10,000 children identified. With only 40% of the screens done that we intend to happen eventually. Now, all of these children do not have Serious Emotional Disturbances, but most of them will require more than a pat on the head to help with these issues. My experience, especially with the PSC, is that it doesn't find mild problems. I have also found that it is sometimes hard to convince those with problems to seek help. But, our statewide experience to date says that there are a lot of kids out there who need help, and that we best get on with this CSA process so that we can help them. This tidbit of information has just whet my appetite for more information. How accurate were these screens? How many of the families that were identified as needing help wanted help? How many of the families identified as needing help were able to get it? How often was the help helpful? Did any of this massive effort make a difference in the lives of the Commonwealth's children?
MassHealth and the CBHI have done a great job in bringing us to this point. We have integrated behavioral health into the thinking of the pediatric workforce on a scale that is scarcely matched in the country. We screen, we identify, and we try to make the system work for children. And we will do more of this over the coming year. They are to be congratulated for leading us to this point.
Screening was the easy part. Now we have some real work to do.