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In This Report, You’ll Learn
An overview of Virginia’s early intervention program.
Behavioral health statistics related to kids in Virginia.
The shortcomings of the state’s Community Services Boards.
Why Virginia must collect better pediatric behavioral health data.
This report spotlights pediatric behavioral health services available through Virginia’s Secretary of Health and Human Resources. It describes a system that is punctuated by wait lists, inadequate services, silos of data and a scant focus on producing concrete results for some of the state’s most vulnerable kids.
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When it comes to meeting kids’ behavioral health care needs, Virginia has major service gaps to fill
An interim report by Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services identified 39 distinct services in a comprehensive behavioral health care system. None of the state’s 40 regional community services boards were providing all 39 services, per the report. In fact, five community services boards offered fewer than 10 services; 27 provided between 10 and 19 services; and just eight community services boards delivered 20 or more services.
Findings & Stats
Population In Focus
In Virginia, an estimated 85,000 to 104,000 kids between the ages of 9 to 17 struggle with a serious emotional disturbance.
Only 25% of Virginia’s 40 regional community services boards offer assistance in all key areas — crisis response, case management and intensive care coordination, psychiatric care and in-home care.
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The state’s regional community services boards report wait lists ranging from three weeks for case management to 12 weeks for medication management.
Statements & Quotations
The data available describing children with mental health needs in Virginia is extremely fragmented, with very little focus on the outcomes for children.
Improved data collection is a key element to analyzing system gaps and inefficiencies and working toward improved outcomes for children.
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