How and Why Medicaid Fails Children’s Mental Health Needs Introduction Children’s mental health problems are a policy issue of enormous importance. Clearly, children are the most important and precious resource of any community, and are in special need of the highest standard of medical care. Unfortunately, when it comes to mental health, rhetoric does not match reality. While there are a number of policy initiatives designed to serve the mental health needs of American children, such policies have been characterized by slow implementation cycles, miscommunication, misalignment with other services and policies, and general incompetence and underfunding (Fraser, 2006, pp. 93-130). Indeed, Fraser refers to the entire infrastructure of...The end:
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