From 2011 to 2014, the prevalence of obesity in the United States was just over 36% in adults and 17% in kids and teens. Why should employers and community organizations care about these statistics? Medical costs and negative impacts on the productivity and well-being of current and future employees are two of the reasons. Read… more »
Child Health & 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Teachers get to know their students well and are often the first ones to notice signs a student is having trouble either academically or emotionally. Yet all too often student referrals for mental health evaluations don’t occur due to logistical problems, a lack of access to care, or the stigma of mental health issues. So… more »
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 »
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
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).
Pre-post intervention study measuring expenditures for behavioral health services (pharmacy claims not included) one year prior to a youth’s first enrollment… more »