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Yahoo News: Mental health ER visits among children rising — experts point to a broken system

January 9, 2023

“The psychiatric emergency room can be a lifesaver for young people who are acutely suicidal,” Dr. Harold S. Koplewicz, president and medical director of the nonprofit Child Mind Institute, said in a statement to Yahoo News. “This study speaks volumes about the lack of school-based or outpatient programs. The system is broken.”

“When a child is having a meltdown or is in crisis at home, a lot of them don’t have a child psychiatrist to call to get advice on or to bring them to see the next day,” Michael Enenbach, a psychiatrist and the clinical director of the Child Mind Institute, told Yahoo News. “Oftentimes, it’s just a cycle of behavior disorders at home. They come to the hospital, they’re fine, then they get discharged. Then the whole thing happens a couple days later because they don’t have access to care. So parents’ only option, if they’re feeling unsafe, is to go to the emergency room.”

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Harold S. Koplewicz, MD
Harold S. Koplewicz, MD, is the founding President and Medical Director of the Child Mind Institute and is a senior … Read Bio