Child Health & Well-Being

Homeless Youth Lack Supports to Maintain Physical, Mental Well-Being

Homeless youth face increased social isolation and fewer support resources, according to a study published in Social Sciences by Georgia State University sociologists. The survey of homeless youth in Atlanta revealed that having more supportive network ties reduces the risk of youth experiencing significant symptoms of a severe mental illness, while longer length of… more »

Exposure to Crime Linked to Poorer Behavioral Health in Teens

Self-reported crime exposure is significantly associated with poorer behavioral health in adolescents, according to a study published recently in the Community Mental Health Journal by a Georgia Health Policy Center researcher. Since both direct victimization and indirect exposure, through witnessing violence or knowing someone who was victimized, are independently tied to poorer mental health… more »

Medical-Legal Education Identifies Social Determinants of Health

Incorporating collaborative medical–legal education into medical school training helps future physicians understand the importance of screening for social determinants of health and of advocating for the inclusion of lawyers on care coordination teams, according to a study published online Feb. 7 in Academic Medicine.

The Health Law Partnership (HeLP) community collaboration, which primarily serves… more »

Reading, Writing and Mental Health Care: Why schools need added services

Ann DiGirolamo, director of the Center of Excellence for Children’s Behavioral Health and Deana Farmer, Senior Research Associate, have been published in the independent news outlet The Conversation. Their story “Reading, writing and mental health care: why schools need added services” focuses on the need for school-based mental health… more »

New Booklet Gives Providers Tips for Tackling Service Provision to Teens, Emerging Adults

Teen years are notoriously turbulent times. This transition to adulthood can be even harder for youth in the foster care system or adolescents with behavioral health issues. To aid providers in understanding the challenges facing transition age youth and young adults (TAYYA), the Georgia Interagency Directors Team (IDT) created a booklet with suggestions for providing… more »

Evaluation Finds State Wraparound Services Improve Youth Functioning

Nearly 1,000 youth and emerging adults with severe emotional disturbance (SED) annually receive care coordination, education, and skill-building services in their communities through High Fidelity Wraparound programs in Georgia. An evaluation of the program’s operations in 2014 conducted by the Georgia Health Policy Center’s Center… more »

Cost Savings Continue to Accrue for Youth Enrolled in High Fidelity Wrap Services Up to One Year After Discharge

Research Objective

To estimate behavioral health expenditures one year pre, during, and one year post implementation of a High Fidelty Wraparound (Wrap) intervention targeting children diagnosed with a Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED).

Study Design

Pre-post intervention study measuring expenditures for behavioral health services (pharmacy claims not included) one year prior to a youth’s first enrollment… more »