Behavioral Health

Intensive Care Coordination Saves Money for Youth With Mental Health Issues

Intensive care coordination helps to save money by serving youth with severe mental health in community-based settings rather than inpatient facilities, according to a study published by Georgia Health Policy Center researchers in the Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics. This is the first study to find evidence of longer-term spending reductions for… 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 »

School-Based Mental Health Programs Impacting Georgia Schools, Students

School-based mental health programs have positive outcomes for students, their families, and their schools, according to evaluation results from the first year of the Georgia Apex Program.

During the 2015-2016 school year, the program, administered by the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, Office of Children, Young Adults, and Families, built… more »

Differences in Insurance Coverage Seen Between Georgia and U.S. Youth

Georgia has fewer children and young adults with private health insurance and a greater proportion of uninsured young people, compared to national averages, according to a brief report recently published by Georgia Health Policy Center researcher Brandon Attell in the Journal of the Georgia Public Health Association.

Data was analyzed from the 2014… more »

Center of Excellence Presents on Barriers to Accessing Mental Health Treatment for Kids

The Center of Excellence for Children’s Behavioral Health at the Georgia Health Policy Center (GHPC) employs a three-pronged focus on research, policy, and practice. The Center of Excellence’s research and evaluation team assesses behavioral health program effectiveness, while the center’s policy analysis team appraises financing structures and service delivery opportunities for improving the behavioral health… more »