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Amid Rising Concerns, National State of Emergency in Child and Adolescent Mental Health is Requested

Updated: Nov 7, 2022

One year ago the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) and Children’s Hospital Association (CHA) declared a National State of Emergency in Child and Adolescent Mental Health.

To mark this anniversary, AAP, AACAP and CHA sent a letter with over 130 signatories to the Biden administration asking they do more to address the mental health needs of children, specifically requesting they issue a National Emergency Declaration in children’s mental health.

The organizations are calling for a robust and comprehensive mental health workforce strategy that prioritizes investments in training pediatric mental health and primary care professionals, including promoting relational health and trauma-informed care approaches.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has stated that they believe a federal state of emergency declaration would "galvanize existing critical funding streams and support to help ensure that all children and adolescents can access the full continuum of mental and behavioral health care from promotion and prevention to early identification and treatment."

Learn more in their press release.


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