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Presented at the 20th Annual Research Conference

Mental Health Service Utilization among Medicaid Eligible Hispanic Children

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Session Number: 1000 Room: Salon E & F

Presenting: Paul Greenbaum; Wei Wang; Svetlana Yampolskaya; Mario Hernandez

All Authors for this paper: Paul Greenbaum; Wei Wang; Svetlana Yampolskaya; Mario Hernandez

Presentation Type: poster presentation

Synopsis: Few studies have used longitudinal indicators to measure childrenÕs mental health services. This study examined prevalence of mental health disorders and service use among Medicaid-eligible children. All children in Florida who received behavioral health services between birth and age 17 during FY 2001-2002 were participants. Data were obtained from the Medicaid database. Five service use indicators were developed. Analytic strategies included multiple regression, Poisson regression, logistic regression, and Cox regression. Results indicated that Hispanic children had significantly fewer hospitalizations and had significantly shorter length of hospital stays. Additionally, Hispanic children had more days to readmission and had more crisis-oriented services.

Date: Sunday, March 4, 2007

Session Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM