April 23, 2007

Nowhere to Go: Psychiatric Care for Children Lacking

There is a shortage of pediatric psychiatrists in many parts of the United States. An article in The Boston Globe highlights the dilemma being faced in the state of Massachusetts. There is not enough room available in hospitals to treat children in dire need of care for severe disorders affecting their brain, such as schizophrenia.

Part of the reason for lack of space, say officials, is that many children already in the hospitals, that are well enough to leave, cannot because of a lack of outpatient care in their communities.

Since 2005, there has been a 50% increase in the number of children who are "stuck" in hospitals.

One managed health care company recommended that more space be made available for the younger children by moving the older adolescent children into the adult wards, "as appropriate".

Read the full article: Children face delays in mental health care - Shortage of beds, facilities leading to record backups

Related Reading:
Minors in Adult Psychiatric Care

Children With Mental Illnesses to Get At-Home Services


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