Over 46 million Americans are without health insurance, including over 12% of Washingtonians. The poor economy, high unemployment rate and the accompanying stress in families has increased the need for mental health care for children. This care, however, is out of reach for families who are uninsured or underinsured.
In response to this need, Children’s Center developed PATHWAYS, a program designed to serve uninsured or underinsured children and youth in need of mental health care who otherwise would fall through the cracks.
Children who are uninsured or underinsured will receive quality mental health services from a child therapist with no out of pocket cost to the family.
“Lack of health insurance is a significant roadblock for people with mental health conditions. Almost 80% of people who needed mental health treatment but did not receive it cited cost as the reason. Underinsurance is also a problem: 34% of insured people who had unmet mental health needs indicated that cost was a barrier to seeking treatment.” (National Alliance on Mental Illness 2008).