These findings, which were derived from multiple federal health surveillance systems, show that mental and behavioral disorders "are an important public-health issue in the United States," the CDC said, "because of their prevalence, early onset, and impact on the child, family, and community, with an estimated total cost of $247 billion." The CDC emphasizes that "more comprehensive surveillance is needed to develop a public-health approach that will both help prevent mental disorders and promote mental health among children."
Commenting on the new report, which was released yesterday, child and adolescent psychiatrist David Fassler, M.D., told Psychiatric News that the report's findings "will be very useful to parents, advocates, legislators, and regulators. The findings underscore the growing need for enhanced access to comprehensive mental health and substance abuse treatment services for children, adolescents, and families."
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