Experts Warn US Senators About Gaps In Children’s Mental Healthcare.

Reuters (1/26, Morgan) reported that last week, experts warned US lawmakers about the gaps in the mental health system that have prevented many kids from getting treatment that could prevent tragedies later in life. In written testimony to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, Michael Hogan, head of the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, said, “We see the results of insufficient mental healthcare in school failure and suicide.” Hogan remarked, “while the gaps in children’s mental healthcare are huge, there is also reason for hope,” adding that this is in part “because we know more about what works, and what doesn’t.” Hogan was scheduled to appear at the Senate committee’s hearing, which was prompted by the shootings at Newtown’s Sandy Hook Elementary School.

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— “U.S. mental health experts urge focus on childhood screening,”David Morgan, Reuters, January 25, 2013.

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