Federal, State, and Local Mental Health Policy Interventions in Response to the Pediatric Mental Health Crisis following the COVID-19 Pandemic

A new journal article describes the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the pediatric mental health crisis in the U.S. and the federal, state, and local policy responses to support the crisis. The article underscores the need for continued investments in pediatric mental health prevention and treatment to ensure a healthier future for our nation’s youth.

Among the findings, the authors note that sustainable funding sources must be identified to provide evidence-based and trauma-informed care that is developmentally appropriate for youth. They also highlighted the importance of addressing the social determinants of health and historic health inequities to ensure all children and adolescents have equitable access to the mental health services they need.

Journal: Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America


  • Billina R. Shaw, M.D., M.P.H., FAPA, Senior Medical Advisor, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • Nikhil A. Patel, M.D., M.P.H., Senior Advisor for Children, Youth, and Families in the Office of the Assistant Secretary, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • Michelle Durham, M.D., M.P.H., Department of Psychiatry, University of Houston Tilman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine

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