What is it about?

A licensed mental health professional shares his observations working in the child welfare system with children that have extensive mental health needs. The article further explains how children with extensive mental health needs are not served well by the child welfare system and what can be done to impact change within a broken system.

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Why is it important?

More awareness needs to be gleaned towards children in child welfare with extensive mental health needs due to the system's inability to meet their needs. With increased awareness, more research, additional funding and an increase in evidenced-based approaches, children within the child welfare system can not only receive the best treatment that they need, but that they deserve.


I hope that more people walk away after reading this article wanting to do more to utilize their expertise or to offer whichever level of support they can to effect change within the child welfare system as it pertains to children with extensive mental health needs.

Sheldon Jacobs

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This page is a summary of: Navigating a Broken System: The State of Mental Health in Child Welfare, Psychiatric Services, January 2024, American Psychiatric Association,
DOI: 10.1176/appi.ps.20230228.
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