Second, is a really interesting article from about 4 years ago that looked as mental health service utilization and mental health needs in 13 states from a parental perspective. They showed that service utilization is not simply predication by need or demographics. In California, the rich folks get more services than do the poor folks. In Massachusetts, the opposite is true. " In Alabama and Mississippi, as well as in the states with the lowest rates of unmet need (Colorado, Massachusetts, and Minnesota), the opposite is true: children from low-income families are much more likely to receive any mental health service than children from high-income families." Despite Rosie D., Massachusetts frequently does mental health services better than the rest of the country.
Doesn't get us off of the hook. But somehow, I find it comforting.