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Emergency Mental Health Services for Children After the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001

  • Author(s): Bruckner, TA
  • Kim, Y
  • Lubens, P
  • Singh, A
  • Snowden, L
  • Chakravarthy, B
  • et al.
Abstract

© 2015, Springer Science+Business Media New York. Much literature documents elevated psychiatric symptoms among adults after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 (9/11). We, however, know of no research in children that examines emergency mental health services following 9/11. We test whether children’s emergency services for crisis mental health care rose above expected values in September 2001. We applied time-series methods to California Medicaid claims (1999–2003; N = 127,200 visits). Findings in California indicate an 8.7 % increase of children’s emergency mental health visits statistically attributable to 9/11. Non-Hispanic white more than African American children account for this acute rise in emergency services.

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