Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-1-2009

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to describe the mental health costs for children served in out-of-home care and identify the characteristics of youth who are among the most costly users of mental health services (Rubin et al., 2004). The purpose of this study was to describe the mental health costs for children served in out-of-home care and identify the characteristics of youth who are among the most costly users of mental health services (Rubin et al., 2004). An additional aim of our study was to examine child characteristics associated with inpatient mental health service use generally recognized as the most expensive category of mental health services, (Heflinger, Simpkins, & Foster, 2002). We specifically examined length of stay in an inpatient facility measured by the number of days, number of hospitalization episodes during one year, and during one year time to re-admission.

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