Mental Health Referrals and Treatment in a Sample of Youth in Foster Care.
Baker, Amy J.L. Schneiderman, Mel. Licandro, Victoria.
Published: July 2017
Children and Youth Services Review
Vol. 78 , p. 18-22
3251 Riverport Lane
Maryland Heights, MO 63043
A study involving 156 foster children referred for mental health treatment examined the source of referral, reasons for referral, adverse childhood experiences, and length of treatment. Findings indicate 28% of referrals came from mandated screenings, 88% actually received mental health services, and the most commonly indicated reasons for treatment were birth family issues, depression/anxiety, behavior problems, and trauma. At the nine-month mark, two-thirds had received treatment for the full nine months. 6 tables and 33 references.
mental health services; foster children; referral; childhood trauma; time factors; screening; mental disorders