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It is estimated that as many as 1 out of 5 children experience a mental disorder in a given year, and an estimated $247 billion is spent each year on treatment and management of childhood mental disorders. Because of their impact on children, families, and communities, children’s mental disorders are an important public health issue.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) joins the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) external icon, along with other agencies, in learning more about strategies for integrating behavioral health with primary health care, child welfare, and education.

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Improving Children’s Behavioral Health
Learn what CDC is doing about gaps in behavioral treatment for children.
(Published: January 29, 2019)