Social Security – Institute of Medicine Issues Report on “Mental Disorders and Disabilities Among Low-Income Children”

The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has issued a new report, “Mental Disorders and Disabilities Among Low-Income Children.” The Social Security Administration commissioned this report to identify trends in the prevalence of mental disorders among U.S. children and to compare those trends to changes observed in the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) childhood disability population. The report “provides evidence-based findings and conclusions concerning trends in the prevalence of mental disorders in children and also the diagnosis and treatment of these children,” including previously unreleased data on the rates of mental disorders and disabilities among low-income children from the SSI and Medicaid programs.

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