Mental Health Care
Mental health services, including counseling, medications, or specialized therapies, may be beneficial for children with behavioral or emotional problems. However, these services may not be readily available to all children who need them. Among children who had an ongoing emotional, developmental, or behavioral problem that required treatment or counseling, 60.0 percent received mental health care or counseling in the past year. This percentage was similar across locations, ranging from 56.7 percent in small rural areas to 63.5 percent in large rural areas. In all locations, adolescents aged 12-17 were the most likely to receive needed mental health services, with receipt of these services ranging from 60.5 percent of those in small rural areas to 72.8 percent of those in large rural areas. The differences in receipt of mental health services across locations in the other age groups did not vary significantly.