In considering the value of behavioral health services for children and youth, we often overlook the perspective of employers. In 2009 the National Business Group on Health published an Employer’s Guide to Child and Adolescent Mental Health to help employers improve the delivery of child and adolescent behavioral health services. Part I of the report describes the impact of child and adolescent behavioral health disorders on the workplace in terms of increased medical expenditures and decreased productivity of caregivers. This section includes compelling data the direct medical cost of services and the impact on caregivers and workplace productivity. Subsequent sections outlined challenges, opportunities, and recommendations for action to strengthen services for children and adolescents.
This report provides important information and recommendations not only for employers, but also for child service providers and advocates who need to make the business case for investment in community services for children. Click here to view the full report.