various durations of mental health service use among older youths in foster care and variations in mental health care by ethnicity, gender, maltreatment history, living situation, and geographic region. (PDF - 93 KB)