Sat. Feb 24th, 2024
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services introduces a child behavioral dashboard, highlighting mental health information for children.

The Child Behavioral Health dashboard, unveiled by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) on Feb. 6, offers valuable insights into behavioral health services for children in North Carolina. This publicly available tool provides data and analysis on three primary indicators among 5 to 18-year-old Medicaid-insured children in the state.

One of these indicators assesses the percentages of children diagnosed with depression, ADHD, and substance use disorder. Another indicator tracks metrics related to emergency departments, mobile crisis services, and psychiatric residential treatment facilities. Finally, a risk indicator provides survey data on children’s self-esteem, sadness, and hopelessness, along with information on babies born with low birth weights. These factors contribute to risk factors for ADHD, depression, and other health issues later in life.

The dashboard also considers factors such as geography, race, ethnicity, age, and gender. According to Hanaleah Hoberman, director of child and family strategic initiatives at the NCDHHS, these contribute to identifying and addressing gaps and disparities in health care across different communities. Different communities experience behavioral health challenges and access behavioral health services at varying levels – critical information for stakeholders in the field.

In 2022, the dashboard revealed that a total of 33,902 children were diagnosed with clinical depression across North Carolina. Out of this number

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