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The Senate Finance committee held hearing Tuesday on protecting youth mental health and barriers to care.
Watch the hearing in the player above.
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Psychiatrist-in-Chief Dr. Tami D. Benton, University of Maryland School of Medicine Professor Sharon Hoover and Seacoast Mental Health Center Vice President of Clinical Operation Jodie Lubarsky, testified.
The U.S. faces a growing shortage of mental health professionals trained to work with young people — at a time when depression and anxiety are on the rise. Suicide was the No. 2 cause of death for children and young adults from age 10 to 24 in 2017, after accidents.
There is only one practicing child and adolescent psychiatrist in the U.S. for about every 1,800 children who need one, according to data from the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.
Not only is it hard to get appointments with psychiatrists and therapists, but the ones who are available often don’t accept insurance.
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