Improving access to mental health care for teens has been a priority for many experts in recent years. According to a recent report from the University of Michigan National Voices Project, adults who work and volunteer with children and teens see more availability of mental health care for the teens in their communities than they did in a previous survey.
In a 2014 National Voices Project survey, 40 percent of adults said teens in their communities had lots of availability for mental health care. In a 2012 survey, only 30 percent of adults reported lots of availability. In comparison, 59 percent of adults in 2014 said that teens had lots of availability for primary care.
But perceptions of healthcare availability were much different in communities where respondents perceived some or many racial/ethnic inequities. In these communities, just 35 percent of adults saw lots of availability for teens to get mental health care in 2014, up from 24 percent in 2012. Read the full report: http://nationalvoicesproject.org/healthcare-availability-2014.