In VA there are over 200,000 youth living with undiagnosed mental health disorders.
Only one-third of Virginia youth struggling with mental health issues are treated. For many of our communities, especially in the rural areas there is little to no access to mental health services. And, when services are available families face serious barriers to care; they make too much money to qualify for Medicaid (working-poor), their insurance doesn’t cover mental health services, or their insurance’s deductible or co-insurance are too expensive, lack of transportation, and the inability to take time off work, and so much more.
For most youth, mental health distress is episodic, not permanent, and most can successfully navigate the challenges that come from experiencing a mental health disorder with the right skills and supports.
Access changes everything.
Poor mental health can impact a child’s success during school years and is linked to high drop-out rates, and the corollaries of classroom disruption.
22 % of school-aged children and youth have a diagnosable mental health disorder. Access means success in school.
Mental health issues have been linked to high rates of depression, anxiety and suicide rates for the child. Research shows that half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14. Access means being healthier and saving lives.
Juvenile Justice System:
Mental health issues correlate to higher incarnation rates. Approximately 50 to 75 percent of youth encountering the juvenile justice system meet criteria for a mental health disorder. Access means a better future.
How do we tackle the access crisis?
We work with families, youth and the community to ensure solutions designed that meet their unique needs. We are reaching children and families sooner, in their neighborhoods and homes – empowering them to become stronger and healthier. We have a broad continuum of care: Residential Homes, Private School, Community Based Services. Allowing us the flexibility to meet the child’s need every step of the way.
Access is a good ROI.
Every $1 spent on successful early access saves $10 in more intensive treatment later.