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Children from minority communities often receive fewer and inferior mental health services compared to their non-Latino white peers. Socioeconomic factors, childhood adversity and family and community structure all play a role in disparities in child and adolescent mental health and receipt of mental health services. When Dr. Tumaini Coker began her PCORI-funded project designed to improve access to behavioral health care for children in underserved areas, she knew that multiple barriers stand between children from low-income families and needed mental health services. What she didn’t know was that the barriers vary from stakeholder to stakeholder. “Pediatricians, parents and mental health care providers all had different ideas of what the barriers were,” says Coker, who is the principal investigator of the project at Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Center, a member of the National Council for Behavioral Health.
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