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Sun Dec 16, 2012, 10:01 AM

Sandy Hook shooting highlights deficient access to psychiatry in the U.S., expert says [View all]

Source: Newsnet5

Posted: 9:40 PM

A mental health expert says the shooting in a Connecticut elementary school highlights the deficient access to child and adolescent psychiatry in the United States.

According to ABC, the shooter in Connecticut was 20-year-old Adam Lanza . State Police have not officially confirmed that identification, but law enforcement sources have said he might have suffered from a personality disorder.

Dr. Jennifer Hagman, of Children's Hospital Colorado, said it's not enough to offer care to troubled individuals. The optimal treatment and interventions need to be offered to those who need it, she said.
Treatment, she said, is something that must be individualized because the optimal care varies in each community.

"It's a critically underserved area - access to child and adolescent psychiatry," said Dr. Hagman. "Mental health benefits are often not covered at the level of medical benefits. We have made it very difficult for individuals with mental health problems."




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