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Unveiling the Urgent Need for Youth Mental Health Services in North Carolina: A Deep Dive into Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities

BySamantha Nguyen

Apr 4, 2024
Limited Mental Health Resources for Youth in North Carolina: Exploring the Reasons

North Carolina has been identified as one of the states with the highest need for and lowest rates of access to youth mental health services. In severe cases, the state addresses these needs by sending teens to psychiatric residential treatment facilities (PRTFs). However, these facilities can present challenges to youth residents and their families. WUNC’s Jason deBruyn spent a year investigating North Carolina’s PRTFs, with support from a USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism 2023 Data Fellowship.

Jason deBruyn will be sharing his findings with expert-advocates for youth mental health in North Carolina, including 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 Samantha Nguyen

As a content writer at newsskio.com, I weave words to craft compelling narratives that captivate readers and bring stories to life. With a keen eye for detail and a passion for storytelling, I strive to create engaging and informative content that resonates with our audience. Whether I'm delving into the latest news trends or exploring unique angles on various topics, my goal is to deliver quality content that informs, entertains, and inspires. Join me on this journey as we uncover the news stories that matter most.

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