Without intervention, child and adolescent psychiatric disorders frequently continue into adulthood and are increasingly associated with disability and increased medical costs.  For example, research shows that when children with coexisting depression and conduct disorders become adults, they tend to use more health care services and have higher healthcare costs than other adults. Thus, while children are not “cost drivers” our failure to intervene or engage in preventative measures result in bringing them to adulthood, where their medical needs and costs become significantly higher.

Prevention and Early Intervention

The Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS) issued this Informational Bulletin to help inform states about resources available to help them meet the needs of children under EPSDT, specifically with respect to mental health and substance use disorder services.

 A review of the science of early childhood development and mental health.

 A benefit – cost analysis of prevention programs, by a leader in the field, the Washington State Institute for Public Policy.