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.
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.1007/s10488-014-0619-4
© 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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