Published in Mental Health Business Week, September 30th, 2006
According to Flashpoint: Children, Adolescents and Psychotropic Medications, a report released by St. Luke's Health Initiatives (SLHI), enrollment of children ages 0-17 in the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), Arizona's Medicaid program, increased 176 percent between 2002 and 2005, while mental health diagnoses among children increased 185 percent. The number of children who were prescribed psychotropic medications, however, increased 100 percent in the same period, which represents...
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