Forum Session

Children with Mental Disorders: Finding Effective Care Within the Systems That Serve Them
November 30, 2004


Jane Koppelman, Consultant


Speakers at this Forum session described the various systems set up to serve children with mental disorders, the gaps in these systems, and steps that need to be taken to integrate evidence-based treatments into care. Special focus was given to the composition of private and public funding streams in children’s mental health expenditures, as well as how Medicaid and SCHIP (State Children’s Health Insurance Program) benefits compare with private coverage. In addition, speakers discussed the adequacy of the special education system in serving children with mental disorders and the problems associated with lack of coordination among programs that provide services for children with mental health problems.


Jane Knitzer, EdD, Director, National Center for Children in Poverty; James Kauffman, EdD, Professor Emeritus, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia; Sherry Glied, PhD, Chair, Department of Health Policy and Management, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

Slides from thepresentations by Dr. Knitzer, Dr. Kauffman, and Dr. Glied are available for download.

Related Materials

See also two issue briefs by the National Health Policy Forum: "Children with Mental Disorders: Making Sense of Their Needs and the Systems That Help Them" (Issue Brief No. 799, May 14, 2004) and "The Provider System for Children's Mental Health: Workforce Capacity and Effective Treatment" (Issue Brief No. 801, October 26, 2004).

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