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New Study Finds Gaps in Mental Health System

posted Jan 7, 2011, 6:02 AM by DC Behavioral Health Association
A new study by the RAND Corporation examined behavioral health services in the District of Columbia.  The study found that prevalence for many behavioral health needs is higher than national estimates.  It also found high levels of unmet need for treatment in many areas.  For example, 60% of adults and 72% of children with depression who are enrolled in Medicaid managed care organizations do not receive treatment. 
The report also highlights some critical areas where data is missing: DYRS, APRA, and technology intteroperability.  The report calls for D.C. to expand services to those with unmet needs, improve coordination, and the interoperability of technology.