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Testimony: Performance Oversight, DBH (FY18)

Nearly 20,000 of the children on Medicaid in DC likely have a mental health disorder that can be identified and requires treatment, but in FY 2017, only about 12,000, or about 12%, of publicly insured children received mental health services. In general, despite some progress over the past several years, gaps in the system of care still leave families, teachers, social workers, probation officers, lawyers and judges scrambling to meet the mental health needs of at-risk children in the District. Children’s Law Center attorney Beth Kurtz discusses the strengths and challenges of DBH during her testimony.