Beyond Mental Health Crisis Stabilization in Emergency Departments and Acute Care Hospitals

From the AAP:

At least 1 in 5 children experiences a mental health condition during childhood or adolescence,1 and more children with mental health concerns than ever before require ED and acute hospital care.2 Improvements in preventing and treating children’s mental health conditions have not kept pace with the remarkable progress in preventing and treating other pediatric illnesses. To illustrate, over the past 2 decades, childhood cancer deaths have declined by 20%,3 and infant mortality rates have reached historic lows.3During the same time period, adolescent suicide deaths have increased by 1% to 2% each year, and deaths from opioid overdose in young adults have quadrupled.3 Improving these and other outcomes requires integrating mental health care into all levels of the continuum …

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