Limited Mental Health Resources for Youth in North Carolina: Exploring the Reasons

North Carolina has been ranked among the states with the highest need for and lowest rates of access to youth mental health services. To address these needs, the state sends teens to psychiatric residential treatment facilities (PRTFs). However, these facilities can present challenges to youth residents and their families.

Jason deBruyn, WUNC supervising editor for digital news, recently spent a year investigating North Carolina’s PRTFs with support from a USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism 2023 Data Fellowship. On June 14th at 5 pm ET, he will be discussing his findings along with expert-advocates for youth mental health in North Carolina. Joining him will be Holly Stiles, Assistant Legal Director for Litigation for Disability Rights NC, and Paul Lanier, Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work and principal investigator for the school’s Behavioral Health Springboard.

Lanier is also a co-director of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and Systems Research at the UNC Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research. Together, they will shed light on the issues surrounding youth mental health services in North Carolina and the challenges faced by youth residents in PRTFs.

By Riley Johnson

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