Report finds Bronx kids with mental illnesses are not getting proper care
A new study shows Bronx kids may not be getting the medical care they need.
The results of a report presented to the Bronx Behavioral Network shows that less than half of Bronx children with mental or behavioral problems who are referred to clinics for treatment actually receive care. The report was released after the Department of Health conducted a survey of the borough's mental health outpatient clinics.
According to Dr. Myla Harrison, part of the problem is that clinics, hospitals and community health centers are at full capacity. So kids with severe behavioral disorders or depression are often forced to wait for treatment.
One clinic director says he believes the problem may be worse than what was found in the report. But officials at some of the clinics say what adds to the situation is that parents pull their kids out of treatment before they have received the necessary care.
The Department of Health has developed a task force to examine how to fix the problem.