Unclaimed Children Revisited: The Status of Children’s Mental Health Policy in the United States

National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP)

In 1982 Jane Knitzer — NCCP’s director and a clinical professor at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health — documented the fragmented state of mental health care services for U.S. children and youth. In this new report, Knitzer and colleagues examine whether the “explosion of knowledge” that occurred over the past quarter century regarding the biological and social etiologies of children’s mental health issues has resulted in new and improved policy and practice frameworks. It documents how current child mental health policies are responding to the needs of youth and their families, and identifies state policy practices that “support … research-informed, developmentally appropriate, culturally and linguistically competent services and supports” that are youth- and family-focused. Free, 160 pages. (646) 284-9600,



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