Study Identifies Behavioral Health Service Needs

September 24, 2012  |  Foundation News

Research and Reports

A Children’s Behavioral Health Needs Assessment published this year by the Children’s System Change Committee, a project of the Regional Health Care Initiative at the Mid-America Regional Council, reports on findings from a study of children’s behavioral health care services and barriers to care. The study was funded by the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City and the REACH Healthcare Foundation.

The needs assessment included a consumer survey, survey of behavioral health providers, and interviews with representatives from community mental health centers, children’s hospitals, psychiatric residential treatment facilities and other children’s service providers. The needs assessment led to development of a set of key recommendations for the metropolitan area:

  • Strengthening resources to expedite entry to behavioral health care.
  • Increasing awareness of available behavioral health resources.
  • Working to make child behavioral health care more affordable and accessible.
  • Reducing or eliminating gaps that occur in diagnosis and treatment, and access to care due to lack of affordability, coordination, age transitions and other factors.
  • Incorporating assessment of child and/or family history of trauma/abuse and behavioral health issues into health screenings.

The needs assessment is currently being used by the Children’s System Change Committee to guide actions and planning toward a comprehensive, coordinated system of behaviorial health services in the metropolitan area.

Read the survey and recommendations.