Forum Discusses Factors Preventing Kids With Severe Mental Illnesses From Getting Care.

American Medical News (4/1, Lubell) reports, “Mental health professionals and other participants at a recent congressional forum said a dearth of trained physicians and the presence of too many regulatory barriers are some of the main factors preventing severely mentally ill children from getting the medical help they need.” On March 5, a “bipartisan forum was convened by Rep. Tim Murphy (R, Pa.), who chairs the House Energy and Commerce oversight and investigations subcommittee, to discuss what federal resources might be needed to prevent another incident such as the mass killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.” In particular, “the forum focused on severely mentally ill individuals who could be prone to violence but who often don’t receive the timely treatments available to those with other medical emergencies.”

Related Links:

— “More trained clinicians, research urged for mentally ill, “Jennifer Lubell, Amednews, April 1, 2013.

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