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

  • Author(s): Bruckner, Tim A
  • Kim, Yonsu
  • Lubens, Pauline
  • Singh, Amrita
  • Snowden, Lonnie
  • Chakravarthy, Bharath
  • et al.

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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