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Report: Children waiting too long for mental health services

Children in the Bay State struggling with mental health are often forced to wait several months before seeing a psychiatrist, facing risks of problems in school and potentially requiring more costly treatments down the line, according to a new report from the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation.

"If you have limited access, then people are going to have deterioration of their conditions," said Audrey Shelto, the foundation's president. "I think and hope by providing a solid research base that this creates a call to action."

According to the report, fewer than 20 percent of parents surveyed were able to have their children seen by a provider within three weeks, and 82 perent waited longer than a month.


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