What Can Be Done About the Children's Mental Health Crisis?

Is it cost-effective for insurance companies to cover mental health?

A. Psychiatric and learning disorders cost us billions of dollars a year in lost workdays, disability, Medicaid, juvenile-court costs, and lost taxes. We know that 75 percent of all adult psychiatric disorders start during childhood and adolescence. If we address these disorders from the start, they're going to be a lot cheaper and easier to treat.

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