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Washington Post: Mental health services for Washington’s poorest kids is lacking, study says

May 6, 2014

The Washington Post writes about findings from Children’s Law Center’s 2014 Mental Health Report Card, which notes that at least 5,000 of the District’s poorest children are not receiving necessary mental health treatment.

The article notes: “Even when parents seek out treatment for the children, the report stated, families must navigate a complex and inadequate social services system, often resulting in delayed and low-quality treatment. A lack of providers has led to lengthy waits for families who need immediate care. The region’s best providers have settled elsewhere in the area, where they can make more money, according to the second annual report by the Children’s Law Center, which attempts to assess how well the District is caring for the city’s 96,000 children insured by Medicaid.”