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(StatePoint) Over the past two years, the mental health crisis in the United States has worsened. One of the main reasons for this is the COVID-19 pandemic, which has contributed to an increase in anxiety and depression among young people. But even before the pandemic, as many as one in six children in the United States between the ages of 6 and 17 suffered from a treatable mental health disorder, according to a 2019 JAMA Pediatrics study. For parents, it’s a reminder brutal that the mental health and support of children are crucial.

“Young people are facing unprecedented stress. Increasing access to high-quality pediatric mental health services is a critical step in addressing the youth mental health crisis,” said Dr. Aditi Mallick, Chief Medical Officer, Medicaid and Insurance Program Children’s Health Care (CHIP), at the Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services. “As a doctor and a mother, I have seen how fundamental mental health is to the health and well-being of children in our country, and Medicaid and CHIP can help families access the care they need. need.”

If you think your child might need mental health services, you have options for health coverage. One of these may be free or low-cost coverage through Medicaid and CHIP. Below are some frequently asked questions about these services.

What types of mental health services are covered by Medicaid and CHIP?

With Medicaid and CHIP coverage, children have access to a number of services to prevent, diagnose, and treat mental and behavioral health conditions, including:

• Autism Spectrum Disorders

• Attention deficit disorder

• Anxiety disorders

• The Depression

• Substance use disorder

Does my child qualify for Medicaid or CHIP?

Eligibility generally depends on your income level and household size, and varies by state. You will find that some programs provide coverage for your entire family. Medicaid and CHIP enrollment is open year-round, and the application process has become faster. Many families can apply and find out if they are eligible the same day. To learn more about state-specific coverage options or to enroll, visit or call 1-877-KIDS-NOW.

Take charge of your child’s mental health

Mental health care for children is an important part of their development. So take the time to explore your health coverage options, including Medicaid and CHIP. Looking for more mental health resources for kids? Visit to learn more about children’s mental health.

Information provided by the US Department of Health and Human Services

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