Report: 5,000 DC poor kids not getting mental health help

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- In its latest Mental Health Report Card, the Children's Law Center is giving the District mixed grades when it comes to meeting the needs of thousands of poor children.

According to Children's Law Center Executive Director Judith Sandalow, "The District has taken some good steps forward but our efforts are not reaching enough children with mental health needs."

The city government receives high scores for reforms that could get more children the screening, assessment and treatment they need as well as including programs to help pediatricians screen children for early signs of mental health problems and refer them to appropriate services in the 2015 fiscal year budget.

Center officials say, however, that the D.C. gets "poor grades for failing to reach more than 5,000 low-income children that research suggests need mental health services but are not being treated."

See the center's report here:


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