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Document Number: 5933

Geographic Disparities in Children’s Mental Health Care - This two-page article summarizes findings of a study on the effects of state of residence on the use of mental health service among children. The authors present significant variations among states between the use of mental health services and the need, with many states with high need not having corresponding high use, and vice versa. Overall there is no apparent relationship between levels of need and use of services across states. The authors contend that these discrepancies are not driven by differences of race/ethnicity or socioeconomic characteristics, but are more likely the result of differences in state policies and health care market characteristics. The full report also is available online. (Roland Sturm, Jeanne S. Ringel and Tatiana Andreyeva, Pediatrics, October 2003)...

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