Access in Brief: Children’s Use of Behavioral Health Services

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June 2016 | Access and Quality

Children with Medicaid or CHIP are disproportionately affected by behavioral health disorders and are more likely to see a mental health professional or a general doctor for an emotional or behavioral problem than their privately insured counterparts. Children enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP were also prescribed medication for mental difficulties at a higher rate than privately insured children of the same household income level.

Publication Type: Issue Briefs

Tags: access, behavioral health, children, CHIP, comparisons with other sources of coverage, income, Medicaid, prescription drugs