MHMD-6 Increase the proportion of children with mental health problems who receive treatment

National Data Source
National Health Interview Survey (NHIS); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics (CDC/NCHS)
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch
No
Measure
percent 
Baseline (Year)
68.9 (2008)
Target
75.8
Target-Setting Method
10 percent improvement
Numerator
Persons aged 4 to 17 years with mental health problems receiving one or more forms of treatment
Denominator
Persons aged 4 to 17 years with mental health problems
Questions Used to Obtain the National Baseline Data

From the National Health Interview Survey:

[NUMERATOR]

DURING THE PAST 12 MONTHS, have you seen or talked to any of the following health care providers about [fill2: alias]'s health? A mental health professional such as a psychiatrist, psychologist, psychiatric nurse, or clinical social worker?

  1. Yes
  2. No

DURING THE PAST 12 MONTHS, that is since [fill1: 12 month reference date], have you seen or talked to the following about [fill2: alias]'s health? A general doctor who treats a variety of illnesses (a doctor in general practice, pediatrics, family medicine, or internal medicine)?

  1. Yes
  2. No

Did you see or talk to this general doctor because of an emotional or behavioral problem that [fill1: alias] may have?

  1. Yes
  2. No

Do any children under 18 in this family receive Special Educational or Early Intervention Service?

  1. Yes
  2. No

And Does the child receive these services because of an emotional or behavioral problem?

  1. Yes
  2. No

[DENOMINATOR]

Overall do you think that the child has difficulties in any of the following areas: emotions, concentration, behavior, or being able to get along with people? Yes, minor difficulties; Yes, definite difficulties; Yes, severe difficulties

  1. Yes
  2. No
Data Collection Frequency
Periodic
Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective
Retained from HP2010 objective

Comments

Methodology Notes

Children are considered to have received treatment based on the numerator questions if there is: 1) a “yes” response to the mental health specialist question, 2) a "yes" response to both the general doctor question and follow-up question regarding emotional or behavioral problems or 3) a "yes" response to both the Special Educational or Early Intervention Services question and follow-up question regarding emotional or behavioral problems. Children are considered to have had mental health problems if they answer Yes, definite difficulties or Yes, severe difficulties in the denominator question.

For all questions, the parent responds as a proxy for the child.

References and More Information

  1. 1. Klein, R.J.; Proctor, S.E.; Boudreault, M.A.; Turczyn, K.M. Healthy People 2010 Criteria for Data Suppression. Statistical Notes No. 24. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2002.