Using data from a 1992 community survey of children and their parents (or guardians), we found major gaps in mental health insurance coverage. Interestingly, private insurance had no statistically significant effect on use of mental health services. Youth without insurance coverage and those with public insurance had higher rates of serious emotional disorder than did those with private insurance. The analysis is based on the National Institute of Mental Health's Methods for the Epidemiology of Child and Adolescent Mental Disorders (MECA) study, conducted in three mainland U.S. sites and in Puerto Rico.
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- Health Policy