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MHMD-6 Data Details

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

About the Data

Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.

Data Source: 
National Health Interview Survey
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

Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective: 
Retained from HP2010 objective
Questions Used to Obtain the National Baseline Data: 

    From the 2008 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
    3. Refused
    4. Don't know

    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
    3. Refused
    4. Don't know

    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
    3. Refused
    4. Don't know

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

    1. Yes
    2. No
    3. Refused
    4. Don't know

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

    1. Yes
    2. No
    3. Refused
    4. Don't know

    [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?

    1. Yes, minor difficulties
    2. Yes, definite difficulties
    3. Yes, severe difficulties
    4. No
    5. Refused
    6. Don't know
Data Collection Frequency: 
Periodic
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 the response to the denominator question is Yes, definite difficulties or Yes, severe difficulties.

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

Trend Issues: 
Beginning with 2018, the American Community Survey questions are no longer available in the NHIS. As a result, tabulated data by disability are discontinued after 2017.